Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium - CUSEC

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July 2014
July 4 - Independence Day; CUSEC Closed
July 18 - Arkansas Governor's Earthquake Advisory Council Meeting; Jacksonville, Arkansas
July 21-25 - 10th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering; Anchorage, Alaska
July 24 - NISC CAPSTONE-14 Lessons Learned Webinar; Virtual
July 24 - FEMA74 Non-structural Earthquake Mitigation Training; Little Rock, Arkansas
July 25 - Missouri S.A.V.E. Coalition Training; Joplin, Missouri
July 28-29 - NEMA Public Information Officer Workshop; Memphis, Tennessee

August 2014
August 4-6 - 2014 HAZUS User Conference; Indianapolis, Indiana
August 8 - TNSAVE Planning Meeting; Nashville, Tennessee
August 15 - Missouri S.A.V.E. Coalition Training; Cape Girardeau, Missouri

September 2014
September 1-30 - National Preparedness Month
September 4 - Missouri S.A.V.E. Coalition Trianing; Columbia, Missouri
September 12 - Alabama Be Ready Day; Montgomery, Alabama
September 17 - Mid-South Association of Contingency Planners EPIC Conference; Memphis, TN
September 19 -
Missouri S.A.V.E. Coalition Trianing; Lake Ozark, Missouri
September 23 - Emergency Preparedness Academy; St. Louis, Missouri
September 26 -
Missouri S.A.V.E. Coalition Trianing; St. Louis, Missouri

Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 15:31
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DHS First Responder Group to Host Webinar on CAPSTONE-14 Technology Lessons Learned
July 2014 - 450 counties in seven states shared over 13,000 reports of “essential elements of information” and 2,000 data layers with 2,500 people participating in the massive CAPSTONE-14 disaster exercise, led by the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) and emergency management directors of eight member states. A webinar on July 24 @ 1pm ET will feature presentations by key exercise players from Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee, Missouri and CUSEC. Webinar attendees will learn how to apply several successes and lessons learned to build capabilities for information sharing, situational awareness, and resource management.

The webinar is titled Applying Technologies to Enable Effective Decision-Making: Lessons Learned from CUSEC’s CAPSTONE-14 Earthquake Exercise and is part of the First Responders Group Capacity Building Webinar hosted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate and the National Information Sharing Consortium. Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits earned by participating in the event can be applied to the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) and Geographic Information Specialist Professional (GISP) certifications. Pre-registration is not required. Login as a guest at https://share.dhs.gov/capacitybuildingseries or go to FirstResponder.gov to learn more.

CAPSTONE-14 Multi-State Exercsie is June16-20
June 2014 - Next week, CUSEC Member, Associate, and supporting States will participate in CAPSTONE-14, a regional, multi-state exercise designed to test response and recovery capabilities following a major New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ) earthquake.

In direct support of Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD8), CAPSTONE-14 is the culmination of three years of planning and preparedness activities led by the CUSEC Board of Directors. It follows and builds upon lessons learned during the NMSZ Catastrophic Planning Initiative and National Level Exercise 2011 (NLE11), completing the full emergency management planning, training, and exercise cycle.  CAPSTONE-14  also serves as a regional and national model to the emergency management community by incorporating new technologies such as the Mutual Aid Support System (MASS), the Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (vBEOC), a regional Common Operating Picture (COP), and more. 

The National Information Sharing Consortium is working with the Dept. of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate to host a "Virtual VIP Day" during CAPSTONE-14.  VIP Day will last from 9:30AM to Noon Central Daylight Time.  To access it, visit https://share.dhs.gov/CAPSTONE-14 on the designated date and time.  For more information on CAPSTONE-14 you can also visit the CAPSTONE-14 "portal" on the CUSEC website, where we have several pages of exercise-related information, notes, and archives.

Kentucky Governor Appoints new State Director
May 2014 - Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has appointed Michael Dossett as Director of Kentucky Emergency Management, effective June 1, 2014.  with his appointment as Emergency Management Director, Mr. Dossett will also serve as a member of the CUSEC Board of Directors.

"Michael Dossett is the right man at the right time for this job," said Gov. Beshear.  "Kentucky's emergency management team has a proven track record, putting it among the best in the nation.  I have full confidence that, under Mike's leadership, the safety and welfare of citizens of the Commonwealth are in good hands."

Mr. Dossett served as KYEM's Resource Management Logistics Chief and Regional Response Manager from 2009 - 2013.  As Director, Mr. Dossett will plan and direct disaster response and crisis management activities, provide disaster preparedness training, and prepare emergency plans and procedures for natural and man-made disasters within the Commonwealth.  Prior to working for KYEM, Mr. Dossett served as the Deputy Commissioner for Kentucky's Department of Juvenile Justice as an Assistant Chief of Police for Louisville Metro Police Department.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 14:54
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