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IAEM-ASIA NEWS


After Nepal, is South Asia prepared for the big one?*
IRIN
When a massive earthquake struck Nepal in April, it flattened villages and killed more than 9,000 people. It should also have sent countries across the region scrambling to improve preparedness systems; yet experts say too little is being done to get ready for the next big quake.
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How dangerous is the sodium cyanide at the Tianjin explosion site?*
Scientific American
Officials investigating a huge explosion at a warehouse in Tianjin in China have discovered a store of 700 tonnes of sodium cyanide — more than 70 times the legal limit allowed. Cyanide has a particularly unpleasant reputation and finding it at a major disaster site is far from welcome. However, if officials act fast they should be able to limit its damaging effects.
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IBM experts to help Vishakhapatnam develop emergency management system*
Firstpost
Global IT major IBM said it will review Vishakhapatnam's emergency management system to provide strategic recommendations for disaster management, helping the city become more resilient. According to a release issued by the company under the "IBM Smarter Cities Challenge program," which was launched in Visakhapatnam, a team of six experts will help the city develop an emergency communication system that would disseminate information during and after a disaster, such as Hudhud cyclone that occurred last year.
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IAEM-USA NEWS


Debrief: FEMA chief Craig Fugate*
Politico
On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the southeastern United States, killing more than 1,800 people and causing more than $100 billion in damage. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, then run by Michael Brown, was slow to rescue stranded residents and faced shortages of food and water. The agency was widely believed to have failed in its response to storm.
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10 years after Katrina, will California's capital be the next New Orleans?
ThinkProgress
A 2011 New York Times Magazine story sounded the alarm: "Scientists consider Sacramento — which sits at the confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers and near the Delta — the most flood-prone city in the nation.” The article went on to note that experts fear an earthquake or violent Pacific superstorm could destroy the city’s levees and spur a megaflood that could wreak untold damage on California’s capital region.
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FirstNet encourages participation in its second Industry Day on Aug. 27
IAEM
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) encourages participation in its second Industry Day, set for Aug. 27, 2015, which will address both recent developments and key next steps for the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN) acquisition. Last week, FirstNet Board members and staff participated in the APCO Annual Conference, which attracted almost 6,000 attendees. All FirstNet sessions, which focused on data collection, consultation, planning, and outreach, were well attended, with excellent question-and-answer exchanges between FirstNet and stakeholders. Staff also participated in the Federal Agency Point of Contact monthly teleconference and met with members of the New Mexico Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) team. To date, FirstNet has held 46 state consultation meetings involving more than 3,000 public safety representatives. Future consultations are confirmed for: Michigan (9/1), New Jersey (9/3), Alaska (9/9), Arizona (9/15), Virginia (9/30), CNMI (10/20), Guam (10/22), and Oklahoma (10/28). An updated schedule can be viewed on the website tracker. Download the FirstNet weekly update here.
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FEMA amends Dispute Resolution Pilot Program threshold
IAEM
On Aug. 17, 2015, FEMA published a Federal Register notice formally adjusting the legitimate amount in dispute for the Dispute Resolution Pilot Program for Public Assistance appeals. FEMA has increased the legitimate amount in dispute to $1,031,000 for all disasters declared on or after Oct. 30, 2012. FEMA bases the adjustment on an increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers provided by The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor.
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IAEM Editorial Work Group seeks articles by Sept. 10 for IAEM Bulletin special focus issue on annual conference theme
IAEM
The October 2015 special focus issue of the IAEM Bulletin will be based on the theme of the IAEM 2015 Annual Conference & EMEX, "Expanding the Spectrum of Emergency Management." Download an article written by IAEM-USA Conference Chair Susamma Seeley for the Jan. 2015 IAEM Bulletin to get some ideas for articles for this special focus issue. Please read the Author's Guidelines before submitting your article (750-1,500 words) to Karen Thompson, editor.
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NEW INSIGHTS


How 10 years have changed disaster preparedness and response*
The Huffington Post
Ten years ago, the Gulf Coast was devastated by Hurricane Katrina — a natural disaster unprecedented in its size and scope. Yet what would happen if a storm of this magnitude were to occur again? Would the images of volunteers rushing to help be different? And could some of the darkest tragedies that still haunt our memories of Katrina be avoided?
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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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Crushed by Katrina, Mississippi's Gulf Coast rebuilds and rejoices a decade later*
The Times-Picayune
Vicki Niolet perched behind the desk inside the doorway of the Bay Emporium, greeting customers and answering questions. It was nearly 7 p.m., but still a suffocating 90-plus degrees outside, and the dark clouds on the horizon only teased that relief might be on the way. "Kind of slow," she said of the "Second Saturday Artwalk" crowd meandering along the streets of Bay St. Louis' Old Town district. "Guess it's the heat. Or maybe because it's August."
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Dollars to disasters: The gamble of emergency relief*
The New Yorker
In the Himalayas, many houses are built of fieldstone: shale and slate, pried from the earth, stacked in the mountain air, and mortared with mud and hay. This was the type of home that crashed down on Aimoj Tamang, an eighty-six-year-old Nepalese woman, on April 25, the day when, in twenty seconds, an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale destroyed much of what was man-made in Nepal and killed more than eighty-five hundred people.
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


