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Inaugural IAEM 2014 Middle East Resilience Conference Takes Place Dec. 10-11 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
IAEM
The inaugural IAEM 2014 Middle East Resilience Conference, will take place Dec. 10-11, 2014, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. “The IAEMMERC 2014 was launched to fill a need to educate our safety, security and emergency managers and officers on how to best prepare for potential and unforeseen emergencies. Over the two-day conference, delegates will attend sessions facilitated by experts who have knowledge and firsthand experience in handling emergency situations,” stated H.E. Khaled Al Mansoori, IAEM International Council President. “Parallel sessions ranging from table-top discussions, exercises, and scenario-based panel discussions will be held for intermediate- and expert-level personnel. An exhibition will be held alongside IAEMMERC 2014 where the industry can connect with delegates and elevate their profile through a targeted market exposure.” The conference, which is IAEM's first in the Middle East, will aim to arm emergency management, security, police, fire and other safety officials and managers with both theoretical and practical experiences. Find out more and register online.
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Donate to IAEM Scholarships at no cost while shopping online
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EM NEWS


Bristol hospital practices response to weather disaster
TriCities.com
Local Bristol, Tennessee, students, painted to appear wounded, were treated Thursday at Bristol Regional Medical Center as part of a severe weather disaster drill. “We do this regional wide disaster drill to coordinate the emergency response activities of the community,” said BRMC Emergency Management Coordinator Tommy Sparks. “We exercise with an influx of patients into a facility and we practice our emergency management code delta drill at the hospital. We call in staff where needed and stress the system with an influx of patients.”
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New York governor wrongly faults National Weather Service forecasts for Buffalo snowstorm
Mashable
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo responded to the massive lake-effect snow in the Buffalo area by criticizing the National Weather Service's (NWS) forecasts over the weekend, saying the agency failed to prepare the community for such a historic amount of snow. The problem for Cuomo is that the forecasts were accurate, and it appears that he was the one who was caught off guard, not the NWS.
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Sequestration's impact lingers for government-focused tradeshows
Associations Now
Government-focused trade shows were delivered another blow last week when the producers of FOSE, one of the premiere events for government technology professionals, announced that the conference and accompanying exposition would not return in 2015. The event, formerly known as the Federal Office Systems Expo, drew 5,000 people to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., in May, representing a major drop from the 8,000 people who attended in 2013.
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IAEM-USA NEWS


FEMA announced changes in senior leadership
IAEM
FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate on Nov. 24 announced several changes in senior leadership at the Federal Emergency Management Agency:
  • Tony Russell, who served as Acting Region VIII Administrator, Denver, will return to his position as Superintendent of the Emergency Management Institute.
  • Andrew Velasquez, who served as Acting Region IV Administrator, Atlanta, will return to Chicago as Region V Administrator.
  • Janet Odeshoo, who served as Acting Region V Administrator, Chicago, will return to the position of Deputy Region V Administrator.
  • Robert Samaan, who served as Acting Region VI Deputy Administrator, Denton, Texas, will serve as Acting Region IV Administrator in Atlanta.
  • Gracia Szczech will serve as Acting Region IV Deputy Administrator in Atlanta.
  • Sharon Loper, who served as Region X Deputy Administrator, Seattle, will serve as Acting Region VIII Administrator, Denver.

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NEW INSIGHTS


Are we ready for the next disaster?
Crosscut
Two of the biggest natural disasters in Washington state’s history hit within just a few months of each other this year. The Senate Natural Resources and Parks Committee met recently to begin a conversation about learning lessons from the Oso mudslide and the wild fires in Central Washington. One big focus was on ways to improve communications.
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Hope, fate or providence in times of disaster or emergency
CIHAN
Being prepared for a national emergency or natural disaster is crucial. Steve Goldfarb, a fire safety and emergency planning specialist at the University of Southern California department of environmental health and safety, once said: “You can't control how an earthquake will shake you, but you can act now and control how it will harm you. Being prepared for the unknown is the key." Every culture views disaster differently: Is it luck, fate or providence? In some parts of the world it is considered to be “fate"; in other places it would be viewed as God's providence, and to others it might seem to be sheer luck.
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Thar: drought or disaster?
DAWN.com
Arid areas of the world are always prone to famines whenever the average annual rainfall is less than 250mm. The Thar region of Sindh, which has climatic and ecological conditions similar to the Indian state of Rajast­han’s portion of Thar, faces severe droughts for two to three years in every 10-year cycle. These areas have been witnessing famine-like conditions for ages. The average annual rainfall is less than 250mm, which is usually uneven and erratic.
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CEM® UPDATE


Revised requirements for CEM®/AEMSM recertification begin January 2015
IAEM
Revised requirements for recertification, beginning in January 2015, will reward CEMs and AEMs 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 their certification, the training requirements decrease while the professional contribution requirements increase. See a breakdown of the new requirements by recertification year here. Please note that the online recertification application will be revised by Jan. 5, 2015, to accommodate the changes.
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DISASTER TECHNOLOGY NEWS


