An Initiative to Advance Preparedness in the Central U.S.
In support of Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD8) the Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) presents CAPSTONE-14. Under the direction of the CUSEC Board of Directors,
CAPSTONE-14 was a three-year, multi-state scope of planning and
activities culminating in a major, multi-state earthquake exercise in
June 2014. It was designed to strengthen partnerships between local,
state, and federal governments, while engaging public
and private sector entities in planning response and recovery from a
occurring within the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ). Included in the
initiative were both CUSEC Member, and Associate States.
CAPSTONE-14 included mitigation, preparedness, recovery, and response planning activities that directly support legislation in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. Additionally, the exercise supported plans to improve building inspection capabilities and promote code adoption to enhance seismic safety and community resilience. CAPSTONE-14 built off of lessons learned during the New Madrid Seismic Zone Catastrophic Planning Project and National Level Exercise 2011 (NLE11). Focus areas of the CAPSTONE-14 exercise included:
- Regional Communications,
- Regional Situational Awareness,
- Regional Transportation,
- Private Sector Integration,
- Regional Resource Management, and
- Regional Defense Support of Civil Authorities
In November, 2014, CUSEC released the CAPSTONE-14 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
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.
CLICK HERE to access the CAPSTONE-14 After-Action Report