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EM NEWS


Be recognized for your work!
IAEM
Has your federal, military, state, regional, county, municipal or other governmental entity communicated this year? The answer has to be yes. Have you done this internally and/or externally? You probably said yes to both of these questions. Now is the time to be recognized for the communications you are doing. The National Association of Government Communicators has issued their Call for Entries in the Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition. Enter as many categories as your choose — the number of opportunities to share your best work, innovation, creativity and use of technology may surprise you. There are more than 40 categories with a vast range of opportunities for you to showcase your work. A few of the categories are: publications, media relations, photography, graphic design, video, electronic communications, social media, and branding/rebranding. The early submission deadline is Dec. 6, 2013. The final deadline is Jan. 10, 2014. Learn more on the NAGC website.
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DHS requests input from emergency managers
IAEM
New questions on homeland biosecurity and public-private partnerships have just been posted in the ongoing Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR). Join the discussion and provide emergency management feedback to DHS at www.qhsr.ideascale.com. You can also see what others have said regarding previous questions and add your comments.
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Science calls on smartphones to improve earthquake detection
NBCNews.com
Small sensors found in most smartphones and laptops are sensitive enough to detect the movement of moderate and large earthquakes, and could vastly expand the information gathered during seismic events in densely populated cities, new research suggests. The devices, called micro-electro-mechanical systems accelerometers, measure movement in three dimensions and tell the phone's screen to flip from horizontal to vertical when the phone tilts. In laptops, they detect the motion of falling, and force the hard drive into a safe mode prior to impact.
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Emergency response robots battle for honors
Discovery News
Everyone loves a good "Battle of the 'Bots" throw down, even if the competitors are programmed for preserving lives, rather than destroying them. Recently, Berchtesgaden, Germany played host to the euRathlon, an outdoor robotics competition where 14 teams tested the intelligence, autonomy and grit of their robots that competed in mock emergency-response scenarios.
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Emotional donating: The science and un-science of disaster response
Scientific American
Disasters are heart-wrenching. The scale of the distress and suffering can be hard to bear even when you’re just watching snug and safe in your unaffected lounge room. Those images send us rushing to donate in droves. That generosity can add up to hundreds of millions of dollars for a massive disaster. Is emotional donating to a specific-incident relief fund always a good idea? Is it the best thing to do?
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IAEM ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


Only 22 days until the IAEM 61st Annual Conference & EMEX
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Come see what others are talking about ... Don't miss the Premiere Emergency Management Event of the Year! Here are five simple steps to ensure your spot!
Register today.
Add a training course.
Attend the Behind the Scenes tours.
Book your lodging.
Check out the online program.

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Don't have a SmartPhone? No worries!
IAEM
We may be going green for the IAEM 61st Annual Conference, but you can still access all the conference information from a computer. For the most up-to-date version of the program, go to the annual conference page on the IAEM website or click here. We also are still printing the IAEM Annual Conference Program Pocket Guide and the EMEX Exhibit Guide, which will be available on-site at the registration desk. The Conference App also is accessible from a computer on the web-based version by clicking here. As we strive to satisfy all of our members needs, be assured we have you covered.
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IAEM-OCEANIA NEWS


Call for officer nominations for IAEM-Oceania Student Region
IAEM
A call for officer nominations has been announced for the IAEM-Oceania Student Region, with nominations being sought for the positions of president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. This election marks an important milestone in the re-establishment of this student region to represent and advocate for emergency management students in the Oceania Council. If you are interested in becoming a leader through this exciting opportunity, please forward your name, contact information, school program information, and a brief candidate statement (maximum 300 words) to Peter Schalk before Oct. 16, 2013, at 17:00 (ADT). Download the complete call for nominations for details of officer responsibilities.
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IAEM-USA NEWS


