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IAEM-OCEANIA NEWS


IAEM-Oceania launches monthly emergency service/emergency management book club
IAEM
IAEM-Oceania is a partner organization of the Australian Institute of Emergency Services (AIES). In that spirit both the ACT Division of the AIES and the Canberra region local members of IAEM-Oceania have decided to have an emergency service/emergency management book club. The club will start with some quick and easy books. The book club title for this April is "Corps Business" by David H Freedman. It is available for kindle download, or you can purchase hardcopy at Angus and Robertson for $21.99 including free delivery here. The book club will be held on the evening of Tuesday, April 30, 2013. The venue will be determined based on the number attending. If there is a demand, electronic access may be facilitated for those who cannot attend in person. Please notify IAEM-Oceania President Scott Milne via email, if you will participate.
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IAEM-USA NEWS


IAEM provides key highlights for emergency managers in the President's FEMA Budget request for FY 2014 released April 10
IAEM
The President's Budget request for FY 2014 was released April 10. Some key items for emergency managers in the budget for the Federal Emergency Management Agency include a request for $350 million for the Emergency Management Performance Grant, but EMPG is not maintained as a separate account. There is no request for the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program. The request for the Firefighter Assistance Programs is $675 million, evenly divided between SAFER and Assistance to Firefighters. A total of $2.5 million has been included for the Emergency Management Institute for training to prevent and respond to mass shootings. Emergency food and shelter is slated to receive $100 million. The request re-proposes the National Preparedness Grant Program to consolidate the homeland security preparedness grants (excluding EMPG or Firefighter Assistance grants) in the National Preparedness Grant program but with more specifics. (See page 36-43 of DHS Budget-in-Brief.) A memo from the IAEM-USA Policy Advisor with more detail on the budget request as well as the DHS Budget-in-Brief will be posted on the IAEM website. For those who want to review the entire budget request, see the Budget Appendix divided by Departments.
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Emergency Services Coalition for Medical Preparedness instrumental in budget addition
IAEM
The President's FY 2014 budget request for the Department of Health and Human Services includes $5 million for the HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response for a countermeasure dispensing pilot program. This is in partnership with the United States Postal Service. The Emergency Services Coalition for Medical Preparedness was instrumental in this addition to the budget. IAEM is a major supporter of the coalition. Visit the coalition website to learn more about the group’s mission.
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IAEM MEMBER NEWS


Steven J. Charvat, CEM, quoted in USA Today article about US West Coast college concerns about North Korean attack
IAEM
IAEM member Steven J. Charvat, CEM, director of emergency management, University of Washington and treasurer of the IAEM-USA Council, was quoted in an April 5 article in USA Today, "West Coast Colleges Not Worried about North Korean Attack." Charvat was one of several campus emergency managers who expressed no great concerns, but rather focused on the all-hazards approach to dealing with emergency planning and response. "Yes, we are on the West Coast (but) we haven't done much nuclear strike planning for our campus," he said, adding that the university gave up nuclear and bomb shelter construction about 30 years ago. "The threat doesn't matter to us, quite frankly. We'll respond the same as if it was an earthquake or winter storm."
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IAEM WORKING FOR YOU


IAEM Bulletin call for articles on EM research: deadline extended to April 15, 2013
IAEM
The IAEM-Global Editorial Work Group has announced that the deadline for article submissions for the upcoming special focus issue of the IAEM Bulletin on "EM Research" has been extended to Monday, April 15, 2013. Possible articles for this second special focus issue of 2013 might include: what research is being done in the emergency management field; what research should be done; and how research is being put into practice (theory into practice). The IAEM-Global Editorial Work Group is interested in the perspectives of practitioners as well as academics. Please keep your article to no more than 750 words, and read the IAEM Bulletin Author's Guidelines at www.iaem.com/Bulletin before submitting your article to IAEM Bulletin Editor Karen Thompson at Thompson@iaem.com no later than April 15, 2013.
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EM NEWS


New York plans a high school of emergency management
New York Magazine
Among the 78 new city schools Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced would open will be the nation's first public high school of emergency management, one of the city's longer-term responses to Hurricane Sandy. According to NY1, the city worked with FEMA to plan the Urban Assembly School of Emergency Management, in which students will study things like meteorology, changes in flood zones, management, and communications. Not by coincidence, the school will open in a Manhattan school building that served as a shelter during the storm.
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UNISDR publishes fact sheet on disaster risk reduction in Arab Nations
IAEM
According to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), disaster risks are increasing in Arab nations, particularly where urban areas are rapidly growing, but improved governance and communication could help reduce that risk. UNISDR recently published a fact sheet, "Overview of Disaster Risk Reduction in Arab Region," which notes that climate change has increased the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events in Arab nations, including flash floods, droughts, storms, and rising sea levels. The region has been affected by more than 270 natural disasters in the last 30 years, resulting in more than 150,000 deaths and affecting about 10 million people, the report states. Rapid urbanization has pushed people to settle in potential danger zones such as on unstable hills, flood-prone lowlands or coastal territories. Due to a lack of appropriate housing, people move into unsafe buildings, which do not withstand earthquakes or strong storms. While the fact sheet notes problems, it also reports on achievements in reducing the risks from disaster — growing commitment and public awareness; implementation of databases to account for losses; and sharing of information and knowledge. For details on the challenges that Arab nations face in disaster risk reduction and how they are working toward better preparedness, download the UNISDR fact sheet here.
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National Weather Service announces Hurricane Policy changes
IAEM
The National Weather Service (NWS) announced April 4 that, starting June 1, the definitions of hurricane and tropical storm watches and warnings will be broadened to allow these watches and warnings to be issued or remain in effect after a tropical cyclone becomes post-tropical, when such a storm poses a significant threat to life and property. In addition, the NWS would ensure a continuity of service by allowing the National Hurricane Center to issue advisories during the post-tropical stage. These changes were motivated by the special challenges posed by Hurricane Sandy, which was forecast to evolve from a hurricane to a post-tropical cyclone prior to reaching the coast. Read the service change notice & public advisory.
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inWEM is accepting nominations until May 1 to the International Women in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hall of Fame
IAEM
The 3rd Annual Gala Reception and Induction Ceremony of the International Women in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hall of Fame will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013,in conjunction with the IAEM-USA 61st Annual Conference & EMEX Exhibit, in Reno, Nev. inWEM will induct women/women's organizations who have made significant contributions to the field of emergency management and services to women and children into the Hall of Fame. From 2011 to 2012, 36 women and women's organizations were inducted into the Hall of Fame. Visit the inWEM Hall of Fame website to learn more and to download the nomination form. The deadline to submit nominations for the 2013 induction is May 1, 2013. Visit IAEM to learn more about the IAEM Conference.
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EM RESOURCES


