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Register now for the today's IAEM Think Tank: 'Tech for Good'
IAEM
The next installment of the IAEM Think Tank, "Tech for Good," will take place today, Sept. 17, 2015, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EDT. During a disaster, putting communication in the hands of those who need it can be just as important as food and water. The "Tech for Good" Think Tank will bring awareness to what companies like Airbnb, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google are doing to engage emergency managers and the public before, during, and after a disaster. Our panel will include representatives from these companies, as well as emergency managers leading the integration of technology into disaster preparedness and response. Presenters include: Kellie Bentz, Airbnb; Jaime Coleman, LinkedIn; Tom Tarantino, Twitter; Micah Berman, Google; and Michael Dayton, San Francisco Emergency Management. Register online.
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Early bird rate ending soon for the IAEM Annual Conference
IAEM
Don't delay! The early bird discount for the IAEM Annual Conference & EMEX can save you up to $100 off the registration fees, if you register by Oct. 13, 2015. Even if your travel or budget is not yet approved, secure your rate and space in selected offerings by registering now and selecting "pay by check." This is a not-to-be-missed event for all professionals in emergency management. Check out the dynamic list of speakers and view the complete online program. If you can't attend the IAEM Annual Conference in 2015, purchase our new Digital Pass to receive live stream and recordings from many of our featured sessions.
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Why you should attend the Emergency Management & Business Contingency Summit in Dubai
IAEM
There are many reasons why you should register now to attend the IAEM-hosted Emergency Management & Business Continuity Summit in Dubai, Oct. 7-8, 2015, at the Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa. Here are just a few of the reasons you should register today. Attendees will: learn how to improve security resilience with enhanced intrusion detection, electronic surveillance and monitoring equipment with early warning systems: determine best practices for planning and executing a comprehensive crisis management system to enable preparedness at all levels of the organization and the nation as a whole; and learn best practices in incident response to prevent damage and ensure business continuity. Visit the event site for a look at the agenda and speakers.
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New analysis: Japan's disaster preparedness under fire following flood-linked blunders
Xinhua
Rescue operations continued as more than 100 people still remain stranded in Joso City of Ibaraki Prefecture, following torrential downpours dumped in the wake of Typhoon Etau. It caused a river to burst its banks wreaking Armageddon-like havoc on the city, with tens of thousands of residents across the country also advised to evacuate their homes and flee to emergency shelters.
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NDMA: 'Smart Cities' being developed in coastal areas must have disaster management plan in place
The Economic Times
Cities being developed in coastal states as "Smart Cities" under the Prime Minister's flagship program must be disaster resilient, the National Disaster Management Authority has told the government after a 10-month-long study on the Cyclone HudHud which had created wide-scale destruction in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. In a report titled "Strategies and Lessons for preparing better and strengthening risk resilience in coastal regions of India," DMA explains how the "eye" of the 2014 HudHud cyclone lay exactly over the Vishakapatnam city and caused widespread damage to property and natural resources though lot of lives were saved given advance preparations made.
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Philippines: Pushing community-driven disaster risk reduction initiatives in Sorsogon
PreventionWeb
Natural disasters and the effects of extreme climate change increase the risk of hunger, especially to those who are already vulnerable. To address this, the World Food Programme recommends strengthening disaster preparedness initiatives, supporting livelihood creation and diversification and implementing innovative social safety net mechanisms in the Philippines. In partnership with the United States Agency for International Development Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, WFP is helping build resilience in disaster-prone provinces in the Philippines through its Disaster Preparedness and Response/Climate Change Adaptation project.
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Philippines: Sendai Framework applied post-Haiyan
PreventionWeb
Almost two years after the Philippines island of Leyte was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, "Building Back Better" is the principle guiding the efforts of local governments in Tacloban city, Javier, Tanuan and Palo municipalities which were visited yesterday by the head of UNISDR, Margareta Wahlström. With almost 100,000 families still living in temporary houses, accelerating the construction of the government-funded 56,000 permanent houses and accompanying facilities appears to be the most challenging task.
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IAEM-INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL NEWS


