Students, enter the “Show Me ShakeOut” Poster & Video Contest

Young artists are invited to become Earthquake Preparedness Ambassadors

Calling all young artists! You are invited to become Earthquake Preparedness Ambassadors.  ShakeOutBC is once again asking students from across the province to help promote B.C.’s annual “Drop, Cover and Hold On” earthquake drill through the “Show Me ShakeOut” poster and video contest.

Winning submissions will be used to educate the public about the importance of earthquake preparedness and how the simple steps of “Drop, Cover and Hold On” can save lives.

“We hope to build on the fantastic submissions we received during the last contest. Students clearly demonstrated an understanding of earthquake preparedness in very creative ways,” said Dave Cockle, President of the BC Earthquake Alliance. “If we can reach kids early with this important message, it helps build and support a culture of earthquake preparedness in B.C.”

The poster contest is open to primary and intermediate school students (kindergarten to grade 7). The video contest is targeted to high-school students (grades 8 to 12). For grades K through 7, winners will receive iPads. The top high-school student entry will receive a $1,000 bursary generously donated by ShakeOutBC’s lead sponsor, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC).

To help create buzz around this fun and educational contest, join the conversation online with the hashtags #EQPrepAmbassador and #ShakeOutBC.

Submissions are due by Feb. 1, 2016. Winners will be announced Feb. 15. The selected posters and videos will be shared on the ShakeOutBC website (, as well as via Twitter (@ShakeOutBC and @IBC_West), YouTube and Facebook.

Poster Guidelines:

• There are two grade categories: K–3 and 4–7. One winner will be selected for each.

• Entries are limited to one per student. Posters must be on letter-sized paper (8.5 by 11 inches).

• Artwork should demonstrate a ShakeOut topic, e.g., “Drop, Cover and Hold On” or personal earthquake preparedness.

• Posters will be judged on message and content, keeping age and skill level in mind.

• Parents/guardians must complete a consent form giving ShakeOutBC permission to disclose their child’s name and publish their artwork.

Video Guidelines:

• There is one category: grades 8 to 12. One winner will be selected.

• Entries are limited to one per student and can’t be longer than two minutes.

• The video or animation should demonstrate a ShakeOut topic, e.g., “Drop, Cover and Hold On” or personal earthquake preparedness.

• Entries will be judged on concept, messaging and visual impact. All content must be original.

• Parents/guardians must complete a consent form giving ShakeOutBC permission to disclose their child’s name and publish their video.

• Anyone appearing in the video must also complete a release form.

Submitting Entries:

All submissions must include an entry and consent form with the student’s name, grade, school and classroom teacher’s name, and parent/guardian signatures. All necessary forms are available at

Video entries must also include signed release forms for anyone who appears in the project.

Send poster entries to: Jennifer McLarty, Co-Chair, ShakeOutBC Organizing Committee c/o Emergency Management BC, PO Box 9201, Stn Prov Govt, Saanichton, B.C., V8W 9J1

Video files can be submitted in hard copy to the above mailing address or via YouTube. Upload your video, mark it unlisted and email the link, along with completed release forms, to


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