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Action needed: Survey on return on investment for Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) funding
IAEM
IAEM-USA is conducting our seventh annual survey seeking information from U.S. local and tribal government emergency management offices about the value of Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) funding. IAEM-USA and NEMA are partnering to offer Congress a joint report demonstrating the return on investment for EMPG. NEMA has collected information on state activities and IAEM-USA is collecting local and tribal data through Feb. 25. Local government and tribal emergency managers are encouraged to take a few minutes to complete the electronic survey. The link to the electronic survey, the details of the survey request, and a copy of the survey (to assist in gathering information) are located on the IAEM website under Government Affairs news.
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IAEM NEWS


IAEM Bulletin call for articles extended to Feb. 17, 2014
IAEM
The submissions deadline for the IAEM Bulletin special focus issue on "What Is the New Normal?" has been extended to Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. The IAEM 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, and keep your articles at no more than 750 words. Email article submissions to Karen Thompson, IAEM Bulletin Editor, no later than Feb. 17, 2014.
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CEM® UPDATE


Plan now to participate in an upcoming prep course and CEM®/AEM℠ Exam
IAEM
CEM®/AEM℠ candidates should mark their calendars for the upcoming Prep Course and Exam offerings:
  • Brier, Wash — Mar. 6 (Exam only; deadline to register is Feb. 21.)
  • Buffalo, N.Y. — Mar. 14 (Deadline to register is Feb. 25.)
  • Atlantic City, N.J. — May 5 (Deadline to register is Apr. 18.)
  • Lake Charles, La. — May 5 (Exam only; deadline to register is Apr. 18.)
  • San Antonio, Texas — May 12-13 (Deadline to register is Apr. 28.)
  • Savannah, Ga. — May 19 (Deadline to register is May 5.)
  • Garden City, N.Y. — June 14 (Deadline to register is May 26.)
Registration details are posted on the IAEM website. A minimum of 10 participants is required for courses to proceed. The cost of the prep course is $495. Candidates interested in taking the exam must also pay the certification fee ($395 for IAEM Members; $595 for non-IAEM members).

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Certification examination study note
IAEM
CEM®/AEM℠ candidates should note that the exam is organized according to the NFPA 1600 Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs. The current exam is based on the 2007 version. IAEM will post a revised study guide brochure once the exam is updated. Get the current study guide now.
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IAEM-STUDENT NEWS


Student Council Announces 2014 Student Essay Contest
IAEM
In October 2012, seven Italian officials were convicted of manslaughter for "providing false reassurance" prior to the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake. The conviction, currently under appeal included sentences of six years in prison and fines of €7.8M. Reports of the convictions shocked the scientific and emergency management community and raises questions to whether this can happen elsewhere and what can be done to prevent or mitigate such convictions in the future. In order to raise awareness of this event, the Global Student Council is launching an essay contest to see if this could potentially happen elsewhere. Download the contest flyer here with complete information and requirements. The deadline for entries is Apr. 30, 2014. A panel of academics, practitioners and a member of the IAEM Global Student Council will select both an undergraduate and graduate winner. Each winner will be provided with a complimentary registration and cover hotel costs for the 2014 IAEM Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas.
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


Last Call: IAEM Annual Conference call for speakers closes Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
IAEM
Submit your abstract by Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, to be considered for a breakout session at the IAEM 62nd Annual Conference & EMEX, Nov. 14-19, 2014, San Antonio, Texas. The conference theme is "Emergency Management: Navigating the New Normal." Review the Speaker Guidance for all the requirements, and submit your presentation today.
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Get conference updates in the February Conference Call newsletter
IAEM
The February issue of The Conference Call is available. Download the issue to get information on the Call for Speaker, a new spouse program, conference hospitality and what to do in San Antonio. Watch the IAEM Conference page for future issue and new information on the 62nd Annual Conference & EMEX in San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 14-19,2014.
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TIEMS issues second call for papers
IAEM
The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) has published its second call for papers for the TIEMS 2014 USA Conference. This version includes the keynotes and also the other papers submitted so far, as well as additional relevant information for participants. Download here. The TIEMS 2014 USA Conference, on "Global Response for Capacity Building of Disaster Preparedness," will take place July 11-13, 2014, in Hattiesburg, Miss.
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BC Management's 12th annual BCM compensation study deadline is Mar. 15, 2014
IAEM
Those who participate in BC Managements 12th Annual Compensation Study will receive a complimentary copy of the report. The survey closes on Mar. 15, 2014. In addition to compensation, the study is collecting data on the skill sets within the profession, breakout of certifications, what's in demand by employers, forecasting future trends.
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University of California invites participants for mass fatality survey
IAEM
The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, is conducting a large-scale study of representatives from local and state emergency management offices regarding mass fatality incidents. Completion of the survey, which was developed with expert national leaders in mass fatality incidents, will help offices of emergency management to systematically review their key capabilities with respect to mass fatalities. All summary results will be posted on the study's website at the conclusion of the study. Click here to take the survey.
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Getting the message across in natural disasters
Phys.Org
Why do we see images of people being rescued from vehicles stuck in raging floodwaters despite repeated "If it's flooded, forget it" warnings from emergency services and media? Why do some people stay and some people go when a bushfire is bearing down on their home? A team of QUT researchers in the newly formed Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC is set to find out how people assess the risks of an unfolding natural disaster and use that to decide on their response to events like cyclones and bushfires.
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EM RESOURCES


