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IAEM Think Tank on Ebola & Infectious Diseases scheduled for Thursday, Apr. 23
IAEM
Please join Richard Serino as he hosts our second IAEM Think Tank, Apr. 23, 2015, from Dallas, Texas. IAEM Think Tank plans to use this medium to engage our partners, promote innovation, and facilitate discussions in the field of emergency management. The focus of April's conference call will be on Ebola and infectious diseases. The call will be open to a national audience of state, local and tribal government officials, emergency managers, first responders, and all members of the public, who share an interest in emergency management and helping communities to prepare for and recover from disasters. IAEM hopes to bring the whole community together to discuss and develop ideas and practices. Don't be left out. Get complete information and register to participate today.
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How to make your IAEM award entry compelling and competitive
IAEM
What gets the attention of the IAEM Award Judges? You can find out by reading the April 2014 IAEM Bulletin article from Cullen Case, CEM, IAEM awards judge, and Rocky Lopes, past chair of the IAEM Awards & Recognition Work Group. The article is posted in the Bulletin Archives, or you can download a PDF of the article at www.iaem.com/Awards. "IAEM Awards Judges have the best job of all members in all IAEM committees," wrote the authors. "We get to see the details of what all of you are doing to innovate and move our profession forward. We have noticed some recurring themes that we thought we could tell you about to help you submit an entry that is compelling and competitive." The authors discuss five ways to improve your award entry: learn what makes a high-quality entry; show the judges how your project is above-and-beyond the ordinary; find out why you should seek a third-party review before submitting your entry; describe how your program can be replicated in other communities; and ensure that your entry is complete, including support material. Award guidelines and official entry forms are posted on the IAEM website at www.iaem.com/Awards. Entries must be submitted via email to Karen Thompson no later than Friday, May 29, 2015, 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time.
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IAEM-ASIA NEWS


IAEM supports Asia Oil & Gas Fiesta 2015
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The objectives of the Asia Oil & Gas Fiesta 2015 (Asia OGF 2015) are to build the foundation and industry network of the oil & gas and related industries in Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Singapore, while bringing new technologies manufactured and discovered with potential users in the Petrochemical, Oil & Gas, Offshore & Marine and related industry end-users, EPC, contractors and engineering service companies. This year’s event will be held Sept. 17-19, 2015 at the EXPO Danga City Mall, in Johor Bahru, Malasia. Download the event brochure.
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A year after ferry disaster, safety concerns persist in South Korea
Reuters
Nearly a year after her 16-year-old daughter was among 304 people killed when an overloaded ferry capsized, Park Eun-mi says not much has changed when it comes to safety in South Korea. Public safety was mostly an afterthought in South Korea's decades of rampant economic growth, defined by an attitude of "pali, pali," or "hurry, hurry." The Sewol ferry disaster led to much soul-searching — the majority of the victims were, like Park's daughter, teenagers on a school outing. The ship was structurally unsound and the rescue operation was widely criticized as botched.
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IAEM-USA NEWS


Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator dies Apr. 12; funeral scheduled for Apr. 17
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Chief Glenn Gaines (former Fairfax County, Virginia Fire Chief) and current Deputy United States Fire Administrator passed away very suddenly Sunday, Apr. 12, while mowing his lawn. He was 72. Chief Gaines was a decorated, leading figure in the fire service. The 35-year veteran was appointed to USFA in 2009 and oversaw the agency's programs and training at the National Emergency Training Center. He began his career at Fairfax County, Virginia, Fire and Rescue Department and served as fire chief, fire marshal, chief training officer and chief of operations. He oversaw the department's urban search and rescue team that was often deployed nationally and internationally. The viewing will be held Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and again from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the McLean Bible Church, 8925 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, Virginia. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m., also at the McLean Bible Church. There are several accounts of Chief Gaines' life. Read the articles in Fire Chief Magazine, Fire Engineering, and Firehouse. IAEM extends condolences to Chief Gaines’ family and colleagues.
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Nominate a champion for kids for the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award
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The NASCAR Foundation is looking for everyday champions who are doing outstanding work for kids for the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award, presented by Nationwide. Do you know of a great volunteer? Nominate them by the submission deadline of May 8, 2015. Download the application form with complete information.
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Group urges expanded planning for Indian Point disaster
The Wall Street Journal
Most communities located within 50 miles of the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, New York, don't have emergency plans to respond to a nuclear accident, according to a report to be released Wednesday. The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission requires communities located within 10 miles of nuclear power plants to develop emergency plans. In New York, the four counties within 10 miles of Indian Point — Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Orange — have taken such measures.
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Wary of natural disaster, NY Fed bulks up in Chicago
Reuters
The New York branch of the U.S. Federal Reserve, wary that a natural disaster or other eventuality could shut down its market operations as it approaches an interest rate hike, has added staff and bulked up its satellite office in Chicago. Some market technicians have transferred from New York and others were hired at the office housed in the Chicago Fed, according to several people familiar with the build-out that began about two years ago, after Hurricane Sandy struck Manhattan.
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EM NEWS


