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CEM® NEWS


Increase in certification fee effective Sept. 16, 2013
IAEM
The IAEM-Global Board has approved an increase in the certification fee. Effective Sept. 16, 2013, the new rates will be $395 (USD) for IAEM members and $595 (USD) for non-IAEM members. Candidates interested in the CEM®/AEM℠ program are encouraged to submit their certification fee now to avoid the additional cost. Contact IAEM Certification Program Administrator Kate Walker McClimans with any questions or for additional information.
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Credential review date set for USA CEM® Commission
IAEM
The next USA CEM® Commission review meeting is scheduled for Sept. 5-8, 2013. CEM®/AEM℠ applications must be received at IAEM Headquarters by Aug. 16, 2013 to be considered at this meeting. Contact IAEM Certification Program Administrator Kate Walker McClimans with any questions or for additional information.
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Applications for USA CEM® Commission
IAEM
A special thank you to all the Certified Emergency Managers that applied for the Class of 2016 USA CEM® Commissioner positions. Candidates will be notified of the results in the fall.
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IAEM ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


Two new events too good to miss added to pre-conference schedule
IAEM
Coming out early to the IAEM 61st Annual Conference and EMEX? Plan now to join other IAEM conference attendees for learning and collaborating experiences on two recently added tours.
  • Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation Tour (Oct. 25, 2013; 5:30-8:00 p.m.)
    Don't miss the opportunity to visit the world-class Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) at the University of Nevada Reno. The structures lab offers four shake tables: three biaxial shake tables and one six-degrees of freedom shake table. The new 100-seat auditorium with audio and video capabilities allows students and remote researchers to experience earthquake simulations or participate in research projects in real time.
  • Regional Emergency Operations Center and National Weather Service Reno Office Tour (Oct. 26, 2013; 5:30-8:00 p.m.)
    The REOC is a unique facility that was constructed in response to the 1997 New Year's Flood with local tax dollars. The second floor houses 911 dispatch, the first floor contains the emergency operations center. Approximately 50 different agencies, volunteer organizations, and private sector partners collaborate at the facility for response, recovery, mitigation, and prevention activities. During the second part of the tour, visit the NWS Reno Office, which provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy. The Reno facility provides real-time weather data and forecasting for seven counties in northern Nevada and 10 counties in California.
Learn more and register today!

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Virtual EMEX is an invaluable year-round resource for emergency management professionals
IAEM
EMEX 2013 brings together the latest technological advances in homeland security and disaster preparedness suppliers under one roof, under the auspices of the International Association of Emergency Managers' 61st Annual Conference, Oct. 25-30, 2013. Virtual EMEX is a resource for all emergency managers before, during and after the conference. It includes a comprehensive directory of suppliers. Use it to find products and services needed for your EM program — shelter supplies, warning systems, communications solutions, training & exercise specialists and 16 other categories included. Visit Virtual EMEX today!
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IAEM-USA NEWS


Senate Appropriations Committee acts on FY 2014 Appropriations for DHS
IAEM
On July 18, the Full Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2014 Appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security. The FEMA section is on pages 109-127 of the Appropriations Committee Report, Senate Report 113-77. A memo on the Senate Appropriations Bill and Report with regard to FEMA is provided on the IAEM website from IAEM's policy advisor. Many local emergency managers were concerned that FEMA's EMPG Guidance did not recognize the differences between the Homeland Security Grants and EMPG. The Senate Committee report addressed this issue with the following language:
    The Committee notes the purpose of EMPG is to sustain an all — hazards emergency capability at the State and local level. The Committee is concerned that in an effort to harmonize grant programs, generic grant guidance reduces clarity regarding the targeted purpose of these grants. It should be noted, FEMA capabilities are only used when a State is overwhelmed in its ability to support a disaster and the President declares Federal assistance is needed. While there were 99 Presidentially declared disasters in fiscal year 2011, 250 gubernatorial emergencies were declared, 13,041 events required State assistance, and 44,428 local and tribal events were supported using EMPG funded staff or assets, according to the National Emergency Management Association. This level of activity and the requirement for all levels of government to work together for unexpected disasters demonstrates the criticality of sustaining a Nationwide capability. The Federal contribution through EMPG, which is a little over $1 per citizen, is matched by over 50 percent from State and local governments. This system enables an efficient response and assists in reducing costs to the Disaster Relief Fund. FEMA is directed to take into account the unique purpose of EMPG, as defined in the Stafford Act, when developing grant guidance.

