This message contains images. If you don't see images, click here to view.
Advertise in this news brief.




Text Version   RSS   Subscribe   Unsubscribe   Archive   Media Kit May 28, 2015





Emergency Management and Social Intelligence


Providing a framework for mitigating the effect of a disaster using social intelligence.

Save 20% - Promo: BWP16

 




IAEM NEWS


Reminder: IAEM Awards Competition ends May 29, 2015
IAEM
Time is running out! The 2015 IAEM Awards Competition ends on Friday, May 29, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. You must submit your entry, including all supporting material and entry forms (where applicable) by email to Karen Thompson. There will be no extensions to the entry deadline. There is still time to enter your outstanding project or nominate the person of your choice in one of our award categories. Everything that you will need to enter the IAEM Awards Competition is posted at www.iaem.com/Awards. Read about the various 2015 award categories, and take the time to review the posted entries of last year’s winners. You may be inspired to enter your innovative project, which in turn may provide the perfect solution to a challenge facing some of your EM professional colleagues. Whether you are submitting an entry for the Public Awareness Award, Technology & Innovation Award, or Partners in Preparedness Award — or whether you are nominating someone for the Clayton R. Christopher Award or a Uniformed Services or Student Award — the IAEM Judges welcome your entries.
Share this article:   E-mail article




Apply now to be eligible for the IAEM 2015 scholarship — deadline is June 1, 2015, 12:00 a.m. (midnight) EDT
IAEM
IAEM is now accepting applications for the 2015 IAEM Scholarships. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2015, 12:00 a.m. (midnight) EDT. The 2015 Scholarship Application forms are available for download here, with separate forms for undergraduate and graduate students. IAEM scholarships are awarded through a competitive process to full-time students pursuing an associate or diploma baccalaureate, or graduate degree in emergency management, disaster management, or a closely related field. The IAEM Scholarship Program was established to nurture, promote and develop disaster preparedness and resistance by furthering the education of students studying the field of emergency management, disaster management or a related program. The purpose of the program is to assist the profession by identifying and developing students with the intellect and technical skills to advance emergency management.
Share this article:   E-mail article


IAEM-ASIA NEWS


In the aftermath of the earthquake, UNDP expedites installation of early warning system in at-risk glacial lakes*
ReliefWeb
Even as Nepal tries to grapple with the aftermath of a powerful earthquake and its aftershocks, UNDP is already working with the Government of Nepal and private sector to mitigate the risk of another looming danger: the glacial lake outburst floods which threatens millions downstream. A team including experts from the government's Department of Hydrology and Metrology, and UNDP's consulting firm, Real Time Solutions visited Tsho Rolpa lake situated in Dolakha district and installed an early warning system that provides an advance warning for the downstream communities in the event of a moraine breach and outburst flood.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


SPONSORED CONTENT


IAEM-CANADA NEWS


Study: Canadian cities not prepared for floods*
The Canadian Press via The Huffington Post
Major Canadian cities have done a mediocre job of preparing for floods, a new study concludes. The study, conducted by University of Waterloo researchers and commissioned by The Co-operators insurance company, rated the efforts of 15 cities to reduce the risk of damage from flooding caused by extreme rainfall. Ottawa emerged as the best prepared, with a score of A-minus, followed closely by Winnipeg with a B-plus.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


IAEM-STUDENT NEWS


Winners of the IAEM 2015 Student Essay Contest to receive complimentary registration and hotel costs for the IAEM 2015 Annual Conference
IAEM
The undergraduate and graduate winners of the IAEM 2015 Student Essay Contest, underway now, 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. 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. Complete information, guidelines, and details are available here. Submissions must be emailed no later than July 1, 2015, 16:59 hours UTC.
Share this article:   E-mail article


SPONSORED CONTENT


Get involved in a student chapter with IAEM and AMS
IAEM
The line between meteorology and emergency management is easily traversed through involvement in student chapters of both the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). These organizations provide students with the framework, resources, and mentorship necessary to become proficient in fields both inside and outside of their realm of study. Easy and inexpensive to form, student chapters provide a starting point for extracurricular projects that can both contribute to university public safety and students' professional portfolios. Groups like Penn State's Emergency Management Club, led by undergraduate meteorology students Michael Spagnolo and Brian Mastro, have spearheaded university threat and hazard identification risk assessments, hazardous weather plans, GIS mapping of campus storm shelters, and provided meteorological decision-support for student organizations who host outdoor events. Students interested in joining student AMS or IAEM chapters should first check to see if one exists at their university or a university nearby. Learn how to form an AMS chapter. Learn how to form an IAEM chapter. Students are encouraged to contact the AMS Emergency Management Committee for assistance and coordination.
Share this article:   E-mail article


