IAEM Dispatch
May. 9, 2013

IAEM will be a major sponsor of Beijing International Emergency Rescue Expo
China has experienced three of five of the worst natural disasters in history. The upcoming Beijing International Emergency Rescue Expo will address concerns about recent disasters in China and ways to improve planning, response and recovery. ERE is set for Sept. 16-18, 2013, in Beijing, and is expected to draw more than 100 exhibitors and 4,000 high level government officials from around China and the world. The Expo will showcase the latest technology, products, training and services for disaster, planning, response and recovery. A high level international Pan-Asian conference, presenting the all-hazards approach will accompany the exhibition. IAEM, a major sponsor of ERE, will provide an overview on training about international assessment standards for Asian emergency management programs. IAEM also will hold its Annual IAEM-Asia Business Meeting during ERE, as well as organize 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 rosenberg@ejkrause.com. More

What's different about the 2013 IAEM Awards Competition?
The IAEM Annual Awards Competition has always been about recognizing and honoring those who have made special or significant contributions to the field of emergency management and who have represented the profession well by their outstanding performance. What's different in 2013? This year, many changes to the IAEM Awards Program are being implemented in response to member input and requests:

Remember, you can't win if you don't enter! The IAEM Awards entry deadline is May 31, 2013, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Award guidelines and official entry forms are posted on the IAEM website. Be sure to read the guidelines carefully and pay close attention to content requirements, format, and length specifications, before submitting your entries via email to Karen Thompson. More

Dr. Rocco Casagrande's IAEM Annual Conference presentation will explore technologies that will change the world this century and implications for security
Dr. Rocco Casagrande will be a featured plenary speaker at the IAEM 61st Annual Conference & EMEX, set for Oct. 25-30, 2013, in Reno, Nev. His presentation, "Technologies that Will Change the World this Century: Implications for Security," will explore a methodology for understanding how emerging technologies may affect the future. To illustrate the process, he will focus on the role that advancing biotechnology, and specifically the discipline of synthetic biology affects the security environment. The talk will culminate on five emerging technologies that may significantly influence the security environment over the next 50 years. Dr. Casagrande is the managing director of Gryphon Scientific, LLC where his focus is bringing rigorous scientific analysis to problems of homeland defense. He has led several projects related to weapons of mass destruction and science policy including WMD threat and risk assessments and biodefense system evaluations for the Department of Homeland Security; technology assessment for the FBI and Multistate Partnership for Security in Agriculture; modeling for the Department of Health and Human Services and technical guidance for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and non-profit research institutes. From December 2002 to March 2003, as the chief of the UN biological analysis laboratory, Dr. Casagrande served as an UNMOVIC biological weapons inspector in Iraq where he obtained hands-on experience with chemical and biological agents. His presentation will be on Oct. 30 at 8:30 a.m. Learn more.More

Virtual EMEX is an invaluable year-round resource for emergency management professionals
EMEX 2013 brings together the latest technological advances in homeland security and disaster preparedness suppliers under one roof, under the auspices of the International Association of Emergency Managers' 61st Annual Conference, Oct. 25-30, 2013. Virtual EMEX is a resource for all emergency managers before, during and after the conference. It includes a comprehensive directory of suppliers. Use it to find products and services needed for your EM program — shelter supplies, warning systems, communications solutions, training & exercise specialists and 16 other categories included. Visit Virtual EMEX today!More

Next USA application review is scheduled for June
The next USA CEM®/AEM℠ review will take place June 6-9, 2013. All applications must be received at IAEM Headquarters by May 17, 2013 to be included in the upcoming review. Learn more about the application process and download the latest application.More

