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ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


Book your hotel for the IAEM Annual Conference before the Oct. 22 hotel deadline
IAEM
Book your hotel reservation today for the IAEM Annual Conference & EMEX, Nov. 14-19, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas. The hotel reservation deadline is Oct. 22, 2014, or until the hotel block is sold out. The conference headquarters hotel is the Grand Hyatt San Antonio with a rate of $169 single/double. A per diem rate is available with government ID using code GOVIAEM2014. Call (888) 421-1442 or go here for reservations and reference "IAEM Annual Conference" to secure the IAEM rate. To book at the per diem rate, select "I have an access code" from the dropdown box on the Passkey Home Page when you are asked for your guest type.
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Download the IAEM Annual Conference mobile app today!
IAEM
"IAEM to GO" is the official mobile app for the IAEM-USA 2014 Annual Conference & EMEX. It contains the complete conference program with information on session times, locations, descriptions and speakers. With the app, you will be able to navigate EMEX 2014 with exhibitor details and locations. "IAEM to GO" is the best way to stay updated on event information, including any last minute changes. Once downloaded, the information stays within the app even when your cellular data or WiFi connection abandons you. Get the app today by searching "IAEM" in the Apple App Store or Google Play or visit https://guidebook.com/app/IAEMtoGO on your mobile device. If you do not have a mobile device, you may use the app online in your web browser.
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EM NEWS


Ebola halts college program in Ghana, shines light on UO-based disaster resilience network
University of Oregon
Ebola in Africa prompted the University of Oregon to cancel an AHA Study Abroad program on global health and development only weeks before its fall debut. And growing concern about the deadly disease also is raising the profile of the UO-hosted Disaster Resilient Universities network that is devoted to emergency management.
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Tritium up tenfold in Fukushima groundwater after Typhoon Phanfone
The Japan Times
The radioactive water woes at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant got worse recently after the tritium concentration in a groundwater sample surged more than tenfold. A spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power Co. said that heavy rain caused by Typhoon Phanfone probably affected the groundwater after the storm whipped through Japan.
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Pentagon: Climate change threatens national security
The Washington Post
Drastic weather, rising seas and changing storm patterns could become "threat multipliers" for the United States, vastly complicating security challenges faced by American forces, the Pentagon said in a new report on the impact of climate change released Monday. The report, described as a "climate change adaptation roadmap," included a foreword from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in which he urged the nation's military's planners to grapple now with the implications of a warming planet, even as scientists are "converging toward consensus on future climate projections."
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Survey: DHS morale sinks further despite new leadership at the top
The Washington Post
As Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson grapples with the Secret Service scandal and evolving terrorist threats, he is also facing widespread and growing job dissatisfaction within his own department, according to unpublicized employee survey results. The government's 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey portrays a Department of Homeland Security still facing debilitating morale problems that have plagued it for years but worsened during the Obama administration — and which have grown more serious since Johnson took over in December.
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Study: Locked faults could pop big earthquake in Bay Area
NBCNEWS
Several faults underlying urban areas in the San Francisco Bay Area may be primed for a major rupture that could lead to a magnitude 6.7 or larger earthquake, new data suggest. Sections of the Hayward, Rodgers Creek and Green Valley faults are nearing or past their average earthquake recurrence intervals, according to the study published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.
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Bio-disaster hospital preparedness program has been cut 50 percent since 2003
The Huffington Post
Amid panic over the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and a second diagnosis in the United States, lawmakers are renewing efforts to bolster biomedical research funding and disaster preparedness. Recently, Sen. Bob Casey, D-Penn., joined the chorus, urging for more money to be spent on a federal program designed to improve hospital care in the case of a pandemic. In a letter to the chair and ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Casey called for reinforcing the Hospital Preparedness Program, a state-federal cooperative administered by the Department of Health and Human Services.
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WCDM 2015 Call for Papers open through Nov. 30, 2014
IAEM
The Call for Papers for the 2015 World Conference on Disaster Management (WCDM) is open until Nov. 30, 2014. The program theme will be "Managing Complex Disasters: Preparing for the Worst," and the conference will be held in Toronto, June 8-11, 2015. WCDM provides a global perspective on current and emerging issues, and the 2015 program will include an outstanding roster of speakers, providing an excellent opportunity for training and networking. Presentations will cover practice, research, and innovation in emergency management, business continuity, crisis communications, and risk management. Presentations should provide clear benefits for practitioners. These may include case studies, peer-validated research, emerging tools and best practices. Some priority issues include: building disaster resilient organizations and communities; integrating disaster management with climate change; the transition from response preparedness to loss mitigation; mainstreaming disaster management through risk management; delivering results with declining resources; and creating an enabling environment to achieve resilience. The call for papers, selection criteria, and review process are available here.
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Enter the NAGC 2015 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition
IAEM
Are you an employee or contractor who has produced a communication product for a federal, tribal, military, state, regional, county, municipal, or other government entity? Then this is the competition for you! Enter your product in the NAGC 2015 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition. This annual international awards program, sponsored by the National Association of Government Communicators, recognizes superior government communication products and those who produce them. There are more than 40 categories to choose from, and you can enter as many categories as you choose. Entry deadlines are: early submission deadline (Dec. 16, 2014) and final submission deadline (Jan. 16, 2015), with discounted entry fees for early submissions. Download the call for entries brochure here.
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IAEM-USA NEWS


