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IAEM-USA NEWS


IAEM-USA Government Affairs Committee releases legislative priorities for 2014
IAEM
IAEM-USA Government Affairs Committee on June 26 released the legislative priorities for the organization. IAEM-USA supports the following positions: no less than $350 million to be appropriated in FY 2015 for EPMG in the FEMA budget, with the grant continuing as a separate account; increased funding for EM to enhance field deliveries of new courses and strengthen EM core competencies; no less than $25 million to be appropriated for FEMA's Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program, and passage of the Disaster Savings Accounts Act of 2014; adequate funding of the National Weather Service to avoid any decrease in personnel or service in support of state, local, and tribal emergency managers at their local NWS offices; and no consolidation of the existing suite of FEMA homeland security grants into the National Preparedness Grant Program (NPGP) as currently proposed. Download the IAEM-USA 2014 Legislative Priorities Fact Sheet.
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FEMA extends Public Assistance Public Assistance Alternative Procedures Pilot Program for Debris Removal
IAEM
FEMA is extending the performance period of the Public Assistance Alternative Procedures Pilot Program for Debris Removal for one year to June 27, 2015. With the extension of the pilot program, FEMA is making two major changes to the implementation of the alternative procedures for debris removal. These are effective for major disasters and emergencies declared from June 28, 2014, to June 27, 2015. Details on these changes and general guidance for implementing the alternative procedures are contained in the updated PA Alternative Procedures Pilot Program Guide for Debris Removal. Related documents include updated versions of Frequently Asked Questions and Standard Operating Procedures for Pilot Program.
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Final Reminder: Chemical Protection Challenge
IAEM
The Emergency Services Coalition for Medical Preparedness is hosting a challenge to design the next generation operational capacity to protect the protectors from chemical and nerve agents. Cash prizes in the amount of $5,000 will be awarded to the best ideas. The deadline to submit is July 10, 2014. Entry form and further details can be found on the Coalition's website.
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President Barack Obama seeks emergency funding for border
Politico
President Barack Obama formally notified Congress that he is seeking additional funds and expanded powers to respond to the influx of unaccompanied children trying to enter the United States illegally in record numbers.
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EM NEWS


NEMA unveils new EMAC logo
IAEM
NEMA unveiled a new logo for the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. The new logo retains the iconic image of the handshake that represents states helping states, people helping people, yet has a fresh new look. As EMAC continues to evolve it's important that its brand does so as well. NEMA acknowledges the NEMA EMAC Committee and the EMAC Executive Task Force for their assistance in selecting the new image. The EMAC logo is trademarked and its use prohibited except through express written permission of NEMA. Learn more.
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NEMA is accepting nominations for the Lacy E. Suiter Distinguished Service Award
IAEM
This award is presented to an individual that 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 Conference. 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 should include a one-page summary of those accomplishments or activities you believe merit consideration for an award. Send nomination form and one-page summary by Aug. 1, 2014, to: Lacy E. Suiter Distinguished Service Award, c/o National Emergency Management Association, PO Box 11910, Lexington, KY 40578. Learn more or email tsheets@csg.org.
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UNISDR announces Call for Nominations for 2015 Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction
IAEM
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has issued a call for nominations for the 2015 United Nations (UN) Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction. The purpose of the award theme, "Shaping the Future," is to bring out cases of individuals or organizations that have shown convincing examples of leadership to make our lives safer and more resilient now and in the future. Individuals, community groups, civil society organizations, government agencies at the local or national level, or private sector entities can be nominated for this award. The deadline to nominate candidates is Oct. 31, 2014. The 2015 prize will be awarded on March 17, 2015, at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan. Complete call for nominations details are posted here.
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Joseph Esposito appointed as NYC Office of Emergency Management commissioner
Emergency Management
Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Joseph Esposito as the New York City Office of Emergency Management commissioner on Friday, June 27. Esposito oversaw the city's response to every major emergency as chief of the New York City Police Department from 2000 to 2013, before retiring after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 63. He replaces outgoing commissioner Joe Bruno, who resigned in June after serving since 2004.
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Building Lightning Safe Communities Initiative provides lightning protection system for historic Connecticut fire station
Fire Engineering
The Lightning Protection Institute and the Lightning Safety Alliance are sponsoring a "Building Lightning Safe Communities Campaign" as a continuation of its recent initiative to provide lightning protection resources to the public and the fire safety community.
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Insurers tackle natural disaster risk
Environmental Leader
The UN and insurance companies have launched a drive to tackle natural disaster risk by identifying the most effective measures to combat disasters and helping communities implement them. The United Nations Environment Programme FI Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative' s Global Resilience Project is a phased approach to protecting communities from natural disasters.
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Los Angeles to hire a chief resilience officer
Emergency Management
When Los Angeles officials begin an ambitious effort to comb the city and check which buildings might be at risk in a major earthquake, they will also examine how efficiently the structures use water and electricity, Mayor Eric Garcetti said. The comment came as Garcetti pledged to appoint a "chief resilience officer" who would search for ways to improve the city's ability to recover from man-made or natural disasters such as earthquakes.
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IAEM-OCEANIA NEWS


