Mitigation is commonly defined as any effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters.  The best time to mitigate against disasters is before an event occurs.  Mitigation is central to CUSEC's misscion.  Each day, substantial subs of money are invested in new buildings, facilities, and lifelines in hazard prone areas in our communities.

The challenge for CUSEC and others is to ensure that planners, developers, building officials, lenders, insurance representatives and other key players understand the potential consequences of earthquakes in the central United States.  It is important that these members of the community begin to incorporate mitigation into the daily decisions that are made on site selection, design, and construction of buildings and lifelines. 

CUSEC works to continuously provide mitigation programs such as - 

  - Assist Member States in developing new mitigation technologies within the earthquake program

  - Integrating earthquake program initiatives into state and local mitigation plans

  - Providing assistance with earthquake projects and strategies that support NEHRP

  - Providing information on existing mitigation technologies

Use the links below to learn more about some of the mitigation initiatives that CUSEC is currently involved with...

National Mitigation Alliance Print E-mail

CUSEC is one of the original members of the National Mitigation Alliance, which is led by the National Emergency Association.  According to the NEMA website*:

The National Mitigation Alliance is a collaborative initiative providing a forum for public and private sector groups, non-profit organizations, and academia to address the importance of mitigating loss of life and property during disaster.  The Alliance consists of over 20 organizations representing local, state, federal, private, and academic professionals all dedicated to the advancement of mitigation principles across the full spectrum of emergency management. 


The initial membership represents a significant sample of key stakeholders but the Alliance will reach out to other critical partners to enhance the mission of discussion, collaboration, and coordination.  Protecting critical investments is more than mitigating damage to life and property.  It also includes understanding the critical role mitigation plays in the economy and overall resiliency of the nation.  Individually, each member of the Alliance has worked to support mitigation efforts around the country.  Through collaboration, the Alliance reaches across disciplines to help develop a comprehensive national mitigation framework. 


The Alliance encourages diverse opinions and provides a neutral forum for the exchange of ideas.  While policy discussions remain a key component to the Alliance, policy recommendations will be left to individual members, allowing the Alliance as a whole to debate, develop, and eventually provide balanced input to the federal government.  Membership in the National Mitigation Alliance is open to all organizations that support the principles contained in the Mitigation White Paper published in 2009.

Download the National Mitigation Alliance Fact Sheet
Download the White Paper: Recommendations for an Effective National Mitigation Effort

For More Information
National Emergency Management Association
Washington DC Office
444 North Capitol Street Suite 401
Washington DC, 20001
(202) 624-5381

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Earthquake Mitigation in the Central U.S. Print E-mail

Below is a project listing of earthquake mitigation projects that have occurred in the central United States since the 1990s.  These projects are typically funded through FEMA under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) or the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program.  We will continue to update the project listing as time goes on and we find other projects that may not be listed below.  If you know of a project that is not listed here, but would like to include it in the listing, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Currently, projects are listed on a state by state basis.  

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