FEMA seeks comments on Effective Coordination of Recovery Resources for State, Tribal, Territorial and Local Incidents
IAEM
FEMA is currently seeking comments on the Effective Coordination of Recovery Resources for State, Tribal, Territorial and Local Incidents document until Oct. 22, 2014. Comments from any organization or interested party are welcome and will help to inform the final document prior to its publication. For a copy of the document, email FEMA-IGA@fema.dhs.gov.
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FEMA seeks comments on State Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Guidance Key Concepts
IAEM
FEMA continues to work to update the "State Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Guidance," last published in January 2008. This document is the guidance to help officials ensure that state mitigation plans, which are inclusive to the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories, 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 with data and authority early in the planning process facilitates both successful plan development and implementation. Written comments may be submitted electronically to FEMA by sending an e-mail to FEMA-Mitigation- Planning@fema.dhs.gov no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on Oct. 17, 2014.
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DISASTER TECHNOLOGY NEWS


Why colleges want drones
U.S. News & World Report
Universities across America really like the idea of using drones. New data released by the Federal Aviation Administration shows that colleges and universities accounted for 25 percent of more than 900 requests seeking approval to fly drones, also known as unmanned aircraft systems, in the U.S. The schools use the devices for everything from academics to disaster response, environmental research and agricultural monitoring. Some have even used them to film football practices and games.
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CEM® UPDATE


Revised requirements for recertification begin Jan. 1, 2015
IAEM
There will be revised requirements for recertification beginning Jan. 1, 2015, that reward CEM®s and AEM℠s who maintain their certification. These changes were designed to streamline the recertification process as well as make the recertification process more relevant to a certified professional's progress in the emergency management field. As individuals maintain the certification, the training requirements decrease while the professional contribution requirements increase. To see a breakdown of the new requirements by recertification year, visit the recertification page of the IAEM website.
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NEW INSIGHTS


Experts urge earthquake preparedness, even for the experienced
Los Angeles
An array of earthquake researchers and emergency management officials joined forces recently to urge preparedness and awareness in Washington recently, saying that a lack of preparation could have dangerous consequences in a natural disaster.
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IAEM NEWS


IAEM Members invited to participate in BC Management's Event Impact Management Study
IAEM
IAEM members have been invited to participate in BC Management's 5th Annual Impact Management Study, which will be live through Nov. 2, 2014. This survey will be used to assess how specific events have impacted organizations by highlighting what was activated in times of an event, the impact to the business, the impact to personnel, downtime, and the estimated financial loss by event. Study participants will receive a complimentary BCM Event Impact Management Report. Complete details and access to the survey are available here.
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EM CALENDAR


