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Act now for discounted room rates at IAEM Annual Conference — deadline is tomorrow, Oct. 9
IAEM
Lock in your hotel rates today for the IAEM 63rd Annual Conference & EMEX, Nov. 13-18, 2015. The discounted room rates, including the per diem rates, are only guaranteed until Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, for the Paris and Bally's Hotel, our conference headquarters. For more information and to make your room reservations, visit our conference website.
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Early bird discount for IAEM Annual Conference ends Tuesday, Oct. 13
IAEM
Save up to $100 on the IAEM Annual Conference rates when you register by Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. The program for the IAEM 63rd Annual Conference & EMEX, Nov. 13-18, 2015, in Clark County, Nevada, features dynamic speakers; four keynote speakers and two plenary session speakers; pre/post-conference training courses; more than 55 breakout sessions; this year's new Spotlight and EMvision Talks sessions; and numerous networking events to meet your peers. Don't miss out, and register today. View our complete program here. If you need more cost savings, work off your registration fee as conference staff. If you cannot attend, register for our Digital Pass and remotely view many of our great conference offerings.
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Shop for IAEM gear in our online store
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Tour the IAEM Store to view and purchase logowear online. Items will ship within 12 days directly to you. Browse available items to see an array of great styles and colors, in a full range of sizes for both men and women (some kidswear, as well). The IAEM logo — and the CEM®/AEM® logos for qualified individuals — can be added to any of these items, including shirts, headwear, outerwear, bags, and accessories. The CEM® and AEM® challenge coins are available for any individual to purchase. You also can order a CEM® or AEM® plaque or pin once certified, or purchase an IAEM membership lapel pin. Suggestions for items to be added to the store may be emailed to Communications and Marketing Manager Dawn M. Shiley.
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Nigeria and Liberia pledge to collaborate on disaster preparedness
United States Africa Command
Parliamentary and Cabinet members from Nigeria and Liberia have agreed to promote regional collaboration on disaster preparedness. Several high-level government officials from both countries attended a graduation ceremony in honor of 120 of their citizens who participated in the 7th West Africa Disaster Preparedness Initiative course, conducted at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre.
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IAEM-USA NEWS


National Flood Insurance Program announces rate changes effective April 1, 2016
IAEM
FEMA, through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), provides the opportunity for homeowners, renters, and businesses to purchase flood insurance for financial protection against flooding. FEMA also works with communities to update and develop flood maps to inform the community of their current flood risk. These actions allow community members to take important steps to prepare for flooding risk in their area. The NFIP is working with Write Your Own insurance companies to better inform insurance agents and other stakeholders on the changes that take effect on Apr. 1, 2016, for new business and renewals beginning on and after Apr. 1, 2015. Review the key changes being made to the program here.
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Surviving the 'storm': Expanding public health's capabilities in response to the increasing threats posed by novel, pandemic strain viruses
Homeland Security Affairs
The recent emergence of two separate outbreaks of two new viruses has generated renewed interest in the threat of pandemics. For a significant portion of the total fatalities associated with these infections the cause of death was due to an over-reaction of an infected body’s immune system. This research explores possible pharmaceutical interventions that would help expand the list of options public health could employ in a response.
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Calculated risk: Why people live in disaster zones
Discovery News
Humans may be willing to put daily pleasure ahead of the threat of long-term disaster when selecting where to live, a new international study suggests. Study co-author Professor Ben Newell, of the University of NSW, said the research examined how people would react to being told of a predicted increase in the risk of natural disasters with climate change. Professor Newell, from the School of Psychology, said it was surprising how little weight participants in the study gave to disaster threat.
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Is shipping-container building 'the best thing since the brick?'*
The Washington Post
Travis Price sat in a chair in the cafeteria of Miner Elementary in Northeast Washington with his arms folded across his chest and a look of intense concentration on his face. The advisory neighborhood commission representing Rosedale was considering Price's design for 22 townhouses made entirely of used shipping containers that would go on a vacant city-owned lot.
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


IAEM Spouse Program is back by popular demand, so bring your spouse or friend with you to the IAEM Annual Conference
IAEM
Don't come alone to the IAEM Annual Conference. Bring your spouse or friend to accompany you, so you can both enjoy the surrounding area of Clark County together. IAEM has a special program tailored for spouses and friends, allowing them to partake in all of the conference program offerings with their registered attendee or to select events. Activities have been organized to allow your spouse or friend to meet and network with other spouses and friends while you are attending breakout sessions. So plan a joint trip today to the IAEM 63rd Annual Conference & EMEX in Clark County, Nevada. View the Spouse Program and register today!
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DISASTER TECHNOLOGY NEWS


