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EM NEWS


Report: Many of America's Ebola-preparedness supplies have expired
Government Executive
Eighty-four percent of the hand sanitizer the Homeland Security Department has in stock in the event of an Ebola outbreak is expired, according to a government audit. An August 2014 report from the department's inspector general found that DHS did not adequately assess its need for pandemic preparedness supplies. The report also found that the purchase and management of these materials do not follow clear guidelines.
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


IAEM Annual Conference Staff wanted!
IAEM
Interested in earning a credit towards your registration fee? Participate in this year's IAEM Annual Conference and EMEX as a staff member. Conference Staff will receive a $25 registration fee discount for each hour worked (with a minimum of two hours). For more information, check out "Conference Staff" information on the online registration page or download the Conference Staff Guidelines.
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It is not too late to register for Pre-Conference Training courses
IAEM
Looking to maximize your emergency management training? Add Pre-Conference Training courses to your IAEM-USA 62nd Annual Conference registration. Space is limited so don't delay! One, two or three-day courses are available, Nov. 14-16, 2014 as follows: L0548 Continuity of Operations Planning Program Manager Train-the-Trainer; L0948 Situational Awareness and Common Operating Picture; L0146 Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program Training; L0775 Emergency Operations Center Management and Operations; Maximizing Your Disaster Cost Recovery; 2014 Leadership Symposium: Strategic Leadership and Opportunities; and Persuade! A course on presenting for Emergency Managers. Click on "Add/Edit Events" on your registration page and register today!
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On the road to EMEX: FLIR Detection — the completed threat detection toolkit
IAEM
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On the road to EMEX: Become a leader in the emergency management community
IAEM
Georgetown University has partnered with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the development and implementation of an Executive Master of Professional Studies in Emergency and Disaster Management that utilizes a hybrid online/on-site curriculum. Students are required to demonstrate advanced competency through theoretical and field practicums in five content-based modules of instruction. This program utilizes modeling, simulation, and experiential field studies at locations in the United States and abroad to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Learn more online or by visiting EMEX booth 137.
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EM CALENDAR


WCDM 2015 is offering discounts to its 25th annual event
IAEM
The 2015 World Conference on Disaster Management (WCDM) is offering $250 full conference passes, which represents a discount to celebrate the 25th anniversary of WCDM. Only the first 500 people to register will receive the discount, so mark your calendar to register on registration opening day, Nov. 5, 2014. See a video here to find out more about this special offer. The conference will take place June 8-11, 2015, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, at the Metro Toronto Conference Centre.
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EM RESOURCES


Tribal Pocket Guide now available
IAEM
FEMA's Tribal Affairs Branch released a new tool to better explain FEMA policies and programs to federally recognized tribes. The document, FEMA and Tribal Nations: A Pocket Guide, provides FEMA’s tribal partners readily accessible information about the agency. The pocket guide explains FEMA’s policies on tribal engagement, outlines key FEMA programs and how they relate to tribes, and provides contact information on how to reach the agency's tribal liaisons. To obtain a hard copy of the pocket guide, please contact a Regional Tribal Liaison or email FEMA.
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CDC publishes Ebola guidance for EMS Systems and 9-1-1 PSAPs
IAEM
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) on Oct. 28 published an updated Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for Management of Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Virus Disease in the United States. The guidance provided in the document reflects lessons learned from the recent experience caring for patients with Ebola in U.S. healthcare settings. This document references the CDC's Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment To Be Used by Healthcare Workers During Management of Patients with Ebola Virus Disease in U.S. Hospitals, Including Procedures for Putting On (Donning) and Removing (Doffing). The document is for managers of 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs), EMS agencies, EMS systems, law enforcement agencies and fire service agencies as well as individual emergency medical services providers (including emergency medical technicians (EMTs), paramedics, and medical first responders, such as law enforcement and fire service personnel).
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IAB Publishes Recommendations on use of PPE for first responders
IAEM
The Interagency Board for Equipment Standardization and Interoperability (IAB) published Recommendations on the Selection and Use of Personal Protective Equipment for First Responders Against Ebola Exposure Hazards This new guidance is based on observations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) practices specifically in hospitals and includes updated requirements for (1) repeated training and demonstrated competency for healthcare workers in the wearing and use of PPE, (2) selection of PPE so that no skin is exposed, and (3) supervised donning and doffing of PPE.
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IAEM-USA NEWS


FEMA amends Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) Program
IAEM
FEMA amended the Fire Management Assistance Grant Program (FMAG) to provide grantees with additional flexibility in receiving reimbursement following a declaration. On Oct. 24, 2014, FEMA published a Federal Register Notice formally modifying the program. These changes will become effective on Nov. 24, 2014. This revision to the program lengthens the extension period that can be requested by a grantee for submitting a grant application to FEMA, and extends the project worksheet submission period from the current three-month time period to six months. This provides increased flexibility to applicants who may benefit from additional time to prepare the documentation necessary to support a grant application and may reduce or eliminate financial losses due to delayed invoices by third parties that exceed the maximum three-month deadline extension. Additionally, FEMA codified the requirement that a fire or fire complex must be on public or private forestland or grassland for a state to receive a fire declaration. The change to the program also exempts project worksheets for administrative costs from the $1,000 project worksheet minimum, enabling the agency to reimburse a project worksheet that is less than $1,000 for administrative costs only.
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Unified Federal Review Applicant Guidance open for comment
IAEM
FEMA, in conjunction with its Interagency Steering Group, announced the public review period for the Draft Environmental and Historic Preservation Guidance for Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance Applicants. The Draft Applicant Guidance is an important step in the implementation of the Unified Federal Environmental and Historic Preservation Review Process (Unified Federal Review). The Unified Federal Review was legislatively mandated in the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act. The guidance provides an overview of the process for applying for federal assistance and permits. It also outlines types of information applicants should submit to federal agencies to assist in expediting the Environmental and Historic Preservation review. Comments may be submitted through Nov. 28, 2014.
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DISASTER TECHNOLOGY NEWS


