IAEM Dispatch
Jan. 29, 2015

Families of victims in Shanghai incident to receive compensation
Families of the 36 people who died in the Dec. 31 New Year's Eve stampede in Shanghai will receive $129,000 each in compensation. The 49 other people who were injured in the stampede will receive compensation depending on their injuries. The incident, which involved about 300,000 people, began in an area known as The Bund in Shanghai's Chen Yi Square. In the aftermath of the incident, IAEM-Asia President Victor Bai, CEM, was interviewed by Beijing News, news.163.com and iNewsweek.cn.More

Peter Gaynor, CEM, named Rhode Island state EMA director
IAEM member Peter Gaynor, CEM, was recently named state EMA director of Rhode Island. Appointed by Governor Gina Raimondo, Gaynor is credited with professionalizing the city of Providence's emergency management agency and office of homeland security. A 26-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Gaynor became Providence's EMA director in 2007. "Pete Gaynor has done an outstanding job as the head of emergency management for the City of Providence, and I know he will serve all Rhode Islanders with the same dedication, expertise and professionalism," Governor Raimondo said in a statement to Rhode Island Public Radio (RIPR). Under Gaynor's leadership, Providence became the first municipality to earn EMAP accreditation. Read the RIPR article here.More

1 shot to cure them all: The quest for the universal flu shot
Around this time last year no one thought much of H3N2 influenza strain A/Switzerland/9715293/2013. It was just another flu virus. In February 2014, when public health officials gathered for the World Health Organization's annual Northern Hemisphere influenza vaccine summit, most thought the Switzerland strain would be less pernicious this winter than a different strain from Texas. So when the group recommended which three strains of flu to include in the 2014–15 vaccine, this one didn't make the cut.More

Ebola cases tumble as WHO extends public health emergency
Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
Though Ebola cases in West Africa's outbreak region continue to drop sharply, infections are still occurring in some hot spots and posing a threat to other countries, with the World Health Organization announcing that the situation is still a public health emergency of international concern. In its weekly detailed overview of the outbreak, the WHO said Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone reported only 145 confirmed cases over the past week, lifting the global outbreak total to 21,724 cases. For comparison, in the week before, the three countries reported 234 cases.More

Join the National Conversation on Homeland Security Technology
The National Conversation on Homeland Security Technology is a series of online and in-person virtual discussions through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's S&T Collaboration Community, designed to get people talking about how to innovate solutions for U.S. homeland security challenges. The National Conversation is intended to foster exchange between responders/operational users and innovators to generate sustainable homeland security solutions that will help keep our communities and those who protect them safe and resilient. The National Conversation addresses any issue related to homeland security technology capabilities. Topics include sensors, wearable technologies for responders, multi-directional situational awareness and decision-making, cybersecurity, screening, and community resilience. You are invited to join the conversation.More

FEMA encourages young people to join Youth Preparedness Council
FEMA announced it is seeking applicants for its Youth Preparedness Council. The Council supports FEMA's commitment to involving youth in preparedness-related activities and provides an opportunity for young people to offer their perspectives, feedback and insights on how to help make America more resilient. Council members are selected based on their dedication to public service, their efforts in making a difference in their communities, and their potential to expand their impact as national advocates for youth preparedness. As advocates for preparedness, Council members will complete a self-selected youth preparedness project and have the opportunity to share their opinions, ideas, solutions and questions about youth disaster preparedness with FEMA leadership and national organizations working on preparedness initiatives. Members also have the opportunity to brief FEMA officials on strategies, initiatives and projects throughout their one-year term. To apply, Youth Preparedness Council applicants must be 13 to 17 years old. They must also be engaged in individual and community preparedness or have experienced a disaster that motivated them to make a positive difference in their community. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must submit a completed application form and two letters of recommendation. Completed applications and all supporting materials must be received no later than March 2, 2015, 11:59 p.m. ET. More

House holds disaster recovery hearing on Jan. 27
On Jan. 27, 2015 the House Committee on Transportation and infrastructure, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management held a hearing titled "Rebuilding after the Storm: Lessening the Impacts and Speeding Recovery." The video of the hearing, written statements of the witnesses, and the committee's summary of the subject matter are available here. The hearing focused on saving taxpayer dollars by lessening the impacts of disasters and strategies for speeding disaster recoveries. With this hearing, Chairman Barletta and the Subcommittee are launching an assessment of the rising costs of disasters, the cost effectiveness of disaster assistance, strategies to reduce disaster losses, and the appropriate roles of government and the private sector. As part of that process, the Subcommittee will also consider possible emergency management program reforms that can help save lives through improved alerts and warning systems and search and rescue. The witnesses included the FEMA administrator, a former FEMA administrator, an emergency management expert from the Congressional Research Service, a state emergency management director, and an assistant fire chief.More

