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Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills 
October 2016 - At 10:20 a.m. on October 20, 2016, millions of people will "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" in the Great ShakeOut, the world's largest earthquake drill. Everyone is encouraged to participate and inform others about the drill because earthquakes can occur at any time and happen anywhere: at home, at work, at school, or even on vacation. ShakeOut is a chance to prepare yourself, your family, and your organization by practicing protective actions to take during earthquakes and other aspects of your emergency plans. Register today so that you will:

 - Be counted  in the largest-ever earthquake drill in the world!
 - Be listed with other participants in your area. (Optional)
 - Be an example that motivates others to participate & prepare.

Worldwide, more than 25 million people will participate in the ShakeOut.  CUSEC has led and participated in ShakeOut activities since 2011 in the Central U.S. and since 2012 in the SouthEast. To find out more and how to participate, visit

September is National Preparedness Month
September 2016 - Each September, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Ready Campaign host "National Preparedness Month" - an effort to improve individual and community preparedness towards disasters.  In 2016, National Preparedness Month is a timely reminder that we all need to be better prepared.  In the past two months, there have been earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and severe weather that have caused damage and loss of life in the Midwest and Southeast United States. From Hurricane Hermine to the historic flooding in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to the moderate M5.8 earthquake near Pawnee, Oklahoma, these events have impacted thousands of individuals.  While natural disasters cannot be prevented, many of their impacts can.  On a community level, it is important to adopt and enforce modern building codes, which take into account local hazards, to reduce deaths and injuries, as well as improve community resiliency.  On an individual level, being prepared for a disasters can be accomplished in a variety of ways.  From making communications plans to reconnect with family members, to building disaster supply kits, to taking first aid training, citizens can play an important role in improving their own ability to respond following an event.  

Following National Preparedness Month, CUSEC will again be participating in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, set for Thursday October 20 at 10:20AM, local time.  The ShakeOut is another dedicated time to practice how to be prepared and stay safe, for earthquakes and other disasters.  In 2015, more than 40 million people participated in ShakeOut drills around the globe, practicing how to "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" in the event of an earthquake.  We encourage everyone to learn how to stay safe and how to  participate in the ShakeOut by visiting

FEMA P-154 & ATC-20 Training set for this October
August 2016 - CUSEC and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency are presenting a FREE training opportunity this October in Memphis, Tennessee.  The training will include FEMA P-154: Rapid Visual Screening (RVS) of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards (pre-event) and ATC-20: Post-Earthquake Safety Evaluations of Buildings (post-event). The training is targeted to b
uilding officials, engineers, architects, building owners, facility managers, emergency managers, risk analysts, and others interested in building inventory and safety assessments from a seismic perspective.

Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Earthquake Technical Assistance Program (NETAP), the training is free and open to the public.  Participants must pre-register for the training by September 30, 2016.  Registration is available online at

Last Updated on Monday, 17 October 2016 19:18
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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 2017
January 9-13 - 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Santiago, Chile
January 17-18 - CUSEC Board of Directors Meeting; Memphis, Tennessee
January 25 - Mississippi Earthquake Program Meeting; Tunica, Mississippi
January 27 - Arkansas Governor's Earthquake Advisory Council Meeting; Jonesboro, Arkansas

February 2017
February 1-28 - Earthquake Awareness Week/Month Activities (AR/IL/MO/TN)
February 13-14 - Esri Federal User Conference; Washington, D.C.
February 14 - Missouri Seismic Safety Commission Meeting; St. Louis, Missouri

March 2017
March 7-10 - EERI Annual Meeting; Portland, Oregon
March 20-24 - NEMA Mid-Year Forum; Alexandria, Virginia

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 January 2017 16:46
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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. 



September 9, 2016

CUSEC Encourages Participation in National Preparedness Month

September 30, 2015

Fifth Annual Great Central U.S. ShakeOut

September 9, 2015

CUSEC Receives FEMA Community Preparedness Award

July 6, 2015

CUSEC & Delta Regional Authority Partner to Improve Multi-State GIS Capability

March 30, 2015

CUSEC Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant

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 or 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, 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

For more information on National Preparedness Month, visit, or


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.