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ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


Get discounted rates on registration to the IAEM-USA 62nd Annual Conference
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IAEM-USA NEWS


IAEM-USA Training & Education Committee releases report on creating synergy between training and education
IAEM
The IAEM-USA Training & Education Committee's Synergy Subcommittee has released a report on "Creating Synergy Between Training and Education: Advancing the Dialogue and Efforts." This report represents the culmination of nearly two years of discussion followed by a two-day focus group hosted by the Emergency Management Institute on Apr. 7-8, 2014. The report includes the history of the group, group composition, importance of developing and continuing synergy as a professional endeavor, and next steps/timeline for group efforts. The document also includes work group products to date, as well as other background data and information that advocates the need for ongoing effort to support and enhance continued professionalization in the field of emergency management.
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IAEM-USA signs on as partner with National Strategy for Youth Preparedness Education
IAEM
IAEM-USA Council has signed on as a partner with the National Strategy for Youth Preparedness Education: Empowering, Educating, and Building Resilience. FEMA, the American Red Cross, and the U.S. Department of Education created this initiative. The strategy envisions a nation where youth are empowered to prepare for and respond to disasters. Partners at the local, state, and national level will work together to elevate the importance of youth preparedness, educating youth on the specific actions to take during and in the aftermath of a disaster, and encouraging youth to spread the importance of preparedness to their communities. IAEM-USA has pledged to promote the strategy to its members and stakeholders. The IAEM-USA Children in Disasters Caucus will work to promote the strategy throughout IAEM-USA. Learn more on the Ready.gov Youth Preparedness web page.
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Deadline for Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience is July 17
IAEM
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking nominations for the 2014 Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience that recognizes leadership in fostering resilience during 2013. This year, there will be two separate awards for organizations, one for "for-profit organizations" and one for "not-for-profit organizations." Following the 1993 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Rick Rescorla, vice president of security, regularly drilled his Morgan Stanley employees in disaster preparedness and response, especially evacuation. On 9/11, Rescorla led a massive evacuation of Morgan Stanley's 2,700-person workforce located in the South Tower. He lost his life on 9/11 as he returned to the South Tower in order to assist others. Candidates may be nominated for the Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience until July 17, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). All nominations must be submitted by email to rescorlaaward@hq.dhs.gov. For details, including the nomination form, visit the award Web page.
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Obama requests $3.7 billion for child migrants
Politico
President Barack Obama asked Congress for $3.73 billion in emergency appropriations to address the influx of child migrants crossing the Southwest border and Rio Grande from Central America. The funding is part of a larger $4.3 billion supplemental budget request from the White House that also includes $615 million to meet the increased costs of battling wildland fires in the West this summer.
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Chemical facility security, border security, emergency communications bills passed by House
Homeland Security Today
Bipartisan legislation designed to enhance the security of chemical facilities, border ports of entry and improve emergency communications were overwhelmingly passed by the House. The House passed the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Program Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014 (HR 4007), which codifies and strengthens the Department of Homeland Security’s CFATS program, which issues and enforces security standards for high-risk chemical facilities.
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EM NEWS


GAATES announces call for presentations on disability inclusive disaster risk reduction
IAEM
The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), in collaboration with the Zero Project, has released a call for nominations for innovative practices and policies that relate to Emergency Preparedness and Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction. These practices and policies will be presented at the 2015 Zero Project Conference in Vienna, Austria, alongside practices and policies pertaining to the Zero Project's own streams on Independent Living and Political Participation. The nomination and instruction documents can be downloaded here. Deadline for nominations is July 28, 2014.
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Upcoming PBS documentary explores recovery after 2008 earthquake in the Sichuan province of China
IAEM
PBS's POV will air Fallen City on Monday, July 28 at 10:00 p.m. In today's go-go China, an old city completely destroyed by a devastating earthquake can be rebuilt — boasting new and improved civic amenities — in an astoundingly quick two years. But, as Fallen City reveals, the journey from the ruined old city of Beichuan to the new Beichuan nearby is long and heartbreaking for the survivors. Three families struggle with loss — most strikingly the loss of children and grandchildren — and feelings of loneliness, fear and dislocation that no amount of propaganda can disguise. First-time director Qi Zhao offers an intimate look at a country torn between tradition and modernity.
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Three-quarters of UK flood defenses 'inadequately maintained'
The Guardian
Three-quarters of the U.K.'s flood defenses are being inadequately maintained due to budget cuts, putting homes at risk and storing up problems for the future, the government's climate change advisers warn. As many as 500 potential new flood defense projects around the country have also been put on hold, further threatening communities and businesses as the effects of global warming — including more flooding, droughts and fiercer storms — take hold.
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Russia calls on EU counterparts to set up global anti-disaster network
The Voice of Russia
Russian Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov has called on the counterparts from the European Union to set up a global emergency-response system based on Russian experience. The emergency-prevention system, which proved its efficiency during the flood response in the Far East in 2013, is playing the key role in this structure, Puchkov said.
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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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IAEM MEMBER NEWS