Disaster management officials accuse weathermen of being alarmists, threaten to sue
Standard Digital
Officials of the Kenya Disaster Preparedness Agency have sent a protest letter to the meteorological department, warning them of a civil lawsuit if the constant warnings over El Nino rains are not stopped. In the letter, the disaster management officials accused weathermen of being alarmist, hell-bent on cutting short their vacation and throwing Kenyans into a panic.
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Police, Phicotec hold talks on disaster management
Punch Nigeria
The Lagos state police command, in conjunction with Phicotec Consulting plans to hold talks on disaster management techniques and safety regulations for stakeholders in all location of its area commands in the state of Lagos. Coordinator of the workshop, Seun Emmanuel, said in a statement that the workshop would hold in all the police area commands in the state.
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MoI tackles civil defense sector development
The Gulf Today
During a meeting that was recently held at the Abu Dhabi General headquarters, the Ministry of Interior discussed a strategic plan to further develop the civil defense sector. The meeting was chaired by Major General Dr. Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, Secretary General of the Office of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Federal Civil Defense Sector Development Council. The council reviewed the periodic report of the civil defense sector, in addition to a number of topics on the agenda.
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IAEM-LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN NEWS


Call for nominations for the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency Council Award
The Bahamas Weekly
The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the inaugural CDEMA's Council Award. The Award was endorsed by the CDEMA Council of Ministers at the Sixth Meeting of the Council in Bridgetown, Barbados. The CDEMA Council's Award is the highest award of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency in recognition and honor of significant long-term efforts and contributions which have clearly influenced the advancement of Comprehensive Disaster Management in the CDEMA member states.
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IAEM-OCEANIA NEWS


New Hazard App helps Kiwis prepare for and survive disasters
Scoop.co.nz
New Zealand Red Cross is launching Hazard App, a free app to help Kiwis make it safely through disasters. The Hazard App will help people respond to everything from road closures and weather events to tsunamis, earthquakes and pandemics, and provides life-saving information during and after emergency situations. The app sends official warnings and alerts, tailored to users’ locations, as well as step-by-step guides to help households create emergency plans and prepare getaway kits.
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IAEM-USA NEWS


