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IAEM-USA and NEMA establish Joint Task Force to promote inclusive emergency management
IAEM
The U.S. Council of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM-USA) and the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) announced the formation of a Joint Task Force to work on issues of inclusive emergency management, and in particular how best to ensure that all aspects of planning, response, recovery and mitigation account for people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. The presidents of both organizations will appoint joint chairs for the Task Force. The Task Force is a high-level group made up of professional emergency management professionals, elected or appointed officials in the field, and subject matter experts also from within the field. The Task Force will develop a toolkit for local and state emergency managers, to best provide services to those with disabilities and functional needs. A major purpose of this project is to provide real world solutions and support to joint memberships so that funds and personnel can be more constructively and effectively committed to the actual work at hand. The Task Force will officially begin in January 2014 and expire on July 1, 2014, but may be extended with approval of the presidents based upon any work product that needs completing.
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Negotiators strike deal on FY 2014 appropriations
IAEM
After weeks of close-hold negotiations, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees released on January 13, the legislative text and the joint explanatory statement of the Omnibus Appropriations bill. This consolidated bill, which was added to HR 3547, includes all 12 appropriations bills for FY 2014. The House and Senate are expected to pass the bill before the weekend and the beginning of next week's Congressional Recess. Some of the funding highlights of the Federal Emergency Management Agency section follow: $350,000,000 for Emergency Management Performance Grants, which was maintained as a separate account; $20,529,000 for Emergency Management Institute; $25,000,000 for National Pre-Disaster Mitigation Fund (rejected administration proposal to terminate the program); $680,000,000 for Firefighter Assistance Grants, including $340,000,000 for firefighter assistance and $340,000,000 for SAFER staffing grants; $466,346,000 for State Homeland Security Grant Program; $600,000,000 for Urban Area Security Initiative; $120,000,000 for Emergency Food and Shelter. In addition, General Provisions were included which delayed certain rate increases in the National Flood Insurance Program, prohibited any funds being used to implement the National Preparedness Grant Program until authorized; and prohibited any appointment of a Principal Federal Official unless certain conditions are met. A detailed memo from IAEM-USA Policy Advisor Martha Braddock on the FEMA portion of the bill is posted on the IAEM-USA Government Affairs page, along with links to the legislative text of the Omnibus bill and links to the explanatory statements.
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USFA is recruiting students for pilot course
IAEM
The United State Fire Administration's National Fire Academy is conducting a pilot class, March 29-30, 2014, at the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, Md., for its newly developed two-day course, Best Practices in Community Risk Reduction. Stipend reimbursement is not available for attendance at this pilot offering and the student will be responsible for all travel costs and meals. Lodging and instruction are provided at no cost. Applications must be received by close of business, Jan. 31, 2014. Applicants must complete FEMA General Admission application Form 119-25-1.
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EM RESOURCES


National Library of Medicine updates tool for emergency responders
IAEM
The National Library of Medicine has released WebWISER 4.5. This release of Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER) integrates content from the Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) tool. Also, it updates the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) content to ERG's 2012 version. WebWISER 4.5 can be accessed from the "Latest News" part of the WISER's home page.
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FEMA crowdsources disaster response
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FEMA has always been on the cutting edge when it comes to deploying technology to try and stay one step ahead of natural disasters. It was one of the first agencies to send portable computers out with workers in the field. As far back as 1998, the agency was deploying tablets to help record natural disasters and coordinate emergency responses.
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61 years of disasters and disaster declarations — Some basics
Veoci
FEMA has a web site dedicated to the past 61 years of disaster declarations. The site has limited information about the 3,567 Major Disaster Declarations, Emergency Declarations, and Fire Management Assistance Declarations from 1953 to today. The data provides the date, U.S. State and type of disaster.
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IAEM NEWS


IAEM Bulletin Call for Articles: What Is the New Normal?
IAEM
The IAEM Bulletin will publish five special focus issues in 2014, on selected topics of interest to emergency managers, with the remaining monthly issues devoted to articles on a variety of EM-related topics of interest. For its first 2014 special focus, "What Is the New Normal," the IAEM-Global Editorial Work Group is interested in articles defining what the "new normal" is for you, exploring the "new normal" in your community, how it has affected your community, what needs to be done, and the challenges that you're facing as a result. The "new normal" may be different in different states or provinces, and different among countries. Your article might focus on climate change, social media, new technology, economic changes, or any area in which you are confronted by the "new normal." Please read the IAEM Bulletin Author's Guidelines at www.iaem.com/Bulletin, and keep your articles at no more than 750 words. Email article submissions to Karen Thompson, IAEM Bulletin Editor, no later than Feb. 10, 2014.
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Focus on migration: How best to rebuild after disaster
SciDev.Net
A recent report notes that between 2008 and 2012, more than 12 million of its inhabitants were displaced by natural disasters. This means people need resettling in safer — and yet still culturally acceptable — homes. How to do this well is an open question.
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CEM® UPDATE


Register today for the Feb. 5 Prep Course in Washington, D.C.
IAEM
The next Prep Course is scheduled for Feb. 5 in Washington D.C. in conjunction with EMS Today. Interested candidates should register through the IAEM website by Jan. 24. A CEM Commissioner will be available to answer questions about the application and process. We'll see you there! A minimum of 10 registrants is required for this course to proceed.
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


