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IAEM-USA NEWS


IAEM-USA is 4149 members stronger because of Operation Invite a Friend
IAEM
The IAEM-USA Operation Invite a Friend initiative was a six-month membership drive that ran from Mar. 1 through Aug. 31, 2014. USA Council Individual members had the chance to give away free one-year Individual memberships by inviting their U.S. friends, colleagues and stakeholders to join IAEM. As a result of this membership campaign, a total of 4,149 new Individual members have been added to the IAEM-USA Council membership roster. These new members now have one year of membership free of charge, along with the opportunity to participate in our network, attend our incredible Annual Conference, participate in our wide range of IAEM-USA committees and caucuses, receive our IAEM Bulletin, and have a voice in our profession and the policies that impact our communities. Congratulations to the IAEM-USA Council, and many thanks to those who sponsored our new members through Operation Invite a Friend! Learn more.
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SPONSORED CONTENT


Tell the IAEM-USA Strategic Planning Committee your thoughts on the association
IAEM
The IAEM-USA Strategic Planning Committee is currently studying internal and external strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (a "SWOT analysis"). The intent is to help ensure the association remains relevant to its members, partners and the emergency management community. Please help us by providing input to the SWOT survey by 5:00 pm Eastern time on Monday, September 22. Currently 180 IAEM-USA members have shared their thoughts by responding online. Don't be left out. The survey should only take 10-15 minutes of your time and it will give insight into where we can continue to improve, what we are doing well, and whether there might be a reallocation of resources from efforts that may not have widespread priority. Results will help committees, regions and the board better serve IAEM and its partners.
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DHS Science & Technology Directorate seeks input from EM community to help finalize visionary goals
IAEM
The Department of Homeland Security wants to hear from federal, state, local and tribal governments. The DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is looking for input from the emergency management community to help finalize new visionary goals. These big picture ideas will serve as S&T’s strategic direction, helping the directorate navigate the homeland security challenges ahead. Download a letter from DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology, Dr. Reggie Brothers. You are encouraged to visit the DHS S&T Collaboration Community to submit ideas; discuss and refine the proposed visionary goals; and vote the best ones to the top. This fall, S&T will report back to the community on the outcomes of the #VisionaryGoals initiative.
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DHS announces expansion of the Securing the Cities program to the National Capital Region
IAEM
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the expansion of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office's (DNDO) Securing the Cities program to the National Capital Region, further building upon the Department's ongoing efforts to raise the nation's capabilities to detect and protect against radiological and nuclear threats. The Securing the Cities program seeks to lessen the threat posed by dangerous radiological or nuclear materials against major metropolitan areas in the United States by establishing sustainable capability among state, local, and tribal agencies to detect and report dangerous radiological and nuclear materials within their jurisdictions. This is the third implementation of the Securing the Cities program. The program began in 2006 as a pilot project for the New York City region and expanded to the Los Angeles/Long Beach region in 2012. The Department plans to expand to additional cities in the coming years. As part of the Securing the Cities program, the District of Columbia's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency will receive a direct grant of up to $30 million over five years beginning with $6 million in 2014. The funding will allow the District to work with partners in the National Capital Region to build a robust, regional nuclear detection capability for law enforcement and first responder organizations. Initial efforts will focus on analyzing the region's current capabilities and planning for post-program sustainment activities.
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IAEM-CANADA NEWS


IAEM-Canada members to receive a discount conference fee at 2014 Canadian INDUSTRIAL EMERGENCY Conference & Expo
IAEM
The Canada INDUSTRIAL EMERGENCY Conference & Expo, scheduled for Sept. 24-25, 2014, in Hamilton, Ontario, is offering a discount to IAEM members. IAEM-Canada members can save with the coupon on the IAEM-Canada news page. IAEM-Canada will have a presence at this event, so please join us! This is Canada's only national conference dedicated to the industrial emergency professional. Industry professionals will converge in Hamilton to participate in timely and important sessions designed for industrial emergency responders. More than 100 vendors will be on hand to showcase the newest products, technologies and services. If your company or agency has a need for preventing and managing industrial emergencies, both at your plant and off-site, you and your team should plan to attend. The typical audience includes: fire, industrial fire brigades, EMS, safety managers, safety coordinators, health and safety committees and managers, city planners, industrial operations managers, training coordinators, emergency response coordinators, EMT Paramedics, group leaders, compliance coordinators, and many others.
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EM NEWS


