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IAEM-ASIA NEWS


Taiwan's year of disasters highlights safety concerns
BBC News
Taiwan has seen a string of disasters this year. But these are not simply accidents. Behind each case, investigators found that either negligence, an error in judgment or legal violations were at least partly to blame. The BBC's Cindy Sui in Taipei asks whether Taiwan's reputation for safety is deserving.
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How air pollution may have caused catastrophic flooding in China*
NPR
Air pollution isn't just bad for your health. It can have dramatic effects on weather and climate. In fact, a team of scientists believes that air pollution from industries and traffic could have caused the extreme floods that devastated southwest China in 2013. In July of that year, China's Sichuan province was racked with floods from the worst storms it had seen in 50 years. The greatest damage occurred in a mountainous region northwest of the Sichuan Basin, where nearly 30 inches of rain fell over several days.
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IAEM-INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL NEWS


Sendai Framework starts moving
UNISDR
International moves to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction got underway, with African countries starting the process. Four dozen African countries gathered in the Cameroonian capital Yaoundé for three days of talks, along with the African Union, Africa’s Regional Economic Communities and a host of other international organizations.
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IAEM-OCEANIA NEWS


Experts: Pacific nations must prepare for more natural disasters as El Nino takes hold*
ABC Online
The south-west Pacific has experienced its fair share of natural disasters in the past two years and experts warn more may be on the way. The region has always been at the mercy of wild weather, but it is now also in the grip of an El Nino cycle. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said the Pacific region had nine major emergencies between November 2013 and June 2014.
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IAEM-USA NEWS


IAEM-USA adopts climate change position statement
IAEM
The IAEM-USA Board has adopted a new position statement, The Critical Role of Emergency Management in Climate Change Planning. "IAEM-USA strongly recommends comprehensive mitigation and adaptation strategies, integrated with existing processes such as hazard and land-use planning, as the only realistic path for resilience among individuals, communities, and our nation. In addition, IAEM-USA specifies that emergency managers have a critical role in this process and should be considered essential participants at all levels of government." The statement specifically avoids the political controversy surrounding the topic, focusing on "the potential effects and the need to address them now, using objective assessment, strategic planning, and policy development," and emphasizes that climate change "drives a range of effects, from discrete events like extreme weather to longer-term impacts that vary by location, such as drought, sea-level rise, regional energy vulnerabilities, increased wildfires, habitat modification, and emerging diseases." The statement was developed by a sub-group of the new IAEM-USA Climate, Water, and Weather Caucus, intending to raise awareness among policymakers and practitioners, and to offer resources for IAEM members — particularly in light of FEMA's recent requirement of climate-change considerations in state mitigation plans.
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Philadelphia's emergency director gets ready for the challenge of a papal visit*
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Samantha Phillips shepherded the city through hurricanes, terror threats, and the deadly Amtrak derailment in May. Recently she faced a slightly smaller challenge: persuading the Secret Service to allow water bottles during Pope Francis' appearances on the Parkway. Phillips, the city's director of emergency management, envisioned a crowd of 1.5 million people side by side on an 80-degree September afternoon.
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


Time is running out for IAEM members to pick the Annual Conference sessions to be included in a digital pass
IAEM
For the first time, the IAEM-USA Digital Engagement Committee and IAEM-USA Conference Committee will be offering a digital pass to the conference. The pass will include several live streams of the keynote and plenary sessions, as well as one recorded session in each spotlight and breakout session block. In addition, the EMvision Talks will be included as a recorded session. By completing the survey, IAEM members will select the sessions that will be recorded at the IAEM Annual Conference. The digital pass will provide live and recorded sessions at the IAEM 2015 Annual Conference. Paid registrants to the annual conference will receive a complimentary digital pass. Those not attending the conference will be able to purchase the digital pass for a nominal fee: $99 (IAEM members) or $197 (non-members). IAEM members, please click here to complete the survey. The survey will remain open until Monday, July 27.
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EM NEWS


