The Dept. of Public Safety has announced that a new earthquake preparedness video featuring Mid-Missouri fourth graders is now being used by the Central United States Earthquake Consortium to teach Midwesterners what to do to when an earthquake hits.

The four-minute video has been picked up by the organizers of the first-ever “Great Central U.S. ShakeOut” earthquake drill, slated to take place at 10:15 a.m. on April 28.


The video features Rhonda Allen’s fourth-grade class at Jefferson City’s Thorpe Gordon Elementary School and was shot by the State Emergency Management Agency. The students demonstrate the “Drop, Cover, Hold On” method of self-protection.

State Emergency Management Agency Director Paul D. Parmenter says, “The children were enthusiastic, attentive and provided a great example of what to do during an earthquake.”

Participating states include Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Oklahoma and South Carolina.

For more information on Missouri earthquake history, geology and preparedness, visit SEMA’s earthquake Web site. The site includes SEMA’s original video with the Thorpe Gordon students, before it was modified for multi-state use.

The department reports that more than 172,000 Missourians and almost 1 million central U.S. residents are already registered to participate in the 11-state earthquake drill.