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ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


Register today for the 2015 IAEM Annual Conference
IAEM
Registration is now open for the 63rd IAEM-USA Annual Conference & EMEX in Clark County, Nevada, Nov. 13-18, 2015. View our online program and register today. This is the premiere emergency management event of the year. You will not want to miss what the conference has to offer: CEM®/AEM program offerings and pre/post-conference training from EMI, Naval Post Graduate School, NDPTC, EMAP and much, much more. There are more than 60 breakout sessions, spotlight sessions on contemporary issues from speakers that have worked disasters in their own communities, general sessions from renowned speakers and unlimited networking opportunities during special events. "If you want to know what really is going on in emergency management today, this is the place to be," said Thomas E. Drabek, John Evans Professor Emeritus, University of Denver and author of The Human Side of Disaster, Second Edition.
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IAEM-ASIA NEWS


NRC to deliberate reforms of natural resources management, disaster management*
NNT via ReliefWeb
The National Reform Council will meet to deliberate a report from its subcommittee dealing with natural resources and disaster management in response to global warming. NRC president Thienchay Kiranandana has scheduled a meeting of NRC members in order for them to deliberate the report from its subcommittee for the reform of natural resources and environment, chaired by Pramote Maiklad.
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Government adopts volcanic disaster evacuation bill, eyes caution zones*
Jiji Press via The Japan News
The government adopted a bill at a Cabinet meeting that will oblige municipalities near volcanoes to compile evacuation plans in preparation for volcanic disasters. The bill to revise the law on special measures concerning active volcanoes was drawn up in response to the eruption of Mt. Ontake in central Japan in September last year, which killed 57 people and left six others missing.
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IAEM-Canada AGM set for June 9, 2015 in Toronto
IAEM
The IAEM-Canada Council's 2015 Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time, in Room 203D, North Bldg, WCDM Toronto, Ontario. The meeting also will be available via teleconference. Complete details are available here.
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IAEM-USA NEWS


FEMA issues 2015 National Preparedness Report
Fire Engineering
FEMA and its partners released the 2015 National Preparedness Report. The NPR is an annual status report summarizing the Nation's progress toward reaching the 2011 National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation. This report marks the fourth iteration of the NPR. The 2015 NPR places particular emphasis on highlighting preparedness progress in implementing the National Planning Frameworks. The frameworks describe how the whole community works together to achieve the goal.
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Deadline extended to June 19 for IAEM-USA Clayton Christopher Award nominations
IAEM
The nominations deadline for the 2015 IAEM-USA Clayton R. Christopher Memorial Award has been extended to Friday, June 19, 2015, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, by the IAEM-USA Awards & Recognition Committee and IAEM-USA Region 4, which co-administrator this award category. Any IAEM-USA member is eligible for the Clayton R. Christopher Memorial Award, provided he or she is: (1) a local emergency management director/coordinator (city, county, tribal) who is currently working in that position or has retired no earlier than the year 2012; and (2) a member of IAEM-USA in good standing. The award is presented to a member in recognition of unselfish devotion and outstanding contributions to the overall emergency management program. All nominations must contain written justification for the award. IAEM-USA members may nominate a local (city/county/tribal) emergency management director/coordinator deserving of the award regardless of the geographical location within the United States of the nominee or the nominator. Self-nominations are not accepted. Obtain complete details on how to submit nominations for this award here.
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PHMSA issues notice on emergency response notifications for shipments of petroleum crude oil by rail
IAEM
Some stakeholders, including emergency responders, have expressed concern that the recent High-Hazard Flammable Train Rule may limit the availability of emergency response information by superseding DOT’s May 2014 Emergency Order. The order ensures that such information be provided to the State Emergency Response Commissions on a routine basis, related to any train carrying 1 million gallons or more of Bakken crude oil. In response to these concerns, DOT has announced that the May 2014 Emergency Order will remain in full force and effect until further notice. Options are considered for codifying the Order disclosure requirement. Read the full notice for complete details.
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EM NEWS


