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FEMA Building Science Branch Releases 2013 Report
April 2014 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released their Building Science Branch: Fiscal Year 2013 in Review report. The Building Science Branch, which resides in the Risk Reduction Division of FEMA's Federal Insurance Mitigation Administration (FIMA), is staffed by highly skilled national experts on building codes, proper construction techniques, and rebuilding strategies. The Branch has the lead role in the development, production, and promotion of more than 250 resources that incorporate the most up-to-date building codes, seismic design guidelines, floodproofing, wind design, and other natural and man-made hazards requirements for new construction and the repair of existing buildings. These resources include publications, guidance, tools, training courses, outreach materials, technical bulletins, and recovery advisories.

The Building Science Branch and its partners, including CUSEC, help implement, support, and promote earthquake risk reduction through the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP).  To view or download the full report, visit the FEMA Library website: http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/92970.

To view or download FEMA NEHRP publications and products, visit the Earthquake Publications website: http://www.fema.gov/earthquake-publications.


USGS Announces 2015 Earthquake Research Grant Program
March 2014 - The US Geological Survey recently announced they will award up to $5 million in grants for earthquake hazards research in 2015.  “The grants offered through the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program are an established and long-standing effort that have proven to be a success every year, with talented, scientific applicants who significantly contribute to the advancement of earthquake research,” said Bill Leith, USGS Senior Science Advisor for Earthquake and Geologic Hazards. “Every year we are rewarded by innovative proposals from across the country, so we encourage the continued submission of new ideas to help earthquake science evolve and, ultimately, reduce earthquake losses.”

Each year the USGS awards earthquake hazards research grants to universities, state geological surveys, and private institutions. Past projects included investigating the Central Virginia Seismic Zone to develop a better understanding of this active seismic zone; examining the paleoseismic record in the Prince William Sound area of Alaska to characterize earthquakes prior to the Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964 to better understand future earthquakes in this hazard-prone area; and using GPS to measure ground deformation in the greater Las Vegas area and provide information on how faults will rupture in large, damaging earthquakes.

Interested researchers can apply online at GRANTS.GOV under funding opportunity number G14AS00036. Applications are due May 22, 2014.


February is Earthquake Awareness Month
February 2014 - Each February, several States in the Central U.S., including Arkansas, Missouri, and Tennessee, regularly observe "Earthquake Awareness Month".  For more than 20 years, Earthquake Awareness Month has provided an opportunity to increase public knowledge of earthquake hazards and earthquake preparedness measures. Activities during the month typically include earthquake themed exhibits, public service announcements, specialized training, public workshops and presentations, social media outreach, and more.

Also, CUSEC recently partnered with the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency and Bootheel Youth Museum in Malden, Missouri to produce a short video on earthquake preparedness for K-3 students.  The video is based on an adaptation of the children's classic story "The Three Little Pigs" and was created by the Museum as a way to teach children about the possibility of earthquakes in the New Madrid Seismic Zone and ways to prepare for those earthquakes. The skit was filmed in mid-2013 and is intended to be used as a teaching tool during the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut and Earthquake Awareness Month.  To watch the video, go to http://youtu.be/SEsfVr-7Ia8

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 15:52
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CUSEC Saddened by the Loss of Close Friend and Colleague
November 2007- Jerry Thompson, 61, of Lamar, Indiana, passed away on Friday November 9, 2007. Jerry was the driving force behind the formation of the CUSEC Transportation Task Force.  He held the chairman's position of the group from 2000 until mid 2007. The Task Force is one of three associations which function under the CUSEC umbrella and it serves two purposes: to help facilitate closer interaction between state departments of transportation on issues related to emergency preparedness and to provide a central point for collaboration with other organizations on transportation issues related to both man-made and natural disasters having a regional impact. Jerry served more than 40 years with the Indiana Department of Transportation and his leadership, vision, and sense of humor will be greatly missed by all who knew him.  For more information, click here

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March 2014
March 6-7 - CAPSTONE-14 Private Sector Workshop; Deerfield, Illinois
March 9-14 - NEMA Mid-Year Policy & Leadership Forum; Alexandria, Virginia
March 24 - CUSEC Board of Directors CAPSTONE-14 Planning Teleconference

