Registration is now open for Missouri's statewide earthquake drill on Feb. 7, 2013
Schools, families and businesses encouraged to participate in 'Great Central U.S. ShakeOut' drill that annually attracts more than 400,000 Missourians
Registration is now open for the third annual “Great Central U. S. ShakeOut” earthquake
drill, which will take place at 10:15 a.m. on Feb. 7, 2013. On Feb. 7, 2012, more than
450,000 Missourians were among 2.4 million people in nine states that took part in the second
ShakeOut drill. More than 500 Missouri school districts and individual schools participated in
the brief exercise that teaches what to do in the event of an earthquake.
To sign up for the ShakeOut , go to: http://www.shakeout.org/centralus/index.html. The site
provides links to a variety of earthquake preparedness information. In addition to schools, there
are also participant categories for colleges and universities, businesses, non-profit organizations,
medical facilities, individuals and families and more.
"This is a great opportunity to educate young people about earthquakes and the simple steps
that Missourians should be prepared to take in the event of a major earthquake, and we
encourage all schools to participate" said State Emergency Management Director Paul D.
Small earthquakes and tremors occur frequently in Missouri, and a major earthquake could
occur at any time. Missouri experienced a 3.9 magnitude earthquake near East Prairie on Feb.
21, 2012. The Feb. 7 ShakeOut is being held on the 201st anniversary of the largest of the
great New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-12. Those earthquakes are estimated to have been
7.0 magnitude or greater and led to the destruction of buildings in St. Louis and the formation of
Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee. February is also Missouri's annual Earthquake Awareness
The New Madrid Seismic Zone, which includes parts of southeast Missouri, has produced
some of the largest earthquakes ever in the continental U.S. Experts say knowing how to
respond when an earthquake occurs is an important step to practice before the next major event
During the ShakeOut, residents should practice the "Drop, Cover and Hold On" technique for
· DROP to
· Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
· HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops
The "Drop, Cover and Hold On" technique is considered the best way to protect yourself in an
The states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma and
Tennessee are also participating in the Feb. 7 ShakeOut.