FBI releases alert on compromise of sensitive business and personal information
The FBI Emergency Services Division has released an alert regarding the compromise/theft of sensitive business information and personally identifiable information from US commercial and government networks. The alert, which is posted here, provides details about the tools used by the cyber hackers and how you can protect your personal or business records. For more information, contact your FBI field office.More

Military develops flying robot to rescue humans during natural disasters
Science Recorder
While lethal military drones may get more press, scientists have not let combat corner the market in unmanned flight technology. Regardless of application, one big hurdle in robotics has been combining flight and terrestrial mobility into one drone. However, a major step over this hurdle was described in a report published in the journal Bioinspiration and Biomimetics. More

How to confront the cybersecurity challenge
In 2014 it became clear that no person, business or government is 100% immune to a cyberattack — regardless of the number of safe-guarding layers or how “off the grid” someone may think they are. That is the 30,000-foot view. Zooming in for a more granular perspective reveals the stakes and risks are particularly high for security professionals. Like everyone else, they must contend with personal and business cyber-threats to themselves and their families, as well as those to their organizations. However, they must also ensure the networked security solutions they deploy are as impervious to cybersecurity compromise as possible.More

Grounded: Drone Manufacturer DJI to prevent its drones from flying over Washington DC
In an effort to combat wayward drone pilots, a leading manufacturer of consumer drones is taking action to prevent its drones from flying over sensitive areas, such as the White House. DJI, the Chinese-based company known for its white-shelled Phantom quadcopter, the same model that crashed on the White House grounds earlier this week, said it will release a mandatory firmware update to all Phantom drones that will restrict flight within a 15.5 mile radius centered around downtown Washington D.C. More

Author and comedienne Jan McInnis to speaker at IAEM 63rd Annual Conference & EMEX in Clark County, Nevada
Join fellow attendees on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, during lunch at the IAEM 63rd Annual Conference with speaker and comedienne Jan McInnis, who will show you how to use humor to handle change. In her presentation, Jan will teach attendees how to instantly diffuse tension, kick off tough conversations and facilitate communications by using humor. Attendees will walk away laughing and learning as they discover the steps they can take to conquer, and even embrace, change. Inspired by fifteen years as a marketing director in the 9-to-5-world, Jan has cornered the association and corporate convention market. During the past 19+ years on the full-time speaking circuit, she has spoken at hundreds of conferences, employee retreats and banquets held by such groups as Anthem Blue-Cross, the American Heart Association, the Federal Reserve Banks, and the Mayo Clinic. Jan was featured in The Wall Street Journal as one of the top convention comedians whose material is clean and in the Washington Post for her clean comedy writing. Jan has sold comedy material to just about everyone ... from "The Tonight Show" monologue, to greeting cards, hundreds of radio stations and even guests on "The Jerry Springer Show" (yes, some of it is staged), and she is the author of two books: "Finding the Funny Fast: How to Create Quick Humor to Connect with Clients, Coworkers and Crowds" and "Convention Comedian: Stories and Wisdom From Two Decades of Chicken Dinners and Comedy Clubs." More

PHMSA and FEMA release new hazard mitigation guidance document for land use near pipelines
Hazard Mitigation Planning: Practices for Land Use Planning and Development near Pipelines outlines best practices for communities to reduce risks from pipeline incidents, including those caused by natural hazards. It was prepared by Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's (PHMSA) Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance (PIPA) Communications Team and is sponsored by PHMSA in coordination with FEMA as a primer for incorporating pipeline hazards into hazard mitigation plans. The guidance provides emergency managers, planners, and others involved with developing hazard mitigation plans with the knowledge and understanding of: how pipelines operate; the common products that may be transported through transmission pipelines; the potential impacts (risks) of pipeline incidents; and mitigation strategies they can implement to reduce these risks.More

CDC releases NIOSH fact sheet on Ebola information for U.S. law enforcement professionals
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) fact sheet on "Ebola Information for Law Enforcement Professionals in the U.S." The fact sheet, which explains the risk of exposure and ways law enforcement personnel can protect themselves, is posted here. For further information, visit the CDC website.More

Earthquakes, floods and volcanoes: The most disaster-prone places in America
The Washington Post
Fires. Floods. Storms. Hurricanes. Volcanoes! The Federal Emergency Management Agency has declared more than 3,000 disasters since 1953, covering the gamut of large-scale calamities ranging from tornadoes to terrorism, and everything in between. Since 1964, they've been tracking these disaster declarations at the county level.More

