IAEM Dispatch
Apr. 18, 2013

Make your 2013 IAEM Award entry compelling and competitive
What gets the attention of the IAEM Award Judges? You can find out by reading the April 2013 IAEM Bulletin article called "Lessons from the IAEM Ministry of Recognition," written by Cullen Case, CEM, IAEM awards judge, and Rocky Lopes, IAEM Awards & Recognition Committee chair. "IAEM Awards Judges have the best job of all members in all IAEM committees," wrote the authors. "We get to see the details of what all of you are doing to innovate and move our profession forward. We have noticed some recurring themes that we thought we could tell you about to help you submit an entry that is compelling and competitive." The authors discuss five ways to improve your award entry: learn what makes a high-quality entry; show the judges how your project is above-and-beyond the ordinary; find out why you should seek a third-party review before submitting your entry; describe how your program can be replicated in other communities; and ensure that your entry is complete, including support material. Award guidelines and official entry forms are posted on the IAEM website. Entries must be submitted via email to Karen Thompson at Thompson@iaem.com no later than May 31, 2013, 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time.More

IAEM to participate in Beijing International Emergency Rescue Expo, Sept. 16-18, 2013
The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) has signed an agreement to participate in the third annual Beijing International Emergency Rescue Expo (ERE), Sept. 16-18, 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 is organizing a Pavilion for exhibitors seeking to expand and explore emergency management opportunities in China. To learn about the IAEM Pavilion and exhibiting at China ERE, contact Mike Rosenberg at 301-493-5500 or via email. According to Ellis M. Stanley Sr., IAEM-Global chairman, "ERE provides IAEM with an opportunity to reach out to emergency managers in Asia and inform them about IAEM education, training, networking resources, and the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®) Program. We believe ERE is an important conference and exhibition, offering a platform for companies with solutions to meet emergency managers from around the world." More

Can disease actually improve resilience? Sign up for special workshop at WDCM
The World Conference on Disaster Management (WCDM), June 23-26, 2013, Toronto, ON, Canada, will include a June 23 workshop, "Forbes-Kay Charrette: Can Disease Actually Improve Resilience?" This workshop is a day-long rapid exploration of strategic ideas for better prevention and better response to disease epidemics, facilitated by a researcher and a contingency planner. Multiple tabletop exercises will be interspersed with short, thought-provoking presentations. Participation is limited to 40 contingency planners in the public and private sectors. Healthcare or medical experience is not necessary, but welcome. Learn more about the workshop. WCDM is celebrating its 23rd year with the conference theme "The Power of Global Networking." The conference is held for disaster management professionals, providing a global perspective on current issues and concerns in the industry. There are four featured tracks: business continuity management, emergency management, crisis communications, and resilience. Learn more about WCDM at www.wcdm.org. IAEM is a supporter of this conference. More

FEMA calls for Tribal input and solicits comment for emergency and disaster declaration process — Comments Due by April 22
On Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, President Obama signed the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013, including a provision amending the Stafford Act to provide federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native governments the option to choose whether to make a request directly to the President for a federal emergency or major disaster declaration, or to seek assistance, as they do presently, under a declaration for a state. To implement this provision, FEMA is consulting with Indian tribal governments through the publication of a "Solicitation for Comments Regarding Current Procedures to Request Emergency and Major Disaster Declarations" in the Federal Register (Docket ID FEMA-2013-0006 Document Number 2013-05391). To date, FEMA has hosted more than 20 conference calls to gather tribal comments and insights related to declarations procedures. Visit www.fema.gov/tribal-consultations to view the transcripts of the calls, and the comments received to date. Comments should be submitted per the guidelines in the Federal Register Notice. FEMA also will be accepting comments via its online collaboration site and by email. Comments will be accepted until April 22, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.More

Nimmich appointed associate administrator, FEMA Office of Response and Recovery
Joseph L. Nimmich has joined FEMA as the associate administrator for the Office of Response and Recovery. He joins FEMA from the private sector and, most recently, the Raytheon Company where he directed maritime surveillance and security operations as well as their emergency response capabilities. Prior to Raytheon, Nimmich served more than 33 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, retiring as a Rear Admiral. He is a 1977 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and he also holds a master's degree in business administration from the Stern School of Business, and a master's degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Penn.More

Certified Emergency Manager Program recognized in Thomas Drabek's newest book
In The Human Side of Disaster, Second Edition, by Thomas E. Drabek, he discusses professionalism in emergency management (Chapter 12, Subchapter beginning on page 278). Drabek states "An important dimension of this evolving process is the 'Certified Emergency Manager' (CEM®) program administered by IAEM (page 281). The CEM® designation requires candidates to meet a high standard of professional benchmarks necessary within the emergency management field." Drabek further cites IAEM CEO and executive director Elizabeth Armstrong in the book and provides a short history of the CEM® program. He notes with the expanding knowledge base for the emergency management industry, there has been a "rise in the number and legitimacy of professional associations" and parallels IAEM to organizations such as the American Medical Association or the American Bar Association. IAEM is proud of being included in the chapter on Change Agents. Drabek is a plenary speaker at the upcoming IAEM Annual Conference & EMEX 2013, Oct. 25-30, at the Silver Legacy Hotel and Reno Events Center, in Reno, Nev. Learn more.More

Upcoming Prep Courses and Exams
Take advantage of these upcoming Prep Course and CEM®/AEMSM Exam offerings!