Making utilities more resilient to emergencies
Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management via Scoop
The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management published a guideline to assist lifeline utilities plan for, and function during and after emergencies. The Ministry has worked with public and private sectors to produce Lifeline Utilities and CDEM Groups: Directors' Guideline for Lifeline Utilities and Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups.
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NEW INSIGHTS


Big earthquakes double in 2014, but scientists say they're not linked
CBS News
If you think there have been more earthquakes than usual this year, you're right. A new study finds there were more than twice as many big earthquakes in the first quarter of 2014 as compared with the average since 1979. But even though the global earthquake rate is on the rise, the number of quakes can still be explained by random chance, said Parsons and co-author Eric Geist, also a USGS researcher.
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Study: Chicago area faces $20B tornado threat
CNBC
If a tornado like the one that ravaged Moore, Oklahoma in 2013 struck the Chicago area, potential damage could exceed $20 billion, reinsurer Swiss Re said. The May 2013 Moore tornado, which topped the intensity scale for such storms, contributed to an outbreak that caused $1.1 billion in insured losses.
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CEM® UPDATE


Online portal for initial AEM℠/CEM® application submissions now open
IAEM
IAEM is excited to announce that the online portal for initial AEM℠/CEM® credential submissions, upgrade, and Lifetime applications is now live. Further information on accessing the system and a helpful User Guide are available on the IAEM website. Candidates do not need to create the entire application in one sitting. Uploads and entries will be saved in the system using the "Save" buttons. AEM℠/CEM® candidates submitting first-time applications may submit through the online system or by using the paper application until Aug. 15, 2014. After Aug. 15, all applications must be submitted through the online system.
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IAEM NEWS


IAEM Bulletin call for articles on professional development in emergency management extended to July 15
IAEM
The IAEM Editorial Work Group seeks articles for its fourth special focus issue of 2014, "Professional Development in Emergency Management." Possible articles might include: promoting individual growth within an emergency management department through incorporating higher education and other activities; how individual emergency managers are applying professional development activities in their departments to make their efforts more effective; or how your emergency management program has improved or how your community has benefited through the application of what you learned in professional development activities. Please read the IAEM Bulletin Author's Guidelines and note that we are now accepting feature articles of 750 to 1,500 words. Email article submissions to Karen Thompson by Tuesday, July 15, 2014.
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EM RESOURCES


