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ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


FEMA Deputy Administrator Joseph Nimmich to give keynote address at IAEM Annual Conference & EMEX
IAEM
On Wednesday, Nov. 18, FEMA Deputy Administrator Joseph L. Nimmich will give a keynote address during the morning general session of the IAEM Annual Conference.  Nimmich also will be an integral part of the panel of speakers during the FEMA Forum session on Monday, Nov. 16. For complete details about the conference, view the online program. Don’t miss these two high-profile sessions; register today for the IAEM 2015 Annual Conference & EMEX in Clark County, Nevada, Nov. 13-18, 2015.
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IAEM NEWS


IAEM Think Tank scheduled for Aug. 25 on "DSCA Aiding Emergency Managers across the Nation"
IAEM
Register online today to attend the next IAEM Think Tank on the subject of “Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) Aiding Emergency Managers across the Nation,” set for Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT. The event is open to both IAEM members and non-members, and there is no fee to attend, but you must register in advance. Participation certificates will be provided to those that attend via Go To Webinar. DSCA is support provided by U.S. federal military forces, Department of Defense (DoD) civilians, DoD contract personnel, DoD component assets, and, in coordination with the following: state governors, federally funded National Guard forces (in response to requests for assistance from civil authorities for domestic emergencies, law enforcement support, and other domestic activities) or qualifying entities for special events. The Think Tank panel will be facilitated by Rich Serino, former FEMA deputy administrator, and will include these presenters: LTC Nicole Fuller, U.S. Air Force, Joint Staff; Dave Kless, Logistics Operations, U.S. Defense Logistics Agency; Tom LaCrosse, director, DSCA/DoD; Mark Roupas, senior policy advisor, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Brigadier General Richard Staats, U.S. Army Reserves; and a representative of the U.S. Northern Command. Learn more about IAEM Think Tanks. 

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Register today for the Emergency Management & Business Contingency Summit in Dubai
IAEM
IAEM members have the opportunity to attend an extraordinary event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates – the Emergency Management & Business Contingency Summit, Oct. 7-8, 2015, at the Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa. IAEM and the International Quality & Productivity Centre (IQPC) will host the summit. The summit will present attendees with the information they need to meet the new challenges that lie ahead and an opportunity to network with their peers participating at all levels. The summit features a panel of experts presenting a variety of topics, including national security, critical infrastructure protection, emergency response, enterprise risk management, fire safety, and civil defense contingency planning. Download the agenda to find out more, and visit the event site for details and registration.
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IAEM Bulletin article submissions sought by Sept. 10 on "Expanding the Spectrum of Emergency Management"
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The IAEM Editorial Work Group seeks articles for the last 2015 special focus issue of the IAEM Bulletin, which will be based on the theme of the IAEM 2015 Annual Conference & EMEX, “Expanding the Spectrum of Emergency Management.” Article length is 750-1,500 words. Please read the Author’s Guidelines before submitting your article to Editor Karen Thompson by Sept. 10, 2015. The IAEM Bulletin is a members-only monthly newsletter that is the definitive source for current emergency management issues and trends. It is also a means by which IAEM members and other subject matter experts can learn from and share their knowledge with their fellow EM professionals. Join the conversation, and consider adding your expertise to the mix by writing an article for the IAEM Bulletin.
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IAEM-ASIA NEWS


Palawan benefits from DOST's flood hazard mapping project
CNN
Palawan is one of the many provinces that benefited from the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) flood hazard mapping project. On Aug. 17, the DOST, under its Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation (DREAM) project, turned over the copy of the province’s digital terrain model, digital surface model and orthophotograph to the Palawan and Puerto Princesa government.
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IAEM-LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN NEWS


Dominica is upgrading its seismic network
Caribbean Journal
Dominica is launching a $40 million upgrade to its seismic network. The project intends to reduce the island’s vulnerability to natural hazards — in this case, specifically, earthquakes — and the effects of climate change. Dominica’s Minister for Justice, Immigration, and National Security, Rayburn Blackmoore, said the project was a “proactive measure by the government to manage the country’s disaster risk”
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IAEM-OCEANIA NEWS


Disaster plan brings New Zealand business together*
Prevention Web
Beca, BNZ, IAG, New Zealand Red Cross and Vodafone have formed 'Resilient New Zealand', a group which aims to identify and advocate ways to make New Zealand more resilient to disasters, reports The New Zealand Herald. "The better that we can minimise the impact [natural disasters] have, the faster we can recover from them and that is good all round.
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IAEM-USA NEWS


