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IAEM-CANADA NEWS


Report published profiling emergency management profession in Canada
IAEM
In July 2013, IAEM-Canada sponsored an original Canada-wide research project aimed at learning more about the people who comprise the field of emergency management in Canada. The project was a demographic survey of Canadian emergency management personnel, and the results have helped to develop a benchmark profile of the EM profession in Canada. The report is now available at The Face of the Profession: Contributing to a Benchmark Profile of the Emergency Management Profession in Canada. If you have any questions about the survey, contact the researcher.
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IAEM-USA NEWS


Deadline extended — Local and Tribal Government Emergency Managers are urgently requested to respond to EMPG Survey
IAEM
Due to the requests received from some IAEM-USA Regional Presidents and from states that have been dealing with severe weather, IAEM is extending the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Survey to the close of business, Mar. 4. Local government and tribal government emergency management office personnel are asked to take the survey today and help show Congress how effective EMPG is for your communities.Additional information, including a copy of the survey for informational purposes to assist in gathering information, is available on the IAEM-USA website under Government Affairs news. Many people who have started the survey have stopped when reaching the question relating to the annual budget of their emergency management department and the amount of their Emergency Management Performance Grant. Be prepared with this data prior to beginning the survey.
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President's Budget for FY 2015 to be released Mar. 4
IAEM
The President's Budget Proposal for FY 2015 will be released on Mar. 4. It has been unclear how much of the material will be released. The Office of Management and Budget has confirmed that the budget Appendix that is typically more that 1300 pages and the agency budgets in brief will be released on Mar. 4. The much more detailed agency budget justifications (called CJs) will be released electronically on Mar. 7. A memo will be posted on key items in the budget for emergency managers on the IAEM-USA website on the Government Affairs page.
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Proposed Rule establishes new emergency preparedness requirements — comments requested until Mar. 31
IAEM
In Dec. 2013, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the proposed rule Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers. This proposed rule would revise or establish emergency preparedness requirements for 17 provider and supplier types (including hospitals, long-term care facilities, end stage renal disease facilities, etc.) The deadline for comment has been extended to Mar. 31.
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Deadline extended for FEMA Youth Preparedness Council applications
IAEM
FEMA is looking for youth leaders who are dedicated to public service, who are making a difference in their communities, and who want to expand their impact as national advocates for youth disaster preparedness. Any individual between the ages of 12 and 17 who is engaged in individual and community preparedness, or who has experienced disaster that has motivated him or her to make a positive difference in his or her community may apply to serve on the Youth Preparedness Council. The deadline has been extended to Mar. 3, 11:59 p.m. EST. Learn more and download the application materials on the Ready.gov website.
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Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) director retires
IAEM
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced the retirement of TEMA Director Jim Bassham effective Apr. 7, 2014. Bassham led TEMA through the response to hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Gustav; devastating tornadoes that ripped through Tennessee in 2006 and 2008; the Nashville floods in 2010; tornadoes through the southeastern part of the state in 2011; and the flooding of the Mississippi River in West Tennessee in May 2011. Dept. of Safety and Homeland Security Assistant Commissioner David Purkey will serve as the interim TEMA director through June 30. A permanent director will be named at a later date.
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Obama budget would change US wildfire fighting formula
The Washington Post
With the cost of wildfire suppression rising, President Barack Obama told governors of some of the hardest hit states he will ask Congress to change the way the federal government pays for disaster response to the most severe fires. At a meeting at the White House, Obama told governors his proposed budget will include a measure to allow the Departments of Interior and Agriculture to tap a special disaster relief account when the costs of fighting wildfires exceeds their annual budgets.
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CEM® UPDATE


