Springfield – Recent strong earthquakes that occurred in California are prompting calls for earthquake awareness from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). They also plan to focus this month on young people learning how to prepare for emergency situations.
In other words, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) will remind citizens that 120 state facilities serve as cooling centers, and the Illinois State Police (ISP) is stepping up efforts to recruit new troopers through a Fast Track Program that offers job opportunities for local police officers.
Their was also a recent earthquake of 7.1 magnitude in California and its thousands of aftershocks led IEMA to issue a call on its Facebook page for earthquake awareness and preparedness in Illinois:“The recent earthquakes in southern California serve as a stark reminder that earthquakes can happen anywhere in the world and at any time of day! Teach your family and co-workers the importance of learning how to ``Drop, Cover and Hold On.’” The agency suggests a number of tips for earthquake preparedness, including assessing your home for safety and being prepared for self-sufficiency for 14 days.
Southern Illinois is bordered by the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone on the east and the New Madrid Seismic Zone on the west and south. The agency says over 3,000 earthquakes have been recorded in the New Madrid Seismic Zone since 1974. The New Madrid Seismic Zone is the more active of the two, according to a Northwestern University study that was published in 2010. The largest earthquakes ever recorded in the continental United States that occurred along the New Madrid Seismic Zone during the winter of 1811-1812. Three major quakes ranged from 6.8 to 8.8 magnitude.
IEMA is focusing on preparing young people for emergencies, individually and as part of the family, as a way to instill confidence at a time when panic can easily rise.Citizens who need to escape the high heat and humidity can get relief by visiting one of the 120 state facilities. Cooling centers are located at IDHS offices throughout the state and the seven Illinois Tollway Oases in Chicago. They will be open to the public during regular business hours.