September is National Preparedness Month in the United States
IAEM
Disasters can strike anywhere and anytime. National Preparedness Month — observed every year in September — serves as a reminder that everyone must take action to prepare for the types of emergencies that can affect each of us. This year, the theme to National Preparedness Month is "Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare." In support of this theme, the Ready Campaign will highlight specific actions individuals and groups can take to prepare for an emergency. These include the four building blocks of emergency preparedness — being informed, making a plan, building a kit, and getting involved. National Preparedness Month provides an important opportunity to raise public awareness about the importance of national resiliency by engaging individuals and groups through a wide variety of strategic partnerships and collaboration. Each week in September, the campaign will focus on a different area of preparedness. National Preparedness Month will culminate on September 30th with a national day of action, a National PrepareAthon! Day, as part of a nationwide grassroots campaign called America's PrepareAthon! through which individuals, organizations and communities take simple, specific actions to increase their preparedness for a potential disaster. To learn more about how you can play a role in your community's preparedness, visit www.ready.gov/prepare for fact sheets, guidance, creative materials and an events calendar to help plan your PrepareAthon! activities.
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Report: 21 states don't meet emergency standards for kids
USA Today
Dropping your child off at day care or seeing them onto the school bus can be difficult — but what are your plans if the unthinkable happens? Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia do not meet emergency planning standards for schools and child care providers, according to a new report from Save the Children. However, for the first time this year, more than half of states — 29 — reach the non-governmental disaster relief organization's standards in its laws and regulations.
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SAMOA: UN disaster risk chief calls for putting partnerships to work
UN News Centre
The commitments made at the international conference on partnering with small island developing states must be prioritized and implemented as soon as possible, urged the top United Nations official on disaster risk reduction. "I think the challenge for all of us is how do we put a frame around this and make it understandable, call out the partners to the table, and get a commitment to constrict the focus," said the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction.
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IAEM NEWS


Reserve your seat at IAEM members-only Sept. 8 webinar on 'Climate Change and Emergency Management'
IAEM
The IAEM-USA Ad Hoc Climate Change & Weather Committee is sponsoring an IAEM-members only webinar event on "Climate Change and Emergency Management," Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT. Space is limited, so interested IAEM members should register today. This webinar will provide a review of current information about changes in weather patterns and what, if anything, emergency management can do to mitigate impacts, get involved in the climate change conversation, and plan for the future of their own local. Noël Kepler will share resources, review scientific data, and help interpret possible opportunities for emergency managers.
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IAEM Bulletin call for articles on 'Emergency Management: Navigating the New Normal'
IAEM
The IAEM Editorial Work Group seeks articles for its fifth special focus issue of 2014, which ties into the IAEM 2014 Annual Conference theme of "Emergency Management: Navigating the New Normal." Possible articles might include such topics as: what you have done about the "new normal" in your own community; how effective your activities have been; what lessons you have learned; and how these changes have affected your strategic planning. Please read the IAEM Bulletin Author's Guidelines and note that we now accept feature articles of 750 to 1,500 words. Email article submissions to Karen Thompson, IAEM Bulletin editor, by Sept. 10, 2014.
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Emergency management related jobs are posted daily on the IAEM's Jobs Board
IAEM
This past week the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), U.S. Department of Transportation, posted a listing on the IAEM jobs board. They are seeking candidates for the position of Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy and Programs (DAA) in its Office of Hazardous Materials Safety (OHMS), Washington, D.C. This senior executive position will oversee and manage the day-to day operations of OHMS at its headquarters, working closely with the Associate Administrator and the Deputy Associate Administrator for Field Operations to develop planning and priorities. In addition, the DAA will participate in long range planning and development of program applications to promote public safety, security and the environment, as related to the transportation of hazardous materials and dangerous goods. Salary range is $120,749.00 to $174,300.00 per year, and the application deadline is Sept. 18, 2014. More details are posted on the IAEM Jobs Board, and the complete job description is available here. Whether you're looking for employment, a career change, or looking to hire, the IAEM Jobs Board is the perfect place to start.
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EM RESOURCES


