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DHS requests comments on National Infrastructure Protection Plan Rewrite
IAEM
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) invites interested persons to contribute suggestions and comments for the rewrite of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) by submitting written data, views, or ideas. Comments that will provide the most assistance to DHS in updating the NIPP will explain the reason for any recommended changes to the NIPP and include data, information, or authority that supports such recommended change. Linking changes to specific sections of the NIPP would also be helpful. There will be an opportunity to review a revised document reflecting the various changes sometime this summer. PPD-21 specifies the following elements that shall be included in the successor to the NIPP: identification of a risk management framework to be used to strengthen the security and resilience of critical infrastructure; protocols to synchronize communication and actions within the Federal Government; and a metrics process to be used to measure the Nation's ability to manage and reduce risks to critical infrastructure. Learn more and submit comments here.
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IAEM ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


Welcome Party provides a great kick-off for the IAEM 2013 Annual Conference
IAEM
Don't miss the Sunday Welcome Party at the IAEM 61st Annual Conference & EMEX 2013, Oct. 25-30, 2013, Reno, Nev. New this year, we are hosting the Welcome Party off-site at Harrah's Automobile Museum. In keeping with the theme of the conference, enjoy reflecting on "Emergency Management in a Changing World" as you stroll through the historical timeline of motorized transportation. The National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection) has a "Wow!" factor you don't often find in a museum. You'll see more than 200 eye-popping cars with authentic street scenes and sounds. The facades bring displays to life — a hardware store here, a movie theatre there — which accompany artifacts from each era. Don't miss this opportunity to network, see old friends, meet new friends, and begin the conference on a high note. The reception location is one-half mile from the conference hotel. You may walk to the event or take the provided buses. Transportation begins at 5:00 pm., and the welcome party takes place 5:30-8:00 p.m. Get your tickets when you register for the IAEM Annual Conference.
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Virtual EMEX is an invaluable year-round resource for emergency management professionals
IAEM
EMEX 2013 brings together the latest technological advances in homeland security and disaster preparedness suppliers under one roof, under the auspices of the International Association of Emergency Managers' 61st Annual Conference, Oct. 25-30, 2013. Virtual EMEX is a resource for all emergency managers before, during and after the conference. It includes a comprehensive directory of suppliers. Use it to find products and services needed for your EM program — shelter supplies, warning systems, communications solutions, training & exercise specialists and 16 other categories included. Visit Virtual EMEX today!
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  The Must-Have Survival Food

“Chef 5 Minute Meals” are supplied to federal relief agencies, emergency management providers and institutional customers throughout the United States and abroad. The Company’s technologically advanced packaging system heats the meal to approximately 200 degrees Fahrenheit in five minutes, providing consumers with a hot, healthy meal without the need of any other heating source.
 


CEM® UPDATE


Now is the time to commit and become a certified professional
IAEM
Summer isn't just for vacations and swimming and popsicles. If you've been thinking about going for the Certified Emergency Manager or the Associate Emergency Manager designation, summer is the perfect time to commit! We're offering the following prep courses and group exam offerings for your convenience. Please note that 10 registrations are required for each prep course offering to proceed. Register today.
  • July 9, 2013 (Exam Only) — Brier, Wash.
  • July 12, 2013 (Exam Only) — New York, N.Y.
  • October 7, 2013 (Prep Course & Exam) — Atlantic City, N.J.
  • October 27, 2013 (Prep Course & Exam) — Reno, Nev.
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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EM NEWS


Scale, velocity, ambiguity: What's different about a Type 1 event
Emergency Management
The power was out for 2 million electric customers in New York. Hospitals and nursing homes were evacuating patients and shutting down. Thousands of people were stranded in high-rise buildings, needing food and water. In Queens, houses were burning to the ground. Water rescues were taking place in New York City and on Long Island. These events didn't take place on different days. They all happened simultaneously when Hurricane Sandy struck New York on Oct. 29, 2012. They illustrate three key distinguishing aspects of a Type 1 disaster: scope and scale, velocity and ambiguity of information. Emergency managers responding to Hurricane Sandy in New York experienced all of these challenges.
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Earthquake sounds its own tsunami warning
LiveScience via Yahoo News
Death by drowning was the biggest killer in the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami. Since the disaster, scientists have analyzed the massive Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, seeking better ways to predict these dangerous waves. Based on computer modeling, scientists at Stanford University now think sound waves from big earthquakes such as Japan's could provide 15 to 20 minutes of advance notice before a tsunami hits, according to a study published in the June 2013 issue of the journal the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.
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Disaster preparedness in the parks department
By Nick Merrill
In the wake of the recent Oklahoma tornadoes, it's imperative that your parks department is aware of the role it may be asked to perform during an emergency. The community looks to its local government for support in times of natural or manmade disaster, so make sure your department is prepared. The Red Cross is a huge help to communities in need of relief, but it may take up to five days for the Red Cross to be fully operational after a disaster. You need to be prepared to aid your community and provide basic necessities until further aid is available.
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  PRODUCT SHOWCASES
StormView™ Software

