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IAEM-USA and NEMA publish second joint report measuring return on investment on the Emergency Management Performance Grant
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IAEM-USA thanks the local and tribal government emergency managers who responded to the joint IAEM-USA/NEMA survey on measuring the Return on Investment on the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG). The second joint report between IAEM-USA and NEMA has been released (Mar. 20) and is available for download here. While this is IAEM-USA's second joint report with the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), this is IAEM-USA's sixth year of surveying for information of this type. The 2013 report reflects responses from 1,536 local and tribal jurisdictions, 49 states, the Northern Marianas Islands, and the District of Columbia.
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FEMA seeking input from IAEM on Sandy Recovery Improvement Act
IAEM
The Sandy Recovery Improvement Act (SRIA) of 2013 (Public Law 113-2) authorizes several significant changes to the way FEMA may deliver disaster assistance. Section 1109 requires FEMA to review, update, and revise through rule-making the factors considered when evaluating the need for the Individual Assistance Program in a major disaster or emergency. The stated intent of the new legislation is to speed the declaration process and provide more objective criteria in evaluating the need for individual assistance. The agency is required to publish the new regulations no later than Jan. 29, 2014. FEMA is on a very fast track for getting input. It is not seeking consensus advice, but individual input from representatives of various stakeholder groups. IAEM will be posting additional information on the IAEM website and will be sponsoring a conference call with FEMA in the next two weeks. One of the questions FEMA is seeking input from IAEM on are suggestions for new or revised individual assistance declaration factors. Note: the current individual assistance declaration factors can be found in 44 C.F.R. 206.48. Be watching here for additional announcements regarding the impacts of SRIA on Public Assistance, and FEMA outreach seeking comments.
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IAEM-USA Government Affairs Chair speaks at NEMA Conference
IAEM
IAEM-USA Government Affairs Chair Randall C. Duncan, CEM, spoke at the Legislative Committee Meeting of the National Emergency Management Association Mid-Year Conference on March 20, 2013. His presentation focused on several key areas: the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program; funding for the Emergency Management Institute; support of the Pre-Disaster Mitigation program; and adequate funding for the National Weather Service. Duncan's remarks may be downloaded here.
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EM NEWS


