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IAEM-USA NEWS


FEMA announces guidance changes for Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program
IAEM
Significant changes have been made to the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Guidance, a comprehensive document that details the specific criteria of the three HMA programs: the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Programs. The Fiscal Year 2015 HMA Guidance provides stakeholders with updates and refinements of program policies and practices. These enhancements will promote resilience, and streamline application review, eligibility requirements, project cost estimate and implementation. The changes to the program include the areas of: climate change/resilience; adoption of the federal government framework for grants management; mitigation planning changes; new benefit-cost analysis methodologies; various environmental planning and historic presentation clarifications; and resources and job aids to assist in program delivery. More information is posted here, and questions may be addressed to FEMA-IGA@fema.dhs.gov.
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CDP now offers online class registration
IAEM
Advanced, hands-on training for emergency responders is only a few mouse clicks away. The Center for Domestic Preparedness’ new online registration makes it even easier for state, local and tribal responders to sign up for fully funded training. The new online registration process simplifies admission steps, decreases paperwork, and automates the approval process for responders to take any of the more than 40 advanced, hands-on training classes the CDP offers, an upgrade to the previous six-step enrollment process. Online registration is available to all students who are signing up for resident CDP training. Online registration will be available later this year for responders signing up for non-resident and indirect training. For more information on CDP training or to register for resident training is available online.
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FEMA announces release of new State Mitigation Plan Review Guide
IAEM
FEMA recently announced the release of the new State Mitigation Plan Review Guide, which clarifies federal regulations that apply to state hazard mitigation plans for state agencies and other officials developing mitigation plans. The guide, which will go into effect Mar. 6, 2016, helps to ensure a consistent plan review process for FEMA and the states that aim to improve the analysis and integration of evolving risks, such as climate change. The transitional period allows time for FEMA and the states to work together to support their familiarity and understanding of the updated guide. Indian tribal governments should follow the Tribal Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Guidance. The guide and additional resources are posted online to assisted states in updating state mitigation plans as well as building and maintaining statewide mitigation programs.
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After much ado, El Niño has officially been declared by NOAA
Government Executive
Just when everyone had pretty much written it off, the El Niño event that has been nearly a year in the offing finally emerged in February and could last through the spring and summer, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced. This isn't the blockbuster, 1998 repeat El Niño many anticipated when the first hints of an impending event emerged about a year ago. This El Niño has just crept across the official threshold, so it won't be a strong event.
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Disaster damage expected to hit $300 billion yearly as events intensify
Reuters
Investing in insurance programs for poor farmers today could save tens of billions of dollars in coming decades as climate change upsets growing patterns and makes harvests fail, U.N. officials said. An investment of $350,000 in disaster prevention for farmers, including irrigation systems, crop insurance and terraces saves an estimated $4 million in averted costs for humanitarian relief when a drought or flood hits, said Richard Choularton, chief of disaster risk reduction at the World Food Programme.
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Report: More airline deaths but fewer accidents
The New York Times
The number of deaths in jetliner disasters spiked last year despite there being fewer accidents in total, an international airline industry group said. The International Air Transport Association said in its annual safety report that 641 people died in airline accidents in 2014. Its figures don't include the 298 people killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed over Ukraine.
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IAEM MEMBER NEWS


Harris County PIO Francisco Sánchez honored by University of Houston as Public Official of the Year
IAEM
Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) Public Information Officer Francisco Sánchez was recently honored with the University of Houston (UH) Masters of Public Administration Public Official of the Year Award. Sánchez, a UH alum, received the Public Official of the Year award for his tireless work to keep residents informed during countywide and regional emergencies. HCOHSEM is responsible for disaster preparedness and response in the nation's third largest county. An IAEM member, Sánchez joined Harris County in 2004 and was the lead public information officer during the local response to both Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. He also led the region's Joint Information Center operations during Hurricane Ike and the highly active 2008 hurricane season. In 2013, he was appointed to the Communications Security Reliability and Interoperability Council, an advisory committee to the Federal Communications Commission offering guidance on key issues such as next generation 9-1-1 technology, alerts and warnings and cyber security.
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DISASTER TECHNOLOGY NEWS


