News Release 104

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

Volume 39-104 (For Immediate Release)
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ROLLA, MO, APRIL 20, 2011 – Students from Ballwin, Dent County and Rolla were recently named winners in the statewide earthquake preparedness video contest the Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced today. The videos promote the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, which is an 11-state earthquake drill that will take place April 28 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.

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 Division of Geology and Land Survey. Winners chosen from three categories: K-4, 5-8 and 9-12 grades.

"All entries were very deserving," said Joe Gillman, State Geologist and Director of the department's Division of Geology and Land 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."

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.

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.

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.

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

The grand prize winning video will be shown during the 2011 Earth Day celebration at the Capitol in Jefferson City on Friday, April 29. All video entries may be viewed on the department's ShakeOut YouTube Channel The Selvidge Middle School video is the first video on the channel. The second is Lake Spring 4H Club’s video and the third is David Wiles' video. All other entries are also on the site. The videos will be featured at awareness events throughout 2011.

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 Thursday, April 28 at 10:15 a.m. It will be the largest earthquake drill ever to be held in the central U.S. More than 2 million people have already registered to participate, including more than 374,470 in Missouri. The drill will give 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