IAEM Dispatch
May. 2, 2013

Call for nominations: IAEM-USA second vice president and treasurer
IAEM-USA will elect new officers at the IAEM 61st Annual Conference & EMEX, set for Oct. 25-30, 2013, in Reno, Nev. Candidates for IAEM-USA Second Vice President and IAEM-USA Treasurer must submit credentials by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, to IAEM Headquarters. To be placed on the ballot, candidates must submit: a letter stating candidacy; a letter of permission from the candidate's immediate supervisor supporting the time and travel necessary to fulfill duties of office; a brief resume; and confirmation of membership of at least three years immediately prior to seeking office. Individual members are eligible to hold national office, provided they have been a member for at least three consecutive years, and have served as a regional or national officer, national committee chair, or active national committee member for two consecutive years. For more information, see the IAEM-USA Administrative Policies & Procedures or email IAEM Membership Manager Sharon Kelly.More

IAEM-USA Region 2 announces Annual Meeting
IAEM-USA Region 2 members will have their Annual Meeting at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in the Parade Room of the Tropicana Hotel & Casino, in Atlantic City, N.J. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the New Jersey Emergency Preparedness Association Conference. Members are invited to attend to meet fellow IAEM members, and share information and lessons learned. This event provides Region 2 members with a great opportunity for networking with other emergency management and disaster experts and sharing experience and knowledge with colleagues. Making these connections is one of the most important parts of any IAEM meeting. For more information, email IAEM-USA Region 2 Secretary Nancy J. Harris.More

Medical Preparedness Allowable Use Act introduced
Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) on April 26, 2013, introduced the Medical Preparedness Allowable Use Act (H.R. 1791). The bill enhances medical preparedness, medical surge capacity, and mass prophylaxis capabilities by providing funding under existing grant guidance authorizing the use of Urban Area Security Initiative and State Homeland Security Grant Program funding. The Emergency Services Coalition for Medical Preparedness supports this legislation and sent a letter of support noting that "The events of the last two weeks again demonstrate the need for immediate, at hand protections for our personnel and their families and households." Pre-event medical caches have been provided for federal workers and hundreds of postal employees. "This bill addresses the lack of protection for the millions of local and state protectors who daily provide law enforcement, public works, emergency management, fire, rescue and emergency medical services." IAEM participates as a founding member of the coalition. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security. For more information email Coalition Advisor Tim Stephens.More

Drabek to headline plenary session on Oct. 30 and participate in book signing
Dr. Thomas E. Drabek, author of the recently released The Human Side of Disaster (second edition), will present a plenary session on the topic of "New Perspectives on Human Responses to Disaster" at the IAEM 61st Annual Conference & EMEX, set for Oct. 25-30, 2013, in Reno, Nev. His presentation will be on Oct. 30 at 10:00 a.m. and will be followed by a book signing at 10:45. Leadership Symposium participants will continue the discussion with Drabek in a question and answer session at 2:15 p.m. Learn more.More

Upcoming Prep Course and Exam offerings
Check out the upcoming CEM®/AEMSM Prep Course and Exam Offerings (note: 10 registrations are required for each prep course offering.)

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China launches natural disaster-predicting satellite
The Guardian
VideoBrief Chinese space engineers have launched a satellite that can predict natural disasters and improve national security. The carrier, a Long March 2-D rocket launched along with three micro satellites from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. The chief designer says the technology will be able to predict severe weather that covers large areas, like snow and hail stormsMore

UN official calls on Asia-Pacific region to reduce disaster risks
Voice of America
A regional economic meeting in Bangkok is focusing on helping Asia's economies become more resilient to natural disasters and financial shocks. A senior U.N. official warns weak accountability and poor governance are undermining such efforts. U.N. Under Secretary General Noeleen Heyzer says more accountability is needed, given growing threats from natural disasters and the impact of human-caused crises in the Asia Pacific region.More

European Commission consults on natural and man-made disaster risk transfer
The European Commission has launched a new green paper consultation process on the topic of natural and man-made disaster insurance and risk transfer. Part of a two-pronged strategy on climate change and adaptation, the EC sees the need for a wide and public debate on the adequacy and availability of existing disaster insurance options. The paper looks at the insurance and reinsurance markets capacity and capabilities and calls for input from interested parties.More

