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IAEM-USA NEWS


Substitute NWS Bill filed following serious concerns expressed by IAEM, NACo, and local EM agency officials
IAEM
IAEM applauds Chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) for their June 21 action filing with the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation an amendment in the nature of a substitute to S.1573, which removes the section in S.1573 that was of great concern to local emergency managers. S.1573 as introduced would have consolidated the forecasting functions of the nation's 122 local weather forecast offices (WFO) into six regional forecast offices and reduced the staff and functions of the local WFOs. The substitute bill drops that section and also renames the bill as the "Weather Alerts for a Ready Nation Act of 2015." The Committee will hold a markup session (called executive session) today, June 25, 2015, 10:30 a.m., Room 253, Russell Senate Office Building. S.1573 and the amendment in the nature of a substitute for S.1573 are expected to be considered during this session. IAEM-USA and the National Association of Counties (NACo) on June 19 sent a joint letter to the Committee, expressing serious concerns about the impact of provisions in S.1573 as introduced, stating that the proposed consolidation would "degrade the cooperation and understanding between local emergency managers and the National Weather Service, degrading NWS service to local government when it is needed most, and increase the risk to lives and property across the nation." Learn more about S.1573 and read the IAEM-NACo joint letter, along with a statement issued by IAEM-USA President John "Rusty" Russell, a link to a Washington Post article quoting President Russell, reactions from local EM agency officials, and other related news coverage on IAEM-USA's S.1573 issue page.
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Senate steps away from NWS restructuring proposal, puts emphasis on severe weather communication
The Washington Post
The Senate Commerce Committee is tabling a controversial proposal that would consolidate National Weather Service forecasting into 6 regional offices. But it is moving forward with legislation that aims to improve NWS severe weather communication. S.1573, the National Weather Service Improvement Act, had proposed centralizing the forecasting operations currently dispersed at 122 NWS offices at 6 regional locations. But the measure was opposed by some key members of Congress and constituents in the weather and emergency management community, including the NWS' labor union, the International Association of Emergency Managers and many broadcast meteorologists.
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Senate Appropriations Committee takes action on DHS FY2016 appropriations
IAEM
On July 18, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved S.1619, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security by a vote of 26-4. No changes were made to the subcommittee approved funding levels for FEMA at the full committee markup session. For more information, please refer to the Committee Report (S. Report 114-68) and the S.1619 bill text. Highlights in the FEMA budget include: $350 million for Emergency Management Performance Grants; $20.9 million for the Emergency Management Institute; $100 million for Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grants; $680 million for Fire and Safer Grants; and $467 million for State Homeland Security Grants, among others. To learn more, see the summary press release and visit the IAEM-USA Government Affairs Committee web page.
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IAEM-USA Council officer nominations period closes on Monday, June 29, 5:00 p.m. Eastern
IAEM
Time is running out to submit your credentials as a candidate for IAEM-USA Council second vice president and treasurer. Candidates must submit their credentials by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, on Monday, June 29, 2015, to IAEM Headquarters via email, to be reviewed by the IAEM-USA Nominations & Credentials Committee. See the complete call for nominations with information on candidate credentials and officer candidate eligibility here.
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FirstNet holds initial consultation meetings with Vermont, Kansas, and Washington
IAEM
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) held initial consultation meetings last week in Vermont, Kansas, and Wisconsin, bringing the total to 37 state consultation meetings to date. Additionally pilot consultations were held with Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Justice. Also last week, FirstNet participated in the New York State Wireless Forum, the Telecommunications Association of Michigan ComPulse Annual Convention, the 2015 Arkansas Interoperability Conference, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Conference. This week, FirstNet will participate in the Utah Communications Authority Technology Seminar, Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association Conference and the National Sheriffs Association Annual Conference, including a presentation to their Indian Affairs committee. More information on this and other FirstNet news can be found in the FirstNet weekly update.
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FEMA announces successful implementation of the single obligation process for Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation Grant programs
IAEM
Disaster declarations on or after Mar. 1, 2015, that include Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation grants, now use single project obligation by project enhancement in the Department of Health and Human Services-Payment Management System (HHS-PMS). The system creates a subaccount that can track the individual project's financial lifespan. This increases transparency and accountability for both FEMA and grantees. On May 12, FEMA successfully processed the first single project obligation for the state of West Virginia into the HHS-PMS. Additionally, the state of Maine processed several single project obligations, and successfully drew down funds from the PMS system into their state account for distribution to the sub-recipient. All transactions to date are being reflected accurately in FEMA's systems and reporting. Grant recipients now are able to draw funds from HHS-PMS individually or by uploading a bulk drawdown spreadsheet to HHS-PMS. There is a payment file processing option in the HHS-PMS system for the grantee to draw multiple projects in one transaction. Additional information is available online, where help can be found through the ONE-DHHS Help Desk's home page.
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IAEM-ASIA NEWS