Leader of the Office of Community Planning and Development at HUD to give keynote at IAEM Annual Conference
IAEM
Keeping with the theme of the IAEM Annual Conference & EMEX — Expanding the Spectrum of Emergency Management — IAEM is honored to announce that our opening keynote speaker on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, is Harriet Tregoning, principal deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). The role of HUD must be considered in order to truly be diverse in our awareness of partners. Many disasters over time have demonstrated that emergency management must change its approaches and considerations. It is important to incorporate evidence-based planning and science to meet the needs of the evolving disaster-front. As a staunch proponent of such measures, Tregoning will speak about the role of HUD in emergency management. For more information about the conference program, view our website and register today.
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DISASTER TECHNOLOGY NEWS


Robots, drones and heart-detectors: How disaster technology is saving lives
CNN
Robots with cameras, microphones and sensors searched for victims stranded in flooded homes and on rooftops. They assessed damage and sent back images from places rescuers couldn't get. It was August 31, 2005, two days after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. These robots were a crucial connection between emergency responders and survivors. Ten years later, the technology, and how humans interact with it, has only improved.
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Construction of next-gen hurricane-hunting satellites begins
Gizmag
What is small enough to fit in an airliner carry-on bin and has the potential to save thousands of lives and millions of dollars worth of property? The answer is the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System — NASA's next-generation hurricane-observing microsatellites, which are now being assembled at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas.
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CEM® UPDATE


The final certification application deadline is August 31 for applicants wishing to receive diplomas at the IAEM Annual Conference
IAEM
CEM®/AEM candidates in the Class of 2015 who are interested in receiving their diploma at the IAEM-USA Annual Conference & EMEX during the awards ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Clark County, Nevada, must have their initial CEM®/AEM credential application approved no later than the September 2015 online review meeting and must take and return their completed exam to IAEM Headquarters by Oct. 12, 2015, as well as receive a passing grade. This means that the application submission date is Aug. 31, 2015. No supplemental reviews will occur prior to the scheduled November/December 2015 online review meeting.
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EM RESOURCES


IAEM posts this week's digital events online for members
IAEM
IAEM-USA's Emerging Technology Caucus on Aug. 24 hosted a webinar on "Unmanned Air Systems in Disaster Operations." The webinar recording is available for all IAEM members to view on the IAEM website. On Aug. 25, the IAEM-USA Digital Engagement Committee hosted an IAEM Think Tank on "DSCA Aiding Emergency Managers across the Nation." The recording is now available for all IAEM members on the IAEM website. Members with ideas for future Think Tank topics should email Digital Engagement Committee Chair Matt Feryan or Dawn M. Shiley, IAEM communications & marketing manager.
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FEMA releases final version of RASPLOT 3.0 software program to create flood profiles and floodway data tables
IAEM
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Aug. 25 issued the final release of RASPLOT version 3.0, which is now available for download from the RASPLOT web page. RASPLOT is a software program that allows users to create flood profiles and floodway data tables (FDTs) through the automated extraction of data from Hydraulic Engineering Centers River Analysis System (HEC-RAS) hydraulic modeling files. Flood profiles are required for inclusion in the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports which usually accompany the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for communities participating in FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program. The final release addresses user feedback that was submitted in response to the beta release made public in May 2013.
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Estimating the cost of flooding for communities around estuaries
Phys.Org
The National Oceanography Centre and the University of Liverpool have developed a new visualization tool to predict the maximum cost of coastal flooding to communities around estuaries. This method, published in PLOS One, works by combining high impact flooding scenarios with land use maps. Researchers used this method to find that the economic damage of coastal flooding increased much more than expected with the size of the flood.
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This disaster-relief structure packs flat and assembles in an hour
Fast Company
Not to sound horribly pessimistic, but disaster can strike at any time. Be it an earthquake, hurricane, flood, fire, or another malady, the best you can do is prepare for whatever hits, and have a plan in place for relief. The architects at Designnobis, a firm based in Turkey, estimated that natural disasters displaced 22 million people in 2013. In 2011, disaster hit close to home, when a 7.2 magnitude quake centered in eastern Turkey destroyed hundreds of buildings and left thousands homeless.
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EM NEWS