USARPAC emergency management newsletter reaches out to U.S. Army emergency managers in the Pacific
The U.S. Army Pacific Emergency Management News & Information e-newsletter is published monthly to provide U.S. Army emergency managers in the Pacific theater of operations with information that will enhance and assist them in daily operations. The newsletter is distributed to military organizations in Hawaii, Alaska, Japan, Korea, and many of the Pacific islands, as well as Europe and the United States. All services are starting to receive this newsletter, including Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, as well as the National Guard and Reserves. The newsletter also goes to emergency managers in Hawaii and to federal agencies such as FEMA and DHS. If you would like to subscribe or to share EM news through this e-newsletter, please email Anthony S. Allen, U.S. Army Pacific Region Emergency Management Program Coordinator.More

GAO releases report addressing national preparedness for medical needs of children in a CBRN event
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on April 30 published a report on "National Preparedness: Efforts to Address the Medical Needs of Children in a Chemical, Biological, Radiological or Nuclear (CBRN) Incident," GAO-13-438. GAO was asked about efforts to address the needs of children in the event of a CBRN incident. This report examines: (1) the percentage of CBRN medical countermeasures in the Strategic National Stockpile that are approved for pediatric use; (2) the challenges the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services (HHS) faces in developing and acquiring CBRN medical countermeasures for the pediatric population, and the steps it is taking to address them; and (3) the ways that HHS has addressed the dispensing of pediatric medical countermeasures in its emergency response plans and guidance, and ways that state and local governments have addressed this issue. Children, who make up 25 percent of the population in the United States, are especially vulnerable because many of the countermeasures in the SNS have only been approved for use in adults. HHS leads the federal efforts to develop and acquire countermeasures. Download the report.More

Thought Leaders Forum set for May 9 to discuss U.S. infrastructure for building codes and opportunities for greater resilience
Booz Allen Hamilton is presenting a National Thought Leaders Forum on "Building Codes for a Stronger and Safer America" on Thursday, May 9, 2013, 8:30-1:00, at the Georgetown Room of the Washington Hilton, Washington, D.C. The meeting is sponsored by the BuildStrong Coalition. RSVPs are being accepted until Friday, May 2, via email to Shemiah Williams. This meeting will provide industry professionals and thought leaders in the government, commercial, and nonprofit sectors with an opportunity to discuss current U.S. infrastructure for building codes and the opportunities for action to achieve greater resiliency and financial stability. Speakers include: Thad Allen, Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton; Steven Palazzo, U.S. Representative, Mississippi, 4th Congressional District; Mario Diaz-Balart, U.S. Representative, Florida, 25th Congressional District; Debra Ballen, General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Public Policy, Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety; Bill Jenaway, President, Congressional Fire Services Institute; Honorable Henry L. Green, President, National Institute of Building Sciences; and Jim Salek, Vice President of Underwriting, USAA.More

Officials: Death toll from Bangladesh factory collapse tops 400
Fox News
Thousands of workers paraded through central Dhaka on May Day to demand safer working conditions and the death penalty for the owner of a building housing garment factories that collapsed recently in the country's worst industrial disaster, killing at least 402 people and injuring 2,500. As authorities buried the bodies of 18 unidentified workers killed in the collapse, Pope Francis and European Union officials criticized working conditions in the nation's $20 billion a year garment industry, which supplies many European and American retailers.More

Explosion shakes central Prague, as many as 40 injured
An explosion in central Prague, probably caused by gas, injured as many as 40 people, officials said, and neighboring buildings — including the National Theatre — had to be evacuated. The explosion, in a building facing the Vltava river just a few dozen yards from the 19th-century theatre, was heard as far away as Prague Castle about a mile away.More

Sandy sewage spill said equal to Central Park flood
Superstorm Sandy sent 11 billion gallons of sewage from East Coast treatment plants into streams, canals or roadways, according to a report. That total is equal to New York’s Central Park stacked 41 feet high with sewage. More than 90 percent of the spills occurred in New York and New Jersey, where the storm made landfall six months ago. Of the total, 3.45 billion gallons was raw, untreated and unfiltered, said the report, which was based on state and federal data and estimates in cases where electronic monitors failed. The remainder was partially treated.More

Flood damage assessments begin
Chicago Tribune
With residents in 48 Illinois counties hit by extensive flood damage, officials asked victims to be patient, keep their receipts and open their doors to assessors trying to determine eligibility for federal flood assistance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, assisted by its state counterpart and other agencies, began making preliminary damage assessments on homes and businesses in Cook, DuPage and Lake counties. The process could lead to federal grants and low-interest loans for owners of property damaged by the flood.More