IAEM Dispatch
Jun. 12, 2014

Registration for the IAEM-USA 62nd Annual Conference & EMEX is now open
Registration is now open for the IAEM-USA 62nd Annual Conference & EMEX to be held in San Antonio, Nov. 14-19, 2014. Check out the online program and register today. This is a must-attend event that receives high praise from many individuals. "The IAEM Annual Conference provides an opportunity for all levels of emergency managers to learn, to grow and to meet colleagues from around the world," said Richard Serino, 8th FEMA deputy administrator and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. "IAEM offers a wide range of stimulating programs that will enlighten, from students to 30-year veterans of Emergency Management. While attending the IAEM Annual Conference, I have always found new ideas to help me grow both personally and professionally."More

IAEM issues last call for student scholarship applications — deadline is June 16
The IAEM Scholarship Commission is accepting applications from students for this year's scholarship review. The IAEM Scholarship Program provides scholarships through a competitive process to full-time students working towards degrees in emergency management, disaster management, or a closely related field. The application and all supporting documentation must be received by IAEM by Midnight EDT, June 16, 2014. There are separate applications for graduate and undergraduate students. Learn more and download the appropriate application on the IAEM website.More

IAEM Bulletin issues call for articles on professional development in emergency management
The IAEM Editorial Work Group seeks articles for its fourth special focus issue of 2014, "Professional Development in Emergency Management." Possible articles might include: promoting individual growth within an emergency management department through incorporating higher education and other activities; how individual emergency managers are applying professional development activities in their departments to make their efforts more effective; or how your emergency management program has improved or how your community has benefited through the application of what you learned in professional development activities. Please read the IAEM Bulletin Author's Guidelines prior to submitting your article. Note that we are now accepting feature articles of 750 to 1,500 words. Email article submissions to Karen Thompson by July 10, 2014.More

Emergency Services Coalition issues chemical protection challenge
The Emergency Services Coalition for Medical Preparedness is hosting a challenge to design the next generation operational capacity to protect the protectors from chemical and nerve agents. $5,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the best ideas. The deadline to submit is July 10, 2014. The entry form and further details are on the Coalition's website. More

Hackers have been changing digital road signs and Homeland Security is not amused
People are often worried about malicious hacks that threaten their data or personal safety, but there's a lighthearted side of hacks. Who doesn't giggle at a "Godzilla Attack!" or "Turn Back" highway sign? Still, for drivers to trust government signs, they need to be accurate, and Homeland Security is telling sign contractors that the hacks have to stop. More

University of Nevada tests emergency alert system
Recently, University of Nevada police tested the emergency alert system on campus. Sirens sounded from three different buildings around campus. The drill was done to improve safety and preparedness for students and make sure all the alerts are working correctly year round.More

European official: Natural disaster costs have quadrupled in past 3 decades
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
The average annual cost of natural disasters has quadrupled over the last three decades and it makes economic sense to boost spending on preparedness to ensure a stable future, a senior European official said. Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis response, told a conference on disaster risk reduction and management of the Asia-Europe Meeting that costs related to natural disasters have increased from $50 billion a year in the 1980s to $200 billion in the last decade. In three of the last four years, costs exceeded $200 billion.More

92 percent of Americans have survived a natural disaster, but many may not be prepared for the next one
Government Security News
Despite the frequency of severe weather, a new survey released by Allstate shows people may not be as prepared as they should be for the next big storm. Ninety-two percent of Americans surveyed have lived through a disaster. Seven percent of the people polled say they or someone in their family was injured when a disaster impacted their community.More

Hurricane researchers eye low-level flights to gauge strength
The Wall Street Journal
Hurricane researchers for years have deployed an array of aircraft to help predict a storm's strength and path, from "Hurricane Hunter" turboprops that fly into its core to unmanned Global Hawks that cruise high above it. But one of the most critical areas of a hurricane — its lowest section, where the sea and winds churn violently — has largely been off-limits because of the perils of sending manned aircraft there. Now, scientists think they have a cost-effective solution: a drone called the Coyote designed to venture into that turbulent zone for as long as two hours and beam back a stream of data that can paint a more precise picture of a storm.More

UN ambassador highlights link between disasters, disabilities
Japan Times
Japan's Ambassador to the United Nations Motohide Yoshikawa recently stressed the importance of recognizing the special needs of people with disabilities during major disasters such as the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis.More

