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Senate Appropriations bill for FY 2013 released
IAEM
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., and Vice Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., have released the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act for FY 2013. Introduced as a substitute for HR 933, the Senate bill contains five full-year appropriations bills, including the Department of Homeland Security, and a Continuing Resolution for the other departments and agencies. The Senate is expected to start debating the bill on the Senate Floor this week. Selected highlights of the Federal Emergency Management Agency provisions include:
  • $350 million for the Emergency Management Performance Grants Program, retained as a separate account. FEMA administrative funds, separately appropriated in Salaries and Expenses, and will not be drawn from the grant funds.
  • Rejects the proposed National Preparedness Grant Program due to lack of justification, and includes bill language prohibiting obligation of funds for such program or any successor program unless explicitly authorized by Congress.
  • Specifically lists $17.8 million for the Emergency Management Institute.
  • Download memo from IAEM-USA Policy Advisor Martha Braddock with details.
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Update on state of Louisiana EMPG budget grab
IAEM
Last week's IAEM Dispatch reported that the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (GOHSEP) had provided a budget to the legislature to keep 80 percent of the $5.4 million Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) from FEMA at the state office and only to pass through 20 percent of the funding to the local emergency managers. This represents a reduction to the locals of $2.2 million or 63 percent of the vital funding whose purpose is to build capability at the state and local level. At a Louisiana House Appropriations Committee meeting held on Tuesday, Mar. 12, Kevin Davis, director for GOHSEP, in defending the reduction stated, "We need to make sure the state stays and has the capability to respond no matter what the response is and that the state capabilities stay intact." He also stated that it is critical that the state as backup for locals be fully funded. When asked about distribution and direction of the grants, Director Davis indicated that there are no strings attached to EMPG and that the majority of the states keep all of the funding and he could keep 100 percent if he chose. See the video of these comments here and post your comment. He indicated that was not the case with the Urban Area Security Initiative and the State Homeland Security Grant. When asked what the additional $2.2 million GOHSEP had not previously retained would be used for, Christina Dayries, GOHSEP chief of staff, stated, "It will basically be used for salaries and staff also to support regional support, operations, cyber, fusion, planning, training and exercise staff, and some administrative support." View the entire testimony here. Mr. Davis' full testimony begins about 4:18.
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Taking action: Creating model emergency management plans
IAEM
As part of President Barack Obama's plan to reduce gun violence, FEMA invites emergency management professionals to share ideas for EM planning at schools, institutions of higher education, and houses of worship. Please share your ideas on what these institutions should consider when developing and implementing a comprehensive emergency management plan, including ways the institution could involve the community or other stakeholders in drafting the plan; key issues the plan should address or that agencies should consider as they develop model plans; best practices for training staff, students and users of a facility to follow a plan; and best practices for how communities may plan to effectively recover from an incident. To share your ideas (and see what other people are saying), visit "Taking Action: Creating Model Emergency Management Plans for Schools, Institutions of Higher Education and Houses of Worship," a site that will be open for your comments until March 18, 2013. You are encouraged to visit often to see what new ideas have been posted. It's a great way to share practical tips and influence this ongoing effort.
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FEMA conducts tribal consultation and solicits comments on emergency and disaster declaration process
IAEM
FEMA is initiating consultation with Indian tribal governments and outreach to other stakeholders through the publication of a solicitation for comments in the Federal Register. This solicitation asks Indian tribal governments and other stakeholders for feedback on how requirements in the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 may or may not be appropriate as applied to declaration requests from Indian tribal governments. The input provided will inform the development of a pilot program to process declaration requests from Indian tribal governments. The Act, signed by President Obama on Jan. 29, included a provision amending the Stafford Act to provide federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native governments the option to choose whether to make a request directly to the President for a federal emergency or major disaster declaration, or to seek assistance, as they do presently, under a declaration for a state. The input provided by Indian tribal governments and other stakeholders will inform the development of a pilot program to process declaration requests from Indian tribal governments. The "Solicitation for Comments Regarding Current Procedures to Request Emergency and Major Disaster Declarations" is available in the Federal Register (Docket ID FEMA-2013-0006 Document Number 2013-05391). Download it here. FEMA also will be accepting comments on its online collaboration site and by email. Comments will be accepted until April 22, 2013.
