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ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


IAEM Call for Speakers closes tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 21 at 5:00 p.m. ET
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This is your last chance to enter your submission for a breakout session at the IAEM-USA 62nd Annual Conference & EMEX in San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 14-19, 2014. Please review the Speaker Guidance for all requirements and enter your online submission today!
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IAEM announces the winner of complimentary registration to the IAEM-USA Annual Conference & EMEX
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L. Keith Dowler, IAEM member, won the complimentary full registration to the IAEM-USA 62nd Annual Conference & EMEX in San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 14-19, 2014. Dowler's name was randomly selected from those that completed the evaluations from this past year's annual conference in Reno, Nev.
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NOAA solicits applications for Weather-Ready Ambassadors
IAEM
The Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ initiative is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) new effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation's readiness, responsiveness, and overall resilience against extreme weather, water, and climate events. As a WRN Ambassador, partners commit to working with NOAA and other Ambassadors to strengthen national resilience against extreme weather. In effect, the WRN Ambassador initiative helps unify the efforts across government, non-profits, academia, and private industry toward making the nation more ready, responsive, and resilient against extreme environmental hazards. Any organization across all levels of government, businesses large and small, non-profit and non-governmental organizations, and academia can become a WRN Ambassador. The WRN Ambassador Initiative is not intended for the general public, though is intended to help serve the public by strengthening our national resilience against extreme weather events. Complete a short application to become a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador.
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Obama to propose $1 billion climate fund
Politico
President Barack Obama will ask Congress to set up a $1 billion "Climate Resilience Fund" in his proposed budget. Obama is traveling to Fresno, Calif., on Friday to discuss the drought plaguing most of California and the Western U.S. and to announce new administration actions, including the proposed billion-dollar climate fund.
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FEMA seeks applicants for National Advisory Council
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FEMA is requesting individuals who are interested in serving on the National Advisory Council (NAC) to apply for appointment. The NAC is an advisory council established to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters. The NAC advises the FEMA Administrator on all aspects of emergency management while incorporating the whole community's input through appointed council members. The NAC consists of up to 35 members, all who are experts and leaders in their respective fields. The members of the NAC are appointed by the FEMA Administrator and are composed of federal, state, tribal, local, private sector, and non-profit leaders and subject matter experts in a wide range of disciplines. Appointments are for a three-year term. Application criteria, submission information, and contact information can be found on the NAC website. Applications will be accepted until Friday, Mar. 14, 2014, 11:59 p.m. ET. Information on requirements can be found here.
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University of Manitoba's Disaster Research Institute ends after 24 years
Winnipeg Free Press
The University of Manitoba has quietly disbanded the Disaster Research Institute after 24 years of research into flooding, forest fires and other natural disasters in Manitoba and internationally. "I don't know what's behind it," Prof. Emdad Haque, the DRI's co-director said. The U of M was the only university in Canada placing such emphasis on disaster research, Haque said: "Nobody has any separate institute."
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IAEM Bulletin Call for Articles: 'Emergency Management/Business Continuity: Sharing the Bodies of Knowledge'
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The IAEM Editorial Work Group is planning its second special focus issue of 2014 on the theme of "Emergency Management/Business Continuity: Sharing the Bodies of Knowledge." Possible articles might include: similarities and differences between business continuity in private sector and EM in the public sector; how local emergency management is implementing business continuity principles; how the private sector is implementing what we traditionally think of as emergency management; or how to sell EM to the private sector to show them that we need both. 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 Mar. 10, 2014.
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Plan now to participate in National Severe Weather Preparedness Week — download NOAA Toolkit
IAEM
During National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, Mar. 2-8, 2014, NOAA and FEMA will highlight the importance of preparing for severe weather before it strikes. Organizations are asked to help spread the word that everyone should be prepared for severe weather whenever and wherever it occurs. A toolkit is available to help organizations with this effort.
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Study highlights indigenous response to natural disaster
Phys.Org
When a tsunami struck American Samoa in 2009, indigenous institutions on the islands provided effective disaster relief that could help federal emergency managers in similar communities nationwide, according to a study from the University of Colorado Denver and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The study found that following the tsunami, residents of the remote U.S. territory in the South Pacific relied on Fa'aSamoa or The Samoan Way, an umbrella term incorporating a variety of traditional institutions governing the lives of its citizens.
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CEM® UPDATE


