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ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


IAEM Annual Conference issues call for speakers for 2015 conference
IAEM
The IAEM Call for Speakers is now open. Read the Speaker Guidance in its entirety to learn all the requirements for a breakout submission. The online submission site will close on Feb. 20, 2015 at 5:00 pm, EST. The IAEM 63rd Annual Conference will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, Nov. 13-18, 2015. The theme is "Expanding the Spectrum of Emergency Management."
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IAEM Annual Conference photos now are available
IAEM
Photos taken by the professional photographer for the IAEM 2014 Annual Conference are posted here for download. The link will be active until Jan. 25, 2015. Thanks to IAEM member Jennifer Duke Holmes of Hydrid Intuition Media, for making additional conference photos available for you to view or download here, with photos posted until Mar. 31, 2015.
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IAEM Annual Conference presentations are available
IAEM
Speaker presentations submitted to IAEM are located in each individual session in the Program icon on the IAEM to GO 2014 Mobile App and also on the web-based version. Choose a session, and click on the link for speaker presentations under PDFs located at the bottom of each individual session screen.
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IAEM MEMBER NEWS


Randy Duncan, CEM, honored by IAEM at Dec. 12, 2014, retirement event
IAEM
Randall C. Duncan, MPA, CEM, was honored at a Dec. 12 retirement party in Wichita, Kansas, where he served as director of Sedgwick County Emergency Management. He was presented with an IAEM Proclamation of Esteem by IAEM Past President Mike Selves, CEM, commending his accomplishments and contributions both in Kansas and nationwide. Randy's dedication, contributions, and commitment to the emergency management profession and IAEM were noted. Randy is a past president of IAEM, and most recently served the association through his leadership as chair of the IAEM-USA Government Affairs Committee. Closer to home, he served as chair of the Kansas Governor's Commission on Emergency Planning and Response, first chair of the Kansas Emergency Management Association's (KEMA) Standards and Practices Committee, and is a past president of KEMA. He was the first local emergency manager from the United States invited to join an EMI/FEMA delegation to the Republic of Turkey. Additional contributions at the national level include: biological warfare improved response program projects; Department of Defense exercises and simulations; and Department of Justice fire department support after 9/11 at the World Trade Center Command Post. See a news interview with Randy regarding his retirement and the emergency management department he leaves behind.
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EM NEWS


Hurricane, flood standards development committee meets
WCTV-TV
Experts say forty percent of hurricane property damage comes from storm surge. That's one of the issues the Florida Commission on Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology has to consider when looking at hurricane models. Hurricane models are computer models that look at property loss. They're what's used to develop insurance rates.
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Changes urged to Sizewell emergency leaflet after it is branded as 'misleading'
EADT24
Suffolk's emergency planning officer has pledged to consult widely and listen to views expressed about a leaflet due to be distributed to 14,000 homes within a 15-kilometre radius of the Sizewell nuclear site.
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Swiss Re: 2014 insured catastrophe and disaster losses estimated at $34 billion
Artemis
Global insured losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disaster events are estimated to reach $34 billion in 2014 by Swiss Re's sigma research unit, below recent annual averages, while economic losses reached $113 billion.
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IAEM-USA NEWS


FEMA Reservist, Coast Guard retiree partnership announced
IAEM
FEMA partnered with the Coast Guard to create a unique and exciting opportunity for Coast Guard retirees – the U.S. Coast Guard Retiree to FEMA Reservist Initiative. This initiative allows semi-retired or fully retired former Coast Guard employees to serve fellow citizens and take part in disaster response missions. FEMA's website includes a section dedicated to recruitment of Coast Guard retirees for this initiative that includes information on the application process, forms and resumes. FEMA Reservists are the largest component of the FEMA response workforce during a disaster. They are trained and qualified to perform the necessary tasks for the disaster response and recovery process. When deployed, FEMA Reservists are reimbursed for travel and paid as intermittent employees. FEMA has openings within the reservists program, with more than 2,700 vacancies available. Reservist positions are managed through FEMA Cadres, and the skills needed to serve in most of them are generally equivalent to many Coast Guard ratings and officer specialties. Many Coast Guard retirees may already have experience in disaster response, Incident Command System, hazardous material handling, survivor support, recovery operations and many other areas of expertise needed in the aftermath of a disaster.
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FEMA changes employee hiring procedures to streamline application process
IAEM
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced a change in its employee hiring process, which is part of its initiative to streamline process and provide opportunities for the FEMA workforce. Effective Dec. 1, 2014, FEMA has a 200-applicant limit for all job opportunity announcements (permanent full-time and CORE). The impact of the applicant limit will be that, upon announcing a job opportunity, the first 200 applicants' resumes will be reviewed and considered. This is in alignment with existing private sector and other federal agency business practices. After the first 200 apply, the job opportunity announcement will close. The applicant limit will increase the efficiency of the hiring process in that applicants can be more quickly contacted for interviews and final hiring decisions. Those who are interested in apply for FEMA job openings are advised to create a search agent in your USAJOBS account. By doing this, you can receive email notifications on a regular basis of new FEMA job opportunity announcements.
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GAO publishes report on FEMA administrative costs for major disasters
IAEM
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Dec. 17 published GAO-15-65, "Federal Emergency Management Agency: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Oversight of Administrative Costs for Major Disasters." FEMA leads federal efforts to respond to and recover from disasters, and provides grants to states and localities through the DRF. For each major disaster, funds can be obligated from the DRF to cover administrative costs — the costs of providing and managing disaster assistance — for FEMA, states, tribes, localities, and certain nonprofits, among others. GAO was asked to review these administrative costs along with FEMA policy changes. In the report, GAO recommends that FEMA (1) develop an integrated plan to better control and reduce its administrative costs for major disasters, (2) assess the costs versus the benefits of tracking FEMA administrative costs by DRF program, and (3) clarify the agency's guidance and minimum documentation requirements for direct administrative costs. FEMA agreed with the report and its recommendations. Download the full report or the summary here.
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FEMA ups its game in sussing out phony aid claims
Government Executive
New controls put in place following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 have allowed the Federal Emergency Management Agency to sharply reduce payments to individuals making fraudulent damage claims, a watchdog reported.
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EM RESOURCES


