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House Appropriations Subcommittee releases draft FY2016 DHS Appropriations Bill
IAEM
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security on July 8, 2015, released the draft FY2016 Appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security. The Subcommittee markup, on Thursday, July 9, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. EDT, will be webcast on the Committee website. Downloads: draft bill; Committee press release; and IAEM-USA memo on highlights, text of bill, and Committee summary. Some highlights in the FEMA budget are $350 million for Emergency Management Performance Grants (same as request and same as Senate mark); $25 million for PreDisaster Mitigation Grants ($175 million less than request and $75 million less than Senate); $680 million for Fire and Safer Grants; $467 million for State Homeland Security Grants, including $50 million for Operation Stonegarden; $600 million for Urban Area Security Initiative; and $100 million each for Port and Transit Security Grants. The bill includes a prohibition on consolidating the homeland security grants unless authorized by Congress. The bill is expected to be controversial because of provisions included on immigration.
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IAEM-USA and NEMA express concerns about provisions that would amend the Stafford Disaster Relief Act
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IAEM-USA and the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) on July 7 sent joint letters to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Committee on Natural Resources. These letters expressed serious concern about provisions in HR 2647, the Resilient Federal Forest Act of 2015, which would amend the Stafford Disaster Relief Act. We recognize that there is a need for a legislative fix to appropriate more funding to the Departments of Interior and Agriculture for fire suppression on public lands. However, we believe that the funding for this need should be provided directly to agencies with responsibility for the issue, rather than by creating complicated changes to the Stafford Act that change and expand the purpose of the program. The Statement of Administration Policy opposed this provision as repurposing the Stafford Act. The bill is currently expected to be on the House floor on July 10, 2015.
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IAEM-Global Editorial Work Group extends deadline to July 24 for IAEM Bulletin special focus issue on 'Marketing Your EM Program'
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The IAEM-Global Editorial Work Group is extending the article submissions deadline to Friday, July 24, 2015, 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 24, 2015.
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House hearing examines DHS's misplaced focus on climate change
IAEM
The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, on July 8, 2015, held a hearing on "Examining DHS's Misplaced Focus on Climate Change." Representative Scott Perry (R-PA), subcommittee chair, opened by stating that the Department of Homeland Security is "ignoring the true security risks facing our nation in order to satisfy political constituencies," which is "irresponsible and puts us at grave risk." The opening panel consisted of three DHS representatives who spoke on policy-related topics. These included how FEMA incorporates climate change's influence on future disasters in America, sea level rise and drought issues, infrastructure resilience efforts, and the coordination in place among federal agencies. Panelist Marc Levy, deputy director of the Center for International Earth Science Information Network, concluded that "the reason DHS is obligated to incorporate climate change into its risk framework is simple: climate change is endangering Americans and disrupting our economy." Download witness statements and the full hearing archive.
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Opportunity for Business at USA/China Technology & Equipment for Emergency Response and Transportation Safety Seminar
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The U.S. Department of Transportation, along with the U.S. Commercial Service and the U.S. Trade & Development Agency, will partner with China’s Ministry of Transport to hold an annual Emergency Response and Transportation Seminar. This year, the seminar will be held Nov. 3-4, 2015, in Suzhou, China with a focus on technology in transportation disaster response. The organizers are seeking American companies that would like to participate by giving a presentation on the contributions they are capable of making in emergency response situations and interacting with Chinese government officials and industry leaders who may be interested in purchasing their products. Details are available here, along with a downloadable flyer.
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The biggest danger from this year's historic wildfire season
Gizmodo
Wildfires are tearing across Alaska and western Canada at a record-breaking rate this summer. But stands of blackened trees and cross-continental plumes of smoke are only the most visible signs of damage from the 300 or more fires currently raging. The biggest concern may be what's happening below ground. Globally, soils contain more carbon than aboveground vegetation and the atmosphere combined. In warmer parts of the world, soil microorganisms chew through dead plants and animals very quickly, cycling their organic carbon back to the atmosphere as CO2.
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Scientists point to narrowing gap for averting climate disaster
Agence France-Presse via Yahoo News
Climate scientists gathered Tuesday in Paris, five months before the deadline for a historic carbon-curbing pact, to show that a radical shift to sustainable energy can still limit disastrous planet warming. On current trends, humanity would spend the estimated safe budget of Earth-warming greenhouse gases within 20-25 years, the experts said, and urged a quick and dramatic transformation of the energy sector.
