IAEM Dispatch
Sep. 24, 2015

Only one day left to register for the 'Expand your Conference Experience' webinar on Friday, Sept. 25 at 2:00 pm EDT
It's almost time for IAEM's Annual Conference. This year's conference has a lot going on and you'll want to make sure you get the most out of it. You may be wondering how you will locate events and what types of events are taking place at a given time. You may want information about pre-conference events taking place before the conference begins. You may wish to know about any activities that are available for your spouse or friend, or how you can get more involved in IAEM. Find the answers to these questions and more during the IAEM Conference Committee's one-hour webinar on "Expanding Your Conference Experience — Getting the Most out of the Annual Conference," Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT. Space is limited, so register today. The IAEM 63rd Annual Conference & EMEX will be held in Clark County, Nevada, Nov. 13-18, 2015.More

IAEM's Spouse Program is back by popular demand
Don't come alone to the IAEM Annual Conference. Bring your spouse or friend to accompany you, and enjoy the surrounding area of Clark County together. IAEM has a special program tailored for spouses and friends, allowing them to partake in all of the annual conference with their registered attendee or select events. There are activities planned to allow your spouse or friend to meet and network with other spouses and friends while you are attending breakout sessions. So plan a joint trip today to the IAEM 63rd Annual Conference in Clark County, Nevada. View Spouse Program and register Today!More

Framework on disaster risk reduction proposed
Philippine Information Agency
Senior officials of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation are set to endorse a proposed framework on disaster risk reduction to economic leaders as a new paradigm to mainstream disaster risk in the APEC agenda. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin who is also the Chairman of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said facilitating the endorsement of the proposal is the primary goal of the 9th Senior Disaster Management Officials' Forum during the opening of the two-day forum in Iloilo City.More

Kiren Rijiju: Prevention efforts need focus in disaster management
The Economic Times
Voicing concern over the huge damage to lives and economy inflicted due to disasters in the country, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju today asked researchers and business organizations to join government's initiatives on disaster preparedness and management. "I cannot say we are lagging behind in our initiatives for disaster management but considering the size of India, it is unfortunate that no country has such high record of deaths due to disaster as India has," the MoS for Home Affairs. More

South East Asia emergency response team takes on region's deluge of disasters
After the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 and Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar in 2008, international aid poured into Southeast Asia, but in both disasters the 10-nation regional body ASEAN was conspicuously absent, says disaster expert Arnel Capili. "Those were very big events that really affected the national governments of member states. The question was, where is ASEAN?" Capili said of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.More

Disaster management training ends in Accra
Daily Graphic
One hundred and twenty disease control and disaster management practitioners from Nigeria and Liberia have ended a training program aimed at establishing a sub-regional emergency response team. The three-week training program, held at the Kofi Annan International Peace Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra, took the participants through security, logistics and civil-military coordination in disaster operations. More

Chile earthquake: Disaster planning pays off
It had the makings of a deadly disaster of massive proportions. But officials surveying the damage left behind by an 8.3-magnitude earthquake that struck off Chile's coast said the toll could have been far more devastating. Advanced planning and authorities' quick reaction, they said, likely saved lives.More

ONU: 'No es normal que tras un terremoto de 8,4, no se caiga ningún edificio' — Chile es un ejemplo
El coordinador de Naciones Unidas en Chile, José Antonio Molpeceres, resaltó los esfuerzos de las autoridades ante emergencias de este tipo y valoró la inversión en materia de seguridad. La autoridad afirmó que "al mundo le cuesta mucho creer que no se haya caído ningún edificio, eso no es normal." "Chile tiene mucho que ofrecer al mundo, el resto del mundo ve a Chile como un ejemplo de cómo hacer las cosas bien frente a los desastres naturales." resaltó el representante de la ONU quien indicó que ha "recibido varias solicitudes de países que quieren saber cuál es la receta que existe."More

Don't forget to vote in the 2015 IAEM-USA officers' election
Time is short, so don't forget to vote for the candidates of your choice in the 2015 IAEM-USA officers' election. All Individual, Affiliate, and Life members of the IAEM-USA Council are eligible to vote in this online election. Learn about the candidates and cast your vote on the IAEM website. You will find the candidate statements, along with instructions on voting. The voting period ends on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.More