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

Visit the IAEM website to register. More

IAEM-USA provides Outside Witness Statement to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security regarding FEMA Budget
IAEM-USA President Jeffrey Walker, on May 6, 2013, provided a written outside witness statement for the record on the FY 2014 appropriations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to the Subcommittee on Homeland Security of the Senate Committee on Appropriations. Specifically, IAEM-USA urged the approval of the President's request of $350 million for EMPG to continue to build state and local emergency management capacity and urged the Subcommittee to continue to reject combining EMPG with other accounts. IAEM-USA requested an increase of $1 million over the request level of $20,569,000 for the Emergency Management Institute, the "crown jewel" of emergency management training and doctrine. The President has proposed to terminate the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program, and IAEM-USA urges the Subcommittee to reject this proposal and appropriate a minimum of $25 million as appropriated in FY 2013. The Administration-proposed National Preparedness Grant Program would consolidate 18 different preparedness grants (excluding EMPG and Firefighter Assistance Grants) into one grant, but has not yet submitted a legislative proposal to the authorization committees. IAEM-USA will provide additional comments after reviewing the legislative proposal. View the comments posted here.More

Kathleen Henning, CEM, addresses AmeriCorps volunteers at FEMA Headquarters
Kathleen Henning, CEM, IAEM-USA Region 3 president, on May 3, 2013, spoke to a group of AmeriCorps volunteers, providing them with information on the role of local emergency managers in the United States. The meeting took place at FEMA Headquarters. This is an example of the outreach activities that many IAEM members provide when called upon to represent the association. Visit the IAEM website to learn more about the scope of these activities at the Council or Global levels.More

First Responder Network Authority schedules consultations and workshops on design of wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) on May 6 announced that the first in a summer-long series of consultations with states, tribes, territories and localities will take place May 15-16 in the Washington, D.C area. FirstNet will conduct regional workshops in six regions, meeting with representatives from each state individually during the consultation process. This portion of FirstNet's outreach is designed to solicit input from attendees to help in the design of a public safety-grade next-generation wireless network that meets the specific communications requirements of police, firefighters and emergency medical services personnel in their respective jurisdictions. "Our goal is to deliver high-speed data services to millions of public safety users to help them save more lives, solve crimes faster and keep our communities safer," said Bill D’Agostino, General Manager of FirstNet. "Consultations are an essential step in building working relationships between FirstNet and the thousands of people who are stakeholders in its success. These meetings will provide valuable opportunities to listen and work collaboratively to build the first public safety-grade LTE network." Learn details and view the workshop schedule.More

FEMA announces use of IdeaScale to request public feedback on update of NIMS doctrine
The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that its National Integration Center (NIC) is now requesting public feedback on the National Incident Management System (NIMS) doctrine update via IdeaScale. The use of this online platform allows stakeholders to like or dislike current ideas and offer substantive feedback regarding major issues or concerns. Inputs on this website will help shape public engagement topics moving forward and will be incorporated, as appropriate, into updated NIMS drafts. NIC conducts the review and update of NIMS doctrine to incorporate new presidential directives, legislative changes, lessons learned, and best practices. This process ensures consistency with current policy, incorporates emergency management best practices, and identifies conceptual changes based on a review of NIMS-related literature. Visit FEMA's NIMS Review and Update IdeaScale Campaign to submit your comments within 30 days of the publication of proposed changes. Questions can be directed to NIC at FEMA-NIMS@fema.dhs.gov or by calling (202) 646-3850. Obtain additional information on national preparedness efforts. More

FEMA releases first three of five planned National Planning Frameworks
The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on May 6 released three of the five National Planning Frameworks directed in Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness. The FEMA Intergovernmental Affairs Advisory states, "These National Planning Frameworks document the roles and responsibilities of the whole community in all facets of national preparedness and illustrate how we work together to support one another before, during, and after an emergency. The benefit of this unified effort is a more informed, shared understanding of risks, needs, and capabilities across the whole community; and, in the end, a more secure and resilient nation." FEMA received more than 5,000 comments from the public that went into the creation of the Frameworks. The new National Planning Frameworks include: Prevention, Mitigation, and Recovery. The National Disaster Response Framework was released in September 2011, and the National Protection Framework is under development. You can download the National Planning Frameworks, and view a tutorial on the FEMA website. More

