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.