Los Angeles working on cell phone network that can survive a big earthquake*
Curbed
In December, Los Angeles (with the help of its seismologist-at-the-ready, Dr. Lucy Jones) released a hefty report chock full of recommendations on how to help the city prepare for an inevitable big earthquake (aka The Big One) — one of the suggestions was to strengthen the city's communication networks, namely its cell phone towers. At an event advocating for temblor-preparedness, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that the city is now planning a roll-out of cell towers that will hopefully stay functioning after a big earthquake.
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EM RESOURCES


National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program issues fact sheet on meteotsunamis
IAEM
The National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program has produced a fact sheet about meteotsunamis to better inform emergency managers and the public about the phenomena. Meteotsunamis have characteristics similar to earthquake-generated tsunamis, but they are caused by air pressure disturbances often associated with fast moving weather systems, such as squall lines. Although most meteotsunamis are too small to notice, large meteotsunamis can have devastating coastal impacts (but not to the extreme level of the 2004 Indian Ocean and 2011 Japan tsunamis). The new fact sheet describes meteotsunamis and the National Weather Service’s efforts to develop a meteotsunami forecast and warning system for the United States.
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IAB releases report on 'Improving Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response'
IAEM
The InterAgency Board (IAB) and its federal partners recently published a report on "Improving Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response," which includes best practices and recommendations for integrating law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services. The report identifies 10 best practices that will encourage a better understanding of roles, capabilities, and core competencies among first responders and promote effective communication and coordination through integrated planning, training, exercises, response, and mitigation. As components of an integrated response, these 10 best practices can be adopted in part or in whole depending on agency resources and needs. In addition, many of these best practices have value in any type of emergency response and are not unique to an active shooter/hostile event response. Download the report.
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Identifying security checkpoint locations to protect the major US urban areas
Homeland Security Affairs
Transit networks are integral to the economy and to society, but at the same time they could allow terrorists to transport weapons of mass destruction into any city. Road networks are especially vulnerable, because they lack natural checkpoints unlike air networks that have security measures in place at all major airports. One approach to mitigate this risk is ensuring that every road route passes through at least one security checkpoint. Using the Ford-Fulkerson maximum-flow algorithm, we generate a minimum set of checkpoint locations within a ring-shaped buffer area surrounding the 50 largest U.S. urban areas.
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EM NEWS


Call for nominations: Champions of Earthquake Resilience Awards
IAEM
The Applied Technology Council (ATC) and the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers are seeking nominations for awards recognizing recent innovative earthquake engineering programs and projects that have (or will have) substantial impact on public safety and property loss reduction. The awards will be presented on Dec. 11, 2015, in San Francisco at the ATC-SEI Gala Awards Dinner, Champions of Earthquake Resilience, to be held in the Historic San Francisco Maritime Museum. Nominations are sought for the following categories of programs and projects: Community Earthquake Building Safety Programs; Extraordinary Innovation in Seismic Protection of Buildings and Other Structures; Extraordinary Innovation in Seismic Protection of Lifeline Systems; and Public- and Private-Sector Research and Development (R&D) Programs. Learn how to submit nominations.
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NEMA presents distinguished service award to David Maxwell
IAEM
The National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) presented the 2015 Lacy E. Suiter Distinguished Service Award to David Maxwell, director and homeland security advisor, Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. The honor was given to Maxwell on Sept. 30, 2015, during the association's Annual Emergency Management Policy and Leadership Forum. NEMA presents the award annually to an individual that has made cumulative outstanding contributions to the field of emergency management. Maxwell began his career in 1978 as a temporary employee at the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and eventually rose to the level of director. Today he's the longest tenured director in the history of ADEM and has served three governors. During his 37-year career in emergency management, Maxwell has witnessed and contributed to the evolution of the profession having dealt with issues resulting from the nation's largest disasters including Hurricane Katrina and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He is a past president of NEMA and currently chairs the Emergency Management Assistance Compact Committee and the Past President's Committee. He also sits on the Governor's Homeland Security Advisory Council under the National Governors’ Association and chairs their Catastrophic Disaster Preparedness Committee.
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Fire ants create floating rafts to face South Carolina flooding
USA Today
As floodwaters from the storm that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and others have termed a 1-in-1,000-year event ravaged the state, several photographers captured what appeared to be mounds of floating fire ants. Amid the devastation caused by flooding, the state's invasive fire ant population found a little-known way to survive.
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Study ties warming temps to uptick in huge wildfires
Climate Central
Catastrophic wildfires in the Western U.S. are often discussed in superlatives these days, with blazes burning land more violently and more frequently in recent years than at any point on record. Those changes are considered partly driven by global warming, and a new University of Wyoming study shows that even the smallest increase in average temperature — 0.5°C (0.9°F) — could bring a dramatic increase in wildfire activity at higher elevations.
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Officials release disaster plan in case slow-burning fire reaches Cold War-era nuclear waste
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
Beneath the surface of a St. Louis-area landfill lurk two things that should never meet: A slow-burning fire and a cache of Cold War-era nuclear waste, separated by no more than 1,200 feet. Government officials have quietly adopted an emergency plan in case the smoldering embers ever reach the waste, a potentially "catastrophic event" that could send up a plume of radioactive smoke over a densely populated area near the city's main airport.
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Natural disasters get the better of technology*
Daily News
Earthquakes and Tsunamis have been occurring in this world since the dawn of time. Some of them have been the basis of myth. They say that Zeus angered by the arrogance of the Kings of Atlantis, that perfect Utopia, send an earthquake that sank Atlantis Earthquakes and Tsunamis are the sources of destruction we cannot prevent despite all our advancements in technology. We can prevent crime, we can usher in global peace, we can fix the food problem and eradicate famine.
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SURVEY REQUESTS