Disaster council wants integration of DRR-CCA in school curriculum*
Philippine Information Agency
Members of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council are pushing for the integration of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation lessons into the basic curriculum of public and private schools regionwide. Enrico Tambis, disaster action officer of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, said they pushed for the integration of the DRR-CCA lessons in the curriculum of local schools to further expand public awareness on the matter. He said the students must be well-acquainted with the causes and effects of climate change as well as in disaster management.
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IAEM-EUROPA NEWS


Inside Venice's bid to hold back the tide*
The Guardian
Later this summer the final stages of Venice's Mose flood barrier project will begin completion as the gates arrive and are inserted into their concrete foundations on the bed of the Venetian lagoon. The gates, which will be situated in the three inlets through which water enters and leaves the lagoon, will be able to be opened and closed separately to control the flow of water and help to control the high tides, or acqua alta, that mire Venice every winter.
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IAEM-LAC NEWS


5th disaster management knowledge exchange held in The Bahamas *
Pacific Disaster Center
This month, the 2015 National Bahamas Knowledge Exchange was held in Nassau. The three-day event took place June 2-4, and brought together Family Island administrators under the theme "Be Disaster Aware! Building Disaster Resilient Communities." This was the fifth event held since 2010, in order to provide an interactive environment in which disaster management professionals from the United States and The Bahamas can exchange ideas and information to work toward solving problems facing The Bahamas during a disaster. The Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency hosted the event, which was funded by the U.S. Northern Command, and facilitated by the Pacific Disaster Center.
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IAEM-OCEANIA NEWS


Enhancing resilience
The Fiji Times
Natural disasters and climate change are affecting Pacific small states to varying degrees. The widespread damage caused earlier this year by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu is the latest reminder of the challenge. Beyond their devastating human impact, natural disasters damage economic activity and weaken countries' fiscal positions. These events not only take a toll on island economies in the short term, but they also lower growth prospects into the future and burden countries with higher levels of debt.
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IAEM STUDENT COUNCIL NEWS


There is still time to enter the IAEM 2015 Student Essay Contest; deadline for entries is July 1, 2015
IAEM
Entries are being accepted in the IAEM 2015 Student Essay Contest entry deadline until July 1, 2015, 16:59 hours UTC, so there is still time to enter. This year's essay topic focuses on choosing to pursue specialized knowledge and hands-on experience through practical experience or seeking academic knowledge through a university program, a choice that is sometimes difficult to decide for a person entering the emergency management profession. 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, the IAEM-Global Student Council selected this essay topic to assess the understanding that students have of this issue. Each winner will be provided with a complimentary conference registration and hotel costs for the IAEM 63rd Annual Conference & EMEX, Nov. 13-18, 2015, Clark County, Nevada. Additionally, both winning submissions will be published in the IAEM Bulletin. 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 NEWS