IAEM-Canada's Operation Invite a Friend is underway!
IAEM-Canada’s Board of Directors approved "Operation Invite a Friend," a membership initiative, which began on June 1, 2014 and runs through Dec. 31, 2014. Operation Invite a Friend provides unlimited memberships to each Canada Council member to invite Canadian friends, colleagues and stakeholders to join IAEM for one year for free. The simple requirements are as follows. The person giving the membership must be a current dues-paying individual member in good standing of the IAEM-Canada Council and the giveaway may not be used for renewal of an existing IAEM membership. More information is available on a special IAEM-Canada Invite a Friend web page. Interested non-IAEM members who live in Canada should contact members and ask to be sponsored. This is a chance to participate in IAEM's network, attend our incredible annual conference, receive our IAEM Bulletin, and have a voice in our profession and the policies that impact our communities.More

House Appropriations markup of FY 2015 will explore DHS funding
On June 11, the Full House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to markup the FY 2015 Appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security. The draft report and draft bill are posted on the Appropriations Committee website. A summary is expected to be posted after the markup. The highlights of the FEMA appropriations in the draft bill were included in an IAEM memo of May 27, which is posted on the IAEM-USA Government Affairs Committee web page. This memo will be updated after the markup. More

Obama taps FEMA to cope with 'influx' of undocumented children
The Hill
President Barack Obama set up a task force to coordinate the response to a huge increase in illegal child migrants coming across the Mexico border and put the head of the federal disaster agency in charge. "The influx of unaccompanied alien children across the southwest border of the United States has resulted in an urgent humanitarian situation requiring a unified and coordinated Federal response," the president said in a memo setting up the task force. More

Federal working group releases chemical safety update
Security Management
A federal working group has released an update on its work to improve safety and security at chemical facilities in the United States that, while important to the economy, continue to pose a risk to neighboring communities and workers.More

Call waiting: FCC puts 911 cellphone tracker on hold
The Hill
The Federal Communications Commission is delaying a rule that would help emergency responders more easily locate people who call 911 from their cellphones, the agency said Monday. The FCC is considering new rules that would require wireless companies such as Verizon and AT&T to provide 911 operators with detailed information about the location of people calling from their cellphones within a home or building. More

Social media metrics for government: A manager's handbook
Government Executive
One of the most important questions to ask during a job interview or when preparing for an annual review is: "What constitutes success?" or "What does success look like?" For private sector organizations, there are often very easily quantifiable metrics: number and size of sales, or year-to-year growth. Even in the nonprofit sector, there can be widely understood metrics: rate of growth for membership lists, the volume of participants at events, or the number of calls made or postcards sent during an awareness campaign.More

New tornado maps show latitudes, longitudes hit most frequently
The Weather Channel
Meteorologist Tim Brice has developed two new maps that may change the way you look at tornadoes. Brice, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in El Paso, Texas, crunched the number of tornado touchdowns between 1950 and 2013. Then he plotted the Storm Prediction Center's data on two separate maps to show the latitudes and longitudes that have seen the most twisters during that time span.More

CEM®/AEM℠ online application system goes live on July 1
We are excited to announce that CEM®, AEM℠ and Lifetime CEM® applications will be available through the online system starting July 1, 2014. CEM®/AEM℠ candidates submitting first-time applications may submit through the online system or by using the paper application until Aug. 15, 2014. After Aug. 15, all applications must be submitted through the online system.More

Next CEM® Commission review scheduled for September — application submission deadline is Aug. 15
The next CEM® Commission review will take place Sept.11-14, 2014. This will be the last review of the year. The deadline to submit applications to IAEM Headquarters to be included in the September review is Aug. 15. The published deadline date is for first-time CEM®/AEM℠ applications. First time candidates who already have started their "one-year clock" by passing the exam are reminded to adhere to the date published in the exam notification letters. Resubmission candidates are reminded that their deadline date is 90 days from the date of the incomplete letter. Supplemental documentation must be received in hard copy form at IAEM Headquarters within the 90-day deadline.More

IAEM CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Courses and exam offerings are coming to a city near you
Register today for an upcoming CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course or exam.

