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IAEM-USA NEWS


IAEM-USA becomes a partner of the national strategy to strengthen youth preparedness nationwide
IAEM
IAEM-USA announced this week that it is partnering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Red Cross, and the Department of Education to promote youth preparedness and build a more resilient nation. Emergencies and disasters can happen at any time and often without any warning. Considering that children comprise approximately 25 percent of our population, it is critical that disaster planning efforts account for their unique needs while also leveraging their unique abilities to act as messengers of important information. With this in mind, FEMA, the Red Cross, and the U.S. Department of Education have together created the National Strategy for Youth Preparedness Education: Empowering, Educating and Building Resilience (National Strategy), which provides nine priority steps that partners at the local, state, and national levels can take to create a nation of prepared youth. While many of IAEM-USA's activities already support youth preparedness, this new partnership aligns IAEM-USA with a growing network of public and private sector organizations that are likewise dedicated to building a more resilient nation. Learn more about youth preparedness.
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Joseph Nimmich nominated as FEMA deputy administrator
IAEM
On July 14, 2014, Joseph Nimmich was nominated by President Obama to be the next deputy administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The nomination was referred to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs. Nimmich currently is the associate administrator for response and recovery at FEMA, a position he has held since 2013. From 2011 to 2013, he was the director of maritime surveillance and security at Raytheon Corporation. Nimmich was a member of the senior leadership team at the Applied Research Lab at Pennsylvania State University from 2010 to 2011. From 1977 to 2010, he served in the United States Coast Guard, attaining the rank of Rear Admiral. From 2009 to 2010, he served as commander of the First Coast Guard District. Nimmich was the director of the Joint Interagency Task Force South at the Department of Defense from 2007 to 2009, and from 2005 to 2007, he served as assistant commandant for policy and planning. From 2003 to 2005, he served as the deputy chief of staff of the Coast Guard after serving as commander of the Coast Guard Group — Key West from 2000 to 2003. Nimmich received a B.A. from the Coast Guard Academy and an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
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Clawson Joins Committee on Homeland Security
IAEM
This week, Rep. Curt Clawson (R-Fla.) joined the House Committee on Homeland Security. Rep. Clawson will serve on the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security and the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. Learn more.
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FEMA releases 2014-2018 Strategic Plan
IAEM
On July 15, FEMA released its 2014-2018 FEMA Strategic Plan. The strategic plan was developed through the involvement of hundreds of FEMA employees and many external stakeholders who contributed to generating objectives, strategies and outcomes. The plan advances the agency’s mission and reflects objectives the agency will accomplish to provide the best possible support to the American people before, during and after disasters. For 2014 to 2018, FEMA will focus on five strategic priorities, institutionalizing key improvements made over the last four years while building agency capacity and strengthening national capabilities for disaster preparedness. The five priorities will spur cross-agency collaboration, guide allocation of resources and inform how all FEMA employees approach their work. These efforts will further integrate two strategic imperatives into the agency's programs and operations: a whole community approach to emergency management and a culture that fosters innovation and learning. There will be a stakeholder webinar about the strategic plan on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. Participants are invited to join by signing into the webinar as "guest." Prior to the webinar, participants can test their Adobe Connect connection.
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FEMA announces Membership of New Technical Mapping Advisory Council
IAEM
On July 15, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the membership of the newly created Technical Mapping Advisory Council (TMAC). As directed by Congress, the Council is tasked with developing recommendations for FEMA’s flood mapping program to ensure that flood insurance rate maps reflect the best available science and are based on the best available methodologies for considering the impact of future development on flood risk. The establishment of the TMAC was mandated by the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, and it was further expanded by the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014. The national flood mapping program provides flood maps to inform communities about the local flood risk and help set minimum floodplain standards so communities may build safely and resiliently. The flood insurance rate maps established under the program are used to set flood insurance premiums. Members were selected based on specific, Congressionally mandated membership guidelines to ensure that a variety of stakeholder perspectives are reflected in the deliberations and recommendations. The legislation requires the appointment of members from 16 specific member categories to ensure a significant cross section of technical expertise. Read the full announcement.
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US wildfire policy inadequate, senators agree
KUSA-TV
Congress must find a better way to pay to fight wildfires because rising costs are limiting the government's ability to do preventive work before fire season, a bipartisan group of senators said. But Democrats and Republicans disagreed on the solution.
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White House announces steps to help state, local and tribal officials combat climate change
McClatchyDC
In its ongoing effort to mitigate the impact of climate change, the White House announced several small steps by a range of agencies to help local officials cope with the issue.
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IAEM-OCEANIA NEWS


