For release: January 22, 2009
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
West Tennessee Earthquake Awareness Week 2009 will be February 8-14. As part of the
week’s activities, the Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI) at the
University of Memphis conducted a poster contest in Shelby County for students in
grades 4 through 6. Students designed posters related to earthquake preparedness and
illustrated one of the following themes: how to be ready before an earthquake happens, how to stay safe during an earthquake, or how to stay safe after an earthquake.
Seventy-five posters were received from students in Memphis City Schools and Shelby
County Schools. The entries were judged Jan. 21. Earthquake Awareness Week corporate
partner, State Farm Insurance, sent representatives to judge, as did CERI’s partners
in preparedness – the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency, the Tennessee Emergency
Management Agency, Shelby County Schools, and the U.S. Geological Survey.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries in each grade and to the teachers
and schools of the first place winners. Prizes include hand-crank radios, hand-crank
flashlights, and emergency preparedness kits from the American Red Cross.
Winners will be announced Thursday, Jan. 29, at the West Tennessee Earthquake Awareness
For more information about the kickoff, contact Gary Patterson, CERI information services
director, by phone at 901-678-5264 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
More information about West Tennessee Earthquake Awareness Week 2009 events is available
online at http://itmattersareyouprepared.org/2009earthquakeawareness.html