Harvard's National Preparedness Leadership Program requests emergency manager participation in survey
IAEM
A team leadership study as part of Harvard's National Preparedness Leadership program is conducting a survey, EOC Scientific and Technology R&D Prioritization, with a final goal to change the process on how science and technology priorities are determined/assessed for funding at the federal level. This research project solicits prioritized research and development emergency operation center (EOC) requirements from local, tribal, territorial, private sector, state, and federal emergency managers, and select other professionals that will best advance the missions of emergency management. Findings will be presented to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Task Force for Homeland Security Research and Development and the DHS Undersecretary for Science & Technology (S&T). Leadership of IAEM also will receive the survey findings. Please take 20 minutes and complete the survey by Oct. 15, 2015.
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ISCRAM Educational Committee requests input on emergency management education
IAEM
The Educational Committee of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM) seeks your views on emergency management (EM) education at the master's level. This short survey (15 minutes) gives you a chance to vote on alternative, required, and elective courses for an emergency management master's degree, and also a separate set of courses for a concentration in EM Information Systems. Your survey input will be maintained as confidential. The survey was developed because of a 2014 ISCRAM paper examining this topic. With the success of this effort there are at least five other possible concentrations that deserve to be considered in future surveys to evolve effective interdisciplinary emergency management degrees. Direct questions to Murray Turoff.
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EM CALENDAR


Plan now to participate in The Great ShakeOut
IAEM
Everyone should know how to be safe in an earthquake. Even if earthquakes are rare where you live, they may happen where you or others travel. Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills are an annual opportunity for people in homes, schools, and organizations to practice what to do during earthquakes, and to improve preparedness. ShakeOut Drills are scheduled for 10:15 a.m. local time on Oct. 15. However, organizations may hold a ShakeOut drill on another date within two weeks of this date. Sign up for free to be counted in the ShakeOut Drill, get email updates, and more.
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MMC webinar to address incentives to mitigate before disaster strikes
IAEM
The Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) is offering a webinar on "Incentivizing Pre-Disaster Mitigation," to be held Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar will look at ways communities can use incentivization programs to help keep their citizens safe. Presenters Leanne Tobias and Philip J. Schneider, AIA, will discuss research conducted by MMC in conjunction with the Institute's Council for Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (CFIRE), and explore public, private and hybrid strategies that can encourage new investment in resilience, including real estate investment and lending strategies: tax incentives and credits; grants; regulations; and the enhancement of building codes. Details are available here.
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NETEC Ebola preparedness course scheduled for Nov. 2-3 in Atlanta, Georgia
IAEM
The National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC) is a collaboration between Emory University, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Bellevue Hospital Center. Funded by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and CDC's Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP), the goal of the NETEC is to increase the competency of health care and public health workers and the capability of health care facilities to deliver safe, efficient, and effective care to patients with Ebola virus disease and other highly infectious disease, through a nationwide and regional network for Ebola and other highly infectious diseases. In support of this mission, the National Ebola Training and Education Center is providing a two-day training course to U.S. hospitals identified as treatment and/or assessment sites for care of patients under investigation for Ebola or those with known Ebola virus disease. In addition, state and local health departments are encouraged to participate and collaborate with hospitals via attendance at these training courses. Details and registrations are available online.
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AidEx 2015 will take place in Brussels, Belgium, Nov. 18-19, 2015
IAEM
AidEx, an international event for professionals in aid and development, will be held Nov. 18-19, 2015, in Brussels, Belgium, encompassing a conference, exhibition, meeting areas, awards and workshops. The event's fundamental aim is to engage the sector at every level and provide an annual forum for visitors to meet, source, supply and learn. Hear from more than 40 influential thought leaders at the conference, and network with more than 2,000 aid and development professionals.
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AROUND THE WORLD


