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CEM® UPDATE


IAEM issues Call for Commissioners
IAEM
IAEM is looking for volunteers! The May Bulletin and the CEM® News section of the IAEM website announces that the CEM® Commission is accepting applications for new commissioners. Please see instructions on how to apply. Application deadline is June 15, 2015.
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IAEM STUDENT COUNCIL NEWS


Winning essays in the IAEM 2015 Student Essay Contest will be published in the IAEM Bulletin
IAEM
The winning essays (undergraduate and graduate categories) of the IAEM 2015 Student Essay Content will be published in the IAEM Bulletin, the monthly newsletter distributed to the 9,000+ members of IAEM. Have a chance to share your knowledge with all members of IAEM by entering this year’s competition. This year's essay topic addressing the age-old debate of experience versus education is particularly important, given that the profession and study of emergency management grew from the practitioner side and and that academic EM programs are relatively new. Choosing to pursue specialized knowledge and hands-on experience through practical experience or seeking academic knowledge through a university program is sometimes difficult to decide for a person entering the profession. This topic was chosen in an effort to raise awareness of the choices that new emergency managers must make when choosing their career paths and to better understand those choices. In addition to publication, winners will receive a complimentary conference registration and hotel costs for the IAEM 63rd Annual Conference & EMEX, Nov. 17-28, 2015, Clark County, Nevada. 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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IAEM-USA NEWS


IAEM-USA Council seeks candidates for second vice president and treasurer
IAEM
Nominations are now being accepted for IAEM-USA Council second vice president and treasurer. Candidates must submit their credentials by 5:00 p.m. EDT, on Monday, June 29, 2015, to IAEM Headquarters via email, to be reviewed by the IAEM-USA Nominations & Credentials Committee. IAEM Individual members are eligible to hold national office, provided they have been a member for at least three consecutive years, and have served as a regional or national officer, national committee chair, or active national committee member for two consecutive years. Learn about officer credentials and other details in the complete call for nominations posted here.
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Nominate a local EM director/coordinator deserving of recognition for 2015 IAEM-USA Clayton Christopher Award
IAEM
As announced last week, the IAEM-USA Awards & Recognition Committee and IAEM-USA Region 4 have extended the nominations deadline for the 2015 IAEM-USA Clayton R. Christopher Memorial Award to Friday, June 19, 2015, 5:00 p.m. EDT. The award is co-administered by the committee and Region 4. 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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Fiscal Year 2016 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill markup scheduled
IAEM
The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security will meet in open session at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in Room 138 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building to markup the Fiscal Year 2016 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill.
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NHSC stakeholders discussed lessons learned from the US response to Ebola
IAEM
Speaking on behalf of local emergency managers, Eddie Hicks, IAEM-USA past president (2010-2011), represented IAEM at a recent National Homeland Security Consortium (NHSC) meeting to discuss lessons learned from the response to Ebola in the United States. A variety of stakeholders in homeland security — from public health to emergency management to public works — shared their observations concerning what worked well, what didn't, and what is recommended for future responses to infectious disease outbreaks. NHSC published an issue paper, "The Response to Ebola in the United States: Lessons Learned from a Multi-Discipline Perspective," that reflects the experiences and observations of NHSC stakeholders. NHSC recommendations include:
  • The U.S. healthcare system's emergency preparedness structure for highly infectious diseases should mirror our day-to-day systems.
  • There needs to be a better determination of our national hospital capacity to handle infectious disease patients. Also, further consideration is needed of the ethical decisions related to caring for mass numbers when existing capacity isn't sufficient.
  • State and local governments should review their laws and authorities for quarantine and make any necessary changes to strengthen enforcement.
  • A national, systematic and comprehensive approach is needed in applying lessons learned from previous responses.
  • An adequate, steady funding stream is necessary for public health and healthcare preparedness and response rather than crisis funding by event.
  • Clear leadership designation and organization, command/incident management structures, and a collaborative spirit and commitment are necessary for optimal response with a government-wide approach to health threats at all levels.

