IAEM Dispatch
Aug. 21, 2014

IAEM-USA President issues challenge during last two weeks of Operation Invite a Friend — Meet the challenge and Bruce will shave his mustache for the first time ever
IAEM
On Friday, Aug. 15, IAEM-USA was 3,114 members stronger because of the Operation Invite a Friend initiative. With the program ending at midnight, August 31, 2014, IAEM-USA President Bruce Lockwood is challenging the members to make one additional push for new members. He will attend the IAEM Annual Conference in San Antonio, Nov. 14-19, 2014, without his mustache. This would be Bruce’s first time without the mustache in his adult life. This challenge is not as difficult as it seems. So far, 634 IAEM-USA members have sponsored new members. If each sponsor sponsors two more people, the challenge will be won and Bruce will have a naked face. At this point, 77 percent of IAEM-USA members have not sponsored any members. If each of these members will sponsor one new member, the mustache will be shaved. Remember, the new Invite a Friend members receive one year of member with all benefits at no charge. Learn more about how to sponsor or join today. If you reside in the U.S. and need a sponsor, contact IAEM Communications and Marketing Manager Dawn Shiley.More

America's PrepareAthon! gets your community prepared for disasters
IAEM
America's PrepareAthon! is a nationwide, community-based campaign for action to encourage individuals, organizations and communities to prepare for specific hazards through drills, group discussions, and exercises. Twice a year, on April 30 and September 30, America's PrepareAthon! draws focus on the importance of taking action to prepare for hazards relevant for communities and urges individuals and organizations to take simple, specific actions to increase preparedness for a disaster. America's PrepareAthon! provides hazard-specific guidance on protective actions for wildfire, earthquake, flood, hurricane, tornado, and winter storms, as well as resources and guides to help workplaces, schools, houses of worship, community-based organizations, local leaders, and the whole community practice specific preparedness activities such as drills and exercises to build community preparedness and resilience. All resources can be found at www.ready.gov/prepare in several languages including English, Spanish, and Chinese. IAEM recognizes the importance of preparedness and the critical role it plays in a increasing community resilience. We urge every community to participate in America's PrepareAthon! on September 30 by hosting or supporting an America's PrepareAthon! drill, exercise, discussion, or planning event in your area. Being prepared for disasters is a shared responsibility and it takes the whole community working together to effectively withstand and recover from natural disasters. Learn more about America's PrepareAthon and participate in the conversation by using #PrepareAthon. More

FEMA announces emergency food, shelter program awards for 2014
NixaXPress
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency recently announced $120 million in federal funding to assist organizations dedicated to feeding, sheltering and providing critical resources to our nation's hungry and homeless.More

US-Mexico border sees decline in unaccompanied child immigrants
CBS News
Far fewer unaccompanied immigrant children are crossing the Texas-Mexico border, allowing the federal government to close the temporary shelters that it hurriedly opened to handle the surge, authorities say.More

Reserve your seat at IAEM members-only Sept. 8 webinar on 'Climate Change and Emergency Management'
IAEM
The IAEM-USA Ad Hoc Climate Change & Weather Committee is sponsoring an IAEM-members only webinar event on "Climate Change and Emergency Management," Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT. Space is limited, so interested IAEM members should register today. This webinar will provide a review of current information about changes in weather patterns and what, if anything, emergency management can do to mitigate impacts, get involved in the climate change conversation, and plan for the future. Noël Kepler will share resources, review scientific data, and help interpret possible opportunities for emergency managers.More

Register today for the IAEM Middle East Resilience Conference, Dec. 10-11, 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
IAEM
Online registration is open for the IAEM Middle East Resilience Conference, set for Dec. 10-11, 2014, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This conference is not only IAEM's first conference in the Middle East, but is also the first conference in the Middle East that is focused solely on emergency and disaster management. "Over the two-day conference, delegates will attend sessions facilitated by experts who have the knowledge and first-hand experience on handling emergency situations," states H.E. Khaled Al Mansoori, IAEM International Council president and conference chairman. "Parallel sessions ranging from table-top discussions, exercises, and scenario-based panel discussions will be held for intermediate- and expert-level personnel. An exhibition will be held alongside IAEM MERC 2014 where the industry can connect with delegates and elevate their profile through a targeted market exposure." Visit the conference website for complete details.More

North American providers of safety/disaster-related products and services are invited to contact IAEM to reserve exhibit space at SICUR-Latinoamérica 2014, Oct. 15-17, 2014, Santiago, Chile
IAEM
IAEM has partnered with SICUR- Latinoamérica 2014 as the exclusive North American representative 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. This exhibition is complemented by parallel activities, such as a business roundtable that promotes a face-to-face business meeting between supply and demand, technical and commercial talks, workshops, and demonstration exercises. 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

Designing an upside-down, hurricane-proof hospital for New Orleans
Bloomberg Businessweek
When a hurricane hits land, hospitals are some of the most vulnerable structures. A power outage can send entire medical facilities into critical condition, as patients who depend on machines are placed at risk and incoming patients are turned away at the door. The result can be deadly.More

Mentor a certification candidate for credit towards recertification
IAEM
Recertification candidates can get credit toward one of the required professional contributions (P. Mentoring) by mentoring a CEM®/AEM℠ candidate through the initial application process. Encourage your colleagues to get certified! More information and the mentor approval form is available on the IAEM website.More

Looking to maximize your emergency management training? IAEM's 62nd Annual Conference is the place to be! Space is limited so don't delay
IAEM
Come out early and stay late to obtain additional emergency management training. In addition to the 3 main days of the IAEM conference, which is packed with dynamic sessions and speakers, there is much to learn from both pre-conference and post-conference sessions:


