New Madrid earthquakes

Illinois Emergency Management Agency Promotes Earthquake Preparedness In February

Back when I worked for a fire department in the Chicago suburbs, I looked into the threat from earthquakes to our municipality as part of an emergency preparedness grant application the agency was submitting. The consensus seemed to be that damage to our area would be minimal to non-existant from a big tremblor out of the New Madrid seismic zone. However, I noticed southern Illiniois could be a different story. From a February 2 Illinois Emergency Management Agency press release on the Illinois Government News Network website:

IEMA Encourages People to Prepare for Earthquakes
Preparedness actions can prevent injuries, reduce property damage

SPRINGFIELD – In recognition of the earthquake risk in southern Illinois from the New Madrid and Wabash Valley seismic zones, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies will promote earthquake preparedness throughout February.

“While we don’t experience major earthquakes with the same frequency as the western U.S., some of the most powerful earthquakes to ever occur in the continental U.S. happened along the New Madrid seismic zone about 200 years ago,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “We can’t predict when the next major earthquake will occur, but we can help people learn how to stay safe and reduce damage to their homes.”

In conjunction with Earthquake Preparedness Month in Illinois, IEMA is adding a new 30-second TV spot to the Ready Illinois broadcast preparedness campaign, which is aired in cooperation with the Illinois Broadcasters Association (IBA) Public Education Partnership (PEP) program. The new spot directs people to the Ready Illinois website for information on how to prepare their homes for an earthquake. It will air on IBA member TV stations serving residents of southern Illinois, where the greatest risk of earthquakes in Illinois exists. The spot is also available on the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

Joseph noted that the actual movement of the ground in an earthquake is seldom the direct cause of death or injury. Most casualties result from falling objects and debris caused by the earth shaking.

Learning how to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” can help people prevent injury during an earthquake. The phrase reminds people to drop down to the floor, take cover under a sturdy desk, table or other furniture, and hold on to that object and be prepared to move with it until the shaking ends.

There are several steps people can take to help prevent injuries and property damage at home, such as anchoring bookshelves, overhead light fixtures, wall hanging and large appliances, learning how to shut off gas, water and electricity and placing heavy objects on lower shelves.

More information about earthquake preparedness is available at www.Ready.Illinois.gov

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Illinois, Indiana Shaken By 3.6 Magnitude Earthquake

Last night a number of Illinois and Indiana residents may have felt something out of the ordinary for these parts:

A 3.6 magnitude earthquake.

From the Chicago Sun-Times website early this morning:

The quake happened 17 miles underground, just after 5:28 p.m. in Wabash County, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The epicenter of the earthquake was about 10 miles west-northwest of Downstate Mount Carmel, the agency said.

That region is part of the New Madrid seismic zone, which sees smaller earthquakes about once or twice a year, the agency said.

No information on injuries or damages stemming from the quake was available.

New Madrid seismic zone? Funny that I happened to blog about that earlier in the day Tuesday, huh? From that post about last night’s Doomsday Preppers episode:

Finally, there was Bryan May and wife Lacey Simmons-May, small business owners living in Indiana. Bryan revealed:

We’re preparing for the New Madrid earthquake that will change the world as we know it.

I did some research on the potential threat to the Chicagoland area from a big New Madrid quake when I was working for a suburban fire department some years back, and it’s real. Deadly real, depending on where you live.

It’s also wild that the Illinois Emergency Management Agency just released the following a week ago:

IEMA Encourages Participation in Earthquake Drill
More than 86,000 in Illinois Already Registered for 3rd Annual “Great Central U.S. ShakeOut” on Feb. 7

SPRINGFIELD – At 10:15 a.m. on Feb. 7, 2013, millions of people in the Central United States will seek shelter under their desks, kitchen tables and other sturdy objects as part of the third annual “Great Central U.S. ShakeOut” earthquake drill. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is encouraging people to register for the multi-state drill. More than 86,000 Illinois residents have registered to date.

“The ShakeOut drills have helped raise awareness of the earthquake risk in the Central U.S. and what people can do to protect themselves when the earth starts to shake,” said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken. “The drill takes just a few minutes, but the lessons learned could save countless lives.”

Monken noted that the most powerful earthquakes to ever occur in the U.S. happened a little over 200 years ago in the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which reaches into Southern Illinois. That series of earthquakes lasted for several months and shaking was felt as far away as the East Coast. The Feb. 7, 2013, ShakeOut date coincides with the 201st anniversary of the last earthquake in that series…

Last night’s incident will almost certainly generate more interest in February’s planned drill. Good for IEMA. And good for those people living in potentially-affected areas stepping up to the plate to prepare for an event like this.

You can read the entire IEMA press release on their website here.

Source:

“3.6 magnitude quake shakes southern Illinois, Indiana.” Chicago Sun-Times. 21 Nov. 2012. (http://www.suntimes.com/news/16531270-418/36-magnitude-quake-shakes-southern-illinois-indiana.html). 21 Nov. 2012.

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Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Training No Comments

On TV: Doomsday Preppers Season 2 Episode 3 Premieres Tonight

Season 2 of National Geographic Channel’s Doomsday Preppers TV series continues tonight with episode 3, “Bad Times All the Time,” which airs at 9 PM ET/PT.

One again, the Nat Geo Channel provided me with an advanced screening opportunity of the episode, and it didn’t disappoint. There were three prepper “groups” featured in “Bad Times All the Time.” First up were Jay and Holly Blevins of Berryville, Virginia. Jay, a former law-enforcement officer, told viewers:

We’re preparing for the breakdown of social order caused by an economic collapse.

Jay and Holly somehow managed to forge a prepper network out of a number of other households in their cul-de-sac. It was real interesting to see. Also, Jay talked about something called the “Circle of Force,” which included his rifle, handgun, edge weapons, impact weapons, pepper spray, martial arts, and verbal commands. Emphasis on a battery of different weapon groups beyond the traditional battery of firearms- I like that. And as the Blevins family tested plywood sheets that would cover their home’s first-floor windows in a SHTF scenario, the importance of real, functioning window shutters became visually-apparent, although it wasn’t discussed.


“Prepper Profile: Jay Blevins”
Nat Geo Channel Video

Next up was Brian P. Murdock, a real estate agent from Somerville, Massachusetts. Murdock told viewers:

I believe there will be a Third World War in my lifetime.

Two things stood out in this segment of episode 3. First was his acquisition of a bug-out location- 50-acres in rural New York state- and a bug-out vehicle- a recreational vehicle, or RV- to get to it from the Boston metro area.

Second was his search for a “prepper wife,” which was fulfilled in the lovely Colombian national Tatiana Maria Cogollo Fernandez. When Tatiana told viewers:

I can’t believe that I came here to die.

I knew I was in-store for a little bit more “reality” TV than I prefer. Still, this second part of the show was palatable, and I found Brian and Tatiana’s story interesting and informative.

Finally, there was Bryan May and wife Lacey Simmons-May, small business owners living in Indiana. Bryan revealed:

We’re preparing for the New Madrid earthquake that will change the world as we know it.

I did some research on the potential threat to the Chicagoland area from a big New Madrid quake when I was working for a suburban fire department some years back, and it’s real. Deadly real, depending on where you live. Bryan and Lacey have a legitimate concern here. Two things to watch for in this last segment of “Bad Times All the Time” are the couple’s bartering and their willingness to pursue more income as a way of obtaining the preps they think they need but can’t afford. It was inspirational. Sextacular even. And no that wasn’t a typo.

Enjoy tonight’s episode. For more information, please visit the Doomsday Preppers page on the National Geographic Channel website here.

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