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Call for photos: IAEM website!
IAEM
The slideshow feature on the new IAEM website makes it possible for us to share photos on the main Home page and on the Council home pages. Help us show the world the scope of IAEM's involvement in the emergency management profession — from the local level to the country level, from the council level to the global level. We seek pictures of not only elected officials in action, but also photos of any IAEM member of our association at legislative events, regional meetings, IAEM partner events, and more. Please send your digital photos via email to Karen Thompson, IAEM website content manager. If you have taken several photos at one event, please send only the very best one or two photos. Last, please include a photo caption. Your photo may appear not only on the website, but also in the IAEM Bulletin.
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IAEM-USA NEWS


Update on State of Louisiana EMPG budget grab — Governor vetoes cost sharing language for locals
IAEM
Many local emergency managers have followed the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) situation in Louisiana with great concern since we published articles regarding the Governor of Louisiana's budget proposal on March 7 and on the testimony of the Director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) on March 14. Local emergency managers were encouraged when the state legislature added an amendment to the appropriations bill, HB1, to require a 50/50 split of the funding with local emergency managers. Jerry Sneed, deputy mayor for public safety and homeland security for New Orleans, provided the following update: "This February the State notified us of their plans to distribute only 20 percent of the 2013 EMPG to local emergency managers. With the change, the GOHSEP would reserve 80 percent to adequately fund their department. This was both a surprise and a dramatic change from previous year's distribution, causing many locals to support a 50/50 allocation through HB 1, the bill funding state government. Last week we were shocked to see that the Governor, who has always been a strong supporter of local emergency managers, line item vetoed this 50/50 split. The new decision, to only send 35 percent to the local emergency managers and to allow GOHSEP to keep 65 percent of this grant, erodes the enormous strides we have made since Katrina and hinders the local ability to effectively manage events and emergencies. This action by the state of Louisiana on EMPG also underlines the concerns of locals regarding the pending Department of Homeland Security FY 2014 budget proposal that would consolidate the homeland security grants. This proposal if accepted by Congress would give more control to the states and send us in the wrong direction."
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IAEM ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


OMB releases new conference guidance for federal agencies
IAEM
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently provided federal agencies with updated guidance on the attendance of federal agency employees at conferences and related travel expenses. The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) partnered with other associations to draft a protocol, much of which was adopted by the OMB, including best practices such as keeping hotel costs within government per diem rates and ensuring that social events held in conjunction with a conference aren't lavish or excessive. According to ASAE, "OMB recognized the need for federal employees to attend mission-related conferences and provided some best practices for approving travel and conference expenses. While the memo said that sequestration budget cuts will likely result in reduced government participation in conferences and travel, OMB stressed that federal agencies should not interpret any recent Administration guidance as a moratorium on travel or conference attendance." Federal government employees are encouraged to review the guidance when seeking approval to attend the IAEM Annual Conference and EMEX, Oct. 25-30, 2013, in Reno, Nev.
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CEM® UPDATE


Register today for upcoming CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Courses and Exams
IAEM
If you've been thinking about going for the Certified Emergency Manager or the Associate Emergency Manager designation, now is the perfect time to commit! We're offering the following prep courses and group exam offerings for your convenience. Please note that a minimum of 10 registrations is required for each prep course offering to proceed. Register today.
  • July 12, 2013 (Exam Only) — New York, N.Y.
  • Aug. 26, 2013 (Exam Only) — St. Louis, Mo.
  • Oct. 7, 2013 (Prep Course & Exam) — Atlantic City, N.J.
  • Oct. 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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FinaI call for CEM Commissioners
IAEM
Calling all CEMs! Are you interested in being a part of the CEM® Commission for the class of 2016? We now are accepting applications until July 1, 2013, to fill open positions for the IAEM Oceania-Asia CEM® Commission and the USA CEM® Commission. The commissions discuss policy and procedure changes regarding the certification program, and review applicant packages for the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®) and Associate Emergency Manager (AEM℠) credentials. Commissioners who are emergency management practitioners must be a current CEM®. Learn more.
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EM NEWS


