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Do you know a school that needs an AED?
IAEM
The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation photo/video competition aims to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and the need for ready access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in school settings. The photo/video contest will enable 10 winning schools to gain access to life-saving technology. The contest begins in March with a winner being chosen at the end of each month through December. To enter the contest, students—who may be assisted by teachers, administrators, parents, coaches or athletic trainers—should submit a captioned photo or video (three minutes or less) to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation through one or more of its social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube). The caption should include this hashtag: #AEDsave. Complete contest details are available on the SCAF website.
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US citing 'urgent' need, calls on hospitals to improve disaster plans
The New York Times
Federal officials are proposing sweeping new requirements for American health care facilities — from large hospitals to small group homes for the mentally disabled — intended to ensure their readiness to care for patients during disasters. Describing emergency preparedness as an "urgent public health issue," the proposal by the Department of Health and Human Services offers regulations aimed at preventing the severe disruptions to health care that followed Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy.
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Reaction Housing raises $1.5 million to make cheap, reusable disaster relief shelters
Fortune
In the midst of the partying, marketing, and mindless app launches of SXSW, an Austin startup that's actually really revolutionary will be showing off early prototypes to investors and advisors. The startup is called Reaction Housing, and the product is called an "Exo Housing System." It's a shelter that's inexpensive, reusable, portable, and "smart." Designer Michael McDaniel conceived of the idea after Hurricane Katrina.
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GAO: Emergency nuclear response system needs upgrade
The Wall Street Journal
A government report says the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's communication technology may not work in a severe crisis. The technology is used to transmit data from operators of reactors to regulators and technical experts. The U.S. Government Accountability Office, which issued the report on the third anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown, says that unless the emergency data communications system operated by the NRC is upgraded to a more reliable communications system such as satellite, it "may not be available when the need for it is greatest, such as during a severe accident."
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Deadline for IAEM Bulletin article submissions extended to Monday, Mar. 17, 2014
IAEM
The deadline for article submissions for the upcoming IAEM Bulletin has been extended to Mar. 17, 2014, 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. The special focus issue topic is "Emergency Management and 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. 17, 2014.
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CEM® UPDATE


Recertification applications now are processed online only
IAEM
In February, IAEM launched the CEM®/AEM℠ online recertification application. Current CEMs and AEMs should be aware that all future recertification applications must be submitted using the online application. The recertification application can be accessed on the Recertification page. We have also posted a helpful user guide in the CEM Resource Center 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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Join IAEM for one of the spring Prep Course and Exam offerings
IAEM
Spring is coming and so is the IAEM Prep Course! Candidates may register on the IAEM website. A minimum of 10 registrants is required for each course. 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)
Candidates with questions should contact CEM Administrator Kate McClimans.

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SURVEY REQUESTS


DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis requests participation in survey
IAEM
Last week, the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis issued a survey to more than 12,000 individuals to assess their satisfaction and use of I&A intelligence products and tools. The email was sent directly from IA.CRT@hq.dhs.gov. DHS urges participation in order to assist the agency with future improvements.
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Call for Papers issued for Canadian Risk & Hazards Network (CRHNet) 11th Annual Symposium 'Must Today's Risk Be Tomorrow's Disaster? The Use of Knowledge in Disaster Risk Reduction'
IAEM
The CRHNet 11th Annual Symposium will be held in Chelsea, Toronto, ON, Canada, Oct. 22-24, 2014. A Call for Papers has been issued with a Jun. 14 deadline. The program of the 11th Symposium, including a field trip and discussion groups as well as plenary and targeted sessions, will appeal to people from all disciplines and sectors (private, academia, government, community, and voluntary agencies) whether they are working at local, national or international levels. CRHNet brings together everyone who has an interest in the cross-sectoral, multiple dimensions of risk management and disaster reduction. CRHNet and the 11th Symposium emphasize an interdisciplinary approach that will reach out to everyone with
interests in risk mitigation and management.
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Interactive role-playing scenario led by Darrell Darnell on communicating risk for resilient communities to be held in Washington, D.C.
IAEM
What have we learned about communicating risk from past disasters? How have communities responded? 
Join in an interactive role-playing scenario led by Darrell Darnel, senior associate vice president for safety and security, The George Washington University and Tim Tinker, independent consultant, MBO Partner. The scenario will examine the complexities and challenges of sharing the right information, at the right time, and in the right form and its impact on communities. The event is hosted by Koshland Science Museum on Mar. 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Learn more.
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NEW INSIGHTS