DHS S&T releases key findings related to wireless emergency alerts
IAEM
The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has announced the release of a report entitled: Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) Mobile Penetration Strategy. Launched in 2012, WEA provides a national capability to deliver alert messages directly to the public via mobile devices.in a specific affected geographic region. The report characterizes WEA coverage across the nation, identifies barriers to adoption, and suggests options for improving coverage. It provides recommendations for each group on how to improve the utilization of WEA nationwide and maximize public awareness and user acceptance.
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Natural disasters bring risk of fungal infections
LiveScience
Natural disasters can create conditions that put survivors at risk for fungal infections, which are often overlooked, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters can displace harmful fungi from their natural habitat, potentially bringing them into contact with injured and vulnerable people, the report said. Individuals may inhale fungal spores, or the spores can find their way into wounds, resulting in infections.
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NEW INSIGHTS


Steering clear of disaster on the climate 'Titanic'
Mother Nature Network
"Just explain it to me simply ... how much time do we have left?" This is a question Karl Burkart gets asked a lot, and he's found that before long — after explaining the intricacies of the latest IPCC climate science consensus (known as AR5), carbon accounting metrics, "the gigatonne gap," CO2 sequestration, and several other key concepts — his subject's eyes glaze over with either boredom or confusion, or some combination of the two. So he's taken to a metaphor that seems to do the trick: the SMS Titanic.
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AROUND THE WORLD


Storm with 100 mph gusts hits soggy Britain
The Associated Press via ABC News
Britain's weather service says it sees the tentacles of climate change in a spate of storms and floods battering the country, but has stopped short of saying warming directly caused the extreme storms. The latest round of bad weather hit Britain's west coast with winds gusting at more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) an hour.
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'Devastating' storm blasts South, heads north
USA Today
More than 300,000 homes and businesses were without power in Georgia and the Carolinas as a fierce winter storm cut an icy swath across much of the South. The massive storm threatened to knock out power for hundreds of thousands more across the South before turning its sights on the Northeast. More than 100 million Americans are under some form of a winter storm warning, watch, or advisory, the National Weather Service said.
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Disaster aid for Colorado flooding surpasses $267 million
Insurance Journal
Since heavy rains brought flooding in September 2013, Colorado survivors have received more than $267 million in federal/state recovery assistance, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. More than $219 million has come from disaster grants, flood insurance payments and low-interest disaster loans. More than $48 million has been obligated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Public Assistance program, FEMA said.
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State audit: Oregon Office of Emergency Management not fully prepared for major disaster
The Oregonian
Oregon's Office of Emergency Management has not finished critical disaster plans and that could delay relief efforts and decrease the effectiveness of recovery efforts, according to an audit released from the Oregon Secretary of State. One of the office's primary responsibilities is to prepare and maintain a statewide emergency management plan, but the audit found that the plan has undeveloped and incomplete sections, including ones on emergency operations, relief and recovery.
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West Virginia faces fresh disaster
National Journal
A month after a chemical spill threatened West Virginians' water supply, the state is facing a fresh disaster. Coal slurry spilled into a creek that flows into the Kanawha River after a slurry line ruptured and burst at a coal preparation plant. The slurry contains MCHM, the same chemical that leaked from a chemical-storage tank into the state's Elk River last month leading to a partial ban on drinking water across the state.
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Railways quietly withdrew request to cut safety inspections following Lac-Mégantic disaster
CBC News via Yahoo News Canada
It's getting harder not to surrender to cynicism about how big business operates in Canada after learning the railway industry sought to cut back inspection of rail cars carrying dangerous goods before the Lac-Mégantic disaster, shelved it afterward and then denied it had even made the request. Some digging by CBC News has unearthed correspondence between the Railway Association of Canada and the federal transport minister requesting Ottawa repeal rules requiring certified inspectors to examine crucial rail-car components such as brakes, axles and wheels before loading dangerous or explosive cargoes.
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Japan's nuclear regulator raps Fukushima operator over radiation readings
Reuters
Japan's nuclear regulator has criticized the operator of the stricken Fukushima plant for incorrectly measuring radiation levels in contaminated groundwater at the site. Almost three years since the reactor meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi station, Tokyo Electric Power Co still lacks basic understanding of measuring and handling radiation, Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka said. The utility has been widely criticized for an inept response to the March 2011 disaster.
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