Alma Schrader Elementary in Cape Girardeau will host state and local earthquake officials conducting presentations on Missouri earthquake science, history and preparedness, followed by a highly visual “Drop, Cover, Hold On” earthquake drill held simultaneously at 10:15 a.m. on Feb. 7 across nine states in the central U.S.
More than 1.7 million people in nine states will take part in the ShakeOut drill, including more than 390,000 in Missouri. About 320,000 students and staff at more than 250 school districts and individual schools are included in the drill.
To see all Missouri schools that have signed up to participate, as well as more details on the ShakeOut, check http://www.shakeout.org/centralus/state_participant_list.php?state=MO&orgtype=school.
Missouri is one of nine states in the New Madrid Seismic Zone that will participate in this drill on the 200th anniversary of the largest earthquake in state history. The Great New Madrid quake that occurred on Feb. 7, 1812 devastated much of southeast Missouri, briefly reversed the course of the Mississippi River, and was felt as far away as the East Coast.
The goal of the ShakeOut is to create a sense of urgency and, in the process, educate people on how to prepare for a potential disaster. Registration for the Shake Out is free and open to the public.