SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - The State Emergency Management Agency is hosting its first Missouri Earthquake Summit in Sikeston, Missouri on Wednesday, Feb. 20.
Topics to be discussed include earthquake response planning and strengthening community preparedness.
“Missouri regularly experiences disasters – flooding, tornadoes, ice storms – that result in federal disaster declarations, but a major New Madrid Seismic Zone earthquake would amount to a catastrophic disaster, which would affect millions of people and take years to recover from,” State Emergency Management Agency Director Ron Walker said. “This is why advance planning and exercises are so important.”
The New Madrid Seismic Zone is the most active seismic area in the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains, according to emergency management.
The Seismic Zone includes parts of Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
There are around 200 earthquakes in the region each year.
Missouri observes Earthquake Awareness Month every February.
Presenters include the Missouri National Guard, Missouri Department of Transportation, Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium, Missouri Hospital Association, Southeast Missouri Health Care Coalition, Cape Girardeau Emergency Management and KFVS-TV.
Registered to attend include those from the following fields: public health and medical, emergency management, first responders, local, state and federal governments, schools, utilities, non-governmental organizations, and private business.
It will be held at the Clinton Community Building, 501 Campanella Drive from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Due to limited space and high registration numbers, the summit is limited to working professionals in the field.