IAEM Dispatch
Oct. 23, 2014

IAEM 62nd Annual Conference features tours that should not be missed — register today!
IAEM is offering three spectacular tours at the IAEM 62nd Annual Conference in San Antonio. On Friday, Nov. 14, 2:45-5:00 p.m., only a lucky few will tour the USAA Headquarters in San Antonio, the largest office building in the United States. Participants will hear about some of the tools used to coordinate their operations around the world and the process by which they bring these representatives together to create a unified, agile and collaborative decision-making environment. The tour is limited to 25 registrants and the registration deadline for this tour is Oct. 30. On Saturday, Nov. 15, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., IAEM is offering a discounted rate on a "City Tour of the Hill Country." Finally, on Saturday evening from 5:30-8:00 p.m., join fellow attendees on a guided tour of downtown San Antonio as you stroll through sites such as The River Center Mall, Alamo Plaza, the Historic Menger Hotel, the San Antonio River Walk, the Arneson River Theater, and La Villita Historic Arts Village. This tour will provide excellent opportunities to meet new people and network. Add these events to your registration today.More

EMEX Product of the Week: Chef 5 Minute Meal's™ Self-Heating Food Supply Bucket
Chef Minute Meals, Inc., is a manufacturer of shelf-stable food products based out of Johnson City, Tennessee with USDA and FDA certified facilities strategically located for rapid response and transportation in the event of an emergency situation. CMM is a proud supplier to DLA/FEMA, along with various state emergency management departments. CMM now is offering the only non-freeze-dried bucket available, the Chef 5 Minute Meals™ — Self-Heating Food Supply Bucket in a 7.5 gallon waterproof stackable container. The Self-Heating Food Supply Bucket includes 84 servings, an assorted variety of our Chef 5 Minute Meals™ and Chef 5 Express™ extended shelf-life products. CMM has designed this bucket in order to provide self-heating meals and non-self-heating ready-to-eat meal entrees, which carry an extended shelf-life, in one convenient bucket. In the event you are interested in learning more about our fine products, please do not hesitate to stop by Booth #326 or learn more under featured exhibitor on the IAEM website.More

Could US handle biologic attack?
The Hill
The slow-footed federal response to Ebola shows that the United States would be overwhelmed by a biological attack, experts warn. Ever since 9/11, security analysts have said it's only a matter of time before terrorists acquire the means to attack the country with a bioweapon. More

IAEM-USA Children in Disaster Caucus seeks input to help improve planning and preparedness for children in disasters
The IAEM-USA Children in Disasters Caucus is working on a number of projects to improve preparedness and response for children in disasters in the United States. To successfully complete these projects and help improve preparedness and response for children in disasters, we need information about what various agencies and organizations are doing throughout the United States. We've developed a survey to gather information about seven specific projects from emergency managers and others around the United States The projects focus on:

If you have any information on any of these topics, please share five to ten minutes of your time to take the survey and help improve planning and preparedness for children in disasters.More

Medical Reserve Corps wants EM perspective — sign up to participate in focus group at IAEM Annual Conference
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), a national network of local groups of volunteers committed to improving the public health, emergency response, and resiliency of their communities, wants your perspective as emergency managers. The MRC team at the National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) invites you to a focus group during the 2014 IAEM Conference on Sunday, Nov. 16, 3:30-4:30 p.m. The team wants to learn more about how the MRC fits into your community and what strengths and challenges you see as an emergency manager working with MRC volunteers. Your feedback will be kept confidential, but will greatly help the MRC's future emergency preparedness efforts. Participation is very limited. Focus group participants will be eligible for FREE registration to NACCHO's 2015 Preparedness Summit. To participate in the focus group, contact Julie Looper, senior program analyst, Medical Reserve Corps.More

Voting on IAEM-USA Bylaws runs Oct. 21-Nov. 18, 2014
IAEM-USA Individual, Life, and Affiliate members are invited to vote on two proposed IAEM-USA Council Bylaws amendments. The IAEM-USA Board offered these amendments for consideration, and a notice was emailed to you on Sept. 23, 2014, to inform IAEM-USA members that the online Voting Area was available with information about the proposed amendments. Voting began on Oct. 21, 2014. Now it is time to cast your vote (yes or no) on each of the proposed amendments to the IAEM-USA Bylaws. Online voting will continue until Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. To pass, the proposed amendments must receive support by two-thirds of those members voting.More

Elizabeth Zimmerman appointed by President Barack Obama as FEMA Associate Administrator for Response and Recovery
President Barack Obama appointed Elizabeth Zimmerman to be FEMA's associate administrator for response and recovery, effective Oct. 19. Zimmerman has served as the assistant administrator for recovery, the deputy associate administrator for the Office of Response and Recovery, and most recently the acting associate administrator for the Office of Response and Recovery. Most notably, she has overseen the Stafford Act declaration process since 2009, she serves as an active steward of the Women's Leadership Forum, championed the development, collaboration and publication of the National Disaster Recovery Framework, the Recovery Support Functions, and the Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinators, and recently has been managing the implementation of the tribal declaration process authorized by the 2013 Sandy Recovery Improvement Act.More

Australian evacuation app takes prize in UN global app challenge
The United Nations Office of Disaster Risk Reduction and Esri announced a new winner in the U.N. Global Disaster Resilience App Challenge. The competition challenged developers to create apps that support the UNISDR Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready. Guardian Evacuations — an app written by Leon Storey and Gareck Packer that gets people to their closest evacuation center during a storm—was awarded first place in the consumer/public facing category.More

