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IAEM-ASIA NEWS


Indonesia: Muhammadiyah hospitals getting ready for disaster
PreventionWeb
Hospitals are at the front-line of disaster response. They treat the injured, care for families and help train communities to provide basic health care for victims. But the experience of many hospitals in Indonesia is not so positive. As Pak Muhammadong, the Disaster Management Coordinator at the Health Department in Makassar states, "learning from my experiences, I find that when disaster strikes, many hospitals collapse and health services don't operate effectively. It's the biggest barrier we face during an emergency or disaster, people panic and crowd the hospital which makes the situation even worse."
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IAEM-USA NEWS


IAEM-USA and NEMA release joint report: EMPG Grants Providing Returns on a Nation's Investment
IAEM
IAEM-USA and the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) have released a joint report, Emergency Management Performance Grants Providing Returns on a Nation's Investment, 2015 Edition. NEMA surveyed the state directors, IAEM-USA surveyed the local government emergency managers, and a joint report was prepared. IAEM-USA very much appreciates the 1,159 local government emergency managers who completed the survey, but notes that much more is being accomplished with EMPG funds than is noted in the report, since this number represents less than a third of the local jurisdictions estimated to be eligible for EMPG funding. IAEM-USA particularly appreciated the success stories and wished all could have been printed. This short report will be useful when local emergency managers communicate with their Members of Congress.
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FEMA encourages engagement on the National Preparedness Goal refresh with webinars and comment period
IAEM
As part of FEMA's work with the National Preparedness Goal, FEMA is hosting a series of 60-minute engagement webinars on April 9, 10, and 13 to discuss the refresh effort. All webinars are open to the whole community, including individuals with or without disabilities, business and nonprofits, faith-based and community groups, schools, and all levels of government. FEMA is coordinating a whole community effort to refresh the first edition of the National Preparedness Goal (the Goal). As called for under Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness (PPD-8), the National Preparedness Goal sets the vision for preparedness, "a secure and resilient Nation with the capabilities required across the whole community to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk," and identifies the core capabilities necessary to achieve the Goal. FEMA requests feedback on the first edition of the National Preparedness Goal. The comment period closes Apr. 16, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Please visit www.fema.gov/ppd8 to review proposed updates to the Goal, and download the feedback matrix. All comments should be submitted via email using the provided matrix.
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Christopher Smith named FEMA Individual Assistance Division Director
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Christopher Smith has been named as the new FEMA Individual Assistance Division director, Office of Response and Recovery. Smith has extensive experience in emergency planning and communication, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery at the state and local level. IAEM-USA members may know him from his participation in the 2013 Annual Conference in Reno, Nevada, where he spoke to the IAEM-USA Government Affairs Committee and participated in many other events. He served in the State of Nevada's Department of Public Safety as chief of the Division of Emergency Management/Homeland Security, the lead for the State Administrative Agency and the Governor's Authorized Representative. He was appointed and served on the Nevada Commission on Homeland Security and the State Emergency Response Commission. Prior to his service with the State of Nevada, Smith served as a local emergency manager for seven years in Northern Nevada.
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FEMA Region III issues pet preparedness challenge: Get 'Petpared'
IAEM
The likelihood that family pets will survive a disaster such as a flood or tornado depends largely on proper emergency planning. In support of America's PrepareAthon!, FEMA Region III is hosting a #Petpared Challenge to prepare pets for emergencies. Take action and join in now through May 8, 2015. There are several ways to participate, such as:
  • Download a pet preparedness mobile application;
  • Build a pet emergency supply kit;
  • ID your pet with a collar and tag or consider micro chipping;
  • Determine where you would shelter-in-place with your pet; or
  • Create a buddy-system with a relative or friend to help each other's pets if one of you is away from home during an emergency.
  • Once an action is complete, take a picture (or a selfie) of a #petpared pet and share it on Twitter or Instagram using hashtag #Petpared to help spread the word.

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    Help USDA promote safety for new bird flu impacting wild and commercial poultry
    IAEM
    Since December 2014, there have been several highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) confirmations in migratory wild birds, back yard flocks, captive wild birds, and commercial poultry in several states along the Pacific Flyway and most recently in the Mississippi Flyway. Over the past several weeks, several HPAI H5N2 confirmations were made in commercial turkey flocks in Arkansas, Minnesota and Missouri. More HPAI confirmations are expected this spring as bird migrations continue. The USDA recommends that you avoid contact with sick/dead poultry or wildlife. If contact occurs, wash your hands with soap and water, and change clothing before having any contact with domestic birds. All bird owners should continue to practice good biosecurity, prevent contact between their birds and wild birds, and report sick birds or unusual bird deaths through your state veterinarian or by calling the USDA at 1-866-536-7593. Additional information and resources on biosecurity for backyard flocks, including fact sheets, webinars and videos, can be found here. Current USDA news on avian influenza is available here.
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    DHS chief promises improvements after show blasts 'dysfunctional' department
    Government Executive
    The Homeland Security Department is a bloated bureaucracy, too large and disparate to effectively manage as one entity. Such was the takeaway from a report on 60 Minutes, the famed news magazine program on CBS. The report focused on a series of interviews with DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, who defended the department and the progress it has made to better coordinate its 240,000-person workforce and its array of components.
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    ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


