IAEM Dispatch
Aug. 14, 2014

IAEM is official North American representative for SICUR-Latinoamérica 2014
IAEM is partnering with SICUR-Latinoamérica 2014 as the exclusive North American representatives for exhibitors from the United States and throughout North America. The 2nd SICUR-Latinoamérica International Exhibition of Equipment, Products, Technologies and Services for Comprehensive Safety, is scheduled for Oct. 15-17, 2014, in Santiago, Chile. The IAEM point of contact for North American exhibitors is Clay Tyeryar, MAM, CAE, IAEM Deputy Executive Director and Exhibit Manager, 703-538-1795, ext. 7, ctyeryar@iaem.com. See complete details 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

Extended entry deadline to Oct. 1 announced for IAEM-USA Student Academic Research Presentation Awards
The entry deadline for the 2014 IAEM-USA Student Academic Research Presentation Awards Competition has been extended to 5:00 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, as announced by IAEM-USA Student Region President Jason Block, AEM. This is the only 2014 IAEM award completion that is still accepting entries, and it is offered by the IAEM-USA Student Region, in cooperation with the IAEM-USA Awards & Recognition Committee and sponsor Foundation for Comprehensive Emergency Management Research. The competition is open to IAEM-USA student members only, and two awards will be offered in the undergraduate and graduate categories. Complete details on how to enter the competition are posted here.More

Retrofit needed to keep US hurricane hunters flying into storms
A pair of aging airplanes that have flown into more than 100 hurricanes to provide data for U.S. meteorologists are to begin receiving a retrofit to extend their lifespan, though officials stress storm monitoring will not be impacted by the overhaul. Work on the two so-called hurricane hunters will be staggered over multiple years, ensuring one plane is always available to track a storm's intensity and path, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which operates the Florida-based planes.More

US capability to respond to the next great disaster
Brookings Institution
With plenty of politically-sparked disasters and crises around the world, readers of the Brookings website might be forgiven for not wanting to hear about additional, imagined catastrophes. But as the United States thinks ahead to the capacity of its government for handling various hypothetical problems, ranging from the size of its Army and National Guard to its AID and other relief capabilities to its coordination with the NGO and private sector worlds, it is important to have a sense of the possible.More

It's mid-August. Where are all the Atlantic hurricanes?
It's almost the middle of August, and the Pacific has been cranking out hurricanes and typhoons all over the place. So, what's with the Atlantic? After just about two and half months, hurricanes Arthur and Bertha are all the Atlantic has managed to come up with.More

Has the era of the 'climate change refugee' begun?
The Washington Post
Tuvalu's coastline consists of white and sandy beaches, green palm trees and mangroves. It is hard to imagine that anybody would want to leave this small island nation, located between Australia and Hawaii, voluntarily. But Tuvalu has become the epicenter of a landmark refugee ruling that could mark the beginning of a wave of similar cases. More

IAEM mourns the passing of Tom Miller, AEM
Tom C. Miller, 63, succumbed to pancreatic cancer on Aug. 10, 2014. He was a member of the New Orleans Dept. of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Auxiliary Team, where he served as communications commander. During his 14 years at the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, he worked for the Dept. of Emergency Management, where he served as the assistant emergency manager, and for the Facility Maintenance Department, where he worked as an electrician supervisor. Tom stood watch during Hurricane Katrina at the City I-10 pumping station, where he stayed for four weeks, ensuring the drainage operations and logistical support would continue. He was an Associate Emergency Manager (AEM℠) certified through IAEM. Tom is survived by his wife, Pam, and one daughter. His friends and colleagues are asked to send their condolences to the Sewerage and Water Board's Dept. of Emergency Management, 625 St. Joseph St., Room 117, New Orleans, Louisiana 70165, attention: Jason Higginbotham.More

Texting 911: The tech is there but cities aren't ready
Emergency Management
With more than 80 percent of Americans using their cellphones to send and receive text messages, it only makes sense we should be able to text 911 in an emergency. But that ability is only now just coming online and there's still a lot of work to do before it's universal: Only 100 call centers out of more than 6,000 across the country are capable of receiving and responding to text messages.More

