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Institute of Medicine releases report of workshop on preparedness, response, and recovery considerations for children and families
IAEM
On June 11-12, 2013, the IOM Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events held a workshop to discuss disaster preparedness, response, and recovery relative to the needs of children and families, including children with special health care needs. The workshop reviewed existing tools and frameworks that can be modified to include children's needs; identified non-traditional child-serving partners and organizations that can be leveraged in planning to improve outcomes for children; highlighted best practices in resilience and recovery strategies for children; and raised awareness of the need to integrate children's considerations throughout emergency plans. The workshop summary is available for download.
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Study: Major gaps in country's ability to counter infectious diseases
Homeland Security Today
As concerns escalate over the disturbing growth of antibiotic resistant infectious diseases like Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a new report released by Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation said "the nation's ability to prevent and control infectious disease outbreaks are hampered by outdated systems and limited resources."
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eTriage armbands could get disaster victims treated faster
Gizmag
When emergency response crews have to deal with many casualties at once, such as at a disaster site, one of the first things they do is set up a triage system. This involves assessing the severity of each patient's injuries, so that the people who need help most urgently get it first. It's a system that works, but the EU-funded BRIDGE project is trying to make it better. The project partners are developing a new high-tech triage, that incorporates GPS and RFID technology.
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IAEM ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE


Author James Chiles to speak at IAEM 62nd Annual Conference & EMEX
IAEM
Plan now to be in San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 14-19, 2014, for the IAEM 62nd Annual Conference & EMEX. James Chiles is the first of several general plenary speakers that will be announced. He has been writing and lecturing about technology for 34 years. HarperBusiness published his first book in 2001, Inviting Disaster: Lessons form the Edge of Technology, now it its 13th printing. Chiles has written for many publications and been interviewed by multiple programs. He appeared on History Channel programs, including the four-part Inviting Disaster; Titanic at 100; Katrina: American Catastrophe; Engineering Disasters; Life after People; Wild West Tech; and Mega-disasters. He also appeared on National Geographic Channel's Seconds from Disasters series. Visit Chile' blog.
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IAEM-USA NEWS


Jeh Johnson confirmed as secretary of homeland security
The Washington Post
The Senate confirmed Jeh C. Johnson as secretary of homeland security, the fourth person to lead the sprawling domestic safety agency since its inception after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Johnson, the former general counsel for the Pentagon, won confirmation on an overwhelming vote, 78 to 16, as the Senate continued churning through an end-of-session batch of nominees to fill President Barack Obama's Cabinet and the federal judiciary.
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Brendan G. Carr named director of Emergency Care Coordination Center
Westmoreland Times
Brendan G. Carr, MD, MA, MS, assistant professor of Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennslyvania, has been named as the director of the Emergency Care Coordination Center. Following a landmark report on the future of emergency care by the Institute of Medicine, the ECCC was created by Presidential Directive in order to improve national preparedness and response by promoting research, regional partnerships, and effective emergency medical systems.
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EM NEWS


Disaster response must have optically important aspects
Emergency Management
A major disaster happens and response forces spring into action. People and equipment start responding and new mutual aid resources from neighboring jurisdictions and perhaps from far flung places start arriving and springing into action. Everything may be going swimmingly well, but if no one sees the response happening in real time it can feel as though nothing is happening. Where's FEMA? Where is the National Guard? It can be critically important that there are pictures, and in today's 21st Century, video of what is being done to respond to the crisis. It is not enough to describe to people everything that is going on, we need to show them video footage so they see if for themselves.
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CEM® UPDATE


New CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course and Exam offering added in Washington, D.C.
IAEM
We are gearing up for 2014 so join us at a certification offering.
  • Jan. 10 — New Orleans, La. (IDCE Conference)
  • Feb. 5, 2014 — Washington, D.C. (EMS Today)
  • March 14 — Ceektowaga, N.Y.
A minimum of 10 registrants is required for the Prep Course offerings to proceed. Register online. To discuss opportunities to have the CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course scheduled in your area, contact, CEM Administrator Kate McClimans.

