Posted by: Brad Carroll, Press Secretary
Getting prepared for an emergency requires working with all members of the emergency management team, across many disciplines and at all levels of government. Preparing for a potential earthquake in the New Madrid seismic zone is no different.
The New Madrid seismic zone runs through the heart of the United States, and this year marks the 200th anniversary of a catastrophic quake that struck the region. With 2011 being the bicentennial of the last major New Madrid earthquake, the emergency management team around the New Madrid seismic zone is making sure it is taking steps to be prepared for earthquakes.
Last week, the Central U. S. Earthquake Consortium hosted the “Earthquakes: Mean Business” symposium in St. Louis, MO. Participants at the event included federal, state and local governments, representatives from the private sector, voluntary and faith-based organizations, and concerned citizens.
Check out this video from Administrator Fugate on the symposium, and get prepared for earthquakes today. And don’t forget this April 28th, the Great Central U.S. Shake Out, is a great opportunity for the public to exercise what they would do in the event of an earthquake - if you haven’t, sign up today.