Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium - CUSEC




Welcome to the CUSEC Website. Our site covers everything from basic earthquake safety and mitigation issues, to a calendar of events and the some of the science behind the seismicity in the central United States. We want to have a site that is informative and easy to navigate and we welcome your feedback. Thanks for visiting...


 
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October 2014
October 2-3 - CUSEC Board of Directors Meeting; Washington, D.C.
October 3 -
Missouri S.A.V.E. Coalition Trianing; Blue Springs, Missouri
October 9-12 - NEMA Annual Forum; Atlanta, Georgia
October 10 - ATC-20 Post-Earthquake Safety Evaluations of Buildings Training; Little Rock, Arkansas
October 16 - Great Central U.S. ShakeOut

October 25 - Ready Shelby Day; Memphis, Tennessee

November 2014
November 7 - TNSAVE Board Meeting; Nashville, Tennessee
November 14-19 - International Assoc. of Emergency Managers Conference; San Antonio, Texas
November 19-21 - Federal Alliance for Safe Homes Conference; Orlando, Florida
November 27-28 - Thanksgiving Holiday; CUSEC Closed

December 2014
December 9 - CUSEC Earthquake Program Managers Meeting; Prattville, Alabama

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 17:06
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CAPSTONE-14 After-Action Report Released
November 2014 - Following the CAPSTONE-14 exercise in June of this year, CUSEC has completed an exercise "After-Action Report" (AAR).  The report highlights lessons learned and successes from three years of multi-state planning and preparedness activities coordinated by CUSEC and our Member States. It also highlights recommendations that are critical to advancing earthquake preparedness in the central U.S.  The report, lessons learned, and recommendations can all be reviewed by downloading the AAR from: http://www.cusec.org/capstone14/documents/CAPSTONE-14_AAR.pdf

As we work to address the recommendations in the AAR, CUSEC would like to thank the many individuals, Local, State, and Federal Government organizations, and private sector partners who participated in the development and implementation of CAPSTONE-14.  Their input and active participation in the years leading up to the exercise were the primary factor in making it a success.  Please continue to monitor the CUSEC Website and our newsletter for updates on earthquake planning and preparedness initiatives in the central U.S.


Donate to CUSEC on the Combined Federal Campaign
November 2014 - CUSEC is now a registered charitable organization in the Federal Government's "Combined Federal Campaign" (CFC).   CUSEC makes it possible for individuals and communities to prepare for and recover from damaging earthquakes. You can make it possible, too, by designating us through the CFC, which is September 1st through December 15th. Donations can be made through your local campaign or in the Universal Giving program.  Our designation number is 55519.

Your tax deductible donation through the CFC will provide quality training and resources for public safety officials, first responders, volunteers, and the general public. Please see your local campaign coordinator for pledge materials and details. 

CFC Designations can be made now through December 15, 2014.  Thank you for your support of earthquake and disaster preparedness!


Nearly 5 Million Participate in Regional Earthquake Drill
October 2014 - On October 16 at 10:16 a.m., nearly 4.8 million people across 19 States and the District of Columbia participated in the Great Central U.S. and Great SouthEast ShakeOut Earthquake Drills.  The regional ShakeOut drills are part of a global effort to teach people how to stay safe during an earthquake.

This action—known as “Drop, Cover, and Hold On”—is the safest response while the ground is shaking during an earthquake, and is endorsed by the CUSEC, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), American Red Cross, and other emergency officials and first responders.  ShakeOut participants included K-12 schools, businesses, neighborhood groups, colleges and universities, government organizations, and many other groups.  Also, several Governors of participating States issued statements proclaiming Oct. 16 as “Great ShakeOut Day” in their States. Including Thursday’s regional drills, more than 20 million people nationwide (and several other countries) participated in Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills.

According to CUSEC Executive Director Jim Wilkinson, “Everyone everywhere should know how to protect themselves during an earthquake.  Even if an individual doesn’t live in an area with a high earthquake hazard, they may one day travel to such an area and need to be prepared.  ShakeOut provides a dedicated time for individuals and communities to take a few minutes out of their day-to-day activities to practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On—an action that one day may save their lives.”  Wilkinson also adds that “Involving the ‘whole community’ is a major focus for us and we sincerely appreciate the dedication our partners have shown as they’ve worked tirelessly to make the ShakeOut a big success.”

The ShakeOut occurs annually on the third Thursday of October with the next drill scheduled for October 15, 2015 at 10:15AM, local time.  For more information, visit www.shakeout.org. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 18:01
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