Report: Natural disasters displaced over 19 million people in 2014
The Weather Channel
Hundreds of natural disasters take place all over the earth each year, but what kind of impact are these catastrophic events leaving on humanity? A staggering new report from The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre found that 19.3 million people in 100 countries were displaced by natural hazards in 2014. Floods and storms made up most of these disasters, with the typhoons and floods in India and the Philippines causing the majority of displacement. More than 1.7 million of those displaced by natural events in 2014 were forced out by geophysical disasters, including earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
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The plan to reuse earthquake rubble for emergency homes In Nepal
Gizmodo
The earthquake that killed thousands of people in Nepal and destroyed priceless heritage sites also flattened hundreds of thousands of normal homes and buildings. Now, the rubble from those structures is being put to use by an architect who is designing permanent shelters for those who lost their homes.
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As climate threats rise, these cities are working to become more resilient*
The Weather Channel
As our planet becomes increasingly more unpredictable, the world's big cities will need a plan to become more resilient to a slew of threats. That's why the Rockefeller Foundation started an initiative that will help 100 cities become better prepared for the expected and unexpected challenges of the 21st century.
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Data in action: The role of data in humanitarian disasters*
Devex
For nongovernmental organizations responding to humanitarian disasters, big data and open data are more than just buzzwords — they are fast becoming a necessity in saving lives. In World Vision International's case, the availability to pull and share data helped save lives when Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu in March this year. Working in the country since the early 1980s, World Vision has made data gathering a critical part of project planning and reporting. This includes gathering, collecting and creating demographic, infrastructure and environmental data.
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MEMBER NEWS


Two IAEM-USA members appointed to serve as vice chairs of NACo Homeland Security and Emergency Management Subcommittee
IAEM
Judson M. Freed, CEM, director, Ramsey County Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security, St. Paul, Minnesota, was reappointed to a fourth term as a vice chair of the National Association of Counties (NACo) Homeland Security and Emergency Management Subcommittee, Justice and Public Safety Committee. Also, Roy E. Waite, Jr., CEM, Clark County Emergency Management Agency, Grove Hill, Alabama, was appointed as a vice chair of the subcommittee. These IAEM members are two of only 20 non-elected officials appointed to NACo leadership roles.
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Mary Jones, daughter of IAEM member Elysa Jones, earns GOLD at the 2015 Pan American World Games
IAEM
The United States crew team brought home a total of nine medals from St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, at the conclusion of the 2015 Pan American Games. Lightweight women's single sculler, Mary Jones, daughter of IAEM member Elysa Jones, battled a stiff headwind to win gold on July 15. She defeated Brazil's Fabiana Beltrame, the favorite coming into the race. IAEM sends congratulations on a well-deserved win. Read all about it.
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New emergency management head selected*
Austin American-Statesman
A new Travis County emergency management coordinator was appointed July 1. Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt chose Stacy Moore-Guajardo as the new coordinator. Moore-Guajardo began working at the Travis County emergency management office in September 2004 as the assistant emergency management coordinator, she said.
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CEM® UPDATE


Share your testimonial about why the CEM®/AEM credential is important to you
IAEM
Did the CEM® or AEM designation help get you a job or promotion? Do you have a short testimonial to share about why you feel the Certified Emergency Manager or Associate Emergency Manager credential is important? We're collecting quotes from current CEM®s or AEMs on why they feel the certification is beneficial. We'll be posting new comments on the CEM testimonials page and in future marketing materials. Please email your comments to CEM® Administrator, Kate McClimans at KMcClimans@iaem.com. Thank you!
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NEW INSIGHTS


