In support of Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD8), states will participate in CAPSTONE 2014 and exercise EMAC.
NEMA has been working with CUSEC (Central United States Earthquake Consortium) in planning and preparing for Capstone 2014.
CAPSTONE-14 is a three-year, multi-state scope of planning and preparedness activities culminating in a major, multi-state earthquake exercise in June 2014. It is designed to strengthen partnerships between local, state, and federal governments, while engaging public and private sector entities in planning response and recovery from a catastrophic earthquake occurring within the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ).
This effort will include mitigation, preparedness, recovery, and response planning activities, directly supporting legislation in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. Ultimately, CAPSTONE-14 will support plans to inspect buildings and promote code adoption to enhance seismic safety and community resilience.
CAPSTONE will build off of lessons learned during the New Madrid Seismic Zone Catastrophic Planning Project and National Level Exercise 2011 (NLE11). It will complete the full cycle planning, training, exercising, while serving as a regional and national example to the Emergency Management community.