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    IAEM-USA represented at FirstNet and PSAC stakeholder engagement meetings in June; activity update available
    IAEM
    The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Committee met in conjunction with the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) in San Diego during the first week in June. IAEM-USA was represented by Joseph R. Sastre, director, Groton Office of Emergency Management, who reported that FirstNet has held initial consultation meetings with 31 states, involving almost 2,000 state, tribal and local representatives, with the remaining states scheduled for their first consultation by Labor Day. Overall, FirstNet has connected with more than 25,000 public safety and private sector stakeholders at more than 175 outreach and consultation engagements in fiscal year 2015 to date. Ultimately, FirstNet will develop a plan to bring public safety broadband service to each state and territory. Additionally, FirstNet has begun the hiring process to acquire the needed personnel and experts to bring this service to fruition and will be issuing a RFP in the coming months. Download the latest news from FirstNet here.
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    Report: $1.5 trillion worth of homes at risk of hurricane storm surge
    USA Today
    More than 6.6 million homes on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts are at risk of hurricane storm surge inundation, with a total reconstruction cost value of nearly $1.5 trillion, according to a report. Storm surge — the often huge mound of water that builds up and comes ashore as a hurricane moves over the ocean or Gulf of Mexico — is usually the most dangerous aspect of hurricanes. It was by far the most destructive force in Hurricanes Camille, Katrina and Sandy.
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    Central Texas floods expose gaps in high-tech warning systems*
    Emergency Management
    In many respects, the flood warning system employed by local and federal emergency agencies over the Memorial Day weekend in Central Texas worked as intended. Hays County authorities sent out three "reverse 911" notifications to homes in harm's way alongside the Blanco River. The National Weather Service broadcast flash flood warnings throughout the evening to cellphones. While more than a dozen people lost their lives in the flooding, many others were saved by the alerts. Yet it is also apparent that the disaster, which caused tens of millions of dollars in property damage in Blanco and Hays counties, exposed significant gaps — both technological and psychological — in the high-tech warning systems. The Wimberley area lacks alarm systems used in other Texas river towns, as well.
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    Cutting trees to prevent wildfires sparks California debate*
    The Associated Press via FirefighterNation
    City officials accepted a $4 million federal grant to chop down trees in the ritzy Oakland hills, a decision that ignited debate over how best to prevent deadly wildfires in the affluent Northern California region. The Oakland City Council voted to approve the Federal Emergency Management Agency grant. The city and its fire department say clearing young eucalyptus trees and other non-native plants would deter another deadly firestorm like the one that whipped through the hills in 1991. That blaze killed 25 people and destroyed nearly 3,500 homes.
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    EM NEWS


    White House unveils $34M climate plan to disaster-proof developing countries
    The Guardian
    The White House moved to boost confidence in its commitment to an international climate change deal, announcing new measures to help disaster-proof developing countries from extreme weather and sea level rise. The $34 million initiative, which would bolster the climate defenses of countries such as Bangladesh, Columbia and Ethiopia, was part of what White House officials describe as a "steady drumbeat" of announcements and events ahead of critical climate change talks in Paris at the end of the year.
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    San Andreas' Dwayne Johnson teams with FEMA to encourage people to drop and cover during earthquake
    Broadway World
    In an effort to raise awareness of earthquake preparedness, the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Ad Council have partnered with Warner Bros. to launch a new series of public service advertisements featuring scenes from the upcoming action thriller San Andreas, starring Dwayne Johnson.
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    Hundreds of disaster experts descend on Toronto: What could possibly go wrong?*
    Toronto Star
    The word "disaster" covers a lot of ground these days, and so too does a Toronto conference with sessions on lone-wolf terrorism, cyberattacks and contagious disease outbreaks. Disaster experts — who work in such fields as risk management, emergency response, public health, IT disaster recovery, security, military and government — will meet this week to talk about how to prevent and respond to catastrophe. The occasion is the World Conference on Disaster Management, being held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
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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 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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    NEW INSIGHTS


