IAEM Dispatch
Aug. 15, 2013

Early Bird Specials
Registering for IAEM Annual Conference and EMEX by 3 September provides significant discount

Looking for a good value and a great conference experience? Look no further than the IAEM Annual Conference and EMEX. The member's registration fee of $525 ($595 after 9/3) includes not only full access to the conference and EMEX — the TOP Emergency Management and Homeland Security Expo — but also a ticket to Sunday evening's Welcome Party at the National Automobile Museum and a ticket to the Presidential Reception and Banquet on Wednesday night. More

If you aren't exhibiting at EMEX 2013, you are missing out!
IAEM's Annual Conference and Emergency Management & Homeland Security (EMEX) Expo is the largest annual gathering of emergency management and homeland security professionals. With two full days and eight-and-a-half hours of exclusive exhibit hall time, there are ample opportunities to meet with prospects and close sales. Booth space is filling up fast. Be sure to get the space you want by reserving it now.More

Register now for IAEM-Oceania's workshop on 'Pathways in Emergency Management: Tomorrow's Practices by Today's Practitioners'
The IAEM-Oceania Council's Professional Development Committee has scheduled a workshop on Sept. 13-14, 2013, in Mildura, Victoria, Australia. The focus of this event is to provide a forum where practitioners and students can come together and share experiences and challenges, in order to identify effective solutions to issues that confront everyone working within the EM sector. This event will provide EM practitioners within the IAEM-Oceania Council with an opportunity to network, discuss and showcase their leadership successes within their communities. There are two streams of focus at this conference, "EM in Local Government" and "The Future of EM," in order to provide attendees with a diverse range of topics to present and discuss. Download the workshop registration form.
 Download the workshop flyer.More

Attention Region 2 CEM®/AEM℠ candidates — Prep Course and Exam opportunity for you
The CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course and Exam will be offered in conjunction with the Emergency Management Summit Conference in Atlantic City, N.J. on Oct. 7. Register today to prepare for the exam offering and get help with your credential submission. IAEM reserves the right to cancel the offering if there are less than 10 people enrolled for the prep course.More

Certification fee increase effective September 16
This is a reminder that the CEM®/AEM℠ certification fee will increase effective Sept. 16, 2013. The fee increases from $325 to $395 (USD) for IAEM members and from $450 to $595 (USD) for non-IAEM members. Candidates who plan to sit for the exam or submit their application binder after Sept. 16 can make payment online by Sept. 15 to be grandfathered in at the lower rate. Any questions? Contact Kate Walker McClimans.More

Call for Nominations ends Aug. 16 for IAEM-USA Council second vice president and treasurer
The Call for Nominations for IAEM-USA second vice president and treasurer will end at 5 p.m. Eastern, Friday, Aug. 16, by which time candidates must have submitted their credentials 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 IAEM membership of at least three years immediately prior to seeking office. 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 email IAEM Membership Manager Sharon Kelly.More

IAEM Bulletin Call for Articles: 'Emergency Management in a Changing World'
The IAEM Editorial Work Group seeks articles for a special focus issue on the theme of "Emergency Management in a Changing World," which ties in with the theme of the IAEM 2013 Annual Conference. The Editorial Work Group would like to receive articles about what emergency management means to you in your part of the world. How is it changing? Please keep your article to no more than 750 words, and read the Author's Guidelines before submitting your article to Editor Karen Thompson no later than Sept. 10.More

NWS seeks comments on its Emergency Response Tool
The National Weather Service (NWS) is seeking user comments on its Emergency Response Tool (ERTool) through March 19, 2014. The NWS Weather Forecast Office in New Orleans/Baton Rouge, LA (LIX) and Southern Region Headquarters (SRH) are testing a new Web page designed for mobile devices. This page, designed for emergency managers and first responders, would bring the most popular services into easily accessible buttons that would allow the end user to quickly access the data they need. Check out the Emergency Response Tool and provide feedback on this experimental product by completing the brief survey and comment form. NWS will evaluate feedback to determine whether to transition the ERTool to operational status, discontinue it, or revise and extend the experimental feedback period. For questions regarding this notice or the ERTool, contact Kenneth Graham, meteorologist in charge, NWS New Orleans/Baton Rouge.More

10 new members join FEMA's National Advisory Council
Occupational Health & Safety
FEMA's National Advisory Council has 10 new members who are now serving along with five reappointed members, the federal agency announced Aug. 9. The council is an advisory committee created to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other manmade disasters.More

