CUSEC News & Events
On August 29, 2019 at 12PM CDT, CUSEC and our Member States will be featured in a webinar to provide an overview of the Shaken Fury 2019 exercise and technology solutions used during the exercise. The webinar is being hosted by the National Information Sharing Consortium (NISC) as part of their Mission-Focused Job Aids Webinar Series. Technology solutions reviewed will include: the Regional Information Sharing Portal (RISP) used for whole-of-community information sharing; implementation of FEMA’s Community Lifelines; and more. Attendees will learn how these technology solutions supported information sharing and situational awareness at the federal, state, and local levels during Shaken Fury.
Register for the webinar at: https://t.co/ABScUCwR26.
This webinar is the twenty-second webinar in the NISC’s Mission-Focused Job Aids Webinar Series that reviews tools, techniques, and standard operating procedures that NISC partners in the homeland security, emergency management, public safety, first responder, and healthcare preparedness communities use to facilitate and manage information sharing. For more information about the webinar series and the NISC, visit the NISC website at www.nisconsortium.org.
CUSEC, along with our Member and Associate States, are participating in FEMA’s Shaken Fury 2019 regional earthquake exercise from May 29 – June 7, 2019. The exercise is designed to test response and recovery capabilities following a major New Madrid Seismic Zone earthquake and is the culmination of several years of planning and preparedness activities involving FEMA, states, and many other organizations.
During Shaken Fury, CUSEC will provide exercise participants with simulated data through the Shaken Fury Regional Information Sharing Portal (RISP). The RISP is an online tool developed in support of our Member States’ needs for regional shared situational awareness after a disaster. Ahead of Shaken Fury, CUSEC has been developing the RISP with support from the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, Science & Technology Directorate, which has also been heavily involved in the exercise planning process.
Exercise participants will use the RISP to get simulated information and updates on community lifeline systems such as:
For more information about the RISP or to access products and data developed for the exercise*, please visit https://shakenfury-cusec.opendata.arcgis.com/.
Also, you can access the Shaken Fury fact sheet at https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/177754.
*Login credentials may be required to access some information.
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 Arkansas, Illinois, and Missouri remind citizens and communities about the earthquake risk by designating February as Earthquake Awareness Month.
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 re-occurrence 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.