IAEM Dispatch
Jul. 31, 2014

IAEM-Canada members urged to invite colleagues to join through council Invite a Friend Campaign through Dec. 31, 2014
Membership engagement is one of IAEM-Canada's five priorities over the next three years. Operation Invite a Friend is in action from June 1- Dec. 31, 2014. IAEM-Canada individual members in good standing have the opportunity to give away free one-year memberships to colleagues so that they too can see the value of an IAEM Canada membership. This one year free membership comes with all the IAEM-Canada benefits. The new member will be voting member, can sit on committees, participate in discussion boards, access member resources and receive the IAEM Bulletin and IAEM Dispatch, etc. To date IAEM-Canada has had more than 178 new members join thanks to you, so keep up the great work! Learn how to participate.More

North City Insurance partners with IAEM-Canada
IAEM-Canada and North City Insurance have partnered and North City is now offering discounted insurance rates to emergency managers. Learn more.More

Inaugural Inspector-General for Emergency Management appointed in Victoria, Australia
Secretary of the Department of Justice Greg Wilson on July 28 appointed former Director General of Emergency Management Australia, Tony Pearce, as the inaugural Inspector-General for Emergency Management in the State Government of Victoria, Australia. In his new role as inspector-general, Pearce will help provide the government and the community with confidence in the state's emergency management arrangements. The role of inspector-general is part of the Victorian Government's reforms to emergency management and the commencement of the Emergency Management Act 2013. It replaces the previous role of Emergency Services Commissioner. The reforms will implement an "all-hazards, all-agencies" approach to emergency management and include the new role of Emergency Management Commissioner and the overarching body Emergency Management Victoria. Pearce "is the former Director General of Emergency Management Australia, where he coordinated the Australian Government's response to numerous domestic and international emergencies, including the Black Saturday fires," noted Kim Wells, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Bushfire Response. Learn more.More

One month to go on IAEM-USA's Operation Invite a Friend Campaign — Now is the time to reach out and invite colleagues to join for free
IAEM-USA has grown by 2760 members as a result of the Invite a Friend campaign. Can you help meet a challenge and have 4000 new members by Aug. 31 when the membership campaign ends? Each current individual dues-paying IAEM-USA member can help us achieve this goal by sponsoring members. Look around you and see who you know in your community or personal network who would benefit by membership in IAEM. Or, look and see who would be a benefit to you to have in your IAEM network and sponsor those people. There is no limit to the number of members an individual member may sponsor. To date, only 21% of our members have reached out. So, the potential for growth still remains. Learn how to participate.More

Nominations deadline is Aug. 15 for IAEM-USA Second VP and Secretary candidates
IAEM-USA will elect new officers at the IAEM-USA 2014 Annual Conference & EMEX, set for Nov. 14-19 in San Antonio, Texas. Candidates for IAEM-USA Second Vice President and IAEM-USA Secretary must submit credentials by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, to IAEM Headquarters. Complete details, including required credentials and officer candidate eligibility, are posted on the council news page and also can be found in the monthly IAEM Bulletin starting in May 2014. For more information, see the IAEM-USA Administrative Policies & Procedures or e-mail IAEM Membership Manager Sharon Kelly at info@iaem.com. Candidate statements (500 words or less) and candidate photos are due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, via email to Bulletin Editor Karen Thompson; the statements and photos will be published in the September IAEM Bulletin and in the online voting area.More

FEMA chief: Flood insurance program unsustainable
Federal Times
The National Flood Insurance Program is on an unsustainable path and leaves the government open to huge potential losses, according to the head of the agency that runs the program. Craig Fugate, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency at the Department of Homeland Security, said at a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee that the insurance program — which helps cover losses in flood-prone areas of the country — is currently insuring about $1 trillion in assets.More

McCaul, King released report on National Network of Fusion Centers
Committee on Homeland Security
U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence Chairman Peter King, R-N.Y., released a Majority Staff Report entitled "The National Network of Fusion Centers," detailing the Committee's findings and recommendations developed from a comprehensive study of fusions centers across the country.More

White House Innovation Day highlights disaster response, recovery
Emergency Management
Emergency managers converged with the tech community in Washington, D.C., to discuss tools that can create more resilient communities and also positively impact disaster preparedness, response and recovery. The White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative Demo Day showcased new innovations in both government and the private sector that aim to aid the survivors of large-scale emergencies.More