After the floods in South Carolina: Sun shines, but devastation remains
USA Today
The sun peeked out, floodwaters began to recede, and the power was back across battered South Carolina. "We are seeing sun for the first time in 10 days," said Mike Proud, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Columbia. "There are still some clouds, but as long as it doesn't rain, it's a good day. The death toll rose to 14 and damage has been estimated at more than $1 billion across the state from the storm that Gov. Nikki Haley and others have termed a 1-in-1,000-year event. Two additional deaths were reported in North Carolina.
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South Carolina flooding costs seep past billion mark
NBC News
South Carolina's economic losses from the historic and deadly flooding will easily top $1 billion, experts say, but the looming issue for the state and federal government is that most of it will be uninsured. More than 2 feet of rain fell in some spots, prompting descriptions of a "1,000-year flood" — not because it historically happens that infrequently, but because the odds of it are so small that statistically it should only happen once a millennium.
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Body found in search for US ship that vanished in hurricane
Reuters
Missing cargo ship El Faro, hit by powerful Hurricane Joaquin, is believed to have sunk off the Bahamas and one presumed crew member is confirmed dead, the U.S. Coast Guard said. It said the search continued for at least 32 other people, most of them Americans, who were aboard the ship when it vanished in what maritime experts are calling the worst cargo shipping disaster involving a U.S.-flagged vessel since 1983.
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Guatemala mudslide area declared uninhabitable
BBC News
Guatemalan officials have declared a neighborhood which was buried in a mudslide uninhabitable. More than 160 people died when the mudslide tore through homes in Santa Catarina Pinula. Emergency workers are still excavating the area but have given up hope of finding any survivors. It is not yet clear what will happen to the survivors and whether the state will offer them help to relocate to safer ground.
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19 dead, 4 missing after Typhoon Mujigae hits China, setting off tornadoes
CNN
At least 19 people have been killed and four others are missing after an unexpectedly strong typhoon slammed into the southern coast of China, unleashing deadly tornadoes in the region, authorities said. Typhoon Mujigae gained power quickly before it made landfall in densely populated Guangdong province, wielding winds as strong as 216 kph (134 mph).
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Flood waters sweep Las Vegas valley
KTNV-TV
A storm brought rain and cooler temperatures throughout the Las Vegas valley. At the Las Vegas wash near Hollywood Boulevard and Vegas Valley Drive, the water was running fast to keep up with the runoff from the storm. Thunder and lightning was reported throughout the valley with Boulder City getting dime-sized hail.
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Bahamas describes destruction caused by Hurricane Joaquin as 'considerable'
The Daily Observer
The Bahamas government has described the destruction caused by Hurricane Joaquin as "considerable" and appealed to the international community for assistance. The hurricane hit the Caribbean community country causing damage particularly in the south of the chain of islands. Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister, Fred Mitchell, addressing the UN Human Rights Council General Debate here, said that Hurricane Joaquin had "inflicted serious damage on our southern islands."
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Early snowstorm in Interior causes power outages
Alaska Dispatch News
An early winter storm blanketed much of Interior Alaska with snow, leaving thousands of residents without power and many roads in treacherous condition. Heavy rain turned to heavy snow, quickly reaching up to half a foot deep in much of Interior Alaska, according to Fairbanks National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Berg. According to the NWS, the area could see between 4 and 20 inches of snow.
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Forest fires in Indonesia choke much of Southeast Asia
The Guardian
The illegal burning of forests and agricultural land across Indonesia has blanketed much of Southeast Asia in an acrid haze, leading to one of the most severe regional shutdowns in years. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Indonesia needs to convict plantation companies for the noxious smoke, created by the annual destruction of plants during the dry season. Burning the land is a quick way to ready the soil for new seed.
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French Riviera floods: Death toll rises to 19
BBC News
At least 19 people, including one Briton, have been found dead following flash floods on the French Riviera. The death toll rose after two bodies were discovered. One person remains missing but another was found alive, according to reports. Violent storms and heavy rain sent torrents of water and mud through several towns. As well as the Briton, an Italian woman and a Portuguese man were also among those killed, AFP news agency said.
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