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CUSEC State Transportation Task Force Vision Statement
The vision of the CUSEC State Transportation Task force is to be an effective organization dedicated to enhancing man-made and natural transportation hazard mitigation by developing a multi-state strategy for identifying research, sharing information, response planning, and conducting training exercises, through the establishment of a closer collaboration between and among the CUSEC member states Departments of Transportation, various State and Federal Agencies, and related professional organizations.
Memorandum of Understanding for the CUSEC State Transportation Task Force
June 30, 2000
The States of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee (hereinafter "States") are located within the region of the central United States that is subject to damaging earthquakes within the New Madrid and Wabash Valley Seismic Zones, and other areas of seismic activity and enter into this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
Damaging earthquakes in the region will cause widespread and extensive damage to roadways, bridges and other critical transportation facilities, as well as other key public facilities, and will have both regional and national implications.
The timely and effective response on a local, state, and regional level, to damages and disruption of transportation facilities is essential in order to minimize injury, illness and loss of life. Every effort should be made to limit damages to private property, to limit the loss of essential public services and to minimize economic disruption.
Regional sharing of information and research, cooperation in response planning and training exercises is desired by these states in order to enhance emergency response and recovery capabilities.
This MOU does not obligate any member of the Task Force beyond the provisions noted below. Task Force States may opt out of this MOU at any time and for any reason.
Accordingly, the States agree to establish the "CUSEC State Transportation Task Force" (hereinafter "Task Force") which shall:
- Develop a multi-year strategy focused on transportation as the key to improving disaster preparedness for the seven (7) member states in the central United States region
- Identify research needed to facilitate the design, construction, maintenance or rehabilitation of seismic-resistant transportation systems.
- Promote information sharing and conduct joint planning and training exercises among the Task Force
- Undertake activities that will enhance cooperation among the Task Force states in planning and preparing for the response to damaging earthquakes in the region.
- Prepare an annual report to the Central United States Earthquake Consortium regarding the Task Force's work
- Identify and apply for funding to be used to further the activities of the Task Force