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ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


Deadline is Oct. 14 for discounted IAEM Annual Conference registration and entry to win a free training course
IAEM
The deadline for Early Bird Registration to the IAEM 62nd Annual Conference & EMEX is Tuesday, Oct. 14. Register today in order to take advantage of the savings and attend the conference in San Antonio, Texas, Nov.14-19, 2014. Don't forget to include a registration for a one-day pre-conference training course. IAEM is offering a chance to win the registration fee for a one-day training course if you register by Oct. 14. Do so, and you may be the lucky winner of our training course drawing, with an opportunity to win a rebate of up to $176 (not to exceed the actual registration fee you paid for the course). Eligible courses include: L0548 COOP Program Manager Train-the-Trainer; L0948 Situational Awareness & Common Operational Picture; L0146 HSEEP; L0197 Integrating Access & Functional Needs; L0775 EOC Management and Operations; Maximizing Disaster Cost Recovery; Pediatric Disaster Response & Emergency Preparedness; Persuade (a course on presenting for emergency managers); National Response Team Joint Information Center Training; IAEM-USA Universities & Colleges EM Practitioners Symposium; and Leadership Symposium. Learn about these courses by visiting the online conference program.
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EM NEWS


International Journal of Emergency Management seeks articles for upcoming issue on 'The Global Katrina Effect'
IAEM
The International Journal of Emergency Management has published a call for papers for its upcoming special issue on "The Global Katrina Effect, 2005-2015: Hurricane Katrina's Impact on Disaster Management Systems Worldwide." This special issue seeks to advance new ways of understanding the global lessons drawn from Hurricane Katrina through a cross-national comparative examination of case studies. Guest editors will be Dr. Robert J. Bookmiller and Dr. Kirsten Nakjavani Bookmiller, Millersville University. The deadline for submission of manuscripts is Dec. 1, 2014, and complete details are available here.
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EMForum.org archive now available on Disaster Research Center website
IAEM
Avagene Moore, CEM, and Amy Sebring have announced a partnership with the University of Delaware Disaster Research Center to host the EMForum.org archive. With the closing of the Emergency Management Infrastructure Project (EIIP) in June, a home was sought for long-term access of the EMForum.org webinar archives. From 1997 to 2014, EIIP hosted a continuing series of real-time, interactive presentations on a wide variety of emergency management-related topics, first via text chat and subsequently by webinar, for the purpose of providing the opportunity for continuing education and professional exchange. Leaders in all phases of emergency management — preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation — volunteered their time to share their expertise and experience with their colleagues and respond to their questions. To access the EIIP EMForum.org archive, please see the DRC's E. L. Quarantelli Resource Collection, for additional background information regarding DRC's partnership with the EIIP and a link to the full collection of EMForum.org transcripts and recordings.
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FEMA's $250M supply chain management system may not deliver during a disaster
FierceHomelandSecurity
After spending nearly a quarter of a billion dollars to develop a new supply chain management system over nine years, the Federal Emergency Management Agency "cannot be certain" that it will work well during a catastrophic disaster, an internal audit found.
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FEMA will issue refunds to over 1 million flood insurance policyholders nationwide
Staten Island Advance
The Federal Emergency Management Agency will issue refunds to more than 1 million flood insurance policyholders nationwide, who were previously forced to pay high premiums due to the Biggert-Waters Act of 2012.
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EAC, AU Commission team to address Africa disaster risks
New Vision Online
Natural hazards, such as floods, droughts, and earthquakes are becoming more regular and intense, increasing impact on people and communities. Low-income households have more difficulty buffering losses, meaning that disaster losses translate into a series of impacts, including more poverty, declining health and worsening nutrition.
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IAEM-USA NEWS


FEMA seeks comments on State Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Guidance Key Concepts by Oct. 17
IAEM
FEMA continues to work to update the "State Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Guidance," which was last updated in January 2008. This document is the official guidance to help officials ensure that State Mitigation Plans meet the requirements at Title 44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 201. As part of the update process, "State Mitigation Plan Review Guide — Highlights of Key Concepts" is available online at the FEMA Library. The key concepts under consideration result from incorporating lessons learned from stakeholders involved in state mitigation planning as well as principles from relevant changes in federal policy. Engaging agencies and stakeholders early in the planning process facilitates both successful plan development and implementation.