IAEM-USA NEWS


IAEM-UCC to provide congressional staff briefing on Disaster Resilient University Network
IAEM
Members of the IAEM-USA Universities and Colleges Caucus (IAEM-UCC) have been working with Congressman DeFazio's office to raise awareness of college and university-based emergency management programs protecting our nation’s campuses. On June 3, 2015, members of the IAEM-UCC will provide a briefing for congressional staff on the development of the Disaster Resilient University (DRU) Network. In addition, the presentation will include information on the IAEM-UCC and its past and current projects.
Share this article:   E-mail article


PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Elevate Your Emergency Management Career

Explore Georgetown's Executive Master of Professional Studies in Emergency & Disaster Management. During this one-year intensive program, you will gain firsthand experience in various dimensions of emergency management through scenario-based simulations, engaging online studies, and multi-location field studies in Washington, D.C.; Livermore, CA; and overseas.
 


United South and Eastern Tribes conduct tribal sheltering exercise last week
IAEM
At its executive winter session in February, the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) requested that FEMA headquarters and regional tribal liaisons from Regions 1, 2, 4, and 6 host a tribal sheltering exercise. Over the past three months, FEMA and the American Red Cross worked together with USET and tribal leaders to create the exercise. The exercise was held last week at USET's mid-year conference, hosted by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe in Connecticut. Eighty-four tribal representatives took part in the exercise. The sheltering exercise provided participants with an opportunity to assess the compatibility and coordination mechanisms of appropriate establishment, set-up, operations, and breakdown of shelters located on tribal lands. The exercise was set up as a facilitated discussion, which allowed tribal representatives to not only learn from FEMA and American Red Cross program experts, but also from other tribal emergency managers as tribes provided sheltering examples on tribal land during the discussion portion. FEMA RTLs, the American Red Cross, the National Tribal Affairs Advisor, and the participating tribal nations developed interpersonal relationships as a result of collaborating on this exercise, and the agency received positive feedback on the support shown to tribes in a nation-to-nation manner
Share this article:   E-mail article


National Dam Safety Awareness Day to be May 31
IAEM
National Dam Safety Awareness Day, May 31, is an event that observes the tragic failure of the South Fork Dam in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. On May 31, 1889, the dam failure resulted in the loss of more than 2,200 lives and was the worst dam failure in the history of the United States. In observance of National Dam Safety Awareness, FEMA and the National Dam Safety Review Board are encouraging private sector dam owners to get involved and take action to improve our nation's dam infrastructure on May 31. The Engineering Stronger Safer website has ideas, template materials and background information to assist in outreach efforts.
Share this article:   E-mail article


PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Earn your Graduate Degree in Disaster Management
Philadelphia University’s Disaster Medicine and Management program recognizes that there is an overwhelming need to educate professionals whose expertise will be needed to prepare for, respond to and recover from natural and man-made disasters and mass casualty incidents through experiential learning, research analysis, interdisciplinary collaboration and critical thinking.

Contact us: 215-951-2943 or gradadm@PhilaU.edu
 


Agencies that stand to lose the most under Senate spending plan
Government Executive
A Senate committee laid out proposed spending totals across all 12 areas of government for fiscal 2016, calling for domestic spending cuts of nearly 7 percent compared to 2015 levels. Along party lines, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved spending levels in line with those required by the 2011 Budget Control Act. Democrats called those levels insufficient and sought to boost spending by 7 percent, but their efforts fell short.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


NEW INSIGHTS


The most predictable disaster in the history of the human race
VOX
Bill Gates is an optimist. Ask him, and he'll tell you himself. "I'm very optimistic," he says. See? And why shouldn't Bill Gates be an optimist? He's one of the richest men in the world. He basically invented the form of personal computing that dominated for decades. He runs a foundation immersed in the world's worst problems — child mortality, malaria, polio — but he can see them getting better. Hell, he can measure them getting better. Child mortality has fallen by half since 1990. To him, optimism is simply realism. But lately, Gates has been obsessing over a dark question: what's likeliest to kill more than 10 million human beings in the next 20 years?
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


  Gorman-Redlich Weather Receiver with Signboard Support

Stay safe with the Gorman-Redlich CRW-S NOAA Weather Radio receiver, which includes SAME decoding and interfaces with digital signage, emergency lighting, PA systems and more.
 