FEMA seeks comments on draft damage assessment manual
IAEM
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking comments from state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency management practitioners on the draft FEMA Damage Assessment Operating Manual. The manual establishes national damage assessment standards developed from historic lessons learned and best-practices already in use by state, local, tribal and federal emergency management agencies. The manual is built using a framework that encourages local information collection, state or tribal verification, and federal validation. Previous versions of such manuals have focused exclusively on the federal role. This document better highlights and provides guidance to state, local, and tribal governments on their role in the assessment. The draft manual is posted here. Comments should be added to the comment matrix, and submitted by Nov. 14, 2015, by email or by mail to Ryan Buras, Senior Program Advisor, Public Assistance, Recovery Directorate, FEMA, 500 C Street, SW, Mail Stop 3163, Washington, DC 20472.
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FEMA announces Fire Management Assistance Grant Program and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program pilot
IAEM
The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Sept. 10 announced a pilot to provide Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) assistance to advance risk reduction after Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) declarations. The purpose is to place a high priority on supporting expeditious wildfire recovery through the use of the HMGP. HMGP funding is now available following a FMAG declaration made between Mar. 4 and Sept. 30, 2015, for areas impacted by wildfire. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 DHS Appropriations Act contains a provision to allow HMGP funding as a result of Stafford Act Section 420. This provision allows FEMA to initiate a pilot program that will assist states, federally-recognized tribes and local communities to mitigate areas impacted by wildfires. The pilot will enable timely mitigation for vulnerable burn areas at higher risk for hazards such as wildfire, flood, and erosion. Details are provided in the fact sheet and frequently asked questions.
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USDA, DOI and OMB Urge Congress to gix the wildfire suppression budget
KRWG-TV
On the heels of a notification Monday from USDA to Congress of the need to transfer an additional $250 million to cover wildfire suppression costs for the remainder of the year, Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and the White House Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan sent a joint letter to Congress requesting they act to change the way the nation pays for wildfire costs so that we can continue to adequately invest in forest and rangeland restoration, and make lands less vulnerable to catastrophic wildfire and more resilient.
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A smarter way to fund firefighting on federal lands
The Hill
Budget certainty is vital to the government's ability to respond rapidly and effectively to disasters. It is as much a necessity as our first-responders themselves and the emergency gear with which they are equipped. But don't just take my word for it — ask the thousands of firefighters currently battling the massive wildfires in the state of Washington.
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FEMA extends date for review of Sandy claims
IAEM
For the last several months, FEMA has been encouraging National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders interested in requesting a review of their Hurricane Sandy flood insurance claim to enter the Sandy Claims Review by Sept. 15, 2015. On, Sept. 16, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it will not require repayment of potential 'duplicate' benefits from most homeowners who received increased flood insurance claim payments tied to Sandy. HUD's action to provide relief to the vast majority of those who are concerned about potential duplicative benefits will encourage even more policyholders who may have been initially reluctant to enter the process to do so. HUD determined that additional insurance proceeds up to $20,000 will not be treated as duplicative under their programs. For those receiving additional proceeds more than $20,000, HUD will require its grantees to determine whether any amount over $20,000 duplicates federal assistance already provided. In light of HUD’s decision to simplify this review and provide relief, FEMA is extending the Claims Review Deadline to Oct. 15, 2015. Learn more.
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FEMA Public Assistance memo on '50 Percent Rule' signed Sept. 14
IAEM
FEMA Assistant Administrator for Recovery Alex Amparo on Sept. 14 signed a Memorandum on Recovery Policy 9524.4 Repair vs. Replacement of a Facility under 44 CFR §206.226, also known as the 50 Percent Rule. On Aug. 7, 2014, the DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) published its findings regarding FEMA's progress in clarifying its "50 Percent Rule," in Audit Report Number OIG 14-123-D. In response to this report and feedback received from stakeholders, FEMA is clarifying the existing policy language of Recovery Policy 9524.4. These clarifications are delineated in the memorandum, and will be included in the Public Assistance unified guidance document currently under development and scheduled for publication by Jan. 1, 2016. FEMA also is implementing new cost estimating and review requirements related to the evaluation of the eligibility of repair versus replacement, using the 50 Percent Rule for all disasters declared on or after Sept. 14, 2015.
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Request for exemplary leaders in 'Bystander Stop the Bleed initiative' to participate in White House event
IAEM
The White House plans to convene a signature event on Oct. 6, 2015, that will include the celebration of actions by federal and private sector partners to create meaningful and lasting impact in support of bystanders as immediate responders in stopping life threatening bleeding. Our national preparedness is the shared responsibility of all levels of government, the private and non-profit sectors, and individual citizens. The goal of this initiative is to build national resilience by empowering the general public to take action to stop life threatening bleeding. As we have seen in such tragic incidents such as the Boston Marathon bombings and the train crash in Philadelphia, anyone can contribute to safeguarding the nation from harm. Download the request for exemplary leaders in supporting the "Bystander Stop the Bleed Initiative" to participate in the Oct. 6 event. The request document includes information about the initiative, as well as instructions on what information stakeholders should submit and where, no later than Sept. 22, 2015, 5:00 p.m. EDT.
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NEW INSIGHTS


Think outside the campus: Developing off-campus emergency management partnerships
Campus Safety
The hallmark of a comprehensive and successful emergency management program on a university campus depends on collaboration and coordination. Emergency managers on campus know the importance of such measures with key stakeholders, such as facility operations, residence life, dining services, environmental health and safety, university relations, health services, student government and athletics. With today's risk and threat concerns, it's even important for emergency managers to build strong relationships with religious organizations, military science departments, campus transportation and education abroad departments. But, what about off-campus organizations?
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Disaster aftereffects may linger for children
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Natural and man-made disasters can put children's health and development at risk for years to come, a new report from a leading group of pediatricians suggests. "Disasters touch the lives of millions of children every year, and children are especially vulnerable to the aftereffects of these events," said Dr. David Schonfeld, lead author of the report from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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What megablazes tell us about the fiery future of climate change
Rolling Stone
In May this year, the nearly unthinkable happened in the Pacific Northwest: The rainforest of the Olympic Peninsula, one of the wettest places on the continent, caught fire. By August, an inferno was stirring in the forests east of the Cascades. A wind-whipped blaze near the mountain town of Twisp, Washington — a "hell storm," to quote a local sheriff — claimed the lives of three Forest Service fire scouts. That blaze soon exploded into the worst wildfire in state history, charring more than 300,000 acres and destroying dozens of homes.
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