IAEM-Global Editorial Work Group announces call for articles: 'Marketing your EM Program'
IAEM
The IAEM-Global Editorial Work Group seeks articles for the third IAEM Bulletin special focus issue of 2015, on the theme of "Marketing Your Emergency Management Program." Examples of articles could include, but are not limited to: how to reach out to businesses, schools and other groups who don’t normally get involved in EM ideas and concepts; lessons learned: what marketing techniques worked for your program and what didn’t work; how and with whom you coordinated your marketing program; and methods for integrating or collaborating with stakeholders. Please read the IAEM Bulletin Author's Guidelines prior to emailing your article of 750 to 1,500 words to Karen Thompson, editor, no later than July 10, 2015.
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Shop for IAEM gear in our online store
IAEM
Tour the IAEM Store to view and purchase logowear online. Items will ship within 12 days directly to you. Browse available items to see an array of great styles and colors, in a full range of sizes for both men and women (some kidswear, as well). The IAEM logo — and the CEM®/AEM logos for qualified individuals — can be added to any of these items, including shirts, headwear, outerwear, bags, and accessories. The CEM® and AEM challenge coins are available for any individual to purchase. You also can order a CEM® or AEM plaque or pin once certified, or purchase an IAEM membership lapel pin. Suggestions for items to be added to the store may be emailed to Communications and Marketing Manager Dawn M. Shiley.
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EM NEWS


NEMA issues call for nominations for Lacy E. Suiter Distinguished Service Award
IAEM
In recognition of the men and women who have dedicated their careers and lives to make citizens and communities safer from both natural disasters and terrorist events, the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) presents the Lacy E. Suiter Distinguished Service in Emergency Management Award. The award is named in honor of Lacy E. Suiter, one of the nation's most experienced and respected emergency management and homeland security leaders. This award is presented to an individual who has made cumulative outstanding contributions directly to emergency management preparedness, mitigation, response or recovery at a local, state, regional or national level. These career accomplishments in emergency management should be of unusual merit. The award may be presented in conjunction with the NEMA Annual Forum scheduled for Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 2015, in Miami, Florida. The NEMA Board of Directors is responsible for reviewing nominations and making award determinations. The Board is interested in specific activities and accomplishments of the nominee rather than general background. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Nominations, due by July 30, 2015, should include a one-page summary of those accomplishments or activities you believe merit consideration for an award.
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Apply now for the 2016 National Emergency Management Executive Academy
IAEM
FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is now accepting application packages for the 2016 National Emergency Management Executive Academy. The academy provides a comprehensive and cutting edge curriculum to enhance strategic leadership and critical thinking for emergency management senior executives from all levels of government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. Ideally, candidates will have experience as senior executives of major emergency management organizations, served on major commissions and task forces, or be responsible for decisions that have a significant effect on homeland security and emergency management policies. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 15, 2015. There are a limited number of seats and enrollment is competitive. Learn more about the Executive Academy and the application and selection process.
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Study: Ebola epidemic was disaster for malaria control
Yahoo News via Agence France-Presse
Untreated malaria in Guinea surged as a result of the Ebola scare and probably caused far more deaths than the dreaded hemorrhagic fever itself, doctors reported. Tens of thousands shunned seeking help for malaria, fearing infection from people with Ebola or confinement if they showed feverish symptoms, the experts said. Researchers led by Mateusz Plucinski from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at figures from 120 clinics in December 2014, when the Ebola outbreak in Guinea was at its peak.
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Combatting maritime cyber security threats
MarineLink
The U.S. Executive Branch has declared that the cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation, and that America’s economic prosperity in the 21st century will depend on effective cyber security. Before the maritime industry sounds the danger signal, it needs to monitor other industries and branches of the government and take proactive preventative measures. There is no better place to prepare future and current mariners for these challenges than in maritime simulators.
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Coastal and shipping states conduct exercise simulating maritime transport emergency*
International Atomic Energy Agency
Radioactive cargo, such as irradiated nuclear fuel and radioactive waste, is often shipped by sea for long haul destinations. Maritime shipping is a safe and effective mode of transport, and an emergency at sea is highly unlikely. Nevertheless, policymakers have increasingly become aware of the need to be prepared for such a low probability event. A tabletop exercise held at the IAEA allowed experts from 17 countries to practice international cooperation in the event of a nuclear emergency at sea.
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


