IAEM Dispatch
Jun. 26, 2014

IAEM-Canada recruits more than 60 new members at WCDM 2014
IAEM
IAEM-Canada was represented at the World Conference on Disaster Management in Toronto, June 15-18, 2014. The event was well attended with representatives from around the world. With more than 1,000 delegates and 70+ speakers, WCDM was an excellent example of emergency management professionals coming together to learn and make connections. IAEM-Canada's display offered information on the AEM℠ and CEM® designation, as well as information on the array of IAEM member benefits. More than 60 emergency management professionals signed up for IAEM-Canada membership using the Operation Invite a Friend campaign. Last week, IAEM-Canada grew by 106 new Invite a Friend members.More

IAEM-USA Region 5 President congratulates local recipients of the U.S. Presidential Volunteer Service Award
IAEM
Eighteen McHenry County (Illinois) Emergency Management volunteers received the 2013 U.S. Presidential Volunteer Service Award for their volunteer contributions in service to McHenry County. Each volunteer invested at least 100 hours in search and rescue, emergency communications, weather alerts, support division, and countless other missions of the agency. The awards are granted by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, which recognized volunteer contributions to communities and promotes more service. "I could not be more proud of our volunteers and their cheerful willingness to aid our residents," said David Christensen, director of McHenry County Emergency Management and IAEM-USA Region 5 President. Learn more.More

Texas steps up border enforcement, DHS boosts capacity to process immigrants
FierceHomelandSecurity
With federal authorities overwhelmed by the thousands of unaccompanied minors crossing the southwestern border, Texas has decided to beef up their law enforcement presence there. The governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the House sent a letter to the head of the state's Department of Public Safety detailing the move. The state authorized DPS to fund border security operations at $1.3 million per week. More

Half of U.S. homes at risk from natural disasters
CBS News
More than half of all U.S. homes are located in areas prone to tornadoes, earthquakes or hurricanes. About 71 million housing units, or 55 percent of the nation's total, fall into the high risk category, with 10.6 million of these, or 8 percent of the total, classified as very high risk, according to a report from RealtyTrac.More

U.K. governments invest in road network and natural disaster resilience
World Cement
The Mineral Products Association has welcomed the U.K. government's announcement that it will provide local councils with a total of £168 million in pothole repair and preventive maintenance. Some 148 authorities across England will receive a share of the funds. The government has pledged to invest over £24 billion in upgrading road infrastructure to 2021.More

Nations discuss steps to improve response to disasters
Voice of America
The United Nations estimates that countries in Asia account for some 80 percent of the world's disaster events, such as typhoons, earthquakes and heat waves. As nations try to better plan for responding to and recovering from disasters, the United Nations has convened a gathering of some 40 countries in Bangkok to discuss how to ensure that human and economic losses are kept to a minimum. Over 2,500 delegates from more than 40 countries are attending the four day conference on disaster risk reduction as governments and authorities look to further build on gains from the past decade in efforts to reduce the loss of life from catastrophic events.More

IAEM member Drew Pearson to retire from U.S. Coast Guard; leadership change for IAEM-USA Uniformed Services Caucus announced
IAEM
There has been a recent change in the Uniformed Services Caucus (USC) leadership. Capt. Drew Pearson, USC chair, has made the decision to retire from the U.S. Coast Guard. In order for him to devote the necessary time and focus on this huge transition, he felt it would be in the best interest of the caucus to step down as chair. Mark Brown, co-chair, has assumed the position of USC chair, in accordance with the USC Charter, until the next election later this year. Tim Christison will remain as vice chair, with George Gilbert as the USC secretary. We’d like to thank Capt. Pearson for his many years of faithful service to this great country, and we wish him and his family the very best as they embark on a new chapter and celebrate his retirement.More

We can eliminate the major tornado threat in Tornado Alley
Phys.Org
The annually recurring devastating tornado attacks in US Tornado Alley raise an important question: Can we eliminate the major tornado threat in Tornado Alley? Some people may claim that such a question is beyond imagination as people are powerless in facing violent tornadoes. However, according to Professor Rongjia Tao's recent publication in IJMPB, human beings are not powerless on this issue: if we build three east-west great walls in Tornado Alley, we will eliminate major tornado threat there forever. These walls can be built locally at high tornado risk areas to eliminate tornado threat there first, then gradually extended. More

Creating resilience against natural disaster
Al Jazeera America
Today's beachgoers in the three coastal states hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy in 2012 — New Jersey, New York and Connecticut — encounter huge piles of sand on ocean beaches as well as intrusive rock walls and beefed-up bulkheads. They have been rebuilt this way even though Sandy scoured just such dunes and overtopped just such walls. Why? U.S. disaster rebuilding has traditionally focused on merely replacing what has been lost.More

