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2003 CUSEC News Archives
CPT Truck comes to CUSEC States
2003 - The
USGS Cone Penetration Truck performs tests in Memphis.
awarded $120,000 grant from Mississippi Emergency Management Agency
the Center for Community Earthquake Preparedness was awarded a major grant
to perform loss estimations for Mississippi using HAZUS.
becomes Full Member of CUSEC
2003 - The CUSEC Board of Directors voted unanimously to
include the State of Alabama as a full member of CUSEC. Read the press
expands its partnership with USGS through the Advanced National Seismic
which serves on the Mid-America Regional
Advisory Committee for the Advanced National Seismic System as a representative
of the emergency management interest in the central US, has recently increased
its involvement. CUSEC will host a strong
motion instrument at its headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee.
The CUSEC building, which is located in the southern most portion of Memphis,
adjacent to the Memphis International Airport, is an ideal location for
studying ground motion and its effects on a critical facility. The Memphis
airport is a critical link in the response planning efforts for the Memphis
area. Information gained from this instrument and others in the system
will quickly show the level of shaking experienced. This information can
then be used to give an idea of the amount of damage that may have occurred
due to the shaking. The information will be vital to emergency responders
trying to get outside aid into the Memphis area.
Maher Award goes to Arkansas Earthquake Program Manager
2003 - The
J. E. Maher Award Of Excellence was given for the third time at the
CUSEC Annual Meeting held in Nashville on June 30 - July 1, 2003. Mr.
Dan Cicirello, Earthquake Program Manager for the Arkansas Department
of Emergency Management, accepted the award.
New Earthquake Video Available
"Earthquake Risk and Readiness: It's Everybody's Fault"
"The Central U.S. faces the possibility of a destructive earthquake
at anytime, but are we ready?
It will strike with no warning, and the consequences could be devastating:
collapsed buildings and bridges, interrupted power and water supplies,
millions of dollars in business losses, and thousands of casualties.
The impact could be great, but it can also be minimized if everyone realizes
their responsibility to prepare."
Find out what you can do by watching this video, which includes a quake
quiz to test your knowledge and tremor tips to help you lessen the impact
on your home, your place of work, and your family. Parri O. Black, of
television station WNIN in Evansville, Indiana wrote and produced the
video, which includes interviews recorded at the first Central U.S. Partnership
Meeting in June, 2000.
For more information or to purchase a copy write to: WNIN Earthquake Risk
and Readiness, 405 Carpenter St., Evansville, IN 47708 or visit their
web site at www.wnin.org.
Systems Earthquake Vulnerability Now Available
CUSEC monograph "Earthquake Vulnerability of Transportation Systems in
the Central United States".
First published in 1996, the monograph provides an overview of the earthquake
risk in the region, the effects of earthquakes on transportation systems,
and sets forth a framework for future action to reduce transportation
vulnerability. Available free in hard copy from CUSEC, or by download in the publications library.
Journal, Summer 2003
Summer 2003 CUSEC Journal addresses various topics of communications
and how communication breakdowns can affect the emergency management community,
pre and post disaster. Also in this issue is recent
CUSEC news and workshop announcements.