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Pacific leaders: Devastation in cyclone's wake illustrates need for targeted disaster response
UN News Centre
With reports slowly emerging about the damage wrought in Vanuatu, which suffered the brunt of Cyclone Pam that pummeled the South Pacific, leaders from the region made a joint call from a United Nations conference on disaster resilience for scaled-up storm recovery efforts, as well as durable partnerships that would help their countries strengthen capacities to deal with such extreme weather events.
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Japan inches closer to final approval for nuclear reactor restart
Reuters
A reactor in southwestern Japan cleared another regulatory hurdle, another small step in Japan's return to nuclear power after all units were shut down for stringent safety checks following the 2011 Fukushima atomic disaster. The Nuclear Regulation Authority said the No. 1 reactor at Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s Sendai plant had received approval for construction works upgrading the unit's basic design to meet higher standards set since Fukushima.
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Experts: Start managing disaster threat or risk development gains
Reuters
When Typhoon Haiyan sent storm surges and high winds across the islands of the central Philippines in November 2013, it wrecked homes, schools, hospitals and roads, as well as killing more than 6,000 people. "The investment that was put into the community — from the point of view of the families that were affected — was all gone, and we have to rebuild again," said Dinky Soliman, Secretary of the Philippines' Department of Social Welfare and Development. Her country has since learned the importance of using hazard maps to plan infrastructure better to withstand storms or earthquakes, Soliman said during a debate on resilient development at a U.N. conference in Sendai.
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Intensifying California drought sets off alarms
USA Today
As California's epic drought continues with no end in sight, it is setting off new alarms about unprecedented water shortages, increased wildfire threats, fewer crops and farmers, higher electric bills and huge economic losses for years — or even decades — to come. "Even if normal precipitation begins to fall, it will take a few years to overcome the massive deficits we've been running," said scientist Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute, a research organization in Oakland.
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Program director: If 1st responder broadband network isn't working by 2022, 'we should be shot'
Nextgov
Despite a spate of public emergencies in recent years — Hurricane Sandy, the Boston Marathon bombing and a mudslide in Washington state last year — it will be several more years until police officers, firefighters and others can access the federally funded, nationwide broadband network being built for first responders. With a $7 billion budget, the First Responder Network Authority, known as FirstNet, is overseen by the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Three years after the establishment of the FirstNet team, the project has encountered regulatory obstacles that could delay further progress — a slow hiring process and management challenges, among others.
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Register for a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard Listening Session
IAEM
FEMA and federal partners are providing a series of listening sessions on the implementation guidelines of the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS). These sessions provide the opportunity to learn more about the Standard, ask questions, and provide feedback on how federal agencies implement the Standard. Upcoming sessions will be held in Fairfax, Virginia; and New York, New York; with additional sessions to be announced soon. Listening session dates and locations are available online. Due to space constraints of the facilities, seating may be limited. To reserve a seat in advance, please provide a request via email at least three days in advance with the contact information of the participant (including name, mailing address, and e-mail address), and the meeting to be attended to FEMA-FFRMS@fema.dhs.gov and include the subject/attention line: Reservation Request for FFRMS For those unable to attend a listening session, there will be an FFRMS webinar on March 25, 3-6 p.m. EDT. Participants can register for the webinar online.
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IAEM-USA again voices concerns with Administration's National Preparedness Grant Program Proposal
IAEM
Although Congress rejected in FY 2013, FY 2014, and FY 2015 the Administration's proposal to consolidate the homeland security grant programs into the National Preparedness Grant Program, the budget request for FY 2016 again included a similar proposal. IAEM-USA was one of 16 national organizations that co-signed letters to key Congressional committees once again raising concerns with the proposal. The 16 national organizations represent local elected officials, emergency managers, port operators, transit operators, police chiefs, sheriffs, and the major fire service organizations.
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  • Download letter to chairs and ranking members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations and its Subcommittee on Homeland Security (10 Mar 2015)
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    2015 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Award application period now open
    IAEM
    The application period for the 2015 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards is open until April 10, 2015. The awards highlight innovative local practices and achievements by recognizing individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions toward making their communities safer, stronger, better prepared, and more resilient. FEMA will review all entries and select the finalists. A distinguished panel of representatives from the emergency management community will then select winners in each of the following categories: Outstanding Citizen Corps Council; Community Preparedness Heroes; Awareness to Action; Technological Innovation; Outstanding Achievement in Youth Preparedness; Preparing the Whole Community; Outstanding Community Emergency Response Team Initiatives; Outstanding Citizen Corps Partner Program; and Excellence in Volunteer Sustainability. Winners will be announced in the fall and will be FEMA's honored guests at a community preparedness roundtable event. The winner of the Preparing the Whole Community category will receive the John D. Solomon Whole Community Preparedness Award. To be considered for this year's awards, all submissions must be received by April 10, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. EDT and must feature program activities taking place between Jan. 1, 2014, and April 10, 2015. Applications should be submitted to citizencorps@fema.dhs.gov.
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    Federal Flood Risk Management Standard comment period extended by 30 days
    IAEM
    On March 18, FEMA announced a 30-day extension to the comment period on the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard. On Jan. 30, the President issued Executive Order 13690, Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input. The new Executive Order adopts a higher flood standard for future federal investments in and affecting floodplains, which will be required to meet the level of resilience established in the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard. This includes projects where federal funds are used to build new structures and facilities or to rebuild those that have been damaged. Prior to implementation of the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard, additional input from stakeholders is being solicited and considered on how federal agencies will implement the new Standard. The comment period has been extended to May 6, 2015.
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    FEMA finalizes new requirement for state disaster plans to consider climate change impacts
    The Energy Collective
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced a change in its requirements for State Hazard Mitigation Plans that NRDC has been advocating for nearly three years. These plans, which states develop in order to prepare for future natural disasters, must now consider the projected effects of climate change on hazard risks.
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    EM RESOURCES