China successfully launches second disaster relief satellite
Sputnik News
Kuaizhou II, also known as Speedy Vehicle II, will monitor natural disasters and provide disaster relief information from a satellite launched recently. Kuaizhou I was launched last year in September with the same mission. China launched the Yaogan Weixing-24 remote-sensing satellite. Yaogan Weixing-24 will carry out disaster relief monitoring, scientific experiments and assess and estimate crop yields, the news agency said in an earlier report.
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


Announcing the IAEM EMvision Talks Logo Design Contest
IAEM
The IAEM Conference Committee is soliciting entries for the design of a logo for an exciting new conference initiative – EMvision Talks. The Talks are modeled on the well-known TED™ Talk format and are a new way to communicate thought leadership in emergency management. EMvision Talks will become part of the IAEM Annual Conference line-up in 2015. Submissions for EMvision Talks will be open to everyone, and the Call for Presentations will open the end of March 2015. Right now, the committee seeks an eye-catching graphic to brand the talks and make them an identifiable part of future conferences. As a home-grown project of IAEM, the Committee would like an IAEM member with graphic arts skills to develop a distinctive logo relating to emergency management and IAEM that will capture the essence of these talks — passion, novelty, excitement, thought leadership, and vision. The winning design will be used on the IAEM Website, in conference e-mails, in print, and on conference signage to identify EMvision Talks at future conferences. The contest opened Oct. 1 and closes Nov. 30, 2014, at midnight Eastern time. Submissions must be in PDF format and should be e-mailed to Julie Husk.
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EM CALENDAR


Mark Your Calendars Now for the IAEM 2015 Annual Conference & EMEX
IAEM
If you benefited from the IAEM 2014 Annual Conference or you missed the conference and feel left out, you’ll want to mark your calendars now for the IAEM 2015 Annual Conference & EMEX. Built on the theme of “Expanding the Spectrum of Emergency Management,” the IAEM 2015 Annual Conference will be held Nov. 13-18, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference Set for Dec. 10-12 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 your organization and committee in mitigating, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies and disasters. Four specialty workshops will supplement the conference: disaster medicine training for coalition partners; pediatric disaster response; adding value through exercise design; and building effective and sustainable coalitions. This third annual event takes place Dec. 10-12, 2014, in Denver, Colorado, and details are available online.
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AROUND THE WORLD


More weather misery on horizon for beleaguered Buffalo
USA Today
The cold eased and it was no longer snowing in battered Buffalo and elsewhere around the Great Lakes. Here comes the rain. And behind that, another foot of snow. Areas that saw up to 7 feet of lake-effect snow in recent days were basking in temperatures well above freezing. Buffalo saw 60 degrees. The warmer temperatures and half-an-inch of rain could mean intense flooding for the beleaguered region.
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Lava flow breakout located 3.5 miles above Apaa Street advances
West Hawaii Today
A ridge created by the June 27 lava flow as it advanced downslope in the previous months has created a barrier that scientists and officials say is sending a breakout away from the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision in Puna. When the flow passed through the area in September, it inflated to about 1 to 3 meters, creating a “ridge” that is causing breakouts to head north and away from Kaohe, said Janet Babb, a geologist with the United States Geological Survey.
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Mali records new Ebola case, linked to dead nurse
Reuters
Mali has recorded a new case of Ebola in the capital Bamako after the friend of a nurse who died of the hemorrhagic fever earlier this month tested positive for the disease, health and medical officials said on Saturday. The nurse contracted the disease after treating an imam from neighboring Guinea, who died after being incorrectly diagnosed with kidney problems. This allowed Ebola to spread to five other people in the West African nation's second outbreak.
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Magnitude 6.8 quake hits central Japan; no tsunami warning
Reuters
An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 6.8 jolted central Japan on Saturday evening, temporarily trapping 21 people when their homes collapsed and leaving 13 people injured, police and public broadcaster NHK said. The Japan Meteorological Agency said no tsunami warning was issued after the quake, which was felt in the capital Tokyo 180 km (110 miles) away.
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Residents capture photos and video of huge twister tearing through South African field
9 News
Footage has been captured of a massive tornado tearing through a field in South Africa. The video shows a twister touching down in parts of Vryheid and Dundee in the Kwa-Zulu Natal province on Saturday, news channel eNCA reports. Social media is abuzz with the footage, while residents have tweeted their own pictures of the damage.
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Quiet 2014 Atlantic hurricane season ends Sunday with 6 hurricanes, 2 major; only 1 US hit
The Times Picayune
A quiet 2014 Atlantic hurricane season ends on Nov. 30 after producing only eight named storms, including six hurricanes, of which only two were major, National Weather Service forecasters said. None of the storms posed any threat to metro New Orleans, and forecasters don't expect any additional tropical systems for the rest of the week.
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Minister calls on farmers to be on high alert in cyclone season
fijivillage
Minister for Agriculture and Natural Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu has called on farmers to be on high alert as the country is entering its cyclone season. Seruiratu said farmers should be proactive as natural disasters can happen anytime.
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