DHS seeks comments on proposed rulemaking on nondiscrimination in matters pertaining to faith-based organizations
IAEM
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published in the Federal Register a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking on Nondiscrimination in Matters Pertaining to Faith-Based Organizations. Following an initial proposal published in 2008, DHS proposes to issue a rule to ensure that faith-based organizations may compete on an equal footing with other organizations for direct federal financial assistance for which they are otherwise eligible, and to allow those groups to fully participate in federally supported social service programs, while beneficiaries under those programs also receive appropriate protections. DHS seeks public comments on the proposed rule by Oct. 5, 2015. A copy of the supplemental notice is posted in the Federal Register, and comments can be submitted through the eRulemaking Portal.
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FirstNet holds initial consultation meetings with Hawaii and American Samoa; participates in various events
IAEM
The First Responder Network (FirstNet) held its initial consultation meeting last week with the state of Hawaii and American Samoa. FirstNet also participated in the National Joint Tribal Emergency Management Conference, the National Rural Intelligent Transportation System Conference, the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) board meeting, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) board meeting, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Chief Information Officer executive briefing. To date, FirstNet has held 46 state consultation meetings involving more than 3,000 public safety representatives. More information on this and other FirstNet news can be found in the FirstNet weekly update.
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New York to deploy statewide emergency management software
GCN
The state of New York had a relatively mild winter last year, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo is not counting on a repeat performance — and this week announced that the state is turning to technology to help prepare for possible winter emergencies. Every New York county will now have access to free universal emergency management software that will give local governments and state agencies one system in which to register and share incident reports, resource requests and other vital information in disaster-related situations.
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Dueling maps: Will you be in NYC's 100-year floodplain?
New York Business Journal
In 2013, the Federal Emergency Management Agency issued new floodplain maps for New York City, shocking many people with how broadly it set the so-called 100-year floodplain, or the zone where there is an expected 1 percent chance of flooding in any given year. But the city has challenged those maps, saying its own maps better represent the true risks property owners face, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.
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NOAA data enhancements will help states like Louisiana defend against disasters like Hurricane Katrina
State Tech
It’s been a decade since Hurricane Katrina ravaged Louisiana, and in that time, the state’s Supreme Court has drafted and updated a disaster recovery plan for protection. IT developments that have helped the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast hurricanes could provide even more protection for states like Louisiana in the future. The Louisiana Supreme Court created a 15-page document laying out the plan’s timeline and highlighting its priorities.
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NEW INSIGHTS


6 lessons from Katrina loom even larger 10 years later
Government Executive
In December 2005, just three months after Katrina savaged the Gulf Coast, we edited On Risk and Disaster, a book on the key lessons that the storm so painfully taught. The book was very different from most of the post-mortems that focused on the country’s lack of preparedness for the storm’s onslaught. It focused sharply on how to reduce the risk of future disasters — and how to understand how to help those who suffer most from them.
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Hurricane damage predicted to get worse
The Maritime Executive
Hurricane Katrina struck the U.S. Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005. Katrina was the 11th named storm and fifth hurricane of the 2005 season – the longest and most severe hurricane season in history. Three of the storms (Katrina, Rita and Wilma) rank in the top 10 costliest global windstorm events of all-time. The severity of windstorms, and their consequences, could get worse than this, says insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty.
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The way we measure earthquakes is stupid*
WIRED
Recently, a 3.3-magnitude earthquake rattled San Francisco ever so slightly. The small quake, like so many before it, passed, and San Franciscans went back to conveniently ignoring their seismic reality. Magnitude 3.3 earthquakes are clearly no big deal, and the city survived a 6.9-magnitude earthquake in 1989 mostly fine — how much bigger will the Big One, at 8.0, be than 1989?
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DISASTER TECHNOLOGY NEWS


Drone use for emergency response considered at California Capitol hearing
KCRA-TV
California lawmakers will explore the potential benefits and risks of using drones in emergency response to fires, natural disasters and other emergencies. The Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management and Senate Judiciary Committee have invited representatives from fire departments, law enforcement agencies, emergency management teams, NASA, the media and drone manufacturers to testify at the hearing.
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CEM® UPDATE


IAEM grants license for use of term "Utah Certified Emergency Manager"
IAEM
IAEM is excited to announce the official agreement between the IAEM-USA Council and the Utah Emergency Management Association and the Utah State Division of Emergency Management granting licensing use of the term “Utah Certified Emergency Manager” for the state’s certified emergency manager designation. Further information can be found on the CEM News section of the website. IAEM hopes to initiate similar agreements with other states in the future.
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EM CALENDAR


Join the IAEM-USA ETC for an Aug. 24 IAEM webinar on "Unmanned Air Systems in Disaster Operations"
IAEM
The availability and capability of UAS — Unmanned Air Systems, or “drones” in the media parlance — is something that emergency managers need to be on top of, in order to capitalize on the benefits but avoid the pitfalls. What are the basics of these systems, the legality issues, and how do we move forward? Join the IAEM-USA Emerging Technology Caucus on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, 3:00-4:15 p.m. EDT, for a discussion of this timely topic. Members have free access to IAEM webinars, but must register using their member passwords. Non-members can attend by registering and paying a $59 fee; after the event, non-members can use the $59 as a credit toward IAEM membership for one year. Everyone will get a certificate of participation; non-members will receive a log-in for their certificates. All registrants, both members and non-members, will receive a link via email to set up their access to the webinar. Space is limited, so register early.
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AROUND THE WORLD


