Rocky Mountain Power crews are working to restore power to residents along the Wasatch Front following a Wednesday morning earthquake. At the time of the 5.7 magnitude earthquake, approximately 73,000 customers were without power. Logan City public works officials say the power outage did not affect residents there.
Logan City Council Member Amy Anderson woke up Wednesday morning to a series of text messages assuring her the city had begun implementing an emergency plan.
“I texted with Mayor Daines and knew that when they felt the tremors she ordered all of the fire stations to pull all of their mobile vehicles out,” Anderson said. “I have already received several emails from planning and zoning just giving me confirmation that all of the buildings Logan City owns are all o.k., that there has been no damage.”
In Salt Lake City, Utah Governor Gary Herbert has asked for limited activity in downtown to allow for damage assessment. He is also encouraging residents to be prepared for aftershocks, and to have an earthquake emergency plan.
For Anderson and her family, having an emergency plan includes pulling out a bag of red, green, and yellow flags provided by a neighborhood safety committee.
“They ask us to always leave it by your front door,” Anderson said. “So we have ours in our front hall closet. The idea is that in an emergency, as neighbors go and check, they don’t want to waste time. So if they don’t see a flag or they see a red flag that would be a priority house. It is important that we put out what our status is so that those people who need help the most, it can get to them quickly.”
The Utah Governor’s Be Ready Utah site has information about emergency communications, hygiene and sanitation, and personal and family preparedness.