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IAEM-ASIA NEWS


Volcano evacuations bill enacted in wake of Mount Ontake disaster
The Japan Times
The Diet enacted a bill that will oblige municipalities and businesses near volcanoes to compile evacuation plans in the event that a volcano erupts. The change will affect local governments and institutions adjacent to 50 volcanoes. The bill to revise the law on special measures concerning active volcanoes was approved at a plenary meeting of the Upper House following its passage through the Lower House.
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IAEM-OCEANIA NEWS


New Zealand announces Cyclone Pam tourism recovery package*
PreventionWeb
Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced a $26 million package, aimed at helping the tourism sector in Vanuatu recover following Cyclone Pam. "Tourism accounts for 20 per cent of the Vanuatu economy and employs 26 percent of the labor force. Getting the tourism sector back up a running is vital to Vanuatu's long-term recovery from Cyclone Pam," McCully says.
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IAEM-USA NEWS


FEMA publishes new Public Assistance Policy on Insurance
IAEM
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on June 29 published the new Public Assistance Policy on Insurance in the Federal Register. This new policy makes several changes, including: clarifying key terms; the scope of insurance needed; and the difference between flood and non-flood events. The policy also provides options to self-insure or modify the insurance requirement with FEMA, and sets standards for a state insurance commissioner certification. Growing out of FEMA’s re-evaluation of aspects of PA policy and guidance, which began last year, as well as consultations with stakeholders and subject matter experts, the new policy takes effect immediately for disasters declared on or after June 29, 2015. FEMA is developing electronic calculation and tracking worksheets to support consistent and accurate implementation of insurance requirements and reductions. FEMA webinars will be announced soon for state and tribal partners to review the new policy and provide information on its implementation in the field.
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Entry deadline is Aug. 1 in 2015 IAEM-USA Student Academic Research Presentation Competition
IAEM
The IAEM-USA Student Region is still accepting entries in its 2015 Student Academic Research Presentation Competition through Aug. 1, 2015, 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. This competition offers an opportunity for IAEM-USA Student members to showcase their research, and have it judged by experts in the field of emergency management. Presentations will be judged in either the undergraduate or graduate category, and prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place. Judging and awards will take place at the IAEM Annual Conference in Clark County, Nevada, and you must be present to compete. Award guidelines and entry instructions are available here.
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Flood insurance policyholders have until Sept. 15 to request a review of their Hurricane Sandy claims
IAEM
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has set Sept. 15 as the deadline for National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders to request a claim of their Hurricane Sandy claims if they feel they were underpaid. Where warranted, additional payments will be made to those policyholders. The Sandy claims review process is intended to be simple, navigable by the policyholder and does not require paid legal assistance. Additionally, there are several nonprofit service providers ready to offer free advice and answer questions policyholders may have. A list of these advocacy groups can be found on the claims review website. To be eligible for the review, policyholders must have experienced flood damage between Oct. 27, 2012 and Nov. 6, 2012, as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Policyholders can call the NFIP's Hurricane Sandy claims center at 1-866-337-4262 or go online to download a form requesting a review.
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Airbnb to work with FEMA on disaster response housing
Skift
Airbnb is teaming up with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to strengthen its program that lets victims of hurricanes, earthquakes and other disasters stay at host homes for free. The online home rental service will send 100,000 hosts in Florida, Louisiana and other states tips from FEMA's Ready campaign on how to prepare for hurricane season. During a disaster, FEMA will also provide Airbnb with real-time information so that the company can better figure out where its help is needed. For example, Airbnb can email hosts in specific neighborhoods to let them know shelter is needed in that area. Hosts can then go to the Airbnb's site or app and volunteer to take in victims or rescue workers for free.
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Emergency communications bill goes to Obama for signature*
Homeland Security Today
Following Homeland Security Today's report that the House passed the final version of the Department of Homeland Security Interoperable Communications Act (HR 615) earlier passed by the Senate, author Rep. Donald Payne Jr., D-N.J., the ranking member of the House Committee on Homeland Security's Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications Subcommittee, said he's elated to see the amended version of his legislation go to the President for his signature. The legislation is the first bill of 2015 to pass out of the Committee on Homeland Security and sent to President Barack Obama for his signature.
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IAEM NEWS


IAEM Bulletin articles on 'Marketing Your EM Program' sought by IAEM-Global Editorial Work Group
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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EM NEWS


