IAEM Dispatch
Aug. 28, 2014

Last call for IAEM-USA Operation Invite a Friend — Deadline to join is August 31, 2014
August 31 is the last day for members to invite others to become members of IAEM-USA by offering a one-year free membership through Operation Invite a Friend. This will be your last chance to increase your professional IAEM network by adding individuals who are valuable to you. On Friday, Aug. 15, IAEM-USA President Bruce Lockwood issued a challenge for members to make one additional push for growth by bringing in 4114 members through Invite a Friend. (As of Tuesday, Aug. 26, the organization was only 570 away from meeting this challenge.) President Bruce Lockwood will attend the IAEM Annual Conference in San Antonio, Nov. 14-19, 2014, without his mustache if the challenge is met. This would be Bruce's first time without the mustache in his adult life. With IAEM teamwork, this challenge can be met. Invite a colleague to join today. 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

Partnership to reward creative fixes for natural disasters
Voice of America
Michael Yates remembers recently seeing footage of a South Asian woman who woke up in the middle of the night surrounded by water. She grabbed her children and fled to higher ground, but left everything behind in the flooding, as he recalls. Yates, the director for the U.S. Agency for International Development's mission in Asia, said that inexpensive tools like early warning systems might have helped this woman minimize her losses. These are the types of remedies USAID was looking for as it announced a $100 million fund to tackle natural disasters, climate change and other crises.More

FEMA releases Final Tribal Consultation Policy
Administrator Craig Fugate announced the FEMA Tribal Consultation Policy is beginning the next phase of engagement and collaboration with American Indian and Alaskan Native tribes. FEMA remains committed to enhancing its government-to-government relationship with federally recognized Indian tribes. In the spirit of this commitment, FEMA developed this policy to implement Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments. The new policy establishes a process for regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with tribal officials on FEMA actions that have tribal implications.More

YLD announces 2014 scholarship competition
The Yvorra Leadership Development Foundation is accepting applications for the 2014 scholarship awards competition. The application deadline is Oct. 30, 2014. Awards are issued in December. Since 1989 YLD has awarded $132,500 in scholarships and awards to emergency responders throughout the United States. Any active duty career or volunteer member of the Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Medical Services may apply. In 2013, YLD issued three awards of $2,500 each. To request or complete an application visit www.yld.org. The Yvorra Leadership Development Foundation was organized in 1988 in honor of Deputy Fire Chief James G. Yvorra, who was killed in the line of duty. In 2007, YLD established the Chief John Eversole Endowment for Hazardous Materials Responders. In 1995, the Foundation established the Donald E. Sellers Endowment for Emergency Medical Services.More

Reserve your seat at IAEM members-only Sept. 8 webinar on 'Climate Change and Emergency Management'
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 of their own local jurisdictions. Noël Kepler will share resources, review scientific data, and help interpret possible opportunities for emergency managers.More

IAEM's management firm, Association and Society Management International Inc. (ASMI), receives 2014 Best of Falls Church Award
The Falls Church Awards Program selected IAEM's management firm, Association and Society Management International, Inc., for the 2014 Best of Falls Church Award in the Business Organizations category. ASMI has served as IAEM's headquarters and staff since 1984. Each year, the Falls Church Award program identifies companies that have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community and winners are determined on information gathered both internally by the Award Program and data provided by third parties. The Program's mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. Economy. For more information about the award and about ASMI, visit www.asmii.com. More

Why emergency managers and vendors should attend SICUR-Latinoamérica 2014; Contact IAEM for exhibitor details
The 2nd SICUR-Latinoamérica International Exhibition of Equipment, Products, Technologies and Services for Comprehensive Safety, set for Oct. 15-17, 2014, in Santiago, Chile, offers a professional meeting with the opportunity to exchange experiences, knowledge, training and technologies to improve the productive standards, quality of life, and safety of communities. The event is focused on three sectors: occupational and industrial safety and health; safety: facing emergencies and disasters; and prevention and protection: security and private citizens. Additionally, SICUR-Latinoamérica 2014 offers exhibitors the opportunity to meet professionals from the security sector with power to decide and influence purchases and investments. Interested exhibitors are invited to visit the IAEM website to obtain complete details or contact Clay Tyeryar, MAM, CAE, IAEM Deputy Executive Director and Exhibit Manager, 703-538-1795, ext. 7, ctyeryar@iaem.com. 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

IAEM Annual Conference program is packed full of dynamic sessions
Check out the online program for the IAEM 62nd Annual Conference today! It is your guide for all the conference sessions and events. The online program is updated as soon as a change is made, so you are always reading the most up-to-date information. The online program is a printable schedule at a glance too! Expand all the content for every day and print. There are several clickable tabs in the online program with important information. Under Home you will locate all general session speakers with their bios. There are also links to the Friend/Spouse program and special events. The Schedule tab allows you to expand the listing of the sessions on a particular day by clicking on the arrow to the left of the day. If you click on a title of a session, you will get the description. Clicking on an additional speaker's name will provide you with their bio. Once presentation files have been provided to IAEM, they will be available in this portal at the bottom of the presentation description. If you are a person who has a niche and want to follow a particular area, then the Track tab is for you. This will let you expand the listing and see all sessions that are in a track. View a particular session's information by clicking on its title. The Speaker tab will give you a way to get their bios and a description of their session. Just click the name of any speaker of interest. Explore the About tab for most other information.More