WHO to study use of sanctions as part of global epidemic response
Agence France-Presse via Yahoo News
The World Health Organization said it will study the idea of using sanctions to punish countries that do not comply with global health regulations, following widespread failures in the response to the Ebola outbreak. The WHO has created a committee to review the fiercely-criticised global reaction to the Ebola epidemic, including why so many countries seemingly disregarded the International Health Regulations agreed a decade ago by 194 member-states.
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Study: Greater tsunami risk from Southern California quake*
Los Angeles Times
An earthquake along the California coast could pose a greater tsunami threat to the Ventura area than previously understood, according to a new study published Tuesday by UC Riverside and U.S. Geological Survey scientists. Published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, a publication of the American Geophysical Union, the study found that tsunami floodwaters could reach points in the Ventura vicinity beyond the area currently marked in California's official tsunami inundation map.
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AROUND THE WORLD


10 years after Katrina
The New York Times
It is a wonder that any of it is here at all: The scattered faithful gathering into Beulah Land Baptist Church on a Sunday morning in the Lower Ninth Ward. The men on stoops in Mid-City swapping gossip in the August dusk. The brass band in Tremé, the lawyers in Lakeview, the new homeowners in Pontchartrain Park.
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Tropical Storm Erika: Warnings issued for Puerto Rico, storm could strike Florida
NBC News
Warnings were issued for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on Wednesday as Tropical Storm Erika churned closer to the Caribbean. Forecasters said Florida was in its possible path. Forecasters said Erika could be a low-grade hurricane by the time it reaches or brushes close to Florida on Monday. But they stressed that it was too early to predict the storm's path or intensity with much certainty.
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Hawaiians urged to be on alert for Tropical Storm Kilo
CNN
Hawaii could soon be hosting a hurricane, though there's still a lot that can happen with Tropical Storm Kilo. Kilo was far away from land, situated about 480 miles south-southeast of Hilo and 650 miles from Honolulu. And its sustained winds, at that point, were 40 mph. Still, the real danger is what comes next.
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Australians, New Zealanders join US wildfire fray
USA Today
Firefighters from Australia and New Zealand are joining the battle against unprecedented wildfires raging across the U.S. West. About 70 firefighters arrived in Boise, Idaho, to grab gear and head into the fray. They are stepping into one of the worst U.S. fire seasons on record, with almost 12,000 square miles — an area almost the size of Maryland — already burned. The fire season is far from finished, with western fires routinely burning into November.
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Ecuador's Cotopaxi volcano roars back to life, locals speak of lava flow fears and damage to tourism
ABC
Ecuador's Cotopaxi volcano has this week roared back into life, delivering its first significant eruption in more than 70 years and raining ash down on the capital Quito, 50 kilometers away. Now there are fears that pyroclastic rock and gas flows could melt the ice on the glacier-capped peak and flood nearby towns with volcanic mud. The last time that happened was in 1877, with fatal results.
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Philippines flies aid to thousands of marooned as typhoon toll rises
Reuters
Philippine army helicopters airlifted food, water and relief supplies to thousands of families who fled their homes during a typhoon as more bodies were pulled out from under landslides, disaster officials said. More than 30,000 people were evacuated in the northern Philippines due to fears of flooding and landslides as more nearly 1,000 homes were destroyed by Typhoon Goni, which has since lost some of its strength as it barrels northeast towards southern Japan.
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Killer typhoon lashes Japanese islands
CBS News
Typhoon Goni lashed the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa with heavy rains and winds, as the death toll rose to 19 in the northern Philippines. The latest victims include a 9-month-old boy and his 2-year-old sister who drowned in flash floods. Wind-gusts of 159 mph, a local record, flipped over cars and toppled utility poles overnight on the remote Japanese island of Ishigaki, near Taiwan, Japanese media reported. A few people were cut by broken windows. The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 112 mph, was heading north toward Japan's southernmost main island of Kyushu.
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Flooding in North Korea kills 40, strands thousands
Reuters via Yahoo News
Heavy rain in North Korea killed 40 people, stranded thousands in flash floods and caused "massive" damage, the International Federation of the Red Cross said and North Korean media said. More than 11,000 people were forced from their homes or otherwise affected by the floods, which hit the northeastern city of Rajin, near the border with Russia and China, Hler Gudjonsson, a spokesman for the Red Cross in Beijing told Reuters.
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