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IAEM announces the winners of the 2013 IAEM Awards Competition
IAEM
The IAEM-Global Awards & Recognition Work Group is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 IAEM Awards Competition. Visit the IAEM Awards home page to learn who won in both the Council and Global award competitions. The Global awards and USA Council awards will be presented at the IAEM 61st Annual Conference & EMEX 2013, Oct. 25-30, 2013, in Reno, Nev. The Canada Council awards were presented at the IAEM-Canada AGM, held June 25, 2013, in conjunction with the World Conference on Disaster Management in Toronto.
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IAEM Bulletin Call for Articles: 'Students in Emergency Management' deadline for submissions is July 10, 2013
IAEM
Possible articles might include: what you are looking for as an emergency management student; what you expect to get out of your EM-related degree work; how you are finding the job market as a recent graduate; how your degree prepared you for your first job as an emergency manager; or why you "went back to school" (whether you're an emergency manager going for a degree or a non-emergency manager hoping to change careers.) Please keep your article to no more than 750 words, and read the IAEM Bulletin Author's Guidelines before submitting your article to IAEM Bulletin Editor Karen Thompson no later than July 10, 2013.
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IAEM ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


Conference Committee invites you to view the program and share in the excitement
IAEM
Are you as excited about the IAEM Annual Conference in Reno, Nev. this year as I am? The conference, occurring from Friday, Oct. 25 through Wednesday, Oct. 30, is jam-packed full of amazing speakers and fantastic sessions. What, you haven’t heard about the speakers or the sessions? Well, it is time you visit the online program. This interactive site has many features:
  • Click the "Schedule" button on the top left of the screen and select the arrow next to the date for that day's schedule.
  • Click the "Tracks" button at the top and select the arrow next to the track you wish to view.
  • Click the "Speakers" button to see a list of speakers, their title, organization, and presentation topic.
  • Click on the "About" button to see information about our leadership, sponsors, logistics, as well as other general information regarding the annual conference.
This site also is a great tool to use to justify the conference to your supervisors; they can actually see what is in store for you and how it can directly benefit your agency. Check out the online program and start thinking about making travel plans. October will be here before you know it.

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IAEM-USA NEWS


IAEM-USA signs coalition letter expressing concerns about FEMA's National Preparedness Grant Program Proposal
IAEM
The IAEM-USA Council, along with six other organizations representing local elected officials, emergency managers, police chiefs and colonels, sheriffs, and the major fire service organizations, on June 28, 2013, sent a letter to leaders of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on Homeland Security to express concerns about the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) National Preparedness Grant Program (NPGP) proposal. The proposal would convert the current suite of homeland security grant programs into state-administered block and competitive grant programs in which funding decisions are based on state and multi-state threat assessments without clear local involvement. Download the letter here. The coalition requested the following:
    1. That language be included in the FY 2014 homeland security appropriations bill, similar to the House-passed H.R. 2217, that would prohibit FEMA from implementing the NPGP proposal in FY 2014 without explicit Congressional authorization.

    2. That specific funding levels be provided in the bill for each homeland security grant program, including the State Homeland Security Grant Program, Urban Areas Security Initiative, port security, and transportation security grant programs, as Congress did for the current fiscal year.

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GRANT ANNOUNCEMENTS


Rockefeller Foundation announces the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge
IAEM
To enable 100 cities to better address major 21st century challenges, the Rockefeller Foundation is inviting cities from around the world to apply for the "100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge." In August, cities can be nominated through a formal application process. Winning cities will be announced in three rounds over the next three years, with the final round of winners named in 2015. Each winning city will receive:
    1. Membership in the 100 Resilient Cities Network, which will provide support to member cities and share new knowledge and resilience best practices.

    2. Support to hire a Chief Resilience Officer to oversee the development of a resilience strategy for the city and be part of a learning network of other CROs.