Public information is key to disaster response when the world is watching
TNS via Emergency Management
In the heat of a major catastrophe, getting critical information to the public is crucial to saving lives and establishing trust. At FEMA's Emergency Management Institute, 60 Macon-Bibb County leaders are learning the challenges communities face when not only local folks, but the eyes of the world are looking to them for news. "If people don't know what's happening and what to do, then they are not going to respond accordingly," said Pam Collins, a public information specialist and FEMA adjunct instructor.
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The world's most famous climate scientist just outlined an alarming scenario for our planet's future*
The Washington Post
James Hansen has often been out ahead of his scientific colleagues. With his 1988 congressional testimony, the then-NASA scientist is credited with putting the global warming issue on the map by saying that a warming trend had already begun. "It is time to stop waffling so much and say that the evidence is pretty strong that the greenhouse effect is here," Hansen famously testified.
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A resilient approach to disaster recovery*
The Huffington Post
While the decade since Hurricane Katrina has been fraught with natural disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes, recovery from these disasters has often been delayed by wasteful spending of billions of well-intended charitable dollars. That's why those of us who raise funds for disaster recovery are so gratified that resilience is now being embraced as an underlying principle of architecture and design, and providing the hope for the future we need.
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EM RESOURCES


International report confirms that 2014 was Earth's warmest year on record
IAEM
In 2014, the most essential indicators of Earth's changing climate continued to reflect trends of a warming planet, with several markers such as rising land and ocean temperature, sea levels and greenhouse gases — setting new records. These key findings are found in the State of the Climate in 2014 report, released online by the American Meteorological Society (AMS). The report, compiled by NOAA's Center for Weather and Climate at the National Centers for Environmental Information is based on contributions from 413 scientists from 58 countries around the world. It provides a detailed update on global climate indicators, notable weather events, and other data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments located on land, water, ice, and in space.
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EM CALENDAR


Register now to attend the July 24 IAEM webinar on 'Beyond the Basics in Social Media'
IAEM
The IAEM-USA Emerging Technology Caucus is hosting an IAEM members-only webinar on "Beyond the Basics in Social Media," tomorrow, July 24, 2015, 2:00-3:15 p.m. EDT. You know that social media is important and you have your accounts established. Now what? Social media affords a lot of opportunities for agencies to engage with their communities, but how do you get started? This webinar will cover policy considerations, training employees, and various methods of engagement, so that you can be intentional about how to incorporate social media into your emergency management program. Reserve your space in this webinar; you will be prompted to log in as an IAEM member.
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IAEM will hold a members-only webinar on July 28 on zoo and aquarium all-hazards preparedness, response, and recovery
IAEM
The IAEM-USA Food & Agriculture Caucus is hosting an IAEM members-only webinar on "Who's Who in the Zoo? Zoo and Aquarium All-Hazards Preparedness, Response, and Recovery," on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 2:00-3:00 EDT. This webinar will be focused 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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NOAA, CDC, WMO to hold July 29 livestreamed town hall meeting in Chicago on community resilience and public health
IAEM
The livestreamed StormCenter Communications meeting on "Climate & Extreme Heat: A Town Hall on Community Resilience and Public Health," sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Weather Ready Nation (WRN), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), will take place July 29, 2015, 7:00-8:30 p.m., at the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois. This event will bring together experts in healthcare, weather, climate, emergency management and interested citizens to discuss how communities can become better prepared for long-term threats. Presenters will include: Gary Schenkel, executive director of emergency management and communications, City of Chicago; Tom Skilling, chief meteorologist, WGN-TV; and Dr. Richard Spinrad, chief scientist, NOAA. There are two ways to participate, by registering online for a free ticket or by accessing the livestreamed event online.
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USGS to hold July 31 Congressional Briefing on Open Water Data Initiative
IAEM
A USGS Congressional Briefing on "Using Every Drop of Information: the Open Water Data Initiative" is set for July 31, 2015, 11:00 a.m. EDT, at 2325 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. Hosted by the American Geological Society, the briefing will explore how the U.S. Geological Survey and its partners are working to make currently fragmented water information discoverable and interconnected through a national water data framework. In many places, U.S. water resources are challenged by increased demand, decreased supplies, and reduced quality, with large areas of the country vulnerable to droughts and floods. These stresses are heightened by changes in land use, population growth, and climate change. Speakers will be: Angela Adams, Bureau of Reclamation; Steve Kopp, Environmental Systems Research Institute; and Sara Larsen, Western States Water Council. More information on this briefing and the USGS Congressional Briefing Series is available online.
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AROUND THE WORLD


