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IAEM-CANADA NEWS


Transport Canada requests comments on proposed amendments to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations
IAEM
Transport Canada recently published, for informal comment, proposed standards for strengthening rail cars used for flammable liquid service (petroleum and ethanol). These requirements establish a minimum threshold for rail cars transporting dangerous goods. Transport Canada currently is considering the development of specifications for an even more robust class for tank cars based on industry and the Association of American Railroad Tank Car Committee proposals as well as through technical discussion with the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration. Comments are due by Sept. 1, 2014. Learn more about these proposals and how to comment.
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AIR updates earthquake risks model for Canada
Business Insurance
Catastrophe risk modeling firm AIR Worldwide released an updated model for earthquakes in Canada. Boston-based AIR said in a statement that the updated hazard component of the AIR Earthquake Model for Canada features a comprehensively updated seismicity model using the latest historical earthquake catalog from the Geological Survey of Canada.
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IAEM-USA NEWS


FEMA extends tribal consultation period for first draft of Tribal Declaration Pilot Guidance
IAEM
FEMA initiated tribal consultation on the first draft of the Tribal Declarations Pilot Guidance in April 2014. Since then, FEMA leadership has traveled around the country to meet face-to-face with tribal leaders or their designees to discuss the proposed guidance and ways to improve the draft. In the course of these meetings, some tribal leaders asked for additional time to review the draft and provide their input. In response to this request, FEMA is extending the tribal consultation period for the first draft of the Tribal Declarations Pilot Guidance by 30 days. Tribal governments may now submit comments through Aug. 31, 2014. Comments can be submitted via email. Visit the FEMA website for additional information on the consultation, including relevant documents for review.
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DHS IG's Semiannual Report to Congress not all roses
Homeland Security Today
Fifty-eight management and disaster relief fund audit reports by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Inspector General identified $88.6 million in questioned costs and $8.9 million in funds that could be put to better use.
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EM CALENDAR


Register today for IAEM members-only webinar: 'Personal Branding and Digital Networking'
IAEM
IAEM will host "Personal Branding and Digital Networking" webinar on Aug. 19, 2014, 1:00-2:15 p.m. EDT. Even if you're not currently seeking a new job, managing your personal reputation online is important. Social media now plays a very important part of our professional and personal networks and learning how to use these tools to your benefit can help you in your career. Learn from Personal Branding expert, Matt Prince, a social media manager for a Fortune 100 company and a Disaster Response PIO for the Orange County Red Cross. Matt specializes in personal branding online and will share his insights on building your online reputation. This IAEM members-only webinar is sponsored by the IAEM-USA Emerging Technology Caucus. Space is limited. IAEM members: click here to reserve your webinar seat.
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USGS to hold July 25 briefing on 'Safer Communities, Stronger Economies — in 3D'
IAEM
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will hold its latest in a series of Congressional briefings on the topic of "Safer Communities, Stronger Economies — in 3D," at 11:00 a.m., July 25, 2014, at 2325 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. The USGS is leading a coordinated effort among federal, state, and local government and the private sector in an effort to meet our country's needs for high-quality, 3D elevation data in just eight years. Current and precise 3D elevation data are essential to help communities cope with natural hazards, support infrastructure, ensure agricultural success, strengthen environmental decision making, and bolster national security. Flood and landslide maps are just a few of the hundreds of benefits from enhanced lidar data. Learn how the USGS and its partners are working to assemble better data to keep citizens safe and help America thrive. Speakers include: Doug Bausch, FEMA Region VIII Earthquake Program Manager; John Dorman, North Carolina Assistant State Emergency Management Director for Geospatial and Technology Management; and Jonathan Godt, Coordinator of the USGS Landslide Hazards Program. Learn more.
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


New this year: 'Ask a Director: Partner Support in Dealing with Natural Hazards'
IAEM
The IAEM-USA Conference Committee has united three of our partners — the United States Geological Survey, National Weather Service and the United States Army Corps of Engineers into a power-packed general session during the Annual Conference. This session will start with a short update from our three partners on of each agency's latest data, tools, and projects that can help the local emergency manager better protect their citizens. This session will close with a panel discussion and your chance to ask these leaders questions about how you, the local emergency manager, can take advantage of each agency's expertise. Don't miss this dynamic new session on Monday, Nov. 17 from 9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
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EM NEWS


