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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January 2015
January 1 - New Year's Day; CUSEC Closed
January 7-8 - CUSEC Board of Directors Meeting; Nashville, Tennessee
January 16 - Arkansas Governor's Earthquake Advisory Council Meeting; Jonesboro, Arkansas
January 19 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday; CUSEC Closed

February 2015
Earthquake Awareness Month
February 5 - Missouri Seismic Safety Commission Meeting; St. Louis, Missouri
February 6 - QuakeSmart Business Summit; St. Louis, Missouri
February 7 - Missouri S.A.V.E. Training; St. Louis, Missouri
February 9 - ATC-20 Post-Earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings; Russellivlle, Arkansas
February 13 - TNSAVE Planning Meeting; Nashville, Tennessee
February 16 - President's Day; CUSEC Closed
February 19 -
ATC-20 Post-Earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings; Pine Bluff, Arkansas
February 21 - Emergency Preparedness Fair; Sikeston, Missouri
February 25 - Earthquake Town Hall Meeting; Ste. Genevieve, Missouri
February 25-26 - Mississippi Earthquake Preparedness Summit; Tunica, Mississippi
February 27 - Missouri S.A.V.E. Training; Troy, Missouri
February 28 - Earthquake Preparedness Event at Onondaga Cave State Park; Leasburg, Missouri

March 2015
March 12 - FEMA P-767 Hospital Mitigation Training; Jonesboro, Arkansas
March 13-17 - NEMA Mid-Year Policy/Leadership Forum; Alexandria, Virginia
March 20 -
ATC-20 Post-Earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings; Jacksonville, Arkansas

Last Updated on Friday, 23 January 2015 21:32
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CAPSTONE-14 After-Action Report Released by CUSEC and DHS S&T
January 2015 - 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

In addition to CUSEC's report, the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate has released an After-Action Report.  This document summarizes the Federal Governments role in the exercise, lessons learned, as well as several "operational leave-behinds" from the exercise.  These leave-behinds were developed during (or for) the CAPSTONE-14 exercise and have been implemented in several CUSEC Member States following the exercise.  You can download the DHS S&T AAR from: www.cusec.orgcapstone14/documents/DHS_CAPSTONE_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 Friday, 23 January 2015 21:47
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