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Welcome to the Video News Release Site for the state of Missouri's participation in the second Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake drill. The ShakeOut, which takes place at 10:15 a.m. on Feb. 7, 2012, is Missouri's second opportunity to take part in a statewide earthquake drill. In addition, othercentral U.S. states are taking part in the ShakeOut. On this site you'll find video, suggested news scripts and graphics to help you put together informative news stories about the Feb. 7 drill, only the region's second earthquake preparedness exercise. The drill is taking place on the 200th anniversary of the last of the Great New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-12, some of the most powerful earthquakes ever to hit the continental United States. More than 3 million people signed up to participate in the first Central U.S. ShakeOut, including about 486,000 in Missouri. Much more information is available on the ShakeOut Web site:, including a ShakeOut Media Guide and audio and video ShakeOut drill recordings that can be broadcast by media outlets during the Feb. 7 drill. The media guide, which includes ShakeOut descriptions, text for PSAs, available resources and descriptions, fact sheets, and media contacts, can also be accessed directly at:

The lessons the ShakeOut drill teaches

During the ShakeOut, Missourians and participants across the central U.S. will "Drop, Cover and Hold On" for 60 seconds. Experts say this is the best way to protect yourself during an earthquake, since in the U.S. the primary threat for injury or loss of life is falling debris and toppling objects, like bookcases and heavy electronics, not a structural collapse. At 10:15 a.m. on Feb. 7, Missourians and people around the central U.S. will: DROP to the ground, take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.


Central US ShakeOut Media Guide  (from (1.2 MB PDF)
Includes ShakeOut descriptions, text for PSAs, available resources and descriptions, fact sheets, and media contacts

ShakeOut Web site:

Still photos of a ShakeOut drill:

Missouri State Emergency Management Agency Earthquake Preparedness Page: (includes background on earthquakes in Missouri, earthquake preparedness information, and videos about earthquake risks in Missouri and preparedness ideas) Go to and choose “Earthquakes” in the Plan and Prepare dropdown, near the top of the page. You can also go directly to:

3 minute video showing Missouri fourth graders taking part in a ShakeOut drill: