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IAEM scholarship application period for 2013 now open
IAEM
The application period for the 2013 IAEM Scholarships is open until May 15, 2013, 12:00 a.m. (midnight) U.S. Eastern Time. IAEM scholarships are awarded through a competitive process to full-time students pursuing an associated or diploma baccalaureate, or graduate degree in emergency management, disaster management, or a closely related field. Beginning in 2013, the application process has been divided; undergraduate and graduate students will no longer apply using the same application. The purpose of the IAEM Scholarship Program is to assist the profession by identifying and developing students with the intellect and technical skills that can advance and enhance emergency management or disaster management. The program is sustained through donations from individuals and corporations. To download the application, donate or lean more, visit the IAEM Scholarship website.
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Call for entries: 2013 IAEM Awards Competition is open
IAEM
The 2013 IAEM Awards Competition opened on April 1, 2013. The purpose of the competition is to recognize and honor persons who have made special or significant contributions to the field of emergency management and have represented the profession well by their outstanding performance. You are encouraged to participate and to share your achievements with your colleagues. Many changes have been implemented for this year's IAEM Awards Competition in response to IAEM member input and requests. Award guidelines and official entry forms are posted on the IAEM website at www.iaem.com/Awards, along with detailed information about each award category. Be sure to read the guidelines carefully and pay close attention to content requirements, format, and length specifications, before submitting your entries via email to Karen Thompson. The IAEM awards entry deadline is May 31, 2013, 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time.
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IAEM-CANADA NEWS


Call for nominations for IAEM-Canada council officers
IAEM
Per the IAEM-Canada Bylaws, this year the positions of president, vice president east and secretary are up for election. Nominations for these two-year term positions are being accepted until April 30, 2013, midnight, Eastern Time. Current President John Saunders will not be seeking re-election to the Board and will therefore be the elections officer. IAEM-Canada members interested in running for one of the positions should review the requirements per the Council Bylaws and if qualified email President Saunders a notice of interest, the position sought, a brief biography and a picture. This information will be posted on the elections section of the IAEM-Canada website. Electronic voting will commence May 3 and close May 31, 2013. Election results will be publicly announced at the Annual General Meeting, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, held in conjunction with the World Conference on Disaster Management, in Toronto. Full voting instructions will be sent to eligible voters when nominations are closed.
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IAEM-Canada seeks members interested in participating in new Accessibility Caucus
IAEM
IAEM-Canada is in the process of creating a new caucus to assist in coordinating all efforts by members to address accessibility in emergency challenges. The leadership seeks two or three champions to spearhead the Accessibility Caucus, develop the terms of reference and formalize the entity. It is hoped that the new group will become a single repository to capture ideas and best practices for the EM profession and will develop a network of those facing accessibility issues, industry experts, academia, and disability specific support agencies. This new network can co-produce papers, articles and provide technical expertise to the field. Anyone that is interested in becoming one of the champions in the creation of the caucus or who has additional ideas should email IAEM-Canada President John Saunders.
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IAEM-USA NEWS


Registration is now open for the 2013 IAEM-USA Region 3 workshop
IAEM
IAEM-USA Region 3 is holding its third annual conference, "A Time to Remember, A Time to Prepare — Whole Community Stakeholders Workshop," scheduled for April 30, 2013, at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy in Ashburn, Va. Register online and download the agenda here. The program will focus on current topics of interest and is an excellent opportunity to hear updates from FEMA Region 3, IAEM officials, state and local experts, and other stakeholders and partners to develop collaborative efforts to face current and future challenges. The workshop will feature panel discussions on public private partnerships, colleges and universities, legislative updates, funding issues, communications, social media, and more. Featured speakers will include:
  • Maryann Tierney, Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency Region 3 and Acting Administrator Region 2, who will discuss current programs at FEMA, including sequestration, EMPG, grants, and other funding; and
  • Ken Rathje, newly appointed FEMA Region 3 Recovery Coordinator, who will speak on "Hurricane Sandy: Lessons Learned" and experience in New York.

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FY 2014 Budget Request anticipated
IAEM
President Obama will release the FY 2014 Budget Request on April 10, 2013. IAEM's policy analyst will be reviewing the request and posting information on IAEM's website regarding requests that will impact emergency management.
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CEM® NEWS


Register today for upcoming CEM® prep courses and exams
IAEM
There are four upcoming CEM®/AEMSM Prep Course and Exam offerings .Register for these offerings on the IAEM website.
  • May 10, 2013 (Prep Course and/or Exam) at New Jersey Emergency Preparedness Conference, Atlantic City, N.J. — Registration Deadline: April 29, 2013 (minimum of 10 participants required to hold the offering.)
  • May 16, 2013 (Exam) at Disaster Forum, Banff, Alberta, Canada — Registration Deadline: April 15, 2013.
  • May 21, 2013 (Exam) at CFED West Conference & Expo, Palm Springs, Calif. — Registration Deadline: May 7, 2013.
  • June 20, 2013 (Prep Course and/or Exam) at Gulf States Hurricane Conference, New Orleans — Registration Deadline: May 24, 2013 (minimum of 10 participants required to hold the offering.)
For questions or to confirm your registration, email CEM Administrator Kate Walker.