This is where people will live the next time a natural disaster hits New York
Fast Company
Despite rolling out one of the earliest and most ambitious climate plans in the country, New York City was not prepared for Hurricane Sandy. Six months after the storm, hundreds of refugees were still holed up in New York City hotels with nowhere to go. A new set of modular housing units, developed for the New York Office of Emergency Management, could preempt a housing issue the next time disaster strikes.
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Flat-pack disaster housing that goes up — and down — in less than 2 minutes
Mother Nature Network
Much like home furnishings from a certain retailer of Swedish origin, emergency shelters should be cheap, lightweight, easy to transport, and not entirely offensive to the eye. Alastair Pryor, a 24-year-old Aussie entrepreneur with a heart of gold, has appeared to have successfully checked all the necessary criteria for post-disaster housing off the list and then some with his Compact Shelters concept.
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


Oracle is a Diamond Sponsor for IAEM 2014 Annual Conference & EMEX
IAEM
Oracle is a Diamond Sponsor for the IAEM 2014 Annual Conference & EMEX in San Antonio. Oracle Public Sector's Senior Director (Global Lead) Hong-Eng Koh will deliver one of the featured plenary sessions at the conference, titled "Cloudy with a Chance of Big Data: the New Normal in Emergency Management." This keynote address focuses on the opportunities presented by mobile and social, and to a larger extent, cloud computing. Together, these new normal technologies can help to mitigate the usual challenges and support the urgent areas highlighted by the UNISDR. They are becoming essential in supporting the four phases of emergency management. As the global lead for the justice and public safety market segment, Koh leads Oracle's global JPS strategy, initiatives, and activities; serves as Oracle's JPS expert, offering thought leadership in global JPS trends and challenges, best practices, and technological implementations; facilitates the development and adoption of solutions for JPS customers, through Oracle's broad range of technology, applications, and hardware products. Learn more about Koh by clicking on the Speakers tab in the online program or visit the conference program web page.
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EM CALENDAR


2014 AMS Summer Community Meeting: Improving Forecasts and the Communication of Forecasts
IAEM
This year's American Meteorological Society Summer Community Meeting, in State College, Pennsylvania, Aug. 11-13, will strengthen the relationships within the public, private, and academic sectors to work together towards more effective weather decision-support, particularly for the zero to ten day forecast range. The overarching goal is to improve products that end users use to support vital decisions. The 2014 AMS Summer Community Meeting is organized by the AMS Commission on the Weather and Climate Enterprise and sponsored by the American Meteorological Society. IAEM member Bob Goldhammer, CEM, IAEM-USA Liaison to the American Meteorological Society and the AMS Emergency Management Subcommittee Co-Chair, will be on one of the panels talking about how emergency managers use the confidence levels of the NWS forecasts to make decisions for their community. Learn More.
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AROUND THE WORLD


Fear and cash shortages hinder fight against Ebola outbreak
Reuters
West African states lack the resources to battle the world's worst outbreak of Ebola and deep cultural suspicions about the disease remain a big obstacle to halting its spread, ministers said. The outbreak has killed 467 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since February, making it the largest and deadliest ever, according to the World Health Organization.
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Chennai building collapse toll reaches 47
BBC News
The death toll in a building collapse in the Indian city of Chennai has reached 47 as rescue workers continue to find more bodies in the wreckage. Some 27 survivors have been pulled from the rubble, and a few others are feared trapped in the debris.
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Tropical Storm Arthur strengthens, nets hurricane watch
USA Today
As the Fourth of July weekend nears, the Atlantic hurricane season's first named storm was slowly strengthening off Florida's east coast. At 11 a.m. Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center reported Tropical Storm Arthur was about 100 miles east of Daytona Beach, Florida. A tropical storm warning is in effect for all of coastal North Carolina with a hurricane watch for the section of the state that juts into the Atlantic, Bogue Inlet to Oregon Inlet; a watch for Florida was canceled.
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Powerful storms, heavy wind batter Chicago area
Chicago Tribune
A violent line of storms pounded the Chicago area, bringing torrential rains and powerful wind gusts and leaving hundreds of thousands of homes without power. The storm system may have produced small tornadoes in areas south of Chicago, where there were buildings with structural damage, widespread reports of downed trees and winds as high as 86 miles per hour, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Ratzer.
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