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ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


IAEM launches new website devoted to Annual Conference
IAEM
IAEM has launched a new site for the Annual Conference & EMEX (exhibit). Visit www.iaemconference.info for the complete conference experience. The new one-stop shop provides a fresh look with user-friendly navigation, while providing all conference information, including: complete program; travel information, including housing options; registration; sponsorship opportunities; exhibitor portal for booth selection and registration; virtual EMEX for visitors to locate specific vendors; pre- and post-conference training opportunities; special event information; and activities and locations of interest near the conference. The new conference site is mobile-friendly. View it today on your computer or any mobile device. You can also access it from www.iaem.com. Visit the Events tab and select the Annual Conference and you will be directed to the new IAEM Annual Conference & EMEX site.
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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 who 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


Supercomputer reduces disaster risk*
Nikkei Asian Review
Japan's massive tsunami roared into the city of Sendai at around 15:53 p.m. on March 11, 2011, leaving devastation in its wake. Seaside houses and farmland were inundated within minutes; more than 15,000 were killed and thousands of others injured. Reducing disaster risk has since become a major focus for companies. Tohoku University and Fujitsu Laboratories have jointly developed a real-time flood analysis system using Fujitsu's supercomputer, K. Its simulation model quickly calculates the estimated arrival time of tsunamis and the probability and extent of building damage.
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Senate Appropriations Subcommittee marks up DHS FY 2016 Budget
IAEM
On June 16, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security marked up the FY 2016 Appropriations Bill for the Department of Homeland Security. The full Appropriations Committee markup is scheduled for June 18. Amendments are expected. Some highlights in the FEMA budget are: $350 million for Emergency Management Performance Grants; $100 million for Pre-Disaster Mitigation grants; $680 million for Fire and Safer Grants; $467 million for State Homeland Security Grants, with $50 million of this earmarked for Operation Stonegarden; $600 million for Urban Area Security Initiative, which includes an increase of $25 million for non-profit set aside; $100 million each for Port and Transit Security Grants; $98 million for National Domestic Preparedness Consortium; and $190 million for the Flood Hazard Mapping and Risk assessment program. The Subcommittee did not accept the Administration's proposal to consolidate the homeland security grants. The Committee included the highlights for FEMA and other agencies of the Department in a press release. More information will be provided on the IAEM-USA Government Affairs Committee web page following the markup on Thursday.
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Time is running out! Submit nominations for Clayton Christopher Award by tomorrow, June 19
IAEM
The extended nominations deadline for the 2015 IAEM-USA Clayton R. Christopher Memorial Award is tomorrow, Friday, June 19, 2015, 5:00 p.m. EDT, as announced on June 1 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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Nominations period continues until June 29, 5:00 pm EST, for IAEM-USA second vice president and treasurer
IAEM
The nominations period continues for those IAEM members interested in running 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 info@iaem.com, to be reviewed by the IAEM-USA Nominations & Credentials Committee. To be placed on the ballot, candidates must submit: a letter stating candidacy; a letter of permission from the candidate's immediate supervisor supporting the time and travel necessary to fulfill duties of office; a brief resume; and confirmation of IAEM-USA membership of at least three years immediately prior to seeking office. Learn about officer candidate eligibility and other details in the complete call for nominations posted here.
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FirstNet provides weekly update to Public Safety Advisory Committee
IAEM
FirstNet Acting Executive Director T.J. Kennedy testified on June 16, 2015, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee's communications and technology subcommittee, with a hearing on the topic of "Progress Toward a Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network." The hearing was an opportunity to highlight the progress that the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) has made and discuss its priorities going forward, including consultation and the acquisition process. While the multibillion-dollar development of a wireless broadband network for first responders, known as FirstNet, promises to bring interoperable communications to public safety organizations nationwide, Homeland Security Department officials recently touted how the potential capabilities and features will benefit them. Initial consultation meetings took place in three states last week: New Hampshire, New Mexico and Ohio, bringing the total to 34 consultation meetings to date. This week, FirstNet will conduct the initial consultations in Vermont, Kansas and Wisconsin. IAEM-USA is a stakeholder with representation on the FirstNet Committee, through its outreach liaison, IAEM member Joseph R. Sastre, director, Groton Office of Emergency Management. More information on this and other FirstNet news can be found in the FirstNet weekly update.
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FEMA launches NFIP Call Center Pilot Program
IAEM
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on June 15 launched a National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) call center pilot program to serve and support policyholders with the servicing of their claims. Flood insurance claims can be complicated, and policyholders may have questions in the days and weeks following a disaster. The NFIP call center is reachable at 1-800-621-3362, and will operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (CDT) Monday through Friday. Specialists will be available to assist policyholders with the servicing of their claims, provide general information regarding their policies, and/or offer technical assistance to aid in recovery. For those who prefer to put their concerns in writing, a "Request for Support" form is posted here, which can be filled out and emailed or faxed to 540-504-2360. Call center staff will be able to answer questions, including questions such as "How do I file a flood insurance claim? What type of documentation is needed? Can I still obtain disaster assistance even though I have a flood policy?" as well as more complicated insurance questions about the extent of coverage and policy ratings. The call center also will be open to disaster survivors who have general questions about the NFIP. Have the following information available when calling: contact information (name, telephone number, email address if applicable); policy number; address of damaged property; and name of flood insurance carrier. The NFIP call center pilot program is part of FEMA's ongoing commitment to effective, long-term improvements to the NFIP.
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National Weather Service Improvement Act introduced in Senate
IAEM
On June 15, 2015, the National Weather Service Improvement Act (S. 1573) was introduced by Senator Thune (R-SD). It will be marked up by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on June 24. Senator Thune chairs the Committee. As introduced the bill would establish six consolidated NWS offices. Emergency managers from across the country are expressing strong concerns about the impact.
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Senate bill could cut number of weather service offices from 122 to 6
KOTV-TV
There are 122 National Weather Service offices nationwide, but there's a plan being floated in the U.S. Senate to reduce the number of those offices to just six, meaning many jobs could be lost. The National Weather Service forecasts and warns the public from its offices, including the one in Tulsa. The Senate bill would centralize the offices, combining all of the locations into six regional offices.
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Western governors hear federal drought aid is coming
KUOW
As the Northwest drought deepens, millions of dollars in emergency federal aid are headed toward stricken states, top Obama administration officials told seven western governors. The White House says it will make $110 million available to help those suffering from effects of drought. A variety of federal agencies will disperse the money. Some will be used to help farmers find ways to conserve water, change grazing practices and improve irrigation.
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EM NEWS


