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IAEM-USA NEWS


Nominations deadline is Aug. 15 for IAEM-USA Second VP and Secretary candidates
IAEM
IAEM-USA will elect new officers at the IAEM-USA 2014 Annual Conference & EMEX, set for Nov. 14-19 in San Antonio, Texas. Candidates for IAEM-USA Second Vice President and IAEM-USA Secretary must submit credentials by 5:00 p.m. EDT, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, to IAEM Headquarters. Complete details, including required credentials and officer candidate eligibility, are posted on the IAEM website and also can be found each month in the IAEM Bulletin starting in May 2014. For more information, see the IAEM-USA Administrative Policies & Procedures or e-mail IAEM Membership Manager Sharon Kelly at info@iaem.com. Candidate statements (500 words or less) and candidate photos are due by 5:00 p.m. EDT, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, via email to Bulletin Editor Karen Thompson; the statements and photos will be published in the September IAEM Bulletin and in the online voting area.
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NWS seeks comments on Service Description Document on interfacing with emergency management agencies
IAEM
The National Weather Service is soliciting comments by Aug. 31, 2014, on a Service Description Document describing proposed enhanced impact-based decision support services for the emergency management community and other government core partners. These services support events and incidents impacting the safety of life and property. Information is available from NWS here.
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FEMA and Partners Release the 2014 National Preparedness Report
IAEM
FEMA and its partners on Aug. 6 released the 2014 National Preparedness Report (NPR), an annual status report on U.S. progress toward reaching the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation. Overall, the report finds that the United States continues to make progress building preparedness in key areas and also identifies areas for national improvement in building resilience and reducing long-term vulnerability. The report was developed to meet the requirements of Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness (PPD-8), which is aimed at strengthening the security and resilience of the United States through systematic preparation for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to national security, including acts of terrorism, cyber-attacks, pandemics, and catastrophic natural disasters. FEMA facilitated the development of the NPR in close coordination with leaders of federal departments and agencies, and the report reflects input from state, local, tribal and territorial governments, and private and nonprofit sector partners, integrating data from the annual Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment process and State Preparedness Reports from the 56 states and territories. Download the full report here.
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House passes 3 bills to protect critical infrastructure from cyber attack
Government Security News
The House has passed three bills that aim to protect critical infrastructure from cyber attack through the distribution of cyber threat information, the development and procurement of new technologies and support for the Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity workforce.
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US ill-prepared for effects of major quake in large urban area
UB Reporter
MCEER Director Andrew Whittaker told Congress that the United States is not prepared for the effects of a major earthquake in a large urban area. He did so at a hearing to review the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program held by the Subcommittee on Research and Technology of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
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Congress punts wildfire money decision until fall
Coloradoian
Congress took a five-week summer break without deciding whether to provide $615 million in additional money to fight wildfires this year, punting the debate into the fall. Senate Democrats were unable late Thursday to secure 60 votes to advance a $3.6 billion emergency spending bill for a vote.
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New FEMA national advisory council members appointed
Government Security News
Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate has appointed 12 new members and reappointed two current members to FEMA's National Advisory Council. The NAC is an advisory committee established by federal law to ensure ongoing coordination of federal emergency management activities. Members represent a wide array of backgrounds and communities involved or affected by the emergency management profession. The NAC consists of up to 35 members.
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UH Chief Medical Officer named to federal advisory committee on children's health in disasters
The Plain Dealer
Dr. Michael Anderson, University Hospitals' chief medical officer and a pediatric critical care expert, has been named to a federal advisory committee that will focus on the needs of children in disasters. He was one of 15 named to the committee late last week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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IAEM MEMBER NEWS


