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Congress focuses on reducing costs and saving lives through mitigation
IAEM
On Apr. 3, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management held a hearing titled: Disaster Mitigation: Reducing Costs and Saving Lives. The hearing focused on what communities across the Nation can do to protect their homes and families and reduce their costs particularly as it relates to floods. Chairman Barletta expressed concern that FEMA's FY 2015 budget request did not include funding for the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant program and noted that he and Ranking Member Andre Carson sent a letter to the Appropriations committee "making clear continued funding for this program is critical." The opening statements of Chairman Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) and Ranking Member Carson (D-Ind.), written statements of all of the witnesses, the Subcommittee's statement of the subject of the hearing, and an archived video are available on the hearing website.
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FEMA provides overview of impacts of Flood Insurance Act
IAEM
FEMA has provided an initial overview of Grimm-Waters-14, also known as the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014, and indicated priorities for implementing the new act. The act, which was signed by President Obama on Mar. 21, repeals and modifies certain provisions of the flood insurance reform act passed in 2012 known as Biggert-Waters-12. Among the changes and steps highlighted by FEMA are the following: 1) The new law lowers the recent rate increases on some policies, prevents some future rate increases, and implements a surcharge on all policyholders. 2) The act also repeals certain rate increases that have already gone into effect and provides for refunds to those policyholders. 3) The act also authorizes additional resources for the National Academy of Sciences to complete the affordability study. While the new law does require some changes to be made retroactively, applying to certain policies written after Jul. 6, 2012, other changes require establishment of new programs, processes and procedures. FEMA's initial priority is assessing potential changes to the NFIP's business processes to stop policy increases for certain subsidized policyholders as outlined in the act. FEMA also plans to issue guidance in the months ahead for the Write Your Own insurance companies to begin issuing refunds as outlined in the law for some policyholders who were previously impacted by subsidy phase outs. Additional information on this topic is provided in the article "Natural floods, unnatural disasters" in the EM News section of this issue.
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Two Under Secretaries of DHS confirmed by the Senate
IAEM
On Apr. 7, the Senate confirmed Francis X. Taylor to be Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis and Dr. Reggie Brothers to be Under Secretary for Science and Technology. The press release by DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson with biographical information on the new under secretaries is available here.
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FEMA enters next phase of tribal Consultation on Pilot Guidance for Direct Tribal Declaration Requests under the Stafford Act
IAEM
In Jan.2013, the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act provided federally recognized Indian tribal governments (tribal governments) the option to request a Presidential emergency or major disaster declaration independently of a state. To implement this historic provision, FEMA is initiating a second round of consultation on the working draft of the Tribal Declarations Pilot Guidance with tribal governments, conducting working meetings across the country to collect thoughts and comments from tribal governments. Following this round of meetings, FEMA will revise the working draft based on the input received and will publish another draft in the Federal Register for public comment. During the Federal Register comment period, FEMA will conduct another round of tribal consultation before making the guidance final. View and submit comments to the working draft of the Tribal Declarations Pilot Guidance. Learn more about FEMA Tribal Affairs.
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EM NEWS


Congressional report on Boston bombings critical of interagency information sharing
Homeland Security Today
U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies failed to effectively communicate and share intelligence on the two brothers who carried out the jihad terror attack on the Boston Marathon last spring, concluded the report of the House Committee on Homeland Security's investigation of the bombings. The highly anticipated report exposed shortcomings in interagency cooperation and information sharing on the brothers between the FBI, Customs and Border Protection and other U.S. agencies leading up to the bombings.
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States, lawmakers want feds to use new math for FEMA calculations
NPR
It's no question the weather's been brutal for some communities, including Washington, Ill., a town of 15,000 in the central part of the state. When a tornado ripped through the area last November three people died and more than a thousand homes were damaged.
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Airmen, civil authorities train for natural disasters
United States Air Force
Natural disasters can and often strike with little notice, making a recent multi-state disaster response exercise involving military, civilian and interagency personnel especially valuable. Eleven aircraft and more than 500 airmen from nearly a dozen Air National Guard and active duty units participated in the U.S. Transportation Command response exercise, dubbed Turbo Challenge 2014.
