NLE 2011: Preparedness Matters   [open pdf - 49KB]

Alternate Title: National Level Exercise 2011: Preparedness Matters

"An earthquake with a 7.7 magnitude in the central U.S. region of the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ) could result in direct economic losses totaling nearly $300 billion in the eight U.S. States that make up the NMSZ--Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee, according to 'Impact of Earthquakes in Central USA', a two-year study conducted for the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The study predicts indirect losses could be twice this amount, likely deeming it the largest economic loss due to a natural disaster in the United States. The impact on critical infrastructure is expected to be substantial. Estimates indicate nearly 715,000 buildings would be damaged in the eight-state region. The human toll would be catastrophic as well, with an estimated 86,000 injuries and fatalities resulting from damage to infrastructure. To help businesses, owners/operators of critical infrastructure, Federal, State, and local government agencies, and others to prepare for such an event, the U.S. government's National Level Exercise (NLE) this year will simulate the disastrous nature of an earthquake in the Central United States. 'The National Level Exercises provides a platform for industry to test threat information- sharing processes and exercise their crisis management plans in a no-fault environment,' said Clyde D. Miller, director for Corporate Security for BASF--The Chemical Company, and chairman of PCIS [Partnership for Critical Infrastructure Security], the Cross Sector Coordinating Council. 'The exercises also allow industry to gain insight into how the government operates during an incident, offers industry an opportunity to work with local responders and Federal partners, and provides an opportunity for industry to test, review, and refine company policies.'"

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