IAEM Dispatch
Mar. 20, 2014

IAEM-USA and NEMA release joint report: EMPG Grants Providing Returns on a Nation's Investment
IAEM-USA and NEMA have released a joint report, "Emergency Management Performance Grants Providing Returns on a Nation's Investment, 2014 Edition." NEMA surveyed the state directors and IAEM-USA surveyed the local government emergency managers, and a joint report was prepared. IAEM-USA very much appreciates the 1,054 local government emergency managers who completed the survey, but notes that much more is being accomplished with EMPG funds than is noted in the report, since this number represents less than a third of the local jurisdictions estimated to be eligible for EMPG funding. Download report.More

DHS announces grant guidance and allocations for Fiscal Year 2014 preparedness grants
On March 18, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the FY 2014 Funding Opportunity Announcements for six DHS preparedness grant programs totaling more than $1.6 billion. The grants included the Homeland Security Grant Program, which consist of the State Homeland Security Grant Program, Urban Areas Security Initiative, and Operation Stonegarden; Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program; Non-Profit Security Grant Program; Intercity Passenger Rail — Amtrak (IPR) Program; Port Security Grant Program; and the Transit Security Grant Program. For FY 2014, the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) will fund 39 urban areas. Download the details of the grants including the Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA), fact sheets, and key changes. The allocations to each state for the State Homeland Security Grant Program are located on page 27 of the HSGP funding opportunity announcement and the allocations for the 39 UASI are located on page 28. Additional information is also available on the FEMA website.More

Renewing the Chempack listening session
There are 62 CDC preparedness grantees, and all of them are at threat from chemical and nerve agent exposures. In Jan. 2014 the Emergency Services Coalition for Medical Preparedness drafted recommendations for renewing and replenishing the Chempack program. These recommendations have been widely distributed and been vigorously debated among preparedness professionals. The Public Health Summit provides an opportunity for the public health community to provide its own collective voice on the need for and ways for the Chempack program to be updated. On Apr. 3 from 8:00-11:00 a.m., during the Public Health Summit, at the Marriott Marquis, in Atlanta, Ga., join the Emergency Services Coalition for Medical Preparedness for a complimentary breakfast and help build the next 10 years of community security from chemical agents. Interested participants must register online no later than March 31, 2014. Attendees will receive a confirmation email immediately upon registering. Registration is limited so secure your space soon. More

Resolving displacement after disasters: Insights from Haiti
The Brookings Institution
Four years ago, Haiti was confronted by a massive displacement crisis caused by a devastating natural disaster — the January 2010 earthquake that damaged or destroyed over 293,000 homes, and prompted 1.5 million Haitians to seek shelter in 1,500 camps spread across Port-au-Prince and the surrounding area. What insights do experiences in Haiti hold for the Philippines and other countries struggling to support durable solutions for the thousands if not millions of people who are uprooted every year by natural disasters? A recent study from the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement and the International Organization for Migration examines this question, and the obstacles to the sustainable resolution of displacement in Port-au-Prince.More

IAEM resource helps with classifying training courses for certification purposes
One of the most frequently asked questions by CEM®/AEM℠ candidates is how to classify training courses into "subject" areas since candidates may only claim 25 hours per topic area. A helpful article was written by Daryl Lee Spiewak, CEM in Jan. 2014 called "Selecting or Identifying Training Course Topics" and can be found on the CEM Corner section of the website. Download it today.More

Prep Courses provide review for certification candidates
Did you know the CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course provides candidates with a review of CEM®/AEM℠ program requirements; application procedures; tips for successful program completion; an overview of the CEM®/AEM℠ exam; the standards upon which the exam is based; sample exam questions; and a Q&A period? We're here to help you in the process so join us at one of our upcoming offerings this spring:

Candidates may register on the IAEM website. A minimum of 10 registrants is required for each course. Candidates with questions should contact CEM Administrator Kate McClimans.More

Launch of Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative
U.S. Department of State
Acting Assistant Secretary Uzra Zeya for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor will launch the Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative on March 20, 2014, at the Department of State. This first of its kind, global emergency response program will provide fast, flexible, and immediate assistance to address the urgent needs of survivors of severe gender-based violence, as well as individuals under credible threat of imminent attack due to their gender.More

IAEM-USA Annual Conference speakers to be notified by May 1
The IAEM-USA Conference Committee is in the midst of the review of approximately 300 submissions from this year's Call for Speakers. There are so many outstanding submissions that it will be difficult selecting the top 40-50 sessions. The review will continue throughout the month of March and into April. Speakers will be notified by May 1. Mark your Calendars now and join us Nov. 14-19, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas, for the 62nd IAEM-USA Annual Conference and EMEX. Learn more.More

Managing chaos: Disaster planning handbook
Emergency Management
Mitchell Stripling, Executive Director, Bureau of Agency Preparedness and Response, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for New York City, has come up with a different approach to planning. The 18 page document is worth your read.More

IAEM will remember Arkansas Tech EM professor, Dr. Rick Idhe
Dr. Rick Ihde, 65, of Russellville, Ark., passed away on Mar. 1, 2014, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born Feb. 20, 1949, in Redding, Calif. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Arkansas Tech University, and his doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in Miami, Fla. He was a professor of emergency management at Arkansas Tech University. Previously, he was employed for 22 years by the state, in conjunction with ANO in nuclear planning and response. Dr. Ihde was a member of IAEM, and IAEM expresses sympathy to his family and friends for their loss. Details are available here.More

LAX shooting report: Communication lapses cited for out-of-sync response
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
A report on the emergency response to the 2013 shooting at Los Angeles International Airport cites serious shortcomings in communication between agencies that left major commanders in the dark and a long lag in establishing a coordinated response.More

LA earthquake leaves scientists surprised
Los Angeles Times
They are not as familiar as the freeways, but Southern California's major faults — such as the San Andreas, Newport-Inglewood and San Fernando — have become familiar markers on the local landscape. But the recent 4.4 earthquake in Encino is a reminder that the seismic danger extends well beyond those fault lines. The quake, which caused no damage but was largest in the Los Angeles area in four years, erupted on a little-noticed fault deep under the Santa Monica Mountains. More

IAEA: Japan's new nuclear regulations in line with international standards
Kyodo News International via Global Post
Visiting International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano said that Japan's new nuclear regulations introduced after the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi complex disaster are "broadly in line with the IAEA standards" and in some aspects are the "strictest in the world." The remarks came as Japan is moving closer to finishing the first safety review on one of the nuclear power plants in Japan under the new regulations, although concerns remain about whether the country is fully prepared to resume operations of the reactors amid sluggish progress in evacuation planning for residents living around the plants.More

Abu Dhabi seeks Fukushima lesson in nuclear safety
Abu Dhabi, drawing lessons from Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster, is building "gold-standard" safety procedures into its plan to develop four nuclear reactors, a foreign adviser to the government said. The United Arab Emirates, of which Abu Dhabi is the capital, is investing in facilities for nuclear power, renewable energy and liquefied natural gas to cut its reliance on oil. More

New Zealand: Natural disaster claims in 2013 highest in 10 years
Stuff via Business Insurance
Insurers said natural-disaster claims in 2013 were the highest in 10 years, with more than $175 million New Zealand ($143.8 million) paid out because of severe storms, Stuff.co.nz reported. Meanwhile, insurers have settled claims of NZD 10.2 billion ($8.38 billion) in connection with the Christchurch earthquake.More