FEMA’s National Level Exercise 2011 (NLE 2011) is scheduled for May 2011. The purpose of the exercise is to prepare and coordinate a multiple-jurisdictional integrated response to a national catastrophic event. It is part of the National Exercise Program which provides the U.S. government, at all levels, exercise opportunities to prepare for catastrophic crises ranging from terrorism to natural disasters.
NLE 2011 will simulate the catastrophic nature of a major earthquake in the central United States region of the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ). The year 2011 is the bicentennial anniversary of the 1811 New Madrid earthquake, for which the NMSZ is named. NLE 2011 will be the first NLE to simulate a natural hazard.
NLE 2011 activities will take place at command posts, emergency operation centers and other locations to include federal facilities in the Washington D.C. area and federal, regional, state, tribal, local and private sector facilities in the eight member states of the Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC). The eight member states of CUSEC encompass four different FEMA regions: Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee (FEMA Region IV); Illinois and Indiana (FEMA Region V); Arkansas (FEMA Region VI); and Missouri (FEMA Region VII).
CHEMTREC will be a participant at the National, Regional, State & Local levels and will stand ready to accept all calls for assistance in mitigating adverse impacts involving hazardous materials, triggered by the simulated earthquake. The vast majority of US chemical manufacturing facilities rely on CHEMTREC to assist in their commitment to safe and secure transportation of their products and raw materials.
Since its inception in 1971, CHEMTREC has always held public safety and assistance to first response agencies as a key part of its mission.