UK expert warns of disaster if lessons are not learned from Ebola outbreak
The Guardian
Failure to learn the lessons of the Ebola outbreak will have unthinkable consequences when the next global health emergency erupts, the former head of the U.K.'s Ebola taskforce in Sierra Leone has warned. Donal Brown, who led British efforts to tackle the disease in the west African country, said the outbreak had exposed serious technical and collaborative failings in the international community's response mechanisms.
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MERS is a health crisis with political and economic costs*
NPR
In South Korea, schools are starting to reopen and hundreds are coming out of quarantine as the Asian MERS outbreak appears to slow down. Middle East respiratory syndrome has infected 150 and killed 16 people in South Korea since mid-May. And as it has become clear, this health crisis is coming with political and economic costs.
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CIA declassifies inspector general's report on 9/11 shortcomings*
CNN
Ten years after the CIA's Office of the Inspector General completed its investigation into intelligence failures prior to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the agency declassified its report. The nearly-500 page documented — redacted in parts — elaborates on a list of "systemic problems" the inspector general found that contributed to missed warnings of Osama bin Laden's plot to hijack planes and use them as weapons.
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CEM® UPDATE


Act now to receive your certification diploma at the IAEM Annual Conference
IAEM
CEM®/AEM candidates in the Class of 2015 who are interested in receiving their diploma at the IAEM-USA Annual Conference during the awards ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada, must have their initial CEM®/AEM credential application approved no later than the September 2015 online review meeting AND must take and return their completed exam to IAEM Headquarters by Oct. 12, 2015, as well as receive a passing grade. No supplemental reviews will occur prior to the scheduled November/December 2015 online review meeting.
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NEW INSIGHTS


