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ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


IAEM announces EMvision Talks speakers
IAEM
IAEM is pleased to announce that the following speakers have been selected to present EMvision Talks during the IAEM 2015 Annual Conference & EMEX:
  • Mary Jo Flynn, emergency operations coordinator, Sacramento County OES — "Second Chances for First Impressions"
  • Noel Kepler, vice president-risk communications, Ogilvy Public Relations — "Step One: A Prerequisite for Community Engagement"
  • Deborah Needham, emergency management director, City of Renton, WA — "Emotional Intelligence for Crisis Leaders"
  • Kimberly Fisher, emergency and disaster management student, AMI — "Increasing Evacuation Compliance"
  • Rob Osgood, MSEM, emergency management director, Tufts Medical Center — "Preparedness Begins with Personal Resiliency"
  • Krista Dillon, assistant director for emergency management & continuity, University of Oregon — "Getting to Know the People in your Neighborhood"
  • Sara Estes Cohen, MPP, project manager, G&H International Services, Inc. — "Social Media: A Decade of Disasters, Innovation, and Change"
  • Don't miss this dynamic new session on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 10:35 a.m. The audience will vote for the best presentation, and the winner will receive a complimentary registration to the IAEM 2016 Annual Conference in Savannah, Georgia. Register today for the IAEM Annual Conference.

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    Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense Integration and DSCA Robert G. Salesses to give keynote address at 2015 IAEM Annual Conference
    IAEM
    Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Robert G. Salesses will share thoughts about how to strengthen emergency management collaboration vis-a-vis his role with homeland defense integration and Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the IAEM 63rd Annual Conference & EMEX. Salesses is responsible for the development, coordination, and oversight of the integration and implementation of plans and policy for defense support of civil authorities, programs, and budgets within the DOD components, and homeland security-related interagency relationships. Register today.
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    IAEM-CANADA NEWS


    New IAEM-Canada work group seeking members from critical infrastructure sectors
    IAEM
    IAEM-Canada's Professionalization of Emergency Management Committee's Critical Infrastructure (CI) Working Group is now recruiting members to join their team! They are looking for representatives from across Canada from the electricity, natural gas, public transportation, telecommunications and water/wastewater sectors. The group's goals include: growth in the number of IAEM members who work in CI sectors; IAEM members reporting a better network of contacts and resources; higher awareness in the CI industry about the benefits of employing emergency managers; and higher awareness by emergency management stakeholders of how the CI industry contributes to community disaster resilience. Interested emergency managers can either contribute as permanent, active participants or as contacts to offer expertise as required. Please note that space is limited for permanent members. If you are interested in more information and a copy of the working group's terms of reference document, please contact Ali Vaezi.
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    FEMA seeks feedback on federal interagency operational plans during national engagement period
    IAEM
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is requesting stakeholder feedback on working drafts of four of the five Federal Interagency Operational Plans (FIOPs): Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery. The fifth FIOP, Prevention, is for official use only (FOUO)/law enforcement sensitive (LES), restricted access, and therefore available to appropriate personnel through separate and secure communication means. The FIOPs describe how the federal government aligns resources and delivers core capabilities. Each FIOP outlines the concept of operations for integrating and synchronizing existing national-level federal capabilities to support the whole community. This update focuses on discrete, critical content revisions, and confirming edits as a result of comments received on the National Preparedness Goal and National Planning Frameworks. Additional changes in the draft are the result of the lessons learned from implementing the FIOPs and recent events, as well as the findings of the National Preparedness Report. The FIOPs and feedback submission forms may be found here. Please use the provided feedback form to submit your comments and recommendations via email to PPD8-Engagement@fema.dhs.gov by Sept. 2, 2015, 5:00 p.m. EDT.
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    NEW INSIGHTS


