Community Earthquake Awareness Program Planned for March 31

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

March 23, 2010 – Southeast Missouri State University and the City of Cape Girardeau are partnering to present a community earthquake awareness program March 31 at the River Campus.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center. It is free and open to the public.

The program will feature the public showing of the History Channel’s “Earthquakes in the Heartland.” A panel discussion on earthquake preparedness in southeast Missouri will follow.

Members of the panel will include Sue Evers, program specialist for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 7; Steve Besemer, earthquake program manager for the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA); John Mallott of the Kennett, Mo., Fire Department; Mark Hasheider, Cape Girardeau assistant fire chief; and John Helderman, a retired teacher from Scott City, Mo. Moderating the panel will be Dr. Frank Nickell, director of the Center for Regional History at Southeast Missouri State University.

Information and earthquake preparedness literature will be available to the public after the program.

For more information, contact Jim Watkins, CERT Training Coordinator, Cape Girardeau Fire Department, at (573) 339-6799 ext. 2 or jwatkins@cityofcapegirardeau.org.