IAEM-USA Past President Jeff Walker, CEM, commended for contributions to National Advisory Council
IAEM
Jeff Walker, CEM, past president (2012-2013) of the IAEM-USA Council, recently completed his service to the National Advisory Council (NAC) and received a message of gratitude from the Office of the FEMA Administrator for his contributions to the work of the council. As an NAC member, Jeff represented local emergency management and served as vice chair of the NAC Preparedness & Protection Subcommittee. IAEM CEO Elizabeth B. Armstrong, MAM, CEM, a current NAC member, conveyed to Jeff the appreciation of IAEM-USA members for his dedication to representing the needs of local emergency management through his NAC appointment. The NAC is an advisory committee established by federal law to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of federal emergency management activities, and its members provide recommendations to the FEMA Administrator on a variety of issues within emergency management, most recently in its recommendations regarding regional response and recovery capabilities as well as mutual aid agreements among different units of government.
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Congratulations to IAEM Member Cheryl Nelson for making it to the top 10 at the Mrs. International Pageant
IAEM
Mrs. Virginia International Cheryl Nelson, an IAEM member, took advantage of her time at the recent Mrs. International Pageant in Jacksonville, Florida, to promote her personal platform, natural disaster preparedness. "The pageant was the experience of a lifetime," said Cheryl. "As Mrs. Virginia International, I had the opportunity to meet 65 amazing women from all over the United States and the world." Cheryl shared her message on a personal level, as well as on-stage when she was named a top 10 finalist. For example, she learned about one contestant who lives in Tornado Alley but didn’t have or know what a NOAA Weather Radio is. Cheryl explained to her what a difference a weather radio can make. Another contestant asked her what goes in a disaster kit, and Cheryl took the opportunity to share some basics that can be lifesaving when a disaster strikes. Making it to the top 10 finalists, Cheryl was able to share her platform on a world stage in front of a live audience. "Although I didn't take home the Mrs. International Pageant crown," she said, "I am excited that my reign as Mrs. Virginia International continues until January 2015! I plan to be in attendance at the IAEM Annual Conference." Learn more about Cheryl at www.cherylnelson.va.com.
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EM RESOURCES


USCIS releases Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Toolkit for Community Partners
IAEM
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released the "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Toolkit for Community Partners." The toolkit includes: DACA program overview; "How Do I Request Consideration of DACA?" customer guide; tip sheet; FAQ; DACA process infographic; "Avoid Immigration Scams" flyer; and a list of federal government resources. Download the toolkit and access more information about DACA here.
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CEM® UPDATE


Paper certification applications accepted only until Aug. 15. — Online system must be used thereafter
IAEM
With the launch of the online certification application system, IAEM HQ will continue to accept paper applications for initial CEM®/AEM℠ applications until Aug. 15, 2014. After this date, all applications must be submitted through the online system.
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Register today for upcoming certification prep course/exam offerings
IAEM
Register today for one of the upcoming CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Courses or Exams that is convenient to you.
  • Aug. 24 (Exam only): Brier, Washington
  • Aug. 28 (Exam only): East Hartford, Connecticut
  • Sept. 4 (Exam Only): Columbia, Missouri
  • Sept. 6 (Exam Only): New York, New York
  • Sept. 10 (Prep Course and Exam): Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Sept. 18 (Exam Only): East Hartford, Connecticut
  • Nov. 16 (Prep Course and Exam): San Antonio, Texas
Register through the IAEM website to secure your space. IAEM requires a minimum of 10 registrants for the Prep Course. If you have any questions, feel free to contact CEM Administrator Kate McClimans.

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EM NEWS


FEMA Region IV Administrator retires
IAEM
Last week, Major Phil May, regional administrator for FEMA Region IV, retired. He has been a respected leader who contributed much to the agency and emergency management. He served the agency for 21, during two tours of service. During his first 13 years with FEMA from 1981-94, May served as the Region IV director responsible for the full preparedness, response and recovery cycle. In 1986, he helped establish the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program. In 1992, he served as the top federal recovery official for Hurricane Andrew. Following Hurricane Hugo and Hurricane Andrew, his work earned him both the Distinguished Meritorious Service Award and the Distinguished Civil Service Medal. In 1994, May received the Department of Health and Human Services first National Disaster Medical Services Award. May's second tour with FEMA began in 2006, as regional administrator. In 2010, the National Hurricane Center honored him with its Distinguished Service Award.
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National Sheriff's Association considers legalization of marijuana as a priority issue
IAEM
During a recent meeting in Chicago, the National Sheriff's Association discussed the legalization of marijuana as one of its priority issues, and members requested available data on the impact of legalization. They were provided with a report written in August 2013 by the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA), "The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: A Preliminary Report," which is available for download here. The RMHIDTA is part of a federal government effort to assess drug trafficking problems at the regional level, and design specific initiatives to reduce or eliminate the production, manufacture, transportation, distribution and chronic use of illegal drugs and money laundering, in order to reduce drug trafficking and related crime and violence. The report was shared with IAEM-USA by the National Homeland Security Consortium (NHSC), as IAEM-USA is a member of NHSC, a forum for public and private sector disciplines to coalesce efforts and perspectives about how best to protect America in the 21st century.
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


