IAEM Dispatch
Jan. 30, 2014

International Network of Women in Emergency Management issues Call for Nominations for inWEM Hall of Fame
The International Network of Women in Emergency Management is accepting nominations for the inWEM Hall of Fame. The nomination form can be downloaded here, and the deadline for nominations is Mar. 1, 2014. The Hall of Fame honors women and women's organizations that have made significant contributions to the field of emergency management and services to women and children. The 4th Annual Gala Reception and Induction Ceremony for 2014 honorees will be held Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, during the IAEM-USA 62nd Annual Conference & EMEX Exhibit, in San Antonio, Texas. The nominator and the selected nominee must be present at the 2014 Induction Ceremony, to receive the award and participate in the induction ceremony. Learn more.More

Call for Articles, The CIP Report: Emergency Management issue
The Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security (CIP/HS) at the George Mason University School of Law is seeking article submissions for the upcoming March edition of The CIP Report, focusing on emergency management. The report is electronically distributed to more than 5,000 interested professionals and provides the latest information on emerging legislation, government and industry initiatives, and academic endeavors related to infrastructure security and resilience. Articles should be approximately 1,500 words and must be received by Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014. Submission guidelines as well as issue archives can be found here.More

FEMA promises to revise state disaster planning guidance to require consideration of climate change impacts
Natural Resources Defense Council
NRDC got encouraging news from the Federal Emergency Management Agency about its intentions to update its guidance for state hazard mitigation planning: the agency will be revising the guidance to more explicitly require state governments to consider the impacts of climate change and prioritize preparedness. A revised draft from FEMA is expected to be available for public review and comment as early as this summer.More

Insurers shake up disaster modeling
Financial Times
Insurers are aiming to transform the way in which natural disasters are modeled with a groundbreaking system of their own as the industry tries to scale back reliance on outside specialists that critics warn exert undue influence on premiums.More

IAEM Call for Speakers is open until February 21
The Theme for the 62nd IAEM Annual Conference is Emergency Management: Navigating the New Normal. Review the Speaker Guidance for all the requirements and submit your presentation today. The deadline to submit is 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. The IAEM 62nd Annual Conference & EMEX will be held in San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 14-19, 2014.More

Register today for prep course in Buffalo, N.Y.
There will be a CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course and exam offering in Buffalo, N.Y., on Mar. 14. The deadline to register is Feb. 25, 2014. A minimum of 10 registrants is required for this course to proceed. Interested candidates should register through the IAEM website. A CEM® Commissioner will be available to answer questions about the application and process. If you have any questions about the registration process or would like to confirm your registration, contact Kate McClimans.More

FEMA and IAEM announce new opportunity for Associate and Certified Emergency Managers
Through FEMA's continuing partnership with IAEM, both prospective and current CEMs and AEMs have new opportunities to contribute toward their certification and recertification requirements by using the Lessons Learned Information Sharing (LLIS.gov) program. LLIS.gov is the free, national online network of lessons learned, best practices, and innovative ideas for the emergency management and homeland security communities. CEM® and AEM℠ candidates can now conduct pre-recorded or interactive webinars to contribute toward IAEM's certification and recertification requirements. Webinars must be related to emergency management while enhancing the knowledge of the whole community. Additional guidance and submission criteria on how to conduct a webinar can be found here. For questions or feedback on this program, please contact CEMSubmissions@llis.dhs.gov.More

Certification packet results to be mailed in March
CEM®/AEM℠ candidates who will have their application reviewed during the Feb. 20-23 review meeting are reminded that results will be mailed on Mar. 17, 2014.More

GAO report issued on enhancing the cybersecurity of public safety entities
In a report published Jan. 28, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends that the Secretary of Homeland Security collaborate with emergency services sector stakeholders to address the cybersecurity implications of implementing technology initiatives in related plans. DHS concurred with GAO's recommendation. The complete report and a highlights documents are available here.More

How the Red Cross is using mobile apps to improve public health
With the advancements in social media and a surge in the prevalence of smartphones, we are now seeing live Twitter and Facebook updates and emergency-related applications being used in disaster response efforts. Here is an evaluation of the Red Cross Natural Disaster App series' design and utility for the public in natural disasters.More

Report: Lower-caste people get less aid when disaster strikes
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Discrimination faced by lower-caste communities has not only left millions of people across the world more vulnerable to disasters, but has also resulted in many receiving less aid when a natural calamity strikes, according to a report released on Tuesday.More

Disaster cities: After tragedy strikes, what next?
The Guardian
When the Earth has stopped shaking and the waters have receded, when the wind has blown out and the bodies have been taken to the makeshift morgue (for natural-disaster morgues are always makeshift), what then? Where do you start? How do you rebuild a city?More

Rare snow, ice shock the Deep South
USA Today
A wet winter storm covered much of the Deep South with snow and ice, prompting airlines to cancel thousands of flights while snarling traffic, triggering accidents and sending temperatures down into the teens. Two to three inches of snow fell in Atlanta, a rarity. More than 1,200 flights into and out of Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport, the nation's busiest, were canceled, and more than 250 flights through Atlanta were scrubbed in advance.More

Confirmed death toll climbs to 16 in Quebec fire
The Associated Press via ABC News
Authorities say 16 people are now confirmed dead and 16 remain missing after the fire that ripped through a seniors' residence in Quebec. Emergency workers continued to comb through the ice-covered rubble on the sixth day of the excruciating recovery effort.More

Philippines stretched thin by wave of natural disasters
The Wall Street Journal
The Philippines is reeling from a barrage of massive natural disasters-three in as many months-that has tested the ability of government responders and aid agencies to help millions of displaced people across the country's central and southern regions.More

Victorians get new digital services for emergency
FutureGov Magazine
Residents in Australia's most densely populated state, Victoria, earlier this month experienced the state's longest heatwave in more than 100 years. The state government is helping them better prepare by providing real-time emergency information through the new VicEmergency website and an updated FireReady App.More