Register on the IAEM website. There must be 10 candidates enrolled in each Prep Course. If you would like the Prep Course to come to your area, please contact Kate Walker. More

Furloughs proposed for National Weather Service, NOAA
The Washington Post
Facing financial woes, exacerbated by the prospects of the budget sequester, NOAA announced that it proposes four furlough days for workers across the agency, including the National Weather Service. The consultation process will give labor unions the opportunity to provide alternatives to the possible furloughs. NOAA will take these alternatives into consideration before formalizing a furlough plan according to Ciaran Clayton, an agency spokesperson.More

US rethinks how to respond to nuclear disaster
The New York Times
Two years after the Fukushima nuclear accident in northern Japan, the United States government is using lessons from that disaster to rewrite its plans for responding to radiation contamination, focusing on long-term cleanup instead of emergency response. But the proposals have set off vehement opposition from critics of nuclear power.More

CDC blast injury resource materials are posted on IAEM website
Blast injury essential facts and information links were provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the wake of the recent bombings at the Boston Marathon. These resource links are posted on the IAEM website on its Reference Materials: Response page. Topics cover: essential facts about blast injuries; post-bombing health and safety information for the general public; and health and safety information for emergency care providers.More

GAO Report: NRC Needs to Better Understand Likely Public Response to Radiological Incidents at Nuclear Power Plants
After the 2011 Japan tsunami that resulted in a nuclear power plant disaster, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) undertook an examination of issues related to emergency preparedness at U.S. nuclear power plants. The GAO has issued its report, which examines: (1) federal, licensees', and local and state authorities' responsibilities in radiological emergency preparedness; (2) the activities NRC and FEMA take to oversee licensee and local and state radiological emergency preparedness; and (3) NRC and FEMA requirements for informing the public on preparedness and the NRC's understanding of public awareness. GAO reviewed laws, regulations, and guidance; examined emergency plans from licensees and local and state authorities; visited four nuclear power plants; and interviewed federal, local and state, and industry officials. To better inform radiological emergency preparedness efforts, GAO recommends that NRC obtain information on public awareness and likely public response outside the 10- mile zone, and incorporate insights into guidance, as appropriate. Download the report. More

2013 NACo Annual Conference set for July 19-22 in Fort Worth, Texas
The National Association of Counties (NACo) has scheduled its 2013 Annual Conference & Exposition for July 19-22, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas. This event provides an opportunity for all county leaders and staff to learn, network, and guide the direction of the association. The conference offers county officials a great opportunity to vote on NACo's policies related to federal legislation and regulation; elect officers; network with colleagues; learn about innovative county programs; find out about issues impacting counties across the country; and view products and services from participating companies and exhibitors. Learn more.More

BuildStrong Coalition requests immediate participation in survey — Deadline is April 19, 2013
Disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, the Joplin tornadoes and the Nashville floods have taught valuable lessons about resiliency and reinforced how vital it is to the nation's infrastructure. National experts continue to agree that infrastructure is vital, but enhancing preventive measures such as more comprehensive building codes will be a key part of that success. To increase awareness and visibility of building codes and produce credible recommendations on how to attain a higher level of resiliency, the BuildStrong Coalition is gathering thoughts and perspectives industry professional from federal, local and state governments as well as commercial and nonprofit business leaders. Outcomes of the survey will be discussed at an upcoming event on May 9, 2013 in Washington, D.C. You are invited to participate in this short survey. The deadline for all survey responses is Friday, April 19, 2013. For questions on the survey or the event, please contact Shemiah Williams. More

3 killed, more than 140 hurt in Boston Marathon bombing
A 29-year-old woman, a Boston University graduate student from China and an 8-year-old boy were all killed by twin blasts at the tail end of the 177th Boston Marathon. Thirteen others — out of 183 hospitalized — had limbs amputated, according to hospital officials. The question is: Why?More

Officials: Letter sent to Obama tests positive for ricin
A letter addressed to President Barack Obama tested positive for the poison ricin and was from the same sender who mailed a letter to a senator that also tested positive, officials told NBC News. The letter to Obama was intercepted at an off-site White House mail facility and was being tested further, the FBI said. A federal law enforcement official said that the letter was "very similar" to one addressed to Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss.More

Quake kills 34, injures 80 in Pakistan
At least 34 people have died and 80 are injured in Pakistan after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck near the country's border with Iran, sources tell CNN. Army doctors and Frontier Corps paramilitary forces are taking part in rescue efforts in Mashakel, according to a Pakistani official involved in relief efforts.More

New bird flu well-adapted to infect people
A new variation of bird flu that the WHO says has caused at least 11 deaths in China has genetic characteristics that make it well-adapted to infect people. In a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine, samples from three patients — all of whom died — had mutations that have previously been shown to increase transmissibility, and to help the virus grow in a mammal's respiratory tract.More

In East Africa, heavy rains test emergency preparedness
Unusually heavy rains have caused havoc across much of east Africa, displacing thousands of people and damaging important infrastructure. "Above-normal rains have occurred in several areas, including northern and western Tanzania; Rwanda; Burundi; the Lake Victoria Basin; western, southern and northeastern Kenya; southern and central Somalia; and eastern and south-eastern Ethiopia," states an update by the Famine Early Warning Systems Network. More

Philippines' natural disaster risks shift, along with experts
As the storm season approaches, officials in the Philippines are turning to seasoned storm emergency responders to help prepare communities that have historically been spared devastation but that now find themselves in harm's way. When Typhoon Bopha struck the southern Philippine island of Mindanao in December 2012, it unleashed an unprecedented scale of devastation on the island's northern and eastern coasts, particularly in farming regions once thought to be safe from such deadly weather events.More