EPA's new RadTown USA is here!
IAEM
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's student-focused radiation website, RadTown USA, has launched with a new look and feel. This interactive, virtual community provides information for students and teachers about different radiation sources, links to additional information and all new graphics and content. A new addition to RadTown is EPA's Radiation Education Activities for middle and high school students (grades 6-12) which includes lesson plans covering radiation basics, sources of radiation, radiation protection, exposure versus contamination, uranium mining methods, radon and more. All educational activities are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and the Vocabulary Materials are aligned with the Common Core State Standards.
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Sailors prep for the next natural disaster
Navy Times
More than 320 sailors and Marines put new gear and strategies to the test in a bid to prepare for and reduce response times to natural disasters. "We're making a lot of mistakes out here," said Rear Adm. Frank Morneau, commander of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command. "That's good. It's fine that we learned [those lessons] out here." The Improved Navy Lighterage System quickly transferred gear from mud flats to the dock landing ship Whidbey Island, which was fully equipped for relief operations within one day.
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


New pre-conference training course added to IAEM Annual Conference – Persuade! A course on presenting for emergency managers
IAEM
IAEM is pleased to announce that Nathaniel Forbes will offer "Persuade! A Course on Presenting for Emergency Managers" at a special price for IAEM conference attendees. If you have ever made a presentation, you know there is nothing as rewarding as seeing an audience's eyes light up with interest, their heads nod in agreement, the lights on their mobile phones going off as they begin to really pay attention. This one-day course helps you get that response from any audience. Forbes will guide you through the 3 essential steps of a great presentation:
  • Developing a story your audience will remember
  • Finding the emotional appeal in your story, and
  • Choosing images that reinforce your message.
This is a must for all presenters. Join others in this training course on Sunday, Nov.16, 2014, in San Antonio at the IAEM Annual Conference. For more information visit the IAEM Annual Conference Program or download the brochure for this course.

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NEW INSIGHTS


How the sharing economy is changing disaster response and recovery
Emergency Management
The "sharing economy" — the term now commonly used to describe using technology and social media to promote the sharing and reusing of assets — has received a good deal of press over the last few years. From cooperatives that allow people to share cars, bikes and homes, to crowdfunding and crowdsourcing initiatives that allow large undertakings to be accomplished through the combined efforts of many, working together appears to be the latest progression in the social media evolution.
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CEM® UPDATE


Board clarifies use of college degree to meet CEM® experience and training requirements
IAEM
The CEM® Executive Board provided clarification on use of a college degree to meet the CEM® experience and training requirements. The information outlined below is also available on the CEM® website under FAQs.

1. An Oceania and Europa candidate may use a master's degree to meet the degree requirement. If the master's degree is in emergency management, the work experience requirement is reduced to two years. If the master's degree is earned within the previous 6 years of applying for the certification, the candidate may use the degree to reduce the number of hours of EM training required depending on when the degree was earned. The candidate cannot use any courses from the master's degree toward the GM Training.

2. A USA candidate may use a bachelor's or master's degree in EM or related field to reduce the work experience and reduce the number of hours of EM Training required depending on when the degree was earned.

3. If a candidate uses a degree in emergency management (different from the degree used to meet the education requirement) to reduce the EM training requirement, courses from that degree can be used toward the GM training.

