Busy Month for Earthquake Preparedness

Robert Bauer presented a talk on the impact of Illinois earthquakes for the Community Emergency Response Team in Springfield, Illinois, November 3, 2008. These community teams are trained to help residents in their neighborhoods following a disaster, and the presentation gave the team an idea of what might be expected for earthquake impacts in the Springfield area with pictures of corresponding damage.

Additionally, Bauer participated in the quarterly meeting of the Evansville Urban Hazard Mapping meeting on November 5, 2008, where participants from the Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky Geological Surveys, the U.S. Geological Survey, and Purdue University met to review progress on the regional project. The team of experts then made a half-day presentation to a public gathering of about 100 people about the project and the damage impact of the April 18, 2008, earthquake in Illinois and Indiana.

As part of its executive committee, Bauer participated in the workshop held in St. Louis on November 7, 2008, for the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) New Madrid Scenario working group. Participants from across the nation assembled to provide information from interested industries for developing a document that would provide a sobering look at the impacts on the local community infrastructure and the infrastructure that passes through the New Madrid Seismic Zone onto other areas of the nation. This document for the public and public officials will show impacts on buildings, electricity, water supplies, business interruption, transportation systems of roads, railroads, river traffic, pipelines, etc. and direct and indirect costs. Similar publications for Seattle and San Francisco have been produced with partial support from EERI and other contributors.

Another talk was presented on the impacts of earthquakes in Illinois to a civic group in Robinson, Illinois on November 11, 2008. Attendees discovered what the city may expect from large earthquakes in the New Madrid and Wabash Valley Seismic Zones as based on recent studies for the state emergency managers in Illinois.

Bauer participated in the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium Exercise Officers meeting in Tunica, Mississippi on November 12-13, 2008. The meeting covered the preparation of the exercise officers for the May 2011 earthquake exercise for the eight-state region around the New Madrid Seismic Zone. Bauer presented a talk on the response of the state geological surveys and their plans for a technical clearinghouse to assist in an emergency response.