GAO publishes report on agency key changes in wildland fire management
The U.S. Governmental Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to review multiple aspects of federal wildland fire management across the five federal wildland fire management agencies. The Sept. 16 report, GAO-15-772, examines: (1) key changes the federal wildland fire agencies have made in their approach to wildland fire management since 2009; (2) how the agencies assess the effectiveness of their wildland fire management programs; and (3) how the agencies determine the distribution of their wildland fire management resources. The GAO reviewed laws, policies, and guidance related to wildland fire management; reviewed agency performance measures; analyzed obligation data for fiscal years 2004 through 2014; and interviewed officials from the five agencies, as well as the Department of the Interior's Office of Wildland Fire. The GAO recommends that the agencies develop specific criteria for selecting wildland fires for review and conducting the reviews, and revise their agency policies accordingly. The agencies generally agreed with the GAO findings and recommendations. Download the full report and the highlights report.More

Shop for IAEM gear in our online store
Tour the IAEM Store to view and purchase logowear online. Items will ship within 12 days directly to you. Browse available items to see an array of great styles and colors, in a full range of sizes for both men and women (some kidswear, as well). The IAEM logo — and the CEM®/AEM® logos for qualified individuals — can be added to any of these items, including shirts, headwear, outerwear, bags, and accessories. The CEM® and AEM® challenge coins are available for any individual to purchase. You also can order a CEM® or AEM® plaque or pin once certified, or purchase an IAEM membership lapel pin. Suggestions for items to be added to the store may be emailed to Communications and Marketing Manager Dawn M. Shiley.More

WCDM 2016 seeks speakers to fill its educational program
The World Conference on Disaster Management (WCDM) is seeking speakers for the 2016 conference, set for June 6-9 in Toronto, Canada. The call for papers is now open, with a submission deadline of Nov. 30, 2015, and complete information can be found here. For 2016, WCDM will focus on disasters through the other end of the telescope, by initially focusing on the broad picture of disaster anticipation, coping and recovery, rather than zoom in straight away on existing key disciplines. This encourages more creative thinking to match the needs of each phase in a world that is becoming turbulent faster than organizations are becoming resilient. WCDM, a partner of IAEM, offers a unique opportunity to learn and network with professionals from as many as 40 countries. The 2016 conference will include more than 50 presentations over 2 days, plus expanded pre- and post- conference programs design to help deepen learning and strengthen practical application.More

Hurricane reports ignore indirect deaths
Science News
Hurricanes and other tropical storms are deadlier than just surging water and howling wind. Close to half of all storm fatalities are caused indirectly, new research shows. Storm reports typically include only deaths directly attributable to a storm's physical forces, such as drowning in floodwater or being struck by airborne debris. Incidental deaths are excluded, such as those that occur due to power outages, house fires and accidents during evacuations.More

R&D by NIST and partners yields new standard for safer ambulances
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Thanks to a newly updated standard for ambulance design based on research and development by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and two federal partners, emergency runs should soon be much safer for paramedics and other first responders. Emergency medical service (EMS) providers riding in the back of current-design ambulances are at high risk of injury or death during a crash or an evasive traffic maneuver if they’re not using restraints. However, they often complain that restraints make it difficult to access and treat patients while in route to a hospital. More

New space-based satellites show how much the Earth moved during the Chile earthquake
Business Insider
After a massive 8.3 earthquake rocked Chile's northern coast, scientists immediately began analyzing satellite images taken before and after the temblor to get a good idea of how far the ground moved. This technique — called Synthetic Radar Aperture Interferometry (InSAR) — combines before and after satellite images into colorful maps — called interferograms.More

How origami inspired engineers to design pop-up bridges, solar arrays and disaster shelters
Sydney Morning Herald
For most, origami is either a reflective, meditative pastime or a frustrating diversion, depending on your patience and level of skill. Now researchers expect that the ancient Japanese art of paper folding will transform fields as diverse as furniture making, robotics, construction, space exploration and civil engineering. By adapting existing flat, rigid origami into three-dimensional "zippered tubes", engineers are promising a revolution in futuristic construction based on paper, plastics and light metals. More

