Once the earthquake is over, we will have to live with the risk of fire, the potential lack of utilities and basic services, and the certainty of aftershocks. Find out if your home or business is at risk for earthquakes, tsunamis, and related hazards. Select a safe place outside of your home to meet your family or housemates after the shaking.
Keep copies of essential documents, such as identification, insurance policies, and financial records, in a secure, waterproof container, and keep with your disaster supplies kits. 183 earthquakes of magnitude 3 or higher were reported in Oklahoma between October of 2013 and mid-April 0f 2014.  Up to 2008, the long term average was just 2 a year.
Scientists are studying a possible correlation between the increasing use of deep injection wastewater wells used in connection with hydraulic fracturing in the oil and gas industry  and the increase in the frequency of earthquakes in Oklahoma and elsewhere.
A consortium of organizations from earthquake prone California has a seven step preparedness guide. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency has a downloadable game that can help families learn about earthquakes together.
Earthquakes can and do occur in every one of the 50 states so the current situation in Oklahoma provides an opportunity to review our personal, family, institutional and business plans. Partner with EMA (select your state and drill down to find the local office) or Public Safety department to host an earthquake drill. The EDEN network was alerted early Friday morning to the disaster and, as new reports were issued, the network was updated.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is working in support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) who is the lead federal agency when responding to international disasters.
The first Catastrophic Events Team meeting was held in Memphis, TN January 26-28, 2011.  The team, supported by a special needs grant, began its work with a well-timed focus on earthquakes. The first afternoon of the team’s face-to-face meeting featured a trip to the Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI). There will not be enough resources for the entire event, which will put pressure on local communities to respond and recover. Most, if not all, state  Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOADs) do not have adequate, if any, catastrophic plans. I am convinced that developing Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COADs) is one of the most effective and efficient (low cost) ways to prepare our communities. Hat’s off to the emergency managers from the eight states* who recently put together a Resource Allocation Workshop to plan for a New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ) event. As a part of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security team, we rolled up our sleeves for two-and-a-half days and met with the experts and examined the state’s resources for each of the 15 Emergency Support Functions (ESFs). Observing the state, regional and national experts while they examined all 15 Emergency Support Functions showed that they have a mindset of 1) response and 2) “things.”  Maybe it was the nature of the scenario, but most of the discussions concentrated on response requirements for a major earthquake along the New Madrid fault line.


Tim Prather, Tennessee Point of Contact and several other EDEN delegates are also interested in earthquakes. Creating a family preparedness plan doesn’t take long and will provide each family member with peace of mind knowing a plan of action is agreed upon during an emergency situation. These things might seem silly, but acting out a disaster can bring a family together in a fun way while helping everyone to imagine how to behave in an emergency situation. Earthquakes can occur everywhere in California which means all Californians live with an earthquake risk.
It’s important for families to prepare how they will handle disasters when they happen.
Hold fire drills in your house so everyone knows how to escape safely in the event of a fire or other disaster.
In addition to the shaking caused by earthquakes, other things can occur such as landslides, surface fault ruptures and liquefaction - all of which may cause injury or property damage. Important Note: In many areas, the State, County or City emergency evacuation plan takes precedence over any school preparedness plan. Important Note: Be aware, however, that phone lines and cell service may not be functional following a catastrophic disaster. Use the information you put together in your disaster plan and the supplies you organized in your disaster kits.
Before the next earthquake, get together with your family or housemates to plan now what each person will do before, during and after. The TsunamiReady program sets guidelines for adequate tsunami readiness, including the ability to receive and send out tsunami warnings, designation of tsunami hazard zones and evacuation routes, and outreach programs that address both natural and official warnings. This week we’ll discuss one of the most basic preparedness items, a personal or family Go Kit. For long term storage the crystal clear containers hold up better, but water and food stocks should be rotated out regularly.
It is important to temperate the desire to plan for all contingencies with the practical need to perhaps carry the kit for some distance.
When I checked the USGS site this week, there were 935 earthquakes recorded for the past eight days in the 48 conterminous states, Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Youth groups can focus on science (what causes earthquakes) and staying safe during an earthquake. The most devastating of these was the Magnitude 8.9 earthquake off the east coast of Japan on March 11. Gary Patterson, CERI Director, Education and Outreach and Brian Blake, Earthquake Program Director for the Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) talked to us about the New Madrid Seismic Zone and the potential impact of a large earthquake or series of earthquakes along this fault line. As trusted leaders, volunteers can enhance the value of correct information and efforts in an effective and motivating manner in planning for and after a catastrophic event.  And, Extension has resources to help.


Such response includes pre-scripted mission assignments for the federal and national partners. Leaders from the eight states said they are not prepared for a 7.7 magnitude earthquake in the New Madrid area.
I love to say it for the first week of January each year because at that time I’m still settling back into the office routine and, while not making resolutions, reorganizing and refocusing my work efforts. The Catastrophic Team meets late January in Memphis to begin the work of producing material for Extension educators.If you are interested in contributing ideas or content on earthquakes, please contact Tim. In addition to discussing a plan, compiling crucial contact information and creating an emergency kit, you can also prepare by role playing what you would do during a disaster. In addition, some areas within California are vulnerable to tsunamis should an earthquake occur off the coast.
Once you have met your and your family's immediate needs after an earthquake, continue to follow the plan you prepared in advance (see Step 2). Pick one out-of-state and one local friend or relative for family members to call if separated by disaster (it is often easier to call out-of-state than within the affected area). Those earthquakes in the conterminous (great word!) states occurred from California to Massachusetts.
Adults can be shown how to taking steps to protect property and homes from an earthquake can actually be good practice for normal times. With that move, it will be easier to post articles by guests and for readers to post comments. CUSEC is one of the sponsors for the April 28 Great Central US Shakeout. The team then began organizing nd creating mind maps for next steps. But if something terrible does happen, having a family disaster plan will empower each member of your family to take action and stay safe. This workshop better enabled federal partners to hear states explain their capabilities and expectations, so that they can better plan for the provision of necessary support.
In addition, the page provides information about tsunamis and how to prepare for them as well as what to do when a tsunami warning is sounded. One can’t help but think, what might be accomplished if we had a second workshop that focused on mitigation and preparedness for the same event.



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