IAEM Dispatch
Feb. 5, 2015

IAEM webinar on 'Tips for a Successful Speaker Proposal' is now available in a recorded format
Did you miss the IAEM Conference Committee webinar on "Tips for a Successful Speaker Proposal?" Have you been thinking about submitting a proposal to speak at the IAEM Annual Conference and have some questions? No worries, this webinar was recorded and includes a discussion of the requirements, the breakout focus areas and what makes for an effective presentation, as well as many answers to frequently asked questions from the attendees. More

Don't delay — The IAEM Call for Speakers will close on Feb. 20, 2015
at 5:00 p.m. EST

The theme for the 63rd IAEM Annual Conference is "Expanding the Spectrum of Emergency Management." Review the Speaker Guidance for all the requirements and submit your presentation today. The IAEM 63rd Annual Conference & EMEX will be held in Clark County, Nevada, Nov. 13-18, 2015. The deadline to submit a speaker proposal is 5:00 p.m. EST, Feb. 20, 2015.More

IAEM-USA Emerging Technology Caucus offers Feb. 27 members-only webinar on social media monitoring in action
The IAEM-USA Emerging Technology Caucus is offering an IAEM members-only webinar on "Social Media Monitoring in Action: Napa Earthquake," on Feb. 27, 2015, 1:00 p.m. EST. Space is limited, so register online now. Now that you've learned the basics of finding information using social media channels, learn how monitoring and engagement work during actual incidents. Our speaker, Jennifer Lazo, managed local Red Cross social media networks and organized a group of digital volunteers following the August 2014 earthquake in Napa. This webinar will share examples of how intelligence gathered from social media was acted on, as well as lessons observed during the earthquake aftermath.More

President releases FY 2016 budget request on Feb. 2; highlights on FEMA budget featured in memo from IAEM-USA Policy Advisor
The President's Fiscal Year 2016 budget request, released on Feb. 2, 2015, included $350 million for Emergency Management Performance Grants; $19.5 million for the Emergency Management Institute; $670 million Firefighter Assistance Grants; and $200 million for Pre-Disaster Mitigation, which is a major increase. There was also a renewed request to consolidate the homeland security grants (excluding EMPG and fire grants) into the National Preparedness Grant Program. Congress has rejected the consolidation the last three years. A memo with more information on the FEMA budget and links to additional information on the DHS budget and other Departments is available here.More

White House issues New Executive Order on Federal Flood Risk Management, ASFPM Supports New Standard
President Obama issued an Executive Order on Jan. 30 that proposes a new Federal Flood Risk Management Standard, which the Association of State Flood Plain Managers (ASFPM) says will ultimately help reduce flood losses and taxpayer costs. Two federal coordinating groups that deal with floodplain management issues– Federal Interagency Floodplain Management Task Force and Mitigation Framework Leadership Group (MIT-FLG) — have been working on the new standard for the past year. The standard would apply to federal actions such as federal grants used for repair and redevelopment after a natural disaster. The new standard is supported by the ASFPM in its news release here, with more information posted on a related resource web page.More

All Hazards Consortium features IAEM participants
During the 2014 IAEM Annual Conference, the Field Innovation Team challenged attendees to an Innovation in Emergency Management Challenge. We had many people and organizations submit their stories about how they had used or witnessed an innovation helping a community after disaster. Two winners were chosen: the Register, Find, Reunite project and the Red Guide to Recovery. Their interviews were recorded and are live podcasts on the All Hazards Emergency Network, which has a following of more than 10,000. The link to the newsletter with both podcasts is available here.More

American Meteorological Society's Emergency Management Committee seeks feedback on proposed radio spectrum sharing by Feb. 10
Bob Goldhammer, CEM, IAEM-USA outreach liaison and co-chair of the American Meteorological Society's (AMS) Emergency Management Committee, requests feedback from users of the Emergency Managers Weather Information Network (EMWIN) system who receive their data directly via satellite broadcast. The assured availability of EMWIN over the air reception may be diminished or constrained due to planned or proposed radio spectrum sharing. The radio spectrum just above EMWIN was sold by auction this month to the commercial broadband wireless community, and regulators are evaluating whether to offer the radio spectrum that includes EMWIN for a future commercial auction. Both actions could create significant interference for EMWIN users. If you use EMWIN, please provide your responses to the following three questions via email to RGGoldhammr@aol.com by Feb. 10, 2015, using the email subject line "EMWIN Usage Response."

