Missouri Geological Survey

"Show-Me Earthquake Safety” video contest winners promote multi-state earthquake drill

Join us Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 to participate in the Great Central U.S. Shakeout preparedness exercise.

Watch the videos on our YouTube Channel!

Watch the earthquake preparedness videos created by Missouri school children!

April 20, 2011, students from Ballwin, Dent County and Rolla were named winners in the statewide earthquake preparedness video contest sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The videos promote the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, which is a multi-state earthquake drill that will take place Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 at 10:15 a.m. The exercise teaches “Drop, Cover and Hold On” as the best way to protect oneself in the event of an actual earthquake.

Last year, Kindergarten through 12th grade students across Missouri were encouraged to share their knowledge by creating videos that educate others about preparing for an earthquake. The contest was sponsored by the department’s Missouri Geological Survey. Winners chosen from three categories: K-4, 5-8 and 9-12 grades. 

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, U.S. Dept. of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano field student questions at Carnahan High School during the ShakeOut. “All entries were very deserving,” said Joe Gillman, State Geologist and Director of the department’s Missouri Geological Survey. “The videos were very creative and communicated the message very well. We appreciate the time their sponsors invested in the project and the work the students put in to educating their peers and others about the importance of being prepared for an actual earthquake.”

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano, Selvidge Students and Teacher, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.Seventh grade students Miranda Kaleel and Lauren Whittier from Rockwood School District’s Selvidge Middle School in Ballwin, won the 5-8 grade category and were named grand prize winner for their silent movie video that demonstrates the steps one should take in the event of an earthquake. The video was a class project for gifted students.  Theresa Stockman is their teacher.  Kaleel and Whittier were invited to the Carnahan High School of the Future, St. Louis, to practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On during the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut on April 28, 2011.  Gov. Jay Nixon, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Education Department Secretary Arne Duncan fielded questions Carnahan School for the Future and Selvidge Middle School students posed.  Kaleel and Whittier were recognized for their winning video Selvice Middle School Students awarded by DGLS Deputy Director, Bill Duley.by Secretaries Napolitano and Duncan and received their grand prize award by Missouri Geological Survey Deputy Director Bill DuleyCentral United States Earthquake Consortium file photos.

Lake Spring 4H Club, Dent County, won the 9-12 grade category for their video that features an fictitious news and weather broadcast that is interrupted by an earthquake.  The video stars Cole Elliott, Evan Howard, Renee Reisner, Nate Case, Alison Earl, Olivia Elliott and Lindsey Parker. The video was their Theater Arts Project. Their leader is Julie Case.

David Wiles, a fourth grade student from Rolla, took the prize among K-4 grade students for his video that educates children and adults about how to protect themselves during an earthquake. Wiles attends the Wiles Family Home School. His science teacher is Elizabeth Wiles.

Winners were awarded a Missouri Rock and Mineral Set provided by the department’s Missouri Geological Survey, and a Quake-Catcher earthquake sensor donated by Stanford University’s Quake-Catcher Network. The grand prize winner was awarded a KodakĀ© Playsport Video Camera, which was made possible through a grant from the Central United States Earthquake Consortium.  

The grand prize winning video was shown during the 2011 Earth Day celebration at the Capitol in Jefferson City Friday, April 29. All video entries may be viewed on the department’s ShakeOut YouTube Channel youtube.com/shakeoutmissouri/videos.  The Selvidge Middle School video is the first video on the channel.  The second is David Wiles’ video and the third is Lake Spring 4H Club’s video. The videos will be featured at awareness events during the month of February, which is Earthquake Awareness Month in Missouri.

The “Show-Me Earthquake Safety” video contest and earthquake preparedness drill are part of the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the great New Madrid earthquakes that occurred in the winter of 1811-12.

Are you earthquake prepared? Are your friends and family members prepared? Consider participating in this important exercise. The ShakeOut will be held Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 10:15 a.m. It follows the first annual exercise held in 2011, which was the largest earthquake drill ever to be held in the central U.S. More than 3 million people registered to participate, including more than 374,470 in Missouri. The drill gives everyone the chance to practice the "Drop, Cover and Hold On" earthquake drill on the same day at the same time.

Learn more about earthquake potential in Missouri and register to participate in the ShakeOut dnr.mo.gov/shakeout