What can be done to stop deadly floods?
CNN
The deadly rainfall that has left many parts of Houston underwater has happened before and can happen again — not only in Texas but other cities that are unprepared. But the fact remains that in some cities even just a few inches of rain can result in flooded basements and washed-out roads. Why? Because the way we have built cities makes them flood.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


Last chance to submit for the EMvision Talks
IAEM
The deadline to submit your talk for the IAEM presents EMvision Talks is tomorrow, Friday, May 29 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The Talks are modeled on the well-known TED™ Talk format and are limited to five minutes. To submit your talk, you must copy and paste the link to the high-quality recording of the unlisted YouTube video of your proposed talk. View the Speaker Guidance for more information. This is your chance to present a story you are passionate about in the field of emergency management 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.
Share this article:   E-mail article


IAEM webinar helps everyone create better presentations
IAEM
Are you speaking at the IAEM 63rd Annual Conference? Do you want to learn how to create presentations that complement and engage? Then you won't want to miss this webinar on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The IAEM-USA Conference Committee, along with seasoned presenter, Nathaniel Forbes, will share tips on how to give a "knock it out of the park" presentation. You will learn how to engage the audience with three simple steps. As the old saying goes, if a picture is worth a thousand words, then giving a slide presentation with great visuals is priceless! Register today for this webinar and get a sneak peak at the pre-conference training course "Persuade! A course on presenting for emergency managers" by Nat Forbes. The full course will be held on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, at the IAEM 63rd Annual Conference in Clark County, Nevada.
Share this article:   E-mail article


EM RESOURCES


Hong Kong: Observatory launches short video on hazards of tropical cyclones*
PreventionWeb
The Hong Kong Observatory launched a short video on hazards of tropical cyclones to raise the public's awareness of preventing threats from tropical cyclones. Through real-life visual images from typhoons in recent years, including Morakot, Utor and Haiyan, the video introduces four major threats caused by tropical cyclones, namely strong winds, rainstorms, huge waves and storm surges. As the typhoon season approaches, members of the public should be alert and stay tuned to tropical cyclone warnings and related information issued by the Observatory, and take appropriate precautions.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


CEM® UPDATE


IAEM issues call for new Certification Commissioners
IAEM
The May IAEM Bulletin and the CEM News section of the IAEM website announces that the CEM® Commission is accepting applications for new commissioners. Please see instructions for how to apply. Deadline is June 15, 2015.
Share this article:   E-mail article


DISASTER TECHNOLOGY NEWS


Could 'dome homes' be the future of reducing disaster risk?
Christian Science Monitor
The next time a big storm rolls over the Philippines, at least one city hopes to be prepared. The southern urban center of Dapitan — about 200 miles from Tacloban, where Typhoon Haiyan did its worst in 2013 — may soon be home to 200 new dome-shaped, disaster-resilient houses, Philippine news site Rappler reported. The project, if finalized in partnership with the local government, will use technology developed by a Texas company that specializes in homes able to withstand storms, fires, earthquakes and other disasters.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


MEMBER NEWS


Lourinda Willey, Ph.D., inducted into NAPW 2015-2016 VIP Woman of the Year Circle
IAEM
IAEM student member Lourinda R. Willey, Ph.D., CHSO, SHEP, has been honored by the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) as a 2015-2016 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She was recognized for her leadership in safety, environment, health, and emergency response. Dr. Willey has more than 10 years of experience as a project safety professional, with much of her work focused in the oil and gas industry. As owner of Lourinda R. Willey LLC, a HUD, woman, and Native American-owned business, she offers project support and training, technical writing services, emergency response plans, site-specific safety, evacuation, and table-top drills. She holds a Ph.D. in safety engineering, an M.A. in journalism, an M.S. in fire and emergency management, and is working on a second doctorate in organizational development, specializing in safety climate. She is vice president of the IAEM-Global Student Council. Download NAPW press release here.
Share this article:   E-mail article


EM CALENDAR


FEMA Continuity Webinar Series: 'Continuity Best Practices of the 2013 Wildfire Evacuation of the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility' to be held June 3, 2015, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
IAEM
The FEMA Continuity Webinar series addresses continuity-related topics and include presenters from varied backgrounds and experiences. This webinar features Chuck Hildebrand, administrative service manager, Colorado Department of Corrections, who will discuss best practices and lessons learned in continuity of operations during the 2013 wildfire evacuation of the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility. He also will discuss conditions precipitating the decision to evacuate the facility, initial response, continuity planning, and return to normal operations.
Share this article:   E-mail article


