Students in grades 3-5 invited to participate in Show-Me ShakeOut earthquake safety poster contest
Deadline for entries is Jan. 16, 2014
Missouri's fourth statewide earthquake safety drill was a success with more than 406,000
Missourians participating in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut on Oct. 17, including more
than 304,000 school children, teachers and staff. Now third, fourth and fifth graders can
participate in the "Show-Me ShakeOut" poster contest.
· 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
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. Examples of
past winning posters are available at this site:
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