Learn about the candidates running in the IAEM-USA officers' election
IAEM
Each year, IAEM-USA members elect a Second Vice President, who will serve for a year and then move up in the hierarchy in subsequent years, first to First Vice President, and then to President. This officer will then remain on the IAEM-USA Board for another year, as Immediate Past President. So when you vote for IAEM-USA Second Vice President, you are voting for an IAEM member who will serve on the USA Board of Directors for four years. Make your vote count by reviewing the candidate statements submitted by the three members running for Second VP. Alphabetically by last name, those candidates are: Gunnar J. Kuepper; Larry A. Porter, Ph.D., CEM; and Robie Robinson, CEM. Colonel N. Thomas Greenlee, USAF, MSC, CEM, is running for re-election as USA Treasurer. Visit the voting area today to learn about these candidates — and then cast your own vote for 2013-2014 IAEM-USA officers.
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CEM® UPDATE


Take advantage of the last prep course of the year
IAEM
The last scheduled CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course of the year will take place on Sunday, Oct. 27 in Reno, Nev. in conjunction with the IAEM Annual Conference. Take advantage of this opportunity to get your questions answered and speak with commissioners about your application. Interested candidates can learn more or register on the IAEM website. Feel free to contact Kate McClimans with questions.
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Leveraging technology developed for elite military Special Operations Forces, AQYR announces a line of VSAT products to provide next-generation capabilities to Homeland Defense, Public Safety and Humanitarian Relief agencies. Come see us at IAEM EMEX Booth 513 and view the next generation of VSAT deployable communications. www.AQYRtech.com



AROUND THE WORLD


New major earthquake rocks southwest Pakistan
The Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle
A major earthquake rocked Pakistan's southwest, killing at least 15 and sending panicked people running into the street just days after another quake in the same region killed 359 people, officials said. Pakistan's Meteorological Department measured the earthquake at 7.2 magnitude, saying its epicenter was about 150 kilometers west of the town of Khuzdar. Baluchistan government spokesman Jan Mohammad Buledi said those killed died in the Mushkay area of Awaran.
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Pakistan earthquake creates new island, 'mud volcano' to blame
NBCNEWS.com
The first earthquake that rocked a remote region of southwestern Pakistan recently wrought destruction but also, strangely, a bit of creation. The 7.7-magnitude tremor, which destroyed scores of mud huts that dotted the region and killed at least 210 people, is being credited with causing a new island to form in the middle of the Arabian sea. Half-a-mile off the coast of the Pakistani port city of Gwadar, a new expanse of land reported to be 100-feet high and 200-feet wide rose out of the ocean.
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Typhoon leaves 74 missing in China as Thailand, Vietnam brace for floods
Retuers
Seventy-four Chinese fishermen were missing after a typhoon sunk three fishing boats in the South China Sea as Thailand and Vietnam braced for torrential rain and flooding. The ships were hit by Typhoon Wutip on Sunday as they navigated gales near the Paracel Islands, about 330 km from China's island province of Hainan, state news agency Xinhua said, citing sources with the Hainan maritime search and rescue center.
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Flooding in Cambodia claims at least 30 lives
The Associated Press via ABC News
At least 30 people in Cambodia have died in recent floods caused by heavy rains and the Mekong River overflowing its banks, a disaster relief official said. Keo Vy of Cambodia's disaster management committee the floods have also forced more than 9,000 families to flee their homes and destroyed nearly 100,000 hectares (247,000 acres) of rice fields.
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Colorado flood-related oil spills total nearly 43,000 gallons
Denver Business Journal
State authorities are tracking 14 "notable releases" of oil and an additional 12 releases of "produced water" related to the September floods that closed about 2,000 oil and gas wells north of Denver. As of now, state regulators had inspected more than 70 percent of the sites, according to a spokesman for the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
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Kenyan mall-attack death toll climbs as bodies found in rubble
Bloomberg
Kenyan police found two more bodies while searching through the rubble at a shopping mall in the capital, raising the death toll from an attack by Islamist gunmen that killed at least 67 civilians and security personnel. The police have yet to determine the identity of the remains, police spokeswoman Zipporah Mboroki said in a phone interview from Nairobi. Kenyan newspapers including the Standard and People reported that the remains of at least eight people were found at the scene of the Sept. 21 raid.
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