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IAEM-USA NEWS


IAEM-USA's Operation Invite a Friend is underway!
IAEM
On Feb. 11, 2014, the IAEM-USA Board of Directors approved "Operation Invite a Friend," based on an IAEM-USA Membership & Marketing Committee report. This initiative, which began on Mar. 1, 2014 and runs through Aug. 31, 2014, provides unlimited memberships to each USA Council member to invite U.S. friends, colleagues and stakeholders to join IAEM. The simple requirements are as follows. The person giving the membership must be a current dues-paying member in good standing of the IAEM-USA Council and the giveaway may not be used for renewal of an existing IAEM membership. IAEM-USA members have received official announcements from their regional listservs and may get additional information by reading this IAEM Bulletin article from IAEM-USA President Bruce Lockwood, CEM. Interested non-IAEM-USA members should contact members and ask to be sponsored. This is a chance to participate in IAEM's network, attend our incredible annual conference, participate in our wide range of IAEM-USA committees and caucuses, receive our IAEM Bulletin, and have a voice in our profession and the policies that impact our communities.
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President's FY 2015 budget request submitted; IAEM prepares memo with FEMA Highlights
IAEM
On Mar.4, the President submitted his FY 2015 budget request to the Congress. Some of the highlights for the Federal Emergency Management Agency are $350 million for the Emergency Management Performance Grant (same as last year's request and enacted amount); $670 million for Firefighter Assistance Grants; $100 million for Emergency Food and Shelter and language to move the program from FEMA to HUD. In addition, the budget again included a proposal to consolidate the 16 Homeland Security Grants into the National Preparedness Grant Program (NPGP). Congress rejected the consolidation proposal for two years because legislative language had not been submitted. Today FEMA submitted legislative language for NPGP to Congress. An IAEM memo on the highlights of the budget proposal, FEMA's NPGP legislative and explanatory language, and links to the key budget documents are available on the IAEM website.
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EM NEWS


FEMA publishes final Recovery Policy on Donated Resources
IAEM
The FEMA Recovery Directorate has published the final Recovery Policy RP9525.2, "Donated Resources." The change to the final policy allows the value of mass care and sheltering activities provided by a voluntary agency to be applied to the non-Federal share as a donated resource even though those activities are part of the volunteer agency's mission. Download here.
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FEMA Issues Standard Operating Procedures for Recovery of Improper Payments
IAEM
The FEMA Recovery Directorate, Public Assistance Division has published SOP9570.16, "Public Assistance Recovery of Improper Payments: Standard Operating Procedures." This document describes the process that FEMA Public Assistance staff will follow to efficiently and effectively recover grant funding, in accordance with the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, the Improper Payment Information Act, and the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act. Download here.
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Snowmobile CERT Team helps emergency officials
The Bismark Tribune
The Roughrider Snowmobile Community Emergency Response Team, formed in 2011, recently continued its first aid training. CERT programs use citizen volunteers during emergencies to support emergency officials and law enforcement. It is one of the National Citizen Corps programs which lie under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FEMA.
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NY Governor Cuomo speaks on crude oil
WTEN-TV
Governor Andrew Cuomo had a tough talk for the federal government when it came to the controversy over trains carrying crude oil through the Capital Region. Recently, two derailments involving trains occurred close to Albany — one in Selkirk, the other in Kingston. While the government has pledged safety concerns, Cuomo addressed his own concerns, reflecting similar issues of Albany residents who live near the Port of Albany where dozens of tanker cars go through each day.
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Fictional disaster, made to sound real, draws FCC fine
The New York Times
The familiar, piercing tone of an emergency alert jolted television viewers to attention. Then came the frightening images: the White House surrounded by terrorists, landmarks in flames in the nation's capital and military convoys patrolling the city. "THIS IS NOT A TEST," read the on-screen advisory. It was, however, a hoax. The warning, intended to summon viewers not to shelters but to movie screens, was a commercial for "Olympus Has Fallen," an action thriller released in March 2013 to middling reviews but decent box-office results. And the Federal Communications Commission was not amused.
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Dare to prepare: Taking disaster risk seriously
The Huffington Post
A recent study commissioned by a group including the United Nations, governments, and NGOs revealed that action to prepare for disasters is consistently lacking across nations. This is despite a growing body of evidence that greater investment in preparedness and reduction of risks associated with disasters is far more cost-effective. For example, the U.K. Department for International Development commissioned a study last year that suggested that the international community is wasting billions of dollars every year that could be protected simply by ensuring effective preparedness activities are in place, at very little cost.
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Repeating disaster drills essential for preventing the unthinkable
The Japan News
Achieving success in minimizing damage from a large-scale calamity requires ensuring lessons learned in disaster-response drills are steadily reflected in plans on how to deal with such a situation, especially in the initial stages. This is essential for preparing for various situations that could arise from a major disaster.
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Social factors trump resources for food security following disasters
Phys.Org
Following a natural disaster, vulnerability to food shortage appears to depend more on a group's ability to migrate and its positive relationships with other groups than on resource factors. That's according to a research team led by Arizona State University archaeologist Margaret Nelson.
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Insect-inspired drones could change disaster response
Emergency Management
The paper on one of the drone laboratory's doors has scrawled on it: "Bug Laboratory (Enter at Your Own Risk)." Inside the University of Maryland’s Autonomous Vehicle Laboratory is an unusual combination of insects, drones and drones that look like insects. Scientists across the country are turning to insects to create smaller robotics. The research could shape the way government responds to natural disasters, and even how we receive packages.
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IAEM NEWS


IAEM Bulletin Call for Articles: 'Emergency Management/Business Continuity: Sharing the Bodies of Knowledge'
IAEM
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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CEM® UPDATE