No phone signal in a disaster? Solar network 'in a box' to the rescue*
Japan Today
Pakistani researchers have developed a portable, solar-powered mobile phone network for use in disasters like floods and earthquakes when regular communications are often disrupted. Researchers at the Information Technology University in Lahore, together with a team from the University of California, have developed a prototype "Rescue Base Station" for Pakistan — the country's first emergency telecoms system that would work on normal cell phones.More

September certification application review results to be announced week of Oct. 18
CEM®/AEM® candidates who had their application reviewed during the September online review will receive the results through the online portal during the week of Oct. 18. The next online review will take place in November 2015. Applications are due by Oct. 31, 2015.More

National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health releases curriculum on caring for older adults in disasters
The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) has just released its newest resource for health educators and trainers, Caring for Older Adults in Disasters: A Curriculum for Health Professionals. Developed through the support of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Caring for Older Adults in Disasters (COAD) curriculum is comprised of 24 lessons in seven modules, covering topics ranging from special considerations for older adults in specific types of disasters to ethical and legal issues related to the care of the senior population during a disaster. The COAD curriculum’s lessons range from 30 to 120 minutes, based on the particular learning context. They include suggested learning activities for educators to engage their learners, as well as required and supplemental readings for both learners and educators. The curriculum can be used in its entirety, teaching all lessons in the order provided, or trainers may select individual lessons or portions of lessons most relevant to their learners. The curriculum’s material can be adapted to best meet a specific setting and learner needs by substituting resources, modifying activities, or augmenting content.More

FEMA and Operation HOPE renew collaboration and offer financial first aid kit
FEMA and HOPE Coalition America (HCA), the emergency preparedness and financial recovery division of Operation HOPE, signed a memorandum of agreement renewing their 11-year collaboration to promote financial preparedness and support for recovery after emergencies and disasters. The memorandum of agreement outlines a wide array of collaborative actions between FEMA and Operation HOPE, including efforts to: provide pre-disaster financial education materials and information to communities; establish and update procedures to provide free financial guidance; provide case management to survivors in the event of a major disaster or emergency; and recruit and train volunteers to provide financial preparation and recovery guidance to survivors. Over the past several years, FEMA and HCA have leveraged resources from each other to help individuals and families prepare for disasters, or recover from disasters in the shortest possible time. FEMA has also partnered with Operation HOPE to encourage individuals, families and businesses to collect and safeguard the critical documents they will need to help them start the process through the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK). The EFFAK is a resource for financial preparedness, providing step-by-step instructions on the protection of personal assets and financial information to reduce vulnerability after a disaster. This simple tool can help Americans identify and organize key financial, insurance, medical and legal records, and is available at www.ready.gov/financial-preparedness.More

Support IAEM's project to build an online Document Exchange
IAEM members are often asked to become active in committees and caucuses, attend conferences and meetings, consider pursuing the CEM®/AEM® credentials, or to participate in online discussions — all important ways to become an active association member. This request is different, but it also is another way that you can assist your fellow IAEM members. In this case, we're asking you to add to the value of the IAEM website offerings for members-only, by sharing documents through the IAEM Document Exchange. Share documents you have created that would help other members, such as: exercise plans, training curricula, incident action plans, preparedness and community outreach materials, and EOC design plans. You can search for documents here. To upload documents, select the area that most closely reflects the type of document: Exercises, EOCs, Training; Incident Action; and Other. The Document Exchange has the potential to become a valuable resource to IAEM members, and you are asked to become part of the effort to build this online compendium of knowledge.More

10 years later, officials still learning from Hurricane Rita
USA Today
Many who live along the Gulf of Mexico refer to Rita as the "forgotten hurricane." Hitting the U.S. just three weeks after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, most Americans paid little attention to Rita, which made landfall Sept. 24, 2005, in a far less populated area along the Texas-Louisiana border. Where Katrina left more than 1,800 dead, Rita killed fewer than 150. But for emergency managers, Rita was almost more important in terms of the lessons learned following the disaster.More

