IAEM Dispatch
Jun. 20, 2013

China to spend billions on disaster planning, response and recovery; join IAEM Pavilion at Beijing ERE for great business opportunities
China, because of its sheer size, geography and numbers of people, experiences a plethora of man-made and natural disasters with deadly earthquakes, typhoons, major floods, fires and droughts. These disasters impact the lives of hundreds of millions of people annually.

For all these reasons, China may be the best market in the world for companies that have products or services for disaster planning, prevention, mitigation, and recovery. In order to maintain social stability as well as continued economic growth, China is dedicating billions of dollars to address these issues. To learn about the IAEM Pavilion and exhibiting at China ERE, contact Mike Rosenberg at 301-493-5500 or via email. More

IAEM Bulletin Call for Articles: students in emergency management
The IAEM Editorial Work Group seeks articles for a special focus issue on the theme of "Students in Emergency Management." Possible articles might include: what you are looking for as an emergency management student; what you expect to get out of your EM-related degree work; how you are finding the job market as a recent graduate; how your degree prepared you for your first job as an emergency manager; or why you "went back to school" (whether you're an emergency manager going for a degree or a non-emergency manager hoping to change careers). Please keep your article to no more than 750 words, and read the IAEM Bulletin Author's Guidelines before submitting your article to IAEM Bulletin Editor Karen Thompson no later than July 10, 2013.More

IAEM-USA Student Academic Research Paper Presentation Awards Competition deadline is August 1
The IAEM-USA Student Academic Research Paper Presentation Awards Competition offers IAEM-USA Student Members the opportunity to showcase their research, and have it judged by experts in the field of emergency management. The competition is open only to IAEM-USA Student Members, who will compete in one of two categories, undergraduate and postgraduate. The entry deadline is Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. Download the competition guidelines. More

Call for Nominations: IAEM-USA Second Vice President and Treasurer
IAEM-USA will elect new officers at the IAEM 61st Annual Conference & EMEX 2013, set for Oct. 25-30, in Reno, Nevada. 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 the duties of office; a brief resume; and confirmation of membership of at least three. 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 at or email IAEM Membership Manager Sharon Kelly.More

Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience deadline extended
The deadline for the Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience has been extended to June 30, 2013. This award recognizes non-governmental individuals or organizations that emphasize leadership in effective disaster preparation, response and recovery efforts. The Department of Homeland Security created this award in 2012 in memory of Richard "Rick" Rescorla, a hero of 9/11, who gave his life helping his colleagues safely evacuate the World Trade Center. In 2011, Secretary Napolitano posthumously awarded Mr. Rescorla with the Department's highest honor, a DHS Distinguished Public Service Medal. Find out more about the award and learn how to nominate someone from your community. More

Need help getting approval to attend the IAEM Annual Conference?
Getting approval to attend an educational conference can be challenging. It is important to ensure that you are getting the best value for your dollar and that your employer knows that too. To assist in getting approval, download our sample Letter to Your Supervisor that you can customize to help build your case for attending. The IAEM 61st Annual Conference provides many attendance benefits.

There is a great return on investment for the organization sending their employee to the IAEM Annual Conference. Attendees overtly and intuitively gain knowledge with attendance and the organization benefits by the networks that the employee builds with other organizations. Learn more about the conference. More

IAEM issues call for CEM Commissioners
The IAEM Oceania-Asia CEM® Commission and the USA CEM® Commission are accepting applications for new commissioners. The new commissioners will fill openings in the Class of 2016. The commissions discuss policy and procedure changes regarding the certification program, and review applicant packages for the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®) and Associate Emergency Manager (AEM℠) credentials. Commissioners who are emergency management practitioners must be a current CEM®. The deadline to submit your application is July 1. Learn more.More

Register today for upcoming CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Courses and Exams
If you've been thinking about going for the Certified Emergency Manager or the Associate Emergency Manager designation, now is the perfect time to commit! We're offering the following prep courses and group exam offerings for your convenience. Please note that a minimum of 10 registrations is 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