New sea rescue mission aims to help curb migrant death toll in Mediterranean
Reuters via Yahoo News
A new sea rescue operation is to be launched in May to try to reduce the number of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers killed making the treacherous crossing from Africa to Europe, medical charity Medecins sans Frontieres and Migrant Offshore Aid Station said. Last year was the deadliest on record when more than 3,400 people died trying to cross the Mediterranean, MSF said. This year, the death toll is expected to be even higher, MSF added.
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Disaster plans for oil trains
The Wall Street Journal
Imagine a mile-long train transporting crude oil derailing on an elevated track in Jersey City, New Jersey, across the street from senior citizen housing and 2 miles from the mouth of the Holland Tunnel to Manhattan. The oil ignites, creating an intense explosion and a 300-foot fireball. The blast kills 87 people right away, and sends 500 more to the hospital with serious injuries. More than a dozen buildings are destroyed. A plume of thick black smoke spreads north to New York's Westchester County.
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Lessons from Ebola response, applied to disaster planning
Healthcare IT News
In the face of any disaster, be it explosion, weather-related or disease, a medical staff bears the brunt of fast-filling emergency rooms and chaos lurking. As any manager can attest, access to information, training and practice can remove the panic and instill a confident and deliberate workflow. Jonathan Teich, MD, CMIO and emergency physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital, has some experience in the field of disaster preparedness having worked in Boston during the Marathon bombing. Disasters with mass casualties can happen over a period of minutes to weeks or even months, Teich explained, with the Boston Marathon and the Ebola crisis as examples of the extremes.
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EM RESOURCES


FEMA launches weather alerts function to FEMA App
IAEM
FEMA launched a new feature for its free app that will enable users to receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations across the nation. This new feature allows users to receive alerts on severe weather happening anywhere they select in the country, even if the phone is not located in the area, making it easy to follow severe weather that may be threatening family and friends. The new weather alert feature adds to existing features in the app to help Americans through emergencies. In addition to this upgrade, the app also provides a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps of open shelters and Disaster Recovery Centers, and tips on how to survive natural and manmade disasters. The FEMA app also offers a "Disaster Reporter" feature, where users can upload and share photos of disaster damage. The latest version of the FEMA app is available for free in the App Store for Apple devices and Google Play for Android devices. Users who already have the app downloaded on their smartphones should download the latest update for the new alerts feature to take effect. To learn more about the FEMA app, visit The FEMA App: Helping Your Family Weather the Storm.
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DHS releases ambulance safety resources
IAEM
DHS Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate has recently released two ambulance safety resources. The first of the two resources released, the Ambulance Patient Compartment Human Factors Design Guidebook, recommends improved physical design standards. The second resource, the Research Study of Ambulance Operations and Best Practice Considerations for Emergency Medical Services Personnel, addresses operational procedures and practices while operating an ambulance.
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IAB releases two white papers for emergency services sector
IAEM
The InterAgency Board (IAB) recently released two documents of interest to the Emergency Services Sector. IAB Training Triggers Project Overview provides assistance with establishing a systems approach to training. IAB Training Trigger Crude Oil Rail Shipments Reference provides information on developing training to address crude oil rail shipments. Both documents are unclassified and there are no caveats restricting dissemination.
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


