In November 2012 thousands of National Guard soldiers and personnel from disaster preparedness agencies from Missouri and other states conducted “Operation Vigilant Guard,” a large training exercise aimed at responding to a major earthquake along the New Madrid fault line.

According to a press release from the Missouri National Guard public affairs office, “under the exercise scenario, citizen-soldiers and airmen will have to contend?with a number of issues including disrupted public utilities and widespread?infrastructure damage.” Since then smaller exercises have taken place and additional planning and resources lined up. It’s all for a very good reason. READ MORE