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Flu season already hitting some states hard
IAEM
Seasonal flu is increasing nationwide and is already very high in some states according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At least five deaths in Texas are attributed to H1N1, which appears to be the leading strain of flu this year. H1N1 first emerged during the 2008-09 flu season. The CDC is saying "this strain has a predilection for young adults" and encourages everyone to get a flu shot this year, especially those in states already seeing high numbers of cases and those who are in high-risk groups. This year's flu vaccine includes protection against the H1N1 strain. They expect flu levels to increase over the next few weeks. It is especially important for EMS providers, healthcare workers, and all other emergency services personnel to get the flu shot this year to help protect themselves, their coworkers, and the people they serve. The CDC also released a Clinician Advisory Notice for H1N1 with guidelines for treatment and reporting. Their weekly FluView gives updated data and medical surveillance on flu cases across the country.
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


IAEM Annual Conference is seeking speakers
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The Theme for the 62nd IAEM Annual Conference is Emergency Management: Navigating the New Normal. Review the Speaker Guidance for all the requirements and submit your presentation today. The IAEM 62nd Annual Conference & EMEX will be held in San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 14 -19, 2014. The deadline to submit is 5:00 p.m. Eastern, Feb. 21, 2014.
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EO 13650 Work Group on Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security solicits public input on options for policy, regulation, and standards modernization
IAEM
In August 2013, President Obama issued Executive Order (EO) 13650, "Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security," to improve the safety and security of chemical facilities and reduce the risks of hazardous chemicals to owners and operators, workers and communities. Section 6(a) of the Executive Order tasks the work group with considering options intended to improve and modernize key policies, regulations and standards to enhance the safety and security of chemical facilities. Based upon feedback the work group received, a preliminary list of options for improving chemical facility safety and security was developed. The document is available here. The purpose of this document is to provide preliminary options as a starting point for additional stakeholder discussion. A public docket (OSHA-2013-0026) has been opened for Section 6 of the Executive Order, with a request for public comments. Appendix B of the report contains instructions for submitting comments to this docket. Additional information on Section 6 of the Executive Order is available here. If you have any questions or comments regarding EO 13650, please visit the web page for more information, or e-mail EO.chemical@hq.dhs.gov.
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EM NEWS


Appropriations committees putting finishing touches on $1.1 trillion spending bill
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
Negotiators trying to put the finishing touches on a $1.1 trillion spending bill reported that they have made major progress in recent days in advance of a meeting of the four principal negotiators later in the day. Sticking points remain, including language that would give the administration flexibility to certify that Egypt qualifies for U.S. military aid despite a law that bans such aid after coup d'etats, said Sen. Lindsey Graham, the top Republican on the foreign aid panel.
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Safety alert on crude oil flammability
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The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMA) on Jan. 2 issued a safety alert to notify the general public, emergency responders, and shippers and carriers that recent derailments and resulting fires indicate that the type of crude oil being transported from the Bakken region may be more flammable than traditional heavy crude oil. Read the full alert.
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Global disasters killed more, cost less in 2013
The Associated Press via The Boston Globe
The German insurance company Munich Re says some 20,000 people died in natural disasters last year, about twice as many as in 2012. Most of the deaths resulted from Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines, Vietnam and China in November with a loss of almost 6,100 lives. This was followed by floods in India that killed about 5,500 people in June.
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Long-term health problems after natural disasters strike
U.S. News & World Report
It's been nearly two months since the strongest storm ever recorded slammed the Philippines and the U.S. alone has contributed more than $37 million to relief efforts in the devastated country according to Time. Other countries and international organizations like the U.N. have donated just as much to help decimated communities in the badly damaged province of Leyte return to some sense of normalcy as they begin to rebuild their lives.
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CEM® UPDATE


Update on CEM® Online Application System
IAEM
IAEM staff is finalizing the testing and integration of the certification online application system, which is expected to go live during the week of Jan. 13, 2014. The recertification application will be rolled out first through the electronic system with the expectation that the CEM®/AEM℠ applications will be available in the summer. All current CEMs and AEMs will receive an email announcement from IAEM Headquarters shortly after the system goes live. The online portal supports IAEM's effort to "go green," reduce shipping costs for candidates, and facilitate an easier application process for all. Helpful resources for using the online application will be available on the IAEM website prior to the launch date. Please direct questions to CEM Administrator Kate McClimans.
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Register today for upcoming CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course and Exam offerings
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We are gearing up for 2014 so join us at a certification offering.
  • Feb. 5, 2014 — Washington, D.C. (EMS Today)
  • March 14 — Ceektowaga, N.Y.
  • June 14 — Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y.
A minimum of 10 registrants is required for the Prep Course offerings to proceed. Register online. To discuss opportunities to have the CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course scheduled in your area, contact, CEM Administrator Kate McClimans.

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NEW INSIGHTS


Nanotechnology for disaster relief and development cooperation
Nanowerk
The number of areas in which nanotechnology is applied is steadily increasing due to their unique role as cross-sectional technology. In the last few years, the versatile opportunities of nanotechnology predominantly received recognition in the areas of improved efficiency, resource conservation and more sustainable production mechanisms. However, a number of improved and innovative solutions in the areas of disaster relief and development cooperation are now also on the market.
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AROUND THE WORLD


Death toll from deep freeze tops 20; warm-up is coming
NPR
The deaths of at least 21 people are now being blamed on the winter storms and severe cold weather that have gripped much of the U.S., The Associated Press reported early Wednesday. At least half have been attributed to weather-related traffic accidents.
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Colossal waves crash into UK after US storm
CBS News
Waves up to 27 feet high slammed into Britain's southwestern coast, as lashing winds and heavy rain battered parts of the U.K. and coastal residents braced for another round of flooding. The monster waves were recorded at Land's End, the southwestern tip of the U.K. In Aberystwyth in Wales, seafront homes, businesses and student residence halls were evacuated as high tides hit the Welsh coast.
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Utah scientists say avalanche was largest disaster of type in modern history of North America
Fox News
The avalanche near Salt Lake City last year that carried enough rock, dirt and debris to bury New York's Central Park under 66 feet of rubble was North America's largest such disaster in modern history, according to University of Utah scientists.
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Study: Los Angeles area storms to grow more destructive as sea level rises
The Los Angeles Times
Major storms will be more destructive to coastal areas of Los Angeles as sea level rise accelerates over the century, according to a new study the city of Los Angeles commissioned to help it adjust to climate change. The study by USC took inventory of the city's coastal neighborhoods, roads, its port, energy and water infrastructure to evaluate the damage they would face from a storm under sea level rise scenarios anticipated for mid-century and 2100.
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Is Fukushima at risk for another nuclear disaster?
Al Jazeera America
At the Fukushima Daiichi plant, the Tokyo Electric Power Co., or TEPCO, is struggling to contain the ongoing nuclear disaster. Since the catastrophe almost three years ago, there has been disagreement about whether the plant is safe. The official line from the Japanese government is that the situation is under control.
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