Space is filling up in pre/post-conference training sessions at IAEM Annual Conference
IAEM
Secure your space today in the highly sought after pre/post-conference training courses at the IAEM Annual Conference & EMEX. Courses from EMI offered Friday thru Sunday, November 13-15, 2015, are: L0290 Basic Public Information Officer; L0948 Situational Awareness and Common Operating Picture; L0205 Recovery from Disaster, the Local Government Role; L0146 Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program Training Course; L0197 Integrating Access and Functional Needs into Emergency Planning; L0387 Joint Information System/Center Planning for Tribal, State, and Local Public Information Officers; and L0235 Emergency Planning. Additional training courses offered on Saturday and/or Sunday, November 14-15 are: Maximizing Your Disaster Cost Recovery; Universities and Colleges Emergency Managers Practitioners Symposium; 2015 Leadership Symposium: Strategic Leadership and Opportunities; Persuade! A course on presenting for emergency managers; CEM®/AEM® Certification Offerings; plus the post conference EMAP Training Course. Find out more and register today.
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It's not too late to exhibit at IAEM Annual Conference & EMEX
IAEM
Join us at the 63rd Annual IAEM-USA Annual Conference and EMEX November 13-18, 2015, at the Paris Hotel in Clark County, Nevada. This is the perfect opportunity to get your product or service in front of more than 2,000 decision-making emergency management professionals. Visit the conference website or contact Jennifer Walsh for more information.
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CEM® UPDATE


USPTO issued registration for IAEM certification mark 'AEM'
IAEM
IAEM is pleased to announce that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued registration for the IAEM certification mark "AEM." The date of formal registration was Aug. 18, 2015, and the USPTO registration number is 4793993. From this point forward use of the AEM® mark should be accompanied by the symbol used to designate registration (®). IAEM-US is the listed owner or registrant of the mark. The mark itself is used to certify that the individual holding the certification has satisfied the required training, knowledge, skills and abilities as assessed through essays, letters of reference, and a passing grade on the written examination adopted and administered by IAEM Certification Commissions.
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Register for upcoming certification prep courses
IAEM
Now is the time to register for a CEM®/AEM® Prep Course and Exam being offered fall. Visit the IAEM website for further details and registration information. Upcoming locations include:
  • IAEM Region 4 Conference in Asheville, North Carolina — Sept. 21
  • Indianapolis, Indiana — Oct. 20
  • IAEM Annual Conference in Clark County, Nevada — Nov. 15