New prep course and exam offerings added
IAEM
IAEM currently has six opportunities available for individuals seeking certification.
  • Mar. 14 — Buffalo, N.Y. (Prep Course and Exam) – Register quickly to beat the Feb. 25 deadline!
  • May 5, 2014 — Atlantic City, N.J. (Prep Course and Exam in conjunction with the New Jersey Emergency Preparedness Conference)
  • May 5, 2014 — Lake Charles, La. (Exam only in conjunction with LEPA)
  • May 12 & 13, 2014 — San Antonio, Texas (Prep Course and Exam in conjunction with Texas Emergency Management Annual Conference)
  • May 19, 2014 — Savannah, Ga. (Prep Course and Exam in conjunction with IAEM Region 4 & 5 Conference)
  • June 14, 2014 — Garden City, N.Y. (Exam Only)
IAEM is seeking opportunities to partner with conferences or individuals to host Prep Course and Exam offerings in the Midwest and West Coast of the United States. Please contact Kate McClimans if interested.

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How we visualize disaster
Motherboard
When natural disasters hit, they're often met with an avalanche of support and press coverage—and then things peter out. Less documented are the months, years, and even decades of healing, repairing, and rebuilding, whether it's post-Katrina New Orleans or the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan. "Unintended Journeys," a new exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, sheds light on the consequences of human displacement long after the media storm has calmed.
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inWEM presents 'The New Normal: Partnerships and Inclusiveness' webinar, Mar. 7
IAEM
Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now for webinar on Mar. 7, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET. Women leaders in emergency management and homeland security will discuss one of FEMA's 2011 National Disaster Recovery Framework's (NDRF) core principles, partnerships and Inclusiveness. The panelists' primary focus is the important role that women leaders play in promoting the inclusion of "whole community" and a respect for social and cultural diversity. This webinar encourages collaboration, partnership, and capacity building among women leaders in emergency management and homeland security, in order to ensure that our vulnerable populations' needs are identified, resources are equitably distributed, and recovery programs are appropriate for the socioeconomic and cultural makeup of the community.
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A sneak preview of post-Hyogo disaster risk reduction
SciDev via Thomson Reuters Foundation
Technology not only helps nations deal with disasters, but it also makes them more vulnerable to their impacts, according to Margareta Wahlström, the UN secretary-general's special representative for disaster risk reduction. She told a meeting in London that a better recognition of this vulnerability is likely to be one of three top agenda items in the next international framework on disaster risk reduction.
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AROUND THE WORLD


Volcano Sinabung erupts killing 16 In Indonesia
Sky News
Sixteen people, including four pupils on a school trip, have been killed after a series of huge eruptions thundered from a volcano in Indonesia, officials have said. Mount Sinabung, which has been rumbling for months, sent hot rocks and scorching ash up to 2,000m (16,000ft) into the air. The four high-school students and their teacher were killed on the excursion to see the volcano up close, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency.
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UK floods: Army to carry out 'rapid inspection' of defences
BBC News
The Army is to carry out a "rapid inspection" of England's flood defences within five weeks to assess the damage left by unprecedented flooding. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the work would normally take two years. He also said in future the military might step in sooner. David Cameron said the floods had been a "tragedy for all those affected."
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10 key moments of the UK winter storms
BBC News
The U.K. has been battered by strong winds and lashed by heavy rain in a series of ferocious storms that have barreled across the Atlantic. The storms, which began in October last year, have forced many from their homes and are set to make the 2013-14 winter the wettest on record. More than 5,000 homes and businesses have been flooded and many rivers in southern England have reached their highest ever recorded levels.
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2nd Japan snow storm leaves 1000s stranded as toll rises to 23
Reuters
Snow-choked roads cut off thousands on Tuesday as parts of Japan struggled to dig out from its second storm in a week, with the death toll rising to at least 23. Train services were suspended in some areas after the Valentine's Day storm dumped more than a meter of snow in parts of central Japan and blanketed the capital with record snow for the second weekend in a row, snarling airline traffic and slowing production at some Japanese automakers.
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