NOAA reflects on 10 years since Indian Ocean tsunami, provides resources
IAEM
Dec. 26 marks 10 years since the devastating tsunami in the Indian Ocean. Since then, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has made great improvements in tsunami detection, forecasting, warning, and preparedness capabilities. As a result, U.S. and international coastal communities are far better prepared to respond to a tsunami. Today, NOAA manages enhanced networks of water-level and seismic stations, including 39 tsunami buoy stations, which are strategically located throughout the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and the Caribbean Sea. Other advancements include expanded operations for NOAA's two tsunami warning centers and an array of numerical tsunami forecast models that are used in conjunction with high-resolution coastal inundation models to provide accurate and reliable real-time inundation forecasts for tsunami-threatened coastal communities. Through the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program, the TsunamiReady Program (now 181 sites and counting), and NOAA's international coordination activities, significant investment has been made in tsunami preparedness activities. Since tsunamis cannot be prevented, it is vital that people who live, work, or play at the coast understand and are prepared for tsunamis. To help educate the public about what to do before, during, and after a tsunami, NOAA's National Weather Service has launched a new online tsunami safety resource. Click here for more information about the advancements since 2004.
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National Hurricane Center unveils new storm surge watch, warning maps
The Times-Picaynne
The National Hurricane Center took the next step towards creating separate hurricane storm surge warning messages, releasing an example of new color storm surge watch and warning maps to be used on an experimental basis in the 2015 hurricane season.
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White House launches open data disaster portal
Emergency Management
The White House launched a new open data portal targeting the needs of first responders and emergency survivors. The website, found at disasters.data.gov, features disaster-related data sets, tools and resources for those who want to join a larger community of data-minded first responders.
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CEM® UPDATE


New certification exam will be released in January
IAEM
The CEM®/AEM℠ Exam will be updated and released in January 2015. Candidates taking the exam in January will have the option to take either the current exam or the updated exam. If taking the current exam, use the study guide dated May 2014. Beginning Feb. 1, 2015, all candidates will be scheduled to take the new exam and should reference the updated study guide dated December 2014.
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CEMs and AEMs scheduled to recertify in 2014 MUST submit application by Dec. 31, 2014
IAEM
Don't wait until the last minute! Current CEMs and AEMs scheduled to recertify in 2014, must submit their recertification application through the online certification portal by Dec. 31, 2014. Candidates must submit the recertification fee of $250 online before the system will allow you to submit your application. IAEM requires 24 hours to process the recertification payment after it is submitted before the blue "submit application" button becomes visible within the online application. You will have successfully submitted your application when you click on the blue "Submit Application" button on the candidate dashboard within the online application and you receive an automatic generated email confirming that the application was submitted. Plan ahead. Make your payment today and organize your application for submittal.
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DISASTER TECHNOLOGY NEWS


Hurricane-forecast satellites will keep close eyes on the tropics
University of Michigan
A set of eight hurricane-forecast satellites being developed at the University of Michigan is expected to give deep insights into how and where storms suddenly intensify — a little-understood process that's becoming more crucial to figure out as the climate changes, U-M researchers say.
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Bureau of Meteorology joins the Twitter age by targeting tropical cyclones in northern Australia
ABC Online
The government's national weather service launched three separate Twitter accounts for Western Australia, Queensland, and the Northern Territory. The accounts will start off by focusing on tropical cyclones, which are prone to visit these northern parts of the country.
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IAEM-GLOBAL STUDENT COUNCIL NEWS