1. Do you or your organization receive EMWIN broadcasts? If so, please provide your organization’s name, city, county and state where EMWIN receiver(s) are located.
2. Please briefly cite one example of when/how EMWIN played a significant role in a past EM event, or tell us how you currently use EMWIN received via satellite.
3. If you use EMWIN, please indicate what population area is served by this data, including any retransmission or further near-real time use of this data (e.g., King Country, WA or Tri-County area of Sevier, Piute and Wayne, UT).

IAEM-USA urges Senate Appropriations Committee to approve full-year 2015 appropriations for DHS
IAEM-USA sent a letter on Feb. 4 to the Senate Appropriations chair and vice chair urging full year FY 2015 appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Letter is available here. Currently, the Department of Homeland Security is funded under a continuing resolution that will expire on February 27. Grants such as Emergency Management Performance Grants, State Homeland Security Grant Program, and Urban Area Security Initiative will not be allocated until there is a full-year appropriation. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the Ranking Minority Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, mentioned the IAEM-USA letter on the Senate Floor on Feb. 4, and it was mentioned in the DHS stakeholder budget conference call.More

In major shift, Obama administration will plan for rising seas in all federal projects
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama issued an executive order directing federal agencies to adopt stricter building and siting standards to reflect scientific projections that future flooding will be more frequent and intense due to climate change. The order represents a major shift for the federal government: while the Federal Emergency Management Administration published a memo three years ago saying it would take global warming into account when preparing for more severe storms, most agencies continue to rely on historic data rather than future projections for building projects.More

NAEMT accepting EMS Advocate of the Year award nominations
The National Association of EMT's is now accepting nominations for its Field EMS Bill Advocate of the Year Award, which recognizes an individual's outstanding advocacy efforts in support of the Field EMS Bill, legislation that responds to the Institute of Medicine's recommendations to improve EMS in our nation. Nominations deadline is Feb. 20, 2015. Details are posted here.More

CDC provides updated information on Ebola epidemic
In an Ebola outbreak update on Jan. 30, 2015, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) stated that for the first time since June 29, 2014, there have been fewer than 100 new confirmed cases reported in a week in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. On Jan. 18, 2015, Malian authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the end of the outbreak of Ebola in Mali. Forty-two days have elapsed since the last Ebola case tested negative in laboratory tests on Dec. 6, 2014. As of Feb. 3, 2015, the CDC reported case counts as follows: total cases, 22479; laboratory-confirmed cases, 13843; and total deaths, 8974. The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. There were a small number of cases reported in Nigeria and a single case reported in Senegal; however, these cases were contained, with no further spread in these countries. Two imported cases, including one death, and two locally acquired cases in healthcare workers were reported in the United States. CDC and its partners are taking precautions to prevent additional Ebola cases in the United States. CDC is working with other U.S. government agencies, the WHO, and other domestic and international partners, and has activated its Emergency Operations Center to help coordinate technical assistance and control activities with partners. CDC has also deployed teams of public health experts to West Africa and will continue to send experts to the affected countries. Extensive information about the Ebola epidemic is updated regularly on the CDC website.More

Report: Flooding could become a daily problem in North Carolina by 2045
Emergency Management
North Carolina's coast will see more frequent and more destructive floods at high tide over the next 30 years, several studies say — even on mild, sunny days — as rising sea levels shove the Atlantic Ocean higher onto our shores. A 2014 report from the Union of Concerned Scientists warns that minor tidal flooding will become a near-daily event in the Wilmington area by 2045.More

US spring outlook: Milder air to fuel uptick in severe storms from past 3 years
Though Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Groundhog Day, forecasting six more weeks of winter for the United States, AccuWeather meteorologists say that might not be the case nationwide. The Midwest and Northeast are forecast to have a milder start to spring than last year. Meanwhile, colder air will accompany unsettled weather across the central and southern Rockies. Overall, severe weather season will ramp up compared to the past three years, as more widespread warm air will prompt unstable conditions.More

IAEM accepting 2015 IAEM Scholarship Applications through June 1, 2015
IAEM has posted the undergraduate and graduate application forms for 2015 IAEM Scholarships here, setting an application deadline of June 1, 2015, 12:00 a.m. (midnight) EDT. IAEM scholarships are awarded through a competitive process to full-time students pursuing an associate or diploma baccalaureate, or graduate degree in emergency management, disaster management, or a closely related field. Beginning in 2013, the application process was divided so that undergraduate and graduate students no longer apply using the same application. The International Association of Emergency Managers established the IAEM Scholarship Program to nurture, promote and develop disaster preparedness and resistance by furthering the education of students studying the field of emergency management, disaster management or a related program. Questions? Email IAEM Scholarship Program Director Dawn Shiley.More

