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IAEM-USA NEWS


Voting begins Monday, Sept. 15, for IAEM-USA Council officers
IAEM
All current IAEM-USA Individual, Affiliate, and Life members are invited to vote for their council's 2014-2015 Second Vice President and Secretary. The ballot will be open from Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, 9:00 a.m. Eastern time, until Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. Please visit the voting area for details on the candidates, voter eligibility, voting instructions, and a link to the online ballot. Online voting was established eight years ago, to encourage greater participation by providing a convenient and efficient means for IAEM members to review pertinent information about officer candidates — and then cast their votes. The voting process is simple and completely confidential. You are encouraged to review all available information and vote beginning on Sept. 15!
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Senators: 'Police militarization' needs more oversight
USA Today
The federal government is sending more than $1 billion a year to police departments across the country — in the form of equipment and grants — with little assessment of whether that aid is needed and with minimal follow-up on how the weapons or money is used, according to testimony at a Senate committee.
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


Reserve your seat at the Oct. 8 IAEM members-only webinar on 'Navigating the IAEM Annual Conference'
IAEM
The IAEM-USA Conference Committee is hosting an IAEM members-only webinar on "Navigating the IAEM Annual Conference," Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, 1:00-2:15 p.m. EDT. Space is limited, so interested IAEM members should register today. This year's conference has a lot going on and you will want to make sure you get the most out of it. How will you know where things are? What types of events are taking place? Is there anything you should attend on Saturday or Sunday? Will activities be planned for your friend or spouse, while you're attending plenary or breakout sessions? You will get answers to all of your questions in this webinar, making you better prepared to join IAEM members at the 2014 IAEM Annual Conference & EMEX, Nov. 14-19, in San Antonio, Texas.
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EM NEWS


IDCE deadline for speaker presentations is Sept. 15, 2014
IAEM
The International Disaster Conference & Expo (IDCE) is accepting speaker presentations until Sept. 15, 2014, for its next annual conference scheduled for Feb. 10-12, 2015, at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. A successful submission will be innovative and interactive, will relate to the conference theme, "Emergency Management Technology for the Future," and will fit into one of five educational tracks. Tracks include: Resiliency (emergency management, response and recovery, and business continuity); Technology & Innovation (next generation 911, social media, interoperability); Public Health & Medical; Animals in Disasters; and Insurance. Guidelines and request to present form are available here.
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Homeland Security on expiring pandemic stockpiles: We know
Modern Healthcare
The Department of Homeland Security is seeking to downplay a scathing report finding that the department is ill-prepared to handle a pandemic. According to an audit by the department's inspector general, much of the emergency supplies stockpiled since 2006, including personal protective equipment and antiviral medications, are set to expire by next year. A DHS spokesman said Tuesday that the department had already identified and taken action to address most of the issues raised in the report.
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Lawsuit alleges DC's emergency planning doesn't serve people with disabilities
Gothamist
A class action lawsuit alleges that D.C.'s emergency planning doesn't adequately serve people with disabilities. Filed by three individuals, the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and disability rights advocates, the lawsuit lists alleged issues with the planning "from the District's failure to publicize any information about accessible emergency shelters, failure to plan for emergency communications to persons who are deaf and blind, failure to put accessible evacuation options in place, and failure to plan for supply chain disruptions for medication and replacement of durable medical equipment."
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NYC firefighters are being tracked with military-developed radio tags
The Washington Post
New York City's fire department is experimenting with outfitting its firefighters with $20 radio tags. Think of it as an E-Z Pass for tracking firefighters during the confusion of an emergency. The new tool is, in some ways, part of the ongoing response to the chaos of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Back then, reports the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory's Space Systems Development Department, which is working on the project, the technology driving the department's ride lists consisted of paper and carbon copies.
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SURVEY REQUESTS


