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IAEM-USA NEWS


First-of-it-kind U.S. preparedness index shows great strengths and challenges in protecting nation's health during disasters
IAEM
On Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), along with 25 other stakeholder organizations, including IAEM-USA, released the National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI). The index offers a snapshot of national preparedness to demonstrate progress and identify areas where greater improvement is needed. Specifically, the NHSPI gives information on how well states and the nation are prepared for public health and other emergencies. The goal is to assess where we are as a nation, and help guide efforts to improve public health systems and achieve a higher level of health security preparedness. Future versions of the Index look to include other sectors and key concepts influencing national health security. Learn more. Visit the index website to access the full Index and resources.
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EM NEWS


Category 5 ice storm? A new index rates ice storm impacts
The Weather Channel
If you hear a forecast of a foot of snow, you know it will mess up your commute and could shut down schools, businesses, perhaps even the local airport. You're prepared for the impacts and will likely adjust your schedule accordingly. What about an ice storm? Do you know what impacts a half inch of ice accumulation typically produces in your area? A new index hopes to more clearly communicate the risk from ice storms.
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Johns Hopkins team to develop disaster response resources for houses of worship
News-Medical.Net
When floods, hurricanes, mass shootings and other disasters occur, the first place many people turn to for help are local houses of worship. But those cornerstones of aid and comfort can be affected, too, and the religious leaders who staff them may not be prepared to respond or meet the needs of their communities.
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$9 million lawsuit over flooding served against Amherstburg, Canada
CBC
The Town of Amherstburg has been served with a $9 million dollar lawsuit. The suit accuses the town of negligence because 75 homes flooded following a downpour of rain — 18 cm of rain fell. Amherstburg deputy clerk and risk manager Paula Parker said about all that's clear to the town in the lawsuit is the monetary value.
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NASA maps to aid Supertyphoon Haiyan disaster relief
LiveScience
NASA scientists have used satellite images to create detailed maps of the devastation in the Philippines from Super Typhoon Haiyan in order to help disaster relief efforts by recovery crews. Supertyphoon Haiyan was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. produced the damage maps in order to depict the hardest hit regions of the country, NASA officials wrote in a news release.
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Be recognized for your work! Early submission deadline is Friday
IAEM
Has your federal, military, state regional, county, municipal or other governmental entity produced communications this year? The answer has to be yes. Have you done this internally and/or externally? You probably said yes to both of these questions. Now is the time to be recognized for the communications you are doing. The National Association of Government Communicators has issued their Call for Entries in the Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition. Enter as many categories as your choose — the number of opportunities to share your best work, innovation, creativity and use of technology may surprise you. There are more than 40 categories with a vast range of opportunities for you to showcase your work. A few of the categories are: publications, media relations, photography, graphic design, video, electronic communications, social media, and branding/rebranding. The early submission deadline is Dec. 6, 2013. The final deadline is Jan. 10, 2014. Learn more on the NAGC website.
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TIEMS releases Issue 19 of their newsletter
IAEM
The International Emergency Management Society recently released issue 19 of its newsletter. The issue provides updates from the Iraq and San Diego (Calif.) Chapters as well as articles of interest from members. Download the issue.
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IAEM NEWS


The IAEM Store is available for your holiday shopping needs
IAEM
The IAEM Store is open and ready to ship IAEM logo wear items within 5-7 days directly to you. Browse available items to see an array of great styles and colors, in a full range of sizes. The IAEM logo can be added to any of these items, including men's and women's shirts, headwear, outerwear, bags and accessories. There are even some youth items for that future emergency manager in your family. You can purchase IAEM patches, IAEM and CEM®/AEM℠ pins, student honor stoles, certification ribbons and CEM®/AEM℠ plaques. For the first time — if you are a CEM® or AEM℠ — you can have the certification logo added to any items in the IAEM Store. Visit the store and shop for IAEM gear today!
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EM RESOURCES


FEMA updates continuity tools for non-federal government partners
IAEM
FEMA has updated its Continuity Assistance Tool and two continuity planning documents, now available here. These documents are provided for state, territorial, tribal, and local governments to assist in their continuity of operations planning, which ensures that essential functions and services can be continued during, or resumed rapidly after, emergencies. Included are these updated documents: Continuity Assistance Tool; Continuity Guidance Circular 1; and Continuity Guidance Circular 2.
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FEMA's Citizen Corps Whole Community and CERT Core Capabilities Tool is available
IAEM
FEMA's Individual and Community Preparedness Division has completed and released the Citizen Corps Whole Community and CERT Core Capabilities Tool. The Citizen Corps Whole Community and CERT Core Capabilities Tool can assist State Administrative Agencies (SAAs) in demonstrating how Citizen Corps and CERT programs support most of the target capabilities and help implement the whole community approach to emergency management. This tool can help SAAs and Citizen Corps Councils at all levels develop strategic investment justifications with a high return on investment. Download the tool and related documents here.
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FEMA releases fact sheet on Public Assistance Alternative Procedures and related pilot programs
IAEM
FEMA has published a fact sheet on the Public Assistance Alternative Procedures, authorized under Section 428 of the Stafford Act, as amended by the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act. FEMA is implementing the alternative procedures as pilot programs for both debris removal and permanent work. The fact sheet provides a brief summary of the alternative procedures and pilot programs. For full information, FEMA has issued guides for both debris removal and permanent work. The guides, as well as other information on the alternative procedures pilot programs, are available here.
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CEM® UPDATE


Plan today for your 2014 certification training
IAEM
We are gearing up for 2014, so join us at a certification offering.
  • Jan. 10 (Prep Course & Exam) — New Orleans, La.
  • March 14 (Prep Course & Exam) — Cheektowaga, N.Y.
A minimum of 10 registrants is required for the Prep Course offerings to proceed. Register online.

