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IAEM-USA NEWS


NAPA releases 'Forecast for the Future: Assuring the Capacity of the National Weather Service'
IAEM
The National Academy of Public Administration has released its report on "Forecast for the Future: Assuring the Capacity of the National Weather Service." Congress had directed the National Weather Service (NWS) through the 2012 Consolidated and Continuing Appropriations Act to contract with an independent organization to evaluate efficiencies that can be made to NWS operations. The NWS selected the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) to conduct this independent assessment. The Academy formed a five-member Panel of Fellows to conduct the seven-month study of the NWS's current operations and structure, and the challenges the agency will face going forward. Learn the results of their assessment and download the report here. Note: IAEM-USA was given the opportunity to have a focus-group discussion with NAPA; a summary of that discussion is included as part of Appendix E in this report.
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Update on House Appropriations Action on DHS FY 2014 Budget
IAEM
Today, at 10:30 a.m. EDT, the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security will markup the FY 2014 Appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security. The House Appropriations draft bill released on May 15 includes $350 million for Emergency Management Preparedness Grants and maintains EMPG as a separate account. Pre-Disaster Mitigation is not terminated and the bill does not include the Administration's proposal to consolidate the homeland security preparedness grants. Download the IAEM memo on the FEMA highlights of the House Appropriations FY 2014 DHS draft bill. Download the entire draft bill. As the process continues, updates will be posted on the IAEM-USA website.
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IAEM ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


Eric Klinenberg will take audience inside a 'social autopsy' during his plenary session at the IAEM Annual Conference
IAEM
Eric Klinenberg will be a featured plenary speaker at the IAEM 61st Annual Conference & EMEX, set for Oct. 25-30, 2013, in Reno, Nev. His presentation is "Going Solo: How the Biggest Demographic Change since the Baby Boom is Changing the Way We Live." In this talk, Klinenberg will take the audience inside the anatomy of a metropolis to conduct what he calls a "social autopsy," examining the social, political and institutional organs of a city that make urban disasters so much worse than they ought to have been. Starting with the question of why so many people died at home alone, he investigates why some neighborhoods experienced greater mortality than others, how the city governments responded to the crisis, and how journalists, scientists and public officials reported on and explained these events. Klinenberg is one of America's leading voices—a social scientist whose work examines cities, culture, media, and politics. Klinenberg is a professor of Sociology, Public Policy, and Media, Culture and Communications at New York University. He is the author of three acclaimed books: Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago; Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America's Media; and Going Solo. His presentation will be on Oct. 29 at 8:30 a.m. Learn more.
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CEM® UPDATE


IAEM issues call for CEM Commissioners
IAEM
The IAEM Oceania-Asia CEM® Commission and the USA CEM® Commission are accepting applications for new commissioners. The new commissioners will fill openings in the Class of 2016. 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. Commissioners who are emergency management practitioners must be a current CEM®. The deadline to submit your application is July 1. Learn more.
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Upcoming Prep Course and Exam offerings
IAEM
Check out the upcoming CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course and Exam offerings. Please note that registrations are required for each prep course offering to proceed. Register today.
  • June 10, 2013 (Prep Course & Exam) — New Orleans, La. (deadline to register is May 24!)
  • June 23, 2013 (Prep Course & Exam) — Toronto, Canada
  • July 9, 2013 (Exam Only) — Brier, Wash.
  • October 7, 2013 (Prep Course & Exam) — Atlantic City, N.J.
Are you interested in having a CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course and/or exam scheduled in your area? Email Kate Walker to discuss possibilities.

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IAEM MEMBER NEWS


Dallas Emergency Management Director Kenny Shaw has died
IAEM
Long-time IAEM member and Dallas' emergency management director, Kenny Shaw, passed away on May 10 at age 62 after a long battle with ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He had stepped down from his job in December. Kenny came to Dallas in September 2004 from the same position in Little Rock, Ark. He began his career in 1980 as emergency management director and county fire coordinator in Benton County, Ark. Kenny held leadership positions with Eureka Springs, Ark. Fire Department, the Arkansas Division of EMS, and the Little Rock Fire Department and Metropolitan EMS. He was a nationally registered paramedic and a graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program. Kenny served two terms as president of the Arkansas Emergency Management Association. He also served with the FEMA Region VI Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group. He held a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas and a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. His family requested that memorials be made to The ALS Association Texas Chapter.
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EM EVENTS


The urge to merge: EM & BCM converge @ WCDM
IAEM
There is no other event quite like the World Conference on Disaster Management. Now in its 23rd year, it provides a unique venue for emergency management and business continuity professionals from around the world to present, network and learn. With eight tracks, 1000+ professional peers, 35+ countries represented, 72 sessions to choose from and 90+ international speakers, this is the one educational conference you cannot afford to miss. IAEM is a supporting association of the WCDM and will have a booth on the dynamic trade show floor in June. To learn more, visit the event website or email.
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EM NEWS


