CUSEC News & Events
As earthquakes continue to occur on a daily basis in the central U.S.—with nearly 2,000 small tremors per year—CUSEC and emergency management officials in our Member States remind citizens and communities about the earthquake risk by designating February as Earthquake Awareness Month. During the month of February, and into March, CUSEC and our states will be involved with several events (listed below, as they become available) intended to educate the public, private sector, first responders, and government officials.
February 1-28 – Earthquake Awareness Month
February 1 –Southeast Region Public-Private Partners Summit; Pearl, Mississippi
February 14 – Answering the Call: Post-Disaster Safety Evaluation Webinar
February 15 – CUSEC Board of Directors Meeting; Franklin, Tennessee
February 21 – Earthquake Resilience Workshop; Knoxville, Tennessee
February 22 – CUSEC Insurance Commissioners Workgroup Meeting; Virtual
February 23 – Tennessee SAVE Coalition ATC-20/45 Training; Nashville, Tennessee
February 24 – Missouri SAVE Coalition ATC-20/45 Training; St. Louis, Missouri
Also, February 7 is the anniversary of the last of the earthquakes that struck the central U.S. in the winter of 1811-12. According to the US Geological Survey:
This sequence of three very large earthquakes is usually referred to as the New Madrid earthquakes, after the Missouri town that was the largest settlement on the Mississippi River between St. Louis, Missouri and Natchez, Mississippi. On the basis of the large area of damage (600,000 square kilometers), the widespread area of perceptibility (5,000,000 square kilometers), and the complex physiographic changes that occurred, the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812 rank as some of the largest in the United States since its settlement by Europeans.
While scientists say that there is a 7-10% probability of a reoccurrence of the 1811-12 earthquakes within any 50-year window, they also estimate that there is a 25-40% probability of a M6.0 or greater earthquake occurring in the central U.S. within the same period of time. About 200 earthquakes occur in the central U.S. every year-many of which go unnoticed. And while the primary focus remains on the NMSZ, it is not the only area of concern. Earthquakes are also occurring along the Wabash Valley and East Tennessee Seismic Zones and in Oklahoma, Kansas, Ohio, and Texas.
This regional professional development conference will bring together hundreds of attendees to learn the latest about earthquakes in the Midwest – the risk, preparedness strategies and recovery planning. Experts from across the country will lead sessions focused on the latest geology, best practices in mitigation, planning and response, transportation technologies, hospital and health services response, communication strategies, hazardous materials challenges and more.
Previous Summits have included information on New Madrid Seismic Zone hazards, consumer research and insurance communications, field operations for earthquake evacuation, emergency planning, ShakeCast, health care and earthquake risks, evacuation and mass care, transportation planning and response tools, response and recovery, business continuity principles and many other topics.
For more information and to register for this FREE event visit: https://sema.dps.mo.gov/earthquake_preparedness/summit.php
Following FEMA’s “National Preparedness Month” in September, individuals and communities throughout the Nation are encouraged to participate in the annual Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill. Held annually on the third Thursday of October, the ShakeOut International Day of Action is set for Thursday, October 19*. During the self-led drill, millions of people practice how to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On”. For most people, in most situations, the recommended earthquake safety action is to:
According to CUSEC Executive Director Brian Blake, “Preparedness and safety events such as Great ShakeOut Drills and National Preparedness Month provide citizens a great opportunity to learn how to protect themselves, their families, and businesses against earthquakes and other disasters.”
The ShakeOut is free and open to the public, and participants include individuals, schools, businesses, local and state government agencies, and many other groups. To take part in the ShakeOut, individuals and organizations are asked to join the drill by registering to participate www.shakeout.org. Once registered, participants receive regular information on how to plan their drill and become better prepared for earthquakes and other disasters.
More than 15 million people participate in ShakeOut drills nationwide each year, with 30 million participants worldwide.
* Although millions will participate on October 19, you are welcome to participate any day of the year that works best for you. Your participation date can be noted on your ShakeOut registration form.
The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is coordinated by CUSEC and our Member and Associate States, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey, and dozens of other partners. ShakeOut is coordinated globally by the Southern California Earthquake Center in Los Angeles, California.