Is the US National Flood Insurance Program affordable?
ScienceDaily
There is often tension between setting insurance premiums that reflect risk and dealing with equity/affordability issues. The National Flood Insurance Program in the United States recently moved toward elimination of certain premium discounts, but this raised issues with respect to the affordability of coverage for homeowners in flood-prone areas. Ultimately, Congress reversed course and reinstated discounted rates for certain classes of policyholders.
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Natural disaster insurance payout reached $22 billion by mid-year
MarketWatch
Impact Forecasting, the catastrophe model development center of excellence at Aon Benfield, issued its mid-year Global Catastrophe Recap report, which aggregates the key global natural disaster perils data for the first half of 2014. The data show that economic losses from global natural disasters during the six-month period ending June 30, 2014 totaled $54 billion — around 49 percent lower than the 10-year (2004-2013) average of $106 billion.
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Global terrorist death toll soars as attacks become deadlier
The Telegraph
Terrorist related deaths have leaped by almost one third in the last 12 months as the world enters a deadly new phase in the cycle of violence Data compiled by Maplecroft, a British risk consultancy, found that over the last 12 months global deaths have risen 30 percent compared to the previous five-year average.
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CEM® UPDATE


All certification applications must be submitted using the online system after Aug. 15 — paper submissions for first-time applicants allowed until 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 August 15, all applications must be submitted through the online system. More information can be found on the CEM® News section of the website.
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EM RESOURCES


Researchers develop a Wikipedia of fact-checking during natural disasters
Phys.Org
Researchers from the University of Southampton have helped to develop a new web application for gathering evidence during natural disasters, which will enable more effective emergency response. Accurate information can be life-saving in extreme situations, such as earthquakes and tsunamis. However, finding out the accuracy of that information from the vast amount of contradictory material that is posted on social media channels is becoming increasingly difficult.
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IAEM NEWS


IAEM Bulletin call for articles on 'Emergency Management: Navigating the New Normal'
IAEM
The IAEM Editorial Work Group seeks articles for its fifth special focus issue of 2014, which ties into the IAEM 2014 Annual Conference theme of "Emergency Management: Navigating the New Normal." Possible articles might include such topics as: what you have done about the "new normal" in your own community; how effective your activities have been; what lessons you have learned; and how these changes have affected your strategic planning. Please read the IAEM Bulletin Author's Guidelines and note that we now accept feature articles of 750 to 1,500 words. Email article submissions to Karen Thompson, IAEM Bulletin Editor, by Sept. 10, 2014.
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NEW INSIGHTS


What if a tornado hit a major US city?
USA TODAY
A single violent tornado could cause as much as $20 billion in property damage — and countless casualties and deaths — if it hit a big city such as downtown Chicago, according to a report recently released by Swiss Re, a global reinsurance company.
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Can we halt the climbing cost of natural disasters?
The Huffington Post UK
We are operating in a world of unprecedented risk. The London insurance market recently heard that the cost of global disasters has risen from an annual average of around $50 billion in the 1980's to almost $200 billion over the past decade. Minimizing exposure to unnecessary risk is a fundamental part of doing good business. So why, as a global community, are we not doing more to minimize exposure to extreme weather events that are occurring with greater frequency, and cost us billions each year?
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AROUND THE WORLD


Rain may help Washington fires as Obama declares emergency
USA TODAY
A wet weather forecast in Washington may help firefighters battle what has become the largest wildfire in state history. Rain and thunderstorms are expected throughout the day, with record-breaking precipitation possible in the western part of the state. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch from Wednesday morning through evening because of expected heavy rainfall
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Floods follow intense storms in south-east England
BBC News
"Intense storms" have caused flooding across parts of southern and eastern England. A number of roads and homes were flooded across Essex, where police urged people in Canvey Island to "sit tight and wait for levels to drop". Southend University Hospital's accident and emergency department closed due to flooding but has now reopened.
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Death toll of Typhoon Rammasun rises to 151
The Associated Press via the Huffington Post
China was bracing for the arrival of a second typhoon in as many weeks, as communities along the country's southern coast cleared away debris in the wake of the earlier storm, which killed dozens of people. The country's national meteorological center said that Typhoon Matmo, with gusts of 119 kilometers per hour, was traveling northeast in coastal waters off the heavily populated province of Fujian.
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Death toll in Chhattisgarh floods reaches 3
The Times of India
With one more person being washed away in an overflowing drain in Janjgir district, the death toll in the raging floods in Chhattisgarh reached three. As nearly 700 villages remain marooned in the districts of Gariyaband, Mahasamund, Kanker, Bastar, Janjgir and Bemetara, evacuations have been carried out in several low lying areas to ensure the safety of the people.
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Taiwan plane crash in typhoon's tail kills 47
ABC News
A passenger plane trying to land at a Taiwan airport in stormy weather in the tail end of a typhoon crashed and killed 47 people, authorities said. The TransAsia Airways turboprop plane crashed and caught fire in the Penghu Islands, an archipelago off the western coast of Taiwan. Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration says the TransAsia plane was carrying 54 passengers and four crew.
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