Fall review meeting scheduled by Application Review Commission
IAEM
The CEM® Application Review Commission announced that the next review meeting will be Sept. 11-14, 2014. This will be the last review of the year and applications must be received at IAEM Headquarters by Aug. 15, 2014.
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Join IAEM for one of the spring Prep Course and Exam offerings
IAEM
IAEM currently has six opportunities available for individuals seeking certification.
  • Apr. 9, 2014 — Malmö, Sweden (Exam only In conjunction with IDER)
  • 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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ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


San Antonio, Texas: It's beyond conventional!
IAEM
The 2014 IAEM Annual Conference & EMEX will be hosted in San Antonio, Texas. We invite you to a city unlike any other — San Antonio — a land of epic battles, flowing rivers and a flourishing culture. From the stones of the Alamo and the meandering paths of the River Walk to the Sea World San Antonio and Six Flags Fiesta Texas, San Antonio takes you on a journey through a land as grand as its reputation. Explore the rolling terrain of San Antonio's Hill Country, a lush oasis offering resorts with top-notch golf courses, spas and water parks. Come and discover for yourself why San Antonio is more than a conventional destination. Visit here for more information.
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NEW INSIGHTS


A disaster brought awareness but little action on infrastructure
The New York Times
Like the weather, the need to repair America's troubled bridges is something that everyone talks about, without doing a thing about it. Or at least they do not do nearly enough. President Barack Obama is trying to change that equation. He has said so repeatedly in his State of the Union speeches and other messages, and he returned to that theme a few days ago. This time, Obama called for closing loopholes in corporate and business tax codes to free up $302 billion that would be spent over four years to fix or replace aging bridges, roads, tunnels and rails — an infrastructure that he has described quite reasonably, if inelegantly, as "raggedy."
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EM CALENDAR


Tsunami Preparedness Week is Mar. 23-29, 2014
IAEM
During Tsunami Preparedness Week, NOAA, FEMA, and the U.S. Geological Survey, in coordination with the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program, a partnership of these federal agencies and 29 U.S. states and territories, will promote awareness and safety, urge coastal residents and visitors to prepare themselves and their families for a tsunami, and encourage communities to become TsunamiReady. Activities include commemoration of the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake and Tsunamis; a national-level preparedness exercise that incorporates the State of Alaska-led Alaska Shield 2014 exercise, which is based on the 1964 event; three NOAA/National Weather Service led exercises; and numerous other state- and local-level activities. More information is available on the Tsunami Preparedness Week web page. During the week, follow NWS on Facebook and Twitter.
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FEMA Webinar on new changes in FEMA's Public Assistance Grant Program; eligibility thresholds for Simplified Procedures
IAEM
FEMA's Public Assistance grant program provides supplemental federal disaster grant assistance to state, local, tribal and territorial governments, and certain types of private nonprofit organizations for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged facilities. FEMA recently increased the thresholds for eligibility under the Public Assistance grant program, which will lessen the administrative burden placed on subgrantees and grantees. This change applies to Federal disasters declared on or after Feb. 26, 2014. Read the Final Rule in the Federal Register. This webinar will help explain this change in Simplified Procedures eligibility and answer questions from our state, local, and territorial partners. To enable all to participate, three dates are available for this webinar: Mar. 6, Mar. 19 and Mar. 26. Each webinar will be at 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET. Get the call information from the IAEM Event Calendar.
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AROUND THE WORLD


Red Cross hails Pacific disaster aid breakthrough
Agence France-Presse via Global Post
The Red Cross said that an agreement with Pacific island nations designed to stop bureaucracy hampering disaster relief would save lives in emergencies. The Australian Red Cross said the 16-nation Pacific Islands Forum had signed a memorandum of understanding agreeing to streamline laws that can affect aid efforts after a disaster.
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Arctic communities behind on disaster prep
CBC
A Canadian think-tank says Northern communities are not prepared for natural disasters. The Monk-Gordon Arctic Security Program held meetings on the subject last week in Ottawa. According to program director Sara French, if something goes wrong in small communities across the North many aren't prepared.
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Study: Asia's poor city kids left out of disaster prevention
Thomas Reuters Foundation
Asia's impoverished urban children are among the groups most vulnerable to disasters, yet few disaster risk reduction programs in the region focus on them, according to a new report by the International Institute for Environment and Development and children's charity Plan International.
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Extreme weather watch: February 2014 — Nowhere to hide
San Diego Free Press
USA Today recently did a report: Nowhere to hide from extreme weather. As it turns out, the U.S. is uniquely positioned for extreme weather whether it's hurricanes in the southeast, tornadoes in the lower plains, noreasters along the eastern seaboard, wildfires in the west, earthquakes, volcanoes and possible tsunamis along the west coast.
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Prosecutors drop charges over Fukushima nuclear disaster
The Telegraph
Local residents and environmental groups have reacted angrily to the announcement that prosecutors have decided to drop the charges for responsibility for the crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. As Japan nears the third anniversary of the earthquake that crippled the plant, no-one has been held accountable for the second-worst nuclear accident in history, despite the independent investigative committee set up by the government concluding in July 2012 that the accident was "man-made disaster" caused by shortcomings in Japanese corporate culture.
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Japan's tsunami survivors suffer in silence three years after disaster
Reuters via Yahoo News
Small towns across Japan's northeastern coast are rebuilding but far from healing three years since a massive earthquake set off a tsunami that killed nearly 20,000 people. In Rikuzentakata, where one in 10 residents died, nearly everyone lost a friend or family member on March 11, 2011. The resilience of Rikuzentakata's tsunami survivors was embodied by a lone surviving tree, dubbed the "miracle pine". But the tree died last year and a replica stands in its place.
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