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EM NEWS


Nomination period is open for 2013 Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience
IAEM
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on April 2, 2013, announced the start of the nomination period for the 2013 Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience. The award was created in memory of Richard "Rick" Rescorla, who on Sept. 11, 2001, led a massive evacuation of Morgan Stanley's 2,700-person workforce located in the South Tower, saving the lives of many of his coworkers. This is the first DHS national resilience award for superior leadership and innovation by a non-governmental individual or organization who exemplifies the qualities and achievements of Rick Rescorla, emphasizing leadership in effective preparation, response, and recovery in the face of disasters. Deadline for nominations is May 31, 2013. Learn more.
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ITS America to hold Emergency Responder Day and Command Communications Rally
IAEM
ITS America will hold an Emergency Responder Day on April 23 during its 2013 Annual Meeting, scheduled for April 22-24, 2013, at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center, Nashville, Tenn. Emergency responders are invited to attend a free Incident Management and Emergency Responder Command Communications Rally. This year's annual meeting theme "ITS: Real Progress, Great Future," will showcase how far the United States has come as a nation in the deployment of ITS technologies, while also illustrating just how much more must happen to create a safer, more efficient and sustainable transportation system. The ITS community has made great strides in development and deployment of new products and services during the last 20 years, and the momentum is continuing to build. Details and registration are available online.
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NOAA institutes a hiring freeze, worrying emergency managers
Stephanie Paige Ogburn, E&E reporter
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has implemented a hiring freeze as a way of saving money in a tight budget environment. The freeze took effect last week and applies to civilian appointments except those already advertised. It drew criticism from emergency managers worried that the National Weather Service, the NOAA office on the front line of severe weather warnings and storm forecasting, would suffer.
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Redefining the emergency manager: A proposal for change
Emergency Management
Dan Stevens wrote an interesting article recently, Redefining the Emergency Manager: A Proposal for Change, in which he highlights the lack of definition of the emergency manager's role and offers a proposed definition and core competencies.
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Holding politicians to account for aid pledges
ReliefWeb
Humanitarian and development actors should develop a method to hold politicians to account for aid pledges, U.K. Minister of State for International Development Alan Duncan said. "A promise is only a promise until it's in the bank," he told IRIN. "It's exciting to get headline pledges, but it's important to make sure that money translates on the ground."
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EM RESOURCES


Killer waves: Scientists study how tsunamis changed history
NBCNews.com
In a jumbled layer of pebbles and shells called the "Dog's Breakfast deposit" lies evidence of a massive tsunami, one of two that transformed New Zealand's Maori people in the 15th century. After the killer wave destroyed food resources and coastal settlements, sweeping societal changes emerged, including the building of fortified hill forts and a shift toward a warrior culture.
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Tornado debris study could lead to better warnings
Homeland1
Photos and mementoes that were snatched up and blown hundreds of miles during a deadly Southern tornado outbreak two years ago are giving researchers new insight on how debris is carried by the storms and how it could threaten the public. A new study has documented how one photo traveled nearly 220 miles over Alabama and Tennessee, said John Knox, an associate professor of geography at the University of Georgia who led the research. That is among the longest-documented trajectories of tornado debris.
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Healthcare coalitions across the US band together to ready for disasters
National Healthcare Coalition Resource Center
NHCRC's new website, www.healthcarecoalitions.org, provides a platform for healthcare coalitions, healthcare organizations, public health, emergency medical services, emergency management and other professionals nationwide to discuss disaster preparedness, relief and recovery in real time. Via the site's discussion forum, users will be able to swap best-practice training models, plans, tools and other resources. The site will also allow users access to information about upcoming events as well as materials and tools from other national preparedness events. The National Healthcare Coalition Resource Center is a joint not-for-profit program that will provide technical assistance to emerging and established healthcare coalitions through various workshops, training opportunities, and its yearly National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference. NHCRC was founded by three leading regional healthcare coalitions: Indiana's MESH Coalition, the Northern Virginia Hospital Alliance, and the Seattle-Tacoma area's Northwest Healthcare Response Network.
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UK's Overseas Development Institute publishes report on improving links between disaster resilience and conflict prevention
Overseas Development Institute
The Overseas Development Institute recently published a report, "When Disasters and Conflicts Collide: Improving Links Between Disaster Resilience and Conflict Prevention," by Katie Harris, David Keen, and Tom Mitchell. This report focuses on the links between conditions of vulnerability and risks associated with the nexus of natural disasters, conflict and fragility. It also recognizes that any given context will be mired by an even more complex array of intersecting risks. For example, in 2011, drought, and food and political insecurity in East Africa contributed to a full-scale humanitarian crisis. A combination of natural hazards, conflict and fragility provided a recipe for human suffering. The report can be downloaded here.
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AROUND THE WORLD


Asian Development Bank study shows risk financing is key to building resilience against disasters
Asian Development Bank
Disaster losses have risen faster than Asia-Pacific's economy has expanded, says a new report from the Asian Development Bank, which recommends regional governments find ways to offer disaster risk financing instruments such as calamity funds, tax credits, and catastrophe bonds to strengthen disaster resilience. The report, Investing in Resilience: Ensuring a Disaster-Resistant Future, examines the instruments and mechanisms that currently exist in Asia to protect against disasters, and offers solutions for stronger disaster resilience, including how disaster risks can be financed through disaster risk insurance, reinsurance, catastrophe bonds, and other means. Learn more.
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China reports more cases of rare H7N9 bird flu
Yahoo News
Health officials in China reported that four more people had developed H7N9 avian influenza, bringing to seven the total number who have been infected with this particular strain, which has never been seen before in humans. So far two men, aged 87 and 27, have died — both in Shanghai.
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Europe to be battered by Sandy-style superstorms
New Scientist
Batten down the hatches, western Europe. Come the end of the century, Superstorm Sandys could be battering your beaches. Hurricanes usually form in the western tropical Atlantic and head north-west to the US. Occasionally they make it to Europe by piggybacking on the jet stream. To simulate future hurricanes, Reindert Haarsma of the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute in De Bilt and colleagues ran a detailed climate model for 2094 to 2098, assuming modest future greenhouse gas emissions.
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