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Join the conversation during today's IAEM Think Tank on Ebola & Infectious Diseases
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Please join Richard Serino as he hosts our second IAEM Think Tank, today, Apr. 23, 2015, from 2:00-3:30 pm EDT. Unlike webinars, IAEM Think Tanks engage the whole community in conversations to promote innovation in the field of emergency management. The focus of April's conference call will be on Ebola and infectious diseases. Don't be left out of the conversation. Get complete information and register to participate in today's call.
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IAEM Bulletin Call for Articles: 'Marketing Your Emergency Management Program'
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The IAEM-Global Editorial Work Group seeks articles for its upcoming special focus issue on the theme of "Marketing Your Emergency Management Program." 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 who you coordinated your marketing program with; and methods for integrating or collaborating with stakeholders. Please read the IAEM Bulletin Author's Guidelines prior to submitting your article of 750 to 1,500 words via e-mail to Editor Karen Thompson, no later than July 10, 2015. The Editorial Work Group welcomes and encourages article submissions from members of all IAEM Councils worldwide, including the Student Council. Remember, the IAEM Bulletin publishes 12 times a year, not just the special focus issues. So timely articles on any topic of interest to IAEM members are welcomed.
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IAEM-ASIA NEWS


145 Japanese skyscrapers could be at risk due to substandard earthquake dampers
Telegraph
One of the leading Japanese manufacturers of shock absorbers designed to enable large structures to withstand earthquakes has admitted that 145 buildings have been fitted with substandard equipment. Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. has been ordered to carry out a thorough investigation into all the seismic damping equipment it has fitted to more than 200 buildings after the firm admitted that employees falsified performance data on the systems before they were installed.
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IAEM-Global Student Council Announces 2015 Student Member Essay Contest
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The IAEM-Global Student Council has launched its 2015 Student Member Essay Contest. Entrants are asked to write an essay comparing the pros and cons of beginning and continuing a career in emergency management by gaining practical experience and on-the-job training experience or pursuing an academic degree as a foundation. Include such considerations as knowledge gained, potential for being hired, long-term benefits, and how ultimate career goals might impact choices. Finally, include a determination of which path is best or explain why such a determination is not possible. Both an undergraduate and graduate winner will be selected by a panel of academics, practitioners, and a member of the IAEM-Global Student Council. Each winner will be provided with a complimentary conference registration and hotel costs for the IAEM 63rd Annual Conference & EMEX, Nov. 17-28, 2015, Clark County, Nevada. Additionally, both winning submissions will be published in the IAEM Bulletin. Complete information, guidelines, and details are available here. Submissions must be emailed to iaemgsc@gmail.com no later than July 1, 2015, 16:59 hours UTC.
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Order IAEM student honor stoles now to receive in time for graduation
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IAEM Honor Stoles are available for IAEM student members in good standing, who are graduating. The blue-and-white satin stoles may be purchased in the IAEM Store. The stoles were created by the IAEM-USA Student Region for wear during commencement ceremonies, and they offer a form of recognition for IAEM members. Proceeds from sales benefit the IAEM Scholarship fund. Shop at www.iaemstore.com.
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Agencies coordinate actions to increase safe transportation of energy products
U.S. Department of Transportation via WWBT-TV
The U.S. Department of Transportation announces with its agencies, the Federal Railroad Administration and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, a package of targeted actions that will address some of the issues identified in recent train accidents involving crude oil and ethanol shipped by rail. The volume of crude oil being shipped by rail has increased exponentially in recent years, and the number of significant accidents involving trains carrying ethanol or crude oil is unprecedented.
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Big insurance companies are warning the US to prepare for climate change
ThinkProgress
A coalition of big insurance companies, consumer groups, and environmental advocates are urging the United States to overhaul its disaster policies in the face of increasingly extreme weather due to human-caused climate change. According to a report released by the SmarterSafer coalition, the U.S. needs to increase how much it spends on pre-disaster mitigation efforts and infrastructure protection. That way, it asserts, the U.S. can stop wasting so much money on cleaning up after a disaster happens.
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Oklahoma scientists say earthquakes linked to oil and gas work
Reuters
Oklahoma geologists have documented strong links between increased seismic activity in the state and the injection into the ground of wastewater from oil and gas production, a state agency said. Oklahoma is recording 2-1/2 earthquakes daily of a magnitude 3 or greater, a seismicity rate 600 times greater than observed before 2008, the report by the Oklahoma Geological Survey said. It is "very likely that the majority of the earthquakes" are triggered by wastewater injection activities tied to the oil and gas industry, the OGS said. It warned residents should be prepared for a "significant earthquake."
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Experts: Earthquake fault heightens California tsunami threat
Los Angeles Times
The earthquake fault cuts through the heart of Ventura's quaint downtown, past the ornate hilltop City Hall and historic Spanish-era mission before heading into the Pacific Ocean. For decades, some seismic experts believed the Ventura fault posed only a moderate threat and was incapable of producing a major temblor. But research in recent years shows that the fault is extremely dangerous, capable of producing an earthquake as large as magnitude 8 as well as severe tsunamis that until now experts didn't believe were possible from a Southern California quake.
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EM NEWS


