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Louisiana local emergency management in jeopardy due to state budget grab
IAEM
The Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management this past week briefed the Louisiana House Committee on Homeland Security on the 2013-2014 budget proposal. Public testimony was given by Director Kevin Davis giving Louisiana local emergency managers cause to wonder if development of emergency management capacity at local level is no longer a priority. A Feb. 25 email from the Chief-of-Staff at the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) informed parish emergency managers that the State of Louisiana was intending to retain 80% of FEMA's Emergency Management Performance Grants (EMPG) at the state level and only pass through 20 percent resulting in a 68 percent decrease in funding to local governments. The stated purpose of EMPG funding is to "...make grants to assist State, local, and tribal governments in preparing for all hazards, as authorized by the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.)." This dramatic decrease in funding to parish emergency management programs places a number of local positions in jeopardy, and it is unclear as to how this sustains or builds emergency management capacity at the local level. Rick Webre, president of the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association and director of the Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said, "A reduction in EMPG funding would cause some emergency managers to operate on a volunteer basis. This would be a giant step backwards in terms of comprehensive emergency management in this state. This would mean that as a state we would lose emergency management representation in each parish, something that hasn’t been seen post-9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. EMPG is critical."
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IAEM's LinkedIn group grows to more than 1,140 members in 1st week
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As part of the launch of the new IAEM website, members were invited to network and have conversations about emergency management on the new IAEM LinkedIn Group. In the first week, more than 1,140 individuals interested in emergency management from around the world have joined the group. Join the conversation today!
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Emergency management issues highlighted by IAEM members and policy advisor at the NACo Legislative Conference
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IAEM members Rusty Russell, IAEM-USA Liaison to the National Association of Counties (NACo) and IAEM-USA Second Vice President; Judson Freed, Ramsey Co. (MN); Jerry VeHann, Buncombe Co. (NC); and Eddie Hicks, Morgan Co. (AL), participated in the NACo Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., March 2-5, 2013. They provided insight to the Justice and Public Safety Committee on issues related to Emergency Management. Judd Freed and Rusty Russell presented an open forum disaster preparedness workshop to elected officials. Sixty-three elected officials participated and were engaged. IAEM Policy Advisor Martha Braddock spoke at the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Subcommittee meeting on legislative issues and the IAEM-NACo partnership. Judd Freed is the vice chair of that subcommittee. NACo meets annually in Washington D.C. to determine legislative initiatives and for county officials to visit their legislators. NACo is a strong partner to IAEM and we have collaborated to educate our congressional leaders on issues affecting Emergency Managers and local government.
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IAEM-USA: Universities and colleges caucus representatives attend White House event on emergency management plans for schools
IAEM
On Feb. 27, 2013, nearly 100 attended an invitation-only White House Event to discuss what is needed to advance emergency planning at Schools (K-12), Institutions of Higher Education and Houses of Worship. On Jan. 16, the President had announced a plan to protect our children and communities by reducing gun violence. In addition to calling for specific legislative action, the President announced that the Administration is taking 23 executive actions to reduce gun violence, including an executive action to create model emergency management plans for schools, institutions of higher education, and houses of worship, and to provide best practices for training students and staff to follow these plans.

Several representatives from the IAEM-USA Universities and Colleges Caucus were in attendance at the event. Andre Le Duc, chairperson of the Universities and Colleges Caucus stated; "the goal in attending this event was to make it clear that the Universities and Colleges Caucus and Disaster Resilient Universities Network is ready and willing to partner with the Office of the Vice President and the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security and Justice on this vitally important and timely initiative." For more than 10 years, Disaster Resilient Universities Network and Universities and Colleges Caucus members have been building and strengthening a peer-to-peer network, establishing partnerships, developing resources and trainings, to advance the concepts of the Disaster Resilient University. "On a daily basis, our members work to create safer, more secure, and resilient universities and colleges. We have a shared vision of making this nation's college and university campuses more resilient to all types of disasters, emergencies, and crises," Le Duc stated. "Institutions of higher education institutions are a critical part of the country's economic engine, intellectual stronghold, and community infrastructure. Robust and comprehensive emergency management, preparedness and resilience programs in place at colleges and universities are helping to preserve the development of innovative ideas, skilled workers, and progress into the future by safeguarding the people, facilities, and operations of institutions of higher education campuses." More information is available on the Universities and Colleges Caucus Web page.

