IAEM Dispatch
May. 29, 2014

Draft FY 2015 House Appropriations bill for DHS released
On May 27, the House Appropriations Committee released the draft FY 2015 bill for the Department of Homeland Security. Some of the FEMA highlights of the draft bill included $350 million for the Emergency Management Performance Grant; $466.346 million for the State Homeland Security Grant; $600 million for the Urban Area Security Initiative; and $100 million for Public Transportation Security Assistance, Rail Security Assistance and Over the Road bus. The draft bill also included $680 million for Firefighter Assistance, $25 million for the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program, and $120 million for Emergency Food and Shelter. The draft bill includes a provision not allowing any funds to be used to implement the Administration's proposed consolidation of the homeland security grants into a National Preparedness Grant Program unless specifically authorized by Congress. The full Appropriations Committee markup is expected the second week of June. The House Appropriations Committee prepared a press release and bill highlights. A memo on the draft bill is posted on the IAEM-USA website under Government Affairs News.More

'Dread' of disasters could be an important political tool
Nature World News
Officials should be considering how the public reacts to various natural disasters when making plans to mitigate or recover from these disasters. Understanding a region's "dread" of a natural disaster, a new study suggests, could help officials determine how much tax money should go towards addressing that threat.More

Morality of preparation
The Hill
Most of us tend to consider disasters — manmade and natural — to be an exception in life. But in poor countries disaster can be a way of life. As our congressional legislators in Washington work under budget constraints, they need to know that they have the bipartisan support of our constituencies — millions of Americans who support funding for life-saving humanitarian, development and health programs around the world. More

Reminder: 2014 IAEM Awards Competition ends May 30, 2014
Time is running out! The 2014 IAEM Awards Competition ends on May 30, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. You must submit your entry, including all supporting material and entry forms (where applicable) to Karen Thompson . 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 at on the IAEM website. Read about the various 2014 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 IAEM website today to learn how to enter the 2014 IAEM Awards Competition. More

'Designing for Disaster' has opened at the National Building Museum
The National Building Museum recently opened a multimedia exhibition titled "Designing for Disaster," a call-to-action for citizen preparedness. FEMA proudly supports the "Designing for Disaster" exhibit as it explores strategies that communities are using to reduce their risks and build more disaster-resilient communities. The exhibit is open until Aug. 2, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Visitors to "Designing for Disaster" will explore new approaches in design and engineering to protect life and property against a range of natural hazards. Learn more on the National Building Museum website. More

Emergency Services Coalition issues chemical protection challenge
The Emergency Services Coalition for Medical Preparedness is hosting a challenge to design the next generation operational capacity to protect the protectors from chemical and nerve agents. $5,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the best ideas. The deadline to submit is July 10, 2014. The entry form and further details are on the Coalition's website.More

Insurer's climate change class actions: More to come?
Reuters via Insurance Journal
A major insurance company is accusing dozens of localities in Illinois of failing to prepare for severe rains and flooding in lawsuits that are the first in what could be a wave of litigation over who should be liable for the possible costs of climate change.More

Top Army engineer: China-US cooperating on natural disaster mitigation
United States Army
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is cooperating with China on a number of fronts involving areas of mutual interest, such as storm and earthquake mitigation, said the USACE commander. Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick spoke at a media roundtable with foreign press on USACE support to the Asia-Pacific region at the State Department's Foreign Press Center here, today.More

Kelp watch monitors radioactive contaminants from Fukushima disaster
USC News
Researchers with the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, housed at the USC Dornsife College of Arts, Letters and Sciences, will collect kelp in the waters of Big Fisherman's Cove off Catalina Island in California as part of a scientific campaign to evaluate radioactive contamination. The effort comes three years after a meltdown at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.More

Current emergency regulations a recipe for disaster
The Huffington Post
Recently, the U.S. Transportation Department issued an emergency order requiring railroads to inform state emergency management officials about large crude oil shipments. Specifically, the regulations required railroads to disclose the expected routes across country, volume of oil being shipped, and a responsible party. More

LGUs urged to adopt science-based disaster preparedness tools
Philippine Information Agency
The Department of Science and Technology has appealed to local government units, disaster managers, and other stakeholders to adopt science and technology-based tools to boost their disaster preparedness. "We at the DOST believe that we could use science to better understand and improve our disaster planning and preparations at the national and local levels," DOST Assistant Secretary Raymund Liboro said.More

CEM online application system goes live on July 1
IAEM is excited to announce that the CEM®, AEM℠ and Lifetime CEM® applications will be available through the online system starting Jul. 1, 2014. CEM®/AEM℠ candidates submitting first-time applications may submit through the online system or by using the paper application until Aug. 15, 2014. After Aug. 15, all applications must be submitted through the online system.More

Next CEM® Commission review scheduled for September 11-14
The next CEM® Commission Review will take place Sept. 11-14, 2014. This will be the last review of the year. The deadline to submit applications to IAEM Headquarters to be included in the September review is Aug. 15, 2014. The published deadline date is for first-time CEM®/AEM℠ applications. First time candidates who have already started their "one-year clock" by passing the exam are reminded to adhere to the date published in the exam notification letters. Resubmission candidates are reminded that their deadline date is 90 days from the date of the incomplete letter. Supplemental documentation must be received in hard copy form at IAEM Headquarters within the 90-day deadline. More