GAO identifies need for FEMA to continue improvement in grant management and ability to measure national preparedness
IAEM
In February 2012, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) identified factors that contribute to the risk of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) potentially funding unnecessarily duplicative projects across four grant programs. Earlier, GAO reported that FEMA faced challenges in developing and implementing a national preparedness assessment, a fact that inhibits its abilities to effectively prioritize preparedness grant funding. GAO has issued an update describing FEMA's progress in (1) managing preparedness grants and (2) measuring national preparedness by assessing capabilities. To conduct the updates, GAO analyzed agency documents, such as the National Preparedness Reports, and interviewed FEMA officials. The new report recommends ways to continue FEMA's progress in the identified areas. DHS and FEMA concurred with the recommendations in Report GAO-13-637T, released June 25, 2013, and have actions under way to address them. Download full report | Download highlights
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Nomination period open for DOJ's Public Safety Officer Medal Of Valor
IAEM
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is accepting nominations for the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor (MOV). MOV is the highest national award that can be bestowed on civilian public safety officers and is awarded by the President of the United States to officers who have exhibited extraordinary valor above and beyond the call of duty. A total of five individual and/or team awards are presented annually. To be considered for the 2012–2013 MOV, an officer must be nominated for actions that occurred between June 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013. Nominations must be submitted online by the agency head of the officer's employing department and must be received by DOJ no later than July 31, 2013, 11:59 p.m. Eastern. For additional information about MOV, and to complete and submit an application, please visit the MOV website.
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Dr. Jeremy Brown to direct NIH Office of Emergency Care Research
National Institutes of Health
The National Institutes of Health has selected Jeremy Brown, M.D., to be the first permanent director of its Office of Emergency Care Research. Brown is currently an associate professor of emergency medicine and chief of the clinical research section in the Department of Emergency Medicine at The George Washington University. He works clinically as an attending physician at the Washington D.C. VA Medical Center.
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Nigerian NEMA canvasses teaching of disaster management subject in schools
Leadership Newspaper NG
The National Emergency Management Agency called for the introduction of disaster management subjects in primary and secondary schools, to expand the scope of risk reduction in the country. The North West Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Musa Ilallah, made the call at a one day workshop organized by the agency for primary and secondary school students in Kaduna State.
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SURVEY REQUESTS


Study on visual information in disaster management seeks input from IAEM Dispatch readers
IAEM
Thomas Acheritogaray, a French engineering student at Ecole des Mines d'Alès specializing in Risk Management, is currently participating in an internship jointly with The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) and Ansur Technologies, a Norwegian Company. He is performing a study to evaluate and assess the use of visual information (photos or videos) in disaster management. To help perform the study, Thomas has created a small survey. No question is mandatory and you can stop at any point in the survey. Every piece of information he collects is important. It will only take a couple of minutes to complete. Survey results will be shared with those that participate. Take the survey.
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EM RESOURCES


Robotic roaches may soon help disaster recovery, as swarms crawl through collapsed buildings
Medical Daily
In a new twist on The Metamorphosis, Gregor Samsa might awaken one morning as a giant insect driven not by a Kafkaesque sense of detachment but by Microsoft's Kinect software. The growing symbiosis of man and machine: roboticists are not only developing synthetic animal-like creatures but hijacking biological systems evolved over millions of years on earth — the cockroach, a family comprising some 4,500 species, including Periplaneta Americana.
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EM CALENDAR