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    EM RESOURCES


    Share documents with fellow IAEM members through the IAEM Document Exchange
    IAEM
    IAEM members are encouraged to contribute to the IAEM website resource area by sharing documents through the IAEM Document Exchange. Share documents you have created that would help other members, such as: exercise plans, training curricula, incident action plans, preparedness and community outreach materials, and EOC design plans. You can search for documents here. To upload documents, select the area that most closely reflects the type of document: Exercises, EOCs, Training; Incident Action; and Other. The Document Exchange has the potential to become a valuable resource to IAEM members, and you are asked to become part of the effort to build this online compendium of knowledge.
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    GAO report released: 'FEMA Collaborates Effectively with Logistics Partners but Could Strengthen Implementation of Its Capabilities Assessment Tool'
    IAEM
    The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Sept. 10 released a report discussing the extent to which the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has: (1) implemented ESF 7 guidance and incorporated leading practices for interagency collaboration with its federal partners, and (2) implemented ESF 7 guidance in collaborating with state and local stakeholders and incorporated effective program management practices for its logistics assessment program. GAO reviewed relevant documentation such as interagency agreements and ESF 7 responsibilities, and data on delivery of resources from fiscal years 2010 through 2014. GAO also interviewed FEMA and federal partner officials, as well as a non-generalizable sample of 10 states and one territory in order to gain insight into FEMA's efforts. GAO recommends that FEMA identify the LMD and regional resources needed to implement the LCAT, and establish and use goals, milestones and performance measures to report on the LCAT program implementation. DHS concurred with the recommendations. Download the full report or highlights.
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    Seattle and King County Public Health Department publishes 'Healthcare Mass Fatality Management Guidelines'
    IAEM
    The City of Seattle and King County Public Health Department has published a seven-page document, "Healthcare Mass Fatality Management Guidelines," that provides definitions and guidelines for mass fatality management, including pronouncing, reporting, and certifying death; pronouncing death during a disaster; cultural considerations; death investigation; communication with families; and health risks associated with human remains. The document can be downloaded here.
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    USGS study examines Hurricane Sandy impacts and losses by county
    IAEM
    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, has used the HAZUS software to explore how various estimates for damage after a storm evolve in the clean-up periods after initial estimates in New York. "Analysis of storm-tide impacts from Hurricane Sandy in New York" reports the first student completed by USGA that involves a full-cost estimation and loss analysis for a coastal storm of this type. Exploring a number of estimates, USGS hydrologists and scientists determined how building damage estimates change depending on the availability of certain types of information during different time periods. The team looked at periods of time directly during storm impact, two weeks after initial impact, and three months after initial impact. A future report will focus on similar topics in a study now underway in New Jersey. Download the report here.
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    EM NEWS


    The case for uniform disaster law
    The Sydney Morning Herald
    There were the high heels sent to Samoa after Cyclone Evan in 2012, the shipment of bathtubs clogging up Tonga Customs after Cyclone Ian last year and the beef masala donated to the Hindu country of Nepal after the devastating earthquake in April. Sending inappropriate, unnecessary aid to a country reeling from a big natural disaster is problem enough. But when life-saving equipment is held up in Customs for months or, in some cases, years, or desperately needed medical staff and engineers can't obtain visas or have their qualifications recognized quickly, significant resources are wasted and more deaths occur.
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    With time ticking, quake warning system begins to take shape
    The Associated Press via MSN
    University of Washington researchers are testing an earthquake alert system as the Pacific Northwest prepares for the day when a 600-mile-long fault line looming off the coast unleashes a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. The fault line hasn't produced a major quake since 1700, but seismologists say one could happen in our lifetimes.
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    Chaotic lightning evacuation from Maryland football stadium raises questions of safety, common sense
    PennLive
    David Jones writes: As a rule, I've found just about nothing is more dangerous than a group of seated administrators enlisted to create a one-size-fits-all policy for a major university. The topic doesn't matter. What too often results is a set of mandates that either cannot reasonably be implemented, is more attuned to legal absolution of the institution than public safety, or both.
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    Looking back at Hurricane Ike
    Port Arthur News
    Seven years have passed since deadly Hurricane Ike laid waste to portions of the upper Texas coastline, washing away homes from the Bolivar Peninsula to Sabine Pass to Bridge City. With the death and destruction of Louisiana's Hurricane Katrina and Texas' Hurricane Rita in 2005 in hindsight, emergency management officials were better prepared for Ike which struck Galveston Island in the wee hours of the morning on Sept. 13, 2008.
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    EM CALENDAR


    DHS First Responder Group to host Sept. 24 webinar on emerging technology
    IAEM
    The Department of Homeland Security First Responder Group is hosting the we­binar "Fusion Center Technologies for Information Sharing and Analysis: A Review of Best Practices and Lessons Learned for Homeland Security" on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, 1:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar will provide an overview of the emerging practices and technologies fusion centers use to share and analyze information for crime and terrorism analysis and prevention. This webinar is part of the Capacity Building Webinar Series. All webinars are recorded and available for viewing. Recent webinars include "Communicating with International Partners during Emergencies" and "Responding to Power Outage Emergencies." The webinar series is free to attend, but is only available to registered Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) users. If you are not currently a HSIN user, learn more about the program and request an account.
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    Disaster and Emergency Management Conference 2016
    Spatial Source
    The 5th Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference will be held at Jupiters Gold Coast, QLD on May 30-31, 2016. The Conference theme "EARTH; FIRE and RAIN" will continue to address planning, response and the introduction of innovative techniques in management of disasters, emergencies and hazards. The 2016 Conference continues to grow and offer extensive resources, knowledge and network opportunities to those that work in the Disaster and Emergency Management Community.
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    AROUND THE WORLD