Candidates must register through the IAEM website to secure your space. IAEM requires a minimum of 10 registrants for the prep course. If you have any questions, feel free to contact CEM administrator Kate McClimans.More

Disasters and displacement: What we know, what we don't know
The Brookings Institution
Climate change is expected to increase the number of sudden-onset disasters caused by natural hazards and as a consequence we can expect more disaster-induced displacement around the world. As experts gathered for a meeting of the KNOMAD working group on environmental change and migration, it was clear that while there is much that we know, there is even more we don't know about the nature of such displacement.More

IAEM's Japan National Representative welcomes new daughter
Dr. Maki Fukami, president, International Institute of Global Resilience (IIGR), has shared that her daughter, Alexandra Rose (to be called "Allie"), was born May 30, 2014. Dr. Fukami is an IAEM-Asia member and is IAEM’s National Representative for Japan.More

'The State of 911 Forum' webinar to be held July 9, 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT
This webinar, the 10th in a bimonthly series, will feature a discussion by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on 911 initiatives, including key reports adopted by the Communications Security Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC), a presentation on Maine's experience with implementing a statewide text-to-911 network, and open Q&A sessions. Timothy May, E911/NG911 projects manager, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, will present on key 911 initiatives, including: an update on text-to-911; the indoor 911 location accuracy proceeding; 911 reliability; and the impact of the Internet Protocol (IP) transition on 911 services. In addition, Mr. May will discuss the FCC's annual report on the collection and use of state 911 fees, as well as the importance of cyber security in 911 systems. Also presenting and available for questions, will be Maria Jacques, director, State of Maine, Emergency Services Communication Bureau. Learn more and register today.More

Call for Papers issued for the 2015 Virginia Emergency Management Symposium
The theme of the 2015 Virginia Emergency Management Symposium is "Partnerships: Share the Load." The symposium, sponsored by Virginia Emergency Management Association and Virginia Department of Emergency Management, will take place Mar. 18-20, 2015, at Hampton Roads Convention Center, Hampton Roads, Virginia. The deadline to respond to the call for papers is July 15, 2014. Learn more.More

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) hosts workshop: Gathering Stakeholder Input on the Disaster Resilience Framework
On July 30 at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, the second in a series of regional meetings to gather input from the stakeholder community on the Disaster Resilience Framework will take place. Participants will be asked to choose their preferred breakout group(s), which will consist of working sessions organized by sector. These working sessions will focus on chapters of the Disaster Resilience Framework document. There will also be a working session to develop the Disaster Resilience Standards Panel charter and organizational plans. Learn more on the NIST website.More

Registration is now open for the 2014 New Mexico Homeland Security and Emergency Management Conference
This year's conference will be held at the Hotel Albuquerque in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Aug. 12-15, 2014. The theme for this year is "Whole Community, Building Partnerships for Community Resiliency." This year's conference will provide a forum to discuss current trends, topics, and tools and technology related to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s "Whole of Community" approach. Sessions encourage interaction for exchanging ideas and promoting collaboration to protect the lives and property of those we serve. Space is limited to 300 participants. So register today. Learn more on the event website. More

How El Niño will change the world's weather in 2014
The Guardian
The global El Niño weather phenomenon, whose impacts cause global famines, floods — and even wars — now has a 90 percent chance of striking this year, according to the latest forecast released to the Guardian.More

Hurricane Cristina strengthens off the coast of Mexico
The Weather Channel
Hurricane Cristina, the third named storm and second hurricane of the 2014 Eastern Pacific hurricane season continues to strengthen and churn to the west of the coast of Mexico. It initially formed as Tropical Depression Three-E Monday afternoon about 160 miles south of Zihuantanejo, Mexico. Six hours later the National Hurricane Center upgraded it to a tropical storm, giving it the third name on this year's 2014 Eastern Pacific naming list, Cristina.More

Germany storms: 6 dead after severe weather
BBC News
Six people have been killed in violent storms which battered cities in western Germany. In the worst incident, three died when a tree fell on a garden shed in Duesseldorf where they had sought shelter, emergency services said. Cyclists were also killed by falling trees in Cologne and Krefeld and a sixth person died while clearing a street in Essen.More

Flooding in Afghanistan kills 80 people and leaves thousands homeless
The Guardian
Flooding in a remote part of northern Afghanistan has killed more than 80 people and forced thousands to flee their homes, officials have said. It was the latest in a string of deadly flash floods, landslides and avalanches in Afghanistan's rugged northern mountains, where roads are poor and many villages are virtually cut off from the rest of the country.More

Armenia will implement landslide disasters management program Japan
Beginning in July 2014, Armenia and Japan will implement a new program of anti-landslide measures. The main goal of the project is the creation of a comprehensive management plan of landslides in the Republic of Armenia, which will include monitoring, initial and long-term measures, implementation of appropriate activities and landslides damage reduction.More