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Nearly 5 Million Participate in Regional Earthquake Drill
October 2014 - On October 16 at 10:16 a.m., nearly 4.8 million people across 19 States and the District of Columbia participated in the Great Central U.S. and Great SouthEast ShakeOut Earthquake Drills.  The regional ShakeOut drills are part of a global effort to teach people how to stay safe during an earthquake.

This action—known as “Drop, Cover, and Hold On”—is the safest response while the ground is shaking during an earthquake, and is endorsed by the CUSEC, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), American Red Cross, and other emergency officials and first responders.  ShakeOut participants included K-12 schools, businesses, neighborhood groups, colleges and universities, government organizations, and many other groups.  Also, several Governors of participating States issued statements proclaiming Oct. 16 as “Great ShakeOut Day” in their States. Including Thursday’s regional drills, more than 20 million people nationwide (and several other countries) participated in Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills.

According to CUSEC Executive Director Jim Wilkinson, “Everyone everywhere should know how to protect themselves during an earthquake.  Even if an individual doesn’t live in an area with a high earthquake hazard, they may one day travel to such an area and need to be prepared.  ShakeOut provides a dedicated time for individuals and communities to take a few minutes out of their day-to-day activities to practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On—an action that one day may save their lives.”  Wilkinson also adds that “Involving the ‘whole community’ is a major focus for us and we sincerely appreciate the dedication our partners have shown as they’ve worked tirelessly to make the ShakeOut a big success.”

The ShakeOut occurs annually on the third Thursday of October with the next drill scheduled for October 15, 2015 at 10:15AM, local time.  For more information, visit 

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

    Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 15:55
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    October 9-12 - NEMA Annual Forum; Atlanta, Georgia
    October 10 - ATC-20 Post-Earthquake Safety Evaluations of Buildings Training; Little Rock, Arkansas
    October 16 - Great Central U.S. ShakeOut

    October 25 - Ready Shelby Day; Memphis, Tennessee

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    October 16, 2013

    Earthquake Experts from New Zealand to Provide Lessons Learned

    October 16, 2013

    ShakeOut Drill to take place at the University of Memphis' Lipman School

    October 15, 2013

    Millions Nationwide will ShakeOut this Thursday

    October 09, 2013

    Central U.S. to ShakeOut in just One Week

    October 09, 2013

    SouthEast ShakeOut just One Week Away

    September 10, 2013

    CUSEC to Co-host Public Forum in Memphis, TN

    August 23, 2013

    "Great ShakeOut" Drill Set for October 17, 2013

    August 23, 2013

    Second Annual "Great ShakeOut" Drill Set for SouthEast Region

    February 06, 2013

    DeSoto Central Primary School to Host USGS Director during ShakeOut Drill

    February 06, 2013

    Millions to ShakeOut this Week in Central United States

    February 05, 2013

    ShakeOut to be held this Thursday

    January 24, 2013

    Great ShakeOut in Two Weeks

    January 10, 2013

    2013 Great Central U.S. Just One Month Away

    October 11, 2012

    Millions to ShakeOut on October 18

    October 05, 2012

    Call for Radio/TV to Transmit Drill Broadcast

    October 02, 2012

    Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Set for February 7, 2013

    September 27, 2012

    SouthEast ShakeOut TV and Radio Participation

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    September is National Preparedness Month

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    SouthEast ShakeOut and National Preparedness Month

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    8/23/11 Earthquake Anniversary and Media Event

    July 18, 2012

    SouthEast ShakeOut set for October 18, 2012

    April 5, 2012

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    September is National Preparedness Month Print E-mail

    MEMPHIS, TN – September 1, 2012 marks the beginning of National Preparedness Month, an annual campaign coordinated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help individuals and communities better prepare for disasters.   The Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) is pleased to partner with FEMA and nearly 15,000 other organizations as part of the “National Preparedness Coalition”.    In addition to recent disasters such as Hurricane Isaac, wildfires, and severe weather events around the nation, CUSEC Executive Director Jim Wilkinson notes that:

    “In the last month there have been two major earthquakes, the M7.6 in Cost Rica on September 5, and M7.6 in the Philippines on August 31st – those could have just as easily occurred here in the central U. S. 

    Are we ready for a damaging earthquake? Can more be done beforehand to reduce our vulnerability?  Taking an active part in National Preparedness Month and partnering with FEMA is a great way to get engaged and take action, because it’s a matter of when, not if, a disaster may strike.”