Please take the Emergency/Incident Management Software Survey and share with colleagues
IAEM
The publisher of the Disaster Resource GUIDE received valuable suggestions from IAEM members as we prepared our survey on Emergency/Incident Management Software earlier this summer. We appreciate that input! The survey has begun and will be open for responses during September. We would like to find out what works, what is important, what is necessary/unnecessary and other valuable feedback on this critical part of managing EOCs or incidents. Please take the survey — and forward it to colleagues so we can gather this important information. Our sponsor, BCG, is giving away a $250 VISA card to one lucky participant! If you have questions about the survey or results, the Publisher can be contacted at survey link. Thanks for your support!
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IAEM MEMBER NEWS


Avagene Moore, CEM, and husband receive 2014 First Farmers Achievement Award
IAEM
IAEM member Avagene Moore, CEM, and her husband Jimmy Moore, jointly received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from First Farmers & Merchants Bank. Avagene, the first female civil defense director appointed in Lawrenceburg/Lawrence County and in the State of Tennessee, has built an emergency management career that has taken her around the world. She has lectured extensively on emergency preparedness and disaster management, has testified before Congress, has helped communities with disaster preparedness, and was long-time director of the EMForum. She served as IAEM President (1987-88), and in 2011, she was inducted into the International Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Hall of Fame. Today, she is semi-retired, but still serves as a consultant to FEMA and other government agencies. Avagene's husband Jimmy Moore has had a wide-ranging, successful career centering on photography and video production. He produced and appeared in the TV show "Hee-Haw" for nine years; has worked with the U.S. military, states, and corporations on photographing and filming events; served as Mission 3 Leader for the National Guard Bureau Documentation Team at Ground Zero 9/11; was nominated for a Grammy; and received a Gospel Music Association Dove Award for best album cover. There is more, and you can read all about it and see photos of the award presentation on the IAEM-USA Region 4 web page.
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Carrie Little, MPA, CEM, to become city of Plano (Texas) emergency manager
IAEM
IAEM member Carrie Little, CEM, a past IAEM-USA Region 6 President, will become the new city of Plano (Texas) emergency manager effective Sept. 29. Most recently, Carrie was EM coordinator for the city of Grapevine (Texas). She has more than 15 years of experience in local government, including previous positions in emergency management with the city of Garland, Halff Associates, and the Fort Worth Fire Department. Among many accomplishments, Carrie composed the first state- and FEMA-approved Hazard Mitigation Action Plan, and collaborated on the development and implementation of the first Regional Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee for the DFW region. Carrie holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of North Texas and is recognized by the International Association of Emergency Managers as a Certified Emergency Manager.
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EM RESOURCES


NEMA releases history of EMAC, including a report on its impact on national mutual aid policy and operation
IAEM
NEMA has released the first-ever report tracing the history of EMAC and its impact on national mutual aid policy and operations. A state driven solution, EMAC stands as a tested and proven success story and an example of what determined individuals can accomplish when working together to make a difference for the nation. Download the report.
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University of Miami OEM shares successful model for public awareness video campaign
IAEM
The University of Miami's Office of Emergency Management, led by director Scott Burnotes, wants to share its successful model for a public awareness video campaign with other OEMs. The videos, available for public viewing, include Emergency Notification and Hurricane Preparedness. The purpose of the campaign is to educate students, staff, and the community about the OEM's mission, common hazards, and what tools are in place to help notify about and mitigate risks. The videos have been featured at regional emergency management conferences and have been played at school events, such as athletic events and new student orientation. If you would like to know more, contact Gerald Cowen, project manager.
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CEM® UPDATE


Certification Commission releases important clarification for candidates interested in recertifying as an AEM℠ and upgrading to a CEM®
IAEM
If an AEM℠ candidate upgrades/recertifies (and documents six professional contributions), that candidate has a six-month grace period to complete the second application (upgrade/recertify) where the professional contribution requirement will be waived. After the six-month grace period, the candidate will be required to submit six professional contributions during the first upgrade/recertification and then an additional six contributions when submitting the next application. To avoid the possibility of double-dipping, the second set of professional contributions must occur within the time period from the candidate's last application (recertification or upgrade). Candidates should not submit both applications at the same time through the online system. One application (the AEM℠ recertification application or the CEM® Upgrade application) should be submitted and reviewed first. Once the candidate receives the notification letter with the approval result, the second application can be submitted.
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EM CALENDAR