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IAEM member volunteers needed to provide input pertaining to emergency communications during revision of NECP
IAEM
The Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) at the Department of Homeland Security is in the process of updating the 2008 version of the National Emergency Communication Plan (NECP). As part of the revision process, State, local and tribal representatives are being engaged to discuss some of the emergency communications challenges and potential solutions that should be captured in the new version. IAEM has been asked to identify a group of five to 10 emergency managers that could help OEC frame some problem statements and solutions pertaining to emergency communications. A conference call would be scheduled in March to discuss with this group. IAEM members who are interested in participating should send an email to Rick Comerford providing a couple of sentences explaining a bit about yourself and your interest in the project. The deadline to volunteer is midnight, Eastern, Friday, March 8. This volunteer opportunity is limited to IAEM members.
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Pandemic All-Hazards preparedness Act sent to President for signature
IAEM
The House passed HR 307, The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, a medical-disaster and emergency-response measure, sending it to President Barack Obama for his signature. The bill reauthorizes a set of programs created almost a decade ago under the Project BioShield Act. The appropriations for these measures have yet to be delineated. For the past two years, the Emergency Services Coalition for Medical Preparedness has been describing the need for greater "protection for the protectors." In discussing appropriations, we will be advocating for more resources to local governments to protect emergency services providers and their households and families.
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US House passes FY 2013 Continuing Resolution — How Senate plans to proceed is not clear
IAEM
On Mar. 6, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 933, which includes a full year Department of Defense appropriations bill and a full year Military Construction/Veterans Affairs appropriations bill, as well as the Continuing Resolution (CR) for the other departments and agencies. The current CR expires on Mar. 27; this bill would fund the government through Sept. 30, 2013. Instead of a funding total of $1.043 trillion, which was the fiscal agreement, the bill totals $982 billion reflecting the sequester reductions. Items in the CR for the agencies that do not have complete bills are funded at the FY 2012 level minus the sequester amounts, unless specifically noted in the bill. These adjustments which are called anomalies include items such as additional funding for embassy security and customs and borders. The text of the 269 page Continuing Resolution is available on the House Appropriations Committee website. It is not clear how the Senate will proceed. U.S. Senate Appropriations Chairman Barbara Mikulski champions having an Omnibus bill which would include finished bills for the other departments and agencies. IAEM's Policy Advisor Martha Braddock is monitoring appropriations bills for the IAEM-USA membership.
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Register today for upcoming IAEM CEM prep courses and exams
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There are four upcoming CEM/AEM Prep Course and Exam offerings available:
  • March 25 & 26, 2013 (Prep Course & Exam) — San Antonio
  • April 3, 2013 (Exam Only) — Tacoma, Wash.
  • May 10, 2013 (Prep Course & Exam) — Atlantic City, N.J.
  • May 21, 2013 (Exam Only) — Palm Springs, Calif.
Visit www.iaem.com/certification to register. A minimum of 10 registrants are required for the Prep Course.

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EM NEWS


Emergency managers focusing on Next Generation 911
WPBN-TV
Emergency managers are looking to the future, trying to integrate new technologies that will make 911 an even more effective emergency response system. The overall goal: creating a "Next Generation 911" system. In a recent report to Congress, Federal Communication Commission leaders wrote, "Since the first 911 call was placed in 1968, the nation's 911 system has become an increasingly important component of our public safety infrastructure."
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Severe Weather Awareness Week helps people prepare before bad weather
WSPA-TV
Severe Weather Awareness Week kicks off March 3 and runs through March 9. It's important you take steps to make sure your family is ready for things like storms, tornadoes and floods. Doug Bryson, Director of Spartanburg County Emergency Management in south Carolina, says having a place to go to is part of having a good plan. In case the power goes out for a long period of time or there is damage to your home, he says it's a good idea to have a backup plan.
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Study: Tornado survivors surprisingly optimistic
HealthDay News via U.S. News and World Report
Living through a disaster does not diminish people's sense of optimism, according to a new study. But this type of optimism could undermine emergency preparedness efforts, the researchers said. They interviewed college students and residents of a town in Iowa that was hit by a tornado. The interviews, conducted one month, six months and one year after the twister, revealed that the participants believed their risk of injury from a future tornado was lower than that of the average person in Iowa.
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Know what to do when disaster strikes
The Southern
Knowing what to do when disaster strikes is the key to survival and recovery. Having the right supplies in an easily found location is another key, one made easier by getting the recommended items for a basic emergency supply kit for everyone in the home.
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Deadly snow storm barrels through Midwest to Mid-Atlantic
The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek
A late winter storm packing up to 10 inches of snow sent officials in weather-hardened Chicago into action to prevent a repeat of scenes from two years ago, when hundreds of people in cars and buses were stranded on the city's marquee thoroughfare during a massive blizzard. The storm was part of a system that started in Montana, hit the Dakotas and Minnesota and then barreled through Wisconsin and Illinois on its way to Washington, D.C.
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Obama issues disaster declaration for Navajo Nation
The Associated Press via CBS
President Barack Obama issued a disaster declaration for the Navajo Nation, making it the second American Indian tribe to receive such a declaration after a law change in January. The change gives tribes the option of requesting disaster declarations directly from the president, rather than applying to a state that then makes the request.
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Fukushima disaster predicted to raise cancer rates slightly
Chemistry World
Japan's 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster will put people living nearest to the nuclear power plant at a slightly elevated risk of cancer in the coming years. However, the disaster will have no "observable" impact in the rest of Japan or other parts of the world, according to a health risk assessment by the Geneva-based World Health Organization.
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