FCC fines 2 companies for multi-state 911 outage
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The Federal Communications Commission has resolved its investigation of an April 2014 multi-state 911 outage that prevented more than 11 million people in seven states from being able to reach emergency call centers for over six hours. The FCC's Enforcement Bureau has reached a $16 million settlement with CenturyLink and a $1.4 million settlement with Intrado Communications related to the companies' failures to meet their emergency call obligations during the 911 outage.
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Kansas Turnpike tornado shelters: A lesser-known haven for motorists during severe weather
AccuWeather
Motorists traveling on the Kansas Turnpike have a way to protect themselves during severe weather by using the turnpike's storm shelters. But trying to outrun a tornado to find one of those 30 shelters along the 236-mile route is not a good idea, AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions Meteorologist Brandon Sullivan said.
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


Win a free registration to the IAEM 2015 Annual Conference & EMEX
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Are you passionate about emergency management? Are you a good storyteller? This is your chance to present your story live on the plenary session stage for the IAEM presents EMvision Talks at the Annual Conference in Clark County, Nevada, on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. The top five to seven 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, Oct. 14-19, 2016. View the Speaker Guidance for more information.
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Come to the IAEM 2015 Annual Conference and visit 'The Shimmering Dessert'
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The IAEM 63rd Annual Conference & EMEX will be located in Clark County, Nevada, Nov. 13-18, 2015. Clark County enjoys 340 days of sunshine per year and an average daily temperature of 83 degrees. Blue skies by day turn into sunsets that melt into the mountains at night. Nevada has no shortage of compelling landscapes, and Clark County is no different. It sits right in the middle of the beautiful, surprisingly colorful Mojave Desert. This area is your gateway to the southwest and the perfect jumping off point for many of the Southwest's natural wonders. Within a short 20-minute drive are Mt. Charleston, the Red Rock National Conservation, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Hoover Dam, and the Colorado River. The Grand Canyon National Park is 150 miles to the southeast, and Death Valley and the Zion National Park are both easy day-trips. Find out about all area attractions. What are you waiting for? It's time to plan your trip to Clark County for the IAEM 63rd Annual Conference. Learn more.
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How disaster relief can increase corruption
The Washington Post
In 2004 and 2005, Bulgaria was unexpectedly hit by several waves of torrential rain that caused extensive flooding. To deal with destruction sustained during the floods, the central government awarded nearly 67 million euros to 257 flood-stricken municipalities. For many of Bulgaria's impoverished municipalities, the awarded funds represented a substantial financial injection; mayors and local councils were the final authority on how this windfall would be spent. Not surprisingly for the country ranked second for corruption in the EU, the media uncovered multiple instances when local politicians pocketed the money instead of using it for disaster relief.
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DISASTER TECHNOLOGY NEWS