Global risks: Pool knowledge to stem losses from disasters
Nature
In April and May, two massive earthquakes in Nepal killed more than 8,400 people, injured 20,000 and reduced 300,000 houses to rubble. In March, Cyclone Pam destroyed homes, schools, infrastructure and livelihoods on the Pacific island of Vanuatu, affecting half the population, including 82,000 children. Both nations will take years to recover. The number and severity of disasters is increasing. Improved disaster-risk management and resilience is essential for sustainable societies. But the science of natural hazards is too fragmented to influence policy effectively.
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Social media should play greater role in disaster communication*
Phys.Org
When Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines in 2013, thousands of people were killed, in part because they didn't know it was coming or didn't know how to protect themselves. Could an increased use of social media, particularly on the part of the nation's government, have made a difference? While that question remains open, it is clear that social media should play a larger role in emergency preparedness, says Bruno Takahashi, a Michigan State University assistant professor of journalism who studies the issue.
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EM RESOURCES


FEMA launches new data visualization tool
IAEM
As reported six months ago in the Jan. 8, 2015 issue of the IAEM Dispatch, FEMA released via soft launch its new data visualization tool for beta testing. On June 11, the tool was officially released and is accessible now at fema.gov/data-visualization, allowing users to view and interact with a wide array of FEMA data. Through an interactive platform, users can view the history of disaster declarations by hazard type or year; confirm the financial support provided to states, tribes and territories; and access public datasets for further research and analysis. The site provides compelling visual representations of federal grant data as it relates to fire, preparedness, mitigation, individual assistance and public assistance. The OpenFEMA data used in the visualization are from the publicly available datasets on fema.gov and data.gov. FEMA is committed to updating these existing datasets in a timely manner and as feasible, to provide new datasets for external partners to manipulate and use. FEMA will continue to develop additional visualizations based on feedback and the availability of public data.
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FEMA launches innovative national volunteer program to enhance disaster response and recovery efforts nationwide
IAEM
On June 17, 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with seven technology organizations to provide state, local, tribal and territorial governments with technology resources during a disaster to expedite response and recovery. The companies have joined FEMA's new Tech Corps program — a nationwide network of skilled, trained technology volunteers who can address critical technology gaps during a disaster. Already, Tech Corps partners have been active on their own during national and global technology disaster response efforts, including providing support during Hurricane Sandy and the earthquakes in Nepal and Haiti. This initiative signifies a greater level of coordination between volunteers and the emergency management community through FEMA. View FEMA's press release.
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HHS launches information and resource exchange portal
IAEM
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has launched its Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (ASPR TRACIE). You can browse Technical Resources and review Topic Collections, visit the Assistance Center and submit a request, and apply to join the password-protected Information Exchange. You also can subscribe to the ASPR TRACIE listserv and apply to join its cadre of subject matter experts. Learn more by watching this short demonstration on how to navigate through the ASPR TRACIE website.
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NACCHO and CDC release new radiation legal preparedness report
IAEM
CDC's Public Health Law Program recently published Public Health Preparedness: Examination of Legal Language Authorizing Responses to Radiological Incidents, an assessment of state and local laws that authorize restriction of movement and decontamination of people during a radiological event. The assessment is the result of a partnership between CDC's Public Health Law Program, CDC's National Center Environmental Health, Radiation Studies Branch, and the National Association of County and City Health Officials.
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Mobile application for reporting disaster events*
ReliefWeb
ICIMOD and Kathmandu University, Nepal, launched "Disaster Reporting," an android application that enables users to report disaster events along with essential information, such as impact and immediate relief requirements. The application allows the user to select the type of disaster event (e.g., building damage, fire, landslide or public utility damage) and provides an option to include information on the extent of damage, number of people injured, people who perished and were displaced, along with current need in the field.
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DISASTER TECHNOLOGY NEWS