    The tricky ethics of the lucrative disaster rescue business
    Wired
    In retrospect, the choice to book a ground-floor room was a sound one. On Saturday, April 25, Andy Fraser lay in bed at the Rokpa Guest House, a modest three-story hotel in Nepal's ancient capital, a city of 1 million sunk in a valley bordered by the Himalayan range. Fraser, a powerfully built 38-year-old British wilderness paramedic with a shaved head and prom­inent brow, had arrived a few weeks earlier for an extended business trip.
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    How to insure the poor against climate disasters?*
    Thomson Reuters Foundation
    The resilience of the Filipinos has been tested multiple times, and whether you are rich or poor, you will be affected. But the poor have a harder time getting back on their feet compared to the rich, and recovering from this typhoon was no different. They are more vulnerable, and are also the least likely to be covered by insurance due to high premiums from commercial insurance providers.
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    DISASTER TECHNOLOGY NEWS


    Tech and community resilience: From the tribes to Silicon Valley
    Government Technology
    The Community Resilience Platform is the first daily-use, customizable, white label preparedness, planning, response and recovery platform developed for communities to build their own regional and local resilience platforms.
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    This is how Cisco brings the Web to the world's most forsaken places
    Fortune
    When disaster strikes, who you gonna call — and how? Of all the types of emergency relief first responders can provide during a crisis, a secure line of communication may be one of the most important. Networking company Cisco knows this. And it has a team that's prepared to deliver just that. The company, based in San Jose, California, maintains a crack team of Internet infrastructure specialists who are trained to bring disaster zones back online, and quickly.
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    Mobile app security research gets $2.9 million in awards from DHS S&T
    Homeland Security Today
    A $2.9 million cybersecurity mobile app security research and development award that will help identify mobile app vulnerabilities was announced by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate. The Northern Virginia-based small business, Kryptowire, was awarded a 30-month contract through S&T's Long Range Broad Agency Announcement.
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    CEM® UPDATE


    Certification results for the July review will be available the week of Aug.16
    IAEM
    CEM®/AEM applicants who had their applications reviewed during the July CEM® Commission review meeting will be able to access the results through the online application portal during the week of Aug. 16.
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    EM RESOURCES


    New America's PrepareAthon! website launched in time for National Preparedness Month in September
    IAEM
    America's PrepareAthon! on Aug. 4 unveiled a refreshed website in time for National Preparedness Month in September and the next National PrepareAthon! Day on Sept. 30. America's PrepareAthon! is an opportunity for individuals, organizations and communities to prepare for specific hazards through group discussions, drills and exercises. The goal of the campaign is to increase the number of individuals who: understand which disasters could happen in their community; know what to do to be safe and mitigate damage; take action to increase their preparedness; and participate in community resilience planning. America's PrepareAthon! is a grassroots campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience. Visit www.ready.gov/prepare, register your activities, download resources, and join others around the country to practice your preparedness.
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    Resource on state energy risk now available
    IAEM
    The Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability (OE) has developed a series of State Energy Risk Profiles that examine the relative magnitude of risks that each state's energy infrastructure routinely encounters in comparison with the probable impacts. The profiles discuss both natural and man-made hazards with the potential to cause disruption of the electric, petroleum and natural gas infrastructures.
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    Board releases next installment of the online guide to the ADA and ABA Standards*
    United States Access Board
    The next installment of the U.S. Access Board's online guide to accessibility standards issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Architectural Barriers Act is now available. This material features a series of technical bulletins covering requirements for accessible routes in Chapter 4 of the ADA and ABA Standards, including doors and gates, ramps and curb ramps, and elevators and platform lifts.
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    emPOWER map provides information on power-dependent devices in home settings per zip code
    IAEM
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has put its power program online, which shows roughly how many people per zip code are on power-dependent devices in the home setting. This is an excellent tool for planning for people with special needs. No special access is needed to review the emPOWER map.
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    Home inventories can help in case of natural disaster
    The Associated Press via ABC News
    Wild weather has become more common with climate change, the experts say, and homeowners can prepare for natural disasters by making home inventories — detailed lists of household belongings and their approximate value. Making a home inventory can be easy; there are inexpensive or free services, apps and software.
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    EM NEWS