DARPA Robotics Challenge features disaster-response tasks
U.S. Department of Defense
Twenty-five human-robot teams from seven countries will compete for $3.5 million in prizes during the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's robotics finals in California, DARPA program manager Dr. Gill Pratt said during a recent teleconference. The DARPA Robotics Challenge, or DRC, is a program for robot systems and software teams seeking to develop robots that can help people respond to natural and other disasters.
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IAEM NEWS


IAEM now accepting 2015 scholarship applications; deadline to apply is June 1, 2015, 12:00 a.m. (midnight) EDT
IAEM
IAEM is now accepting applications for the 2015 IAEM Scholarships. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2015, 12:00 a.m. (midnight) EDT. The 2015 Scholarship Application forms are available for download here, with separate forms for undergraduate and graduate students. IAEM scholarships are awarded through a competitive process to full-time students pursuing an associate or diploma baccalaureate, or graduate degree in emergency management, disaster management, or a closely related field. The IAEM Scholarship Program was established to nurture, promote and develop disaster preparedness and resistance by furthering the education of students studying the field of emergency management, disaster management or a related program. The purpose of the program is to assist the profession by identifying and developing students with the intellect and technical skills to advance emergency management. The program is sustained through donations, and the Scholarship Commission's goal is to reach $1 million in the endowment fund to ensure IAEM Scholarships into the foreseeable future.
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IAEM Editorial Work Group seeks articles on 'Social Media & Emergency Management' — article submission deadline is Apr. 10, 2015
IAEM
The IAEM-Global Editorial Work Group and the IAEM-USA Emerging Technology Caucus (ETC) have formed a partnership for the upcoming IAEM Bulletin special focus issue on the topic of "Social Media & Emergency Management." ETC members will provide a technical review focusing on accuracy and best practices included in articles that are submitted for the issue. In order to allow time for this collaboration, the article submission deadline for the issue has been changed to Apr. 10, 2015. Examples of articles could include, but are not limited to: how to reach out to businesses, schools and other groups who don't normally get involved in EM ideas and concepts; lessons learned: what marketing techniques worked for your program and what didn't work; how and with whom you coordinated your marketing program; and methods for integrating or collaborating with stakeholders. Please read the Author's Guidelines before submitting your article to Editor Karen Thompson, thompson@iaem.com.
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HRRC identifying best practices in long-term disaster recoveries
Texas A&M University
A research team from Texas A&M's Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center is working to identify best practices in pre- and post-disaster planning in communities recovering from a variety of natural and man-made disasters. Supported by a two-year, $221,076 grant from the National Science Foundation, the team is compiling and analyzing practices and interactions of public and private agencies involved in disaster recovery in six Texas communities that have experienced a hurricane, tornado, wildfire or industrial facility explosion.
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Predicting the extent of flash flooding
Phys.Org
Devastating floodwaters such as those experienced during Iowa's Flood of 2008 — which swamped many Iowa communities, along with ten square miles of Cedar Rapids — are notoriously difficult to predict. So a team of University of Iowa mathematicians and hydrologists collaborating with the Iowa Flood Center set out to gain a better understanding of flood genesis and the factors impacting it. They were able to do this by zeroing in on the impacts of certain rainfall patterns at the smallest unit of a river basin: the hillslope scale.
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Study links flooding, drought to urban expansion
Insurance Journal
A heads-up to New York, Baltimore, Houston and Miami: a new study suggests that these metropolitan areas and others will increase their exposure to floods even in the absence of climate change, according to researchers from Texas A&M University. Published in Global Environmental Change, the study presents first-ever global forecasts of how the exposure of urban land to floods and droughts may change due to urban expansion in the near future.
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