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


Looking to maximize your emergency management training? IAEM's 63rd Annual Conference is the place to be! Training course space is limited
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Arrive early and stay late at the IAEM 63rd Annual Conference & EMEX to obtain additional emergency management training. In addition to the three main days of the IAEM conference, which is packed with dynamic sessions and speakers, there is much to learn from both pre-conference and post-conference training sessions: L0290 Basic Public Information Officer; L0948 Situational Awareness and Common Operating Picture; L0205 Recovery from Disaster, the Local Government Role; L0146 Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program Training Course; L0197 Integrating Access and Functional Needs into Emergency Planning; L0235 Emergency Planning, Maximizing Your Disaster Cost Recovery; Universities and Colleges Emergency Managers Practitioners Symposium; 2015 Leadership Symposium: Strategic Leadership and Opportunities; L0387 Joint Information System/Center Planning for Tribal, State, and Local Public Information Officers; Persuade! A course on presenting for emergency managers; CEM®/AEM Certification Offerings; Social Media Engagement Strategies, Intermediate Social Media Tools and Techniques; and the EMAP Training Course. Find out more and register today.
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See Center for Domestic Preparedness training in action on YouTube
IAEM
Those interested in training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness can now view video descriptions of courses, as well as news stories and podcasts on CDP training and events on YouTube. The center offers more than 40 courses covering 10 different disciplines of emergency response. All CDP courses are fully funded for state, local and tribal responders, including travel, lodging and meals. CDP training is also open to emergency responders working in private industry in the U.S. and other countries on a fee-for-service basis. Contact the CDP by calling 866-213-9553 or clicking http://cdp.dhs.gov. You can also connect with the CDP on Facebook and Twitter.
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New websites launched for National Academy of Medicine and Institute of Medicine
IAEM
The National Academy of Medicine (NAM), which oversees honorific activities formerly administered by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), has launched a new website at www.nam.edu. The website has information about elected members, initiatives, awards, and other NAM activities. Reports and studies on health and medicine remain activities of the Institute of Medicine, and information on these can be found at the new web address iom.nationalacademies.org. These changes are part of a broader reorganization that integrates the work of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The IOM is now one of the program units operating under the direction of the integrated academies.
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Institute of Medicine releases report on international infectious disease emergencies and domestic implications for the public health and healthcare sectors
IAEM
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) on July 7 published a report on International Infectious Disease Emergencies and Domestic Implications for the Public Health and Healthcare Sectors. The report follows up the IOM's Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events, which took place at the 2015 Preparedness Summit. The forum provided a discussion of international public health emergencies, such as Ebola, and their corresponding impact on state and local public health and health care systems, during which speakers discussed their experiences during the Ebola outbreak in the United States and as it was unfolding in West Africa. They also discussed remaining challenges and ways to effectively respond the next time a public health emergency of international concern arises. The IOM report notes that emerging infectious disease events present a threat to U.S. national security, and improved efforts are needed to coordinate a response both domestically and with global partners.
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DISASTER TECHNOLOGY NEWS


Social media: Indispensable during disasters
Medscape
Increasingly, people who respond to disasters are finding social media indispensable. "It is critical that many public safety agencies engage on social media platforms," says Kevin Sur, an instructor at the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center hosted by the University of Hawaii. The utility of social media goes far beyond reassuring loved ones in disasters. Emergency workers and volunteers are using social media to find people in need, map damaged areas, organize relief efforts, disseminate news and guidance, attract donations, and help prepare for future disasters.
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CEM® UPDATE


Applications must be received by Aug. 31 to be eligible for the September Certification Review
IAEM
Online CEM®/AEM applications received by June 30 will be included in the July/August review. Results will be available through the online portal during the week of Aug. 16, 2015. To be eligible for the September 2015 online review period, candidates must submit applications between July 1 and Aug. 31, 2015
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IAEM-USA schedules July 28 members-only webinar on zoo and aquarium all-hazards preparedness, response, and recovery
IAEM
The IAEM-USA Food & Agriculture Caucus will host an IAEM members-only webinar on "Who's Who in the Zoo? Zoo and Aquarium All-Hazards Preparedness, Response, and Recovery," set for Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The webinar will focus on the topic of all-threats/all-hazards emergency planning for wildlife facilities for the purposes of animal welfare/well-being, staff safety, public safety, first responder safety, protection of agriculture, and conservation. This includes "Secure Zoo," a new initiative for managed wildlife facilities modeled after agriculture security programs. The presenter will be Yvonne Nadler, Acting Program Manager, Zoo and Aquarium All Hazards Preparedness, Response and Recovery Center (ZAAHP Fusion Center), created by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The USDA-funded ZAAHP Fusion Center is a conduit for dissemination of information to the managed wildlife community on the five critical national preparedness mission areas: prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery. Reserve your space in this webinar; you will be prompted to log in as an IAEM member.
