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IAEM-USA active in coalition supporting Medical Preparedness Allowable Use Act passed by U.S. House
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The Medical Preparedness Allowable Use Act, legislation introduced by Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN) and Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), was passed Feb. 3 by the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill ensures that homeland security grant dollars are available for medical preparedness activities, including the purchase of vital medical equipment and supplies used by first responders. The legislation is supported by a coalition of first responder groups including the Emergency Services Coalition for Medical Preparedness, International Association of Emergency Managers and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. "I want to congratulate the Emergency Services Coalition for Medical Preparedness," said Bruce Lockwood, CEM, IAEM-USA president. "Their consistent and unified message was key to the passage of the Medical Preparedness Allowable Use Act by the House. This act is a critical step in our efforts to protecting our protectors, and sustaining the critical workforce in our communities during a time of need." IAEM is a member and supporter of the Emergency Services Coalition for Medical Preparedness.
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Center for Homeland Defense and Security announces Call for Entries in 7th Annual Essay Contest
IAEM
The Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) invites entry submissions in its 7th annual essay competition. The due date has been extended to Feb. 15, 2014. The Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security offers this annual competition, which strives to stimulate original thought on issues in homeland security and homeland defense. The competition is open to everyone with an interest in homeland defense and security. The essay topic, complete details, instructions for submitting essays, and essay evaluation criteria are posted here.
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FEMA submits to Congress its recommendations to increase the thresholds for eligibility under Simplified Procedures
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On Jan. 29, FEMA submitted to Congress a report with a recommendation to increase the thresholds for eligibility under the Public Assistance Program (i.e., Simplified Procedures). In order to determine if an increase to the thresholds would be beneficial and lead to greater budgetary efficiency, FEMA focused the analysis on: (1) a quantitative analysis of PA program data, as well as state-level emergency management budget information; and (2) a qualitative review of input from FEMA Regional Office staff, states and tribes, as well as recent bi-annual reports published by a membership organization representing state-level emergency managers. Based on this analysis, FEMA determined that a change in thresholds for Simplified Procedures would benefit grantees and sub-grantees, specifically raising the Simplified Procedures maximum threshold to $120,000, raising the minimum threshold for project eligibility to $3,000, and adjusting both annually to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI) published by the Dept. of Labor. As required by law, FEMA will implement the changes to both thresholds after submission of the report and the changes will take effect for disasters declared on or after the date of publication of the Final Rule in the Federal Register.
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GAO: Protect next-gen 911 from cyberattack
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The Government Accountability Office wants the Department of Homeland Security to work with the departments of Commerce, Justice, and Transportation and the Federal Communications Commission to ensure next-generation, IP-based 911 emergency response systems are not vulnerable to cyberattack.
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CEM® UPDATE


Mark your calendar for upcoming prep course and CEM®/AEM℠ Exams
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CEM®/AEM℠ candidates should mark their calendars for the upcoming Prep Course and Exam offerings:
  • Buffalo, N.Y. — March 14
  • Savannah, Ga. — May 19
Registration details found on the IAEM website. A minimum of 10 participants is required for courses to proceed.

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Certification resources are available for mentors or CEMs making presentations on certification program
IAEM
Have you been asked to make a presentation about the IAEM Certification Program or to mentor a new CEM® candidate? If so, then the IAEM website is the place to start. It offers helpful information for individuals representing or presenting information on the CEM®/AEM℠ Program. Contact CEM Administrator, Kate McClimans, with questions about presenting the Certification Overview, accessing the CEM®/AEM℠ Brochure, or mentoring candidates through the application process.
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In the Philippines, a model for confronting nearly every disaster
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Dealing with disasters has become almost a way of life in Legazpi, Philippines. That's why this city of 180,000 and the surrounding province of Albay have become something of a laboratory for urban resilience. If there's any place on the globe that can test whether city life can withstand the forces of nature and the looming threats of climate change, this may be it.
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What other cities can learn from Atlanta's ice debacle
CNN
The finger-pointing began almost immediately -- and with good reason. A mere few inches of snow had shut down Atlanta, forcing children to spend the night at schools, stranding drivers on interstates and making the city a laughingstock to the country. Why did this happen? Who's to blame? And, more importantly, could this happen elsewhere? Perhaps. Unlike Boston and New York, with their long-established infrastructures and diverse mass transit systems, Atlanta resembles the new American city.
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What it's like to run a 1-person department
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From drawing up emergency plans and coordinating projects to establishing relationships with first responders, the tasks of preparing and educating a county population about what to do when disaster strikes can be overwhelming, even with the resources and staff to do it. But in most small jurisdictions in remote areas of the U.S., one person is commonly charged with doing all of that and with very few resources.
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Searches halted in Indonesia after Mount Sinabung eruptions kill 15
CNN
Search and recovery teams have again halted their perilous task of looking for victims from the recent volcanic eruptions of Indonesia's Mount Sinabung, disaster officials said. The death toll currently stands at 15 after plumes of ash spewed more than a mile into the sky Saturday and descended in superheated clouds.
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As snowy winter drags on, Northeast struggles to cope
Reuters
The latest in a series of winter storms hit the United States recently, threatening to drop up to a foot of snow in central New England, snarling travel and eating into supplies of salt needed to keep roads clear. Officials in New York and New Jersey warned they were beginning to run short of the rock salt used by road crews to keep ice from building up on highways and local roads, the result of the season's repeated storms.
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The Northridge earthquake: 'Like a punch delivered from below'
Los Angeles Magazine
It’s been two decades since the magnitude 6.7 Northridge earthquake shook Los Angeles to its core. Richard Andrews presided over the Herculean effort to make the city whole again.
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Cephalonia island declared a disaster zone after earthquakes
UPI
Greek officials declared Cephalonia a natural disaster zone after it was struck by two earthquakes and dozens of aftershocks. A 5.7-magnitude earthquake rumbled in the island as crews from the Technical Chamber of Greece and the Ministry of Infrastructure were assessing damage from the Jan. 26 5.8-magnitude earthquake and aftershocks, Ekathimerini.com reported.
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