Earthquakes: Mean Business at Saint Louis University

March 29, 2011
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About Earthquakes: Mean Business

On Friday, Feb. 11, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Saint Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology and the Heartland Center for Public Health Preparedness hosted Earthquakes: Mean Business (EMB), a public outreach offering of the regional geoscience, engineering and emergency management community. Nearly 300 people from all over the country were in attendance. The event featured high-level speakers, including Federal FEMA Administrator, Craig Fugate,  USGS Earthquake Program Manager, David Applegate and USGS New Zealand Earthquake Response Team Lead, Rob Williams. This program was particularly timely, as an earthquake struck New Zealand within a day of Rob Williams’ presentation on his experience working on a subsequent disaster in that region. Then in March, in the wake of the Japan earthquakes, presenters David Applegate and Rob Williams were interviewed on CNN as expert commentators.

This annual program is an effort to raise awareness of earthquake hazards and earthquake risk in the central United States and explain how we can better prepare for future events. It consists of morning presentations, a luncheon seminar and afternoon break-out sessions. Attendees also have the opportunity to visit with exhibitors who provide information and resources to assist businesses in disaster preparation and business continuity planning. The next Earthquakes: Mean Business seminar will be held on Friday, Feb.3 at Saint Louis University and will again feature top national-level experts in the field.



The 2011 program was sponsored by Saint Louis University, 3M Solar-Tech, Earthquake Insight LLC and the USGS. Corporate Sponsorship opportunities are now available for the 2012 event. Interested parties may contact Susan Bloomfield at 314-977-8431 or

Additional Information

For more information about Earthquakes: Mean Business, including exhibiting or speaking at the 2012 event, contact Earthquakes: Mean Business planner, Brooke Lund, at 314-977-7820 or Further details about the 2011 event and copies of the presentations can be found on the event website.

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