IAEM Bulletin call for articles on professional development in emergency management
IAEM
The IAEM Editorial Work Group seeks articles for its fourth special focus issue of 2014, "Professional Development in Emergency Management." Possible articles might include: promoting individual growth within an emergency management department through incorporating higher education and other activities; how individual emergency managers are applying professional development activities in their departments to make their efforts more effective; or how your emergency management program has improved or how your community has benefited through the application of what you learned in professional development activities. Please read the IAEM Bulletin Author's Guidelines and note that we are now accepting feature articles of 750 to 1,500 words. Email article submissions to Karen Thompson by July 10, 2014.More

Register today for the 62nd IAEM-USA Annual Conference
IAEM
The 62nd IAEM-USA Annual Conference registration is now open. If you had to pick just one training conference to attend, this is it! Not only will you receive three days of emergency management training from leading experts in the field, but you will also leave with strategies and tools you can implement in your organization. Plus, our special events provide many opportunities to network with others attendees, make new contacts, as well as visit with old friends ... a priceless commodity. More

Inside the disaster housing NYC is testing for city emergencies
Gizmodo
More than eight million people live in NYC. And when a natural or human-made disaster strikes, there's a good chance it'll leave some New Yorkers without homes. That's why this summer, NYC's Office of Emergency Management is testing out a fast, cheap and comfortable solution: Meet the Prototype.More

Disaster pilot project seeks better alternative to FEMA trailers
Emergency Management
Six years after Hurricane Dolly struck a $1.35 billion blow to the South Texas coast, federally funded reconstruction efforts are just now getting under way for hundreds of Lower Rio Grande Valley residents whose homes were destroyed or badly damaged by the storm. CDCB is testing a potential solution to the problem, one that may serve as a model for other communities hit by natural disaster. The demonstration project, funded by $2 million of $130 million in post-Dolly federal funds, is called the Lower Rio Grande Rapid Re-housing Program, more commonly referred to as RAPIDO.More

IAEM CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Courses and exam offerings are coming to a city near you
IAEM
Register today for an upcoming CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course or exam.

Candidates must register through the IAEM website to secure your space. IAEM requires a minimum of 10 registrants for the prep course. If you have any questions, feel free to contact CEM administrator Kate McClimans.More

Prospective or current CEM® or AEM℠ certified professionals can use the LLIS.gov for professional contributions
IAEM
Are you a prospective or current Certified Emergency Manager or Associate Emergency Manager looking for new ways to contribute toward your certification or recertification requirements? If so, you may be interested in LLIS.gov's partnership with the International Association of Emergency Managers. Emergency managers have an opportunity to utilize LLIS.gov to contribute toward their CEM® and AEM℠ certification or recertification requirements. One example of a professional contribution is authoring and submitting a document about a lesson learned or innovative practice for publication on LLIS.gov. These documents can be derived from personal emergency management experience, interviews, After Action Reports or independent research. The LLIS.gov team provides templates for submissions and will publish quality, peer-validated documents. Learn more.More

Major earthquake hits off Alaska's Aleutian Islands
Reuters via Chicago Tribune
A magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck deep under the ocean floor near Alaska's Aleutian Islands, triggering shaking felt over vast distances and setting off a small tsunami, the National Tsunami Warning Center said. A tsunami warning, later downgraded to an advisory, prompted the evacuation of about 200 residents of the town of Adak to higher ground, city manager Layton Lockett said. More

River flooding will continue in upper Midwest
USA Today
River flooding in the upper Midwest continues due to extremely heavy rain earlier in the month. Nearly 100 gauges were at some level of flood stage in the upper Midwest on Monday, with 14 listed at "major" flood stage, the National Weather Service reports. Many are along the Mississippi River in Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.More

12 die in flooding in Bulgaria after heavy rain
The Associated Press via AOL News
At least 12 people died and an unknown number were missing after heavy rain and floods hit parts of northeastern Bulgaria, officials said. Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev confirmed that 10 bodies, including two children, were recovered from floodwaters in the worst-hit Black Sea resort town of Varna. It was unclear how many more people were missing after torrential rain flooded large parts of the town.More

NTSB blames pilots in July 2013 Asiana Airlines crash
Mashable
NTSB investigators say the flight crew aboard an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed into a seawall at San Francisco International Airport the morning of Saturday, July 6, 2013 were to blame for the incident that killed three and left more than 180 injured.More