Facebook's new tool tells friends you're safe during natural disasters
In the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan in 2011, a team of Japanese Facebook engineers went to work on tools that would help people connect and communicate with friends and family in the event of other natural disasters. These tools were available only in Japan, but now, this same work has spawned a new Facebook feature meant to provide help in the event of any natural disaster, worldwide.More

Algorithm lets disaster response robots discern between humans and rubble
With their ability to navigate through tight spaces and unstable environments without putting people at risk, disaster response is one of the most promising applications for robots. Researchers from Mexico's University of Guadalajara have developed an algorithm that could come in handy in such situations by allowing robots to differentiate between people and debris.More

New certification exam to be released in January 2015
The new 100-question multiple-choice CEM®/AEM℠ exam will be released in January 2015. A revised study guide with recommended study materials will be available in November on the IAEM website. Certification candidates who are preparing for the exam using the current study guide should make the necessary arrangements to sit for the test by December 2014. Information about making arrangements for the exam with an approved proctor can be found on page 4-5 of the Study Guide. Contact CEM Administrator Kate McClimans with any questions.More

Revised HFA stresses political leadership
The Zero Draft of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction was published and circulated widely recently. It is an early draft of the final document which will be adopted at the Third U.N. World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, next March. The document prepared by the co-Chairs of the Conference's Preparatory Committee, Ambassador Päivi Kairamo, Finland, and Ambassador Thani Thongphakdi, Thailand, seeks a substantial reduction of disaster losses, in lives, and in the social, economic and environmental assets of persons, communities and countries. More

US to reroute passengers from Ebola areas
The Hill
All travelers from countries affected by the Ebola epidemic will now travel through one of five major U.S. airports, officials announced. Under pressure from lawmakers, the Department of Homeland Security is redirecting flights nationwide in an attempt to prevent more people from bringing Ebola across the border. More

CDC to monitor travelers from West Africa for 3 weeks
The Hill
All travelers who arrive in the United States from Ebola-stricken countries will be closely watched by public health officials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced. Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, said anyone arriving from three countries — Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia — will be required to report their temperature and any potential symptoms to public health officials.More

Nigeria is Ebola-free: Here's what they did right
The World Health Organization declared Nigeria free of Ebola, a containment victory in an outbreak that has stymied other countries' response efforts. The outbreak has killed more than 4,500 in West Africa is remains unchecked in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, so Nigeria is by no means immune to another outbreak. For the WHO to declare Nigeria as Ebola-free, the country had to make it 42 days with no new cases (double the incubation period), verify that it actively sought out all possible contacts, and show negative test results for any suspected cases.More

Great earthquakes doubled in the most recent 10 year period — what that means
Science 2.0
Since December 2004 there have been 18 quakes of 8.0 or greater on the moment magnitude scale — a rate more than twice that seen from 1900 to mid-2004. Some of that difference could be due to unprecedented advances in technological and scientific capacity to detect earthquakes. Like the distance of Babe Ruth's homeruns, anecdotes about past earthquakes have the mist of legend shrouding them, but modern earthquakes have a variety of ways they can be understood — and that helps recalibrate risk for future earthquakes.More

What Hurricane Sandy teaches us about the warnings we can't hear
When a NJ meteorologist saw what was coming, he knew he must make a storm briefing — but no one had ever made one for a hurricane that might make landfall seven days later.More

Nancy Dragani receives 2014 Suiter Award for Distinguished Service
The National Emergency Management Association has presented the 2014 Lacy E. Suiter Distinguished Service Award to Nancy Dragani, executive director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency. The honor was given to Dragani on Oct. 11, 2014 during the association’s Annual Emergency Management Policy and Leadership Forum held in Atlanta, Georgia. Dragani has served more than twenty years in positions of ever increasing responsibility and leadership in the emergency management profession. In 2005, Gov. Bob Taft tapped her for agency director. She has continued in that position under Govs. Strickland and Kasich. Ohio achieved accreditation through the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) under her leadership, and she's led the state through numerous disasters. She serves as Tri-Chair of the National Homeland Security Consortium. Dragani has served in various leadership positions within NEMA, including president, chair of the Response and Recovery Committee and chair of the Homeland Security Committee. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has appointed her multiple times to the National Advisory Council as chair of the Recovery Subcommittee and then Insurance and Mitigation Subcommittee. Dragani earned an advanced degree in homeland security through the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense Security Studies.More

Thousands of holidaying Brits caught in Tenerife flash-floods that left 1 dead
The Daily Mirror
Thousands of Britons holidaying in Tenerife have been caught in flash-flooding on the island. Seven inches of rain fell in just 12 hours, with tourists warned to stay in their hotels as landslides and fast-flowing waters led to road closures.More

Hurricane Gonzalo: Woman crushed to death by tree blown down by high winds in London
The Independent
A woman has died after being crushed by a tree in high winds caused by the remains of Hurricane Gonzalo. The tree and part of a wall fell on the pedestrian as she walked down Kensington Road, near Hyde Park Barracks. A spokesperson for the London Ambulance Service said paramedics tried to resuscitate her but she died at the scene.More

Strong earthquake strikes Ecuador and Colombia
The Weather Channel
A strong earthquake rattled parts of Ecuador and southern Colombia, sending frightened residents running outdoors. There are no reports of structural damage, but early reports indicate one person may be trapped in a landslide.More

Nepal tightens up mountain rules in wake of Himalayan hiking disaster
The Guardian
Nepal has said it will introduce new rules, improve weather forecasts and better monitor the movement of trekkers after the Himalayan country's worst hiking disaster left dozens dead. Tourism department official Tulasi Gautam said trekkers venturing on to mountain trails would be required to take trained local guides and would have to rent a GPS tracking unit to help authorities trace them in case of an emergency.More