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West Tennessee Earthquake Awareness Week Is Set for Feb. 12-16
For release: Feb. 7, 2007
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Earthquakes occur suddenly and with no warning.  Planning and preparedness are keys to minimizing personal injuries, interruptions in daily living, damage to buildings, and other disruptions that could be caused by a significant earthquake.

That’s why West Tennessee will observe Earthquake Awareness Week throughout the region Feb. 12-16.  Sponsors are the Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI) at the University of Memphis, numerous agencies of the state and federal government, non-governmental agencies, and corporate partner State Farm Insurance Co.

The goal of the week of special activities is to promote planning among the public, professional, and business sectors of the area to create more disaster-resistant communities in West Tennessee.  Starting that week will be a series of public service announcements for children and adults on television and radio.  Featuring the narration of Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton and WKNO TV’s Mr. Chuck, the PSAs were produced with the help of WKNO TV in Memphis, the local PBS affiliate, and WUMR, the radio station operated by the University of Memphis.

Town meetings are scheduled for Dyersburg and Union City to provide a public forum for discussion of earthquake hazards, planning, and preparedness.  The town meeting in Dyersburg will be held Monday, Feb.12, and one in Union City on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

An earthquake-preparedness poster contest will involve school children in the fifth and sixth grades in schools throughout the 13 West Tennessee counties.  Prizes will include emergency weather radio/TV sets, emergency flashlights, Red Cross emergency preparedness kits, and Earthquake Awareness Week t-shirts.  Some schools will also hold preparedness drills throughout the week.

Also, a series of professional development workshops are scheduled for people who would be of critical importance in case of an earthquake.  The workshops, which are for professional and governmental agencies and are not open to the public, will address such issues as public health, community emergency response team training, small business continuity planning, seismic design, and rapid assessment of building damage.

Details about the poster contest are available from Michelle Dry, education specialist at CERI, via email at:  mdry@memphis.edu

Details about the workshops are available from Gary Patterson, public information officer for CERI, via email at: glpttrsn@memphis.edu

The telephone number for the Center for Earthquake Research and Information is 901-678-4844.

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