Turnbull dials-up Triple Zero review
Government News
The way Australia's Triple Zero service deals with emergency calls is set to change dramatically in the future, according to a Department of Communication discussion paper issued ahead of a sweeping review of the operator service.
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Next-gen 000 service could support social, mobile apps
Computerworld
The Australian government seeks to enhance the Triple Zero emergency service to bring it up to date with modern communications technology and move it beyond the existing voice-only service.
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EM NEWS


Best Practices Conference accepts proposals from other institutions to host 2015 and future events
IAEM
The purpose of the Best Practices in Higher Education Emergency Management Conference (BPHEEMC) is to facilitate an atmosphere of sharing best practices and lessons learned between emergency management practitioners, consultants, and volunteers that work within campus emergency management functions. For the past two years, the BPHEEMC has been hosted at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Last year, the BPHEEMC formed a committee to help coordinate the event. Due to the success of the past two events, the committee has decided to move the conference around the country to meet the goals and objectives of the BPHEEMC. Each year the event will rotate to a different host institution based on population size: over 20k, 10-20k, under 10k. The event must take place on a university or college campus. The event cannot be held at an off campus location. UTC will accept proposals for the 2015 and 2016 events. Proposals for 2015 will be reviewed first. Upon selection of the 2015 host institution, the committee will begin the process to select the 2016 host campus. This will allow proper time for planning and advertisement. Please visit our "2015 & Beyond" conference website to review the call for proposals, proposal submission form and selection process information.
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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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NOAA: 2014 so far — Coolest in US since 1993; wettest June Since 1989
The Weather Channel
The first half of 2014 was the coldest January-to-June period in the Lower 48 states in 21 years, according to the federal government's quarterly State of the Climate Report, released by NOAA's National Climatic Data Center.
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HUD announces $1 billion competition for disaster recovery ideas
Next City
The latest contest in the federal government's new competition-based approach to disaster resilience was announced today, this one aimed at communities recently struck by catastrophic events.
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CDC report details new actions after staff potentially exposed to Anthrax
The Westside Story
The CDC is taking a number of steps to prevent a repeat of the incident in June when a number of its Atlanta based employees were exposed to live Anthrax samples which were not properly inactivated.
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Heat waves are replacing drought as the deadliest climate disaster
Vox
In the 1980s, droughts were one of the world's deadliest natural disasters, triggering food shortages and causing at least half a million deaths in Ethiopia, Sudan and Mozambique alone. But according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization, the number of deaths attributable to drought appears to be declining over time.
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


Make sure you are in San Antonio for the IAEM-USA Annual Conference Welcome Party
IAEM
We are delighted to host this year's Welcome Party on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, at the Buckhorn Saloon, one of San Antonio's most popular tourist attractions. Since 1881, surviving Prohibition, this Saloon and Museum have been entertaining patrons. The Museum features hundreds of authentic Texas Ranger artifacts, including automatic handguns, shotguns, badges and more. The museum also features a recreation of San Antonio at the turn of the century in Ranger Town. The town includes a replica Buckhorn Saloon, a jail cell, blacksmith shop and a replica of the 1934 Ford V8 Deluxe — the famous Bonnie & Clyde getaway car. Don't miss this opportunity to network, see old friends, meet new friends, and begin the conference on a high note. A buffet meal and appetizers will be provided. There will be a cash bar. Tickets are required for this event. Register for the Annual Meeting today.
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IAEM student member registration fee stipend for USA Annual Conference registration fee
IAEM
IAEM Headquarters is maintaining a list of IAEM members who have a current student membership and wish to be considered for a student registration fee stipend in the amount of $300 (early bird rate) for the basic registration fee to attend the IAEM-USA 2014 Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Students should e-mail their interest to be considered for the registration fee stipend lottery to IAEM Membership Manager Sharon Kelly at info@iaem.com no later than Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, along with the following information: your full name, complete contact information, and the name of the university you are attending. Notifications will be sent via email by mid-September. Complete details, including your obligations should you be selected, are posted here.
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CEM® UPDATE


All certification applications must be submitted using the online system after Aug. 15
IAEM
With the launch of the Online CEM®/AEM℠, Upgrade and Lifetime Applications, this is a friendly reminder that CEM®/AEM℠ 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. More information can be found in the CEM® News section of the website.
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EM RESOURCES