After decade of disasters, UN shifts its Asia operations
Reuters
The United Nations is downsizing its humanitarian staff in some Asian countries where governments have stepped up with funds and manpower after a decade of massive floods, storms and earthquakes. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs will close in Papua New Guinea this month and Sri Lanka by the end of the year, while "radically downsizing" in Indonesia, said Oliver Lacey-Hall, the outgoing head of OCHA's Asia-Pacific office in Bangkok.
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Nepal tells UN to destroy low-quality food meant for quake survivors
Voice of America
The United Nations must destroy hundreds of tons of substandard food it imported for distribution to survivors of the recent earthquakes in Nepal, a senior Nepali government official said. Two quakes, on April 25 and May 12, killed 8,844 people, injured more than 22,000 and destroyed 500,000 homes forcing tens of thousands into temporary shelters and in need of food and medical care.
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Preventing the next pandemic*
The Atlantic
Though the furor has died down, the Ebola outbreak is not over. The latest World Health Organization situation report found 20 cases last week compared with 24 cases the week before. Liberia was declared free of the disease on May 9, but cases in Guinea and Sierra Leone have continued to hover at 20-27 per week. When you compare that to six months ago, when there were hundreds of new cases per week, it certainly seems that things are approaching getting back to normal. But what we've learned from the Ebola outbreak is that, in the face of an unexpected pandemic, normal isn't good enough.
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DHS S&T collaborates with Emergency Management Australian and MIT Lab*
Homeland Security Today
A strategic partnership to collaborate on advancing information-sharing capabilities for public safety has been formed between the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate Emergency Management Victoria and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory.
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


Register today for the 2015 IAEM Annual Conference
IAEM
Registration is now open for the 63rd IAEM-USA Annual Conference & EMEX in Clark County, Nevada, Nov. 13-18, 2015. View our online program and register today. This is the premiere emergency management event of the year. You will not want to miss what the conference has to offer: CEM®/AEM program offerings and pre/post-conference training from EMI, Naval Post Graduate School, NDPTC, EMAP, and more. There are more than 60 breakout sessions, spotlight sessions on contemporary issues from speakers 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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DISASTER TECHNOLOGY NEWS


Virginia Tech students make ant vehicle for disaster relief efforts
Composites Manufacturing Magazine
Students at Virginia Tech, led by Dr. Christopher Williams of the Design, Research and Education for Additive Manufacturing Systems Lab, have worked with the U.S. Military to create a prototype for a 3-D printed "ant vehicle" they believe can be used in disaster relief efforts. The vehicle, which was made entirely of 3-D printed parts, including nanocomposites, uses six ant-like legs to move. Students have been testing the prototype by creating man-made barriers and making the vehicle walk over natural terrain to determine its functionality in harsh environments.
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Teens create CERTPRO app to track volunteer hours during emergency response*
Emergency Management
In the wake of the 2013 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, streams of local volunteers helped with the disaster relief effort, but federal emergency response teams were disorganized. The community also may have missed out on some federal aid because of the lack of organization. Three North Texas seventh-graders have created an app that not only would help keep track of volunteers, but also would ensure that disaster-stricken communities get the federal aid they are entitled to.
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CEM® UPDATE


Act today to be eligible to receive your certification diploma at the 2015 IAEM-USA 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 Clark County, 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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EM RESOURCES


USDA announces new tool to monitor dams, keep communities safe
High Plains Journal
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the availability of DamWatch, a new web-based application that provides real-time monitoring of rainfall, snowmelt, stream flow and seismic events that could pose potential threats to dam safety. "With tools like this, USDA is using the newest technologies to meet our mission" Vilsack said. "This tool provides a 'one-stop' source for accessing critical documents, databases, onsite electronic monitoring devices and geospatial information. The intent is to help keep the public safe and protect infrastructure."
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EM CALENDAR