    CDC publishes guide to operating public shelters during a radiation emergency
    IAEM
    CDC has recently released A Guide to Operating Public Shelters in a Radiation Emergency. This guide, the result of a multiagency collaboration, has been developed to assist with planning and response efforts related to shelter operations in a radiation emergency. The scope of this guide encompasses information and guidance about screening for radioactive contamination, decontamination, radiation monitoring, registration, health surveillance, and communications.
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    CEM® UPDATE


    IAEM Certification Commission now accepting applications for future commissioners
    IAEM
    The CEM® Commission is accepting applications for new commissioners. The new commissioners will fill openings in the Class of 2018. Learn more about the commissioner role and the application process. The deadline to submit applications is June 15, 2015.
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    Fire Prevention & Safety Grant Application period now open
    IAEM
    The Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant and support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The FY 2014 Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) application period is open until Apr. 17, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. EDT. The primary goal of the FP&S Grants is to reduce injury and prevent death among high-risk populations. In 2005, Congress reauthorized funding for FP&S and expanded the eligible uses of funds to include Firefighter Safety Research and Development. Learn more.
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    A healthy society is a disaster resilient society
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    Disasters are usually measured by the number of deaths, injuries and damage to property that they cause. But, do these measures truly express the magnitude of damage to people's health and quality of life?
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    SURVEY REQUESTS


    Final call — experienced emergency managers needed for input to dissertation research
    IAEM
    Additional survey participation is still needed. Emergency managers are asked to participate in a 10-15 minute online survey examining their perceptions of emergency management projects. This dissertation research aims to determine if there is a relationship between the use of project management critical success factors and emergency management project success. Provide your valuable input by responding to this online survey request, and direct any questions to researcher and IAEM member Stephan Kaser, PMP. Your support is greatly appreciated.
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    AROUND THE WORLD


    Rescue teams reach cyclone-hit Vanuatu islands, official toll lowered
    Reuters
    Residents of the southern Vanuatu island of Tanna said they were running out of food and basic supplies, after a huge cyclone tore across the South Pacific nation wreaking widespread devastation but not the heavy death toll initially feared. Relief workers were still battling to reach many of the islands pummeled by Cyclone Pam's gusts of more than 300 kph (185 mph). With communications cut off and reconnaissance flights revealing destroyed houses, shredded forests and damaged buildings, international aid agencies had been particularly worried about Tanna, which bore the full force of the storm.
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    Strong undersea earthquake hits eastern Indonesia
    The Associated Press via ABC News
    A strong undersea earthquake struck off eastern Indonesia, but there are no immediate reports of injuries or damage and no tsunami warning was issued. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck with a magnitude of 6.6. It was located 136 kilometers (85 miles) northwest of Ternate, the capital of North Maluku province. It had a depth of 41 kilometers (25 miles).
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    China earthquake damages 10,000 homes
    The Guardian
    An earthquake in the eastern Chinese city of Fuyang has damaged more than 10,000 homes and killed at least two people, according to authorities. The quake struck in the Anhui province city, and 13 people also were injured, officials in the city said. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake measured magnitude 4.7.
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    As Ebola's death toll surpasses 10,000, this is how grief and recovery look in West Africa
    The Washington Post
    The Ebola news out of West Africa is bittersweet. While infections are down, and one of the most affected countries has reported no new cases since last week, the World Health Organization said that the cumulative death toll of the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has surpassed 10,000.
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