Let's support IAEM member Cheryl Nelson, Mrs. Virginia, in the Mrs. International Competition
IAEM
IAEM member Cheryl Nelson, the reigning Mrs. Virginia International 2014, will be competing for Mrs. International in Jacksonville, Florida, July 25-26, 2014. A certified, Emmy-nominated broadcast meteorologist with 10 years' experience, her platform is to promote the importance of natural disaster preparedness. In her job as a media planner with the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, which involved international travel, Cheryl helped to plan disaster scenarios to help the U.S. military and government agencies prepare for disasters. She volunteers as a NOAA "Weather Ready National Ambassador" and partners with FEMA's Ready.gov campaign and IAEM to raise awareness about family and pet preparedness through education, speaking engagements and appearances all across Virginia and the United States. She recently spoke on preparedness at the IAEM-USA Regions 4 and 5 Training Summit in Savannah, Georgia. If you are located in or near Jacksonville, Florida, Cheryl would appreciate your support through your attendance at the Mrs. International finals competition. Learn more on her website.
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EM RESOURCES


NEMA issues national report on states' abilities to deploy private sector and volunteer resources through EMAC
IAEM
As states consider ways to increase their disaster response/recover resource inventories, NEMA is releasing a new report on innovations and best practices in deploying private sector and volunteer resources through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). The report, "An Analysis of EMAC Capabilities for Private Sector and Volunteer Resource Coordination," focuses on gaining insight into the experiences of states that have used the EMAC process to deploy private sector and volunteer resources to states with specific needs through EMAC. These states provided a wealth of information regarding their experiences, capabilities and concerns. The report provides specific examples of solutions that can be replicated in other states interested in building these capabilities. Download a copy of the report from the NEMA Document Library. On the "Advanced Search" tab, put "EMAC" in the "Title" field to return a list that includes this document.
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DHS releases report on using social media for enhanced situational awareness and decision support
IAEM
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate's Virtual Social Media Working Group (VSMWG) recently released the report, "Using Social Media for Enhanced Situational Awareness and Decision Support," which contains best practices and guidance on using social media platforms within the public safety and emergency response communities. The report introduces ways social media platforms can be used for situational awareness in public safety. It addresses various challenges associated with the use of social media for situational awareness, the integration of social media within the operational environment, and identifies areas requiring further consideration, research, and development.
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UN: Avoiding climate disaster is tough but feasible
MSNBC
It's still possible for humanity to avoid catastrophic levels of climate change, but "the window of opportunity is closing fast," according to a report released by the United Nations' Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The report, which examines how various U.N. member states can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, calls for dramatic climate action to be taken before 2050 in order to avert "catastrophic" rising temperatures.
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DHS encourages security of high-risk chemical facilities through CFATS program
IAEM
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security regulates security at high-risk chemical facilities through the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program. Facilities that manufacture, use, store, or distribute certain chemicals may be required to complete an online questionnaire, which DHS uses to determine the facility's level of risk. Don’t let chemicals in your community be the target of a terrorist attack — learn more about the CFATS program, including its Help Desk, Knowledge Center, and instructions on reporting an emergency or non-emergency concern about a facility.
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NEW INSIGHTS


Hospital resiliency most important after natural disaster, emergencies
Florida Times-Union via FierceHealthcare
High-impact weather events across the U.S have some experts wondering if hospitals are resilient enough to overcome the aftermath of storms, tornados, hurricanes and floods, according to the Florida Times-Union.
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GPS training key to disaster response
Wired.co.uk via SciDev.Net
A change in U.S. law has made it legal for firms to publicly display images from satellites with resolution high enough to show objects such as manhole covers and postboxes. Previously, companies were prohibited from showing images in which objects smaller than 50 centimeters were visible. Reporting the news, an article by Wired.co.uk said it "was hoped that disaster relief would become easier as a result of the changes."
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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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EM CALENDAR


Information available for the first session of the Preparatory Committee of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will be webcast
IAEM
The first session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom1) of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will be held July 14-15 in Geneva at the Palais de Nations. All documents relating to PrepCom1 are available for download. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, the plenary session will be webcast live from the World Conference home page. Follow the meeting on Twitter and join in the conversations using the #WCDRR hashtag.
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AROUND THE WORLD


Weakened typhoon leaves two dead, heads north from Okinawa to main Japan islands
Reuters
Torrential rains from a weakened but still dangerous typhoon battered Japan's Okinawa islands, leaving two dead and threatening widespread flooding as the storm headed for the nation's main islands. Typhoon Neoguri, a super typhoon as it bore down on Okinawa this week, had winds gusting up to 162 kph (100 mph) on Wednesday, but weather forecasters said the major concern now was rain, especially as parts of the westernmost main island of Kyushu have already been hit by heavy rain over the last week.
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Mississippi River continues rising in Missouri and Illinois, but forecast offers hope
The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
The Mississippi River continued its slow rise at several Missouri and Illinois towns, but there was reason for optimism after overnight rainfall wasn't as bad as predicted. Spurred by heavy recent rains to the north, the Mississippi rose sharply over the past two weeks, reaching major flood levels from central Iowa south to near St. Louis. Storms brought strong winds, hail and still more rain to northern Missouri and western Illinois.
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Storms leave 5 dead, 200K without power in East
The Associated Press via ABC News
Severe thunderstorms packing strong winds swept through a number of Eastern states, killing five people, destroying or damaging numerous houses and leaving nearly 200,000 without power, officials said. In central New York, four people died after the storms hit the rural town of Smithfield, between Syracuse and Utica, the Madison County Sheriff's Office said. At least four homes were completely destroyed and numerous others were damaged.
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Dry conditions hinder battle against Western wildfires
The Associated Press via Fox News
Crews battling a wildfire in a rugged patch of far Northern California faced another day of triple-digit temperatures and gusty winds as officials warned the flames could again threaten homes. Such dry conditions have hurt the fight against other wildfires in Nevada, Idaho, New Mexico, Utah and Washington state.
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