FEMA P-154 & ATC-20 Training set for this October
August 2016 - CUSEC and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency are presenting a FREE training opportunity this October in Memphis, Tennessee. The training will include FEMA P-154: Rapid Visual Screening (RVS) of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards (pre-event) and ATC-20: Post-Earthquake Safety Evaluations of Buildings (post-event). The training is targeted to building officials, engineers,
architects, building owners, facility managers, emergency managers, risk
analysts, and others interested in building inventory and safety assessments from a seismic perspective.
Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Earthquake Technical Assistance Program (NETAP), the training is free and open to the public. Participants must pre-register for the training by September 30, 2016. Registration is available online at http://register.cusec.org.
Longstanding CUSEC Board Member Retires
July 2016 - June 30, 2016 marked the retirement of longstanding CUSEC Board of Directors Meber and current Vice-Chairman, Mr. David Maxwell. Director Maxwell has served the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) in several functions for more than 37 years, starting as a temporary employee in 1978 and as State Director for the last 10 years. He also serves as State Homeland Security Advisor and is on numerous boards and committees within the State, including the Arkansas Governor's Earthquake Advisory Council. Since his appointment to State Director in 2006, Director Maxwell has served as an officer of the CUSEC Board of Directors. Maxwell is also a past president of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), and chaired several NEMA Committees over the years.
In 2015 NEMA presented Director Maxwell with the Lacy E. Suiter Distinguished Service Award, named in honor of the former Tennessee Emergency Management Agency Director, a pioneer of emergency management and founding member of the CUSEC Board of Directors. Both Maxwell and Suiter played active roles in CUSEC's early formation and success. The award is presented annually by NEMA to an individual that has made cumulative outstanding contributions to the field of emergency management. CUSEC would like to thank Director Maxwell for nearly four decades of commitment to improving all aspects of emergency management preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery, and we wish him the best during his retirement from public service.
In late May, Mr. A.J. Gary, former Chief of Police for the Conway Police Department, was appointed by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchison as the new director of (ADEM). Please join us in welcoming Mr. Gary to the CUSEC Board of Directors.
CUSEC Participates in Public Health Preparedness Summit
June 2016 - On June 22-23, 2016 CUSEC participated in the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA) 2016 Integrated Public Health and Healthcare System Preparedness Summit. The summit was held in Schaumburg, Illinois with more than 650 public health and healthcare professionals attending. The focus of the summit was improving public health preparedness, response, and recovery to disasters in Illinois.
With funding support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Motorola Solutions Foundation, CUSEC presented in several sessions during the summit. During the opening plenary session, CUSEC gave an overview of central U.S. earthquake hazards, potential impacts from a
New Madrid Seismic Zone earthquake, and lessons learned from past
earthquakes such as the 2011 Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake. On the afternoon of June 22, CUSEC led a breakout session on earthquake mitigation and safety for hospital and healthcare facilities, including ways to identify and reduce losses from future earthquakes according to FEMA's Incremental Seismic Rehabilitation of Hospitals methodology. We also participated in a breakout session with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) Earthquake Program Manager, Jason Williams, on integrated response and recovery following an earthquake or other disaster.
CUSEC would like to thank IDPH and IPHA for inviting us to participate in the conference, which drew near-record participation from public health and healthcare system professionals across Illinois.