Emotional storms are no response for disasters
National Review Online
New Orleans is growing, but is New Orleans back? Not entirely. That's the exchange we'll all be hearing in the coming weeks as the city marks the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Interesting new businesses have sprung up. Many schools are better than they used to be. New Orleans has more bicycle paths. But the city can't claim the population it had in July 2005. And poverty rates have increased from their level in the first hopeful years after the storm. This outcome disappoints, and it also challenges received wisdom.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 to 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

Lessons Learned: Remembering the D.C. Navy Yard Mass Shooting
One year after the tragic mass shooting at the D.C. Navy Yard, this event will explore the lessons learned from the incident response and what could be done to prevent mass shootings in the future. Speakers will include Chief Cathy L. Lanier, Metropolitan Police Department, and Dr. Frederic Lemieux, director of GW's Police & Security Studies Bachelor's Degree Program and the Security & Safety Leadership Master's Degree Program. This program will take place on Sept. 17, 2014, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. A reception will follow the presentation. There is no registration fee. Learn more and register.More

'Crisis Communications for any Organization' Webinar
During an emergency, it is imperative that those within your organization know how to communicate effectively. This includes both internal and external communications, and applies to emergencies of all types, large and small. Join the U.S. Small Business Administration and co-sponsor Agility Recovery on Sept. 3, 2014, 2:00-2:30 p.m. EDT, for a webinar to discuss the most critical steps and best practices for developing an emergency communication strategy. This information-packed session will cover lessons from previous communication failures, the role of social media in crisis communications and developing a comprehensive communications strategy. Learn more and register.More

Iceland volcano: New quakes raise concern over large eruption
BBC News
A volcanic system close to Iceland's Bardarbunga's volcano was hit by a magnitude 4.5 earthquake. It adds to concerns that magma from Bardarbunga could feed into the nearby Askja volcano. British and Icelandic scientists say that 50 million cubic meters of molten rock has moved in a 24 hour period.More

DR Congo confirms first Ebola cases in 'new strain' of killer virus
The Telegraph
The Democratic Republic of Congo confirmed its two first cases of Ebola this year, but claimed they were unrelated to the epidemic raging in four countries of West Africa. Congolese health minister Felix Kabange Numbi said that two of eight samples taken from victims of a mystery fever had tested positive for Ebola.More

Fresh landslide fears halt Japan rescue efforts
Times of Oman
The death toll from catastrophic landslides in western Japan could more than double, a police tally showed on Friday, as fears of a fresh collapse temporarily halted the search for 47 people still missing. More

Half a million homeless in Bangladesh due to floods
Many families in the north of the country are without access to clean water and have lost their crops of rice, the main food staple and source of income for people in the area, charities working in the inundated areas said. Heavy flooding has devastated Bangladesh in recent days, and half a million people are now homeless.More

USGS : 6.9-magnitude quake strikes Peru
A strong earthquake struck southern Peru, injuring at least two people and damaging buildings, authorities said. A house was destroyed and 19 other buildings were damaged, including a hospital, Peru's Emergency Operations Center said. The 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit a mountainous area 43 kilometers east-northeast of Tambo at a depth of 101 kilometers, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.More

Hurricane Marie weakens, but kicks up high surf along Mexico's Pacific coast
The Associated Press via Fox News
Hurricane Marie weakened into a Category 3 storm, but continued to kick up high swells along Mexico's northern Pacific coast and threatened to raise dangerous waves along the Southern California coast. The U.S. Hurricane Center in Miami said that by late Monday night Marie had sustained winds of up to 115 mph and was located about 505 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California. It said the storm was moving northwest at 13 mph.More

Atlantic hurricane season showing signs of heating up, right on time
The Washington Post
It's been a slow hurricane season so far this year, but things might be heating up in the tropics, with one active hurricane and three areas to watch over the coming days. So far, 2014 has seen only three named storms, including Hurricane Cristobal, and another tropical depression that really isn’t worth mentioning. While the rest of the Northern Hemisphere is running 121 percent above average in accumulated cyclone energy, the Atlantic has only seen 70 percent of its average activity so far this year.More

Here's a drone's-eye view of the Napa Valley earthquake damage
The Washington Post
After a 6.0-magnitude earthquake shook Northern California, Evan Kilkus fired up his drone. His mission: to document the powerful temblor’s extensive damage. Kilkus used his "quadcopter" to shoot close-up aerial footage of tall buildings with crumbling exteriors, cracked glass, sunken roofs and fallen rubble. Some of the footage would not be easily or safely accessible for photographers or camera crews, given the unstable infrastructure of some of the buildings.More

Napa, Calif., earthquake: Economic hit could reach $1 billion
Los Angeles Times
The destructive 6.0-magnitude earthquake in Napa County, California, that injured scores of people, ruined historic buildings and buckled streets may have caused as much as $1 billion in damage, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated. Centered about nine miles south of wine country's Napa, the earthquake was the largest to strike the Bay Area since the 6.9 Loma Prieta temblor of 1989, the USGS said, and it lasted 10 to 20 seconds.More