April 2014
April 5 - Quake on the Lake; Reelfoot Lake, Tennessee
April 14-16 - CAPSTONE-14 Final Exercise Design Meeting; Nashville, Tennessee
April 21 - CUSEC Board of Directors CAPSTONE-14 Planning Teleconference

April 22 - CAPSTONE-14 Final Planning Meeting; Virtual Teleconference
April 29-30 - CUSEC State Transportation Taskforce Planning Meeting; Sikeston, Missouri

May 2014
May 19 - CUSEC Board of Directors CAPSTONE-14 Planning Teleconference
May 21-22 - National Earthquake Program Managers Meeting; Denver, Colorado

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 17:06
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Workshop Registration Print E-mail

Welcome to the online registration portal for workshops, meetings, and conferences that are coordinated by CUSEC.  Please use the links below to find all related information for a particular event.  You will be able to register electronically or also have the option to print out a registration form and fax or mail it in.  In the event that you do not see the event you are looking for listed below, please call our office at (901) 544-3570 or send us an email.

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Latest news and information for the members of the media are posted here.  News releases are posted in reverse chronological order, for easy viewing. If you would like to schedule and interview or other media request, please call (901) 544-3570 or (800) 824-5817. 

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Topic

October 16, 2013

Earthquake Experts from New Zealand to Provide Lessons Learned

October 16, 2013

ShakeOut Drill to take place at the University of Memphis' Lipman School

October 15, 2013

Millions Nationwide will ShakeOut this Thursday

October 09, 2013

Central U.S. to ShakeOut in just One Week

October 09, 2013

SouthEast ShakeOut just One Week Away

September 10, 2013

CUSEC to Co-host Public Forum in Memphis, TN

August 23, 2013

"Great ShakeOut" Drill Set for October 17, 2013

August 23, 2013

Second Annual "Great ShakeOut" Drill Set for SouthEast Region

February 06, 2013

DeSoto Central Primary School to Host USGS Director during ShakeOut Drill

February 06, 2013

Millions to ShakeOut this Week in Central United States

February 05, 2013

ShakeOut to be held this Thursday

January 24, 2013

Great ShakeOut in Two Weeks

January 10, 2013

2013 Great Central U.S. Just One Month Away

October 11, 2012

Millions to ShakeOut on October 18

October 05, 2012

Call for Radio/TV to Transmit Drill Broadcast

October 02, 2012

Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Set for February 7, 2013

September 27, 2012

SouthEast ShakeOut TV and Radio Participation

September 06, 2012

September is National Preparedness Month

September 06, 2012

SouthEast ShakeOut and National Preparedness Month

August 23, 2012

8/23/11 Earthquake Anniversary and Media Event

July 18, 2012

SouthEast ShakeOut set for October 18, 2012

April 5, 2012

Memphis to Host National Earthquake Conference

 
September is National Preparedness Month Print E-mail

MEMPHIS, TN – September 1, 2012 marks the beginning of National Preparedness Month, an annual campaign coordinated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help individuals and communities better prepare for disasters.   The Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) is pleased to partner with FEMA and nearly 15,000 other organizations as part of the “National Preparedness Coalition”.    In addition to recent disasters such as Hurricane Isaac, wildfires, and severe weather events around the nation, CUSEC Executive Director Jim Wilkinson notes that:

“In the last month there have been two major earthquakes, the M7.6 in Cost Rica on September 5, and M7.6 in the Philippines on August 31st – those could have just as easily occurred here in the central U. S. 

Are we ready for a damaging earthquake? Can more be done beforehand to reduce our vulnerability?  Taking an active part in National Preparedness Month and partnering with FEMA is a great way to get engaged and take action, because it’s a matter of when, not if, a disaster may strike.”

According to the White House Office of the Press Secretary, there has been a proclamation by President Barack Obama, encouraging all Americans to join the Preparedness Coalition and become better prepared for disasters.  According to the proclamation:

“During National Preparedness Month, we renew our commitment to promoting emergency preparedness in homes, businesses, and communities nationwide, and to building an America more ready and resilient than ever before.  Each of us has an important role to play in bolstering our preparedness for disasters of all types -- from cyber incidents and acts of terrorism to tornadoes and flooding. 

That is why my Administration is pursuing an approach to emergency management that engages the whole community -- from Federal, State, local, and tribal governments to the private sector, nonprofits, faith based organizations, and the general public.  I encourage all Americans to visit www.Ready.gov or www.Listo.gov to learn more about the risks facing their communities, find out what they can do to prepare, and join thousands of individuals from coast to coast by becoming a member of the National Preparedness Coalition.”