Research lab generates cyclone conditions in a tank to learn more about real storms
Techly
June 1 was the official opening of Atlantic hurricane season, and scientists at the University of Miami are more prepared than ever, with a new research lab dedicated to the meteorological phenomenon that has devastated coastal towns time and time again. In the new lab at UMiami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, researchers can artificially generate completely controlled tropical storm conditions in order to analyze any number of hurricane aspects.
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Scientists fly drones to map sagebrush for wildfire strategy
The Associated Press via ABC News
Scientists have deployed drones over western Idaho to map a little-known landscape as part of an effort to reduce wildfire risks and protect sage grouse and other wildlife across the West. They say they have to learn more about what grows in the region so that when charred areas are restored, land managers don't plant a type of sagebrush that sage grouse won't eat. The football-sized bird found in 11 states is being considered for federal protections under the Endangered Species Act.
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Earthquake detection system will prepare Dubai buildings for every eventuality
The National
The Burj Khalifa and Dubai World Trade Centre have joined a growing list of UAE buildings to adopt an earthquake-detection system to help determine when to evacuate highly populated areas. The Online Alerting of Structural Integrity and Safety is to be used by Dubai Municipality so emergency services will know when an action plan will have to be issued in the event of an earthquake. The Rapid Evaluation and Assessment Programme will then be used to detect when a building is safe to re-enter.
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Twitter could shape flood disaster response
Climate Central
First the rains came. Then the floods. Then the tweets. In late January 2014, Jakarta was inundated with heavy rain. So much rain fell that the region saw 16 inches more rainfall than normal for the month. Rivers rose and punctured their banks, spilling onto the streets of the Indonesian capital. Flood waters reached over 6 feet in some areas and affected nearly 135,000 residents. Those with smartphones and a Twitter account rushed to relay information about the extreme rise of waters to family, friends and follower alike.
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California company wants to 'hover' buildings, protecting against earthquakes*
Fox News
The company that made Marty McFly's hoverboard a reality is eyeing an even more ambitious technology that aims to "hover" buildings. Los Gatos, Calif.-based Arx Pax is touting the technology a way to protect people and structures in natural disasters such as earthquakes. The firm is testing what it describes as "isolation of structures from unwanted movement" and has patented a three-part foundation system, which it says will "decouple" an object or building from the earth before disaster strikes.
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Tweet this, Google that: — managing 9-1-1 in the digital age*
9-1-1 Magazine,
Barry Furey writes: While the implementation of true Next Generation 9-1-1 may not be around the very next corner, we've taken several steps to at least cautiously move in that direction. An increasing number of Public Safety Answering Points have added the ability to receive text messages, while others plan on switching from analog trunks to digital nets. Of course, all of this has its roots in the consumer electronics revolution, which has changed the face of how we do business.
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EM CALENDAR


