Earthquake Mitigation in the Central U.S. Print E-mail

Below is a project listing of earthquake mitigation projects that have occurred in the central United States since the 1990s.  These projects are typically funded through FEMA under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) or the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program.  We will continue to update the project listing as time goes on and we find other projects that may not be listed below.  If you know of a project that is not listed here, but would like to include it in the listing, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Currently, projects are listed on a state by state basis.  

Arkansas

Community:  Crittenden
Date:  1997
Project Title:  Seismic Retrofit of Community Center
Type:  205.6: Structural Retrofitting/Rehabilitating Public Structures - Seismic
Description:  The proposed project seeks to upgrade the community center to newer earthquake building standards
Funded by:  Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
Cost:  $76,164
POC:  Arkansas Dept.of Emergency Management


Community:  Clay
Date:  1998
Project Title:  Clay County Infrastructure Retrofitting/Disaster Abatement
Type:  205.6: Structural Retrofitting/Rehabilitating Public Structures - Seismic
Description:  Clay County Disaster Preparedness Council proposes to install gas shut-off valves in all applicable school buildings in Clay County. This affects the towns of Piggott, Rector and Corning.
Funded by:  Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
Cost:  $13,069
POC:  Arkansas Dept.of Emergency Management


Community:  Clay
Date:  1999
Project Title:  Seismic Retrofit of School Buildings
Type:  205.6: Structural Retrofitting/Rehabilitating Public Structures - Seismic
Description:  City of Rector plans to structurally retrofit four schools. These buildings include the high school building, junior high schoolbuilding, math/science building and the gymnasium.
Funded by:  Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
Cost:  $484,268
POC:  Arkansas Dept.of Emergency Management


Community:  Poinsett
Date:
  2000
Project Title: 
Infrastructure retrofitting and disaster abatement project
Type:
  205.6: Structural Retrofitting/Rehabilitating Public Structures - Seismic
Description:
  The Poinsett County School System proposes to install gas shut-off valves in five different school system in the county.  Poinsett County schools include the cities of
Lepanto, Tyronza, Marked Tree, Weiner,Harrisburg and Trumann.
Funded by:
  Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
Cost:
  $51,017
POC:
  Arkansas Dept.of Emergency Management


Community:  Clay
Date: 
2001

Project Title: 
Seismic Retrofit School Buildings - Piggott, AR

Type: 
205.6: Structural Retrofitting/Rehabilitating Public Structures - Seismic

Description:
  Clay County plans to retrofit five school buildings in Piggott, AR.  These buildings include:  Piggott High School Complex (High Schoo lBuilding and Agriculture Building) and Piggott Middle School Complex ( Middle School Building, Gymnasium - Auditorium - Cafeteria Building with Band Addition, and Science Building)

Funded by: 
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

Cost:
  $448,538

POC: 
Arkansas Dept.of Emergency Management


Community:  Clay
Date: 
2001

Project Title: 
Clay County Seismic Retrofit - Piggot Schools

Type:
  205.6: Structural Retrofitting/Rehabilitating Public Structures - Seismic

Description:
  Supplemental Funding to DR1162 Projects

Funded by:
  Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

Cost:
  $157,675

POC: 
Arkansas Dept.of Emergency Management
Community:  Crittenden
Date: 
2002

P
roject Title:  West Memphis Retrofit, Earthquake Hardening of Public Factilty

Type:
  205.4: NonStructural Retrofitting/Rehabilitating Public Structures - Seismic

Description: 
Seismic retrofit of the the City of West Memphis Water System

Funded by:
  Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

Cost:
  $269,452

POC: 
Arkansas Dept.of Emergency Management
Community:  Crittenden
Date:
  2007

Project Title:
  West Memphis School Dist-Bragg Elementary-Seismic/wind retrofit

Type:
  205.6: Structural Retrofitting/Rehabilitating Public Structures - Seismic; 205.8: Retrofitting Public Structures - Wind

Description:
  Seismic retrofit of Bragg Elementary School

Funded by:
  Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

Cost:
  $750,287

POC:
  Arkansas Dept.of Emergency Management

 

Illinois

Community:  Monroe
Date:  2006

Project Title:  Waterloo Community School Seismic Retrofit

Type:  205.6: Structural Retrofitting/Rehabilitating Public Structures - Seismic

Description:  The school district, in accordance with Design Architects, Inc. have developed plans for upgrades to meet FEMA 424 Seismic resistance for a new school that is beingbuilt.  This school is in the heart of the Waterloo community and will provide a safe shelter for not only the 1400student body capacity but also an emergency shelter for the community if needed during an earthquake or high wind event. Precast concrete panel exterior bearing walls will be utilized for the exterior gymnasium-multipurpose room walls. In addition to the wind/earthquake resistant structural system design, a backup generator sized to allow for emergency lighting, food service operations and minimal space power.
The project has subsequently been refocused to seismic resistance, excluding wind resistance and the backup generator.
Funded by:  Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
Cost:  $659,238
POC:  Illinois Emergency Management Agency

 

Indiana

Community:  Vanderburgh
Date:  1997
Project Title:  Evansville Fire Station Retrofit
Type:  205.6: Structural Retrofitting/Rehabilitating Public Structures - Seismic
Description:  Earthquake Retrofit of 4 Fire Stations
Funded by:  Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
Cost:  $149,015
POC:  Indiana Emergency Management Agency


Community:  Posey
Date:  2002
Project Title:  Seismic Retrofit of St. Vincent Hospital Facilities
Type:  205.4: NonStructural Retrofitting/Rehabilitating Public Structures - Seismic
Description:  Mitigation measures are to be implemented in multiple areas of each facility.  These activities include, but are not limited to: securing counter top based equipment to minimize possible loss of use due to vibrations and falling from counter-tops, securing wall-mounted monitors to ensure they will withstand vibrations of an earthquake, installation of automatic natural gas shut-off valves to reduce risk of fire caused by cracked or broken gas lines, attaching file cabinets and shelving to the walls to prevent their falling over, placing netting or strapping across open shelving and files to prevent spilling their contents onto the floor and other activities as deemed necessary.  Training will also be conducted for staff at the facilities on how to appropriately protect themselves during and after an earthquake.
Funded by:  Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
Cost:  $14,063
POC:  Indiana Emergency Management Agency

 

Tennessee

Community:  Shelby
Date:  1998
Project Title:  Water Utility Retrofit
Type:  205.5: Structural Retrofitting/Rehabilitating Private Structures - Seismic
Description: 
This project proposes to seismically strengthen the Ira J. Lichterman and C.M. McCord water treatment and pumping station buildings, pumps, switchgear, filters, garages,chlorination facilities, and aerator structures, to reduce the risk of damage caused by an earthquake of a M7.0 in the New Madrid Seismic Zone.  This project also includes the seismic strengthening of all associated systems and equipment.
Funded by:  Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
Cost:  $2,608,221
POC:  Tennessee Emergency Management Agency


Community:  Shelby
Date:  2008
Project Title:  High Voltage Transformer Seismic Retrofit
Type:  205.4: NonStructural Retrofitting/Rehabilitating Public Structures - Seismic
Description:  Strenghthen/Anchor transformers for seismic considerations
Funded by:  Pre-Disaster Mitigation
Cost:  $2,684,826
POC:  Tennessee Emergency Management Agency