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February is Earthquake Awareness Month
February 2015 - As earthquakes continue to occur on a daily basis in the central U.S., CUSEC and emergency management officials in Arkansas, Illinois, and Missouri remind citizens and communities about the earthquake risk by designating February as Earthquake Awareness Month.

The Arkansas Division of Emergency Management (ADEM) is also working to promote earthquake preparedness among its residents. ADEM is observing Earthquake Awareness Week from February 8-14, and will offer several training opportunities. These include ATC-20 Post-Earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings training (in Russellville, Pine Bluff, and Jacksonville) and a FEMA P-767 Hospital Mitigation Training in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) will observe Earthquake Awareness Month by hosting various activities throughout the State. Missouri has one of the longest-standing Earthquake Awareness Month programs in the Nation. Activities planned for the month include Missouri Seismic Safety Commission Meetings, S.A.V.E. Coalition Building Inspector Trainings, Safety and Preparedness Fairs, and more.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is also designating February as Earthquake Awareness Month, reminding citizens to take measures to prepare and mitigate against earthquakes before the next big one strikes. 

While scientists say that there is only a 7-10% probability of a re-occurrence of the 1811-12 earthquakes within any 50-year window, they also estimate that there is a 25-40% probability of a M6.0 or greater earthquake occurring in the central U.S. within the same period of time.  About 200 earthquakes occur in the central U.S. every year-many of which go unnoticed.  And while the primary focus remains on the NMSZ, it is not our only area of concern.  Earthquakes are also occurring along the Wabash Valley and East Tennessee Seismic Zones and in Oklahoma, Kansas, Ohio, and Texas.


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.org/capstone14/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.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 14:10
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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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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 - (CANCELLED) INSPARK Meeting; N. Little Rock, Arkansas
February 25-26 - (CANCELLED) Mississippi Earthquake Preparedness Summit; Tunica, Mississippi
February 26 - DHS S&T First Responder Webinar:  Responding to Power Outage Emergencies
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 5 - DHS S&T First Responder Webinar: Mitigation Innovations
March 10 - Earthquake Town Hall/Community Meeting; St. Genevieve, Missouri
March 12 - DHS S&T First Responder Webinar: Communicating with International Partners during Emergencies
March 12 - FEMA P-767 Hospital Mitigation Training; Jonesboro, Arkansas
March 13-17 - NEMA Mid-Year Policy/Leadership Forum; Alexandria, Virginia
March 19 - FEMA 154 Rapid Visual Screening Training; Shrewsbury, Missouri
March 20 -
ATC-20 Post-Earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings; Jacksonville, Arkansas
March 25-26 - Mississippi Resource Allocation Workshop; Oxford, Mississippi

March 31 - Missouri Emergency Management Conference; Branson, Missouri

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 13:53
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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

January 3, 2015

February is Earthquake Awareness Month

October 23, 2014

Nearly 5 Million Participate in Regional "ShakeOut" Drills

October 14, 2014

Millions to ShakeOut this Thursday

September 18, 2014

Great ShakeOut Set for October 16 at 10:16AM

August 25, 2014

CUSEC Taking Steps to Prepare for Earthquakes

June 10, 2014

CUSEC States to Conduct Large Scale Exercise from June 16-20, 2014

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

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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.