    Final forecast: Quiet hurricane season still expected
    USA Today
    All of the forecasts are in, and with the heart of the Atlantic hurricane season approaching, a quiet year still looks likely. The final "preseason" forecast from top experts at Colorado State University, again calls for a "well below-average hurricane season for the Atlantic basin in 2015," researchers said. A total of 8 named tropical storms are forecast to form, of which two or three should be hurricanes. In their first forecast in April, they predicted 7 named storms, of which three would be hurricanes.
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    GAO publishes report on an investment strategy to help federal government enhance national resilience
    IAEM
    The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on July 30 published a report requested by Congress, titled "An Investment Strategy Could Help Federal Government Enhance National Resilience for Future Disasters." The GAO was asked to review federal efforts to strengthen disaster resilience during Hurricane Sandy recovery. The report addresses: (1) how federal recovery funds were used to enhance resilience; (2) the extent to which states and localities were able to maximize federal funding to enhance resilience; and (3) actions that could enhance resilience for future disasters. To conduct this work, GAO reviewed key federal documents, such as the National Mitigation Framework, interviewed federal officials responsible for programs that fund disaster resilience, and administered structured interviews and surveys to all 12 states, the District of Columbia, and New York City in the Sandy affected-region. The GAO recommends that: (1) FEMA assess the challenges state and local officials reported and implement corrective actions as needed; and (2) Mitigation Framework Leadership Group (MitFLG) establish an investment strategy to identify, prioritize, and implement federal investments in disaster resilience. The Department of Homeland Security agreed with both recommendations.
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    USGS awards $4 million to earthquake early warning system on the West Coast
    Pasadena Star-News
    The U.S. Geological Survey has awarded $4 million to help push ShakeAlert, an earthquake early warning system, closer to becoming a functioning $38.2 million network on the West Coast. Since the early 2000s, the project has received $21 million or about 55 percent of the amount necessary to build out earthquake early warning infrastructure in California and the Pacific Northwest, said Thomas Heaton, Caltech professor of engineering seismology and director of the Earthquake Engineering Research Laboratory.
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    Fair, festival safety in spotlight in wake of circus tent collapse
    WMTW-TV
    In light of the tent collapse that killed two people in Lancaster, New Hampshire, people attending festivals and fairs in Maine say they are keeping a close eye on the weather to keep their kids safe.
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    View on migration: Cuban lessons for disasters
    SciDev.Net
    Natural disasters forced 19 million people to flee their homes in 2014 — and climate change is set to increase this number. That's the conclusion of a report published last month by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre. With people estimated to be 60 percent more likely to be displaced by disasters today than they were in the 1970s, what can vulnerable countries do to better prepare themselves? Turn to Cuba, recommends William Lacy Swing, director-general of the International Organization for Migration, in a Reuters article on the report.
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    WHO moves ahead on health emergency response reforms*
    Voice of America
    The World Health Organization said work is moving ahead on a plan to reform the organization's ability to respond speedily and effectively to international health emergencies. The reforms were triggered by worldwide criticism of the WHO's slow response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. The WHO's Director-General Margaret Chan did not declare Ebola an international public health emergency until August 8, 2014, more than four months after Guinea had declared Ebola a national health emergency.
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    DC is sinking into the Atlantic Ocean
    Washington D.C. Sun Times
    In a new study by the University of Vermont and the U.S. Geological Survey, scientists are predicting the District of Columbia will sink six inches into the Atlantic Ocean over the next 100 years. Washington's sinking is only being exacerbated by the rising sea levels that scientists have attributed to climate change.
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    EM CALENDAR


    FEMA to hold Aug. 12 webinar on 'Master Planning Practitioner Program'
    IAEM
    The emergency management community continues to evolve and professionalize, as evidenced by the development of emergency management degree programs, education curricula, and professional standards. This webinar will be aimed at describing a concept for a Master Planning Practitioner Program currently being developed by participants in the National Emergency Management Executive Academy. RSVP here if you wish to participate in this webinar. There is a link to visual only, and call-in information for audio only is 800-320-4330, PIN 176733.
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    AROUND THE WORLD