    7 things to know about mental health after a disaster
    The Huffington Post
    Are disasters becoming part of the new normal? Or have disasters become our new (ab)normal? Disasters are extraordinarily varied in their nature, ranging from accidents (from local motor vehicle accidents to major train or plane crashes); natural catastrophes (like the recent floods in Oklahoma and Texas, hurricanes like Katrina and Sandy, and earthquakes, fires and tsunami); and acts of terrorism (including school and mall mass murders, the Boston bombing and 9/11). Their settings are also diverse, from dense urban to rural, isolated areas.
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    How to rebuild communities after a disaster
    Rappler
    Poverty and natural disasters are intertwined. Both, however, can be addressed together through the community-driven development approach to disaster preparedness, as we have learned in the Philippines. CDD aims to empower local communities with the ability to self-govern, analyze their situation, and conceptualize and prioritize projects based on their needs such as school buildings, health stations, access roads, water supply systems, post-harvesting facilities and footbridges. Residents are the prime driver for implementing and maintaining these community structures.
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    World's nuclear facilities at risk from cyberattacks*
    In Homeland Security
    The international community must intensify efforts to protect the world's nuclear facilities from cyberattacks, the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog declared as he opened the organization's first-ever conference on the issue at the International Atomic Energy Agency's headquarters in Vienna. Sounding the alarm in front of more than 650 experts from 92 member states, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said the inaugural International Conference on Computer Security in a Nuclear World sent "an important message" that the world is finally "serious about protecting nuclear and other radioactive material."
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    EM RESOURCES


    Virtual tabletop exercise programs available at Emergency Management Institute
    IAEM
    FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers a variety of Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX) programs that are designed for a community-based group of at least 10 or more personnel from state, local, tribal, or territorial emergency management organizations with representatives from other disciplines such as public safety, public works, public health, health care, government, administrative, communications, military, private sector, non-governmental and other whole community partners. Participants must have an appropriate site equipped with video teleconference capability that can access FEMA. EMI will conduct VTTX programs between June and September 2015 on a variety of subjects:
  • July 7-9: Long-term Power Outage
  • July 28-30: Psychology of Disaster: Long-term Mental Health Recovery
  • Aug. 25-27: Building Collapse Focused
  • Sept. 1-3: Public Health Infectious Disease (written and hosted by the CDC)
  • A complete listing of all the 2015 VVTX dates and scenarios are available here.

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    New guidance available on surviving in improvised explosive device or active shooter incidents
    IAEM
    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in coordination with the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Justice and Transportation, has released "First Responder Guidance for Improving Survivability in Improvised Explosive Device and/or Active Shooter Incidents." This first responder guidance provides evidence-based response strategies based on best practices and lessons learned from civilian and military IED and/or active shooter incidents. The recommendations presented — early, aggressive hemorrhage control; personal protective equipment (which includes ballistic vests, helmets and eyewear); and greater first responder interoperability and incident management — will help to save lives by mitigating first responder risk and improving the emergent and immediate medical management of casualties encountered during IED and/or active shooter incidents.
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    FEMA releases a consolidated online training course catalog for first responder training
    IAEM
    FEMA released a consolidated online training catalog for the First Responder Training System, including courses available through the Emergency Management Institute (EMI), the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) and the Continuing Training Grant (CTG) program. The site was developed in response to customer requests and is known as the "National Training & Education Online Course Catalog." It allows users to search for all FEMA preparedness training in one location.
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    DISASTER TECHNOLOGY NEWS


    At DARPA challenge, rescue robots show future of disaster relief
    Los Angeles Times
    In a narrow parking lot, Brett Kennedy and Sisir Karumanchi stand around what looks like a suitcase. But then four limbs extend from its sides, bending and clicking into position. Two spread out like legs and two rise up like arms as the robot goes through several poses, looking for all the world like a Transformer doing yoga. This is RoboSimian, a prototype rescue robot whose builders at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory hope can win the $2-million prize at the DARPA Robotics Challenge. The goal: to foster a new generation of rescue robots that could help save lives when the next disaster hits.
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    Fighting forest fires before they get big — with drones*
    Wired
    On Friday, May 15, wildland fire season kicked off in California. Officials from the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, and a few other agencies gathered at the Kern County Fire Department Headquarters in Bakersfield to, if not celebrate, at least observe the moment. Everyone knew they were looking at a rough year. The ongoing western drought will make sure of that. Now, a team of researchers believes they may be able to help. The idea is to enable early location and identification of fires using drones, planes and satellites mounted with special infrared cameras.
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    SURVEY REQUESTS