Drone pilot locates missing 82-year-old man after 3-day search
The case for consumer drones got a boost after an amateur pilot ended a search-and-rescue effort by locating a missing ophthalmologist, who suffers from dementia, in a bean field in Wisconsin.More

Author and educator Brenda Phillips to speak at the IAEM 62nd Annual Conference
Don't miss one of our many dynamic general session speakers, Dr. Brenda Phillips, who will be presenting on Tuesday morning, Nov. 18. Dr. Phillips is the associate dean at Ohio University in Chillicothe and is a recipient of the Mary Fran Myers Award for Gender and Disaster Research and the Blanchard Award for excellence in emergency management education. She co-edited "Women and Disasters: from theory to practice" with Betty Hearn Morrow and "Social Vulnerability to Disasters" with Deborah Thomas, Alice Fothergill and Lynn Blinn-Pike. She is the author of "Disaster Recovery" and the lead researcher for a National Council on Disability project titled "Effective Emergency Management: making improvements for communities and people with disabilities." Her published research can be found in a variety of journals including the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, Emergency Management, the Journal of Black Studies, Disaster Prevention and Management, Disasters, Humanity and Society, the Journal of Emergency Management, Natural Hazards Review, and Environmental Hazards. She is a graduate of Bluffton University (Ohio) and The Ohio State University. Learn more and register today.More

Apply today for the IAEM-Canada student member registration fee stipend for IAEM 62nd Annual Conference
IAEM-Canada is looking for IAEM-Canada student members who 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 email 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/college you are attending. Notifications will be sent via email by mid-September. Complete details, including your obligations should you be selected, are posted here. IAEM Canada will be sponsoring two students this year to attend the conference.More

Virtual EMEX is an invaluable year-round resource for emergency management professionals
EMEX 2014 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 62nd Annual Conference, Nov. 14-19, 2014. 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

New FEMA intergovernmental affairs director introduced
On July 28, Nicole Mlade became FEMA's new intergovernmental affairs director. For the past two and a half years Nicole has served as the director of intergovernmental affairs and global partnerships for the Peace Corps, where she has been the agency's primary liaison with federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders. During Hurricane Sandy in Oct. 2012, Nicole was detailed to FEMA's Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to assist IGA disaster operations outreach for the agency. Prior to the Peach Corps, Nicole was the acting director for public engagement for the U.S. Agency for International Development where she worked with private leaders to strengthen the capacity of the agency through consultation efforts and educate the American public about foreign assistance. She has also led strategic engagement efforts for the International Services Department of the American Red Cross, and has worked at the Center for American Progress and the National Democratic Institute. Nicole earned a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University. More

NOAA: 'Nuisance flooding' an increasing problem as coastal sea levels rise
Government Security News
Eight of the top 10 U.S. cities that have seen an increase in so-called "nuisance flooding" — which causes such public inconveniences as frequent road closures, overwhelmed storm drains and compromised infrastructure — are on the East Coast, according to a new NOAA technical report.More

FEMA awards NYU Langone with $1.13 billion for Sandy recovery projects
NYU Langone Medical Center, which bore the brunt of superstorm Sandy's wrath and suffered hundreds of millions of dollars in damages, received a major financial boost from the federal government yesterday to pay for its recovery and protect it from future storms.More

U.S. National Protection Framework Released
The U.S. federal government and its partners on July 30 released the National Protection Framework, one of the five National Planning Frameworks directed in Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness. The National Protection Framework covers the capabilities necessary to secure the homeland against acts of terrorism and manmade or natural disasters. There is one framework for each of the five mission areas: prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery. The National Protection Framework was released after the other frameworks to ensure alignment with other National protection policies, such as Presidential Policy Directive 21: Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, the National Infrastructure Protection Plan. You can download all of the National Planning Frameworks here.More

IAEM Bulletin call for articles on 'Emergency Management: Navigating the New Normal'
The IAEM Editorial Work Group seeks articles for its fifth special focus issue of 2014, which ties into the IAEM 2014 Annual Conference theme of "Emergency Management: Navigating the New Normal." Possible articles might include such topics as: what you have done about the "new normal" in your own community; how effective your activities have been; what lessons you have learned; and how these changes have affected your strategic planning. Please read the IAEM Bulletin Author's Guidelines and note that we now accept feature articles of 750 to 1,500 words. Email article submissions to Karen Thompson, IAEM Bulletin Editor, by Sept. 10, 2014.More