IAEM-Global Editorial Work Group issues IAEM Bulletin call for articles on 'Consequence Management and Public Health' with deadline of Feb. 15, 2015
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

New IAEM email signature block posted for members' use
The updated IAEM email signature block has been posted for IAEM members use here. Current IAEM members are invited to use the image tag to include in the signature block of their emails. Right-click and select "save as" to save the image to your computer. After you have inserted the image into your signature block, please include a line of text that says, "For more information, visit www.iaem.com." Let everyone know that you are a proud member of IAEM.More

Recorded Webinar on NWS Storm Prediction Center Now Available
Bill Bunting, Operations Branch Chief for the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) recently presented a 90-minute webinar to provide an overview of the SPC, focusing on its mission and services related to severe thunderstorm and tornado forecasting, as well as fire weather forecast services. The webinar focuses on how emergency managers can use forecasts on the SPC web site to make critical decisions for their area of responsibility. Since more than 1,000 persons tried to register for the webinar, it was recorded and is available here.More

Maps: Oklahoma's earthquake problem is getting worse
The Washington Post
A lawsuit claims that Oklahoma's great increase in earthquake activity has been caused by pumping waste from drilling operations back underground. The suit involves the largest measured quake in the history of the state, a 5.6 tremor that happened in Prague, east of Oklahoma City in November 2011. As the volume of drilling waste pumped underground has grown, the number of earthquakes with magnitude 3 or higher has increased.More

Could New England face a major earthquake?
A recent series of small earthquakes in Connecticut posed the question. Geologist Terry Tullis, an earthquake specialist, says the chances of a damaging quake are remote, but they are not zero. More

Submit certification applications by Feb. 28 to be included in the March application review
The CEM® Commission is conducting CEM®/AEM℠ application reviews every other month. The next online review will begin in March, so applications must be received through the online portal by Feb. 28, 2015.More

Come to Baltimore in February for the IAEM Certification Prep Course and Exam
Don't miss the next CEM®/AEM℠ prep course and exam offering scheduled for Feb. 25, 2015, in Baltimore, Maryland. The deadline to register through the IAEM website is Feb. 10. We look forward to seeing you there!More

Death toll rises to 26 in Taiwan plane crash caught on video
USA Today
At least 26 people died and 15 survived a spectacular crash caught on video of a TransAsia Airways flight that clipped its wing on a bridge after takeoff from the Taiwanese capital Taipei and crashed into a nearby river. Seventeen people remained missing and were feared dead.More

UN: Worst not over in food-stricken Malawi
Voice of America
The World Food Program reports it is scaling up its humanitarian operations in Malawi, where more than 600,000 people are suffering from the worst flooding to hit the country in 15 years. The flooding has killed more than 200 people. The annual flooding in Malawi is the worst in many years. The World Food Program warns that the situation is likely to worsen as Malawi's rainy season does not peak until mid-February and heavy rains are forecast to continue.More

Winter Storm Linus: 15 killed, thousands of flights canceled, snowfall records broken in Massachusetts
The Weather Channel
In the shadow of Winter Storm Juno, which dumped record amounts of snow in parts of New England, Winter Storm Linus was a hefty second act. Linus canceled 6,886 domestic flights in a 48-hour span, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware. Linus completed a 10-day period that was the snowiest on record for Boston, shutting down schools and businesses in the city. And it killed 15 people during its march across at least two dozen states, affecting the Southwest, Great Plains, Midwest and Northeast along its frigid path.More

Oil from 2010 BP spill found at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico
The Weather Network
A new study suggests that up to 38 million liters of crude oil from the 2010 BP oil spill is resting on the seafloor of the Gulf of Mexico, posing a threat to the local ecosystem. The findings have shed light on where "missing" oil from the spill ended up — a quandary that puzzled U.S. government and BP officials during massive cleanup efforts in April 2010. Of the nearly 5 million barrels of oil spilled into the ocean, around 2 million remained unaccounted for, years after the disaster.More

Flash floods hit Greece, Albania, force evacuations
The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
Flash floods caused by heavy rains have hit northwestern Greece and southern Albania, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of villagers and destroying a famous 18th-century stone bridge. No casualties were reported in either country. More

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake hits northwestern Argentina
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 rattled northwestern Argentina, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties. The quake struck 93 km (58 miles) northwest of San Luis, which lies in the shadow of the Andes mountains, at a depth of 184 kilometers, USGS data showed.More