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Natural floods, unnatural disasters
The Hill
President Barack Obama recently signed a controversial bill that will directly affect the safety of millions of Americans. The fine print is so complicated, though, that it's hard to predict exactly how our safety will be affected. Some say that the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 brings desperately needed relief to property owners who face ruinous increases in their premiums for federal flood insurance. To supporters like Sen. Schumer,D-N.Y., the law preserves the American dream of homeownership from ill-conceived intervention by "an irrational Washington force."
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IAEM Bulletin call for articles on 'Resilience: Practical Applications'
IAEM
The IAEM Editorial Work Group seeks articles for its third special focus issue of 2014, "Resilience: Practical Applications." Possible articles might include: what we can do to improve resilience in our communities; how your jurisdiction makes your community or work place more resilient; what steps you have taken to improve community resilience; what unique plans you have written that may be useful to others; practical applications of resilience; or a program that you recommend to other communities. Please read the IAEM Bulletin Author's Guidelines, and keep your articles at no more than 750 words. E-mail article submissions, by May 10, 2014, to Karen Thompson, Editor.
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Controlling rumors on social media crucial during a disaster, terrorist attack
Homeland Security Today
Authorities around the world should set up emergency communication teams to manage the amount of misinformation that is circulated on social media websites during disasters, terrorist attacks and other social crises, a new study published in MIS Quarterly said. The new study, "Community Intelligence and Social Media Services: A Rumor Theoretic Analysis of Tweets During Social Crisis," by Onook Oh of the Warwick Business School; Manish Agrawal of the University of South Florida; and Raghav Rao of the State University of New York at Buffalo, examined the use of social media in three major incidents, including the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India in 2008.
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Boosting global efforts to reduce the impact of disasters: Commission charts the course for EU action
PreventionWeb
The European Commission has adopted a Communication on The Post 2015 Hyogo Framework for Action: Managing Risks to achieve Resilience. This document is the basis for upcoming discussions between the Member States, the European Parliament and other stakeholders who will work on a common EU position for the global negotiations at the level of the United Nations. These talks will focus on how to mitigate the impact of natural and man-made disasters and to build a new framework for disaster risk reduction — the so-called post 2015 Hyogo Framework for Action.
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CEM® UPDATE


Recertification fees to increase effective June 1, 2014
IAEM
The IAEM USA Board has approved an increase in the recertification fee. Effective Jun. 1, 2014, the new rate for all recertification candidates will be $250 (USD).
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Help wanted on the CEM® Application Review Commissions
IAEM
The North American Application Review Commission and the Oceania-Asia Application Review Commission are looking to fill several commissioner openings in for the Class of 2017, serving on the panel from Jan. 1, 2015 to Dec. 31, 2017. The commissions discuss policy and procedure changes regarding the certification program, and review applicant packages for the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®) and Associate Emergency Manager (AEM℠) credentials. Review the qualifications and how to apply on the IAEM website. Additional information and questions should be directed to Certification Administrator Kate McClimans.
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Family disaster preparedness
The New York Times
Eighty percent of the population would not survive the first 100 days of the apocalypse, Bob Gaskin, who served in the Marines and is the founder of the Black Dog Survival School, told an assembled crowd at the Third Annual National Preppers and Surivalist Expo in Tulsa, Okla. "If you don't know now what you're going to do then," he said, "you aren't going to make it."
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Natural disasters are rare, but so is mudslide insurance
NPR
Depending on who you talk to, either no one could have predicted the massive mudslide in Oso, Wash., last month — or it was a disaster just waiting to happen. But if homeowners in the slide's path are typical of most people in this part of the country, they were not insured against this kind of event — and are unlikely to see an insurance payout.
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SURVEY REQUESTS


IAEM-USA members urgently requested to respond to survey for National Preparedness Leadership Initiative — deadline extended to April 18
IAEM
As part of the program at the Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership — National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI), Maryland Director Ken Mallette and Kristin Robinson from FEMA are asking you to complete a survey, which partially addresses the applicability of the Stafford Act to so-called non-traditional events, such as cyber attacks. This survey is voluntary. Their final report will be made available to the emergency management community. Questions about the survey or the project should be directed to Ken Mallette or Kristin Robinson. The survey deadline has been extended to Friday, Apr. 18, 2014.
