IAEM Dispatch
May. 23, 2013

Oklahoma Tornado disaster recovery resources available
IAEM expresses its heartfelt condolences to those affected by the recent tornadoes across the Midwest United States. Emergency managers are encouraged to disseminate the disaster recovery resource links posted here on the USA Council news page, providing information on the following:


FEMA publishes Public Assistance Alternative Procedures Pilot Program Guide for Permanent Work
FEMA has released its Public Assistance (PA) Alternative Procedures Pilot Program Guide for Permanent Work. This guide implements the alternative procedures for permanent work authorized by the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act (SRIA), now Section 428 of the Stafford Act. FEMA is implementing this pilot to improve efficiencies in how the PA program is implemented; provide communities flexibility in meeting their post-disaster recovery needs; and support rapid recovery from the impact of major disasters and emergencies. The alternative procedures pilot for permanent work is effective for major disasters declared on or after May 20, 2013. The alternative procedures may also be applied in previously declared major disasters for projects where construction has not yet begun. SRIA also authorized alternative procedures for debris removal, which will be implemented separately in the near future. Download a fact sheet here. More

Last reminder: 2013 IAEM Awards Competition ends May 31, 2013
Time is running out! The 2013 IAEM Awards Competition ends on May 31, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. You must submit your entry, including all supporting material and entry forms (where applicable), to Karen Thompson at Thompson@iaem.com. There will be no extensions to the entry deadline. There is still time to enter your outstanding project or nominate the person of your choice in one of our award categories. Everything that you will need to enter the IAEM Awards Competition is posted on the IAEM website. Read about the various 2013 award categories, and take the time to review the posted entries of last year's winners. You may be inspired to enter your innovative project, which in turn may provide the perfect solution to a challenge facing some of your EM professional colleagues. Whether you are submitting an entry for the Public Awareness Award, Technology & Innovation Award, or Partners in Preparedness Award — or whether you are nominating someone for the Clayton R. Christopher Award or a Uniformed Services or Student Award — the IAEM Judges welcome your entries. Visit the website today to learn how to enter the 2013 IAEM Awards Competition. More

If you aren't exhibiting at EMEX 2013, you are missing out!
IAEM's Annual Conference and Emergency Management & Homeland Security (EMEX) Expo is the largest annual gathering of emergency management and homeland security professionals. With two full days and eight-and-a-half hours of exclusive exhibit hall time, there are ample opportunities to meet with prospects and close sales. Booth space is filling up fast,so be sure to get the space you want by reserving it now.More

Brian Fagan will take the IAEM Annual Conference attendees through a journey of ancient disasters
Brian Fagan will be the featured luncheon speaker at the IAEM 61st Annual Conference & EMEX, set for Oct. 25-30, 2013, in Reno, Nev. His presentation is "Swept Away by the Waves." In this talk, Fagan will take the audience on a fascinating journey through the world of ancient environmental disasters. Visit hunter's camps of 8,000 years ago when the North Sea was dry land flooded by a long-forgotten tsunami. Learn how Homer's Troy was transformed by rising sea levels. Visit the Netherlands as medieval high tides sweep ashore and kill thousands. Fagan poses a fundamental question: what can we learn about such disasters from the past in a world where millions of us are at the mercy of sea surges and rising sea levels in a world far more vulnerable to natural disasters than ever before? How will we cope with the millions of environmental refugees displaced by the attacking ocean? Fagan, a former Guggenheim Fellow, is regarded as one of the world’s leading archaeological and historical writers. He was professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, from 1967 to 2004, when he became Emeritus. His latest book is due out in June — The Attacking Ocean: The Past, Present, and Future of Rising Sea Levels.More

Upcoming Prep Course and Exam offerings
Check out the upcoming CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course and Exam offerings. Please note that registrations are required for each prep course offering to proceed. Register today.

