IAEM Dispatch
Feb. 21, 2013

Russia cleans up after meteor blast injures more than 1,000
Thousands of Russian emergency workers went out to clear up the damage from a meteor that exploded over the Ural mountains, damaging buildings, shattering windows and showering people with broken glass.More

IAEM-USA survey about EMPG funding deadline response is Feb. 22; US local and tribal government emergency managers urged to respond
IAEM-USA is conducting a survey seeking information from U.S. local and tribal government emergency management offices about Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) funding. This annual survey is being conducted jointly by IAEM and the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA). NEMA will conduct a separate survey for state directors to report on state activities. IAEM is seeking input from local jurisdictions. To keep EMPG funding at its current levels, Congress needs concrete examples on its benefits. The narrative questions at the end of the survey are particularly important in painting an accurate picture. The deadline for participating in the survey is Feb. 22, 2013; we will not be able to offer extensions. Local and tribal government emergency managers please take the survey today.More

IAEM members express sympathy to IAEM-USA Policy Advisor Martha Braddock
IAEM members were sorry to hear that the mother of IAEM-USA Policy Advisor Martha Braddock, Gladys Jewell Ausburn Stapp of Leonard, Texas, passed away on Feb. 19, 2013. Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 at the First Baptist Church in Leonard beginning at 2 p.m., and burial will follow in the Leonard Cemetery.

Born on Aug. 4, 1914, Mrs. Stapp was married to Arthur Robert Staff on Apr. 20, 1935, and lived most of her life in Leonard, Texas. She is survived by her brother, four daughters, eight grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Along with other family members, Martha was able to be with her mother for the last few days, and noted that "she talked about what a great life she had had, how proud she was of her daughters, and she wanted to hear about the grandchildren." Martha described her mother as "witty, optimistic, and loving."

IAEM members extend their heartfelt sympathy to Martha and her family. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Leonard Preservation League, P.O. Box 450, Leonard, Texas 75452; Boy Scout Troop 156, P.O. Box 67, Leonard, Texas 75452; or First Baptist Church of Leonard, P.O. Box 1146, Leonard, Texas 75452.More

Goldhammer to represent IAEM-USA with American Meteorological Society
Robert G. Goldhammer, CEM, has been named co-chair of the new Emergency Management Committee of the American Meteorological Society. He will represent IAEM-USA in that role. For a complete listing of members who represent IAEM with other associations or government agencies, visit the IAEM Outreach area of the website.More

IAEM International Council President Khaled Al Mansoori represented IAEM at IDEX Abu Dhabi 2013 (17 Feb 2013)
Known as the most strategically important tri-service defense exhibition in the World, IDEX Abu Dhabi 2013 is the only international defense exhibition and conference in the MENA region that displays the latest technology across land, sea and air sectors of defense. IAEM International Council President Khaled Al Mansoori represented IAEM at this event, which attracts more than 1,000 local, regional and international defense manufacturers and suppliers who demonstrate a distinctive platform to establish and strengthen relationships with government departments, businesses, and armed forces entities throughout the region.More

IAEM mourns the loss of David Holm, CEM
IAEM members were saddened to learn of the death of IAEM member David W. Holm, MPA, JD, CEM, 60, on Feb. 2, 2013. David had recently retired as Senior Division Advisor, Colorado Division of Emergency Management. He was survived by his father, Warren Holm; his sisters, Carol (Greg) Bertollini and Kathryn Holm; six nieces and nephews; four great-nieces and nephews; and his best friend, Darlys Lopez. David's family asks that any donations in his honor be made to the Boy Scouts of America, Denver Area Council, 10455 W. 6th Ave., Suite 100, Lakewood, Colo. 80215.More

NWS and FEMA plan for national severe weather preparedness week, Mar. 3-9, 2013
The National Weather Service (NWS) has announces plans for National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, "Be a Force of Nature," which takes place March 3-9, 2013. NWS and FEMA will partner again at the local level in this year's campaign, by holding workshops and storm spotter training, as well as in utilizing social media outreach to incorporate messaging from the national campaign into local preparedness efforts. NWS has developed a new, improved toolkit for colleagues, partners and stakeholders to use during the week and throughout severe weather season. The toolkit (in English and Spanish) includes: social media examples; blog post template; news release template; op-ed template; talking points; PowerPoint presentation; and posters/graphics. Download the toolkit here. More

New robots reduce human risk in disaster cleanup
The Japan Times
The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization unveiled a series of robots and systems to help deal with disasters such as the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant and reduce the danger for workers. The robots, developed under a one-year project, include a small remote-controlled machine dubbed the Sakura that carries a camera and thermal imager.More

Using the crowd to save people after disasters
Fast Company
In the aftermath of a major disaster, it's hard for aid workers to know what's happening on the ground, and to direct resources where they are needed most. That's when text messaging and social media can help. By analyzing tweets and other snippets, it's possible to see trends — say, where people are trapped, or where there are water shortages — and do something about them.More

How emergency communications fared in the wake of Sandy
Fire Chief
When Superstorm Sandy bore down on the East Coast on Oct. 29, 2012, meteorologists predicted the perfect combination for disaster: a hurricane, a full moon and a nor'easter. The result was complete devastation of the New Jersey and New York coast, with raging rapids flooding towns and electrical fires wiping out power.More

Mosh pits may help plan disaster evacuations
Yahoo News Canada
Fans of moshing (also called "slamdancing") may only be joining in a mosh pit for the wild, chaotic fun of it. But physicists have figured out that there's actually a certain amount of logic in the chaos, and they have used this to model how crowds behave in emergencies.More

Authorities' new advice to schools: Confront shooter
USA Today
Law enforcement authorities are increasingly advising school officials — and even young students — to physically confront suspects in future campus attacks as a final line of defense. The advisories, now included in training videos and documents prepared by police, represent a major shift in tactics for law enforcement officials who have traditionally counseled potential victims to flee and hide while waiting for authorities to answer calls for help.More

Upcoming CEM/AEM prep course and exam offerings
IAEM is offering the CEM/AEM Prep Course and Exam offerings at three upcoming conferences. You may register for these offerings on the IAEM website under Certification/CEM Prep Course and Exam. There is a minimum of 10 participants required to hold an offering. The upcoming offerings are:

For questions or to confirm your registration, contact CEM Administrator Kate Walker.More

Medical officials hold 1st mass casualty conference in Thailand
Defense Video & Imagery System
Medical personnel from local Thai hospitals and military medical professionals from the Royal Thai Air Force and the U.S. Navy participated in a mass casualty plan conference at Wing One Royal Thai Air Force Base, Nakhon Ratchasima, Kingdom of Thailand. The conference allowed subject matter experts to exchange best practices and enhance collective efforts to improve planning, processes and communication for mass casualty events between hospitals. More

Philippines heading for a natural disaster? Super typhoon a warning of worse to come
South China Morning Post
Officials in the Philippines regard the power of Typhoon Bopha's assault as a sign of climate change's "existential threat" to their country. More