Established in 1983 with funding support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, CUSEC’s primary mission is,
“… the reduction of deaths, injuries, property damage and economic losses resulting from earthquakes in the Central United States.”
CUSEC is a partnership of the federal government and the eight states most affected by earthquakes in the central United States. Those states are: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.
CUSEC serves as a “coordinating hub” for the region, performing the critical role of coordinating the multi-state efforts of the central region. Its coordinating role is largely facilitative and not as the primary implementer of emergency management functions which is the responsibility of each individual state. The CUSEC Board of Directors have identified six program and organizational goal areas that CUSEC focuses on. Those goals are:
- Multi-state planning
- Public awareness and education
- Resource development
- Constituency building
The four outreach goals address the planning, preparation and knowledge processes. The two remaining foundation goals, resource development and constituency building, provide the organization with the structure and influence to accomplish the four outreach goals.
In 2016 CUSEC began working on a new five-year strategic plan. The plan outlines the major initiatives CUSEC will undertake, strategic organizational thrusts, particularly in clarifying its mission and goals, constructing its organizational vision, and addressing several critical issues.