IAEM Dispatch
Sep. 26, 2013

Come to the Annual Conference Early and take advantage of two not-to-be-missed tours
Join other IAEM conference attendees for a behind the scenes learning and collaborating experience on two sensational tours.

For more information about the tours, check out the online program. Scroll to the bottom and click on "Track: Tours." More

FEMA honors achievements in community preparedness
FEMA announced the winners of the 2013 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards. The awards recognize individuals who have taken action to prepare their communities. This year, highlighted accomplishments were achieved between Jan. 1, 2012 and June 5, 2013. A complete list of this year’s recipients and the honorable mentions for each category is available at www.ready.gov/citizen-corps-awards. More

Disaster relief donations track number of people killed, not number of survivors
Science Daily
People pay more attention to the number of people killed in a natural disaster than to the number of survivors when deciding how much money to donate to disaster relief efforts, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The donation bias can be reversed, however, with a simple change in terminology.More

The need for sustainable disaster relief
The Boston Globe
At the smallest level, we know not to use a bath towel one time before we toss it in the laundry. We teach our kids to turn off the faucet when they brush their teeth. As a society, we readily embrace the need to recycle our soda cans and water bottles. The same effort to conserve limited and fragile resources needs to be applied to disaster relief, so that we don't continually increase our carbon footprint by helping victims of the very same elevated carbon footprint.More

Emergency kit cook-off: A recipe for preparedness
Emergency Management
What would you cook with granola, graham crackers, chili, canned peaches and apple juice? That's what the Arizona Division of Emergency Management wants to know. Inspired by the foods found in emergency kits and culinary competition shows like Top Chef and Chopped, the state's Emergency Kit Cook-Off is encouraging people to create recipes using nonperishable ingredients.More

'Disaster University' studies ways to minimize death and destruction in Asia-Pacific
Coping with the earth's destructive forces has always been part of the human experience, but it seems to be an ever-bigger job these days. The number of reported natural disasters has steadily risen worldwide since 1980, and Asia-Pacific has been hardest hit. Now academics from the Asia-Pacific region have developed a project dubbed Disaster University, a global forum to share aspects of disaster preparation and management, from meteorology to urban planning to economics. More

USFA guide for active shooter response released
The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) released its guide to support planning and preparation in advance of an active shooter and mass casualty incidents. Fire/EMS Department Operational Considerations and Guide for Active Shooter and Mass Casualty Incidents is one of many resources available for agencies to prepare themselves to respond to an event in their community. Details within the 17-page report offer assistance in what a Standard Operating Procedure should contain, ideal on-scene interagency practices, managing "reverse triage," and maximizing survivability in those injured. As seen last week, incidents that involve multiple agencies, states, and levels of government can be tricky to navigate and respond to. USFA recommends training and planning with every agency that may become involved in such an incident in order to make an already difficult situation less chaotic.More

Rubble rescue: Tool can 'see' heartbeat of disaster-trapped victims
When buildings crumble after an earthquake or tornado, first responders have a few precious hours to locate people trapped under concrete slabs and bricks. A new device that detects a human heartbeat under 30 feet of rubble could help rescue workers get to trapped survivors even if they're unconscious and can't call for help. More

Upcoming CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Courses and exam offerings
If you set a goal to start the certification process in 2013, don't miss the chance to attend one of the last two CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Courses and/or exam offerings of the year.

Visit the IAEM website to register. Contact Kate McClimans with any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!More

Call for papers: World Conference on Disaster Management
The World Conference on Disaster Management (WCDM) has now opened the Call for Papers for expert speakers to participate in the 24th WCDM taking place June 15-18, 2014 in Toronto, Canada at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Information is available on the event website. More

Kenya mall siege 'over' but death toll unclear
As Kenya began three days of mourning for at least 67 people killed in the siege of a Nairobi mall, it was unclear how many more hostages may have died with the Somali Islamist attackers buried in the rubble. Declaring final victory over the al Qaeda-linked gunmen from al Shabaab who stormed the Westgate shopping center, President Uhuru Kenyatta said that three floors in a part of the mall had collapsed near the end of the operation, leaving an unknown number of bodies under steel and concrete.More

Death toll at 130 in Mexican floods, mudslides
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Mexican authorities say the death toll from recent floods and mudslides has risen to 130 with the discovery of eight more bodies buried in a landslide. Interior Secretary Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong said that the latest bodies were recovered in Acatepec, a small town in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero. Guerrero was the state hit hardest by Tropical Storm Manuel.More

Colorado floods: Final name crossed off list of 1,200 missing
Los Angeles Times
The last missing person in the Colorado flood zone has been found, crossing off the final name on a list that at one point included 1,200 unaccounted-for residents, officials announced. At its peak, 643 people were missing or unaccounted for in Larimer County alone, Schulz said. Names were added as relatives called in to say they hadn't heard from their loved ones and names were taken off as people were evacuated from flood zones, showed up in evacuation shelters or contacted officials.More

Emergency declared around Olympic city Sochi because of floods
Regional authorities declared a state of emergency in Sochi and evacuated a village because of flooding and mudslides less than five months before the Russian city hosts the Winter Olympics. Knee-high puddles in the city center caused long traffic jams after heavy rain, a Reuters photographer said, and firefighters were pumping water from the streets. An emergency services spokeswoman said a state of emergency had been declared but that water levels were receding in Sochi. More