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Typhoons in the Pacific are multiplying like gremlins, putting China at risk*
Mashable
Three tropical cyclones, two of which appear destined to be powerhouse storms of near-super typhoon strength, are spinning slowly across the western tropical Pacific Ocean, with a fourth storm about to be born. The most dangerous storm of the group — Typhoon Chan-hom — has already made its presence felt, as it dumped more than a foot of rain in Guam over the Fourth of July weekend.
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Quake in rural China kills 3, damages thousands of homes
Reuters via Yahoo News
A strong earthquake hit a rural part of China's far western Xinjiang region, killing three people, injuring dozens and destroying or damaging thousands of homes, the government and state media said. Many traditional houses in the mainly ethnic Uighur region collapsed when the shallow 6.4 magnitude quake struck about 160 km (100 miles) northwest of the southern city of Hotan, emergency officials said.
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Falcon maintains strength, continues to bring monsoon rains
CNN
Typhoon Falcon (internationally known as Chan-Hom) continued to enhance the southwest monsoon, bringing heavy rainfall in Luzon. According to the latest weather bulletin of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, Falcon maintained its strength as it continued to move west northwest. It was still not expected to make landfall.
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Hit by drought and seawater, Bangkok tap water may run out in a month*
Reuters
Bangkok's tap water supply may run out in a month, as the country waits for long overdue rains to replenish sources depleted by drought and threatened by seawater creep, the chief of the capital's water authority said. Thailand is suffering its worst drought in more than a decade. In an effort to maintain water levels in the dams that supply water for agriculture in the provinces as well as taps in the capital Bangkok, the government has asked farmers to refrain from planting rice since last October.
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Volcanic eruption alerts authorities in Japan*
The Japan Times via UPI
A minor eruption at a volcano in Mount Hakone, Japan, has placed authorities on alert and placed restrictions on access to a travel destination near Tokyo. Japan's Meteorological Agency said volcanic ash spewed from an area that had been simmering with higher than average amounts of steam in recent months, The Japan Times reported. Mount Hakone was believed to have been dormant. According to experts, it last erupted between 700 and 800 years ago, during the late 12th or 13th century.
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Initiating 'Safe Haven': 200,000 July 4 revelers get shelter from the storm*
The Washington Post
It wasn’t a drill. It was happening, and now: Open the doors, suspend the bag checks, turn off the magnetometers, let everyone inside. The plan had been developed to shelter masses gathered on the Mall in the case of an emergency weather situation, but the evacuation ahead of the Independence Day celebration also signaled what might happen in the face of a terror threat: "Operation Safe Haven."
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Affluent Idaho resort area braces for more wildfire evacuations
Reuters
Crews battling a wildfire that destroyed six upscale homes and forced 600 people from a resort area in Idaho braced for strong winds as authorities warned scores more homeowners and businesses to prepare to evacuate at a moment's notice. The so-called Cape Horn fire in northern Idaho has scorched 2,000 acres of mountain spruce and pine forests hugging multimillion-dollar cabins and condominium developments on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho's largest lake. The fire, whose cause is under investigation, comes at the height of the tourist season for lakeside communities in a region known for water-skiing, boating and fishing.
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BC wildfires blanket province in smoke
CBC
The fire situation in British Columbia remained relatively stable after more than 50 new wildfires were reported, forcing hundreds of people to leave their homes or be on evacuation alert. Smoke continues to blanket large portions of the south coast including Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast. Air quality advisories have been issued and residents are being advised to avoid strenuous outdoor exercise or to remain indoors.
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Saskatchewan First Nations evacuate 13,000, declare wildfire state of emergency*
Indian Country Today
Wildfires have forced more than 13,000 Lac La Ronge band members and others from their homes in aboriginal communities in the largest evacuation Saskatchewan has ever seen. About 100 miles south, Montreal Lake Cree Nation has declared a state of emergency after flames engulfed the community in a blaze so fierce that even firefighters had to flee.
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Forest fire burns in Chernobyl exclusion zone*
The Associated Press via
Fire is raging in the woods in the exclusion zone around the destroyed Chernobyl plant in Ukraine. The Ukrainian State Service for Emergency Situations said in a statement that firefighters still have not brought it under control. It was unclear if the blaze has hit parts of the zone heavily contaminated by radiation from the 1986 reactor explosion and fire, although authorities said the fire swept through about 130 hectares.
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More than 1,350 residents leave Spain's Aragon region to escape wildfires*
The Christian Science Monitor
More than 1,350 residents were evacuated in Spain's northeastern region of Aragon as a wildfire spread through a pine forest amid a lingering heat wave, a local official said. Five villages were evacuated as flames devoured hills that are 375 kilometers northeast of Madrid, said Javier Lamban, the president of Aragon. The evacuees, who included residents of a retirement home, were transferred to nearby towns.
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