Drones are taking pictures that could demystify a malaria surge
NPR
Aerial drones are targeting a new enemy: malaria. Four hundred feet above a Malaysian forest, a three-foot eBee drone hovers and takes pictures with a 16-megapixel camera every 10 to 20 seconds. But it's not gathering images of the mosquitoes that transmit malaria. Even today's best drones aren't capable of such a photographic marvel. Rather, the drone is looking at a changing landscape that holds clues to the disease's spread.
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Google is giving nonprofits its latest satellite maps
Engadget
Nonprofit groups don't often have the luxury of using satellite maps to gauge their progress clearing landmines or saving trees. Getting fresh imagery is typically expensive, if it's an option at all. Google's recent acquisition Skybox wants to fix that with Skybox for Good, a new program that gives nonprofits up-to-date satellite photos to help track their work.
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CEM® UPDATE


Certification Prep Course receives rave reviews
IAEM
Thinking about attending one of the CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course offerings this year? Your peers would tell you to just do it! James Frawley of San Marino, California, summed it up with "Concise yet comprehensive. Exactly what you need for the CEM exam and application." "The course was well presented and provided a good picture of what to expect during the exam and application package portion of the process," stated a fellow attendee. Michael E. Hall of Santa Clara, California, added "Excellent class ... worth the time and cost." Register today for one of the upcoming CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Courses or Exams that is convenient to you.
  • Nov. 16, 2014 (Prep Course and Exam): San Antonio, Texas
  • Nov. 21, 2014 (Exam Only): New York, New York
  • 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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NEW INSIGHTS


Epic fail: Giant walls wouldn't stop tornadoes
USA Today
Talk about an epic fail. Building gigantic,1,000-foot tall-walls across the central U.S. wouldn't stop tornadoes and might actually cause other problems, says a recent study in the Electronic Journal of Severe Storms Meteorology. The study by meteorologist Brice Coffer of North Carolina State University was a follow-up to a wild theory proposed this year by physicist Rongjia Tao of Temple University.
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AROUND THE WORLD


Unstoppable lava flow reaches Hawaiian town
ABC News
A river of molten lava has oozed into a small Hawaiian town, covering the yard of two houses closest to the volcano, Hawaii County officials reported. The lava flow has been edging its way towards Pahoa on Hawaii's Big Island for weeks with authorities and residents powerless to halt or divert it.
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Ottawa shooting is latest in growing number of attacks linked to extremism
The New York Times
The Canadian authorities identified the gunman who fatally shot a soldier guarding the National War Memorial in Ottawa as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a Canadian born in 1982 who had a criminal record and recently converted to Islam. He was shot and killed in the attack. The episode was the third deadly assault on people in uniform in North America recently, and the latest in a growing list of attacks in the West against soldiers, and in some cases civilians, by individuals who have professed affinity for radical Islam or sympathy for militant ideology.
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3rd student dies from Washington state school shooting
CBS News
One of the teenagers wounded in Washington state's high school shooting has died, raising the number of fatalities to three, including the gunman. Officials at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett said 14-year-old Gia Soriano died. Another girl was killed during the shooting by a popular freshman at Marysville-Pilchuck High School north of Seattle. The shooter, Jaylen Fryberg, died of a self-inflicted wound. Authorities say he opened fire in the school cafeteria.
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WHO: Ebola appears to be slowing in Liberia
Reuters
Liberia may be seeing a decline in the spread of Ebola, with falls in the number of burials and new admissions as well as a plateau in laboratory-confirmed cases, the World Health Organization said. "Do we feel confident that the response is now getting an upper hand on the virus? Yes, we are seeing slowing rate of new cases, very definitely," WHO Assistant Director General Bruce Aylward told a news conference.
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Severe flooding hits West Norway
The Local
Worst hit has been the vilage of Flåm, Voss and Odda, where transport lnks and roads have been closed and many buildings ruined in the floods. In the village of Flåm in Sogn og Fjordane on Wednesday morning, two rescue helicopters had to be called in to rescue 22 people who were stranded either in their homes or on land due to the high-level water flooding that led to the local river bursting its banks.
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Fierce storm causes flooding in Athens
Time of Malta
Torrential rains in Athens have turned streets into rivers, uprooted trees and flooded houses and stores. The downpour in Greece's capital trapped commuters in their vehicles and overturning parked cars. In some districts, cars were seen stacked one on top of another as the deluge swept them away.
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