FEMA's Annual Risk Awareness Survey now active for local officials — FEMA asks U.S. emergency managers to complete survey
Since 2010, FEMA has annually conducted a nationwide survey on risk awareness of U.S. local officials. Survey results track trends and inform federal agencies and state and local communities how to most effectively engage and support communities toward advancing mitigation actions to reduce vulnerabilities to natural hazards. It is now time to take the 2013 local official survey! If you are currently a U.S. local official, please click here to take this 15-minute survey. The deadline to respond is July 31. Survey responses will only be collected during this limited time, so please don’t delay! Your individual responses will be kept confidential and anonymous.More

Patrick McMacken, CEM, to retire at the end of June from the City of Irving, Texas
Long time IAEM member, Pat McMacken, CEM, is retiring at the end of June as the emergency management coordinator for the City of Irving (Texas). He has spent more than 20 years in municipal emergency management. Pat has been a Certified Emergency Manager since 2000. In addition, he has been involved in EMAT. "I had the opportunithy to influence and mentor a number of outstanding young emergency managers," noted Pat in a recent email. "These are my fondest memories and proudest accomplishments of my career." He will continue in emergency management in the private sector using his skills and knowledge, just not on a full-time basis. IAEM sends congratulations to Pat on his well-deserved part-time retirement. He may be contacted via email. More

Cost of 2012 natural disasters one for the record books
There were 11 events in the United States 2012 that each incurred at least $1 billion in damages, including spring tornado outbreaks in the Midwest and Texas, a derecho that plowed from the Plains to the Northeast, and the yearlong drought and its associated heatwaves and wildfires that burned more than 9.2 million acres, mostly in the West. All told, more than 300 people were killed in these 11 extreme weather events. More

New FEMA maps shrink New Jersey flood zones
USA Today
The Federal Emergency Management Agency released its revised flood maps which have scaled back huge sections of the highest-risk flood zones, called V or velocity zones, in four counties under its new flood maps. The difference between being in a V Zone and an A Zone, a less-hazardous flood zone, is tens of thousands of dollars in elevation work.More

New graphics show America's natural disaster hot spots, as firefighters continue blaze battles
The New York Post
Mother Nature's wrath on America has been laid bare in new graphics depicting the devastating tornadoes and wildfires that have plagued the country in recent years. The maps, developed by John Nelson, a UX & Mapping manager at IDV Solutions, highlight the areas most prone to the deadly natural disasters. More

Fatal monsoon floods kill more than 100 in India
The Associated Press via USA Today
India's prime minister said that the death toll from flooding in the northern state of Uttrakhand had surpassed 100 and could rise substantially. A joint army and air force operation evacuated nearly 12,000 Hindu pilgrims stranded in a mountainous area by torrential monsoon rains and landslides, but nearly 63,000 people remained cut off, a senior official said.More

Mumbai calls in disaster force for monsoon
The Wall Street Journal
Mumbai is now ready for heavy monsoon rains, say city officials, shortly after the annual deluge began. Officials from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Mumbai's civic body, say the first rains of the season at the start of the week took them by surprise because they had expected the monsoon to hit the city by mid-June. The city’s disaster management team is deployed to tackle monsoon-related problems in the four months of the rainy season.More

China braces for natural disaster season
The National Commission for Disaster Reduction urged beefed-up efforts of prevention and response as the season arrives when China is susceptible to natural disasters. According to a commission circular, relevant departments and localities need to step up monitoring and early warning for possible disasters, and closely follow developments of disasters. They are also required to enhance analysis and forecasts of rainfall and floods, in order to issue early warnings.More

President Barack Obama signs Michigan disaster declaration
The White House
The President has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Michigan and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by flooding during the period of April 16 to May 14, 2013. Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by flooding. More

California officials warn fire season could be worst in 100 years
Southern California fire officials warned Monday that the state should take caution during a brutal fire season that projections suggest could be the worst to hit the region in a century. "We're going to have a very volatile fire season," Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said at a news conference, who noted it could be the worst in 100 years. More