IAEM Annual Conference speakers to be notified by May 1
IAEM
The IAEM Conference Committee is in the midst of the review of approximately 250 submissions from this year's Call for Speakers. There are so many outstanding submissions that it will be difficult selecting the top speakers for the 40-50 breakout sessions. Speakers will be notified by May 1. Mark your Calendars now and join us Nov. 13-18, 2015, in Clark County, Nevada, for the 63rd IAEM Annual Conference and EMEX. Learn more.
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DISASTER TECHNOLOGY NEWS


Tweets turned into flood maps that could help save lives
Reuters
Spontaneous tweets about major floods are being turned into a mapping tool that could be used by emergency services and disaster response teams to save lives and provide aid, Dutch researchers said. When a crisis strikes, people increasingly find out about it from social media, as individuals and groups take to the internet to spread the word.
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CEM® UPDATE


Recertification fees for non-IAEM members will increase on June
IAEM
Last month the USA Board adopted the CEM® Program budget for 2015-16 maintaining most program fees at current levels. However, in order to balance the budget and also take into account that member dues support in-part the CEM® program infrastructure, the recertification fee for non-IAEM members was adjusted. As of June 1, 2015, the recertification fee will increase to $325 for non-IAEM members. It will remain $250 for IAEM members. You can learn more about the benefits of becoming an IAEM member on the IAEM website.
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Utah EM Certification Program launched
IAEM
Utah Director of Emergency Management Kris Hamlet on Apr. 8 announced the launch of the Utah Certified Emergency Manager (UCEM) program at the state's City and County Emergency Management Directors meeting in Salt Lake City. "Utah Emergency Management partnered with the Utah Emergency Management Association and IAEM during the last year to bring a certification program to Utah that is in line with IAEM's CEM program," Hamlet said. In addition to the UCEM credential, Utah is offering the Utah Associate Emergency Manager (UAEM) credential. Details of the program are available here, along with a downloadable summary.
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AROUND THE WORLD


Aid group: 400 feared dead after migrant boat capsizes
Al Jazeera
Survivors of a capsized migrant boat off Libya have told the aid group Save the Children that an estimated 400 people are believed to have drowned. The Italian coastguard had helped rescue 144 people and immediately launched an air and sea search operation in hopes of finding others. "According to their stories, they all departed from Libya, more than 550 people on the same boat that capsized only 24 hours after they departed," Carlotta Bellini, a Save the Children spokeswoman in Rome, told Al Jazera.
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Russia battles deadly new wildfires in eastern Siberia
BBC News
New wildfires are spreading in eastern Siberia, while further west the death toll from similar blazes has risen to 23, Russian officials say. The worst-hit region is Khakassia, in southern Siberia, where 23 died. About 500 people are in hospital. Reports say the Khakassia fires have been put out now, but about 1,300 homes were incinerated.
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Trial begins over Turkey's mine disaster that killed 301
The Associated Press via ABC News
Forty-five managers and employees of a mine in the western Turkish town of Soma, went on trial accused of causing the deaths of 301 miners who perished in a fire last year in Turkey's worst mining disaster. The opening hearing of the trial was tense with lawyers and families of the victims protesting authorities' decision that eight of the jailed defendants — the main suspects in the proceedings — should not attend the trial over security concerns.
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Violent tornado kills 2 in Illinois, flattens dozens of homes
Los Angeles Times
Two people were killed in a violent tornado that cut a destructive swath through rural Illinois, flattening dozens of homes, Gov. Bruce Rauner confirmed. The tornado severely damaged or destroyed at least 100 buildings in two counties, and sent 20 people to the hospital, Rauner and local sheriff's officials said.
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Wind, drought feed wildfire in Northern California
USA Today
Firefighters are battling a 185-acre blaze that recently ignited in Northern California. The Ward Fire sparked on private land, but brisk winds helped to spread the flames into the Plumas National Forest, northwest of Reno and Lake Tahoe. More than 158 firefighters were on scene Tuesday fighting to put out the flames, according to Plumas National Forest Fire.
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