    Call for Speakers now open for IAEM presents EMvision Talks
    IAEM
    The IAEM Conference Committee is debuting a new session — EMvision Talks. Modeled on the well-known TED™ Talk format, IAEM presents EMvision Talks are five-minute presentations that will be on the plenary stage on Nov. 17, 2015, at the IAEM 63rd Annual Conference & EMEX. Selected speakers will be part of a live contest where the audience will vote for the top speaker, who will win a complimentary registration to the IAEM 64th Annual Conference & EMEX in Savannah, Georgia. View the Speaker Guidance for more information and get ready to be a part of this exciting new conference addition. Submit your EMvision Talk proposal today.
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    EM NEWS


    Prepare for MayDay 2015 and encourage cultural institutions to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies
    IAEM
    The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) is participating in Heritage Preservation’s MayDay initiative by encouraging libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and preservation organizations to set aside May 1, 2015, to examine and increase their preparedness for emergencies. Any organization may participate in MayDay and local emergency management departments are urged to pass the information along to groups in their communities. Visit www.conservation-us.org/MayDay to view project ideas and to obtain the MayDay logo.
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    Study finds link between El Nino and tornado frequency in US
    AccuWeather via Fox News
    It's been known that El Niño and La Niña can influence year-to-year variability of atmospheric moisture and temperature, which in turn affects the weather that occurs in the United States. A Columbia University study, published in Nature Geoscience in March, has found that these patterns also have an impact on severe weather in Tornado and Dixie alleys.
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    NTSB issues warning on oil train tank cars
    Democrat & Chronicle
    The National Transportation Safety Board issued "urgent recommendations" for retrofitting freight train tank cars in the wake of four oil-train derailments since mid-February, three of which resulted in fires. The recommendations apply to a newer generation of tank cars — referred to as CPC-1232 cars — in addition to the older DOT-111 tank cars that previously were the focus of safety concerns.
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    FDA approves Anthrasil for Anthrax treatment
    Tech Times
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced its approval of Anthrasil, a drug intended to treat patients infected by inhalational anthrax. The drug, officially Anthrax Immune Globulin Intravenous (Human), will be used in patient treatments in combination with currently used antibacterial drugs, the FDA says.
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    Larger, more destructive earthquakes possible given new link between two California faults
    The Weather Channel
    Two California fault lines — the Calaveras Fault and the Hayward Fault — are actually connected, new research shows, meaning an earthquake resulting from the pair could be much more destructive than originally thought, with a potential for a magnitude 7 quake or greater. Seismologists from the University of California Berkeley used two decades of satellite data to look at "ground deformation" and "fault creep," a news release explained.
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    NASA images show how wildfire, water have changed Western landscapes

    More than 7-million acres have burned in Idaho wildfires since 2004, and NASA satellites have captured how some of those fires have changed the regional landscape. In 2013, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell told congressional lawmakers that wildfires are burning, on average, twice as many acres each year compared to fires that burned 40 years ago. "The last two decades have seen fires that are extraordinary in their size, intensity and impacts," he said.
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    Wildfire readiness: 'The best defense is a good offense'
    KCNC-TV
    The Colorado State Forest Service is reminding landowners that there's no better time than now to prepare homes for wildfire with Colorado's snowpack at 65 percent of average. "Sometimes the best defense is a good offense," said Mike Lester, state forester and director of the Colorado State Forest Service. "Long before a fire arrives, landowners should be taking pre-emptive actions to reduce wildfire potential."
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    IAEM NEWS


    Deadline for IAEM Bulletin articles on 'Social Media & Emergency Management' is Apr. 10, 2015
    IAEM
    The IAEM-Global Editorial Work Group and the IAEM-USA Emerging Technology Caucus (ETC) are partnering on the upcoming IAEM Bulletin special focus issue on the topic of "Social Media & Emergency Management." ETC members will provide a technical review focusing on accuracy and best practices included in articles that are submitted for the issue. Examples of articles could include, but are not limited to: how to reach out to businesses, schools and other groups who don't normally get involved in EM ideas and concepts; lessons learned: what marketing techniques worked for your program and what didn’t work; how and with whom you coordinated your marketing program; and methods for integrating or collaborating with stakeholders. Please read the Author's Guidelines before submitting your article by Apr. 10, 2015, to Editor Karen Thompson.
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    NWS develops excellent new graphic for communicating severe weather risk
    The Washington Post
    In an evolving effort to better communicate severe weather hazards and risk, the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center is experimenting, learning by doing. Recently, it released the graphic which concisely describes the hazards associated with five increasing levels of severe weather risk.
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    DISASTER TECHNOLOGY NEWS


    Are drones the future of medical air transport?
    HIT Consultant
    Unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs — also known as drones — have long been a topic of conversation among retailers, who hope to use the fast flying technology to deliver packages at record speed. But there are many other options for drones, and some of the most exciting potential applications come from the world of medicine.
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    CEM® UPDATE