Cities, counties, municipalities, and states turn chaos into calm with National Disaster StormView™ software. When a disaster hits — whether it's a tornado, hurricane, flood, or fire — you will be ready to handle all the moving pieces and spring into action quickly.

International Disaster Conference & Expo - New Orleans

IDCE unites international emergency management, homeland security and disaster industry professionals from the public and private sectors for discussions on policy and practices shaping disaster preparation, response and recovery, loss mitigation, business continuity and more. The Expo features 200 companies offering the latest equipment and technology from around the world.
The Ultimate Escape Respirator


The SCape™ CO/CBRN from ILC Dover is the only escape mask certified to provide protection from carbon monoxide, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear contaminants. The mask's featured "instant on" blower provides its users with peace of mind, allowing them to stay calm and in control during an emergency.


Social media disaster response
Business 2 Community
The tsunami in Japan; the earthquake in Haiti; Hurricane Sandy in the United States. These disasters, and many more like them, have in the past few years illustrated the wide applicability of social media in disaster response. Due to it's broad reach and "un-wired" nature, social media has become a go-to tool in emergency situations and natural disasters.
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7 sites for disaster tourism
Fox News
From tornado-ravaged towns to terrorist attack sites, there's something about tragedy that causes us to recoil in horror — but then run to the source to see it for ourselves. Sites of major disasters — whether man-made or entirely natural — can be extraordinarily compelling. But why?
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EM RESOURCES


New tool helps disaster victims find emergency shelter
Fox News
When Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast of the U.S. last October, Airbnb and its community of hosts acted fast to help out many distraught victims caught up in the disaster. Responding to its members' generosity, the folks behind the apartment rental service tweaked its website to make it easier for thousands of New York-based hosts to open their spaces for free to people desperately in need of a place to stay during the crisis. Inspired by the positive response to its emergency housing initiative, web-based Airbnb decided to spend time working on implementing a more effective solution for such occasions.
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TAC-PAK
Over 360 deploying agencies rely upon the 308 SYSTEMS TAC-PAK to provide comprehensive mobile command for 1/20th the cost of a traditional command van or trailer, and each is custom configured to your specific agency needs.
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AROUND THE WORLD


Deadly flooding continues to swamp Europe
The Associated Press via USA Today
The swollen Elbe River breached another levee early Monday on its relentless march toward the North Sea, forcing German authorities to evacuate 10 villages and shut down one of the country's main railway routes. As the surge from the Elbe pushed into rural eastern Germany, there was some relief further upstream as the river slipped back from record levels in Magdeburg, the capital of Saxony-Anhalt state.
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Study: Pacific coast due for megathrust earthquake
The Globe and Mail
A new study says the Pacific coast has experienced 22 major earthquakes over the last 11,000 years, and is due for another. The study looked at sediment disturbance in Effingham Inlet, on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Study author Audrey Dallimore, of Royal Roads University, says researchers using state-of-the-art radiocarbon dating determined the last so-called megathrust earthquake in the zone that stretches from northern Vancouver Island down to California happened more than 3,000 years ago.
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Colorado fires scorch state; thousands evacuated
CNN
More than 3,600 residents were evacuated as the Black Forest Fire burned quickly through dry timber. As many as 80 homes could be damaged or destroyed but an exact estimate is still difficult. Low humidity, high temperatures and wind gusts helped the fire grow quickly and caused officials to issue evacuation orders for more than 2,500 homes.
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Bloomberg unveils sweeping disaster protection plan for New York
Los Angeles Times
In a far-reaching plan that would reshape the coastline of the nation's largest city, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg unveiled a $20-billion proposal that he said will protect New Yorkers from disasters brought on by climate change. New York's marriage with the sea has grown more fraught after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the city's 520-mile coastline.
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