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Healthcare resources for suspected cases of Ebola Virus Disease
IAEM
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) aim to increase understanding and encourage preparedness of emergency medical services agencies concerning the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Download the attached document that provides links to resources on this topic.More

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Appeals Database published
IAEM
FEMA announced the publication of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Appeals Database. The HMGP provides grants to state, local, tribal and territorial governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration and aims to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters. It also enables mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster. This online, searchable database containing FEMA responses to applicant appeals for assistance will inform the public on how program requirements are applied. Under HMGP, an eligible applicant may appeal any FEMA determination regarding applications submitted for funding. The appeal process allows applicants to request a reconsideration of the decision against program requirements. There are two levels of appeals. First, the Regional Administrator adjudicates appeals. If FEMA denies the appeal, the applicant may submit a second appeal to the Deputy Associate Administrator for Mitigation. If FEMA approves an appeal, the agency will take the appropriate action to implement the decision. The database houses the HMGP second appeal records since 1988 and first level appeals since 2011. For more information on the terms used in the database, users can reference the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program Digest for a brief summary of the basic program elements. This database contains historical records and some determinations may have been superseded by new guidance or policy. Questions can be addressed to the Grants Policy Branch at FEMA-HMA-Grants-Policy@fema.dhs.gov. More

FEMA launches Spanish-language app
NBCNEWS.com
The Federal Emergency Management Agency launched a free Spanish-language app on Monday to provide Latino families with information on what to do before, during and after a disaster.More

America deserves a natural disaster mitigation strategy
The Hill
According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, there have been 151 weather-related disasters since 1980, leading to more than $1 billion in economic loss to U.S. taxpayers. The cumulative cost of all weather-related damages to date exceeds $1 trillion. These statistics provide a stark reminder of the importance of establishing a natural disaster mitigation strategy to better fortify property and possessions in advance of hurricanes, tornadoes, and other weather-related catastrophes. More

Join a webinar on National Protection Framework and 2013 NIPP
IAEM
Virtual roundtable webinars will be held on Aug. 26, with repeat webinars on Sept. 2 and Sept 3, hosted by FEMA and the Office of Infrastructure Protection regarding the release of the National Protection Framework and Federal Interagency Operational Plans (FIOP) as well as the NIPP 2013. All webinars will be open to the whole community. These virtual roundtables will provide an overview on how to develop and implement protection plans under the guidance of the National Protection Framework and the NIPP 2013. The National Protection Framework describes what the whole community should do to safeguard against acts of terrorism, natural disasters, and other threats or hazards. The whole community includes—individuals (including those with disabilities and others with access and functional needs), businesses and nonprofits, faith-based and community groups, schools, and all levels of government. The Protection Framework also describes the core capabilities; roles and responsibilities; and coordinating structures that facilitate the protection of individuals, communities, and the Nation. This Framework is focused on actions to protect against the greatest risks in a manner that allows American interests, aspirations, and way of life to thrive. Each one-hour event will provide an overview of the Protection Framework, the NIPP and how to apply these concepts in your community. Visit the IAEM Event Calendar for details and login information.More

IAEM-USA Region 2 to hold Sept. 15-17 conference on 'Recovery'
IAEM
IAEM-USA Region 2 has scheduled a conference on the topic of "Recovery" for Sept. 15-17, 2014, at the Long Beach Hotel, at Long Beach, New York. Speakers will share their experiences, lessons learned, and best practices recovering from storms, tornadoes, active shooters and bombings. This is an opportunity to earn about some of the tools available for long-term housing recovery, buyouts and disaster recovery funding. Topics to be discussed include: Long Beach Sandy recovery; Seaside Park (N.J.) Boardwalk fire and Sandy recovery; tornado recovery; 2013 Boston Marathon bombing recovery; active shooter recovery; housing recovery; disaster recovery funding; and buyouts for repetitive loss. To see a list of invited speakers and register online, visit the event web page.More

Public-Private Coordination in Emergency Response and Recovery Lessons Learned from CUSEC's CAPSTONE-14 Earthquake Exercise Webinar
IAEM
This webinar, Aug. 26, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. EDT, is hosted by the First Responders Group, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate and features public-private successes and lessons learned in emergency response and recovery from the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium's CAPSTONE-14 regional earthquake exercise. Presenters include: Jonathan Monken, Director, Illinois Emergency Management Agency; Edie Casella, Project Administrator, Illinois Emergency Management Agency; James Williams, Manager, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Walgreens; Brooke Brager, Senior Manager, Emergency Planning and Preparedness, Walmart; and Michael Marx, Manager, Utility Operations Response, Ameren. Register online.More

Nepal flooding and landslides kill scores
The Guardian
Four more bodies have been found buried under mud in Nepal, pushing the death toll from landslides and flooding to 89, with 109 people still missing. Torrential rain last week stranded thousands of villagers and sparked fears of a cholera outbreak.More

36 dead, 7 missing in Hiroshima landslide
The Associated Press via ABC News
Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris on the outskirts of Hiroshima city, killing at least 36 people and leaving seven missing, Japanese police said. Public broadcaster NHK showed rescue workers suspended by ropes from police helicopters pulling victims from the rubble. Others gingerly climbed into windows as they searched for survivors in crushed homes.More

Floods lead to dramatic rescues in Phoenix area
Fox News
The Phoenix area was battered by torrential rain storms that caused severe flooding across the desert region. The National Weather Service said some areas received more rain in one day than they had all last summer.More

Death toll from Ebola tops 1,200 as food shortages grow in hard-hit areas
The New York Times via The Boston Globe
As West African nations grappled with the worst-ever outbreak of the Ebola virus, the World Health Organization said that the death toll had exceeded 1,200 and announced increased efforts to forestall severe food shortages in areas isolated by quarantines.More