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Recertification is moving online
IAEM
In early January 2014, the online CEM®/AEM℠ recertification application will go live. Visit the certification area of the IAEM website for information on the launch and helpful tools to help candidates use the electronic application.
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FEMA partners with IAEM to utilize LLIS.gov to contribute toward CEM®/AEM℠ certification requirements
IAEM
FEMA's Lessons Learned Information Sharing (LLIS.gov) program is now partnering with IAEM and its Certified Emergency Managers (CEM®) and Associate Emergency Manager (AEM℠) programs. Prospective and current CEM®s and AEM℠s now have an opportunity to utilize LLIS.gov to contribute toward certification requirements by providing professional contributions to the field of disaster/emergency management. Visit the "Get Involved" page on LLIS.gov for additional details about this partnership, including guidelines and submission criteria. Download the FEMA advisory here.
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SURVEY REQUESTS


BC Management conducts 12th annual compensation study
IAEM
BC Management's 12th Annual Compensation Study is taking place now. Study participants will receive complimentary BCM research reports. Respond by Dec. 26, 2013, to receive a complimentary Standard BCM Research Data Report (published in 2013 — Assessing BCM Programs). The study will remain open until Mar. 15, 2014.
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GRANT ANNOUNCEMENTS


Grants for drought program offered by EDEN
IAEM
National VOAD Partner EDEN (Extension Disaster Education Network) is offering five $500 grants to any community that wants to pilot the Community Capacity-Building Program for Drought Response. This guide is designed to help the volunteer sector become involved in identifying a drought response team. That team will have the tools to assess their communities’ specific vulnerabilities to drought. For more information about this program and to access the guide, please visit the EDEN resource page. To learn about the grant program, contact Steve Cain, Indiana VOAC & Chair of the National VOAD Drought Task Force.
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NEW INSIGHTS


Eric Holdeman: 5 future trends in emergency management to track
Emergency Management
Someone asked me a question earlier today about what trends should an emergency management director be tracking. I didn't list social media specifically because it is not a trend — if, you are not on board today you are behind the power curve.
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Crisis counseling after a disaster: Does anything really help?
NBCNEWS.com
In the first two weeks after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings last year, more than 800 anguished people streamed through the main crisis counseling center in Newtown, Conn. Since then, visits to the Newtown Youth and Family Services agency have nearly doubled, and the center has tripled in size to handle the aftermath of horror and heartbreak following the massacre that left 26 people, mostly children, dead.
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AROUND THE WORLD


Colorado's school shooting — over in 80 seconds
CNN
It started just before 12:33 p.m., moments after the high school senior and debate club member parked his car in the student lot at Arapahoe High School in suburban Denver, then — wearing a bandolier containing shotgun shells and carrying a pump-action shotgun, a machete and a backpack holding three Molotov cocktails — walked through a door adjacent to the library. By 12:35 p.m., it was all over.
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Snow blankets Middle East
The Wall Street Journal
Three feet of snow in Jerusalem left the city in a siege-like state over the weekend, with roads blocked, residents confined to their homes and Israeli troops in the streets, as the worst winter storm in decades swept through the Middle East. The storm overwhelmed public emergency services, spurring mayhem and giddiness as a region accustomed to oppressive heat found itself agape at images of camels and iconic landmarks blanketed in white.
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More than 5000 evacuated from Gaza 'disaster area' floods
Reuters
More than 5,000 people have been evacuated from flood-damaged homes in northern Gaza and at least one person killed in what the United Nations called "a disaster area". The flooding, caused by four days of torrential rain, was so severe that many homes could only be accessed by rowing boat with water two meters (more than six feet) deep in some places.
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California wins appeal for Rim Fire disaster funds
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama approved an appeal from California Gov. Jerry Brown for disaster assistance after a major blaze caused more than $50 million in damage near Yosemite National Park this summer. The move partially reverses a Federal Emergency Management Agency decision to deny federal disaster relief funds related to the Rim Fire, which burned 257,000 acres of land this summer. The agency said the fire, which caused $54 million in damage, wasn't severe enough to justify aid.
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