    Floods, landslides in Myanmar, India and other Asian countries leave at least 435 dead
    The Weather Channel
    At least 435 people are reported dead in six Asian countries in the wake of heavy monsoon rains and a tropical cyclone, which combined to bring over 1 meter (3 feet) of rain in parts of Bangladesh and Myanmar. Flooding, landslides, rough seas and a double train derailment have all contributed to the death toll.
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    Typhoon takes aim at Taiwan, China*
    USA Today
    Food, water, cots, generators and other federal emergency supplies were rushed from Hawaii and Guam to help Saipan after Typhoon Soudelor blasted through the tiny U.S. island in the Western Pacific. After hitting the island, the typhoon strengthened into the Earth's most powerful storm of 2015 — equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane, with sustained winds of 180 mph — as it continued Monday across the Pacific Ocean.
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    Japan heat wave intensifies; death toll surges to 55
    The Weather Channel
    The toll from Japan's ongoing heat wave accelerated, boosting the year's tally to 55 heat-related deaths and sending more than 11,000 to the hospital according to new government figures released. According to Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency, 25 people died from heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses nationwide during the week of July 27 through Aug. 2. It was by far the deadliest week so far this year in Japan, nearly equaling the death toll of 30 in the preceding three months combined.
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    Phenomenal temperatures slam Middle East, driven by extreme heat and humidity
    Fox News
    The Middle East has been sweltering under some of the hottest weather conditions ever seen, driven by an unusual combination of extreme heat and humidity. The heat index in the Iranian city of Bandar Mahshahr soared into the 160s and torrid temperatures forced the Iraqi government to declare a four-day holiday. AccuWeather reports that the actual temperature in Bandar Mahshahr was 115 degrees, although a dew point temperature of 90 degrees pushed the city's heat index to 163 degrees.
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    Death toll from Pakistan flash floods rises to 118
    The Associated Press via ABC News
    The death toll from flash floods triggered by seasonal monsoon rains in various parts of Pakistan has risen to 118 and floodwater has inundated vast areas, leaving tens of thousands homeless, authorities said. The National Disaster Management Authority said the flooding has affected more than 800,000 people in 2,275 villages. About 2,900 houses have collapsed or are partially damaged.
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    MP train accident: 29 killed, 25 injured in twin Indian Railways train derailments
    The Financial Express
    Twenty-nine people were killed as two express trains derailed within minutes of each other on flooded tracks while crossing a railway bridge in Harda district of Madhya Pradesh in the dead of night and plunged into the swollen Machak river. There were conflicting versions on the number of casualties in the twin derailment involving the Varanasi-bound Kamayani Express from Mumbai and the Mumbai-bound Janta express that originated from Patna. The accident occurred between Khirkiya and Bhirangi stations on Khandwa-Irasi sections,
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    Legionnaires' disease, once 'the greatest epidemiological puzzle of the century,' kills seven in New York
    The Washington Post
    Four decades ago it was one of medicine's greatest mysteries, devastating a group of convention goers with shocking speed and leaving scientists scratching their heads about its cause. Now Legionnaires' disease is back in the news, having killed seven and sickened more than six dozen others in New York, with more diagnoses likely on the way.
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    Floods swamp Tampa area
    USA Today
    Heavy rain caused widespread flooding in the Tampa Bay area, closing roads, forcing evacuations and delaying air travel. Up to 1 1/2 feet of rain fell in parts of the Tampa metro area the past 10 days, the National Weather Service said. Measurable rain has fallen for 14 days consecutively in Tampa. Tampa has already exceeded its average August rainfall with more than 8 inches of rain, The Weather Channel reported.
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    Firefighter killed, 2 dozen homes burned in California fires
    The Associated Press via KVAL-TV
    Blazes raging in forests and woodlands across California have taken the life of a firefighter, burned two dozen homes and forced thousands of people to flee as crews continue to battle the flames from the air and the ground. Twenty-one large fires, many sparked by lightning strikes, were burning across Northern California, said Daniel Berlant, spokesman for the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Some 8,000 firefighters were working to subdue them, something made incredibly difficult by several years of drought that have dried out California.
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