Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium - CUSEC

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Registration is now open for the 2016 National Earthquake Conference (NEC), scheduled for May 4-6, 2016 in Long Beach, California.  The quadrennial NEC brings together hundreds of geoscientists, engineers, insurance regulators, building officials and emergency management professionals to discuss advancements in earthquake hazards, mitigation, preparedness and education. The 2016 conference will focus on advancements since the 2012 and build a national strategy for earthquake risk reduction and resilience. Registration, agenda, and hotel information are available online at www.earthquakeconference.org.

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April 2016
April 3-7 - National Emergency Management Association Mid-Year Forum; Alexandria, Virginia
April 5-8 - Earthquake Engineering Research Institute Annual Meeting; San Francisco, California
April 13 - FEMA P-154 Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards Training; Eureka, Missouri
April 13-14 - CUSEC GIS/IT Working Group Meeting; Nashville, Tennessee
April 19 - Missouri SAVE Coalition On-Site Leader Training; Springfield, Missouri
April 19-22 - Missouri Emergency Management Conference; Branson, Missouri
April 22 - ATC-20 Post-Earthquake Safety Evaluations of Buildings; Nashville, Tennessee
April 22 - ATC-20 Post-Earthquake Safety Evaluations of Buildings; Fayetteville, Arkansas
April 30 - America's PrepareAthon! National Day of Action

May 2016
May 2-3 - 2016 National Earthquake Program Managers Meeting; Long Beach, California
May 4-6 - 2016 National Earthquake Conference; Long Beach, California
May 13 -
Missouri SAVE Coalition Training; St. Louis, Missouri
May 23-25 - CUSEC Board of Directors Meeting, Morrilton, Arkansas
May 23-27 - 2016 Mississippi
Partners in Preparedness Summit; Biloxi, Mississippi

June 2016
June 12-18 - Ride the Fault Line; Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee
June 17  -
Missouri SAVE Coalition Training; Kansas City, Missouri
June 21-23 - Illinois Public Health Association Preparedness Summit; Schaumburg, IL
June 25-28 - ESRI 2016 National Security and Public Safety Summit; San Diego, California

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New TEMA Director Appointed by Governor Bill Haslam
May 2016 - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointment of Patrick Sheehan as director of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA). Sheehan takes over the director position from David Purkey, who returns to the singular position of homeland security advisor and assistant commissioner of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security after serving in dual roles for the past two years.

Sheehan is currently the operations administrator for the Ohio Emergency Management Agency. He has led Ohio’s Emergency Operations Center and the Radiological and Preparedness Branches since 2014, and held several leadership positions in the since joining the agency in 2004.  Ohio is a CUSEC Associate Member State.

“Patrick was the top candidate in a nationwide search for a director to lead the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. His experience coordinating the responses to several serious statewide emergencies in Ohio is impressive and he will use those skills to help Tennesseans during times of crisis,” Haslam said. I am honored by this opportunity and excited to serve the people of Tennessee,” Sheehan said. “TEMA has a great national reputation, and I look forward to working with the TEMA team and Tennessee’s county EMA directors to prepare for, respond to and recover from all disasters.”

Please join us in congratulating Mr. Sheehan and welcoming him to the CUSEC Board of Directors.  We also thank Assistant Commissioner Purkey for his service to CUSEC as he returns to his post in Homeland Security.

February is Earthquake Awareness Month
February 2016 - As earthquakes continue to occur on a daily basis in the central U.S., 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.

The Arkansas Division of Emergency Management (ADEM) is working to promote earthquake preparedness among its residents. ADEM is hosting several events including an ATC-20 Post-Earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings training in Jonesboro on February 11, a Governor's Earthquake Advisory Council Meeting on February 12 in Walnut Ridge, and a DIY Earthquake Preparedness workshop later in the month.

The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) will observe Earthquake Awareness Month by hosting various activities throughout the State. Missouri has one of the longest-standing Earthquake Awareness Month programs in the nation. Activities planned for the month include Missouri Seismic Safety Commission Meetings, S.A.V.E. Coalition Building Inspector Trainings,Safety and Preparedness presentations, and more.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is also designating February as Earthquake Awareness Month, reminding citizens to take measures to prepare and mitigate against earthquakes before the next big one strikes. 

While scientists say that there is only 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 our only area of concern.  Earthquakes are also occurring along the Wabash Valley and EastTennessee Seismic Zones and in Oklahoma, Kansas, Ohio, and Texas.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 May 2016 16:56
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