Dr. RIck Knabb, director of the National Hurricane Center to be keynote speaker at the IAEM 63rd Annual Conference & EMEX
IAEM
Join other attendees as we listen to one of our partners, Rick Knabb, Ph.D., director of the National Hurricane Center, at a Nov. 16 keynote session. Dr. Knabb also will be presenting in a breakout session later that day on changes to the National Hurricane Center products and warnings, as well as giving opening remarks with Rich Serino in the New Emergency Managers Networking Reception later that evening. Dr. Knabb received his Bachelor's Degree in Atmospheric Science from Purdue University (1990) and his Masters of Science and Doctorate in Meteorology from the Florida State University (1993, 1999). He completed his postdoctoral work at the University of Hawaii (2000). He joined NOAA's National Hurricane Center in 2001 where he has worked toward NHC providing new products and services. This includes a strong emphasis on individual hazards, such as the potential storm surge flooding graphic (2014) and the storm surge watch/warning graphic (2015). He continues to work closely with emergency managers, media partners, and the international community.
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EM RESOURCES


Video: How to stay safe when lightning strikes
WHDH-TV
With summer comes thunderstorms and many can be dangerous or even deadly.
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IAEM-USA Training & Education Committee is a clearinghouse of information on educational technologies, programs and resources
IAEM
The IAEM-USA Training & Education Committee analyzes the training and educational needs of the EM profession, upgrades professional standards, participates in the development of training programs affecting emergency management, and serves as a clearinghouse for information on educational technologies, programs and resources at the local, state and federal levels of emergency management. Two resource documents of note are available on the committee's web page. "Creating Synergy between Training and Education: Advancing the Dialogue and Efforts" discusses the work of the FEMA Higher Education Program's Training and Education Synergy Focus Group, an effort begun by IAEM that continues with IAEM member participation. The "IAEM Internship Guide for Employers" discusses the benefits of paid and unpaid internships to both the intern and the host organization; organizational responsibilities of the host organizations; planning for and creating an internship position; defining an internship position; and finding candidates for internships.
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New tool helps police tailor response to those with special needs*
Disability Scoop
When Freya Colella's older son had "a meltdown" last month and barricaded himself inside his bedroom, she called the Brunswick police for help. Before moving to Brunswick last winter, Colella had learned not to call the police when the nearly 12-year-old boy lost control because police in the southern Maine community where the family formerly lived "just made it worse," she said. But this time, when her son used the kitchen table to block his bedroom door, leaving the house looking like "a tornado hit from the inside," Colella called the non-emergency police line and told them, "I'm having an issue here."
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IAEM MEMBER NEWS


Nashua's Kates named Emergency Management Director of the Year in New Hampshire*
Manchester Sun Times
Nashua's director of the Office of Emergency Management Justin Kates received statewide recognition after being named Emergency Management Director of the Year at the annual New Hampshire Emergency Preparedness Conference. The conference, held in Manchester, included sessions on topics ranging from coastal flooding, Ebola and chemical spills to "Surviving an active shooter event."
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Wears confirmed as new emergency management commissioner for Onondaga County*
Syracuse Post-Standard
Daniel Wears, of Liverpool, was confirmed as the new Onondaga County commissioner of emergency management. The Onondaga County Legislature voted unanimously to confirm the appointment. He was nominated by Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney to replace Kevin Wisely, who took a job as a deputy director in the state Homeland Security Department.
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DISASTER TECHNOLOGY NEWS