Companies urge FAA to speed up use of drones in disaster response
Reuters via The Huffington Post
U.S. companies including insurers and aerospace manufacturers urged federal aviation regulators to speed up the use of drones in disaster response and relief operations in the United States. A report sponsored by the groups and released by the consulting firm 32 Advisors advocates drone use for purposes ranging from response planning and damage assessment to supply delivery and Wi-Fi and cellular phone relay services.
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American Red Cross takes serious look at using drones for disaster relief, holds off for now
The Washington Post
A new study, commissioned by the American Red Cross, calls drones one of the most promising and powerful new technologies to improve disaster response and relief efforts. The report, which will be announced at the American Red Cross's Washington headquarters, was conducted by Measure, a startup that provides drone services to companies around the world, along with several of the Red Cross's corporate partners.
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Social media can help track tornadoes, but was that tweet real?
NPR
Recently, as a big storm bore down on Rockford, Illinois, students in a Purdue University classroom prepared to track its effects using Twitter. Using software jointly developed by Purdue, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Weather Service, they huddled around laptops to analyze a tiny sample of the tweets from the storm's immediate vicinity. They were looking for keywords like "damage" or "tornado" and for pictures of funnel clouds. Their professor, Tim Filley, says social media can track a storm's path of destruction just as radar does.
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CEM® UPDATE


Prep courses will jump-start your certification process
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Have you thought about attending the CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course as you prepare to start the certification process? Find out what is covered in the CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course and join us for one of the upcoming CEM®/AEM℠ offerings:
  • May 12 & 13 (Prep Course and Exam): San Antonio, Texas
  • May 16 (Exam Only): New York, New York
  • June 6 (Exam Only): Las Vegas, Nevada
  • June 6 (Exam Only): Sayreville, New Jersey
  • October 20 (Prep Course and Exam): Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Interested candidates should register through the IAEM website. IAEM requires a minimum of 10 registrants for the Prep Course. If you have any questions, contact CEM Administrator Kate McClimans.

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    EM RESOURCES


    EPA releases Water Utility Response On-The-Go mobile website
    IAEM
    EPA has launched the Water Utility Response On-The-Go mobile website, an innovative tool that consolidates, and makes accessible from the field, information and tools that water utility operators and their response partners may need during an emergency. The site allows users to: identify and contact emergency response partners; monitor local and national severe weather; review and complete incident-specific checklists; and populate, save and email both generic damage assessment forms and FEMA incident command system forms. A presentation and demonstration of Water Utility Response On-The-Go mobile website is going to be given during an upcoming webinar hosted by U.S. EPA Water Security Division on May 13, 2015, 2:00-3:00 pm EDT. Register today.
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    IOM releases report on communities after disasters
    IAEM
    In the devastation that follows a major disaster, there is a need for multiple sectors to unite and devote new resources to support the rebuilding of infrastructure, the provision of health and social services, the restoration of care delivery systems, and other critical recovery needs. In some cases, billions of dollars from public, private and charitable sources are invested to help communities recover. National rhetoric often characterizes these efforts as a "return to normal." But for many American communities, pre-disaster conditions are far from optimal. With support from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, the Veterans Health Administration, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Institute of Medicine convened an expert committee to develop an approach to disaster recovery that mitigates disaster impacts on health and promotes healthy communities. Learn more in the report: Healthy, Resilient, and Sustainable Communities After Disasters: Strategies, Opportunities and Planning for Recovery.
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    IOM releases report from workshop series on regional disaster response coordination
    IAEM
    As many communities within a region will have similar vulnerabilities when considering disasters, a logical step in planning is to establish responsibilities and capacities, and be able to work toward common goals to address all-hazards when the entire region is affected. To explore these considerations, the Institute of Medicine's (IOM's) Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events organized a series of three regional workshops in 2014. The workshops explored opportunities to strengthen the regional coordination required to ensure effective medical and public health response to a large-scale multijurisdictional disaster. The purpose of each regional workshop was to discuss potential mechanisms to strengthen coordination among multiple jurisdictions in various regions to ensure fair and equitable treatment of communities from all impacted areas. The final report, Regional Disaster Response Coordination to Support Health Outcomes: Summary of a Workshop Series, is available for download.
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    Report identifies state public health scores
    IAEM
    When ranked on 10 indicators of their ability to manage severe infectious disease threats, half of the states plus the District of Columbia scored five or fewer. Only five states reached eight of the 10 indicators; no states met nine or 10 of the indicators. In the Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases report, the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provide information on how each state fared against 10 benchmarks including vaccinations, preparedness exercises, funding, and healthcare-acquired infections. In a statement, the executive director of TFAH said the recent Ebola outbreak showed where systems worked and failed when tested, and that remaining vigilant in preventing and controlling emerging threats is important, but not at the expense of ongoing or seasonal diseases.
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    Federal preparedness initiatives to support rail transport of crude oil released for emergency managers
    IAEM
    "Preparedness Initiatives in Crude by Rail Transport: Federal Resources to Support Crude by Rail Preparedness Initiatives" was released Apr. 17 by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, and Federal Emergency Management Agency. The publication is intended for partners in emergency management, transport partners, and environmental stakeholders, providing information on federal resources available to help the whole community prepare for crude oil by rail transportation incidents. Download here.
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    EM CALENDAR