Written comments may be submitted to FEMA via email no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on October 17, 2014.

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FEMA publishes amendments for the Public Assistance and Individual Assistance Program for Fiscal Year 2015
IAEM
FEMA published Federal Register Notices amending several important indicators for the Public Assistance and Individual Assistance program for Fiscal Year 2015. Under the Individual Assistance program, the maximum grant award was amended to $32,900. Under the Public Assistance program, the statewide per capita indicator was amended to $1.41 and the countywide per capita indicator was amended to $3.56. The minimum amount to process a project worksheet was amended to $3,040, and the maximum dollar amount for a project to be considered a small project was amended to $121,600. Projects over $121,600 will be processed as a large project. These changes are effective for disasters declared on or after Oct. 1, 2014.
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DISASTER TECHNOLOGY NEWS


Queensland drone research could help emergency response efforts in natural disasters
ABC Online
Scientists at the Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation have successfully staged a fully-automated emergency landing of a small unmanned aerial vehicle or drone. ARCAA director Professor Duncan Campbell said it was the first step towards more drones being allowed to fly in the crowded skies above populated areas.
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EM RESOURCES


FEMA and Operation Hope release revised Emergency Financial First Aid Kit
IAEM
FEMA and Operation Hope released an updated tool to support emergency preparedness. The Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) is a flexible tool to help individuals and families at all income levels collect and secure for themselves critical documents and information. With recommendations for household information, financial and legal documentation, medical information, and household contacts, the EFFAK provides a structured approach for safeguarding the documentation needed to start the recovery process. The EFFAK includes a fillable form for families to track their documentation on-line. The revised EFFAK is available on the FEMA website. Support materials are also available for organizations to use in promoting financial preparedness with their constituents at ready.gov/prepare.
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NEW INSIGHTS


Could there really be a volcano season?
Ars Technica
The Earth seems to have been smoking a lot recently. Volcanoes are currently erupting in Iceland, Hawaii, Indonesia and Mexico. Others, in the Philippines and Papua New Guinea, erupted recently but seem to have calmed down. And then there was the fatal eruption in Japan. Many of these have threatened homes and forced evacuations. But among their less-endangered spectators, these eruptions may have raised a question: Is there such a thing as a season for volcanic eruptions?
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Why Florida's record-setting hurricane drought portends danger
The Washington Post
Florida has gone 3,270 days without a hurricane — nearly nine years and, by far, the longest stretch on record (the next longest streak is 5 seasons from 1980-1984, in records dating back to 1851). Meanwhile, the Sunshine state's population and development have boomed.
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CEM® UPDATE


Take part in upcoming certification prep courses or exam offerings
IAEM
Register today for one of the upcoming CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Courses or Exams that is convenient to you.
  • Oct. 24, 2014 (Exam Only): Washington, D.C.
  • Nov. 14, 2014 (Exam Only): Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
  • Nov. 16, 2014 (Prep Course and Exam): San Antonio, Texas
  • Dec. 9, 2014 (Prep Course and Exam): Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Dec. 20, 2014 (Exam Only): Hillsborough, New Jersey
  • Feb. 24, 2015 (Prep Course and Exam): Baltimore, Maryland
  • March 24, 2015 (Prep Course and Exam): Long Beach, New York
Register through the IAEM website to secure your space. IAEM requires a minimum of 10 registrants for the Prep Course. If you have any questions, contact CEM Administrator Kate McClimans.