Multihazard Mitigation Center Webinar: 'Substantiating Mitigation — Florida's Loss-Avoidance Assessment Strategy'
IAEM
Register by Oct. 27, 2014 to participate in the fourth in a series of webinars held by the Multihazard Mitigation Center, National Institute of Building Sciences. It will be held Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT. The presenter will be Carly Forster, Long-Term Recovery and Hazard Mitigation Team Lead for the Risk and Resiliency Group at ARCADIS. She will discuss Florida's assessment strategy for its mitigation efforts. The state of Florida commissioned the development of simple loss-avoidance calculators for flood and wind mitigation projects in order to facilitate the loss avoidance process, and thus encourage greater investment in mitigation by demonstrating its actual benefits. These calculators help cut some of the long corners in traditional loss avoidance assessments to make the process more accessible for local entities and other states. During the webinar, Forster will discuss how the calculators were developed, demonstrate how to prepare a loss avoidance assessment, show how to use the calculators and emphasize the importance of data gathering pre- and post-disaster, as well as throughout project management.
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6th Annual Regional Healthcare Preparedness Coalition (RHPC) Symposium to be held Nov. 5-7, 2014, in Galveston, Texas
IAEM
The symposium, held by Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services, is an opportunity for a national collaboration to discuss new innovations, sharing best practices in emergency preparedness, response and recovery. Participants will have a unique opportunity to learn about disaster response from experts involved in some of the most recent large-scale emergencies. This year's symposium brings together world-renowned doctors, security experts and first responders to share their experiences and lessons learned from the West Africa Ebola crisis, the London Subway bombings and the Washington state landslide. Keynote speaker Dr. William A. Fischer from Doctors Without Borders will discuss the current Ebola outbreak and his work in West Africa. Learn more and register.
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AROUND THE WORLD


2nd health care worker tests positive for Ebola at Dallas hospital
CNN
A second health care worker who cared for an Ebola patient at a Dallas hospital has contracted the virus herself. The worker, a woman who lives alone, was quickly moved into isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, authorities said. The news cast further doubt on the hospital's ability to handle Ebola and protect employees.
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Typhoon Vongfong leaves 2 dead, nearly 100 injured in Japan
Reuters via Newsweek
A powerful storm that battered Japan with high winds and torrential rain, and killed two people, headed off out over the Pacific and was downgraded to a tropical depression. Typhoon Vongfong, at one point the strongest storm to hit Japan this year, was off the coast of the Tohoku region devastated by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
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Death toll rises from cyclone in India
The New York Times
The death toll from the powerful cyclone that ripped through the eastern coast of India rose to 25, with most of the deaths caused by falling trees and collapsing buildings, according to a government official in Andhra Pradesh. The devastation was particularly acute in the port city of Visakhapatnam, where the eye of the cyclone passed, and where 15 people died.
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Tropical Storm Ana close to hurricane strength, headed toward Hawaii
The Washington Post
A hurricane watch may be issued for Hawaii in the near future as Tropical Storm Ana gains strength in the Pacific. Ana is expected to become a hurricane by Thursday morning. On Wednesday morning, Tropical Storm Ana was just under hurricane strength, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. The storm is currently moving west, but a curve to the northwest is forecast over the next couple of days as the storm closes in on Hawaii.
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Earthquake strikes off coast of El Salvador and Nicaragua
The Guardian
A magnitude-7.3 earthquake struck off the coast of El Salvador and Nicaragua and was felt across Central America, killing at least one person. There were no immediate reports of major damage. El Salvador's emergency services said a dozen homes in the department of Usulutan had been slightly damaged but that coastal areas appeared calm and the country's international airport was unaffected.
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Hurricane Gonzalo gains strength as it heads toward Bermuda
The Associated Press via CTV News
Hurricane Gonzalo grew into a major Category 3 storm and is expected to strengthen further as it heads toward Bermuda after killing a man in the Dutch Caribbean territory of St. Maarten, authorities said. The storm had top sustained winds of nearly 185 kph and was centred about 1,240 kilometres south of Bermuda on Tuesday afternoon, said the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. It was moving northwest at 20 kph.
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