Iowa, Louisiana, and Nebraska Participating in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut
August 2015 - With just two months until the 2015 Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills are set to occur, the states of Iowa, Louisiana, and Nebraska are now official participants in the regional effort known as the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut. Schools, businesses, individuals and organizations in communities within these states can now register to participate in the earthquake drill and be counted along with other CUSEC Member and Associate States.
The ShakeOut, scheduled for October 15, 2015 at 10:15 local time, occurs annually on the third Thursday in October, and occurs in states throughout the nation and several countries around the world. ShakeOut participants are encouraged to hold earthquake drills, make plans to be prepared for earthquakes and other disasters, and take action to mitigate against earthquake damage. Nearly 26.5 million people participated in the event in 2014, which is linked with FEMA's America's PrepareAthon! individual and community preparedness campaign.
Registration and information on how to hold an earthquake drill can be found on the ShakeOut website at www.shakeout.org.
CUSEC Receives Investment in GIS from Delta Regional Authority
July 2015 - CUSEC is pleased to announce a recent grant from the Delta Regional Authority, a federal-state partnership created by Congress to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development in 252 counties and parishes across eight states.
Through this grant and investment in the region, CUSEC and our Member States will create the first regional Geographical Information System (GIS) in the CUSEC region, as part of our mission to reduce earthquake-related deaths, injuries, property damage and economic losses. GIS is an information system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of spatial or geographical data. With the use of this GIS system, emergency management officials will have the ability to share information and achieve situational awareness across the entire region.
This system will speed States' ability for disaster response and recovery efforts as well as improving overall disaster preparedness from an emergency management perspective. “One of our highest priorities in this region is to ensure that our communities, businesses, and families are ready to bounce back economically from a natural disaster,” said Chris Masingill, Federal Co-Chairman of the DRA. “The disaster preparedness and mitigation capabilities that CUSEC and this regional GIS is bringing to Delta states will make our communities more resilient and more competitive for future economic growth.
The regional GIS initiative follows a successful test and implementation of several GIS advancements during the CAPSTONE-14 exercise in 2014. Current GIS improvements are slated to continue through 2016 and 2017. For more information on the Delta Regional Authority, please visit their website at www.dra.gov.
Quake Catcher Network comes to the Central U.S.
June 2015 - In June, Robert de Groot, Ph.D, of the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) came to the central U.S. to facilitate an initial deployment of the "Quake Catcher Network" or QCN. QCN is a network of low-cost seismometers installed on personal computers that transmit earthquake shaking information to servers in California. The deployment is a pilot in the central U.S., and is an extension of the EPIcenter program, which provides resources and learning tools to public information centers such as museums, science centers, and other free-choice learning institutions. In all, twelve QCN seismometers were installed in Blytheville, Arkansas, Malden, Missouri, Tiptonville and Ridgely, Tennessee, and DeSoto County Mississippi. Once in place the seismometers not only record earthquake shaking, but can be used to demonstrate how earthquakes are measured and recorded through a "QCN Live" demonstration software.
Currently, QCN devices are deployed worldwide through a cooperative program at Stanford University. In the coming months QCN is transitioning to a collaborative management approach between CalTech, SCEC, and IRIS, the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology.
After a review of the initial deployment, CUSEC intends to reach out to other communities in states throughout the central U.S. to join the Quake Catcher Network and improve the understanding and translation of earthquakes and earth science. For more information, visit http://qcn.stanford.edu