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Passing of James Oberstar, true friend of emergency managers: Comments by IAEM member Judd Freed, EM director of emergency management and homeland security, Ramsey County, Minnesota
IAEM
As written by Judd Freed, "Former Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minnesota, who died on May 3, was an amazing friend of emergency management — both in his home state of Minnesota and nationally. Oberstar always met with us personally. He took the emergency management issues of the U.S. as a critical component of our national security and public safety. Even on the few occasions when he was not able to stay for an entire meeting, he made it clear to his staff that these were important issues. Taking the time to listen, analyze, decide, communicate and act were hallmarks of the Oberstar office. He took a major leadership role in the Congress as chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee — with oversight of Stafford Act issues. He led the effort in the Congress to turn back Senate initiatives to convert the Emergency Management Performance Grant into just another homeland security grant. I sincerely believe that without Jim Oberstar, local emergency management in this country would no longer exist, and all of our eggs would have gone to the counter terrorism basket. There were others who wanted that course in the post 9/11 world. Oberstar made sure that did not happen — and as events like Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy and other catastrophes have demonstrated, Oberstar was right. The mark of a true national leader is that the politics doesn't get in the way of doing what is best for the country. EMPG, Stafford Act, emergency management — none of these are political "right" or "left" issues. They are public safety issues, and that is the way Jim Oberstar addressed them. His impact on our profession is much greater than most folks know. He wasn't just another Congressman from Minnesota. He was a leader, a patriot and a dedicated public servant. I am grateful for having had the opportunity to meet with him and work with him on issues of importance to Minnesota and to IAEM. Further information is available in his obituary from The Washington Post."
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This AT&T proposal would end the president's ability to make priority phone calls in a crisis
The Washington Post
The Department of Homeland Security says an AT&T plan to test new network technology would degrade a special telephone service reserved for national emergencies and presidential communications. If implemented, the plan would hamper the ability of first responders and public officials to respond to a crisis of the magnitude of Hurricane Sandy or even 9/11, according to DHS.
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FEMA erects new National Mobile Disaster Hospital
WTVA-TV
VideoBrief A temporary hospital is rising amid the rubble left by the tornado that struck Louisville, Mississippi. The National Mobile Disaster Hospital, part of FEMA and stationed in North Carolina, drove all the necessary pieces and units to Louisville recently.
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Summer 2014: Series of storms to attack Central US, Mid-Atlantic
AccuWeather.com
As summer 2014 takes shape, Mother Nature will show no mercy as the West will sink deeper into drought and severe thunderstorms will ignite from the Plains to the southern mid-Atlantic. While a typical summer is in store for much of the East, hurricane season looms, threatening areas along the coast.
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Oklahoma wildfires: Officials say deadly blaze wasn't started by controlled burn
The Weather Channel
As firefighters continue to battle a persistent wind- and heat-fueled wildfire in Oklahoma, residents were allowed back into their homes, with some returning to only charred remains. According to Stan May, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Incident Management Team, the fire was not caused by a controlled burn.
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Obama to tour tornado damage in Arkansas
USA Today
While en route to California, President Barack Obama will stop in Arkansas to observe rebuilding efforts in the wake of deadly tornadoes that hit late last month. The president will "view the devastation from the recent tornadoes and severe storms and meet with the families affected by this disaster, as well as first responders and recovery workers," said the White House schedule.
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Long-range forecasts for Pacific Northwest call for hot, dry summer
The Oregonian
Long-range forecasters are predicting a drier and warmer-than-average summer for the Pacific Northwest, with the drought intensifying in California. Portland, Ore., which on average has 12 days when the temperature reaches or exceeds 90 degrees, could see considerably more than that, according to AccuWeather.com forecasters.
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IAEM NEWS


IAEM issues call for student scholarship applications
IAEM
The IAEM Scholarship Commission is accepting applications from students for this year's scholarship review. The IAEM Scholarship Program provides scholarships through a competitive process to full-time students working towards degrees in emergency management, disaster management or a closely-related field. The application and all supporting documentation must be received by IAEM by midnight EDT, June 16. There are separate applications for graduate and undergraduate students. Learn more and download the appropriate application on the IAEM website.
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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 to Karen Thompson by May 10, 2014. And remember — articles published in the IAEM Bulletin count toward the publishing requirement of the CEM®/AEM℠ Program.
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GRANT ANNOUNCEMENTS


