Salt Lake City

Mayor's Office

Erin Mendenhall | (801) 535-7704 |

Earthquake Announcement

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Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall Issues Emergency Declaration No. 3

SALT LAKE CITY – Following a 5.7 earthquake this morning Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall signed a third emergency proclamation declaring a local emergency. The declaration allows Mayor Mendenhall to exercise emergency powers to help citizens of Salt Lake City address the emergency.

“Signing this declaration will help us to ensure that Salt Lake City is able to access both state and federal funding that we might need in the wake of today’s earthquakes,” Mayor Mendenhall said.

The declaration also authorizes the City to request all assistance available with respect to this local emergency from all federal, state and local sources, and authorizes her to activate all applicable mutual aid agreements.

Representatives from the State, Salt Lake City, and local departments of public safety briefed the public and media regarding this morning’s earthquake and the steps that have been taken to respond and assure continued services.

Damage Assessment Survey

Was your home or business damaged by the 5.7 earthquake that occurred on March 18? Please fill out the assessment survey here.


Download a copy of the earthquake resources flyer here or For a copy in Spanish click here or

Visit the U. S. Geological Survey website for a report on the earthquake and the aftershock forecast.

Utah Department of Public Safety – Website on the March 18 earthquake and resources available around the state.

American Red Cross – The Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is asking those whose home was damaged and declared unlivable by the Utah earthquake to call 1-800 Red Cross for essential needs assistance.

Salt Lake School District: Find information about the district’s food program and student device check out at

SLC International Airport: The airport is up and running. Check the website or airport app for more information such as security wait times or flight delays. Everyone is doing their best to get back on schedule after yesterday’s earthquake.

Dominion Energy is responding to and controlling leaks. (FOR GAS EMERGENCIES, PLEASE CALL: 800-767-1689.)

City Golf Course Update

Effective Monday, March 23, the Salt Lake City Golf Division will temporarily suspend play at all six City golf courses: Bonneville, Forest Dale, Glendale, Mountain Dell, Nibley Park and Rose Park. Salt Lake City’s Golf Division has also implemented the following illness prevention measures:

  • Rentals of motorized and pull carts are suspended throughout weekend play and until further notice.
  • Cash payments have also been suspended, along with retail sales within the pro shop throughout weekend play and until further notice.
  • Food service continues to be suspended until further notice.
  • Other changes include suspending the use of ball washers and sand rakes. Flagsticks will remain in the cup, but the cup will be raised by two inches, preventing the ball from going into the cup. Balls coming into contact with the raised cup are to be considered holed.

Economic Development: The new Business Impact Survey is to document any potential earthquake damage and potential revenue loss. We’re asking all SLC businesses to take this new survey.


What are the earthquake guidelines to follow?

Please remain calm and follow earthquake guidelines.

  • Check on your family and neighbors.
  • Safe places in homes and apartments bearing walls and doorways- stay away from windows and hazards that are not secured to the structure.
  • Look for overhead hazards both indoors and outdoors. (Tree branches, powerlines, chandeliers)
  • Fire Department, Police Department, and Building and Housing is assessing for damage throughout the city.
  • Water infrastructure seems to be all good.
  • Police are assessing streets and traffic.
  • Rocky mountain power knows about the power outages and is working to reestablish those.
  • Dominion Energy is responding to and controlling leaks.

What if I need emergency help from police, fire, or EMS?

The city is equipped and trained to handle events like these. Utah Division of Emergency Management expects dozens of aftershocks following the 5.7 primary event in Magna this morning.

911 dispatch

SLC911 Dispatch is operating as normal, but please remember you can report non-emergencies online at or by calling 801-799-3000. If you are experiencing #coronavirus symptoms, please tell your call taker so they can let the responding officers know to take preventative steps.

Salt Lake City International Airport

The airport is up and running. Check the website or airport app for more information such as security wait times or flight delays. Everyone is doing their best to get back on schedule after yesterday’s earthquake.

Resources for the Community

211 – This phone line connects people to services from organizations in the community. It is free and confidential. Visit the website for more information on the resources available.

You can find more resources on how to prepare for an earthquake at City’s Emergency Management website and the state’s Be Ready Utah website.

Is the water safe?

Will garbage and recycle pickup continue?

All waste and recycle collections, including Call 2 Haul were accomplished today. Plans are for the services to continue uninterrupted.