Nuclear evacuation study shows that communities outside 10-mile zone may bog down system
The Huffington Post
A new government report challenges a pillar of planning for disasters at American nuclear power plants, finding that people living beyond the official 10-mile evacuation zone might be so frightened by the prospect of spreading radiation that they would flee of their own accord, clog roads, and delay the escape of others.
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DHS develops commercial facility Risk Self-Assessment Tool (RSAT)
IAEM
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has developed a voluntary online program, the Risk Self-Assessment Tool (RSAT), in connection with private sector partners. The RSAT can assist facility managers in identifying, evaluating, and mitigating threats and vulnerabilities from terrorist attacks and natural hazards such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires. Currently, six RSAT modules exist that cover a large portion of the commercial facility sector, including: convention centers, hotels, racetracks, performing arts centers, stadiums, and theme parks. Available free of charge, the RSAT provides valuable insights that owners and operators can use to keep their facilities and the public more secure. Also, the tool safeguards protected critical infrastructure information, by ensuring that any information entered into the RSAT cannot be disclosed by the federal government, either under the Freedom of Information Act, any similar state or local disclosure laws, civil litigation, or as the basis for any regulatory action. Download a fact sheet and links to more information here.
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GRANT ANNOUNCEMENTS


Save the Children seeks Sandy grant applicants
IAEM
Save the Children, the world's leading organization for children in need, has launched a Hurricane Sandy Recovery Grant Program seeking to assist child-focused entities that experienced significant damage or interruption of business and programs due to the Superstorm. Open to child care programs and K-12 schools, applications will be scored on a number of factors, including, the number of children who will benefit from the grant, how long children will benefit from the grant, and the extent of damage or loss of business operations. Grants will be awarded in increments of $5,000, with a maximum allotment of $50,000 per applicant. Apply online at the U.S. Center for Child Development and Resiliency. Questions can be submitted via email.
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EM CALENDAR


April 30 webinar on lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy will address animal and agriculture response
IAEM
The Extension Disaster Education Network's Strengthening Community Agrosecurity Preparedness Program is hosting a one-hour webinar on Apr. 30, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. Eastern time, on "Superstorm Sandy Animal and Agriculture Response: Lessons Learned for Improved Planning." This project is supported by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Food and Agriculture Defense Initiative (FADI). This webinar offers an opportunity to hear about the experiences of those involved in animal and agriculture response during Superstorm Sandy, which rocked the East coast in October 2012. Dialogue will address how lessons learned from response efforts can be applied to preparedness activities to mitigate impacts of future disasters. Register online to attend the webinar or request a link to the webinar archive.
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AROUND THE WORLD


Quake hits near Iran's nuclear city Bushehr, 37 dead
Reuters
A powerful earthquake struck close to Iran's only nuclear power station on Tuesday, killing 37 people and injuring 850 as it destroyed homes and devastated two small villages, Iranian media reported. The 6.3 magnitude quake totally destroyed one village, a Red Crescent official told the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA), but the nearby Bushehr nuclear plant was undamaged, according to Iranian officials and the Russian company that built it.
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LA wind: Storm sweeps through California, Arizona
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
VideoBrief Powerful winds raked much of California, toppling trees, causing scattered power outages, whipping up blinding dust storms, and sending waves crashing ashore as a vigorous spring weather system swept through the state on its way across the West Coast.
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Philippines is most disaster-affected country in 2012
Citizens' Disaster Response Center
The Philippines topped the list of countries with the highest mortality rate due to natural disasters in 2012. The Citizens' Disaster Response Center, a non-government organization based in the Philippines, cited the records of the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, which showed that 2,360 people were killed due to natural disasters in 2012. Coming in second was China with 771 deaths.
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Australia has no choice but to change with the climate
New Scientist
Australia has been warned: it's time to adapt to a changed climate. The extreme weather that has rocked the country over the last couple of years is a result of human-induced climate change, and will only get worse without immediate drastic action, according to the Climate Commission, an independent advisory body set up by the Australian government.
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Report: 243 million Americans affected by weather disasters since 2007
The Washington Post
Drought, record heat and Hurricane Sandy were among the major weather-related disasters that affected the United States in 2012. But just how many Americans felt the impact of these events? A newly released report from the Environment America Research and Policy Center says 243 million people — nearly 80 percent of the U.S. population — live in counties that experienced at least one weather-related disaster since 2007.
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