Part of the strength behind CUSEC’s accomplishments are the Working Groups that have formed over the years. The Working Groups are made up of staff members from Member States and communicate and meet regularly to address challenges faced on the regional level.
Each Working Group addresses a specific aspect of the hazard, i.e. earthquake program guidance, public information and outreach strategies, emergency communications, etc. The Working Groups provide a collective voice for the areas they represent rather than eight independent efforts. The unique aspects of the seismic hazard in the central US creates a regional problem which requires a regional approach for addressing it.
The Working Groups also fill a need that otherwise could not be addressed given limited funding and staff. A secondary result of these groups are the partnerships which they have fostered. Viewed as a “win, win” relationship, the Working Groups and their federal counterparts have made great strides towards building a stronger federal / state interaction collectively than was present independently. These closer working relationship has opened up new opportunities across the board.
Use the links below to find information about each of the different CUSEC Working Groups.