Also, in just over six weeks, individuals and communities throughout five states and the District of Columbia will practice “Drop, Cover, and Hold On,” the recommended response in the event of an earthquake, during the first ever Great SouthEast ShakeOut earthquake drill on Thursday, October 18,  2012 at 10:18 a.m.   This regional earthquake drill follows on the heels of the one year anniversary of the August 23, 2011 M5.8 Mineral, Virginia earthquake.  Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia are encouraging their schools, businesses, organizations, government agencies, communities, and households to participate in this historic event.   CUSEC is honored to be the coordinating organization for the SouthEast ShakeOut, working to engage partners and participants in new ways of earthquake preparedness.

Since 2011, CUSEC has coordinated ShakeOut activities in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.  In 2012, more than 2.4 million participated in ShakeOut drills across those states.  The next Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is scheduled for February 7, 2013 at 10:15a.m.

The ShakeOut drill is designed to be easy to do and self-led, and primarily includes “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drills held simultaneously at many different locations. This activity provides people and communities an opportunity to practice a simple, yet potentially lifesaving, action should an earthquake occur, as follows:

Drop to the ground

-  Take Coverunder a sturdy table or desk if possible, protecting your head and neck

Hold On until the shaking stops

National Preparedness Month and the Great SouthEast ShakeOut are your chance to practice what to do before an earthquake or disaster strikes in your community, and to learn how to get better prepared for a quick recovery.  To get started, visit www.shakeout.org/southeast, and pledge to have your family, school, business, or organization participate in the drill. Once registered, you will receive regular information on how to plan your drill and how to engage your community to become better prepared for earthquakes and disasters. 

To register for the ShakeOut, or for more information, visit www.shakeout.org/southeast

For more information on National Preparedness Month, visit, www.ready.gov or www.listo.gov

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August 23, 2012 Marks One Year Anniversary of VA Earthquake Print E-mail

WASHINGTON, D.C. - August 23, 2012 marks the one year anniversary of the M5.8 earthquake that was centered in Louisa County, Virginia.  This quake was felt in nearly every state on the eastern coast of the U.S., and caused an estimated $200-300 million in damage.  This earthquake resulted in -

$75 million in damages in Louisa County, Virginia

Extensive damage to the National Cathedral (more than $15 million in damages)

Temporary closing of the Washington Monument (closed until 2014)

To commemorate the anniversary, CUSEC is pleased to partner with the Commonwealth of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the National Park Service (NPS) to hold a press conference at the Washington Monument.   This event comes on the heels of National Preparedness Month, an effort to engage the public in disaster preparedness activities.  At the press conference, senior government officials will discuss -

Lingering effects of the earthquake and progress made in rebuilding and recovery efforts

Current understanding of earthquake threat and likelihood of future events

Participation in a regional/national “ShakeOut” earthquake drill involving millions of people

Click here to download the full press release.


WHERE         Grassy area facing the Washington Monument in between 14th and 15th streets

WHEN           August 23, 2012 from 10:30AM - 11:00AM

WHO            Confirmed senior government officials speaking at this press conference include:

                    Brett Burdick, Deputy Director, Virginia Dept. of Emergency Management
                    Chris Geldart, Director, District of Columbia Homeland Security and EMA
                    Tim Manning, Deputy Administrator, FEMA
                    David L. Miller, Associate Administrator, FEMA
                    Marcia McNutt, Director, US Geological Survey
                    Jim Wilkinson, Executive Director, Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium
                    Bob Vogel, Superintendent, National Mall and Memorial Parks, National Park Service

CONTACT     Brian Blake, Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium
                   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it / (901)544-3570

NOTES         All media are invited to attend; press packets will be made available. Side interviews will be allowed following the press conference.  Audio mult box will be provided. 

Limited parking for microwave or satellite trucks is on eastbound Jefferson Drive between 14th and 15th Streets in the far left-hand lane. Parking is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and is not guaranteed. There is room for a maximum of six live vehicles parked bumper to bumper. There is no room for any news crew cars or personal vehicle parking in this area. Suggested parking for crew/personal vehicles is on Jefferson Drive east of 14th Street.