Show-Me Earthquake Safety Video Contest

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See the entries on the department's YouTube channel

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Shakeout Winners


ROLLA, MO, APRIL 20, 2011 – Students from Ballwin, Dent County and Rolla were recently 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 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 Missouri Geological Survey. Winners chosen from three categories: K-4, 5-8 and 9-12 grades. 


Three videos will be chosen as the top three finalists, one in each age category.  The winners will receive a Missouri Rock and Mineral Set and Stanford University's Quake Catcher network has donated a Quake-Catcher earthquake sensor for the finalist in each age group.

Digital Video Camera

ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE: One grand prize winner will be awarded a cool, digital video camera, made possible through a grant from the Central United States Earthquake Consortium.  Winning results will be posted on the department's website and announced in statewide and regional news releases. The grand prize winning video will be shown during the 2011 Earth Day celebration at the Capitol in Jefferson City, Friday, April 29, 2011. Winners will be notified during the first week of April.

EQ SensorRock Set


Enter by January 31, 2011

Are you earthquake prepared? Are your friends and family members prepared?  Kindergarten through 12th grade students across Missouri are invited to share their knowledge about how to prepare for an earthquake by participating in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Video Contest, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut will be held Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 10:15 a.m. It will give us all the chance to practice our "Drop, Cover and Hold On" earthquake drill on the same day at the same time.

Contest Entry Period

The deadline to enter is Thursday, March 31, 2011. We will approve your submission to make sure it meets the entry rules before we let other people see it online. Please see our rules.

The Video Contest Theme is Show-Me Earthquake Safety!

Students are encouraged to use the "Show-Me Earthquake Safety!" theme in a video.

Official Rules


Reviewing Videos

We will review the videos submitted and feature those that do a great job of teaching. Videos might be funny or serious, entertaining or educational, quirky or enlightening. We’ll feature videos on the department's YouTube Channel at

Videos will be posted on, a video sharing site, to encourage participation and provide maximum public access. We don’t prefer over any other video sharing site, but because it has such a big audience, this year we’re using that site. Children under 13 are not permitted to access YouTube, so if you're younger than that, please ask your parent, guardian, or teacher to see the video page.

How to enter the contest

You need a YouTube account to participate.

  1. Create and upload your video to YouTube.
  2. Open the video on your channel page.
  3. Share the video by clicking the “Share” tab.
  4. In the “To username” window type shakeoutmissouri
  5. In the “Message” window be sure you send us your name, mailing address, telephone number and a valid email address.

Your personal information will not be posted on the contest page. Your video will not show up on the contest page immediately. We will review the video you submit and add it to the video contest page.

Winners will be notified by email or telephone.

More Information

You do not need a YouTube account to participate

You don't need an account to simply browse through the entries.

Copyright Information

By submitting videos, you give the Missouri Department of Natural Resources permission to feature them, in whole or part, on any page on the website. This permission includes, but is not limited to, department websites and the Intranet. Videos may also be distributed to broadcast media and the general public via any other format or venue. You will not be compensated for such use. However, where reasonable, we will give you credit for the videos.

Consent to share your video

By entering your videos, you agree to all of the above.


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