Get ShakIN' is a public awareness campaign by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security to inform Hoosiers about the risk earthquakes pose in Indiana and to help them be prepared. With two seismic zones in the region, both with the potential to produce major quakes, Hoosiers need to Get ShakIN' when it comes to earthquake preparedness. More information on earthquake safety is available on the Earthquakes page on GetPrepared.in.gov.
The Get ShakIN' video contest gives Hoosier schoolchildren (K–12) the chance to win their school class or group an "Indiana Earthquake Day" event! Groups can enter by submitting a student-produced video focused on earthquake preparedness and/or safety. A panel of judges from IDHS will select an overall winning video for the grand prize: an "Indiana Earthquake Day" event, including a visit by the Quake Cottage simulator (if available).
Indiana Earthquake Day Event Details
- Event hosted by IDHS at winner's school or Indiana Government Center (home of State Emergency Operations Center) in Downtown Indianapolis
- Experts in emergency management and earthquake safety to share preparedness information
- Educational and fun giveaway items
- Experience of the Quake Cottage earthquake simulator
- Demonstrations and student-participation activities
- Photos with IDHS leadership
- Winning video to be featured on IDHS website and social media channels
- Press release to announce winner and notify winner's local news media
The 2023 contest is now open. Video entries will be accepted until Oct. 31. See the rules below, as well as earthquake safety information, resources and examples of past Get ShakIN' videos.
About 2,000 tremors occur on a daily basis in the central United States, underscoring the need for all Hoosiers to know earthquake safety and how they can be prepared for quakes.
The Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) designates February as Earthquake Awareness Month and organizes the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut on the third Thursday in October every year. For the 2023 ShakeOut, Hoosiers are encouraged to practice their earthquake safety plans on Oct. 19 with a region-wide earthquake drill occurring at 10:19 a.m. local time. At that time, Hoosiers should stop what they are doing and ...
- Drop where they are, onto their hands and knees
- Cover their head and neck with one arm and hand, while crawling for shelter under a nearby table or desk (sturdy piece of furniture)
- Hold On to the shelter with the free hand until the earthquake stops
- If outside during an earthquake, stay outside and move away from power lines, tall buildings, rocky areas or other structures or locations that could collapse.
- If in a vehicle during an earthquake, drive slowly to a location away from buildings, bridges and utility wires.
Submit questions about the campaign or contest to IDHS at firstname.lastname@example.org.