DHS announces 2 funding opportunities for universities to support homeland security R&D
Homeland Security Today
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate's Office of University Programs announced two funding opportunities for U.S. academic institutions to conduct homeland security research and education. The first opportunity is a cooperative agreement, up to $20 million over a five-year period, to fund the creation of a new DHS S&T Center of Excellence for Coastal Resilience to conduct research enhancing the homeland security mission to safeguard people, infrastructure, communities and economies from catastrophic coastal natural disasters such as floods and hurricanes.
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Dogs, technology and the future of disaster response
North Carolina State University via Phys.org
Imagine a team of humans, dogs, robots and drones swooping onto the scene in the aftermath of a disaster and working together to find and rescue anyone trapped in collapsed buildings. That's the goal of a team of researchers from around the U.S. working on what they call the Smart Emergency Response System.
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US climate report: Global warming impact already severe
The Washington Post
VideoBrief The government's newest national assessment of climate change declares that increased global warming is affecting every part of the U.S. The report released cites wide and severe impacts: more sea-level rise, flooding, storm surges, precipitation and heat waves in the Northeast; frequent water shortages and hurricanes in the Southeast and the Caribbean; and more drought and wildfires in the Southwest.
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New insight may help predict volcanic eruption behavior
University of Liverpool via ScienceDaily
A new discovery in the study of how lava dome volcanoes erupt may help in the development of methods to predict how a volcanic eruption will behave, say scientists. Volcanologists have discovered that a process called frictional melting plays a role in determining how a volcano will erupt, by dictating how fast magma can ascend to the surface and how much resistance it faces en route.
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Emergency water treatment guidelines questioned
Homeland Security News Wire
During floods and other emergencies, treating water for drinking is a must, but how to do it is up for debate. The Environmental Protection Agency's recommendations for treating water after a natural disaster or other emergencies call for more chlorine bleach than is necessary to kill disease-causing pathogens and are often impractical to carry out, a new study has found.
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New severe weather initiatives in Oklahoma include use of electronic billboards
The Oklahoman
Motorists may notice a change along Oklahoma roadways this tornado season. Lamar Advertising is allowing its network of 25 electronic billboards in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma, metro areas to be used to communicate severe weather alerts.
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CEM® UPDATE


Register by May 14 to participate in the Savannah, Georgia, CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course
IAEM
IAEM will continue to accept enrollments for the CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course in Savannah, Georgia, until May 14. Interested participants can email Kate McClimans to coordinate the registration/payment.
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IAEM is spreading CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Courses and exam offerings far and wide
IAEM
Register today for one of the upcoming CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Courses or Exam offerings that are convenient to you.
  • June 6 (Exam only): University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Las Vegas
  • June 12 (Exam only): New Taipei City, Taiwan
  • June 14 (Exam only): Adelphi University, Garden City, New York
  • June 21 (Prep course and exam): Richmond, California
  • July 22 (Prep course and exam): Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Register through the IAEM website to secure your space. IAEM requires a minimum of 10 registrants for the prep course. If you have any questions, feel free to contact CEM administrator Kate McClimans.

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NEW INSIGHTS


Lessons from emergency managers: Why it's important to like people
Government Executive
In a recent leadership development program for emergency managers from many of the largest cities in the country, Corner Alliance invited experienced leaders from the emergency management community to share their experiences and what they think are important leadership traits. These people are at the top of their game and clearly know something about leadership.
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Experimental storm reports make it easy to see how severe weather forecasts pan out
The Huntsville Times
The Storm Prediction Center is considering changing its storm reports. The format has been in place for about 20 years, and it plots the locations of tornado, hail and wind reports on a national map.
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AROUND THE WORLD


Landslide kills 2,000 in Afghanistan's biggest disaster
Bloomberg
At least 2,000 people were killed by landslides in northeastern Afghanistan in the worst natural disaster on record for the war-torn nation, an United Nations official said. The accident site in Badakhshan province has been declared a mass grave after the village of Ab-e-Barak was buried under 40 meters (130 feet) of mud and rocks, said Gov. Shah Waliullah Adeeb.
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Earthquake hits northern Thailand
The Associated Press via Global News
An earthquake that struck northern Thailand recently caused widespread damage and led to one death and dozens of injuries. Buildings and an airport were damaged as a result of the 6.3 magnitude earthquake.
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The comeback of polio is a public health emergency
NPR
VideoBriefIt is, says the World Health Organization, "an extraordinary event." Polio is spreading to a degree that constitutes a public health emergency. The global drive to wipe out the virus had driven the number of polio cases down from 300,000 in the late 1980s to just 417 cases last year. The World Health Organization has set a goal of wiping out polio by 2018.
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Terrorism in China: The global dimension
The Guardian
The knife attack in which six people were injured in southern China is the third high-profile incident at a Chinese train station in a little more than two months. It seems that China is in the grip of a mounting terrorist campaign, with militants apparently able to strike when and where they want.
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Ferry disaster: Too much cargo contributed to sinking
CNN
The South Korean ferry disaster that killed more than 260 people last month was caused in part by excessive cargo and a failure to tie that cargo down properly, the joint police and prosecuting team investigating the disaster said. It marked the first time South Korean investigators said what they believe led to the April 16 sinking of the ferry Sewol, which was carrying 467 passengers and crew — including more than 300 high school students on a field trip — when it capsized.
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