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Certification holiday announcement
IAEM
Due to the holiday season, no certification exams will be processed or mailed from Dec. 17, 2013 to Jan. 2, 2014.
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EM CALENDAR


EMI now accepting application packages for the National Emergency Management Executive Academy
IAEM
The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is now accepting application packages for the National Emergency Management Executive Academy. EMI in collaboration with prominent programs at higher education institutions is offering a comprehensive and cutting-edge curriculum that supports the advancement of the emergency management profession and its executive leadership. It is expected that the applications for these limited number of spaces will be competitive in nature. Applicants should look at the Emergency Management Professional Program (EMPP) website to gauge which Academy they are best qualified for: www.training.fema.gov/EMPP/. Download the EMI training bulletin here for details.
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2nd Annual Best Practices in Higher Education Emergency Management Conference will be held March 11-13, 2014
IAEM
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is excited to bring another round of innovative and best practice focused presentations to the Higher Ed community. This year's conference will focus again on the sharing of campus specific tools and applications of best practices, lessons learned, and innovative solutions that apply directly to campus emergency management functions. Save the Date for Mar. 11-13, 2014, and participate in Chattanooga, the scenic city. Attendance is encouraged for emergency management practitioners but also staff from various campus departments such as campus safety and security, risk management, non-emergency management staff, local agencies, state/federal partners, nonprofit and volunteer agencies, and independent companies that work with higher ed. Call for presentations is open.
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DHS Webinar: Tools and Technologies for School Emergency Response
IAEM
The Department of Homeland Security will host a Webinar on Dec. 12, 2013, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern. National experts will address the following: common communications challenges, tactics, and lessons learned for responding to school emergencies — from local, state, and federal perspectives; how the Computer-Based Assessment Tool (CBAT), a data collection and presentation medium, uses immersive video, geospatial, and hypermedia imagery to support critical infrastructure security, and special event planning and response operations; how the state of New Hampshire is preparing emergency responders with school maps that include floor plans and color-coded exit and entry points; and a sample of situational awareness tools and technologies that can help schools and emergency responders prepare for emergencies. Presenters will include: Sean R. Goodwin, GIS Administrator, Division of Emergency Services, New Hampshire Department of Safety; Jaysen Goodwin, CBAT Coordinator, Office of Infrastructure Protection, Protective Security Coordination Division, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS); and Mary Schoenfeldt, Public Education Coordinator, Everett (WA) Office of Emergency Management. Pre-registration is not required. Click here to access the webinar.
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EM EVENTS


Improving chemical facility safety and security events and comment requests — Dec. 11 and 16, 2013
IAEM
DHS, EPA and the Dept. of Labor are hosting a listening session (full day) on Dec. 11 and a Webinar on Dec. 16 on "Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security (Executive Order 13650)." The listening session will be held in-person in Orlando, Fla., and also via teleconference. The Working Group will share an overview of the various sections of the Executive Order and the progress made to date on each. They are interested in hearing from stakeholders. Registration is required for the in-person and teleconference session on Dec. 11, or the Webinar on Dec. 16. Interested persons may submit comments by email or through the Federal eRulemaking Portal.
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Supertyphoon Haiyan: Death toll reaches 5,719
Time
The official death toll from Supertyphoon Haiyan (known as Yolanda in the Philippines) hit 5,719 on Wednesday, as the arduous process of counting bodies continues. The Inquirer reports that decomposing corpses are continuously being seen, but the pace of tallying them is slow, since they need to be recovered and processed before being added to the list.
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Death toll at 9 in Scottish copter crash
The New York Times
As investigators continued to examine the wreckage of a police helicopter that plunged through the roof of a crowded pub in Glasgow, the police said that a ninth body had been found in the debris. The dead included all three aboard the helicopter as well as six people inside the pub, where a band was performing when the helicopter, carrying two police officers and a civilian pilot, spun down into the building, apparently after losing power. Many other people were injured.
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Death toll in China pipeline blast climbs to 62
Global Post
Rescue teams reported the finding of seven more bodies of people killed in the explosion of an oil pipeline in the eastern port city of Qingdao, raising the death toll in one of China's worst industrial accidents to 62. The last body was recovered, while 136 of the 150 people injured in the accident remain hospitalized, authorities told the official Xinhua news agency.
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New York derailment kills 4, hurts dozens
CNN
A commuter train derailed in a curve in the New York borough of the Bronx, killing four people and leaving dozens hurt, investigators said. All seven passenger cars and the locomotive jumped the tracks near the Spuyten Duyvil station, about 10 miles north of Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal, the National Transportation Safety Board reported. Three of the dead were thrown out of the train as it "came off the track and was twisting and turning," New York Fire Department Chief Edward Kilduff told reporters.
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