SBA Webinar: The Top 5 Steps for Preparedness This Year
IAEM
The third in a series of free webinars in September hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery will be held Sept. 17, 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 "The Top 5 Steps for Preparedness this Year." What would you do if a fire, flood, server malfunction or health pandemic occurred at your office? If you had 15 minutes to evacuate, what would you take and where would you go? How would you continue servicing your clients? Think it can't happen to you? Statistics show that 94% of small business owners believe a disaster could seriously disrupt their business within the next two years. Are you prepared? This webinar will discuss the top five ways to prepare any organization for interruptions based on the most recent disasters and those most likely to occur. These straight-forward and simple to implement steps could mean the difference between surviving a disaster, and giving in to one. Learn more and register.
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'Integrating Access and Functional Needs into Evacuation Planning and Response' webinar
IAEM
FEMA's Office of Disability Integration and Coordination along with the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services will present a webinar titled "Integrating Access and Functional Needs into Evacuation Planning and Response" on September 15 from 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. EDT. This webinar will introduce participants to emergency evacuation and transportation planning inclusive of the needs of individuals with access and functional needs.
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AROUND THE WORLD


Raging floods kill over 440 in Pakistan, India
The Associated Press via ABC News
Raging monsoon floods sweeping across India and Pakistan have killed more than 440 people, authorities said, warning hundreds of thousands more to be prepared to flee their homes as helicopters and boats raced to save marooned victims.
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Nevada governor declares emergency after flooding
The Associated Press via ABC News
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has dispatched a team to start estimating the cost of damage from flooding that wiped out swaths of a vital interstate and swamped parts of Clark County and a southern Nevada Indian reservation. Sandoval also declared a state of emergency to allow local governments to qualify for state and federal help after the recent storm. Monsoonal moisture combined with remnants of Tropical Storm Norbert to dump water throughout the Southwest.
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Health services, economies overwhelmed in Ebola-hit Africa
AFP via Yahoo News
Health workers in Liberia reported being overwhelmed by new Ebola cases on Wednesday, as the epidemic was blamed for shattering economic growth in neighbouring Sierra Leone. The World Health Organization has predicted an "exponential increase" in infections across west Africa, and warned that Liberia will face thousands of new cases in the coming weeks.
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Global drought threatens water, food supplies. Get used to it.
NBCNEWS.com
The U.S. is hardly alone when it comes to drought. A worldwide weather phenomenon threatens the future of water and food supplies, as well as the global economy, experts say. Colombia, Pakistan, Somalia, Australia, Guatemala, China and Kenya are just a few of the other countries suffering severe drought conditions.
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Strong earthquake hits off eastern Indonesia
The Associated Press via USA Today
A strong earthquake hit off the coast of Sulawesi island in eastern Indonesia, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and authorities said there was no threat of a tsunami. The magnitude-6.5 quake struck at a depth of 13 miles and was centered about 76 miles southeast of Mondayang, a town in northern Sulawesi, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
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Volcano tornadoes filled with toxic gas emerge from Iceland's Holuhraun
International Business Times via Yahoo News
Volcano tornadoes containing toxic gas have been filmed emerging from a fissure eruption in Holouhraun, Iceland. The tornadoes were filmed by Nicarnica Aviation in Kjeller, Norway, which released the infrared footage. Scientists said that while they do not know what caused the tornadoes, "it is most likely that the generation mechanism is similar to that of dust devils which are commonly seen alongside volcanic eruptions, but in this case contains SO2 and other hot volcanic gases and ash particles".
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Questions raised over Nicaragua 'meteorite'
BBC News
International experts have raised doubts as to whether a 40ft-wide crater near the Nicaraguan capital, Managua, was caused by a meteorite. Nicaraguan officials announced on Sunday that a "small meteorite" had come down near the airport. But NASA scientists say the fact that no-one reported seeing a fireball in the sky would suggest it was caused by something else. So far no meteorite fragments have been found in the crater.
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