NOAA warns of powerful storms, despite seeing 'below-normal' hurricane season
NPR
Even though its predictions call for a below-normal Atlantic hurricane season with six to 11 named storms this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says strong and devastating storms remain a possibility. "A below-normal season doesn't mean we're off the hook. As we've seen before, below-normal seasons can still produce catastrophic impacts to communities," said NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., referring to the 1992 season in which only seven named storms formed, yet the first was Andrew — a Category 5 Major Hurricane that devastated South Florida.
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Tsunami in store for Los Angeles and San Diego?
CBS News
Californians can be forgiven for being obsessed with the San Andreas Fault, especially while a new disaster movie showcases its potential for devastation. But just off the coast, scientists say another danger lurks: several major faults capable of producing major earthquakes that could send tsunamis crashing into Los Angeles and San Diego. In a study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, researchers identified a little known, fault-riddled undersea landscape off of Southern California and northern Baja, California with the capability of producing magnitude 7.9 to 8.0 earthquakes.
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New Jersey Lassa fever death reveals holes in Ebola monitoring system*
NPR
A man died of a hemorrhagic fever in New Jersey. This by itself is fairly unusual in the Garden State. Making the case even more odd was that the man was being monitored for Ebola by New Jersey health officials, and the case should have been caught earlier. The events expose a hole in a public health system meant to track potential Ebola cases.
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DHS, USDA finally break ground for new National Bio- Agro-Defense Facility*
Homeland Security Today
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack broke ground to officially begin construction of the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility main laboratory structure in Manhattan, Kansas. When completed and fully operational in 2022, DHS said in an announcement, the $1.25 billion NBAF will be a 570,000 sq.ft, biocontainment facility for the study of foreign animal and emerging zoonotic diseases that threaten animal agriculture and public health in the United States.
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Disaster response should include scientists
San Francisco Chronicle
The waters, beaches and air quality along California's famously scenic coastline were polluted by a crude-oil spill north of Santa Barbara. For days, police turned away locals keen to help remove oil and rescue wildlife. Citizens could only watch in horror from the bluffs above Refugio State Beach, holding their noses to block the acrid stench, as oil-drenched waves — along with injured and dead wildlife — washed onto shore. More than a week later, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife finally called for public volunteers to assist with cleanup efforts.
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When disasters like Ebola hit, the world needs the World Health Organization. And it's failing.*
Vox
An annual meeting of the world's most powerful global health players is taking place in Geneva. It's called the World Health Assembly, and ministers of health, heads of state, and civil society leaders are gathered at the United Nations' Palace of Nations to set health priorities and policies for the entire world. At the moment, they're focused on whether we're prepared for future deadly disease outbreaks — a question that's particularly urgent in the wake of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
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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. Houston has been known to flood even in moderately heavy rains — some of its roads are designed to collect large pools of water when the city's drainage gets overwhelmed, which happens pretty often. And some parts of the city received an enormous amount of rain — more than 11 inches.
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EM RESOURCES


Federal flood risk management standard fact sheet now available
IAEM
On Jan. 30, the President issued an Executive Order, "Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input." Future federal investments in floodplains will be required to meet the level of resilience established in the standard. This includes projects where federal funds are used to build new structures and facilities or to rebuild those that have been damaged. This standard requires agencies to consider the best available, actionable science of both current and future risk when taxpayer dollars are used to build or rebuild in floodplains. On average, more people die annually from flooding than any other natural hazard. Further, the costs borne by the federal government are more than those for any other hazard. Water-related disasters account for approximately 85 percent of all disaster declarations. This fact sheet clarifies the requirements of the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard as it relates to FEMA programs.
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Hurricane planning? Don't let loose boats hamper recovery efforts*
Homeland Security Today
Coinciding with the Federal Emergency Management Agency's hurricane preparedness week, waterfront towns and boating businesses are learning how to better prepare their local boating community, according to the Boat Owner's Association of The United States. "In the aftermath of 2012's Superstorm Sandy, orphaned boats littered the streets around Staten Island, New York's Great Kills Harbor, hindering the cleanup and delaying the return of electrical power," BoatUS said in statement.
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CEM® UPDATE


IAEM provides resources to help certification candidates advance in the program
IAEM
CEM®/AEM candidates should remember to use the list of resources available to help you successfully complete the certification process. A listing of upcoming CEM®/AEM Prep Course and exam offerings is available on the IAEM website. Candidates interested in making arrangements with an approved proctor to take the exam can find the process outlined on pages 4 and 5 of the Study Guide.
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DISASTER TECHNOLOGY NEWS


Delays plague NOAA's $11B satellite program
NextGov
America's next-generation geostationary weather satellite program is again at risk of postponing the launch date of its first satellite, which could leave weather forecasters on the ground without a backup satellite for nearly three years. An audit released by the Commerce Department's inspector general suggests the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-led effort — called the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R series, or GOES-R — has experienced developmental problems, inadequate contracting office support and other issues.
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New tools to help during disasters
FOX News Radio
With hurricane season underway, and with horrible floods leaving many communities in Texas underwater, federal disaster management officials are trying new tactics to not only spread important information, but also to gain data as they work to help people endure and recover.
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GRANT ANNOUNCEMENTS