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EM CALENDAR


Is My Building Earthquake Safe? Webinar
IAEM
The National Institute of Building Sciences Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) on Sept. 25, 2014, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT, is presenting its third webinar in a series on mitigation. "Is My Building Earthquake-Safe? Obstacles to a Practical Earthquake Rating System" will be presented by David Bonowitz, S.E., chair of the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) Existing Buildings Committee and member of the MMC Board of Direction. In his presentation, Bonowitz will explain past attempts to rate buildings, as well as the often-conflicting priorities of owners, tenants, lenders, insurers, engineers, emergency planners and policy makers. He also will present a new rating system developed by the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC). The SEAONC system, which is suitable for voluntary use and geared to non-expert stakeholders, has already attracted interest from the City of Los Angeles, the California Earthquake Authority, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and private-sector institutions. Space is limited. Get more details and register.
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SBA Webinar: How to Plan for a Power Interruption ... and Recover Fast
IAEM
The second in a series of free webinars hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery will be held Sept. 10, 2014, 2:00-2:30 p.m. EDT. The September series is presented in collaboration with FEMA's Ready Campaign as part of National Preparedness Month. This webinar will address "How to Plan for a Power Interruption ... and Recover Fast." Nearly 70% of businesses in the United States will lose power sometime in the next 12 months. According to a 2011 National Federation of Independent Business report, the number one business interruption experienced in the United States was loss of power. However, with this type of threat so prevalent in today's world, the majority of American organizations are woefully unprepared to withstand such an event, and recover from it quickly. Since every organization has different power needs, it is important to know and understand your risk as well as your building's power requirements. This information-dense half-hour session will dive into the most resilient strategies to mitigate this threat and best practices for a swift and efficient recovery. Learn more and register.
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The Global Katrina Effect, 2005-2015: Hurricane Katrina's Impact on Disaster Management Systems Worldwide Symposium
IAEM
The Center for Disaster Research and Education (CDRE) at Millersville University will present on Oct. 2-3, 2014, an international research symposium on "The Global Katrina Effect, 2005-2015: Hurricane Katrina's Impact on Disaster Management Systems Worldwide." All sessions are free and open to the public. Hurricane Katrina is considered to be one of the defining historic events within the emergency management field in the United States. Less known is that Katrina also had a powerful impact upon emergency management systems worldwide, over a variety of subject areas, ranging from emergency preparedness to coastal management to vulnerable populations to companion animals. To highlight the global lessons drawn from Hurricane Katrina, the symposium will bring together policymakers, practitioners and academics from Australia, France, New Zealand and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, as well as CDRE faculty associates, to share their original findings on this important topic. Learn more.

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AROUND THE WORLD


Double trouble for Mexico as tropical cyclones flank the country
The Washington Post
Along its Gulf coast, Mexico is being inundated with rainfall from former Tropical Storm Dolly, while to the west, the Baja California peninsula is preparing for the arrival of Tropical Storm Norbert, which is expected to brush by the peninsula as a hurricane. Dolly has since dissipated over the mountainous terrain of Mexico after making landfall.
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Northern California wildfire explodes in size; residents evacuate
Los Angeles Times
A wildfire burning along the California-Oregon border grew by 8 square miles overnight to become the largest in the state, prompting new evacuation orders, the U.S. Forest Service said. The Happy Camp Complex fire remains just 15 percent contained and has burned more than 71,700 acres in the Klamath National Forest since it was ignited by a lightning strike. A thunderstorm that same day pummeled the region with lightning strikes and ignited 17 fires; all but three have been extinguished.
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Severe storms roll through Midwest, causing tornadoes and power outages
Fox News
More strong storms rumbled through the Midwest, with a tornado reported in Kansas and other places seeing heavy rains, large hail and strong winds. The National Weather Service said a tornado was confirmed near Cedar Vale, Kansas, on Monday night. It also cited hail the size of pingpong balls.
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Switzerland braces for alpine lake tsunami
Nature
The land of chocolate and clocks could soon be known for something quite different: tsunamis. Authorities in Nidwalden, a canton in landlocked Switzerland, are factoring the risk of a tsunami in Lake Lucerne into their hazard plans. It is the first official acknowledgement of such a threat in Europe's Alpine region — and comes in step with findings that the risk of tsunamis in the area, which is home to around 13 million people, is much higher than previously thought.
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Nicaragua abandons search for trapped miners
Agence France-Presse via Yahoo News
Rescue teams called off painstaking efforts to reach seven gold miners trapped underground in Nicaragua for nearly a week after new landslides made the work too dangerous. Anxious relatives were brought to tears by news that the rescue was off at the makeshift mine in the remote village of El Comal in the country's northern Caribbean region. Families had waited outside the mine, hoping to recover their loved ones after 22 of 29 miners came out alive.
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'Disaster relief mansions' are tearing neighboring Fukushima town apart
Reuters via Business Insider
Like many of her neighbours, Satomi Inokoshi worries that her gritty hometown is being spoiled by the newcomers and the money that have rolled into Iwaki since the Fukushima nuclear disaster almost three and a half years ago. Property prices in Iwaki, about 60 km south of the wrecked nuclear plant, have jumped as evacuees forced from homes in more heavily contaminated areas snatch up apartments and land. Hundreds of workers, who have arrived to work in the nuclear clean-up, crowd downtown hotels.
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