The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut was a major success!

More than 3 million citizens across 11 states participated in the largest earthquake drill ever practiced in the central United States’ history.

At Mary Paxton Keeley Elementary School in Columbia, the students practiced “Drop, Cover and Hold On,” the agreed upon steps that best reduce injury and death during earthquakes.

Gov. Nixon, U.S. Cabinet Secretaries Duncan and Napolitano Participate in ShakeOut Events

Gov. Jay Nixon, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today observed students at Carnahan High School of the Future as they took part in one of the largest earthquake preparedness drills held in the United States. More than 3 million people, including nearly 500,000 in Missouri, were registered for the 11-state “Great Central U.S. ShakeOut,” which teaches students and others how to protect themselves in the event of an earthquake. View photos.

About the ShakeOut

The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut was an 11-state drill spanning much of the central United States, including Missouri. Schools, businesses, faith-based organizations, community groups, scouts, individuals and others participated  in the ShakeOut on April 28, 2011, to prepare for earthquakes, and to share what they did with others so they can do the same in the event of an earthquake.

Watch this video to learn more about the ShakeOut.

Video Contest

Are you earthquake prepared? Are your friends and family members prepared? Kindergarten through 12th grade students across Missouri were 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. Learn more.