FEMA Continuity Webinar on Business Impact Analysis scheduled for July 8, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT
IAEM
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continuity webinar on "ISO 22317: 2015 Business Impact Analysis" will be presented by George Huff, director of consulting, the Continuity Project. He is a subject matter expert on continuity of operations and founded the Continuity Project to advise organizations of all types on business continuity management, disaster response and preparedness. He also helped to develop the international standards to improve business continuity management. Connect online with the webinar, or connect to audio at 1-800-320-4330, pin #464774.
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2015 Hurricane Sandy Conference: 'Translating Research into Practice' to be held on Aug. 10-11 in New York City
IAEM
The U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences will present the 2015 Hurricane Sandy Conference, "Translating Research into Practice," on Aug. 10-11, 2015, at the NYU Kimmel Center, New York, NY. The meeting is open to the public and targeted to public health practitioners, disaster first responders, research scientists, community-based organizations, and members of Hurricane Sandy impacted communities. The conference will allow HHS Sandy Recovery Science grantees to share the outcomes of their Hurricane Sandy research and training projects. All conference participants also will discuss: opportunities to build a community of practice around Hurricane Sandy recovery research; the path forward for translating Hurricane Sandy recovery science research results into practice; and how the Sandy recovery science grants model disaster research science preparedness and benefit Sandy impacted communities. Details and registration are available online.
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SAME and TISP to offer Aug. 11 infrastructure resilience workshop with a focus on the LA River
IAEM
The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) and The Infrastructure Security Partnership (TISP) are offering a one-day workshop, as part of the Regional Resilience Workshop and White Paper Series, on "The LA River — Resilience in the System." This workshop on infrastructure resilience will be hands-on and will loosely follow a condensed version of The Goethal's Infrastructure Challenge. Data gathered during the workshop will be compiled and used to inform Homeland Security's National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP). The workshop will focus on three areas: supply chain management and operations; the nexus of cyber security and emergency response; and disaster recovery and economic development. Participants will be divided into teams, be assigned a "wickedly complex" infrastructure problem, and will work with the team and a subject matter expert (from the Department of Defense, private industry, local and state government, plus non-governmental organizations) to come up with innovative solutions. All teams will present their solutions at the end of the workshop, and team results will be compiled and distributed following the workshop. The workshop will take place at the Proud Bird Restaurant, 11022 Aviation Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045. Download the event flyer for details on the workshop and how to register.
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DHS Regional Supply Chain Resilience Workshop to take place Aug. 13 in Portland
IAEM
The Department of Homeland Security will hold a Regional Supply Chain Resilience Workshop on Aug. 13, 2015, in Portland, Oregon. The event is free, but space is limited, so please register online in advance. This half-day session will include: supply chain best practices from industry; active monitoring solutions with complete cargo visibility and supply chain security; economic espionage threat brief provided by the FBI; port of Portland Operations, and more.
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AROUND THE WORLD


Alaska wildfires have burned over a million acres — and fire season still has a long way to go
The Washington Post
In 2004, Alaska suffered its worst wildfire season on record. Heat, dry conditions and lightning strikes combined to produce 701 fires and a staggering 6,590,140 acres burned — "more than 8 times the 10 year acreage average," according to the state’s Division of Air Quality. It's still early, but this wildfire season — which leapt into high gear after lightning strikes ignited more than 150 fires in Alaska — is starting to prompt sober comparisons with 2004.
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Massive wildfires rip through Washington State
CBS News
Firefighters are in for another long night in Central Washington State. And thousands of homeowners have been warned they might have to evacuate at any time. A wildfire that kicked up is still burning out of control after tearing through the town of Wenatchee. Those who returned home today found little to salvage. More than a dozen large fires are burning in the West.
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Heavy rains cause severe flooding in central China, killing 15 and leaving 19 others missing
Fox News
Four days of heavy rain have caused severe flooding in central China, killing at least 15 people and leaving 19 others missing. China's Ministry of Civil Affairs said that the 15 people died from drowning, mudslides and house collapses. It said up to 51.4 centimeters of rain fell in the eastern province of Jiangsu and that water levels of rivers and lakes were dangerously high in a six-province region.
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Indonesia plane crash death toll 141 as search effort ends
The Associated Press via ABC News
Indonesia's air force promised to investigate whether the aging transport plane that crashed into a city neighborhood, killing 141 people, was violating rules by carrying non-military passengers who paid for their flights. A local military commander said the search for bodies has ended. The dead included all 122 on the plane, including military personnel and family members, and people in a residential area of Medan city where the C-130 Hercules crashed shortly after takeoff, North Sumatra police Maj. A. Tarigan told TVOne station.
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Almost 500 injured in explosion at Taiwan water park
CNN via WITI-TV
Taiwan's Ministry of Health and Welfare put out a call for medical supplies and skin grafts for the hundreds injured after flammable powder exploded in midair at a recreational water park, Taiwanese media reported. No fatalities had been reported, and the total number of injuries had dropped to 498, according to Taiwan's Central News Agency, which cited New Taipei's Public Health Department. The department said some of the injured were inadvertently counted twice in its previous tally of 524.
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Mediterranean migrants: Italy begins to recover bodies
BBC News
The Italian Navy is attempting to recover the bodies of about 800 migrants who drowned while attempting to cross the Mediterranean. The trawler carrying up to 900 people had set sail from Libya. Only 28 migrants survived and a few dozen bodies were recovered. After the disaster the European Union stepped up its search and rescue efforts. A record 70,000 migrants have made the crossing to Italy this year, with almost 2,000 dying at sea.
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