On April 18, 2008, a magnitude 5.2 earthquake struck near Mt. Carmel, Illinois. This earthquake was felt in 18 states by over 40,000 people, according to the USGS. Since January of 2008, there have been more than 500 earthquakes in the central United States, some of which were also felt over a wide area. Recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chile serve as reminders of just how devastating large earthquakes can be. When and where the next one will occur, we can’t say, but there is more we can do to be prepared.
Hospitals have unique structural and non-structural components,
including special design, equipment and unique infrastructure systems.
Even during smaller sized earthquakes, non-structural components of
hospitals can cause injury and/or varying amounts of damage and loss of
use. Furthermore, hospitals must remain operational during and after
an earthquake. By using sound, cost effective mitigation techniques,
operations can be maintained, and losses can be reduced, and most
importantly, lives can be saved.
The Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium and the Arkansas Dept. of Emergency Management and our sponsoring partners are pleased to invite you to a one day workshop on the basic principles of earthquake mitigation for hospitals and medical facilities. The workshop will include topics and speakers on:
Earthquake Hazard Overview
Earthquake Program Overview
Non-Structural Elements & Hazards
Non-Structural Mitigation for Hospitals
This training is being jointly sponsored by the following organizations: The Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium, Arkansas Dept. of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the St. Bernards Medical Center.
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There is no charge for this workshop, however participation is limited on a first come, first serve basis. Course materials are being provided under a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency
Date, Time, & Location
February 17, 2011
8:30a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
St. Bernards Hospital Auditorium
505 E. Washington Avenue
Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401
Phone: (870) 972-4100
For More information -
Myra Jane Biggers, Program Coordinator
Arkansas Dept. of Emergency Management
Phone: (870) 935-8528