FEMA seeks input on Capability Estimation Comprehensive Preparedness Guide
IAEM
FEMA seeks IAEM-USA input on the draft of the Capability Estimation Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG). The Capability Estimation CPG outlines an approach to help the whole community identify the resources it needs to meet its capability targets. The Capability Estimation CPG is part of the National Preparedness System, which is an organized process for the whole community to move forward with its preparedness activities and achieve the National Preparedness Goal. Please visit fema.gov/nationalpreparedness and click on Estimating Capability Requirements under the Overview section. There, you can download the draft document and a feedback submission form. Submit your feedback via email to PPD8-Engagement@fema.dhs.gov by April 3, 2013.
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FEMA and NOAA promote National Flood Safety Awareness Week, Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 18-22, 2013
IAEM
FEMA and NOAA are partnering to improve public awareness for National Flood Safety Week, which takes place March 18-22, 2013. Since knowledge and the right precautions can protect families, homes and finances, the agencies' goal is to improve understanding about flood risk throughout communities. Floods are the most common hazard in the United States. However, not all floods are alike. There are simple steps citizens can take today to reduce their risk to all types of floods. Flood Safety Awareness Week is an excellent time for people and communities to learn about their flood risk and implement precautions to mitigate the threat to life and property. FEMA and NOAA will provide the public with key information related to flood hazards, and ways to protect yourself and your property each day of National Flood Safety Awareness week. Follow FEMA on social media (Facebook and Twitter) throughout the week to stay informed and to share the information with your social networks. For more information on flood safety tips and information, visit www.ready.gov. For information on how to obtain a flood insurance policy, visit http://go.usa.gov/2RdJ.
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FEMA's EMI announces 32 emergency manager professionals program graduates
Emergency Managment
FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI) announced the graduation of 32 students from the Emergency Manager Basic Academy course, the first of three phases of the Emergency Manager Professionals Program (EMPP), which began in October 2011. The 32 graduates completed courses, including Science of a Disaster; Planning Emergency Operations; Exercise Design; and Public Information and Warning at EMI.
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Insurers and financial firms are scooping up experts in natural disaster risk
Quartz
Suddenly, risk is hot. Not the financial kind, per se, but the risk of natural disasters inflicting heavy losses on markets, insured assets and even the social fabric of whole countries. And the folks who measure and model that risk — engineers, physicists, meteorologists and social scientists — are more in demand than ever, reports the scientific journal Nature.
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New tech weapon to help fight natural disasters
The Sydney Morning Herald
Australia will host a "world-first" technology platform aimed at improving disaster management and saving lives across the globe. The University of Melbourne, together with IBM and Australia's national high-tech research centre NICTA announced they joined forces to develop the Australia Disaster Management Platform (ADMP).
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Lawmakers: Small businesses vital to disaster recovery
USA Today
Small businesses hurt by natural disasters should get federal aid faster so they can help jump-start recovery efforts, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu said. Landrieu's committee held a roundtable on a bipartisan bill she and Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran introduced in February that would make it easier for some small businesses to get federal aid after a disaster.
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UN: Risk-management strategies needed to make societies drought-resilient
UN News Centre
To make people more resilient to droughts, governments need to create coordinated national plans that incorporate drought preparedness, monitoring and information services, senior United Nations officials urged at the close of a high-level international meeting in Geneva. In a joint statement, the heads of the World Meteorological Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification said that "national policy frameworks that improve drought prediction and make this information available so that communities can act are indispensable."
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Obama signs CBRN/natural disaster preparedness reauthorization law
Government Security News
President Barack Obama put his signature on the Pandemic and All–Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act (PAHPA), authorizing funding for public health and medical preparedness programs aimed at countering the mass casualty effects of chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear (CBRN) weapons, as well as natural disasters.
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Training video about emergency response on tribal lands released
IAEM
The recently released 30-minute video "Strength and Resiliency: Emergency Preparedness for Tribal Leaders and Program Directors — Your Roles and Responsibilities," is a training video designed for use by tribal emergency managers to educate tribally elected officials and others about emergency preparedness and their role on the Tribal Emergency Response Committee (TERC) and unified command. IAEM member Monte Fronk, CEM, emergency manager, Mille Lacs Reservation Department of Public Safety, Onamia, Minn., along with narrator Randolph Mantooth, who narrated two ICS videos in 2004, envisioned the video as a tool that also can be used to help educate non-native response agencies about tribal communities and their unique emergency response needs due to their sovereign national status. "A small team of Tribal folks in FEMA Region V worked together to create the video to fulfill an unmet need in Indian Country," Fronk noted in his article on FireFighterNation.com. "It was filmed by Eagle Clan productions. The University of Minnesota's School of Public Health did the final edit and mailed the video to all 565 federally recognized tribes to be used to assist them in their tribal emergency preparedness efforts." The video can be viewed at no charge on the University of Minnesota website. The information provided outlines the various roles and responsibilities needed to prepare for and respond to emergency and disaster situations. It includes information on tribal public health emergencies, disaster operations planning, tribal emergency response committees, the Incident Command System (ICS), and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
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DHS offers March 27 webinar: Maximizing Use of HSIN Tools and Features
IAEM
The Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) is offering a new webinar in its First Responders Group Capacity Building Series, "Maximizing Use of Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) Tools and Features." The webinar is set for March 27, 2013, 2:00-3:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time. Participation is at no cost, and registration is not required. Access the webinar here on March 27, and obtain more details at www.firstresponder.gov. Presenters include:
  • Mike Donnelly, Geospatial Management Office, DHS
  • Sean McSpaden, State of Oregon, and National Information Sharing Consortium
  • Amanda Ross, Homeland Infrastructure Foundation-Level Data Working Group
  • Brian Tisdale, Homeland Infrastructure Foundation-Level Data Working Group
  • Ray Ragone, HSIN Outreach & Mission Integration, DHS

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AROUND THE WORLD


UN: Economic losses from disasters top $100 billion for third year
AlertNet
Economic losses from disasters have exceeded $100 billion for three years in a row, the first time this has happened, the U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) said. The high costs are due to a huge increase in the exposure of industrial assets and private property to disasters, the agency said. Economic losses caused by disasters were $138 billion in 2012, $371 billion in 2011 — a large proportion due to the Japan earthquake and tsunami — and $138 billion in 2010, it added.
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Hurricane Katrina disaster 10 times more likely if global warming increases 2 degrees Celsius
International Scientific Times
Based on the new research, storms of Katrina strength can occur three to four times as often once the average global climate reaches a full Celsius increase. Finally, scientists report that a 2 Celsius increase is the max "safe" limit in temperature change. Should the global climate increase by 2 degrees, then Katrina-level storms will occur ten times as frequent.
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Tennessee fire destroys 65 structures; state of emergency declared
Los Angeles Times
A late winter forest fire that broke out near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was still raging northwest of the Tennessee park, damaging or destroying 65 structures, most of them rental cabins. The normal forest fire season in eastern Tennessee is spring and summer, when dry conditions are most prevalent. But even in late winter there is some undergrowth and forest debris that can burn if ignited.
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