More than 370,000 Missourians set to participate in statewide earthquake drill on Oct. 17
One week from today, more than 30 U.S. states and territories will conduct earthquake drills on same day
There is still time to join the more than 370,000 Missourians registered to participate in the
Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake preparedness drill at 10:17 a.m. on Oct. 17. The
drill teaches the "Drop, Cover and Hold On" protective actions to take in the event of an
earthquake. The states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio,
Oklahoma and Tennessee are also participating in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut. These
states will be among more than 30 U.S. states and territories conducting earthquake drills on the
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
earthquake. You can register for the earthquake drill at www.shakeout.org/centralus/. October
17 is the anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in California ,which killed 62 people
and damaged thousands of buildings.
Third, fourth and fifth grade students across Missouri can also start working on their entries for
the fourth annual "Show-Me ShakeOut" poster contest. Students are encouraged to create a
classroom poster promoting the ShakeOut and earthquake safety.
The State Emergency Management Agency and the Missouri Seismic Safety
Commission are again sponsoring the "Show-Me ShakeOut" poster contest.
The statewide contest winners will receive $50 gift cards and emergency preparedness kits
courtesy of ABNA Engineering, Inc. of St. Louis, Central Electric Power Cooperative of
Jefferson City, the University of Missouri-Columbia's Department of Geological Sciences, and
the Southeast Missouri Chapter of the American Red Cross. Winning posters will be displayed
on SEMA's website and featured at earthquake awareness events during 2014.
· Each school will select one winning poster for each of the three grade levels.
· Posters may be scanned or digitally
photographed and submitted electronically in JPEG,
GIF, PDF or PNG format. Schools should retain the original poster if a submission is made
· All submissions must include
the name of the school, name and age of the student, name of
school principal, and name of classroom teacher.
· All posters must be submitted
to SEMA by Jan. 16, 2014 to be eligible.
· The school principal or lead
teacher must submit or mail poster entries to:
State Emergency Management Agency
P. O. Box 116, 2302 Militia Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65102
· Winners from each statewide
grade level will be notified by Feb. 4, 2014.
· Winning results will be posted
on the SEMA Web site (sema.dps.mo.gov) and announced
in press releases.
Because many Missourians live within the New Madrid Seismic Zone—one of the most active
seismic zones in the country—each February Missouri observes Earthquake Awareness
Month. On Feb. 7, 1812, Missouri was rocked by one of the largest earthquakes ever to hit
the continental United States. Centered in New Madrid in southeast Missouri, the earthquake
altered the flow of the Mississippi River, turned rich farmland into fields of sand and destroyed
countless structures. People on the East Coast of the United States felt shaking and church bells
reportedly rang as far away as South Carolina.
The risk of another large earthquake continues, and today the New Madrid Seismic Zone
includes many population centers. Preparing and planning to respond to a major quake are