NASA harnesses space technology to find victims of natural disasters
Fox News
While Google recently made news with a patent filing for drones that could provide emergency medical services, NASA has long been finding ways to take their innovative space-bound technology find a way to apply it to everyday life on Earth. Most recently, NASA is taking their advances designed to explore the likes of Jupiter and Saturn and apply it directly to saving lives.
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A new earthquake early-warning system for Mexico City
Wired
No one knows how to predict when or where an earthquake will strike, but it's possible to get advance warning when one is on its way. Seismic waves ripple outward from a quake’s epicenter in two forms: The p-wave, which oscillates up and down, and the s-wave, which moves horizontally. P-waves are weaker and faster; sense p-waves and you can be pretty sure that more dangerous s-waves are coming. That's how earthquake early warning systems around the world work, from a research network in California to the sophisticated public alert system in Japan, which automatically slows down trains and pings an alarm in every cell phone sold in the country. But Mexico was the first country to implement a public earthquake early warning system, up and running in Mexico City just six years after the devastating '85 quake.
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Technology changing disaster aid and delivery*
AsiaOne
When earthquakes, typhoons and tsunamis strike, aid groups race out expecting to help survivors desperate for food, water and medical aid. These days, they are encountering a new breed of survivors: Those who also want to charge their mobile phones. Technology is changing both the type of disaster aid and the way it is delivered, said international experts gathered at a conference on humanitarian aid in Bangkok.
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CEM® UPDATE


Plan for your certification today by registering for an upcoming prep course or exam
IAEM
Mark your calendar to join us for one of the upcoming CEM®/AEM Prep Course or Exam offerings. The Prep Course includes: a review of CEM®/AEM requirements; application procedures; tips for successful program completion; overview of the CEM®/AEM Exam; the standards upon which the exam is based; sample exam questions; and a Q&A period with a trained instructor. This is the perfect opportunity to ask specific questions related to the program and/or your personal credential submission. Register today for an upcoming event.
  • Aug. 18 (Prep Course and Exam): Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Aug. 20 (Exam only): San Francisco, California
  • Sept. 21 (Prep Course and Exam): Asheville, North Carolina
  • Oct. 20 (Prep Course and Exam): Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Nov. 15 (Prep Course and Exam): Clark County, Nevada
  • Candidates must register through the IAEM website to secure your space. IAEM requires a minimum of 10 registrants for the Prep Course. If you have any questions, feel free to contact CEM Administrator Kate McClimans.

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    NEW INSIGHTS


    Architects paving the way for the resilient cities of the future
    The Huffington Post
    In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina swept across Mississippi and Louisiana, killing more than 1,800 people and leaving a trail of damage estimated at $108 billion. Not only was this one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history, it was also one of the deadliest. New Orleans became a symbol of the destruction and our nation's failure to prepare for disasters and mitigate their damage. While a devastating lesson to learn the hard way, less than a decade later there has been great progress in preparing for future disasters. Much of that work has been done by the architecture community.
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    The cash after the storm: Building resilience to future disasters
    The Guardian
    Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in November 2013 with the ferocity of a category five super-typhoon, the most severe storm to hit landfall ever recorded. The storm claimed more than 6,000 lives, affected 4.1 million people and caused £9.39bn in property damage. While natural disasters are the norm in southeast Asia, Haiyan was a reminder that the frequency, severity and complexity of these storms are increasing dramatically.
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    EM CALENDAR