Online application program launched for recertification applicants
IAEM
On Feb. 19, IAEM launched the CEM®/AEM℠ online recertification application. Current CEMs and AEMs should be aware that all future recertification applications should be submitted using the online application. The recertification application can be accessed from the IAEM website. Also available is a helpful user guide with step-by-step instructions for using the online system. If you have any questions or experience any technical difficulties, please contact CEM Administrator, Kate McClimans.
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Application review completed by the North American Application Review Commission
IAEM
The North American Application Review Commission met Feb. 19-22, 2014, at IAEM Headquarters, in Falls Church, VA. Twenty commissioners worked long hours to review 273 applications. Candidates will receive their notification letters on or around Mar. 17, 2014. IAEM would like to thank all the commissioners for volunteering their time and energy to support the certification program.
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EM RESOURCES


Report outlines standards priorities identified by emergency response and preparedness practitioners
IAEM
On Feb. 6, 2014, a roundtable on "InterAgency Board for Equipment Standardization and Interoperability (IAB) First Responder Standards Needs" was held. This half-day meeting focused on discussing standards priorities identified by emergency response and preparedness practitioners from law enforcement, fire, and other public safety agencies. The standards priorities were identified by the IAB, which is a collaborative panel of emergency preparedness and response practitio­ners, federal employees, and subject matter experts representing a wide array of technical expertise. Each year, the IAB develops a list of standards that do not currently exist but are needed for the responder community. Some of the eight priorities listed include: standardized equipment training program format, standard test method for respirator fit test equipment, and standard for robot operator self-evaluation and training program. The report also provides next steps for each priority. The meeting report is available on the HDSSC website.
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This network-in-a-backpack will connect people in disaster areas
Gizmodo
This backpack may not look like much, but it has impressive hidden depths: it contains all the kit you need to establish an ad hoc mobile network in just ten minutes—perfect for those working in disaster areas. Put together by Vodafone, the Instant Network Mini weighs 24 pounds and is small enough to be carried as hand luggage on commercial flights. It can provide a 2G GSM network which handles up to five concurrent calls — or thousands of text messages — within a radius of 330 feet.
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NEW INSIGHTS


Who owns weather, the feds or the states?
Government Executive
Who is ultimately responsible for disaster relief? For the governors tasked with holding their states together amid natural disasters, the debate over emergency response is not a partisan struggle — it's about striking the right balance between federal and local responsibility.
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Drones and social media lie detectors — more tech advances in support of emergency management
Emergency Management
Take a step back in time and ask: how has technology changed emergency management? From equipment used, to coordinating activities, to gathering information, to managing costs, to communicating with the public — technology has changed just about every aspect of emergency management and crisis communication. And it continues. New innovations pop up constantly, and some of them, such as mobile internet devices and wearable connectivity promise to further revolutionize what we do.
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AROUND THE WORLD


Fukushima radiation could reach Pacific coast by April
San Francisco Chronicle
Radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster has not yet reached ocean waters along the Pacific coast, but low levels of radioactive cesium from the stricken Japanese power plant could arrive by April, scientists reported. The report came even as some Internet sites continue claiming that dangerously radioactive ocean water from Fukushima is showing up along California beaches — reports that have been denied by health officials and scientists since they first surfaced more than a month ago.
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Harsh weather tests optimism over US economy
Reuters
Unusually cold weather will take a bite out of U.S. economic growth this quarter, but a rebound seems likely on the horizon and expectations for stronger growth this year have not changed. Economists estimate that freezing temperatures and the ice and snow storms that have blanketed much of the nation will shave as much as half a percentage point from gross domestic product in the first quarter.
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UN says slow pace of rebuilding 'natural' after disaster
The Wall Street Journal
The United Nations appealed for understanding Friday on the seemingly slow pace of reconstruction in parts of the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan last November. "People are saying it is taking too long, but it is natural," Luiza Carvalho, resident coordinator of the United Nations in the Philippines told reporters, adding that even well-funded disaster responses take years to complete.
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Indonesia's volcanic eruptions expose need to prepare for disasters
The Guardian
As Indonesia deals with the aftermath of two volcanic eruptions, experts question whether the country is adequately prepared to cope with similar events from the dozens of volcanoes that dot the archipelago. At least 34 people have been killed in eruptions this month.
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