High-tech harnesses for disaster response dogs
Hero dogs equipped with high-tech gear could soon be working alongside humans, robots, and drones after a disaster to find and rescue people trapped in rubble. The Smart Emergency Response System is a nationwide project across 20 or so institutions with the goal of using "cyber-physical" systems to share information and coordinate disaster relief responses in real time — through a variety of wireless network technologies. A North Carolina State University team led by Alper Bozkurt and David Roberts is specifically working on the canine aspect of SERS.More

Program is now available for the IAEM-USA 62nd Annual Conference & EMEX
Discover for yourself why the IAEM Annual Conference is consistently described as the premiere event for emergency managers. More than just another conference, IAEM gives attendees innovative ideas, networking with experts and peers and important information on professional practices and issues. Plus, attendees will leave with strategies and tools they can implement in their organizations. Take a look at the program today.More

IAEM student member registration fee stipend for USA Annual Conference registration fee
IAEM Headquarters is maintaining a list of IAEM members who have a current student membership and wish to be considered for a student registration fee stipend in the amount of $300 (early bird rate) for the basic registration fee to attend the IAEM-USA 2014 Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Students should e-mail their interest to be considered for the registration fee stipend lottery to IAEM Membership Manager Sharon Kelly at info@iaem.com no later than Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, along with the following information: your full name, complete contact information, and the name of the university you are attending. Notifications will be sent via email by mid-September. Complete details, including your obligations should you be selected, are posted here.More

DHS First Responders Group Capacity Building Webinar Series host 'Promising Practices and Technologies for Communicating with Persons with Access and Functional Needs during Emergencies' on June 4, 2014, 1:00 p.m. EDT
This webinar is produced in partnership with FEMA and the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). Presenters will include:

Pre-registration is not required. Click this link to access the webinar.

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is hosting a workshop on 'Gathering Stakeholder Input on the Disaster Resilience Framework' on July 30, 2014
This workshop will be held at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, and is the second in a series of region gathering input from the stakeholder community on the Disaster Resilience Framework. Participants will be asked to choose their preferred breakout group(s), which will consist of working sessions organized by sector (i.e., buildings, transportation, power, communication, water, communities). These working sessions will focus on chapters of the Disaster Resilience Framework document. There will also be a working session to develop the Disaster Resilience Standards Panel charter and organizational plans. More information will be available soon. Additional details
 are available.More

California university near deadly rampage mourns
The Associated Press via Yahoo News
Classes were canceled at the University of California, Santa Barbara, as the college community reeled from the deadly rampage that took the lives of six of its students. The school declared a day of mourning and reflection and scheduled a campus memorial service. Elliot Rodger, 22, killed six people and injured 13 others in the shooting and stabbing attacks in the Isla Vista community near campus. He apparently shot himself to death after a shootout with deputies, authorities said.More

Natural disasters stir up lead, other 'horrendous' risks
The Weather Channel
Three years ago, a mile-wide tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, killing 158, and leveling much of the 50,000-person town. Years later, the town is still recovering from this event and dealing with one unexpected effect: Lead contamination. Before the storm, the town had a lead contamination level of near zero. Afterward, 40 percent of the town's yards were contaminated with lead — a serious health risk, particularly for children. More

Massive flooding may have unearthed thousands of land mines in Bosnia
Foreign Policy
Following the worst Balkan flood in at least a century, almost 1 million Bosnians have either been evacuated or have left their homes because of flooding or landslides, according to Fahrudin Solak, acting head of the civil defense service in Bosnia's Federation (one of the country's two major regions). But in addition to the loss of homes and land, other dangers lurk. Much of Bosnia was mined during the war, including the hills above Srebrenica, where Omerovic once sought refuge. The rains have unearthed and moved many of these relics of past conflict, threatening to raise the death toll of the floods even after the waters have receded.More

Strong 6.9-magnitude earthquake injures 266, causes damage in Turkey, Greece
The Weather Channel
A magnitude-6.9 earthquake rattled Greece and Turkey, damaging structures and injuring at least 266 people in Turkey alone. The quake struck at 12:25 local time in the Aegean Sea, with the epicenter located just southwest of the Greek island of Samothraki, 185 miles northeast of Athens, according to the USGS.More

Indian train crash kills 26, rescue operation ends
A train crash in northern India killed 26 people, police said after a rescue operation to pull survivors and corpses from the mangled coaches concluded. The accident occurred on Monday morning when a passenger train collided with a stationary goods train near Churaib station in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state.More

Death toll climbs in Colombia bus fire
Fox News Latino
One of the children injured in a May 18 bus fire in northern Colombia died at a hospital in Barranquilla, media outlets said, raising the death toll from the incident to 33. The accident occurred near Fundacion, a town on the Atlantic coast, where the bus carrying 52 people — all but two of them children — burst into flames.More