Disaster survivors turn to social media
MediaPost Communications
Unfortunately the world has seemed especially disaster-prone in recent years, including earthquakes in China and Haiti, the combined earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Japan, and Hurricane Sandy and Midwestern tornadoes here in the U.S. While there's obviously not much we mere human beings can do to prevent nature from wreaking havoc, technology can help mitigate the impact and aid recovery after disaster strikes — and social media plays a big role here.More

Everything you ever wanted to know about the CEM Commission
Emergency Management
This blog is not so much about why or how to get a CEM, or even whether you should. This blog is about who actually confers it. Getting the paperwork together for the initial CEM application is, indeed, a daunting task. All the experience, training, education, references and contributions have to be documented. More

Tabletop exercises on disaster preparedness gaining popularity with government agencies, constituents
Government Security News
In a growing national trend, tabletop exercises for disaster preparation are increasingly being embraced by elected officials and their stakeholders at all levels of government as powerful tools in the creation of preparedness plans for dealing with manmade or natural disasters. More

3 ways social media command centers improve newsrooms
Business 2 Community
Humans are no strangers to disasters and crises. Yet, some news and disaster response teams are slow to realize social media's power of saving lives and distributing widespread information quickly. Given its fast-paced connective nature, social media has become the most efficient disaster response tool. It supports millions around the world in raising money, aiding rescue and relief efforts and finding survivors, while supplementing new sources and supplying information.More

Shaun Donovan wants to reinvent the way we do disaster recovery
The Atlantic Cities
When he announced Rebuild by Design back in June, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, who chairs the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, said that it wouldn't be your typical design competition. Today, the task force announced the 10 teams selected to engage in the ambitious program, part of the much larger effort to rebuild storm-gutted communities in New York and New Jersey. More

DHS releases updated edition of its Tribal Resources Guide
DHS's Office of Intergovernmental Affairs recently released an updated edition of the Tribal Resources Guide, which was developed to highlight some of the DHS resources available to Tribal Nations to keep our nations safe and secure. This document summarizes and provides links to training, publications, guidance, alerts, newsletters, programs and services available from across the department to federally recognized tribal nations. This document is not exhaustive and will be maintained as a living document. Download the guide here.More

Communication with the public during a crisis can be difficult challenge — learn collaborative best practices in Aug. 21 webinar
For the public, getting clear, accurate information during a disaster can be as difficult as getting Bigfoot to hold still for a high res photo. Unfortunately, the local government entities can contribute to the problem with conflicting information, slow response times and lack of communication with other agencies. The result can be that credibility is damaged and the public tunes out. Collaboration, both internal and external is needed to fix this problem. Join National Association of Government Communicators President Glen Thomas for a look at how collaboration can help those responsible for communicating paint a clear picture for their constituents. Thomas will provide tips for both large and small organizations, drawing on his own experience as the supervisor of communications and public relations for Memphis Light, Gas and Water. Learn more about the webinar, "Helping the Public 'Find Bigfoot' — How Inter-governmental Collaboration Can Clear the Clutter During a Crisis." It is being held on Aug. 21, 2-3 p.m. Eastern.More

Colombia earthquake: 6.7 magnitude largest in 6 years, no damage
Latin Times
An earthquake rattled western Colombia and was reported to have been felt all the way in Panama City. The 5.6-tremor hit Medelin at approximately 10:43 a.m. and is reported to be the largest earthquake the country has experienced in six years. The quake was centered 100 kilometers offshore at 6 feet deep, the U.S. Geological Survey said.More

Powerful typhoon leaves at least 1 dead, 20 missing in Philippines
The world's strongest storm of the year so far plowed across the northern Philippines on Monday, killing at least one person and leaving 20 fishermen missing. Packing winds as strong as 200 kilometers per hour (124 mph), Typhoon Utor made landfall early Monday on the east coast of the Philippine island of Luzon, damaging hundreds of houses.More

Colorado Springs police say girl drowned after being caught in storm
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
A 17-year-old girl drowned after she was caught in heavy rain in Colorado Springs as storms pounded a region still reeling from mudslides and flash flooding that killed one person in nearby Manitou Springs last week.More

Washington highway could be closed for many days
The Seattle Times
Washington's North Cascades Highway could be closed for many days after eight mudslides on the weekend buried parts of the road 25 feet deep in dirt and rocks. Also called Highway 20, the mountain road is a scenic and quicker route from Western Washington to the Methow Valley on the east side of the Cascades. In summer, it's a very popular route among vacationers, hikers, climbers and long-distance bicyclists, giving dramatic views of peaks and back-country access.More