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THIS EXERCISE IS A DRILL
This will occur June 14th - 17th of 2017
This exercise will imitate an actual activation of the Arkansas Earthquake Clearinghouse and raise awareness of earthquake response complexities.
What You Need To Know
The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management is organizing the Earthquake 2017 Exercise with multiple state agencies (including the Arkansas Geological Survey), county and local partners. This exercise is designed, in part, to evaluate the Arkansas Geological Survey's capability to execute portions of one of its emergency response plans - referred to here as the Clearinghouse Plan. This exercise will test and evaluate the Clearinghouse procedures, policies and the roles and responsibilities of the management and staff.
As a part of the Earthquake 2017 Exercise, this web page will be updated on a frequent basis, reflecting and informing public, scientists and other end users of the scenario/geohazard event and current situational awareness information as the exercise unfolds
In preparation for the Earthquake 2017 Exercise, the Clearinghouse will be hosting coordination meetings starting the week of January 23. Please check back on this web page for detailed information on the date, time, location, agenda, etc.
The Arkansas Earthquake Clearinghouse was established in 2016 by the Arkansas Geological Survey to facilitate the gathering, interpretation and analysis, sharing of critical geologic observations following a significant geohazard event. The Arkansas Clearinghouse model is an important component of earthquake and other geohazard responses with respect to AGS' relationship with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM). The AGS Clearinghouse membership includes participants from local, state and federal agencies, universities and private organizations and is managed by a steering committee represented by the Arkansas Geological Survey, CUSEC, USGS, at large members and three state/regional universities. The Clearinghouse meets twice a year along with the Governor's Earthquake Advisory Council (GEAC) to maintain strong working relationships between the members and agencies and to continue to improve operational preparedness through exercises.
To facilitate the assimilation, interpretation and dissemination of post-earthquake information to end users (emergency management officials, scientists and others) using the talents of scientists, engineers, sociologists, economists, and other professionals who arrive in the impacted areas.
Products & Services
Following a significant, damaging earthquake in the New Madrid Seismic Zone, a Clearinghouse operation will be established to:
- Compile, synthesize, and quickly pass along critical information collected by field investigators to Federal, State and local Emergency Operations Centers, the State Geologist, the U.S. Geological Survey, and other appropriate recipients.
- Provide a location, real or virtual, where scientists, engineers, and other professionals can become part of a provisional organization (the Clearinghouse) whose primary purpose is to collect, interpret and disseminate perishable field data to end users (emergency management officials, scientists and others).
- Provide a daily forum where geologists, engineers, researchers, emergency managers, and other practitioners can assemble to share and discuss the observations they have made during their field investigations.
- Provide data collection forms to participants to facilitate systematic gathering, documentation, and dissemination of perishable field data, observations, and findings
- Facilitate and coordinate fieldwork. The Clearinghouse will arrange for:
- Access into secured areas through provision of letters of passage and contacts with local governments
- Coordinate with researchers away from overburdened local government officials and toward specific damaged areas
- Track fieldwork progress of investigators in order to minimize duplication of efforts and exposure in the hazard areas and maximize examination of the affected area
- Provide, using Geographic Information System(GIS) technology, data, imagery, and maps to field investigators and digitally process for electronic dissemination, the data, maps, overlays, and photographs generated by them