Bruce Rauner, Governor

State Links Skip to Content Skip to State Links

 Health & Safety
 Family & Home
 About Illinois

Stay Informed

Your Government

Illinois Flag Honors

Inspector General

 IGNN: State/All Press Release

The State of Illinois News page provides access to the Illinois Government News Network and all state press releases.

January 12, 2010

IEMA Hosts Earthquake Summit in Southern Illinois
More than 50 local officials attend day-long meeting to prepare for earthquake hazard, 2011 national exercise

SPRINGFIELD – More than 50 local officials from throughout southern Illinois are in Carterville Tuesday to learn more about how a major earthquake would impact the region and what their communities can do to prepare.  The officials, representing 19 southern Illinois counties and several cities, are participating in the Illinois Earthquake Summit at John A. Logan College hosted by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA).

“Through this summit, we hope to foster strong relationships with elected officials, the private sector and the response community in southern Illinois, which will enable us to work together on earthquake preparedness,” said IEMA Director Andrew Velasquez III.  “While we hope a major earthquake never occurs, we simply cannot afford to be complacent.”

According to FEMA’s New Madrid Catastrophic Planning Initiative Phase 2 Report, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake along the New Madrid Seismic Zone could cause $300 billion in direct economic losses within an eight-state impacted area, while indirect economic losses could total twice that amount.  In addition, as many as 3,500 fatalities could occur throughout the affected region, with 7.2 million people displaced and two million people seeking temporary shelter.

Velasquez said the goal of the summit is to provide local officials with information that will help their communities prepare for the earthquake hazard.  Speakers at the conference include Bob Bauer, geologist with the Illinois State Geological Survey, who will explain the earthquake risk in southern Illinois related to the New Madrid and Wabash Valley Seismic Zones.

In addition, Jim Wilkinson, Executive Director of the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium in Memphis, will discuss plans for a multi-state earthquake exercise planned for 2011 that will involve local, state and federal participants.

Other speakers will address an overview of Illinois’ earthquake program, mass care and sheltering issues, the state’s plan for ensuring the safety of the transportation infrastructure following an earthquake, and the statewide communications interoperability plan.


News Categories

 Governor's Office
 Lt. Governor's Office
 Economic Development
 Flag Honors
 Health/Human Services
 Opportunity Returns

News Resources

 Search the News
 IIS Radio News
 RSS News Feeds
 e-News Subscriptions
 Communications Office
 Privacy Statement


Sign up for an e-news subscription
Copyright © 2017 State of Illinois Site Map | Illinois Privacy Info | Kids Privacy | Web Accessibility | Contact Us