Webinar: Thursday, July 11, 2013, 1 - 2 p.m. ET — EMAC Overview for City and County Officials
IAEM
Space is limited; reserve your webinar seat now. 
The National Emergency Management Association, with cooperation of the National League of Cities and the International City/County Management Association, will present a webinar on the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). The intended audience members are city and county officials. The speakers will discuss what EMAC is, what local officials need to know, the importance of their relationship to the state EMA and how resources are adjudicated, as well as their potential as a resource provider to other states in a disaster. The main presenter will be Joyce Flinn, current EMAC Executive Task Force Chair and Readiness/Response Bureau Chief at the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division. After the webinar a presentation package will be available for state EMAC Coordinators and other EMA officials to use when presenting the information to local officials as a follow-up to the national webinar. The material can be presented as a conference call, a webinar, or presentation at a conference, or a combination. The presentation package gives the states an opportunity to discuss state policies on local and private deployments, local EMA relationships, contact information, and Mission Ready Package (MRP) development.
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FEMA National Planning Frameworks Virtual Roundtables to be held in July
IAEM
FEMA and its partners are hosting a series of virtual roundtables to introduce the National Planning Frameworks. The Frameworks describe how the whole community comes together to deliver the core capabilities necessary to reach our shared National Preparedness Goal. During these 60-minute events, you will learn how to apply the National Planning Frameworks to build, sustain and deliver the core capabilities. Framework authors will be on hand to provide background information and engage in an interactive dialogue. Two additional roundtables have been added and will be held Thursday, July 18 at 2 p.m. EDT, or Wednesday, July 24 at 2 p.m. EDT. To prepare for the virtual roundtable, you may view the online tutorial and download the Frameworks. Because each virtual roundtable will cover the same information, please choose the session most convenient for you. Advance registration is required due to space limitations. Registration is on a first come, first served basis; register online here.
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Webinar: July 30, 2013, 2 - 3 p.m. ET — Communicating with the Public in a Radiological Disaster
IAEM
The National Alliance for Radiation Readiness, is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 2-3 p.m. ET to discuss the ways to communicate with the public during a radiological disaster. The presenter will be Leeanna Allen, MPH, MSCHES a Health Education Specialist with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education who has been working with the CDC Radiation Studies Branch on radiological and nuclear terrorism preparedness communication and training initiatives. Learn more and register for the webinar on the NARR clearinghouse.
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Department of Education will hold webinars on emergency operations plans for schools and institutions of higher education — June 27 & 28
IAEM
The Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students and its Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center will host 90-minute webinars on June 27 and 28, 2013, that provide an overview of two recently released guides: "Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans" and "Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education (IHE)." The webinars are first come, first served. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. Learn more and register.
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AROUND THE WORLD


Middle East respiratory syndrome virus investigation
ScienceDaily
An investigative team of infectious disease experts who traveled to Saudi Arabia during an outbreak of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus reports that the virus poses a serious risk to hospitals because it is easily transmitted in health care settings. The team, from Johns Hopkins and elsewhere, investigated the spread of the virus, or MERS CoV for short, in four local Saudi hospitals in May, and concluded that it is even more deadly than the related coronavirus responsible for the severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak in Toronto hospitals in 2003.
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MERS-CoV hospital outbreak causes significant morbidity
Medscape Medical News
Person-to-person transmission of Middle East respiratory syndrome Coronavirus can occur in healthcare settings and cause significant morbidity, according to a case series report published online June 19 in the New England Journal of Medicine. "In September 2012, the World Health Organization reported the first cases of pneumonia caused by [MERS-CoV]," write Abdullah Assiri, M.D., from the Global Center for Mass Gatherings Medicine, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, and colleagues from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia MERS-CoV Investigation Team.
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New MERS virus spreads easily, more lethal than SARS
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
A mysterious new respiratory virus that originated in the Middle East spreads easily between people and appears more deadly than SARS, doctors reported Wednesday after investigating the biggest outbreak in Saudi Arabia. More than 60 cases of what is now called MERS, including 38 deaths, have been recorded by the World Health Organization in the past year, mostly in Saudi Arabia. So far, illnesses haven’t spread as quickly as SARS did in 2003, ultimately triggering a global outbreak that killed about 800 people.
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Environmentalists: Indian floods a man-made disaster
CNN
As the source of the Ganges River, the site of Hinduism's famous Char Dham pilgrimage and home to Rishikesh, the meditation retreat made famous by The Beatles, the India's northern Uttarakhand state justifies its title of "Land of the Gods." But environmentalists are warning that rampant development in the Himalayan state is tempting fate. With roads built on an ad hoc basis, new hotel developments built on river banks and hydro dams proposed in the region's steep valleys, environmentalists say the floods and mudslides that have claimed more than 1,000 lives were an ecological catastrophe waiting to happen.
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President Barack Obama signs Alaska disaster declaration
The White House
The President declared a major disaster exists in the State of Alaska and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by flooding during the period of May 17 to June 11, 2013. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
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