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Tribal Assistance Coordination Group (TAC-G) National Workshop to be held May 5-9, 2014
IAEM
The TAC-G National Workshop at the Fort McDowell Radisson, in Scottsdale, Ariz., is designed to bring together emergency management and other public safety partners from Tribal, Federal, State, NGO and local governments to provide the most current information available to assist Tribal emergency management programs and personnel. The program includes a "FEMA DAY at the TAC-G" during the 2014 Tribal Assistance Coordination Group Workshop. In coordination with the team at FEMA Region IX, Regional and Headquarters presenters from FEMA will discuss and communicate information related to the FEMA Tribal Declarations Pilot Guidance, FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants Program, FEMA Grants, and many other FEMA related topics. Admission is free, but you do need to register online here, where you will also find hotel information.
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Register today for IAEM-USA Regions 4 and 5 Training Summit & EXPO, May 19-23, 2014
IAEM
"Doing More with Less: Collaboration, Coordination & Communication" is the theme of the IAEM Regions 4 and 5 Training Summit & Expo, May 19-23, in Savannah, Ga. A wide range of workshops will be offered for all types of emergency management and homeland security professionals, including best practices, social media, medical, FEMA, DHS related topics, and much more. Also, a variety of pre-summit and post-summit training will be available, including the CEM®/AEM℠ Exam Prep Course. Some of the headline speakers are: Andrea Davis, global crisis management director, The Walt Disney Company; Charley English, president, National Emergency Management Association and director of Georgia Emergency Management Agency; Bruce Lockwood, CEM, IAEM-USA president; Ellis Stanley, IAEM-Global Board Chairman and former director, City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Agency; Libby Turner, federal coordinating officer, FEMA; and Mrs. Virginia International, Cheryl Nelson. Register Online today.
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Inter-Tribal Emergency Management Coalition Summit scheduled for June 3-5, 2014
IAEM
ITEMC was formed in Dec. 2004 as a learning and networking resource for Tribal emergency management professionals. Because of the checkerboard layout of Tribal lands, the need for networking, enhancing and strengthening our working relationships with federal, state, county and city soon became paramount. The first Summit was held in June 2008, with about 180 attendees, and has grown each year. This year's summit will be held at the Grand Casino Hotel Resort in Shawnee, Okla. The Summits are designed to help those involved in emergency management to understand and overcome misconceptions about jurisdictional boundaries, organization, tribal resources, and receiving federal assistance. It has evolved into an excellent opportunity for Tribal, state and local officials to network with other agencies and organizations. The Summit will present a variety of resources from Tribal governments, state and federal agencies, and the private sector — all in one conference to help identify ways in which everyone can work together to provide better preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation efforts in emergency and disaster situations. Learn more and register.
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AROUND THE WORLD


2014 El Niño warming up to be a mighty one?
ABC News
El Niño is a growing threat this year that could play havoc with weather patterns in the United States, forecasters say. El Niño, named for the warm waters that occasionally occur in the Pacific Ocean near South America, brings fluctuating weather that includes droughts, flooding and heat waves.
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Rare earthquake strikes southern France
Live Science
An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 5.0 shook southern France, according to France's National Seismic Monitoring Network. The earthquake's epicenter was about 30 miles from the resort city of Nice and 69 miles from Monaco. The quake originated 7 miles deep, the U.S. Geological Survey reports. The USGS automated earthquake detection network calculated a preliminary magnitude of 4.7 for the temblor.
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Oklahoma swamped by surge in earthquakes near fracking
Bloomberg
There have been more earthquakes strong enough to be felt in Oklahoma this year than in all of 2013, overwhelming state officials who are trying to determine if the temblors are linked to oil and natural gas production.
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Death toll in Washington state mudslide rises to 34
Reuters
The death toll in a mudslide that devastated a rural Washington state community last month rose to 34 as one more body was extricated from the rubble, the Snohomish County medical examiner said. A rain-soaked hillside collapsed without warning above the north fork of the Stillaguamish River on March 22, unleashing a torrent of mud that engulfed some three dozen homes on the outskirts of the tiny community of Oso.
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