Are you interested in having a CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course and/or exam scheduled in your area? Email Kate Walker to discuss possibilities.More

Online elections for IAEM-Canada Council officers closes on May 31
Per the IAEM-Canada Bylaws, this year the positions of president, vice president east and secretary are up for election. Electronic voting commenced May 6 and closes May 31, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. Election results will be publicly announced at the Annual General Meeting, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, held in conjunction with the World Conference on Disaster Management, in Toronto. IAEM-Canada individual members are eligible to vote. Vote now.More

House Appropriations DHS FY 2014 draft report issued
The House Appropriations Committee on May 21 posted their draft report on FY 2014 Appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security. This contains much more detail and direction to the Department than was contained in the draft legislative language posted last week. The Full Appropriations Committee marked up the bill on May 22. The draft committee report is available here. The FEMA section is located on pages 91-102. A detailed memo will be posted on the IAEM Government Affairs section of the IAEM-USA website after the committee files the report with any language added as part of the committee action. The bill is expected to be considered on the House floor in early June.More

FEMA releases Grant Guidance for FY 2013 DHS preparedness grant programs
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on May 21 announced the release of FY 2013 Funding Opportunity Announcements for eight U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) preparedness grant programs totaling over $1.5 billion to assist states, urban areas, tribal and territorial governments, non-profit agencies, and the private sector in strengthening our nation's ability to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies in support of the National Preparedness Goal and the National Preparedness System. The fact sheets and guidance are available here.More

FEMA Think Tank Conference Call to feature on stories of disaster survivors and international emergency workers
Richard Serino, FEMA deputy administrator, will lead the next FEMA Think Tank conference call on May 28, 2013, from New York City. Find current details here. The FEMA Think Tank is a forum to engage the whole community, connect resources and share best practices, and develop solutions to the challenges we face in emergency management. This months call will be held in partnership with UNICEF and focus on disaster survivor stories and international emergency worker experiences to encourage a more disaster survivor centric approach to emergency management at every level. Before the next call, you are encouraged to visit the online forum to share your own disaster survivor story or to submit ideas and comment on others stories and topics. More

Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction: Ensuring clear links between discussions on post-2015 frameworks
Thomson Reuters Foundation
As a result of climate change, natural disasters are expected to be amplified in frequency and impact. The largest human cost to lives and livelihoods will be borne by populations already disadvantaged by poverty. It is then clear that investing in Disaster Risk Reduction and mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into development programming is important not only for cost-effectiveness but it is the only way to protect lives and livelihoods and ensure sustainable development.More

Can the US get better at predicting tornadoes?
CBS News
America is home to the best tornado forecasting in the world, in part because it is home to some of the most severe thunderstorms in the world. Forecasters have managed to increase the average lead-time for a tornado warning from 5 minutes in the 1980s to about 13 minutes today. To formulate longer-term warnings, meteorologists would need to use sophisticated computers to predict what is likely to happen with the weather. And the United States has fallen behind on that front.More

Why social media is the front line of disaster response
Nearly one million people are affected by natural disasters each year. In the U.S. alone, some 400 people die from disasters that cost the economy $17.6 billion. Helping respond to these cataclysmic events, social media is now a go-to tool for those effected by disasters.More

Casualty counts from disasters can be imprecise
The Wall Street Journal
Initial casualty figures from disasters can be notoriously inaccurate, as is being demonstrated once again as U.S. authorities backtrack on the number of fatalities from the Oklahoma tornadoes.More

UN: Natural disaster-related economic losses 'out of control'
Environmental Leader
The United Nations warned economic losses linked to natural disasters are out of control, soaring past $100 billion annually for three consecutive years, and will continue to escalate unless risk management becomes a central piece of business investment strategies.More

Search for survivors winds down as Oklahoma begins daunting recovery
What began as a desperate hunt for survivors in this debris-covered city is giving way to an arduous road to recovery. No survivors or bodies have been found in Moore since the day a mammoth tornado ripped through 17 miles of central Oklahoma and pummeled 2,400 homes.More

Terrifying Texas tornado kills 6, damages 100 homes
N.Y. Daily News
A powerful tornado ripped through a neighborhood that included housing for the poor in the north Texas town of Granbury. All survivors have been accounted for, authorities said. The tornado, which brought winds of up to 200 miles per hour, was rated an EF4 by the National Weather Service, the second-most powerful level for such a storm. More

WHO expert concerned guest workers could spread coronavirus
A World Health Organization expert has expressed concern that guest workers in the Middle East could carry the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus to India and the Philippines, according to a media report, while a few more details emerged about three Tunisian cases reported. More

China's bird flu outbreak cost $6.5 billion
Fox News
The H7N9 virus appears to have been brought under control in China largely due to restrictions at bird markets, but caused some $6.5 billion in losses to the economy, U.N. experts said. Health authorities worldwide must be on the lookout to detect the virus, the experts said, which could still develop the ability to spread easily among humans and cause a deadly influenza pandemic. More