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Jeff Walker to represent IAEM-USA on Transportation Research Board project
IAEM
Jeff Walker, CEM, IAEM-USA President, will represent the IAEM-USA Council as a reviewer of a "Guide for Communicating Emergency Response Information for Natural Gas and Hazardous Liquids Pipelines." This project, funded by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies of Science, is being performed by the researchers at the Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies (RaCERS) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York, and by a team that includes Hildebrand Noll Associates. IAEM members fulfill a wide range of outreach responsibilities. A complete listing is available here.
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Canada-Taiwan emergency management seminar held in Taipei
Focus Taiwan
The Canadian Trade Office in Taipei held a seminar on the management of emergencies, during which experts from both sides shared experiences and information on disaster response and preparedness. The seminar, which focused on the technology, skills and preparations needed to manage large-scale emergencies, was held in an effort to promote bilateral exchanges in these areas.
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A central agency is crucial for disaster response
Nature
The United States must not follow through with its plans to scale back its Federal Emergency Management Agency, argues Donald Moynihan. The cut to FEMA is a false economy. If we do not prepare for the growing threats that FEMA deals with, we will pay more when disaster strikes. Worse, there is a political effort under way to delegate its responsibilities to regional and local authorities.
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How Sandy has altered data center disaster planning
Data Center Knowlegde
The scope of Sandy has altered disaster planning for many data centers, which now must consider how to manage regional events in which travel may be limited across large areas due to fallen trees and gasoline shortages, restricting the movement of staff and supplies. The panel also raised tough questions about New York's ability to improve its power infrastructure, as well as the role of city policies governing the placement of diesel fuel storage tanks and electrical switchgear.
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1st student emergency management fellowship in NYC — Apply by March 15
New York City of Emergency Management
The John D. Solomon Fellowship for Public Service is the first student fellowship in New York City government devoted specifically to emergency management. This program provides the opportunity for up to seven graduate students in New York City-area universities to have a nine-month paid fellowship (approximately 20 hours per week) in an agency of New York City government charged with helping the city prepare for all types of emergencies. Each fellow will receive a $4,000 stipend, will be assigned an agency mentor, and will participate in special programs with other fellows. The deadline for applications is March 15.
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Social media monitoring tool for emergency management
Emergency Management
The Christchurch earthquake and Queensland flooding brought social media to the forefront in 2012. With that there is more interest in helping emergency management agencies in Australia be able to mine social media for the nuggets of good information that will assist them is responding to and recovering from disasters.
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Jordanian, Iraqi officials receive radiological emergency response training
Government Security News
U.S. nuclear security officials trained Jordanian and Iraqi officials in nuclear emergency response. The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conducted International Radiological Assistance Program Training for Emergency Response (I-RAPTER) training for the officials in Jordan, said NNSA.
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Virginia emergency management officials: More than 1 million take part in statewide tornado drill
The Washington Post
The state Department of Emergency Management says more than 1 million Virginians participated in a statewide tornado drill. It was a joint effort between the state emergency officials and the National Weather Service.
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Japan to trial disaster warning system using social networks
ZDNet
Japan will put to the test a disaster warning system which makes use of social networking services in summer this year, drawing lessons from the catastrophic natural disasters in 2011 which cut telephone lines and emergency hotlines. According to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency, the system will leverage the Internet, which is more accessible than telephone lines in times of disaster and help in mobilizing prompter assistance.
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Japan marks 2 years since triple disaster amid slow progress on rebuilding, radiation cleanup
Fox News
The two-year anniversary of Japan's devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear catastrophe is highlighting the country's continuing struggle to clean up radiation, rebuild lost communities and determine new energy and economic strategies. More than 300,000 people remain displaced and virtually no rebuilding has begun along the battered northeastern coast, where the tsunami swept away entire communities.
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