Posted by: Tim Manning, Deputy Administrator, Protection and National Preparedness
If you work in the emergency management field, or are a concerned citizen, then you have probably heard about the National Level Exercise happening May 16-19. The exercise will simulate a major earthquake along the New Madrid fault, which runs through the middle of the country along much of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. And since it’s a National Level Exercise, we are bringing all the relevant team members to make the exercise as realistic as possible – federal/state/local governments, the private sector, non-profit and faith-based groups, the public, and even the international community.
While putting our catastrophic earthquake plans into the simulated event is important, we’re also focused on continuing to support the ongoing disaster response and recovery efforts in much of the southern U.S. At this time several adjustments have been made to the exercise, most notably in the level of play for those regions actively engaged in disaster operations. Specifically, the states of Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi and will participate through a simulation cell.
Exercise activity between the FEMA Regional Offices in Regions V, VI, and VII, and the States of Illinois, Indiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Missouri, will be conducted as planned. Stay tuned to the blog and http://www.ready.gov/nle2011 for the latest updates on the National Level Exercise.
And if you’re looking for more information about getting prepared for an earthquake, check out these safety tips.