FEMA's new NYC flood maps will soon be out-of-date
Natural Resources Defense Council
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is the agency tasked with helping evaluate the nation's vulnerability to flooding and storm surges, by providing maps that reflect the best scientific understanding of where flooding is most likely to occur. In doing this, FEMA can help people stay out of harm's way by helping homeowners make informed choices about where they live; cities to make better decisions about where they build critical infrastructure, schools and hospitals; and business owners decide where to set up shop. But FEMA's flood maps have never accounted for the future impacts of climate change on flood risk.
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US Environment Protection Agency: Water Security Division has officially released 'Don't Get Soaked: Why It's Important to Invest in Emergency Preparedness, Prevention and Mitigation Activities at Your Utility'
Allegheny County Sanitary Authority
The purpose of the video is to educate decision makers at drinking water and wastewater utilities such as managers, board members, elected and appointed officials on the importance of investing in preparedness, prevention and mitigation activities at the utility.

A working group of utilities recommended by the Water Sector Coordinating Council (WSCC) from across the country worked together with the US Environmental Protection Agency Water Security Division (US EPA WSD) to develop the video. The video features testimonials from drinking water and wastewater utilities on real world events that have impacted their organization.

The video is approximately 9 minutes in length and available for viewing at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPK9j2S5TwE.

Upon review of the video, please direct all questions and comments to Ms. Nushat Thomas, US EPA WSD. For your convenience, her contact information is provided below:

Nushat Thomas, MS, REHS
Environmental Protection Specialist
US Environmental Protection Agency
OW/OGWDW/WSD

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Guide helps agencies plan to reunite children with families after an emergency
Emergency Management
In the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, one key deficiency exposed in emergency planning and management was the lack of a plan to address reuniting children with their parents or legal guardians. But the hope is that won't be highlighted as an issue in the future: A recently released framework — developed by FEMA, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, American Red Cross and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children — aims to help prepare agencies to better address child reunification during emergencies and events.
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AROUND THE WORLD


Malaysian jet's disappearance among rarest of aviation disasters
Reuters
The sudden disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner with 239 people aboard represents one of the rarest kinds of aviation disaster, and the mystery is compounded by uncertainty about which country's jurisdiction the plane came down in. Take-off and, in particular, final approach and landing are the most inherently hazardous parts of a flight, and the periods when most accidents occur.
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Malaysia Airlines hires disaster-relief expert from Atlanta
The Wall Street Journal
Malaysia Airlines has hired an unnamed disaster-relief expert from Atlanta and is scouting possible locations for an operations command center more than 24 hours after an airliner carrying 239 passengers disappeared.
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NYC buildings explosion kills 2, more missing
Reuters
Two New York buildings collapsed in an explosion believed to be caused by a gas leak, killing two people, injuring at least 22, and setting off a search for more feared trapped in the debris, officials said. A blast that scattered debris onto nearby rooftops brought down neighboring five-story buildings with a total of 15 apartments on the largely residential block at East 116th Street and Park Avenue in Upper Manhattan.
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6.9 quake: 'We dodged a bullet,' Northern California official says
Los Angeles Times
After a magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck off the coast of Northern California, Humboldt County Sheriff's Lt. Steve Knight said Monday the region "dodged a bullet." "We had some alarms go off and other than that we dodged a bullet," Knight said. "This easily could have been a catastrophe that could have caused a lot of damage," he said. The earthquake is the largest to hit the West Coast since the magnitude 7.2 Baja California quake in 2010.
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Fukushima, 3 years later: Disaster still lingers
Mashable
The disaster at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant in Japan on March 11, 2011, destroyed tens of thousands of lives and had ripple effects around the world as nations reliant upon or considering nuclear power rethought their plans.
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