    According to the White House Office of the Press Secretary, there has been a proclamation by President Barack Obama, encouraging all Americans to join the Preparedness Coalition and become better prepared for disasters.  According to the proclamation:

    “During National Preparedness Month, we renew our commitment to promoting emergency preparedness in homes, businesses, and communities nationwide, and to building an America more ready and resilient than ever before.  Each of us has an important role to play in bolstering our preparedness for disasters of all types -- from cyber incidents and acts of terrorism to tornadoes and flooding. 

    That is why my Administration is pursuing an approach to emergency management that engages the whole community -- from Federal, State, local, and tribal governments to the private sector, nonprofits, faith based organizations, and the general public.  I encourage all Americans to visit or to learn more about the risks facing their communities, find out what they can do to prepare, and join thousands of individuals from coast to coast by becoming a member of the National Preparedness Coalition.”

    Also, in just over six weeks, individuals and communities throughout five states and the District of Columbia will practice “Drop, Cover, and Hold On,” the recommended response in the event of an earthquake, during the first ever Great SouthEast ShakeOut earthquake drill on Thursday, October 18,  2012 at 10:18 a.m.   This regional earthquake drill follows on the heels of the one year anniversary of the August 23, 2011 M5.8 Mineral, Virginia earthquake.  Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia are encouraging their schools, businesses, organizations, government agencies, communities, and households to participate in this historic event.   CUSEC is honored to be the coordinating organization for the SouthEast ShakeOut, working to engage partners and participants in new ways of earthquake preparedness.

    Since 2011, CUSEC has coordinated ShakeOut activities in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.  In 2012, more than 2.4 million participated in ShakeOut drills across those states.  The next Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is scheduled for February 7, 2013 at 10:15a.m.

    The ShakeOut drill is designed to be easy to do and self-led, and primarily includes “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drills held simultaneously at many different locations. This activity provides people and communities an opportunity to practice a simple, yet potentially lifesaving, action should an earthquake occur, as follows:

    Drop to the ground

    -  Take Coverunder a sturdy table or desk if possible, protecting your head and neck

    Hold On until the shaking stops

    National Preparedness Month and the Great SouthEast ShakeOut are your chance to practice what to do before an earthquake or disaster strikes in your community, and to learn how to get better prepared for a quick recovery.  To get started, visit, and pledge to have your family, school, business, or organization participate in the drill. Once registered, you will receive regular information on how to plan your drill and how to engage your community to become better prepared for earthquakes and disasters. 

    To register for the ShakeOut, or for more information, visit

    For more information on National Preparedness Month, visit, or


    August 23, 2012 Marks One Year Anniversary of VA Earthquake Print E-mail

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - August 23, 2012 marks the one year anniversary of the M5.8 earthquake that was centered in Louisa County, Virginia.  This quake was felt in nearly every state on the eastern coast of the U.S., and caused an estimated $200-300 million in damage.  This earthquake resulted in -

    $75 million in damages in Louisa County, Virginia

    Extensive damage to the National Cathedral (more than $15 million in damages)

    Temporary closing of the Washington Monument (closed until 2014)

    To commemorate the anniversary, CUSEC is pleased to partner with the Commonwealth of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the National Park Service (NPS) to hold a press conference at the Washington Monument.   This event comes on the heels of National Preparedness Month, an effort to engage the public in disaster preparedness activities.  At the press conference, senior government officials will discuss -

    Lingering effects of the earthquake and progress made in rebuilding and recovery efforts

    Current understanding of earthquake threat and likelihood of future events

    Participation in a regional/national “ShakeOut” earthquake drill involving millions of people

    Click here to download the full press release.

    WHERE         Grassy area facing the Washington Monument in between 14th and 15th streets

    WHEN           August 23, 2012 from 10:30AM - 11:00AM

    WHO            Confirmed senior government officials speaking at this press conference include:

                        Brett Burdick, Deputy Director, Virginia Dept. of Emergency Management
                        Chris Geldart, Director, District of Columbia Homeland Security and EMA
                        Tim Manning, Deputy Administrator, FEMA
                        David L. Miller, Associate Administrator, FEMA
                        Marcia McNutt, Director, US Geological Survey
                        Jim Wilkinson, Executive Director, Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium
                        Bob Vogel, Superintendent, National Mall and Memorial Parks, National Park Service

    CONTACT     Brian Blake, Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium
                       This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it / (901)544-3570

    NOTES         All media are invited to attend; press packets will be made available. Side interviews will be allowed following the press conference.  Audio mult box will be provided. 

    Limited parking for microwave or satellite trucks is on eastbound Jefferson Drive between 14th and 15th Streets in the far left-hand lane. Parking is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and is not guaranteed. There is room for a maximum of six live vehicles parked bumper to bumper. There is no room for any news crew cars or personal vehicle parking in this area. Suggested parking for crew/personal vehicles is on Jefferson Drive east of 14th Street.