Happening today: DHS First Responders Group Capacity Building Webinar Series: 'Innovating with Disaster Drills and Exercises'
IAEM
Register to attend here to attend today's webinar at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and use the same link to view the webinar recording. This webinar will feature: Carla Boyce, director, National Exercise Division, FEMA; Douglas Kahn, manager, Virtual Table Top Exercise Program, EMI/FEMA; Boyce Wilson, homeland security planner, Heart of Texas Council of Governments; and Kim Stephens, consultant, iDisaster.wordpress.com. Learn to: understand opportunities to innovate within the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program process; explain how virtual exercises can efficiently and effectively meet your objectives; identify best practices and innovative approaches to design, conduct and evaluate exercises; and incorporate social media into exercises.
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Webinar: 'Updates in Action Plan to Improve Chemical Facility Safety and Security' to be held June 19, 2015, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
IAEM
The Chemical Safety and Security Working Group, formed by Presidential Executive Order 13650, released a status report in June 2014, Actions to Improve Chemical Facility Safety and Security — a Shared Commitment, which summarized actions, lessons learned, challenges, and action plans. Since the report was released, the working group has been implementing priority actions identified in the action plan, an effort that will be completed over time and requires the collective efforts of everyone with a stake in chemical facility safety and security: communities, first responders and industry, alongside federal, state and local governments. A recent fact sheet provides an overview of the progress made. The webinar will provide an update on the actions taken, and as time permits, participants will be able to ask questions on a first-come, first-served basis. To register: email your contact information (first name, last name, company, title), and you will receive an email with webinar connection and call-in instructions. There is no fee to register.
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IAEM-USA Climate, Water & Weather Caucus and National Weather Service will present a joint Webinar on June 22, 2015, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
IAEM
The IAEM-USA Climate, Water & Weather Caucus has scheduled a webinar on the topic of "Update on the National Weather Service Hazards Simplification Project." The presenter will be Eli Jacks, acting chief of the National Weather Service Forecast Services Division. Register online here or call in at 888-603-8939, security code 35521#
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Resilience armchair discussion to be held June 23 in Washington, DC
IAEM
Trends over the last several decades show that weather-related disasters and other extreme events are happening more frequently and resulting in greater losses, costs and damages. Environmental Intelligence creates opportunities for communities to look ahead and become more societally, economically and ecologically resilient. But what does "resilience" mean to communities, and what kinds of information, tools and data do communities need to make decisions that will increase their resilience and minimize their risks? On June 23, at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, administrator, NOAA, The Honorable Samuel Adams, former mayor of Portland Oregon and current director of the U.S. Climate Initiative at the World Resources Institute, and Dr. Ralph J. Cicerone, president, National Academy of Sciences, will start to answer these questions when they sit down for an armchair discussion about building resilience through science. Mr. Joseph Witte, climate communicator at NASA Goddard, will moderate the conversation. The Resilience Armchair Discussion is co-hosted by the National Academy of Sciences' Resilient America Roundtable and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, DC. Please plan to join us via webcast. Register for webcast. Attendance in person is limited. Register for the in-person event.
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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 illustrating 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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IAEM offers member webinar: 'An Overview of the United Nations Disaster Resilience Scorecard for Cities' on June 20, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
IAEM
This presentation will review the UNISDR's City Disaster Resilience Scorecard — how it came about, what it is, how a city can access and use it (it's free), and the information and insight the city might expect to gain by doing so. The speakers will be Peter Williams of IBM and Allan Klindworth of AECOM. The United Nations Disaster Resilience scorecard provides a set of assessments that will allow cities to understand how resilient they are to natural disasters. It is based on the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction's (UNISDR) draft revised "Ten Essentials" of disaster management. Reserve your space in this webinar.
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AROUND THE WORLD


Fast-growing Alaska wildfires force evacuations
Al Jazeera America
Fire crews are battling two serious wildfires in Alaska that are threatening hundreds of residences and have forced numerous evacuations. The most recent fire erupted and burned six structures and prompted hundreds of residents to flee homes on the Kenai Peninsula, roughly 150 miles south of major wildfire that started a day earlier near Willow in the heart of the state's sled-dog community.
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Tropical Storm Bill pours more rain on drenched Texas
NPR
Flood watches have been issued for areas of central and northern Texas, since Tropical Storm Bill came ashore and makes its way up the state. Rainfall of 4-8 inches is forecast in a band stretching from Texas up to Missouri, with some areas receiving up to 12 inches, according to the National Weather Service. "These rains may produce life-threatening flash floods," the service's forecasters say. Bill is rated as a tropical depression.
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Hurricane Carlos weakening, but Pacific coastal towns in southwestern Mexico stay on alert
Fox News
Some coastal towns closed their schools and small boats were ordered off the sea near the popular beach resort of Puerto Vallarta as a weakening Hurricane Carlos swirled up Mexico's southwestern coast. Carlos lost power, with its sustained winds barely strong enough to make it a Category 1 hurricane, but officials kept alerts in place as a precaution.
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Harsh drought in central Vietnam blamed on El Nino
VietNamNet
The drought is being blamed on the El Nino phenomenon. In a number of areas in the region, the prolonged drought could cause a red alert to be issued, the NCHMF said. Eighteen months after the start of the drought, the central coastal province of Ninh Thuan declared a state of emergency, for the first time in its history, becoming the first province to have so declared. Agencies have described this as the most severe drought in more than two decades.
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Monsoon rains hit India
The Wall Street Journal
The monsoon finally hit India's southwest coast, a few days after the country's weather department lowered its forecast for the rains that usually last from June through September. The southwest monsoon advanced to the western state of Maharashtra over the weekend.
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