IAEM Dispatch
Mar. 28, 2013

IAEM Bulletin call for articles: 'Emergency Management Research'
Deadline for Submissions: April 10, 2013
Possible articles for this second special focus issue of 2013 might include: what research is being done in the emergency management field; what research should be done; and how research is being put into practice (theory into practice). The IAEM-Global Editorial Work Group is interested in the perspectives of practitioners as well as academics. Please keep your article to no more than 750 words, and read the IAEM Bulletin Author's Guidelines at www.iaem.com/Bulletin before submitting your article to IAEM Bulletin Editor Karen Thompson at Thompson@iaem.com no later than April 10, 2013.More

IAEM-Asia to participate in Beijing International Emergency Rescue Expo, Sept. 15-18, 2013
The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) has signed an agreement to participate in the third annual International Emergency Rescue Expo (ERE), Sept. 15-18, 2013, in Beijing, China. The Expo will bring together more than 4,000 government officials and leaders in emergency management and disaster response from throughout China and the rest of the world. The latest technology and products for emergency rescue and disaster management will be showcased, and the event will include a high-level international conference featuring global experts. IAEM's first-time presence at ERE will include: the IAEM-Asia Council Annual Conference; an IAEM pavilion in the trade show's exhibit hall; and a presentation by IAEM-Global Board Chairman Ellis M. Stanley Sr. on emergency management, international professional networking, and the benefits of IAEM membership and the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®) Program. Anyone interested in joining IAEM at this key show should contact Clay Tyeryar or Sherry Meyers. To learn more about the 2013 Beijing International Emergency Expo, visit the expo website.More

Call for student award entries: Ontario Association of Emergency Managers
The Ontario Association of Emergency Managers (OAEM) has issued its annual call for awards, inviting emergency management students the opportunity to apply for its 2012-2013 Student Awards. The OAEM Awards Program provides students in an Emergency Management post-secondary Certificate or Masters Program with the opportunity to receive an award. These awards were established through funding from OAEM and from donations from agencies and enterprises with an interest in the advancement of the emergency management field. Application deadline is May 15, 2013. For details, visit www.OAEM.ca. More

Call for award nominations: CACP/Motorola Award for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness
Nominations are open for the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP)/Motorola Award for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness. This award was established to recognize a standard of excellence that exemplifies the combined efforts of police, fire and emergency medical services in preparing their agencies for any subsequent response to natural or manmade disasters leading toward the contribution and dedication to the quality of life in our communities. Complete details are posted here. More

IAEM-Oceania actively seeks participants in the student region
IAEM-Oceania is actively rebuilding its Student Region. Anyone interested in running for an officer position or interested in helping with recruiting new IAEM student members, please contact Matthew Ellis via email. Oceania Members, especially students, are encouraged to work together and join the IAEM Oceania Discussion Group. You first will need to join or login to the IAEM Ning Social Network to participate. More

Call for nominations: 2013 National VOAD Awards
The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) has issued a call for nominations for the 2013 National VOAD Awards. There is a new award category for 2013 — the VOAD Spirit Award — and FedEx will donate $1,000 to the winner of the FedEx Innovative Program of the Year. Other award categories include: National Member of the Year; State/Territory VOAD of the Year; National VOAD Partner of the Year; and the National VOAD President's Award for Volunteer of the Year. Nominations may be submitted by anyone who is part of the VOAD movement in the United States. Complete information and online award nomination forms are posted here.More

FEMA head: Federal flood insurance to cost more
The Huffington Post
The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency says people who buy federal flood insurance need to plan for big rate hikes. FEMA director Craig Fugate says some people now paying hundreds of dollars a year could wind up paying thousands because Congress says the program must at least pay for itself.More

FEMA extends disaster assistance deadline in New York
Staten Island Advance
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the deadline for Superstorm Sandy victims in New York to apply for disaster assistance. Survivors have until Saturday, April 13, 2013 to register with FEMA and return their disaster loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration.More

President Barack Obama signs Maine disaster declaration
The White House
The President declared a major disaster exists in the State of Maine and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe winter storm, snowstorm, and flooding during the period of Feb. 8-9, 2013.More

UNISDR to hold 4th session of global platform for disaster risk reduction
The Fourth Session of the UNISDR Global Platform, "Invest Today for a Safer Tomorrow: Resilient People — Resilient Planet," comes at a time when there is unprecedented international momentum to reduce disaster risk and build resilience in our communities. The session, scheduled for May 19-23, 2013, in Geneva, Switzerland, is organized by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) to bring together governments, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, local communities, mayors, parliamentarians, scientific and academic institutions, the private sector, and other actors engaged in disaster risk reduction. At this conference, new partnerships and alliances will be created, and progress in risk reduction and resilience building will be debated. Experiences, innovations, and practices will be shared. Complete details are posted here. More

Why aren't disaster preparedness messages sticky?
Emergency Management
Why can't emergency managers succeed in getting the message across to the public that they should be prepared for a disaster? We all try very hard, and yet survey after survey shows that people just aren't internalizing the message. More

Study: Better evidence needed on resource allocation in mass casualty events
Becker's Hospital Review
Researchers conducted a literature review of evidence published from 1990 through 2011 on strategies to effectively manage and allocate scarce resources in response to mass casualties. The researchers identified four strategies studied alone or in combination with other strategies. More

National University students request participation in survey about HAZMAT training programs
Emergency response professionals are asked to take five minutes to provide expert feedback in a survey about HAZMAT training programs in your organizations. Individual responses will be maintained with confidentiality. The survey is part of an academic study conducted by students of National University to assist their research in the improvement of training frameworks to enhance the proficiency for HAZMAT responders. This is a Capstone Project to be completed as a partial fulfillment for the Masters Program in Homeland Security & safety Engineering. Take the survey here. Questions should be directed to Rafael Charris, Erdem Gorgulu, Walter Hooks, or Osita Kamalu.More

Brazil moves to reduce disaster risk as severe rainfall worsens
Increasingly heavy summer rainfall, linked to changing climate conditions, is taking a worsening toll on Brazil. In March 2013, 30 people died when heavy rain caused landslides in Petrópolis, a city located in the highlands of Rio de Janeiro state.More

Taiwan earthquake 2013: 6.1 magnitude quake shakes buildings in Taipei
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
A strong earthquake struck a rural township in central Taiwan, swaying buildings, sending school children to seek cover and injuring at least one office worker, officials said. The Central Weather Bureau said the magnitude-6.1 earthquake was felt throughout the island. The quake, which hit at a depth of 15 kilometers (9 miles), swayed buildings in the capital of Taipei, and officials said sections of the high-speed rail were temporarily suspended from service for damage inspection.More

Swiss Re: Insurers 2012 disaster bill was $77 billion
Natural catastrophes and man-made disasters cost 14,000 lives in 2012 and caused $186 billion in damage, more than a third of it from superstorm Sandy which devastated the U.S. east coast in October, Swiss Re said. More