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 is a three-year, multi-state scope of planning and preparedness activities culminating in a major, multi-state earthquake exercise in June 2014.  It is designed to strengthen partnerships between local, state, and federal governments, while engaging public and private sector entities in planning response and recovery from a catastrophic earthquake occurring within the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ). Included in the initiative are both CUSEC Member, and Associate States.  

This effort will include mitigation, preparedness, recovery, and response planning activities that directly support legislation in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. Additionally, CAPSTONE-14 will support plans to improve building inspection capabilities and promote code adoption to enhance seismic safety and community resilience. 

CAPSTONE will build off of lessons learned during the New Madrid Seismic Zone Catastrophic Planning Project and National Level Exercise 2011 (NLE11).  It will complete the full planning, training, and exercise cycle, while serving as a regional and national model to the emergency management community.  The focus areas of CAPSTONE-14 exercise include Regional Communications, Regional Situational Awareness, Regional Transportation,  Private Sector Integration, Regional Resource Management, and Regional Defense Support of Civil Authorities.

For more information on CAPSTONE-14, we invite you to look at the links and documents listed below. 


To access the VIRTUAL VIP DAY go to at 9:30AM CDT on June 17

To access the CAPSTONE-14 ArcGIS Online (AGOL) portal, go to

CLICK HERE to Access Meeting Presentations & Notes

CAPSTONE-14 Calendar & Documents

Focus Areas & Workgroups

CAPSTONE-14 Calendar / Timeline

Building Inspection

State EMA Exercise & Training Calendars

GIS/IT Situational Awareness

 Exercise Planning Documents

Private Sector

Workshop Presentations & Notes Archive

Resource Allocation Workshops (RAW)