    Recertification reminder: Important information on new requirements
    IAEM
    As announced, the new recertification requirements were implemented in January 2015 for candidates scheduled to recertify in 2015. If you are a recertification candidate who started an online recertification application prior to Jan. 5, 2015, please note that your application is tied to the old recertification requirements. To take advantage of the new recertification, candidates should add and complete a new recertification application, which will incorporate the new sliding scale of requirements. Recertification candidates should save any information from the old recertification application and delete the old recertification application prior to beginning the new application.
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    NEW INSIGHTS


    To see the birth of an Atlantic hurricane, look to Africa
    Wired
    The winter crushed the East Coast of the U.S. So let us crush your dreams of spring with a gentle reminder: Hurricane season is right around the corner. And the hurricanes that will slam into the Atlantic seaboard in just a couple of months are already glints in the eyes of storms-yet-to-be-born in Africa.
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    GRANT ANNOUNCEMENTS


    Grant guidance for Fiscal Year 2015 preparedness grant programs released
    IAEM
    Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced the release of Fiscal Year 2015 Notices of Funding Opportunity for DHS preparedness grant programs totaling more than $1.6 billion. The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal and territorial governments, as well as transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector, to improve the nation's readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. The FY 2015 grant guidance continues to focus on the nation's highest risk areas, including urban areas that face the most significant threats. Based on consistent feedback from state, local, tribal, and territorial partners regarding the challenges created by a two-year period of performance, the grant guidance increases the period of performance for grant awards from two years to three years for all FY 2015 grant programs, except the Assistance to Fire Fighters Grants and the Emergency Management Performance Grant. The Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) applications, announced on March 25, 2015, are due no later than Apr. 24, 2015. All other preparedness grant applications — excluding Fire Grant programs — are due no later than May 19, 2015. Links to the each grant funding opportunity announcement that provides detailed information including allocations are located on the IAEM-USA website.
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    EM CALENDAR


    FEMA hosts family preparedness webinar on Apr. 16
    IAEM
    FEMA's Individual and Community Preparedness Division (ICPD) is hosting a webinar on emergency preparedness for the entire family, presented by four women who have one title in common—mother. These mothers and well-known bloggers will offer tips, actions and insights on how to get families prepared for disasters. Join the conversation via webinar on Apr. 16, 2015, at 2 p.m. EDT. The webinar, entitled "Easy Ways to Help Prepare Your Family for Disasters," will feature preparedness information from:
  • Shelle Wells, blogger for Preparedness Mama;
  • Erica Mueller, blogger for Mom Prepares;
  • Tanya Ferraro, blogger for Bigger than Myself; and
  • Shelly Lopez-Gray, blogger for Adventures of a Labor Nurse.
  • Those interested in participating can register for the webinar online.

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    AROUND THE WORLD


    Bangladesh storm kills 41, injures hundreds
    Reuters via Voice of America
    The death toll from high winds and heavy rain lashing northern Bangladesh rose to 41 after police and officials reported 17 more deaths in storm damage, police and officials said. Most of the deaths were in the north, 19 of them in the Bogra district, 230 km (145 miles) from Dhaka, said Shafiqur Reza Biswas, Bogra's chief district administrator. The main causes of death were collapsing walls, falling trees, boats capsizing, lightning and electrocution, officials said. More than 200 people were injured while thousands of mud houses were damaged.
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    Death toll in sinking of Russian ship rises to at least 56
    The New York Times
    Russian emergency workers frantically plucked bodies from the freezing Sea of Okhotsk after a refrigerated trawling ship sank in Russia's Far East, killing at least 56 of a crew of 132. Helicopters and dozens of ships were mustered for a large-scale rescue operation that continued into Friday morning off the Kamchatka Peninsula, where 13 members of the crew were still missing. Sixty-three sailors were rescued from the icy waters, and the bodies of 56 crew members were recovered.
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    Radiation from Fukushima disaster newly detected off Canada's coast
    Reuters
    Radiation from Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has for the first time been detected along a North American shoreline, though at levels too low to pose a significant threat to human or marine life, scientists said. Trace amounts of Cesium-134 and Cesium-137 were detected in samples collected off the coast of Ucluelet, a small town on Vancouver Island in Canada's British Columbia, said Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientist Ken Buesseler.
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    5 things you should know about California's water crisis
    National Geographic
    California Governor Jerry Brown announced his state's first-ever mandatory water restrictions, in an effort to cope with four years of the worst drought in the state's history. The restrictions, under which cities and towns in the state were told to cut water use by 25 percent, could be the first step in what many researchers and analysts say is a fundamental change in the way California uses its diminishing water supplies.
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    Flooding in Louisville prompts more than 100 water rescues
    CBS News
    Authorities in Louisville, Kentucky, made more than 100 water rescues as area storms flooded roads and prompted at least one evacuation. Louisville MetroSafe spokeswoman Jody Duncan says 116 water rescues had been made. There was also a mandatory evacuation for the first floor of an apartment building, Duncan said. Elsewhere, a mudslide had blocked a road and dozens of others were barricaded due to high water.
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