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CUSEC Board Transitions
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At the time of the New Madrid quakes of 1811-12, less than 6,000 people lived in St. Louis, Missouri. 

Today, there are more than 7 million people who could be impacted by a major New Madrid earthquake.

For more facts about New Madrid
click here.
Did You Feel It?

View a list of recent earthquakes here...
Season's Greetings from CUSEC...
Thank you for being a valued subscriber to the CUSEC Journal, now delivered via email on a monthly basis.  Our new format is intended to provide individuals and organizations timely earthquake related information and news.  If you would like to contribute to this eNewsletter, please send your topic suggestions, stories, or photos to
Great ShakeOut set for February...
The events of Hurricane Sandy have once again shown the impact a regional disaster can have on the nation. As communities and survivors continue to recover from the largest natural disaster to strike the U.S. in several years, it is more important than ever for central U.S. residents to  recognize the region's seismic hazard.

Since 2011, CUSEC has been the lead coordinating agency for the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut.  This event, now in its third year, is intended to teach citizens what to do before, during, and after earthquakes.  The primary activity during the ShakeOut is a simultaneous earthquake drill where participants practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On, the recommended safety action to take in an earthquake.

In 2013, the ShakeOut will take place on February 7, 2013 at 10:15 (local time), at locations across the CUSEC States of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.  To date, more than 750,000 people are expected to participate. 

We are asking our core members and partners to register for this event to show their commitment to earthquake safety and preparedness.  Please join us today by registering for the ShakeOut online.  Registering and participating only take moments to do, and the lessons you learn might one day save your life.   Register today!
CAPSTONE-14 Planning Underway...
A topic of discussion since 2011, planning for CAPSTONE-14 is underway.   In conjunction with the Kentucky Governor's Emergency Management Workshop, key participants of this initiative convened in Louisville, Kentucky on December 10-13. 

Under the direction of the CUSEC Board of Directors, CAPSTONE-14 is a multi-year series of planning and preparedness activities culminating in a major, multi-state earthquake exercise in June 2014.  It is designed to strengthen partnerships between local, state, and federal governments, while engaging public and private sector entities in planning response and recovery from a catastrophic earthquake occurring within the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ). 


Following up from the New Madrid Seismic Zone Catastrophic Planning Initiative, CAPSTONE is designed to build upon lessons learned, create solutions to address national/regional issuess, and improve state capabilities.  According to CUSEC Board Member and Kentucky's Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) Director, Brigadier General John Heltzel:  


"Advancing the national dialogue, that's the most important thing," he said. "We need to try to solve the problems of situational awareness among emergency management by putting out a good national model," he added.


For more information on CAPSTONE-14, including a calendar of CAPSTONE related events, please visit .

CUSEC Spotlight: Indiana Quake Cottage
Recently, an Indiana family put their earthquake preparedness training to good use while in South America. Jennifer Mackinday and her family were traveling in Costa Rica when they experienced a magnitude 6.6 earthquake. At the time of the shaking, they knew just what to because of a learning  experience while at the 2012 Indiana State Fair.

Mackinday and her family had taken the opportunity to learn about the dangers of earthquakes courtesy of Indiana's Quake Cottage Program. Funded by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) and the Indiana Geological Survey (IGS), the Quake Cottage earthquake simulator provides individuals a safe, realistic experience of the intense shaking (up to a magnitude 8.0) that occurs during an earthquake, along with recommendations about what to do before, during, and after a quake.

In an email to IDHS, Mackinday expressed her appreciation to those who provided her and her family the chance to learn how to protect themselves during an earthquake.  "I just wanted to write to tell you how helpful the training was for us. Thanks to the Quake Cottage, I knew exactly what to do."
Indiana Quake Cottage at the Indiana State Fair
Indiana Quake Cottage at the Indiana State Fair
For more information about the Quake Cottage earthquake simulator, please visit the Indiana Geological Survey's website.

Do you know of a program that should be highlighted in the CUSEC Spotlight?  If so, please email with the details.
CUSEC Board Transitions
This month, Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director Jonathan Monken was elected Chairman of the CUSEC Board of Directors. 

Chairman Monken succeeds Paul Parmenter, who recently retired from public service.  Mr. Parmenter served as Director of Missouri State Emergency Management Agency since 2009.  Replacing Parmenter as State Director is Donald L. King, who previously served in the Missouri Attorney General's office, and most recently in Missouri's Office of Administration. 

CUSEC would like to thank Mr. Parmenter for his dedication and leadership as Chairman of the Board, and wish Chairman Monken and Director King the best of luck in their new positions.

January 2013 

January 8 - ATC20 Post-Earthquake Safety Training; Chicago, IL 
January 8-10 - International Disaster Conference; New Orleans, LA 
January 24 - Arkansas Governor's Seismic Advisory Council; Jonesboro, AR 

January 29 - ATC20 Post-Earthquake Safety Training; O'Fallon, IL

January 30 - FEMA E-74:  Reducing Non-Structural Risks Webinar

January 31 - FEMA 395:  Earthquake Safety for Schools Webinar  

January 31 - Missouri Seismic Safety Commission; St. Louis, MO 


February 2013 

February 1-28 - Earthquake Awareness Month
February 1 - 20th Annual "Earthquakes: Mean Business"; St. Louis, MO
February 7 - Great Central U.S. ShakeOut
February 11-12 - CUSEC Board of Directors Meeting; Orange Beach, AL February 13 - CAPSTONE-14 Concepts & Objectives Meeting; Orange Beach, AL

To view more upcoming events, please visit our website calendar.