American Red Cross seeks volunteers for Scientific Advisory Council
IAEM
The American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council, a panel of nationally-recognized experts from a wide variety of scientific and academic disciplines, is looking for two individuals to volunteer to serve in the area of preparedness. One individual is needed with a strong background in emergency management and a second individual with a background in business continuity planning. Interested individuals should email Jim Judge.
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FEMA releases 'Toward More Resilient Futures'
IAEM
FEMA's Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI) on May 9 released Toward More Resilient Futures: Putting Foresight Into Practice, Highlights from the Strategic Foresight Initiative, a document highlighting the value and utility of thinking strategically about the future. While SFI's earlier publications have centered on a deep analysis of future needs, "Toward More Resilient Futures" is more practical in focus. It aims to capture people's attention and provoke critical thinking by analyzing how recent trends may affect government and disaster management in the near future. It also spotlights projects, individuals and organizations that are pushing the bounds of current thinking and action around emergency management. In the process, it highlights the capabilities, tools, and partnerships needed to solve problems — today and in the future. FEMA is planning a webinar for June 13, 2013, 1:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern to discuss this document. Watch for details here.
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Rand Beers appointed as Acting Deputy Secretary of DHS upon resignation of Jane Holl Lute
IAEM
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on May 2 announced that Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) Rand Beers will serve as the acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, effective May 4. As under secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), Rand Beers has led NPPD's integrated efforts to reduce risks to physical, cyber and communications infrastructures. This was the latest in his leadership roles under four Presidents, including as White House/National Security Council director for counter-terrorism and counter-narcotics; director for peacekeeping; senior director for intelligence programs; special assistant to the president and senior Director for combating terrorism; and assistant secretary of state for international narcotics and law enforcement affairs. Deputy Under Secretary Suzanne Spaulding will serve as acting under secretary for NPPD. Since joining DHS in 2011, after nearly 25 years of working on various national security issues, Suzanne has overseen infrastructure protection, US-VISIT, and the Federal Protective Service, enhancing the resiliency of our nation’s critical physical and cyber infrastructure.
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How natural disasters changed the world in 2012
TIME
An estimated 32.4 million people around the world were forced from their homes by disasters last year — 98 percent of them weather-related — according to data just released by the Norwegian Refugee Council. The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, one of the leading bodies that researches global uprooting, reports that is nearly double the number from 2011, and that 68 percent are in Asia. Here are 10 of the worst displacements of 2012.
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Our algorithms can predict future disasters — Now what?
Wired
California is studded with a network of sensors that can perceive almost any motion in the ground, including the slightest perturbation of the Earth's crust. The network began as a seismology research project, to track earthquakes in this fault-ridden part of the world. But as technologies developed, the network became more sophisticated, gathering far more data than ever before. Eventually, the science of earthquake observation reached a tipping point, and became the science of earthquake prediction.
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EM RESOURCES


Improving communication during disasters
ScienceDaily
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AROUND THE WORLD


Volcano's rumbling near Mexico City prompts higher alert status
Bloomberg Businessweek
Mexican authorities raised the alert level for the Popocatepetl volcano near Mexico City after observing an increased level of explosive activity. The lava dome of Popocatepetl, some 50 miles to the southeast of the capital, may expand and unleash increasingly powerful explosions of ash and lava, Mexico's National Center for Disaster Prevention said in a statement.
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2 Alaska volcanoes on alert as lava flows
CNN
Lava flowed from two Alaskan volcanoes, with authorities placing both on the second-highest alert levels because "sudden explosions... are possible with little or no warning." The volcanoes are Pavlof and Cleveland, both in the Aleutian Island range southwest of mainland Alaska. The Alaska Volcano Observatory has issued a watch due to heightened activity, plus an orange code regarding how they might affect planes in the area.
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UN: Natural disasters have cost $2.5 trillion since 2000
Agence France-Presse via Raw Story
The cost of natural disasters has hit $2.5 trillion so far this century, far higher than previously estimated, a U.N. report said, urging companies to face up to the risks. The study by the U.N. International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction said the figure, representing only direct losses, was more accurate than traditional tallies.
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Racial minorities in the US at highest risk for heat-related disasters
Medical Daily
A new study from researchers at the University of California, Berkeley says racial minority groups in the United States face a greater risk than whites of health dangers from extreme heat, based on where they live. Publishing their findings in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, the investigators used satellite imagery to identify areas with no tree canopy to provide shade from the sun, and where half or more of the land is covered by pavement, concrete, or roofing materials, which absorb heat. These more urbanized settings put people at greater risk during high heat, the study's authors noted.
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