'Zombie typhoon' Halola could threaten Japan
Star Advertiser
What some storm watchers are calling a "zombie typhoon" has risen from near death and is back at typhoon strength in the Western Pacific. Typhoon Halola reached maximum sustained winds of 95 mph between the Mariana Islands and Japan, and was on a path that could take it over Japan, Accuweather.com said. The storm formed in the Central Pacific south of Hawaii on July 10 and was given a Hawaiian name.
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California gets 'super historic' July rainfall thanks to former Hurricane Dolores; More rain in the West
The Weather Channel
Dolores' path west of Baja California has sent a surge of deep tropical moisture up the Gulf of California into parts of the Desert Southwest. This enhanced the threat of thunderstorms with heavy rainfall from the Four Corners into the Desert Southwest, including parts of New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, western Colorado, Nevada and the deserts and mountains of southern California.
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Flooding, bridge collapse shut down 10 Freeway east of Coachella
KNBC-TV
An elevated section of Interstate 10 collapsed amid heavy rains in a remote desert area of California, cutting off traffic between the state and Arizona and leaving a driver injured. The Tex Wash bridge in Desert Center, which carries the eastbound interstate about 15 feet above a normally dry wash west of the Arizona state line, snapped and washed away in flooding water below, the California Highway Patrol said.
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In drier Washington state, fire chiefs say wildfires could scorch any city
NPR
In a field on the outskirts of Spokane, Washington, Peter Goldmark points across to a charred, rocky hillside where the Little Spokane fire burned dangerously close to the city limits earlier this month. He says the wildfire was relatively small but had huge potential for destruction. Like many Western cities, greater Spokane has been home to rapid growth in recent years, and the forests surrounding the footprint of the Little Spokane blaze are cluttered with subdivisions, shopping centers and golf courses. And because of historic drought, this year those forests are also extremely fire-prone.
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Swarm of earthquakes shake seismic hotspot in south central Oregon, northern Nevada*
OregonLive
Another series of moderate earthquakes rumbled beneath the deserts of northern Nevada and south central Oregon. The strongest, according to the U.S. Geological Survey and the Nevada Seismology Laboratory, was a magnitude 4.6 temblor. It was centered 40 miles southeast of Lakeview, Oregon.
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These active volcanoes could burn through your vacation plans
The Huffington Post
Volcanoes do what they want to do, and they definitely don't care about your travel plans. Remember when Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull eruption halted air travel for millions of Europeans for several months in 2010? Recently, ash clouds from two erupting volcanoes in Indonesia stranded thousands of travelers at airports as they headed home for Eid al-Fitr celebrations. Nearly 130 volcanoes are currently active in Indonesia, but that's just the tip of the mountain, as far as volcanoes go.
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Southern Queensland, Australia may have seen its most significant snow in decades
The Weather Channel
Parts of southern Queensland, Australia were blanketed by snow in what was considered by some the region's most significant snowfall in three decades. Up to eight centimeters — roughly three inches — of snow were reported in the far south of Queensland, near the border of New South Wales, according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. Children were seen enjoying the rare treat of throwing snowballs in the town of Stanthorpe, about 215 kilometers southwest of the Queensland coastal capital of Brisbane, according to Network Ten.
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UN: Bird flu spreading across West Africa, human spillover feared*
Reuters via Yahoo News
A highly contagious strain of avian flu is spreading across West Africa, decimating poultry farms and stoking fears the virus will jump from birds to humans, the U.N.'s food agency warned. Markets and farms in Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, Ivory Coast and Ghana have been hit with the deadly H5N1 virus over the past six months, the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization said.
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