Author and educator Juli Burney to speak at IAEM 62nd Annual Conference & EMEX
IAEM
Plan now to be in San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 14-19, 2014, for the IAEM 62nd Annual Conference & EMEX. Julie Burney is the third of several general plenary speakers that will be announced. Multiple award winning teacher, humorist and author, she makes and amazing connection with her audiences and is able to entertain with the ability of a headlining comedian. Juli has been honored by her state as Artist of the Year because of her ability to improve people's lives through humor and the effective use of communication tools. She has worked in all 48 continental United States and Canada, and has been commissioned by a variety of associations from the National Endowment of the Arts to Fortune 500 companies to develop training programs that stick. Juli has filmed for Showtime and HBO, along with making numerous guest appearances on radio and television programs. Julie was a college professor for 30 years.
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EM NEWS


Swiss Re's Cole says uninsured disaster losses growing
Bloomberg
Natural catastrophes are growing more costly and uninsured losses are increasing, according to David Cole, chief risk officer of Swiss Re Ltd. "When they happen, they are more severe," he said today at a presentation in Zurich. More losses occur because of increasing interconnectedness and urbanization, he said.
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MEMBER NEWS


IAEM mourns the loss of long-time member John Shay
IAEM
IAEM members were sorrowed to hear of the recent passing of John Shay, a long-time IAEM member. John started his emergency management career with McHenry County Civil Defense in 1961, serving as director of McHenry County Emergency Services & Disaster Agency from 1969 until 1994. He was a past president (1980-1981) of the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association (IESMA), as well as a recipient of the IAEM-USA Clayton R. Christopher Memorial Award (1994). John also served as the IAEM-USA Region 5 treasurer, as president of the American Society of Professional Emergency Planners, and as a member of FEMA’s Integrated Emergency Management System Advisory Committee. IAEM joins McHenry County Emergency Management and IESMA in expressing sympathy to John's family, friends and colleagues.
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EM CALENDAR


EM Forum.org is hosting a webinar on 'The Infrastructure Security Partnership — Improving Resilience of the Nation's Infrastructure' on Jan. 22, 2014, 12:00 p.m. ET
IAEM
EM Forum is going to explore the Infrastructure Security Partnership (TISP) and its ongoing efforts to improve the resilience of our nation's built environment. TISP has published the widely used Regional Disaster Resilience Guide and other related resources and was actively engaged in the recent update of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan. The guest speaker will be William B. Anderson, TISP director and CEO. Please see the Background Page for related resources and participant Instructions. Use the Webinar Login link not more than 30 minutes before the scheduled time. Look for more details here.
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Planning for Community Resilience: The Long and the Short of It, Jan. 29, 2014, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
IAEM
What if you were a disaster resilience planner on assignment in a large urban area? What trade-offs would you make to meet high-profile, short term requirements even though you know long-term investments are important? Join disaster planning expert Ellis M. Stanley, Sr., IAEM-Global Board Chair, as he shares his real world experience and insights about the challenges of balancing short- and long-term needs for urban areas. Engage in a lively discussion with Ellis and other participants as you take on challenging questions about how to build community resilience for the long haul. The event is being held at the Koshland Science Museum (directions) in Washington, D.C. Advance ticket purchase is recommended due to space constraints and the popularity of the "Science Social" program series. Tickets are $10; $7 students/fellows.
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West Virginia chemical spill update: Water slowly returns to community
The Weather Channel
Downtown businesses and restaurants reopened following the recent chemical spill, but many people waited yet another day for officials to tell them their tap water was safe. So far, about 39 percent of West Virginia American Water's customers have been allowed to use their water again after a chemical spilled into the Elk River, state officials said.
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An early start to hurricane season? 'Subtropical' storm may be forming
The Washington Post
Tropical storms have occurred during every month in the Atlantic, but January storms are rare. This week, it was reported that Subtropical Storm Arthur could be forming about 2,000 miles east of the Bahamas. The official Atlantic hurricane season spans June 1 through Nov. 30, but nature does not always obey our arbitrary boundaries. On average, about 97 percent of tropical cyclone activity falls within the official hurricane season, while the remaining 3 percent is spread out among the six off-season months.
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As ice storm costs top $250 million, Ontario cities urge feds to increase disaster relief funding
Yahoo News Canada
A winter ice storm that swept across much of Ontario last month was so extreme and caused so much damage that it has left cities struggling to cover the cost of recovery, and calling for the country to change the way we react to increasingly-common extreme weather events.
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Death toll rises from rains in southern Philippines
The Wall Street Journal
The death toll from relentless rains and landslides in the southern Philippines rose to 24, with nearly 300,000 people affected, the government’s disaster agency said. A low pressure area strengthened already heavy rains that have pounded several provinces in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.
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Japan to help the Philippines adopt disaster response system
FutureGov Magazine
Japan is to assist the Philippines adopt a new ICT-based disaster response system aiming to save more lives and reduce property damage as the parts of the country recover from Super Typhoon Haiyan.
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Study forecast Philippine superstorm months before it hit
The Wall Street Journal
The central Philippine city of Tacloban, which was destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan, was practically destined for disaster, according to a recent study on the risks posed by climate change. But the devastating super storm that it predicted wasn't schedule to arrive until 2021.
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