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Updated Fiscal Year 2013 Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance is now available
IAEM
FEMA opened the PDM and FMA application period on July 19, 2013 and will close the application period on Oct. 18, 2013.
 The PDM and FMA Funding Opportunity Announcements are posted periodically. For the FY2013 PDM Program:
Applicants will be limited to 5 subapplications (project and planning) plus a management costs subapplication

 The following Agency priorities for funding will be used for PDM selections: 1) The #1 ranked subapplication in each State and Territory if the subapplication is within the 1% set-aside or $250,000. If the #1 ranked subapplication is greater than $250,000 that subapplication will be considered after all other State and Territory set-asides are selected; 2) Planning subapplications; 3) Indian Tribal Government subapplications;
4) Non flood projects from applicants with no open HMGP declaration; 5) Non-flood projects from applicants with an open HMGP declaration; and 6) Flood mitigation projects.

For the FY2013 FMA Program:
1) FMA funding for mitigation planning will be limited to $100,000 for States and Territories; and 2) Subapplications containing higher ratios of SRL properties will receive priority over other projects.
The updated Fiscal Year 2013 Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance is now available. 

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EM RESOURCES


Space station benefiting natural disaster responders
redOrbit.com
International space agencies released a statement about the benefits the space station can bring to the table during natural disasters. The International Space Station sits 250 miles above the surface of the Earth, providing a broad view of the planet. The space station's partner agencies said that this orbiting outpost could play an important role in helping emergency responders know what areas are most in need during natural disasters.
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EM NEWS


Call for articles: Disaster Resource GUIDE extends deadline to Aug. 1
IAEM
The Disaster Resource GUIDE has just extended the deadline for article submissions for its 16th Annual GUIDE to Aug. 1, 2013. This annual publication, to be published in September, will be based on the theme of "Relationships and the Road to Resilience." Articles are being sought in six categories: planning and management; human concerns; information availability and security; telecom/satcom; facility issues; and crisis communications and response. Additionally, article submissions are being accepted for quarterly special editions, the weekly Continuity e-GUIDE and the Online Guide. Complete details are available online.
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How emergency managers can benefit from big data
Government Technology
During a disaster, life-saving decisions are often made based on the most current information of a situation and past experiences in similar circumstances. While that's a tried-and-true approach, the availability of complex, computer-generated data streams is changing the ball game for some emergency managers.
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Putting the disaster in natural disasters: Why many choose to live in harm's way
The Huffington Post
As extreme weather events seem to be increasing around the world, changes consistent with the kinds of things climate change is predicted to cause, many people are realizing something for the first time. Hundreds of millions of people around the world choose to live in areas prone to severe floods, forest fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes. Such violent natural events only become 'disasters', in fact, because so many people have chosen to live in harm's way. Why do people expose themselves to such danger? And how does the psychology of this sort of risk-taking challenge the hazard managers who are responsible for mitigating these perils and keeping people safe?
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AROUND THE WORLD


Death toll in China earthquake hits 94, with 1,001 injured
The Wall Street Journal
Rescuers with shovels and sniffer dogs chipped away at collapsed hillsides as the death toll rose to 94 from a strong earthquake in a farming region of northwest China. Just one person was listed as missing and 1,001 as injured from the recent quake near the city of Dingxi in Gansu province.
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Quake rattles New Zealand, but no deaths reported
CNN
New Zealand's capital was cleaning up after a strong earthquake that shook the city and left authorities scrambling to make sure buildings were safe. The quake struck about 35 miles south of Wellington in the channel between New Zealand's northern and southern islands. Initially reported as a magnitude-6.9 quake, the U.S. Geological Survey later reclassified its magnitude as 6.5, at a depth of 14 km.
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Canada Transport Agency issues emergency directives for rail safety
The Wall Street Journal
Canadian transportation authorities announced six emergency measures designed to strengthen train safety following a deadly derailment of a crude-laden train earlier this month in Quebec.
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Blaze erupts on Gulf of Mexico rig after natural gas blowout
NBCNEWS.com
A fire erupted on drilling rig off the Louisiana coast that was surrounded by a "major cloud of gas" after it experienced a blowout, officials said. The blaze began on the Hercules 265 natural gas platform, which is located around 55 miles off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico. Eileen Angelico, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, said no one was on board when the fire started but the cause of the blaze was unknown.
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New tropical depression forms in eastern Atlantic
The Associated Press via ABC News
A new tropical depression has formed in the eastern Atlantic and is expected to soon become a tropical storm. The depression's maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says it's forecast to reach tropical storm strength.
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