Missouri schools and students invited to join "Show-Me ShakeOut" earthquake poster contest
Third annual contest promotes earthquake safety and the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake drill on Feb. 7
On Feb. 7, Missourians will participate in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, an earthquake
preparedness drill that teaches the "Drop, Cover and Hold On" protective actions to take in the
event of an earthquake.
To promote the ShakeOut, the State Emergency Management Agency and the Missouri
Seismic Safety Commission are sponsoring the "Show-Me ShakeOut" poster contest.
Third, fourth and fifth grade students across Missouri are invited to create a classroom poster
promoting the ShakeOut and earthquake safety.
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
The statewide contest winners will receive gift cards and emergency first aid kits for their
classrooms. These prizes are 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 Web site and featured at earthquake awareness events
· Each school will select a 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. 18, 2013 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, 2013.
· Winning results will be posted on the SEMA Web site (sema.dps.mo.gov) and announced
in press releases.