    3. Support to create a resilience plan, along with tools and resources for implementation.
Learn more.

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CEM® UPDATE


Attention Canadian Applicants — Updated resources available
IAEM
Canadian CEM®/AEM℠ applicants should note that a list of new resources has been added to the CEM®/AEM℠ Study Guide to help candidates prepare for the revised Canada CEM®/AEM℠ exam. Download the updated Study Guide today.
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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.
  • 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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EM CALENDAR


Gender & Disaster Webinar #5: Gender, Disaster, Policy, Politics
July 10, 2013, 1 p.m. ET

IAEM
There are two speakers on this topic: (1) The Long Walk to Gender Equality: Rhetoric and Realities in DRR Policy and Practice, Kristinne Sanz, Global Disaster Network member; and 
 (2) Global Rights, Enforcement and Accountability Aspects on Gender, Madhavi Malalgoda Ariyabandu, regional program officer, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). Register now as there will be limits on participation. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining in. This webinar is brought to you through the Gender and Disaster Resilience Alliance and EPI Global.
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EM NEWS


Disaster and emergency management field growing
Chicago Daily Herald
As "big heat and big rain" plague the Midwest, the potential for disasters and emergencies increases, and so does the demand for disaster and emergency management services. Jobs are increasing in both the public and private sector, ranging from companies like Servpro to disaster response consultants to specialists working for governments, corporations or health care facilities. Suburban community colleges have spotted the opportunity, offering programs geared at training students in the field.
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Government: Disaster management plans in a mess
The Times of India
Flood mitigation measures like shelters, early warning systems and digital maps that could have helped save hundreds of lives in Uttarakhand have been on the drawing board since 2007 with a fresh proposal sought in February this year. Admitting that India's disaster response plans are in a mess, the home ministry told Parliament's Public Accounts Committee that a national flood risk mitigation scheme was rejected in January this year as it was too skeletal.
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Who should pay for emergency management?
Emergency Management
A recent article in the Atlanta Advocate discussed the impact of reduced Federal grant funds on local emergency management organizations. The problem this time isn't at the Federal level but at the State: the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is looking to retain 65 percent of the grant funds instead of the 35 percent it had retained last year. What this disagreement points out, however, is the heavy dependence of small jurisdictions on Federal grant funding for emergency management programs. In some cases, the entire program is funded by grants.
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EM RESOURCES


'Disaster university' to address Pacific quakes and tsunamis
The New York Times
The Asia-Pacific may be the biggest driver of the global economy, but it is also the runaway leader in a category that no region would covet: natural disasters. The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawaii has become one of the forerunners in seeking solutions for the region. The university is the main academic member of the Asia-Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience, or A.P.D.R.3, network, which grew out of the 2011 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit meeting in Honolulu, hosted by President Barack Obama.
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Little by little, 911 centers receive emergency texts
NPR
In some parts of the country, you can text 911 if you have an emergency. But that technology is taking a long time to roll out. It's among the difficulties of adapting old systems to new technologies. Renee Montagne talks with Trey Forgety of the National Emergency Numbering Association about the challenges and opportunities for texting to 911.
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Research: Face-to-face communication still best for emergency management
Your News Now
Wireless devices — with their text and instant message capabilities — are the new frontier in emergency communications. They make instant communication possible, but communication researcher Keri Stephens says there's a paradox. Stephens and her team studied how people perceive emergency text messages. They found that for most people, it takes at least three texts before they understand the urgency of a situation.
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AROUND THE WORLD


'Explosive fire behavior' likely led to deaths of 19 Arizona firefighters
ABC News
Dry thunderstorms laced with strong, erratic winds that shifted unexpectedly in the high heat of the Southwest likely created the perfect storm that trapped and killed 19 experienced firefighters in Yarnell, Ariz., officials say. The wildfire that killed 18 of 20 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew in Yarnell came at the start of the state's monsoon season, a weather phenomenon that brings lightning strikes, gusty winds, dust storms and sometimes rain to the state during the summer months. The 19th dead firefighter was from another group.
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Emergency tents are a 'last-ditch measure for survival'
USA Today
The thin, heat-resistant emergency shelters that firefighters carry into battle offer some protection but cannot deal with everything an out-of-control wildfire can throw at them. Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo said the 19 firefighters who died overnight in a wildfire in Arizona had to deploy the emergency shelters when "something drastic" occurred.
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Canada flood victims to receive $1 billion in aid
CNN
The government of Alberta, Canada, will provide $1 billion in funding for recovery and reconstruction after the province's devastating floods, Premier Alison Redford said. "We are going to do —please listen to my words — whatever it takes to get everyone back to a place where they can continue to live their lives," Redford said. More than 100,000 Albertans have been affected by the floods, which began after heavy mountain rains swelled rivers flowing to the east. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated in Calgary, Medicine Hat and elsewhere, along with the entire town of High River, where three people died in the floods.
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