2015 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants announced
IAEM
FEMA announced $180 million in funding available through two Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs: Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM). These two grant programs assist state, local, tribal, and territorial governments in strengthening the nation's ability to reduce the potential cost of natural disasters to communities and their citizens. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 FMA grants will continue to focus on reducing or eliminating claims under the National Flood Insurance Program with a focus on mitigation planning and the mitigation of severe repetitive loss properties. The FY 2015 PDM grants will continue to focus on implementing a sustained pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation program and provide the grant funding set aside as required in the Stafford Act to states and tribes to support overall mitigation planning and projects. Both HMA FY 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcements can be found at grants.gov. Eligible applicants must apply for funding through the Mitigation eGrants system on the FEMA Grants Portal. All applications must be submitted no later than 3 p.m. Eastern Time on August 28, 2015.
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EM CALENDAR


IAEM webinar helps everyone create better presentations
IAEM
This is your opportunity to learn how to create presentations that complement and engage. Join the IAEM-USA Conference Committee, along with seasoned presenter, Nathaniel Forbes, on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time for this webinar on tips for giving 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.
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DHS offering webinar on improving chemical facility safety and security
IAEM
The Department of Homeland Security, Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of Labor will be hosting a webinar on EO 13650 Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security to provide an update on action items since its June 6, 2014 release. Discussion points will include progress on strengthening community planning and preparedness, enhancing federal operational coordination, improving data management, modernizing policies and regulations, incorporating stakeholder feedback, and developing best practices. The webinar will be held on Friday, June 19, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Eastern Time. Register in advance by emailing your contact information (first name, last name, company, title) to eo.chemical@hq.dhs.gov. There is no fee to register.
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AROUND THE WORLD


420 people still missing in boat disaster in China
The Washington Post
Divers battled submerged debris and crews sliced into the upturned hull of a Chinese cruise liner in a last-ditch hunt for survivors after the ship capsized with 456 people on board. So far, just 14 people are known to have survived the disaster on the Yangtze River. At least 19 bodies have been recovered, leaving more than 420 people unaccounted for — most of whom were retirement-age tourists. Under the river, a tumble of beds, tables and chairs blocked access for divers bringing up bodies — and seeking any survivors — inside the capsized ship. Some cabin doors were also locked, officials said, making the job of finding survivors and retrieving bodies significantly harder.
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Small Japanese island evacuated as volcano violently erupts*
NBC News
Japanese authorities ordered all of the people on a small island to evacuate after a volcano erupted in a towering plume of thick, black smoke almost six miles high and a shower of fiercely hot rock and toxic gases. Japan's main government spokesman, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, told reporters that all 137 people believed to be on the southern island of Kuchinoerabu were confirmed safe. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe set up a task force to coordinate operations.
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India heat wave kills 2,330 people as millions wait for rain
CNN
The heat wave gripping India has killed 2,330 people, officials announced, as meteorologists warned that monsoon rains could still be days away. The worst-hit state was Andhra Pradesh on the country's southeast coast, where 42 people have died in the past 24 hours. The total toll in that state is now 1,719, according to K. Dhananjaya Reddy, director of the state's disaster management.
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Blanca now a hurricane, 'life-threatening' surf imminent
The Weather Network
Tropical Storm Blanca strengthened to become the eastern Pacific's second hurricane of the season. According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Blanca will rapidly intensify and reach 'major hurricane' status. Hurricane Blanca is gaining strength and the NHC says it's expected to become a major Category 3 storm.
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Hurricane Andres balloons to category 4 in eastern Pacific Ocean
The Washington Post
Hurricane Andres, which began as a tropical depression in the eastern Pacific Ocean, ballooned into a powerful, category 4 hurricane, boasting sustained winds of 140 mph. According to Weather Underground's director of meteorology Jeff Masters, "Andres' emergence as a major hurricane at longitude 118.8°W marks the farthest west a major hurricane has been in the Northeast Pacific in May in the 45 years since accurate satellite records began in 1970."
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Presidential disaster declaration signed after Texas storms kill 21
Reuters via Yahoo News
U.S. President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration for areas in Texas hammered by severe weather that killed at least 21 people, caused massive flooding and prompted evacuations. Storms that battered North Texas added more runoff to swollen rivers and prompted hundreds of calls for help in Dallas, where some areas saw up to seven inches (17.8 cm) of rain. The presidential declaration frees up federal funds to help rebuild. No estimate has been given for the damage in Texas, which has a $1.4 trillion-a-year economy and is the biggest domestic energy provider.
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West braces for rough wildfire season, central US in good shape
USA Today
Wildfire activity should be above normal in parts of the West this summer, according to a forecast by the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. In June, fire danger is highest in northern California's Sacramento Valley, because of dry winds from the north that would help fan the fires, the center said. Southern Arizona is also at risk. Not surprisingly, the sodden central and southern Plains aren't likely to see much danger from wildfires this month, the fire center's Ed Delgado said. Many spots in Oklahoma and Texas saw their wettest May on record. And fire activity there should be curtailed most of the summer, he added.
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