Final reminder: Aug. 15 is nominations deadline for IAEM-USA Second VP and Secretary candidates
This is a last reminder that candidates for IAEM-USA Second Vice President and IAEM-USA Secretary must submit their credentials to IAEM Headquarters by 5:00 p.m. EDT, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Complete details, including required credentials and officer candidate eligibility, are posted on the IAEM website and have been published each month in the May-August issues of the IAEM Bulletin. For more information, see the IAEM-USA Administrative Policies & Procedures or e-mail IAEM Membership Manager Sharon Kelly. Candidate statements (500 words or less) and candidate photos are due by 5:00 p.m., 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

Review results for Aug. 15 certification packet submissions planned for October
Certification candidates, who submit a certification application by August 15, should expect to hear the results during the week of October 5.More

Take part in an upcoming certification prep course/exam offerings
Register today for one of the upcoming CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Courses or Exams that is convenient for you.

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

Senior Director (Global Lead) Hong-Eng Koh of Oracle's Justice and Public Safety will speak at the IAEM-USA 62nd Annual Conference
Don't miss our general session speaker Hong-Eng Koh, who will speak on Monday, Nov 17, 2014. As the global lead for the justice and public safety (JPS) market segment at Oracle, Koh serves as their JPS expert, offering thought leadership on global JPS trends and challenges, best practices, and technological implementations. He facilitates the development and adoption of solutions for JPS customers, through Oracle's broad range of technology, applications, and hardware products, as well as third-party products. Koh also supports and enables field teams and partners, helping them serve their JPS customers more effectively and efficiently. His session, "Cloudy with a Chance of Big Data: The New Normal in Emergency Management," focuses on the opportunities presented by mobile and social, and to a larger extent, cloud computing.These "new normal" technologies can help to mitigate challenges and support urgent areas highlighted by the United Nation's Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. They are becoming essential in supporting the four phases of emergency management. Learn more and register today.More

How higher ed works with communities to build resilience
When we think of the word "resilience," we tend to think of being able to withstand and bounce back from disaster — personally, institutionally or societally. And it's true that a big part of resilience is the ability to get up, brush off and get back to business. However, when we started looking at resilience and what it might mean for higher education, as well as the role higher education could play in societal resilience, we immediately understood that it provides us with a much larger framework for success and the ability to design and drive towards positive outcomes.More

Parts of Scotland affected by ex-hurricane Bertha
BBC News
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has almost 40 flood warnings in place, covering Aberdeenshire, Speyside, Moray, Caithness and Sutherland and Tayside. Moray Council said it was evacuating about 200 homes at risk of flooding in Elgin. And ScotRail said train travel was being severely impacted by flooding.More

WHO panel says unproven drugs are ethical as Ebola death toll tops 1000
The first two doses of an experimental serum created to treat Ebola went to American missionaries. Then the drug was sent to treat a Spanish priest. The two Americans, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, appear to be recovering. The priest, Miguel Pajares, died Tuesday morning. That's the problem with experimental drugs that have never been clinically tested in humans: No one knows whether they'll work — and if they do, in whom.More

5.1 earthquake in Quito, Ecuador, sets off mudslides, kills at least 2
The Weather Channel
At least two people were killed and eight injured in Ecuador after a magnitude 5.1 earthquake in the capital city of Quito set off mudslides and sent people rushing out into the streets. Photos on social media show a cloud of dust engulfing portions of the city and cars crushed by rocks and mud from collapsed hillsides. More

Distant earthquake triggers icequake in Antarctica
CBS News
Antarctica's ice snapped and popped because of a major earthquake in Maule, Chile, halfway around the world, a new study reports. Antarctica has been touched by great earthquakes before. In March 2011, Japan's Tohoku tsunami tore off two Manhattan-size icebergs from the Sulzberger Ice Shelf, more than 8,000 miles (13,000 kilometers) south. Sailors also reported a massive Antarctica iceberg-calving event after Chile's 1868 great earthquake.More

Record-setting rainfall douses New York area
The New York Times
A record-setting rainfall that swept through the New York area brought down trees, forced some families to evacuate their homes, and flooded major roads and highways, with drivers abandoning their vehicles to escape the rapidly rising water.More

Flash Floods in Arizona Strand Motorists, Turn Roads Into Rivers
Flash-flood warnings were in effect for parts of Arizona after heavy rainfall turned roads into moving rivers, stranding motorists and flooding several streets. The National Weather Service issued the flash-flood warnings hot on the heels of downpours. Sixteen people were rescued by the Phoenix Fire Department after water from an overflowing canal flooded one street.More