Appallicious launches FEMA disaster dashboard
Emergency Management
Recovery in the wake of disaster is never simple. But a new disaster dashboard aims to make rebounding after devastation a bit more manageable.More

CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course receives rave reviews — register today
Thinking about attending one of the CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course offerings this year? Our recent participants are talking about it. "Concise yet comprehensive," said James Frawley of San Marino, California. "Exactly what you need for the CEM® exam and application" Another person noted: "The course was well presented and provided a good picture of what to expect during the exam and application package portion of the process." Michael E. Hall (Santa Clara, California) stated "Excellent class ... worth the time and cost." Get the list of courses and registration information on the IAEM website.More

Opinion: Protecting NJ from the next Sandy
New Jersey On-Line
We would all like to discount Hurricane Sandy as a once-in-a-lifetime event. That it struck so close on the heels of Katrina, Rita, Irene and others tells us this is wishful thinking. In recent years, there have been startling increases in the frequency and severity of extreme weather events in the United States. Scientists correlate these increases directly to similar increases in climate change effects.More

NIST posts Federal Funding Opportunity for community disaster resilience Center of Excellence
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has posted a Federal Funding Opportunity for a new research Center of Excellence to work with academia and industry on issues in community disaster resilience. NIST will select an awardee based on a merit competition to establish the center, which will be funded at up to $4 million a year for five years. NIST Centers of Excellence are meant to provide multidisciplinary research centers where experts from academia, industry and NIST can work together on specific high-priority research topics. The center will work on developing integrated, systems-based computational models to assess community infrastructure resilience and guide community-level resilience investment decisions. The proposed center also would develop a data management infrastructure, as well as tools and best practices to improve the collection of disaster and resilience data. Download the proposal announcement.More

Invitation to participate in research study investigating effectiveness of impact-based warnings
U.S emergency management professionals are invited to participate in a Penn State online research study on Investigating the Effectiveness of Impact-Based Warnings. The purpose of the study is to learn how individuals process and understand tornado warning messages issued by the National Weather Service (NWS). As you take the online survey, you will see a series of NWS warning messages and be asked to make some decisions about them. You will then complete a brief quiz to see how much you know about tornadoes and severe weather. The study should take about 20-25 minutes, and you are asked to complete it in one sitting, using a computer and not a tablet. Participants are assigned a random number so that responses remain anonymous. Questions? Contact Mark A. Casteel, Ph.D.,More

FEMA Intergovernmental Affairs to host webinar on 'Disaster Assistance Resources for Individuals' on Aug. 6 at 2:00 p.m. EDT
The purpose of this webinar, hosted by the FEMA Intergovernmental Affairs Division, is to provide participants with a better understanding of the disaster assistance resources that are available for individuals during a federally declared disaster. Presentations will explain the disaster assistance process and emphasize best practices for individuals to use when applying for assistance. The presentations also will discuss resources for those with access and function needs, including those with limited English proficiency. Learn more and register on the event website.More

West African countries announce new measures to stop Ebola spread
The Guardian
Authorities across west Africa have announced a series of measures aimed at stopping the spread of the Ebola virus, which reached a fourth country with a death in Lagos, Africa's most populous city. Nigeria closed and quarantined the hospital where a man died in the country's first recorded case of the deadly and highly contagious pathogen.More

Indian landslide: Dozens trapped in Pune village of Malin
BBC News
At least 17 people are confirmed dead after a landslide buried some 40 houses and trapped about 150 people in a village in west India, officials say. Teams of emergency workers have so far rescued six people in Malin village, near the city of Pune in Maharashtra state, where the disaster happened. More

Another massive hole discovered in Siberia; Here's what may be causing them
The Weather Channel
It's a little disconcerting to see massive holes opening up in the Earth, no matter the reason. A trio of large craters have formed in Siberia just days apart, and scientists are trying to figure out why it's happening. According to the Moscow Times, the first two holes were found about 18 miles apart. More

Wenzhou, China, river turns blood red overnight
China Radio International via The Weather Channel
A river in eastern China turned blood red overnight and investigators aren't completely sure why. Residents living in Wenzhou, a commercial city in the Zhejiang Province, saw the river change to crimson, China Radio International reports. More

Tornado touches down north of Boston in Revere
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
A storm system that wreaked havoc across the eastern half of the U.S. spawned a tornado that ripped roofs off homes in suburban Boston, uprooted trees and forced businesses to close. The tornado, a rarity in Massachusetts, touched down in Revere, a coastal city of nearly 52,000 residents just north of Boston. More