Three remarkable tours offered at the IAEM-USA 62nd Annual Conference & EMEX
IAEM
Join other IAEM conference attendees for a learning and collaborating experience on three pre-conference tours while you are in San Antonio. On Friday, Nov. 14 from 2:45-5:00 p.m., conference attendees may tour USAA, the largest office building in the nation. You will hear about some of the tools used to coordinate their operations around the world and the process by which they bring these representatives together to create a unified, agile and collaborative decision-making environment. On Saturday from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., join others as they tour the Hill Country and visit Admiral Nimitz Museum, the History Walk of the Pacific War and the Japanese Garden of Peace along with the LBJ Ranch. Later that evening, at 5:30 p.m., the San Antonio Office of Emergency Management will host a fun and informative walking tour of San Antonio where you will see the sites of The River Center Mall, Alamo Plaza, the Historic Menger Hotel, the San Antonio River Walk, the Arneson River Theater, and La Villita Historic Arts Village. For more information about these tours, check out our program and register today.
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GRANT ANNOUNCEMENTS


US, Rockefeller $100 million fund promotes natural disaster mitigation, insurance for poor
Insurance Journal
The U.S. Agency for International Development and the Rockefeller Foundation are starting a $100 million project to prepare vulnerable communities for climate-caused humanitarian disasters before they happen.
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NEW INSIGHTS


Focusing on disaster costs before rather than after they happen
Insurance Journal
The United States spends a lot of money responding to natural disasters but comparatively little trying to limit the costs of disasters before they happen. As the costs to the government and the insurance industry mount, more people in the nation’s capital, local governments and the insurance industry are calling on government and the insurance industry to refocus on what can be done before a disaster hits to contain costs and save lives.
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EM CALENDAR


IAEM's webinar on 'Personal Branding and Digital Networking' date has changed to Aug. 14 (1:00-2:15 p.m. EDT). Register today.
IAEM
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 (Calif.) Red Cross. Matt specializes in personal branding online and will share his insights on building your online reputation. The IAEM-USA Emerging Technology Caucus is sponsoring this IAEM members-only webinar. Space is limited. Visit the IAEM website calendar for more info.
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Webinar on 'New York State Clinical Data Management System: Use for Medical Countermeasure Response and Population Management' scheduled for Sept. 18, 2014, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT
IAEM
Sponsored by the National Alliance for Radiation Readiness (NARR), this presentation will provide an overview of the New York State Clinical Data Management System (CDMS). This electronic documentation system enables point-of-service documentation of recipient demographics, medical screening, and medical countermeasure interventions at point of dispensing (POD) locations. The pre-registration functionality within the application allows individuals to complete demographic and screening information at home, or wherever there is Internet connectivity. Even though CDMS has been used primarily to track antibiotic dispensing and vaccine administration, enhancements are on track to provide more all-hazards response capabilities, such as a radiation release event and situational report functions. Learn more and register today.
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AROUND THE WORLD


Chinese earthquake death toll rises to 589
CNN
The death toll from a 6.1-magnitude earthquake that struck China's southwestern Yunnan province has risen to 589, with nine people still missing, China's state-run media said on Wednesday. Among the reported deaths, 504 were in the worst-hit Ludian County and 72 in Qiaojia County. In addition to the deaths, 2,401 people were reported injured.
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Nepal landslide raises fears of flooding in India
The Associated Press via ABC News
Rescue workers urgently evacuated tens of thousands of people in eastern India after a deadly landslide in neighboring Nepal blocked a river that could burst its banks and submerge scores of Indian villages. Authorities in Nepal said there is no hope that more than 150 missing people are still alive after being buried by piles of rocks, mud and upturned trees in the landslide in Mankha, about 75 miles east of Katmandu. Nineteen others are confirmed dead.
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Powerful Taiwan gas explosions kill 22, injure 270
Channel NewsAsia
A series of powerful gas blasts killed at least 22 people and injured up to 270 in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, overturning cars and ripping open roads, officials said. The explosions sparked a massive inferno that ripped through the city's Cianjhen district, sending terrified residents fleeing a huge ball of flames.
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Hurricane, tropical storm roll toward Hawaii
Reuters
A hurricane and a tropical storm were heading west across the Pacific Ocean toward the tourist haven of Hawaii, where officials announced school closures and warned visitors and residents to prepare. Sea surges and flooding were forecast.
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Officials: California storm was a nearly 500-year event
Los Angeles Times
A tropical rain storm that caused deadly floods and destructive mudslides in the San Gabriel Mountains was the kind of weather event seen only once about every 500 years, the National Weather Service said.
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'Do not drink, do not boil' water: Crisis closes out second day with little information
Toledo News Now
Ohio Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur called upon the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to immediately release all water sample findings pertinent to the Toledo emergency. Following a 30-minute conference call that her office arranged with Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman earlier this evening, Congresswoman Kaptur urged the agency to increase general public understanding about the Toledo crisis by making the results available to the public.
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