Charting a better exit strategy for fragile populations
Beaumont Enterprise
By the time Hurricane Rita churned erratically through the Gulf of Mexico, officials in Texas' biggest cities were already hip deep in evacuees and disaster fatigue. For more than three weeks in September 2005, they had frantically placed what felt like half of Louisiana into emergency shelters across the state. From the Astrodome in Houston to the Austin Convention Center to Dallas' Reunion Arena, Hurricane Katrina evacuees were everywhere.More

Communication key in effective emergency planning
Amarillo Globe-News
September is National Preparedness Month, and Amarillo officials said they are ready and capable of dealing with a disaster. Kevin Starbuck, emergency management coordinator for the city of Amarillo and Potter and Randall counties, said he has the utmost confidence that the area's agencies are ready to act in a disaster, even though the over-arching emergency plan is never final.More

El Nino and La Nina will exacerbate coastal hazards across entire Pacific*
The projected upsurge of severe El Niño and La Niña events will cause an increase in storm events leading to extreme coastal flooding and erosion in populated regions across the Pacific Ocean, according to a multi-agency study published in Nature Geoscience. "This study significantly advances the scientific knowledge of the impacts of El Niño and La Niña," said Patrick Barnard, USGS coastal geologist and the lead author of the study. "Understanding the effects of severe storms fueled by El Niño or La Niña helps coastal managers prepare communities for the expected erosion and flooding associated with this climate cycle." More

Chile earthquake: 11 killed, more than 1 million evacuated
The Associated Press via KABC-TV
Parts of Coquimbo, Chile, were a disaster zone after an 8.3-magnitude quake hit off the coast, killing at least 11 people and likely causing billions in damage. Overturned cars and splintered boats sat in mud next to furniture, toppled adobe homes and fishing nets tangled in trees. The most stunning thing about the earthquake, however, may be the relatively low amount of havoc caused by such a powerful shake.More

82 contaminated radioactive waste bags from Fukushima washed away by typhoon floods
Global Research
At least 82 bags filled with contaminated material from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant have been swept away by flood water as typhoon Etau hit Japan, officials said. TEPCO said rainwater from the nuclear plant has been leaking into the Pacific.More

California wildfire becoming historic homes destroyer
CBS News
California fire officials said a wildfire north of San Francisco destroyed another 162 homes, raising the number of homes destroyed to 1,050 and making it the fourth worst wildfire in the state's history. The tally announced Sunday brought the total number of homes destroyed in two wildfires burning in Northern California to nearly 1,600, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. Those fires killed five people, and on Sunday, authorities announced that a body was found in the ashes of a wildfire in Monterey County that destroyed or damaged 10 homes.More

Death toll from Utah-Arizona border flooding rises to 20
The Associated Press via Fox News
Some in the group of seven hikers were new to climbing and swimming through narrow canyons when fast-moving floodwaters trapped them in a popular sandstone gorge in southern Utah's Zion National Park. The park named the men and women, six from California and one from Nevada, who died when a flash flood rushed through the canyon. Their identities were released after rescuers traversed a 100-foot drop into a rugged terrain to find the last victim's body.More

Civil Defence visits isolated Gisborne homes as roads open
The Dominion Post
Homes isolated by the deluge in the Gisborne region will get Civil Defence help as roads closed due to flooding begin to reopen. Torrential rains in the region meant two sections of State Highway 2 were closed, between Napier and Wairoa and between Ormond and Opotiki, cutting off the town of Te Karaka completely. More

Delhi's dengue epidemic sees 3791 cases reported as death toll hits 25
Daily Mail
Dengue's grip on Delhi is the tightest for the last six years, with 3,791 cases being reported so far. To make matters worse, the number of dengue patients is going up at an alarming pace. The records available with the Municipal Corporations of Delhi, also the nodal agency for dengue, suggest that vulnerability to the vector-borne disease has been far greater than in the previous five years. More