Voting extended on IAEM Student Council Bylaws amendments to Jan. 16, 2015
IAEM
Only 107 IAEM Student members have voted so far on the proposed IAEM-Global Student Council (GSC) Bylaws amendments. The voting area is open to learn about the changes recommended by the IAEM GSC Board, which completed a comprehensive review of the bylaws this year. While the majority of the review has been to address issues with consistency, redundancy and clarity, the IAEM GSC Board has proposed a modification to the election of council officers (e.g., president, vice president, treasurer and secretary). Online voting began on Nov. 26, 2014, and the voting deadline has been extended to Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern time. All current IAEM Student Members are eligible to vote. Enter the voting area here, and make your wishes known.
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NEW INSIGHTS


Self-doubt hampers disaster preparation efforts
Medical Xpress
People who are indecisive rather than anxious are more likely to be under-prepared for disasters, such as bushfires, according to a recent study. The work builds on previous psychological research which suggested that a lack of preparedness could be connected to the interrelated personality traits of indecisiveness and "trait anxiety."
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EM CALENDAR


Emergency Management Institute offers Continuity of Operations training course
IAEM
FEMA's Emergency Management Institute will hold a three-day training course for government employees who manage Continuity of Operations (COOP) Programs from March 3-5, 2015. The course, known as "E0548 Continuity of Operations Planning Program Manager Train-the-Trainer," is recommended for federal, state, local, tribal and territorial government employees who are responsible for managing COOP programs within their government agencies. The COOP course is based on the guidance to Federal Executive Branch departments and agencies for developing COOP Programs, and is designed to refresh experienced practitioners and instructors on the methodology and techniques of COOP. Course objectives include defining COOP, explaining the benefits and elements of developing a viable continuity program, and identifying the processes, resources and tasks necessary to implement and manage a successful program. Participants must have knowledge of the COOP Programs and Federal Continuity Directives 1 and 2. Participants must also complete IS0547a, "Introduction to Continuity of Operations," prior to attending this course. The registration deadline for the COOP training course is Jan. 6, 2015. For additional information, contact Course Manager Dan Lubman.
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Documentary reveals untold stories from Cyclone Tracy
The Sydney Morning Herald
The savagery of Cyclone Tracy left 71 dead and 90 percent of Darwin's homes uninhabitable when it struck on Christmas Eve 1974. So to hear Robbie Mills, a Larrakia/Kungarakan man and one of 35 interviewees in Blown Away, a 57-minute documentary marking the 40th anniversary of the disaster, describe cyclones as a "cleansing" force straightaway offers a different take on the storm.
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AROUND THE WORLD


See the worst natural disasters of 2014
Time
When it comes to acts of God, 2014 wasn't a particularly active year. No powerful hurricane struck the U.S. like Sandy in 2012 or Katrina in 2005. There was no single catastrophic event like the Asian tsunami of 2004, which killed nearly 300,000 people, the Haiti earthquake of 2010, which killed over 200,000, or even the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland in 2010, which disrupted air travel for weeks.
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WHO: Ebola virus death toll rises to 6,841
TASS
The number of people killed by the Ebola virus has reached 6,841 people, the World Health Organization said. "A total of 18,464 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD have been reported in five affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone and the United States of America) and three previously affected countries (Nigeria, Senegal and Spain) as of Sunday, Dec. 14. There have been 6,841 reported deaths," the WHO's report said.
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Hawaii volcano: Lava expected to reach shopping center in 10 days
The Associated Press via San Jose Mercury-News
Lava from a volcano on Hawaii's Big Island is on course to reach a shopping center with a gas station and a supermarket in seven to 10 days, officials said. Lava is about a mile from the shopping center in the small town of Pahoa, said Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira. The shopping center also contains a hardware store, pharmacy and auto repair shop.
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California storm brings flash floods, mudslides, evacuations
Reuters via Newsweek
A Pacific storm pounded Southern California with heavy rain and high winds, triggering flash floods and mudslides that prompted the evacuation of hundreds of homes, damaged dozens of others and disrupted passenger rail service along the coast.
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Tame tornadoes: Quietest 3 years for twisters on record
USA Today
The U.S. experienced fewer tornadoes in the past three years than any similar span since accurate records began in the 1950s. Yet meteorologists aren't sure exactly why. As this year comes to a close, about 150 fewer damaging tornadoes than average have hit the U.S., according to data from the Storm Prediction Center. Explanations for the decrease in twisters the past three years range from unusual cold to unusual heat, or just coincidence.
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A side effect — a happy one — of Cyclone Hudhud
NDTV
The cyclones that tear through India with increasing frequency often leave devastation in their wake. But sometimes they can also bring benefits, as the fishermen in India's lower Assam districts of Dhubri and Goalpara have discovered.
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Death toll reaches 141 in massacre at Pakistan school
USA Today
Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in Peshawar and massacred 141 people, nearly all children, an act of barbarism that left Pakistanis in shock as they mourned the loss of relatives and friends.
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CSIRO warns of '$1 trillion' natural disasters exposure
ABC Online via PerthNow
The CSIRO is warning the damage caused by extreme weather could cost Australia more than $1 trillion by 2100, ABC reports. According to the news service, it has obtained a draft discussion paper from the nation's premier science agency warning climate change and poor planning were leaving the nation increasingly exposed to natural disasters.
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