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IAEM-USA announces survey about EMPG funding; US local and tribal government emergency managers urged to respond by Feb. 22
IAEM-USA is conducting a survey seeking information from U.S. local and tribal government emergency management offices about Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) funding. This annual survey is being conducted jointly by IAEM and the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA). NEMA will conduct a separate survey for state directors to report on state activities. IAEM is seeking input from local jurisdictions. To keep EMPG funding at its current levels, Congress needs concrete examples on its benefits. The narrative questions at the end of the survey are particularly important in painting an accurate picture. The deadline for participating in the survey is Feb. 22, 2013; we will not be able to offer extensions. Local and tribal government emergency managers please take the survey today.
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IAEM ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE
Deadline to submit abstract to speak at IAEM's 61st Annual Conference — 5 p.m. EST, 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 5 p.m. EST 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.
Louis W. Uccellini selected as director of the National Weather Service
Louis W. Uccellini, Ph.D., became the new National Weather Service (NWS) director on Feb.10, 2013. Since 1999, he has led the NWS' National Centers for Environmental Prediction, in College Park, Md. At NCEP, he directed the planning, science and technology, and operational responsibilities related to central operations and environmental modeling, as well as oversight of seven national centers. Dr. Uccellini is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society and recently completed his term as the society's president. He received his bachelor of science (1971), master's (1972) and Ph.D. (1977) degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published more than 60 journal articles and chapters in books, and is known for co-authoring the widely acclaimed two-volume book, Northeast Snowstorms. NWS news release.
Humanize it: The impact of social media on emergency management
Recently, noted Marketer and organizational leader Seth Godin posted a blog entitled "Humanize It." He talked about the balance between industrialization and personalization when driving a product. For example, he states that industrialists "dehumanize what they make...[because] it is the brand and the organization and the factory that is know and trusted, not the person on the line."
While emergency managers and disaster responders don't work in factories or produce physical products, we do create products and systems that significantly impact those who have been (or might be) impacted by disasters.
Tweets give USGS early warning on earthquakes
The Business of Federal Technology
The word "earthquake" can conjure images of an old seismograph needle, scribbling jagged lines across a slowly scrolling page. These days, however, the United States Geological Survey's Twitter Earthquake Dispatch (TED) usually detects sizeable earthquakes before its sophisticated scientific instruments can convey the data.
Release of ANSI-HSSP workshop report on global supply chain security standards
A report on "Global Supply Chain Security Standards" has been released by the American National Standards Institute's Homeland Security Standards Panel, which contains a detailed summary of the events that took place during the last ANSI-HSSP Workshop. The workshop was held to provide an overview of the national strategy and the status of the related standardization work being done in the public and private sectors. Download the report here.
SAMHSA announces release of new Disaster Response Template Toolkit
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) has released the Disaster Response Template Toolkit, a new installment in its Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series. The toolkit contains a comprehensive collection of online resources and materials, as well as editable templates that can be easily tailored to meet the needs of any disaster response program.
Natural Disaster and Emergency Relief Services in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld has been updated
PRWeb via The San Francisco Chronicle
The Natural Disaster and Emergency Relief Services industry is expected to grow an average 1.1 percent per year to $11.2 billion in the five years to 2013. Though dominated by nonprofit organizations, this industry is composed of both nonprofit and for-profit firms that provide direct assistance to communities affected by domestic and global disasters. "Although revenue is generated mostly from government funding and private donations," says IBISWorld industry analyst David Yang, "revenue exhibited some volatility over the past five years due to the unpredictable occurrence of natural disasters."
Study: Bio-diversity safeguards against natural disaster
Losing bio-diversity can destroy a farmland's ability to bounce back from disasters such as fires and droughts, a Canadian study, one of the first to test the thesis in the field, suggests. The study focused on long-term attempts to protect valuable pastureland from fire damage — a process that can lead to a loss of bio-diversity and, in turn, the inability to recover and regenerate should a fire occur.
Register today for upcoming CEM®/AEMSM prep courses and exams
IAEM is offering the CEM/AEM Prep Course and Exam offerings at three upcoming conferences. You may register for these offerings on the IAEM website under Certification/CEM Prep Course and Exam. There is a minimum of 10 participants required to hold an offering. The upcoming offerings are:
For questions or to confirm your registration, contact CEM Administrator Kate Walker.
- March 6 — CEM/AEM Prep Course and/or Exam at EMS Today in Washington, D.C.
Registration Deadline February 17, 2013
- March 15 — CEM/AEM Prep Course and/or Exam at Best Practices in Higher Education Emergency Management Conference in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Registration Deadline March 1, 2013
- March 25-26 — CEM/AEM Prep Course and/or Exam at Texas Division of Emergency Management Conference in San Antonio
Registration Deadline March 12, 2013
Tornadoes wreck hundreds of homes in Mississippi, Alabama
A swarm of tornadoes tore through several counties in southern Mississippi and Alabama, injuring at least 10 people and ripping apart hundreds of homes and other buildings, including parts of the University of Southern Mississippi, authorities said.
Report: Hurricane Sandy was 2nd costliest in US history
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
Superstorm Sandy was the deadliest hurricane to hit the northeastern U.S. in 40 years and the second-costliest in the nation's history, according to a report. The hurricane center attributed 72 U.S. deaths directly to Sandy, from Maryland to New Hampshire and an estimated damage of $50 billion — greater than any U.S. hurricane except Katrina.
2 years after Japan disaster, International Medical Corps providing ongoing support
Two years after a 9.0-earthquake struck Japan, triggering a devastating tsunami and subsequent radiation crisis, International Medical Corps is continuing to work with local partners to reach families with critical services in Fukushima Prefecture.
Africa seeks united position on disaster risk reduction
Representatives of 40 African States are gathering today for the 4th Africa Regional Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction to discuss Africa's position on a new global framework for disaster risk reduction amidst continuing concern over the ravages of climate change, drought, floods, heat-waves, wildfires and other natural hazards.
Deadly stampede at Hindu festival that draws millions
The New York Times
The pilgrims came, millions upon millions of them, in the greatest tide of humanity ever seen. Again and again, the vast crowds threatened to press too close, to trample the smallest. Then it happened. As many as 36 people were killed in a stampede at the train station here as they rushed up steps leading to one of the platforms, news agencies reported. The stampede came at the height of the Kumbh Mela, a Hindu religious festival that occurs once every 12 years by the banks of the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers.
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