    California fire updates: Valley fire among the most destructive in state history
    Los Angeles Times
    Hundreds of homes were consumed amid chaotic evacuations as parts of Northern California exploded in fire over the weekend.
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    Japanese volcano Mount Aso on island of Kyushu erupts
    The Guardian
    Mount Aso, a volcano on Japan's main southern island of Kyushu, has erupted, Japan's Meteorological Agency said, blasting a plume of black smoke 1.2 miles (2km) high, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The 1,592-metre (5,222ft) high Mount Aso is one of the most active peaks in Japan but also a popular hiking spot. There were a handful of people at a parking lot near the peak but they were being evacuated safely, officials said. They said the eruption had come without warning.
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    Big drop in tornado activity over Iowa reported this year
    KCCI-TV
    National Weather Service forecasters report a relatively quiet tornado season this summer across Iowa. Forecasters said through the end of August that a preliminary total of 30 tornadoes were recorded. That's below the average 46 tornadoes in a typical year. Iowa's tornado season peaks in May and June, though forecasters said late season outbreaks can occur well into November.
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    Hundreds of bags of radioactive waste washed away in Japan floods
    The Telegraph
    Hundreds of bags containing radioactive waste from the Fukushima disaster nuclear clean-up have been swept away in recent floods in Japan, it has emerged. The torrential rainfall which hit Japan last week resulted in at least 293 bags of radioactive waste collected after the 2011 nuclear disaster being washed away from the village of Iitate, Fukushima prefecture.
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    Japan floods, landslides leave at least 7 dead, 10 missing
    Prensa Latina
    Japanese Government officials confirmed that more than 20,000 homes have been flooded after torrential rains associated with Tropical Storm Etau dumped unprecedented rainfall on parts of eastern and northern Japan. Search and rescue efforts continued with at least 2,000 workers while crews made repairs to the broken levee that sent raging floodwaters from the Kinugawa River into the city of Joso, Ibaraki Prefecture.
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    Heavy rain unleashes more floods, mudslide in struggling Dominica
    The Associated Press via Jamaica Observer
    The eastern Caribbean island of Dominica has been hit by more flooding and mudslides as the remnants of former Tropical Storm Grace swirl through the Caribbean. Disaster Coordinator Don Corriette warned residents in low-lying areas to evacuate as authorities assessed the damage. He said there were fallen trees and several roads blocked by rising waters.
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    Utah flash floods kill at least 16 people
    Fox News
    At least 16 people have been killed in flash flooding in two locations in southern Utah, officials said. Sgt. Brock Bentley of the Washington County Sheriff's Office said three additional bodies were found a day after two vehicles were washed away in floodwaters in a town of women and children at the Utah-Arizona border, bringing the total there to 12 dead, and one still missing.
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    Malaysia closes schools as smoke from Indonesia forest fires blankets Kuala Lumpur, states
    ABC
    Malaysian schools have been ordered to close as a worsening haze from Indonesian forest fires blankets the capital and neighboring Singapore. South-East Asia has suffered for years from annual bouts of smog caused by slash-and-burn practices in Indonesia's Sumatra and Kalimantan islands, but governments in the region have failed to address the problem.
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    At least 107 killed by falling crane at Grand Mosque in Mecca
    Reuters
    At least 107 people were killed when a crane toppled over at Mecca's Grand Mosque, Saudi Arabia's Civil Defence authority said, less than two weeks before Islam's annual haj pilgrimage. At least 238 people were wounded, Saudi Arabia's Civil Defence body said. "All those who were wounded and the dead have been taken to hospital. There are no casualties left at the location," General Suleiman al-Amr, director general of the Civil Defence Authority, told al-Ikhbariya television. Strong wind and rains had uprooted trees and rocked cranes in the area, he said.
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