September is National Preparedness Month, Great ShakeOut set for October 16
September 2014 - Since 2004, FEMA has designated the month of September as National Preparedness Month (#NatlPrep). Now is a great time to prepare yourself and those in your care for earthquakes and other disasters. The most important step you can take prior to a disaster is to be ready to take care of yourself before the next one occurs.
Following National Preparedness Month, individuals and communities in more than 45 States and Territories will participate in Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills. Now held annually on the third Thursday of October, the ShakeOut is set for Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 10:16 a.m.* During the self-led drill, participants practice how to "Drop, Cover, and Hold On". Endorsed by emergency officials and first responders, the proper response to an earthquake is to:
- Drop to the ground
- Take Cover under a sturdy table or desk if possible, protecting your head and neck and,
- Hold On until the shaking stops
CUSEC, with our Member and Associate States, coordinates regional activities for the Great Central U.S. and Great SouthEast ShakeOut Earthquake Drills. Oct. 16 marks the fifth Central U.S. ShakeOut drill taking place in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma and Tennessee. The SouthEast ShakeOut, now in its third year, includes Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
We encourage all of our newsletter subscribers to participate in this unique preparedness activity. To get started or to pledge your participation in the ShakeOut, please visit www.shakeout.org.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam appoints Mr. David Purkey as TEMA Director
August 2014 - In late August, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced the appointment of David W. Purkey as the State Director of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA). Purkey has served as interim director of TEMA since the April retirement of Jim Bassham, former CUSEC Board Chairman. Mr. Purkey has held a variety of public safety and emergency management positions including serving as Morristown-Hamblen County Emergency Management Director, Tennessee State Trooper, and a Special Agent for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Chattanooga region. He has been a licensed emergency medical technician for 35 years and also served in the Tennessee Army National Guard and United States Army Reserves. Mr. Purkey will continue to serve as the Governor's Homeland Security Advisor and Assistant Commissioner for the Department of Safety and Homeland Security. Haslam also reappointed Purkey to the Tennessee Medical Examiner Advisory Council.
Please join CUSEC in welcoming Mr. Purkey to the Board of Directors and congratulating him on his appointment as Director of TEMA.
DHS First Responder Group to Host Webinar on CAPSTONE-14 Technology Lessons Learned
July 2014 - 450 counties in seven states
shared over 13,000 reports of “essential elements of information” and 2,000
data layers with 2,500 people participating in the massive CAPSTONE-14 disaster
exercise, led by the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) and emergency
management directors of eight member states. A webinar on July 24 @
1pm ET will feature presentations by key exercise players from Kentucky,
Illinois, Tennessee, Missouri and CUSEC. Webinar attendees will learn how to
apply several successes and lessons learned to build capabilities for
information sharing, situational awareness, and resource management.
The webinar is titled Applying
Technologies to Enable Effective Decision-Making: Lessons Learned from CUSEC’s
CAPSTONE-14 Earthquake Exercise and is part of the First Responders Group
Capacity Building Webinar hosted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Science and Technology Directorate and the National Information Sharing
Consortium. Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits earned by participating in
the event can be applied to the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) and
Geographic Information Specialist Professional (GISP) certifications.
Pre-registration is not required. Login as a guest at https://share.dhs.gov/capacitybuildingseries
or go to FirstResponder.gov
to learn more.