Coming soon! EMvision Talks Call for Speakers
IAEM
The IAEM-USA Conference Committee will open the Call for Speakers for a new initiative at the IAEM Annual Conference — IAEM presents EMvision Talks. Modeled on the well-known TED™ Talk format, the Talks are a new way to communicate thought leadership in emergency management. View the Speaker Guidance for more information, and get ready to be a part of this exciting new conference addition. All selected speakers will present their Talk on the plenary stage at the IAEM 63rd Annual Conference in Clark County, Nevada on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015.
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NEW INSIGHTS


Disaster prevention: Combine short- and long-term benefits
Christian Science Monitor
Tucked away beneath courts for playing the bowling game pétanque, its entrance part-concealed by hanging plants, lies a cavernous concrete tank for collecting floodwater. The underground tank in Barcelona's northern Horta district is the size of 19 Olympic swimming pools, and three or four times a year it partly fills up during heavy rains, siphoning off water that might otherwise flood the city.
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CEM® UPDATE


Board adjusts recertification fee for non-IAEM members
IAEM
Last month the IAEM-USA Board adopted the CEM® program budget for 2015-16, maintaining most program fees at current levels. However, in order to balance the budget and also take into account that member dues support, in part, the CEM® program infrastructure, the recertification fee for non-IAEM members was adjusted. As of June 1, 2015, the recertification fee will increase to $325 for non-IAEM members. It will remain $250 for IAEM-members. You can learn more about the benefits of becoming an IAEM member on the IAEM website.
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EM CALENDAR


EMSC Pediatric Disaster Planning and Preparedness CoP Webinar scheduled for Mar. 24, 2015
IAEM
The Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) National Resource Center will host a Pediatric Disaster Planning and Preparedness Community of Practice (CoP) Webinar at 4:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2015. This event will feature multiple organizations and agencies and serve as a "virtual meet-and-greet." Attendees will be given the opportunity to ask questions, hear what each organization is doing to improve pediatric disaster preparedness, and learn about the tools and resources available. Cynthia Hansen, PhD, senior advisor for the National Healthcare Preparedness Programs, HHS/ASPR/OEM will help facilitate the event.
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Mid-Atlantic Center for EM Diversity Training Conference set for Apr. 27, 2015
IAEM
The Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management will hold a diversity training conference, “Enhancing Disaster Survivability of Diverse Populations,” on Apr. 27, 2015, at Frederick Community College, Frederick, Maryland. Delivered by national experts in the discipline, the conference will focus on identifying, understanding, and enhancing the disaster survivability of diverse populations in American communities. Although beneficial to all interested individuals in the public and private sectors, this event will particularly benefit personnel serving in emergency management offices and the departments and agencies of the emergency services. During the final session of this conference, participants will discuss concepts, reflect on learning, consolidate their understanding, and determine how to apply the lessons learned. Details and registration are available online.
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AROUND THE WORLD


USGS report says risk of mega-earthquake in California within next 30 years increases
Fox News
Scientists are virtually certain that California will be rocked by a strong earthquake in the next 30 years. Now they say the risk of a mega-quake is more likely than previously thought. The chance of a magnitude-8 quake striking the state in the next three decades jumped to 7 percent from 4.7 percent, mainly because scientists took into account the possibility that several faults can shake at once, releasing seismic energy that results in greater destruction.
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Amtrak train hits truck stopped on tracks in North Carolina; 55 hurt
Los Angeles Times
Fifty-five people were taken to hospitals after an Amtrak train hit a tractor-trailer that had stopped on the tracks in North Carolina, causing a locomotive and a baggage car to derail, officials said. There were 213 people aboard the train, which had left Charlotte shortly before the crash at 12:15 p.m. local time, according to Mike Charbonneau, deputy secretary of communication for the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
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The village that got 8 feet of snow in 1 day
The Telegraph
A tiny village in Italy is claiming to be one of the snowiest places in the world after it was smothered under more than eight feet of snow in less than 24 hours. An intense storm left the inhabitants of Capracotta climbing out of first floor windows onto great mounds of snow and having to get around on snowshoes and skis. Other locals had to dig tunnels from their front doors in order to be able to leave their homes.
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