    Emergency Management magazine seeks information from local emergency managers
    IAEM
    Emergency Management magazine is seeking emergency response agencies that tap into their local video surveillance networks (i.e. traffic cams) to improve their situational awareness during emergencies. The goal is to highlight examples of such usages, so that their readers can learn how to use this resource. Please contact James Careless by June 14 if you are willing to participate.
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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 a 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 & EMEX in Clark County, Nevada.
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    Webinar for faith-based and community organizations on youth preparedness resources and partnerships
    IAEM
    The Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, FEMA's Individual and Community Preparedness Division, the U.S. Department of Education Center for School Preparedness, and Save the Children invite you to join a co-hosted webinar intended to help connect faith-based and community organizations to tools and resources for youth preparedness activities. Audience members will hear from organizations that are affirmers of the National Strategy for Youth Preparedness Education and how they can work alongside youth and leverage existing resources and partnerships to increase preparedness in communities. The webinar, "Getting Youth Involved in Emergency Preparedness," will take place from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, June 23, 2015. Register today.
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    NG9-1-1 Institute Capitol Hill 'Lunch and Learn' to be held June 23, 2015, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
    IAEM
    The NG9-1-1 Institute's Lunch and Learn is free and open to the public. It includes a free boxed lunch and beverages, first come-first served. Members of the Congressional NG9-1-1 Caucus and other Members of Congress and their staffs, federal agency staffs, members of the public safety community, public safety vendors, members of the press and social media, and members of the general public, especially those with an interest in supporting public safety / NG9-1-1, are welcome to attend. This event will feature public safety and agency updates on important NG9-1-1 topics, including: an overview of how 9-1-1/NG9-1-1 work; wireless 9-1-1 location accuracy; FCC update on 9-1-1 activities at the Commission; and funding and NextGen 9-1-1. Learn more.
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    AROUND THE WORLD


    Fire at Ukraine oil storage depot leaves 1 worker, several firefighters dead
    The Wall Street Journal
    An intense fire at an oil storage depot near Kiev left several firefighters and one worker dead, in what Ukrainian officials said was the worst fire in the city since the 1960s. Huge plumes of black smoke billowed from four of the storage tanks in a village about 30 kilometers from central Kiev. More than 300 emergency workers and additional National Guard troops had been deployed to the area, officials said. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asked his subordinates to coordinate a speedy response to the fire, which Kiev Emergency Ministry official Valery Boris called the worst fire seen in the city since the 1960s.
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    Death toll rises to 431 in China ship disaster, 11 missing
    Reuters via NBC News
    The death toll from a Chinese cruise ship which capsized on the Yangtze River has reached 431, with 11 still missing, a government spokesman said. Only 14 survivors, one of them the captain, have been found after the ship carrying 456 overturned in a freak tornado in Jianli in Hubei province. Most of the passengers were elderly tourists. The four-storied ship was righted and raised, allowing rescuers onto it to clear away debris, break down cabin doors and look for the remaining missing. The river is being swept to as far away as Shanghai looking for the missing.
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    Malaysia quake: 16 dead, 2 still missing on Mount Kinabalu
    CNN
    Two days after a deadly earthquake in Malaysia launched perilous rock slides toward mountain hikers, more devastation and more hope emerged. Authorities recovered several more bodies from the slopes of Mount Kinabalu, bringing the death toll from the recent quake to at least 16, a Malaysian tourism minister said. Two people remain missing on the mountain, minister Masidi Manjun said. But one person who was thought to be missing has been found safe.
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    South Korea MERS outbreak: Officials brace for 'most important period'
    CNN
    In the third week of the MERS outbreak, South Korea is bracing for what national officials call "the most important period" in the effort to curb the spread. So far, nine people have died after contracting MERS and confirmed cases are at 108. More than 3,000 people in South Korea have been under quarantine in efforts to curb the Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome. But patients from the most-affected hospital are near the end of their mandatory quarantine period and health authorities are watching for whether they can be cleared.
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    Northern Hemisphere hurricane season off to record start, fueled by El Niño
    The Washington Post
    Hurricane activity is expected to be below-average this year in the Atlantic Ocean, but that "quiet" forecast does not translate for other parts of the Northern Hemisphere, where tropical cyclones have been smashing records since late March. North of the equator, typhoon and hurricane season has gotten off to a tenacious start, fueled by a strengthening El Niño in the central Pacific.
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