REMINDER: Bicentennial of New Madrid earthquakes noted with conference focused on history, preparedness, communications and safety this Friday, March 9th

The 200th anniversary of the New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-1812 will be observed  Friday, March 9th at the University of Memphis with a conference on history, preparedness, communications and safety.

The 200th anniversary of the New Madrid earthquakes will be observed on Friday, March 9

The conference will help community and faith-based organizations, along with local businesses that want learn how to improve communications during or after a disaster.

Organizations and businesses interested in collaborating with others to help strengthen our community’s resiliency will also want to participate.

The New Madrid earthquake of the 1800s reshaped the Mid-South landscape in powerful ways

The conference is also open to individuals, organizations or businesses interested in learning the potential impact of a 6.0 or greater earthquake in the New Madrid Zone.

The conference begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 1:00 p.m. Breakfast and lunch are provided.

There is no cost to attend, and parking is free for attendees. However, space is limited so please register today!

United Way is actively involved in the event as seen by the presence of Linda Daily, Director of 2-1-1 and Global Disaster Response for United Way Worldwide (one of the guest speakers) and Bryce Haugsdahl, President of United Way of the Mid-South (one of the conference’s honorary chairmen).

The event is sponsored by the West Tennessee Seismic Safety Commission, Mid-South VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters) in collaboration with the Shelby County Office of Preparedness, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

There is also a FEMA NDRF conference on March 8th, which requires a separate registration. However, if you are staying overnight to attend both conferences you are urged to check accommodations at the Holiday Inn on the University of Memphis campus.

To learn more, please click to download a speaker information flyer or view the schedule of events. If you encounter problems registering for the conference please send an e-mail to midsouthvoad@gmail.com .

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