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EM CALENDAR


First Responder Group Capacity Building Webinar Series: 'Detecting and Monitoring Illness and Disease Outbreaks: Data Sources and Systems for Public Health and Emergency Management Officials'
IAEM
This webinar will be held on Oct. 23, 2014, 1:00-2:30 p.m. It is hosted by the First Responders Group and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate. Guest presenters will offer lessons learned, best practices, and resources on how to detect and monitor illness, disease, and syndrome trends and outbreaks. Presenters include: Dr. Michael Jhung Medical Officer, Influenza Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Dr. Teresa Quitugua Deputy Director, National Biosurveillance Integration Center, Office of Health Affairs, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and Lt. Cody Thornton Program Manager, U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Division of International Health Security, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Register today.
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National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference to be held Dec. 10-12, 2014 in Denver
IAEM
The National Healthcare Coalition Resource Center Preparedness Conference provides attendees with the opportunity to gain valuable education; training and best practices to assist their organization and their community to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and disaster. There are four specialty workshops supplementing the conference: Disaster Medicine Training for Coalition Partners; Pediatric Disaster Response; Adding Value Through Exercise Design: Developing Exercises for Your Coalition; and the Business of Coalitions: Building Effective and Sustainable Coalitions. Learn more and register today.
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AROUND THE WORLD


Super Typhoon Vongfong, World's strongest cyclone of 2014; Dangerous threat to Okinawa, Japan
The Weather Channel
Super Typhoon Vongfong became the strongest tropical cyclone of 2014 and fifth super typhoon (150 mph max sustained winds or higher) of the year after intensifying rapidly.
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Typhoon Phanfone hits Okinawa and central Japan, 3 US airman swept out to sea
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
A powerful typhoon that washed three American airmen in Okinawa out to sea, killing at least one, slammed central Japan on Monday, stalling trains and flights and triggering mudslides, before swerving to the Pacific Ocean. Elsewhere in the Pacific, a separate typhoon whipped the Mariana Islands, including Guam, with high winds and heavy rain.
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Ebola crisis: Nurse in Spain tests positive in 1st infection outside west Africa
The Guardian
A nurse in Spain has tested positive for the Ebola virus after treating a patient repatriated to Madrid from Sierra Leone, the country's health authorities said. The nurse is thought to be the first person to have contracted the virus outside west Africa.
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Officials to take temperature of travelers from Ebola-stricken countries at 5 US airports
Fox News
Travelers arriving from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa will start to have their temperatures taken upon arrival at five U.S. airports as part of extra screening measures being implemented in the coming days, officials said.
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US health providers expand their Ebola precautions
The Associated Press via Yahoo News
Public hospitals in New York City are so concerned about Ebola, they've secretly been sending actors with mock symptoms into emergency rooms to test how well the triage staffs identify and isolate possible cases. There hasn't been a single confirmed case of an Ebola infection happening on U.S. soil; the case confirmed in Dallas involves a man who, like several health care workers treated in the U.S., contracted the virus in Liberia. But health care providers are worried enough to take a wide variety of precautions.
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Bárðarbunga volcano keeps shaking
Iceland Review
Almost 30 earthquakes have occurred in and around Bárðarbunga volcano under Vatnajökull glacier since 7 pm yesterday, according to the Icelandic Met Office's update this morning. The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun continues at a similar intensity as in previous days, as stated in the latest status report issued by the Civil Protection Department's National Crisis Coordination Center.
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Japan volcano victims leave photos of last moments
The Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle
The victims include hiking enthusiasts from a major insurance company. Members of a group of nature lovers studying wild plants. A construction manager who snapped about 100 photos — found on his scratched and dented camera — to show his wife what she was missing because she had to work that day. More than 50 people died when Mount Ontake, a popular hiking destination in central Japan, erupted without warning in the country's deadliest volcanic eruption since World War II.
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Mexico prepares for yet another hurricane
Al Jazeera
The storm-battered coast of western Mexico is braced for the arrival of another tropical system in what has been one of the busiest hurricane seasons on record. Tropical Storm Simon is weakening, but is still likely to dump flooding rains across the Baja California peninsula. Hurricane Simon weakened into a tropical storm on Monday having once been a powerful Category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Scale.
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Flood waters leave trail of destruction in southern France
The Strait Times
Images of destruction from the south of France have surfaced as flood waters subside. Overnight flash floods due to torrential showers had overturned cars, severely damaged roads and covered buildings with mud. Recently, France declared a state of natural disaster in about 60 southern towns hit by record-breaking downpours, which also left the Mediterranean city of Montpellier under water.
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