National Level Exercise 2011

On May 16-20, CEN will be participating in the National Level Exercise 2011. This nation-wide drill is focused on a major earthquake in the central United States. We will be participating to the point of testing our communications structure, the response of our local ready churches and chapters, partnering with national and local organizations located in and responding to the incident and individual biblical readiness.

We are very excited about this exercise and invite you to join us. We ask that if you wish to participate, you complete the following steps:

•    Register (if you have not already done so)
•    Fill out/update your profile
•    Request to Join the "NLE 2011" Response Group

We will be posting more specific information to the response group as we receive it. The response group will also be the primary avenue for communication during the exercise.

Here is some additional information from FEMA regarding this exercise

All 50 states and all U.S. territories are vulnerable to earthquakes. Anywhere earthquakes have occurred in the past, they can happen again. Over the next several months FEMA and its federal partners, non-governmental organizations, and state and local officials will collaborate on a series of outreach efforts to promote earthquake preparedness across the nation.

These events are designed to educate Americans on what they can do to be better prepared for earthquakes, as well as other catastrophic events.

NLE 2011 will simulate the catastrophic nature of a major earthquake in the central United States region of the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ). The year 2011 is the bicentennial anniversary of the 1811 New Madrid earthquake, for which the NMSZ is named. NLE 2011 will be the first NLE to simulate a natural hazard.

NLE 2011 activities will take place at command posts, emergency operation centers and other locations to include federal facilities in the Washington D.C. area and federal, regional, state, tribal, local and private sector facilities in the eight member states of the Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC). The eight member states of CUSEC encompass four different FEMA regions: Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee (FEMA Region IV); Illinois and Indiana (FEMA Region V); Arkansas (FEMA Region VI); and Missouri (FEMA Region VII).