AROUND THE WORLD


Death toll in India's intense heat wave soars to over 1,100
Time
India's heat wave has now claimed over 1,100 lives, with spiking temperatures melting roads in the capital, New Delhi, as the country awaits the arrival of the annual monsoon rains. More than 850 people have succumbed in the southeastern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, where extreme temperatures claimed more than 200 lives in one district alone. In neighboring Telangana state, at least 266 people have died, officials say. Deaths have also been reported in the eastern states of Odisha and West Bengal, and in Gujarat on the country's western coast.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


Flash floods leave apocalyptic scenes across Texas
ABC News
A flash flood warning was issued for parts of six counties in Texas that include Houston, and parts of the city remain underwater after torrential rain. City officials have confirmed that another body was discovered near his vehicle after water pumps were brought in to drain a portion of a highway. This death marks the sixth storm-related death in Houston since last week. The statewide death toll blamed on the weather has now reached 16 people.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


Official: 'Wall of water destroyed everything in its path'
USA Today
Residents and officials faced an unprecedented wall of water during flash floods that crushed homes and swept away families in Central Texas. Rescue crews continued searching the length of the Blanco River for 13 people who remained missing, including a family of eight vacationing in a single home washed away, authorities said. There have been two confirmed deaths.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


50 million gallons of water lost after California dam vandalized*
Reuters via Yahoo News
Some 50 million gallons of water were lost after an act of vandalism damaged an inflatable dam near San Francisco, the local Oakland Tribune newspaper reported. The loss comes as the state is in its fourth year of a devastating drought that has prompted Governor Jerry Brown to impose the state's first-ever mandatory cutbacks in urban water use, up to 36 percent in some communities.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


Missed an issue of IAEM Dispatch? Click here to visit the IAEM Dispatch archive page.


13 dead after tornado strikes border city in Mexico
CNN
In six seconds, a tornado ripped through the border city of Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, with a ferocity that officials said hasn't been witnessed in more than 100 years. At least 13 people were killed, including three children, Acuña Mayor Evaristo Lenin Perez said. Another 200 were injured. Photos from the scene, which sits right across the border from Del Rio, Texas, showed cars blown upright, front bumper on the ground and leaning against homes. The twister flipped over school buses and damaged about 400 homes.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


Wabasca residents can return home after wildfires came close to community
CBC
Fire officials in northern Alberta say people forced to flee the hamlet of Wabasca can return home. People were forced to leave the tiny hamlet after wildfires threatened homes and businesses. The 200-hectare fire, less than 10 kilometers from the community, did not grow appreciably overnight and was moving away from the hamlet. However, provincial officials are worried that lightning strikes tonight may spawn even more fires as thunderstorms are forecasted in many areas of the province.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


Tokyo rattled by earthquake
The Wall Street Journal
A powerful earthquake shook central Tokyo, causing temporary suspension of the area's train system and the runways at one of the capital's airports. The magnitude 5.5 quake—centered on the northern part of Saitama prefecture, northwest of Tokyo, and 56 kilometers (35 miles) below ground, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. It measured a lower 5 on Japan's earthquake scale in southern Ibaraki prefecture northeast of Tokyo. The scale has a highest reading of 7. There was no danger of tsunami, the agency said.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


New Zealand hit by biggest storm on Earth
The New Zealand Herald
A storm blasting Antarctic weather over New Zealand is currently the biggest storm on earth according to WeatherWatch. The low stretches from just south of Fiji to Antarctica's ice shelf, but only 20 percent of the storm is affecting New Zealand.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


 



IAEM Dispatch

*Article contributed by the Emergency Manager's Weekly Report.

Colby Horton, Vice President of Publishing, 469.420.2601
Download media kit

Caitlin McNeely, Senior Editor, 469.420.2692   
Contribute news

Elizabeth B. Armstrong, IAEM CEO, IAEM-USA Executive Director  

Dawn M. Shiley, IAEM Dispatch POC, IAEM Communications & Marketing Manager  


This edition of the IAEM Dispatch was sent to ##Email##. To unsubscribe, click here. Did someone forward this edition to you? Subscribe here -- it's free!

Recent issues

May 21, 2015
May 14, 2015
May 7, 2015
May 7, 2015






7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063