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IAEM ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE
Deadline to submit abstract to speak at IAEM's 61st Annual Conference — Feb. 20
The deadline to submit your abstract to be considered for a breakout session at the International Association of Emergency Managers USA Council (IAEM-USA) 61st Annual Conference & EMEX Expo in Reno, Nev., Oct. 25-30, 2013 is Feb.20. To be selected, it is crucial that a submission be compelling in both the importance of the subject matter and also show knowledge and experience of the subject matter. The presentation should relate to the overall conference theme "Emergency Management in a Changing World." Breakout sessions are one hour in length (including Q&A). IAEM provides Speaker Guidance to assist prospective presenters with their submissions.
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IAEM bulletin call for articles: 'Lessons learned: Natural disasters'
Deadline for Submissions: Feb. 15, 2013
The IAEM-Global Editorial Work Group is interested in articles about natural disasters that have occurred within the last 12-24 months, especially in articles on mitigation and recovery. Tell us what worked and what did not work, in retrospect what would have worked better, and what you plan to do next time. Please keep your article to no more than 750 words, and read the Author's Guidelines at www.iaem.com before submitting your article to IAEM Bulletin Editor Karen Thompson no later than Feb. 15, 2013.
IAEM-Asia Council support sought from Hong Kong Fire Department and Red Cross
Victor Bai, CEM, IAEM-Asia Council President, met Jan. 25 with officers from the Hong Kong Fire Department and representatives of the Hong Kong Red Cross. The purpose of the meeting was to seek support for the IAEM-Asia Council, specifically with membership recruitment and building CEM® recognition. Betty Lau, Head of International and Relief Service, Hong Kong Red Cross, suggested that IAEM-Asia Council leverage Hong Kong as a center in Asia for volunteers and funding, as done by many other nonprofit organizations located in Asia.
IAEM-USA represented at National Homeland Security Consortium meeting
Eddie Hicks, CEM, Past IAEM-USA President (2010-2011), and Elizabeth B. Armstrong, MAM, CAE, IAEM CEO, participated in a recent meeting of the National Homeland Security Consortium (NHSC), Jan. 17-18, San Diego, NHSC is a forum for public and private sector disciplines to coalesce efforts and perspectives about how best to protect America in the 21st century. The consortium consists of 21 national organizations, including IAEM-USA, that represent local, state, and private professionals.
GAO publishes report on performance measures and comprehensive funding data
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Jan. 31 announced a new report, GAO-13-116R, "Performance Measures and Comprehensive Funding Could Enhance Management of National Capital Region Preparedness Resources." The report includes recommendations that would help to address the challenges of prioritizing funding. Download the report here.
Europe 'has failed to learn from environmental disasters'
Europe has failed to learn the lessons from many environmental and health disasters like Chernobyl, leaded petrol and DDT insecticides, and is now ignoring warnings about bee deaths, GM food and nanotechnology, according to an 800-page report by the European Environment Agency.
How a giant subwoofer could prevent deadly disasters
Matthew Simmons, co-founder of New Zealand technology innovation firm Arvus Group, wants to direct inaudible, sub-bass sound waves at mountainsides to both prevent and release snow build-up and avoid the surprise avalanches that kill every year. The waves are called infrasound.
Preparing fire agencies for mass-shooting response
Fire departments are an integral part of any mass-shooting response. As such, chiefs should partner with local law-enforcement agencies that can train firefighters to respond with a higher level of situational awareness.
Researchers want to predict disasters by mining New York Times archives
Online news has made finding current events easier than ever — but what if it could be used to predict future events as well? Eric Horvitz of Microsoft Research and Kira Radinsky of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have built a system that mines over 20 years of New York Times articles for events that could point to other, later developments. In their test model, Horvitz and Radinsky created a system to draw connections between events, then set it loose on the Times database.
Lessons learned from natural disasters
The spate of freak weather events that have hit the United States in recent years have led to a lot of soul searching over what we can learn from natural disasters, both philosophically and practically. Whether it takes days or years, we eventually forget about a particular natural disaster until another one strikes. It is important therefore in the aftermath of a natural disaster to assess what we can learn from it about ourselves and about our own actions in life, and especially about what we can do to help ourselves and help others.
Report: Nuclear safety chief questioned over Fukushima disaster
The Globe and Mail
Japanese police have questioned a former head of the nuclear safety body regarding possible criminal charges over the Fukushima nuclear crisis.
Prosecutors have interviewed Haruki Madarame, former chief of the Nuclear Safety Commission who was responsible for giving the government technical advice about the crisis, national broadcaster NHK quoted sources as saying.
Official: Flash floods following torrential rains kill 29 people in northwestern Pakistan
A Pakistani official says flash floods following torrential rains in the country's northwest have killed 29 people.
A spokesman for the disaster management authority in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province said that most of the casualties died when their homes collapsed.
Tsunami hits Solomon Islands; several people killed, at least 100 homes destroyed
Bloomberg via The Washington Post
A magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands, generating a tsunami that destroyed at least 100 homes and killed several people in the South Pacific island chain, according to the aid organization World Vision.
Natural disasters in China leave 47 dead in January
People's Daily Online
Natural disasters across China killed 47 people and leftanother two missing in January, the Ministry of Civil Affairs announced.
Disasters affected 7.39 million people and forced the evacuation of 25,000 people inthe month, according to the ministry.
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