FEMA announces 2012 Community Resilience Innovation Challenge recipients
FEMA on May 7 announced the selection of 30 recipients, among more than 1,900 applicants, to receive funding under the FEMA 2012 Community Resilience Innovation Challenge program. The program focuses on building local community resilience to man-made and natural disasters, with an emphasis on innovation, collaboration with community stakeholders, sustainability, repeatability, and measurable benefits to the community. This year's award recipients are recognized for programs designed to continue to move community preparedness forward, and assist local areas in building and revitalizing community-based partnerships to advance the nation's resilience to disasters. The program is being funded by The Rockefeller Foundation and administered by the Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Foundation, which acted as a third-party intermediary to encourage local communities to engage in creative activities that enhance disaster resilience. Details about the program and a summary of each recipient's project can be found on the program website. More

San Francisco adds social networking element to emergency, disaster planning
If an earthquake struck San Francisco tomorrow, would its residents be prepared for the aftermath? Probably more so than in the past, but the city's Department of Emergency Management is brainstorming better ways to help San Franciscans plan for disasters.More

Engineering professor working to help bridges withstand natural disaster
Structural control systems have the potential to help our civil infrastructure, such as bridges, roads and buildings, withstand natural disasters such as earthquakes or storms. However, traditional control systems based on sensors connected by wired networks are costly, labor-intensive and tend to break during disasters, when they are needed most.More

Emergency managers must be educated, not just trained
Emergency Management
The word "professional" is often misused to refer to someone is good at their job, even when that job is a technical trade (e.g. a professional plumber). Someone can act "professionally" no matter what their calling, however, there are qualitative differences between a trade and a profession and if emergency management is ever to be fully recognized as a profession we need to keep this in mind.More

Invitation to Australian emergency management professionals to participate in study
Do you have a role in emergency management in Australia? The University of South Wales is looking for people who have a role in disaster management, crisis management or business continuity. The primary survey will target six key areas of emergency managers that include general employment baseline data, emergency management employment baseline data, level of education, experience and knowledge, emergency management, and demographics. This study will be conducted online by the University of New South Wales. For further information, please contact Matthew Ellis at 0408 627 551 or by email. More

10 commandments for using SMS in natural disasters
Thomson Reuters Foundation
With more than 5 billion cell phones in the world, it's not surprising SMS technology is emerging as the tool of choice for disaster responders, a point that came up in our recent live debate on humanitarianism in a network age. SMS networks are often the most robust when catastrophes strike; they're the last systems to go down and the first to come up.More

Bangladesh orders factory closings as collapse toll hits 804
Bloomberg Businessweek
Bangladesh ordered 18 garment makers in two cities to close factories as the death toll from the collapse of a building rose to 804. Two factories in Chittagong and 16 in Dhaka were ordered to shut operations, and the government will close any plant that’s found to be unsafe during inspections, Abdul Latif Siddique, minister for textiles.More

Countries unite to respond to another Chernobyl disaster
Radioactivity as a result of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster in the 1980s is still present in the environment. But 17 national emergency management organizations and 33 research institutes have come together to prevent or minimize the impact of such a thing happening again. Their objective has been to ensure that Europe can respond better to similar emergencies in the future.More

Furloughs and Hiring freeze to the National Weather Service threaten forecast accuracy
PR Newswire via The Wall Street Journal
National Weather Service employees say that four furlough days added to the current hiring freeze stretches already short staffed offices to a breaking point, puts the American public at risk, and jeopardizes the agency's mission of saving lives and property. Most of the NWS employees being furloughed are designated "emergency essential," because of their public safety responsibilities and are required to work even during catastrophic conditions. Commerce, air travel, and most daily events hinge on accurate forecasts. The forecasts become life savers in the summer when floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, heat waves, wildfires and thunderstorms are most prevalent.More

Analysis: Arab cities aim to build resilience to natural disasters
Eurasia Review
Prevention may be better than a cure, but for the authorities in Arab cities and towns, natural disasters up to now have been largely about coping with them after they have taken place. But disaster prevention experts say the region took a step in the right direction, with the official finalization of the Aqaba Declaration on Disaster Risk Reduction in Cities.More