    Calling all stakeholders and exhibitors: IAEM's inaugural Middle East Conference scheduled for Oct. 7-8, 2015
    IAEM
    IAEM Global is currently working with International Quality & Productivity Center (IQPC) on IAEM's inaugural Middle East event. The event is titled as Emergency Management & Business Contingency Summit 2015 and will be in Dubai, UAE, from Oct. 7-8, 2015. This conference will bring together important stakeholders, which include civil defense authorities in the GCC, oil and gas companies, power and utility companies, banks, telecom providers, airlines and airports, EMS and more, actively involved in emergency response, crisis management, enterprise risk management as well as business contingency planning. IAEM will connect suppliers to the emergency management profession with worldwide innovators in the profession. The agenda is currently in the research stage so this is a great way to get you involved and identify potential business opportunities in the Middle East. Companies interested in participating in the exhibit or sponsorship opportunities should contact Deputy Executive Director and Exhibit Manager Clay Tyeryar. The IQPC event manager is Mr. Pawan Kulkarni, senior conference director, IQPc Middle East. He is located in Dubai, and his email is pawan.kulkarni@iqpc.com.
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    Register today for 'An Overview of the United Nations Disaster Resilience Scorecard for Cities'
    IAEM
    This presentation, on June 30, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, 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; you will be prompted to log in as an IAEM member.
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    Monthly 'Alerting Best Practices Webinar Series' for June rescheduled for July 8
    IAEM
    The IPAWS Governance and Multi-Jurisdictional Coordination webinar scheduled as part of the "Alerting Best Practices Webinar Series" has been moved from June to July 8, 2015, at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Get more information.
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    FEMA offers July 15 webinar on CERT training for individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs
    IAEM
    The FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Division will offer a webinar on July 15, 2015, 3:00-4:30 EDT, that focuses on CERT training practices that will help ensure a positive and accessible experience for CERT participants with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. Register online to attend. CERT volunteers, trainers, and program managers with a diverse range of experiences, skills, and abilities — including many with disabilities and others with access and functional needs — make valuable contributions in preparing their communities for disasters and supporting response and recovery efforts. CERT program activities are inclusive, so training should be as well. It is not difficult to make reasonable accommodations for including people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs in CERT training. However, it's a good idea to plan ahead to ensure that their specific needs are accounted for and that they feel welcome and engaged. Guest speakers Gay Jones, FEMA Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC), Kathryn Gerk, emergency services manager, Richmond (CA) Fire Department, and Jennifer Fales, emergency management coordinator, Kansas City (MO) Office of Emergency Management, will share insights and advice on how to engage and include individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs in CERT training and activities, lessons they’ve learned from their experiences, and how their efforts have benefited their programs and communities. The webinar will conclude with a question-and-answer session. If you miss the webinar, you can access the webinar recording online.
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    AROUND THE WORLD


    Death toll from Pakistan heat wave rises to 770
    The New York Times
    The death toll from a heat wave in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi, rose to 770, government officials said, as moderating temperatures offered some hope of eventual relief. Continued power cuts and temperatures up to 37 degrees Celsius — or about 99 degrees Fahrenheit — contributed to a sense of crisis on Wednesday in Karachi, where thousands have been treated at hospitals for dehydration and heatstroke. Residents have also started donation drives for government hospitals, which have faced an unprecedented influx of patients since the heat wave began five days ago.
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    Strong earthquake hits south of Tokyo; no tsunami danger
    The Associated Press via ABC News
    A strong earthquake struck off an island chain south of Tokyo, but officials said there was no danger of a tsunami. Japan's Meteorological Agency said the earthquake measured a preliminary magnitude of 6.9 and was very deep, about 480 kilometers (300 miles) below the ocean's surface. Deep earthquakes generally cause less damage. The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude at 6.3. Discrepancies often occur in preliminary readings because of slightly different equipment, locations and methods used in estimates, according to seismological experts.
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    Fatality rate of MERS reaches 15.7 percent*
    The Korean Herald
    South Korea confirmed three more Middle East respiratory syndrome cases and two more deaths, raising the nation's MERS cases to 172 and the disease’s fertility rate to 15.7 percent. So far, the virus has killed 27 people in Korea. Meanwhile, the number of hospitalized MERS patients decreased to 95 from 101 the day before. Seven more individuals have been discharged from medical facilities, raising the number of recovered patients to 50.
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    Western wildfires: Firefighters battle blazes in 4 states
    The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
    Wildfires are tearing through some hot, drought-stricken areas of the West. They include a massive blaze in a remote area and some smaller but dangerous fires. Here's a look at the latest hotspots and what crews are doing to control them.
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