State Emergency Management Agency News Release




News Release ID: N09130013


October 25, 2013

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.

Contest Guidelines:
·     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 electronically. 
·     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:
                       Steve Besemer                       
                       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 essential.



For more information, call (573) 751-4819 or e-mail