IAEM Is the 1,000th Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador
IAEM was announced as the I,000th Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador by National Weather Service Director, Dr. Louis W. Uccellini, who stated, "I'm excited to announce that we have reached a significant milestone in our efforts, with the recognition of our 1,000th WRN Ambassador, the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). IAEM has been a key partner for years and has embodied the spirit of WRN at the local, state, national and international levels." The Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ initiative is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation’s readiness, responsiveness, and overall resilience against extreme weather, water, and climate events. As a WRN Ambassador, partners commit to working with NOAA and other Ambassadors to strengthen national resilience against extreme weather. In effect, the WRN Ambassador initiative helps unify the efforts across government, nonprofits, academia, and private industry toward making the nation more ready, responsive, and resilient against extreme environmental hazards. Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) is a strategic outcome where society's response should be equal to the risk from all extreme weather, water, and climate hazards.More

IAEM-Global Editorial Work Group issues IAEM Bulletin call for articles on 'Consequence Management and Public Health' with deadline of Feb. 15
The IAEM-Global Editorial Work Group is seeking articles for its first 2015 IAEM Bulletin special focus issue on the topic of "Consequence Management and Public Health." Examples of articles could include, but are not limited to: what emergency managers need to know about the difference between infectious diseases and contagious diseases; public health implications for emergency management programs; responding to pandemics; lessons learned; and international public health vs. emergency management issues. Article length is 750 to 1,500 words. Please read the author's guidelines before submitting an article, and email articles to Karen Thompson, editor, no later than Feb. 15, 2015.More

How to survive a disaster
BBC News
We haven't always had a clear picture of what people really do in emergencies. Engineers designing evacuation procedures used to assume that people respond immediately when they hear an alarm, smell smoke or feel their building shake or their boat begins to list. Yet as cases in recent decades began to show, the real challenge is getting them to move quickly enough.More

UK government: Yes, we can live well and avoid climate disaster
The Guardian
The world can enjoy higher standards of living and more travel, while drastically cutting emissions to avoid dangerous climate change — but only with sweeping changes to our infrastructure, the natural world and agriculture, a new analysis has found. The U.K. government analysis also assumes that billions of people will remain in dire poverty at mid-century, despite efforts to lift them to greater prosperity, as the population rises to an estimated nine billion people.More

All certification candidates sitting for exam beginning Feb. 1 will use the new exam
All candidates taking the CEM®/AEM℠ Exam as of Feb. 1, 2015, will be given the updated exam. Candidates are reminded to study the resources in the Study Guide dated December 2014.More

IAEM Prep Course helps individuals pursuing certification
IAEM offers preparatory courses for individuals interested in pursuing the Certified Emergency Manager or Associate Emergency Manager designation. Offerings are listed on the IAEM website. Sign up now on the IAEM website to reserve your spot in one of these upcoming courses.


Emergency Management Project Success Study needs your participation
Be a part of a research study conducted at by a student at Capella University to determine if there is a relationship between project management critical success factors and the success of emergency management projects. This 10-15 minute survey will ask you about how you perceive ten project management critical success factors in relation to one of your current or recent emergency management projects. The use of project management methodologies is slowly expanding beyond the construction and IT industries into non-traditional industries such banking, healthcare, and government. Have these methods expanded into the emergency management industry? Follow this link to the survey and provide your input: Critical Success Factors in Emergency Management Projects.More

New England digs out from massive blizzard
Millions in the Northeast started digging out from a powerful blizzard that dumped up to 3 feet of ssnow and led to coastal flooding around parts of the region, while largely bypassing New York City. Snow was forecast to continue falling in the area throughout the morning, although the National Weather Service had lifted blizzard and winter storm warnings across New England.More

Leaders in New York and New Jersey defend shutdown for a blizzard that wasn't
The New York Times
It was an unprecedented step for what became, in New York City, a common storm: For the first time in its 110-year history, the subway system was shut down because of snow. Transit workers, caught off guard by the shutdown that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced, scrambled to grind the network to a halt within hours. Residents moved quickly to find places to stay, if they were expected at work the next day, or hustle home before service was curtailed and roads were closed.More

Climate forecast: More Southwest droughts and Australian floods
National Geographic
People living around the Pacific Ocean, including in parts of Asia, Australia and western North and South America, should expect wilder climate swings in the 21st century. Extreme versions of El Niño and La Niña, the sibling Pacific weather patterns that can translate into torrential rains or searing droughts, will likely occur nearly twice as often — approximately once every decade — if greenhouse gases continue increasing on their current trajectory, an international team of scientists has concluded.More