    NAGC Communications School set for June 2-4, 2015 in Memphis, Tennessee
    IAEM
    A don't miss event, the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) 2015 Communications School will take place June 2-4, 2015, at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. This year’s theme is "Blues, BBQs, and Government News," and registration is now open. The Communications School is the only event of its kind that provides invaluable networking opportunities and practical educational sessions to help government communicators increase their skills. And who needs those skills more than emergency management professionals! Download the program, and get an advance peek at the top government communications speakers and trainers slated for this year's NAGC Communications School.
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    AROUND THE WORLD


    4 dead as super storm lashes Australian east coast
    Reuters
    A cyclonic storm lashing Australia's east coast for a third day was declared a catastrophe after destroying homes, cutting power to more than 200,000 homes and causing millions of dollars of damage in Sydney and other cities. New South Police said an 86-year old woman was killed in the Central Hunter region of the state after her car was swept into floodwaters, bringing the confirmed death toll from the storm to four. The Bureau of Meteorology warned that a second storm cell was gathering at sea north of Sydney, with gale force winds of up to 100 km per hour (62 miles per hour) and heavy winds hitting the coast.
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    Tornado kills 2, injures 120 in southern Brazil
    The Associated Press via ABC News
    A tornado battered a city in southern Brazil, killing two people, injuring 120 others and forcing more than 1,000 people from their homes, officials said. The National Institute of Meteorology said a supercell storm produced the tornado that struck Xanxere city in the state of Santa Catarina. The storm damaged about 500 homes and knocked down lampposts, leaving many residents without electricity. Two people were killed, apparently inside their homes, and 120 have been taken to hospitals, including 15 who were seriously injured, said Santa Catarina's civil defense director, Luciano Peri.
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    UN: Death toll in migrant boat capsize thought to be 800
    NBC News
    The United Nations refugee agency said that more than 800 people are believed to have perished when a ship crammed with migrants capsized in the Mediterranean, making it the worst maritime disaster the agency has ever recorded in the Mediterranean. Only 28 people are known to have survived when the ship got into trouble as it ferried around 850 people from Libya to Southern Europe, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said in a statement. The migrants were from Eritrea, Syria, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Mali, Senegal, Gambia, Ivory Coast and Ethiopia, the agency said.
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    South Korea sets plan to raise 'corroded' Sewol ferry year after disaster
    Reuters
    South Korea said it will raise the Sewol ferry that sank a year ago, killing more than 300 people, most of them children, yielding to pressure from mourning families who have called for a deeper investigation into the disaster. The Sewol, which was structurally unsound, overloaded and traveling too fast on a turn, capsized and sank during a routine voyage and lies 44 meters (144 feet) deep off the southwestern island of Jindo.
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