Alaska's permafrost threatened by intense fires, climate change*
USA Today
One of the state’s worst wildfire seasons in history has scorched 5 million acres of tundra and forests across Alaska, and experts here fear climate change will cause even more devastating fires through a combination of lower snowpack, drying tundra and melting permafrost. Like an insulating blanket, snow reduces fire risk by keeping trees and grasses cold and damp.
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Timelapse film shows Mexico's Colima volcano eruption
BBC
Mexico's Colima volcano has been firing out plumes of smoke and hot ash in a series of small eruptions. This is the latest in a summer of volcanic activity, with the last eruption just four days ago. The Colima volcano is also known in Mexico as the Volcano of Fire. It's an active volcano, and has erupted around 30 times since 1585.
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Tropical Storm Danny may become first hurricane of 2015 on path toward Caribbean
AccuWeather
Tropical Storm Danny has the potential to become the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season, prior to heading into the Caribbean. The system became a tropical depression recently and could become a hurricane on or before Aug. 21 as it continues to move through generally favorable atmospheric conditions in the short term.
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Cotopaxi volcano threatens more than 300,000 Ecuadorans
Phys.Org
Nearly 325,000 people could be affected by an eruption of Cotopaxi, the volcano looming beyond the Ecuadoran capital of Quito, officials said. The biggest risk is from an eruption melting the 5,900-meter (19,000-foot) mountain's snowcap and triggering massive melt-water floods and lahar mudflows that could sweep through nearby towns, Ecuador's minister of risk management Maria del Pilar Cornejo told a press conference.
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Twin storms: Goni a threat to the Northern Philippines, Taiwan, Ryukyu Islands; Atsani a Category 5 super typhoon
The Weather Channel
Twin typhoons Goni and Atsani are churning through the tropical western Pacific Ocean. One is increasingly likely to potentially affect the northern Philippines, Taiwan and Japan's Ryukyu Islands later this week into the weekend. The other's future is more uncertain.
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Chinese chemical blasts: 114 dead, 57 still missing
CNN
Luo Shuhui's home was 700 meters from the chemical warehouse that exploded last week, hurling fireballs into the sky. Now, Luo and other nearby residents are livid at the government and want it to pay for their homes. "I just want an answer from the government," Luo said at a protest by local apartment owners. "Are the officials corrupt, or what? Why did they build a hazardous chemical warehouse near our home without telling us? Who would want to live next to a ticking time bomb? No one!"
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Alaska landslide: 3 missing men presumed dead in Sitka
The Associated Press via Weather Channel
Crews used dire wording to describe their search efforts for three men missing after a landslide in an Alaskan coastal town: "body recovery effort." On a recent Tuesday night, a Sitka fire official said the men are presumed dead under a sea of logs and mud. The slide occurred earlier that morning, but unstable terrain made search efforts much more difficult. Sitka fire department spokeswoman Sara Peterson told the Associated Press that operations were suspended until a geologist assesses the stability of the slide area the following morning.
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Japan warning over volcano near nuclear power plant
Deutsche Welle
Recently, the Japan Meteorological Agency warned people living near the Sakurajima volcano to prepare for a possible evacuation. The volcano, which is only 50 kilometers (30 miles) away from a nuclear power plant, has been showing signs of increased activity, the agency announced. Sakurajima, on the southern island of Kyushu, is one of Japan's biggest and most active volcanoes, but experts believe a more significant eruption could be brewing. The volcano sits just off the coast of Kagoshima, a city with more than 600,000 residents.
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Magnitude-4 earthquake hits Queensland for the second time in a row
International Business Times
An earthquake of magnitude-4 has hit near Queensland’s Fraser Island off the state's southern coast, confirmed Geoscience Australia. With the early morning round of rattling, the city experienced such earthquake twice in August. Senior Seismologist Spiro Spiliopoulos said the earthquake which hit at 11:07 a.m., with recorded a depth of 10 kilometres off Fraser Island about 217 kilometres north-east of Brisbane. He confirmed that it occurred at the same location like the previous larger quakes.
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Wildfires drain resources, force authorities to seek help from military and other countries
The Canadian Press via The Brandon Sun
Wildfires are putting such a strain on the nation's firefighting resources that authorities have activated the military and sought international help to beat back scores of blazes burning uncontrolled throughout the dry West. The situation is so urgent that the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise this week called in 200 active-duty military troops to help contain roughly 95 wildfires. It's the first time since 2006 that the agency has mobilized soldiers for fire-suppression.
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