Superstorm Sandy ranks high in disaster report
app.com
Superstorm Sandy ranks as the world's second costliest disaster linked to weather, climate or water extremes from 1970 to 2012, according to a new atlas. And such disasters are on the rise, according to the atlas.
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New storm surge forecast maps enhanced preparedness for Hurricane Arthur
Scientific American
Hurricane Arthur smashed into the North Carolina coast recently. Just before it hit, residents checked a new storm surge map, found on the National Hurricane Center website. It showed them whether they would be above the water driven onto land by the storm or need to evacuate to higher ground. Store owners used it to figure out how high they needed to move their goods off the ground to prevent water damage. Some emergency management crews even utilized it to predict where the hardest hit places could be.
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Smartphone-sniffing drone could help find disaster victims
Wired.co.uk
Drones could help find survivors of disasters by sniffing out their mobile phones. A Swiss masters student has developed a drone system that detects the signals given off by mobile phones and homes in on their location, potentially giving rescue workers a clue about where to search.
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IAEM NEWS


IAEM announces winners of 2014 IAEM-Global Award Competition
IAEM
On July 11, the IAEM-Global Awards & Recognition Work Group announced the winners of the 2014 IAEM Global Awards Competition, including global, council and regional awards. The purpose of the competition is to recognize and honor persons or organizations that have made special or significant contributions to the field of emergency management and have represented the profession well by their outstanding performance. The awards will be presented at the IAEM 62nd Annual Conference & EMEX 2014, Nov. 14-19, 2014, San Antonio, Texas. Two council award winners went on to win global awards in this year's multi-level competition. City of Bellevue (Washington) Office of Emergency Management won the IAEM-Global Public Awareness Award, Division 1, for its "Ways to Survive" animated music video. Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (New Zealand) won the IAEM-Global Technology & Innovation Award, Division 2, for its use of social media as an engagement tool to help build strong communities, promote disaster preparedness, and communicate official information during and after a disaster. Information about all 2014 award winners is available on the IAEM Awards Competition page of the IAEM website.
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EM CALENDAR


7th Australian Natural Hazards Management Conference to be held Sept. 23-24 in Wellington, New Zealand
IAEM
The Australasian Hazards Management Conference is held every two years in locations across New Zealand and Australia. The theme for the 2014 conference, scheduled for Sept. 23-24 at Te Papa in Wellington, New Zealand, will be "Building a Resilient Nation." The conference provides a forum to discuss the integration of hazard information into effective risk management, including: applying hazard information to best practice planning; developing effective warning systems; improved response and recovery from events; and creating resilient communities through integrating science into practice. The target audience is: emergency managers, planners, risk assessors, asset and utility managers, natural hazards researchers and scientists. Details and program are available here.
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Using Technologies for Cross-Jurisdictional Information Sharing — Lessons Learned from CUSEC's CAPSTONE-14 Earthquake Exercise webinar to be held July 24, 2014
IAEM
This webinar is sponsored by the National Information Sharing Consortium and will be held at 1:00 p.m. EDT. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) First Responders Group will present this event as part of the Capacity Building Webinar Series. Presenters will provide an overview of practices and technologies used to coordinate response activities, gather situational awareness and make decisions during CUSEC's CAPSTONE-14 exercise. Presenters will include: Tommy Hodge, Information Technology Director, Tennessee Emergency Management; Mike Stehn, Manager Applications Development, Illinois Emergency Management; Debbie Briedwell, GIS Specialist, Missouri Department of Public Safety; and Doug Eades, Systems Integration Manager, Kentucky Emergency Management. The webinar is free and registration is not required. Learn more.
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AROUND THE WORLD


Russia derailment: 21 dead in Moscow metro crash
BBC News
The death toll in a derailment on the Moscow metro now stands at 21, the Russian health ministry says. Scores were injured, some seriously, when a packed commuter train braked abruptly between stations in the west of the city in the morning rush hour. Some of those hurt were carried out of the tunnel on stretchers, with the most serious cases airlifted to hospital.
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At least 5 dead as Typhoon Rammasun cuts across the Philippines
CNN
The Philippines' first major typhoon of the season has churned across the country, passing close to the sprawling capital Manila and killing at least five people. Typhoon Rammasun made landfall near Legazpi City on the country's east coast. The typhoon, known locally as "Glenda," prompted the evacuations of as many as 350,000 people from their homes in towns and cities across the country.
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West Africa: MIA, others hold rechnical workshop for disaster risk reduction
AllAfrica
The Ministry of Internal Affairs in collaboration with the Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission, and the Economic Community of West African States has conducted a technical workshop to assist in the establishment of a National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.
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Croatian Red Cross responding to the worst natural disaster in living memory
IFRC
In mid-May, heavy rainfall led to severe flooding across north-eastern Croatia, as well as parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia, affecting hundreds of thousands of people in the three countries. Over just three days, parts of Croatia received what is normally three months of rainfall. Rivers quickly rose to torrential levels, within 24 hours as much as 3.5 meters in some places. In Croatia, an estimated 15,000 people were evacuated. Throughout the sixty days since the onset of this disaster, Croatian Red Cross teams have been working to help those in greatest need.
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