IAEM Dispatch
Oct. 10, 2013

Where do emergency management programs fit on the campus?
Emergency Management
While some academic institutions offer programs in homeland security, and others in emergency management, a growing number are combining the disciplines in various ways. Still, the number of four-year programs listed on FEMA's site combining homeland security and emergency management in a degree title remains in the single digits.More

Video: Sea level rise: A slow-motion disaster
Center for American Progress via National Geographic
Sea-level rise is a slow-moving threat that presents a tremendous risk to some of America's most populous cities. The Center for American Progress visited Norfolk, Va., a city on the front lines of the fight against rising seas, to talk to residents and community leaders about their efforts to save the city and learn to live with the water. One thing is clear: Doing nothing is not an option.More

The plain math of disaster preparedness: 'Every dollar we spent saved 5 dollars in future losses'
The Atlantic Cities
You may not remember the Great Flood of 1993, in which the Missouri and Mississippi rivers and their tributaries overran their banks. In a series of inundations that lasted for months, the floods covered 30,000 square miles across nine states, causing $15 billion in property damage, killing more than 30 people, destroying entire towns and millions of acres of crops. You may not remember it, but James Lee Witt, then head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, recalls it well.More

How to use your smartphone as an essential part of your disaster kit
Generally speaking, you don't want to rely on technology at all in your disaster toolkit, but that doesn't mean you can't make use of an old smartphone (or your current one for that matter). Before the cell networks are down, here's what you should load up on your smartphone.More

Only 15 Days till the IAEM Annual Conference
Come see what others are talking about and don't miss the premiere emergency management event of the year! There are five simple things you should do to ensure your successful attendance at the conference.


There is still time to register for IAEM pre/post conference offerings
Although the cancellation deadline has passed, there is still space available in some of the IAEM pre/post-conference training events. Don't forget to add to your registration the sensational tours on Friday and Saturday evenings to the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation and the Regional Emergency Operations Center (REOC) and National Weather Service (NWS) Reno Office. Register today.More

Oceania and Europa CEM® education waiver expires Dec. 31, 2013 - Transition requirements in effect until Dec. 31, 2015
Currently, Oceania and Europa CEM® candidates may substitute experience for a degree in the education requirements component of the credential. This waiver will expire at the end of 2013. As an interim step to enable Oceania and Europa CEM® candidates to transition to the full education requirement a compromise has been authorized by the Global CEM Commission for the next two years.

From the 1st January 2013 until 31st December 2015, Oceania and Europa CEM candidates can satisfy the education requirement with a: Bachelors (Baccalaureate) degree in any discipline; or Masters degree in any discipline; or

This interim step will expire at the end of 2015. At this time all Oceania and Europa CEM® candidates must have a Bachelors degree to satisfy the education requirements for the CEM® credential. This will bring Oceania and Europa in line with USA CEM® candidates. More

Foreign aid agencies seek access to Pakistan quake victims
Reuters India
Pakistan must allow international aid agencies to work in its disaster-hit southwestern region where survivors of twin earthquakes two weeks ago still need help, relief groups said. According to official figures, 376 people died and 200,000 had their lives disrupted when a 7.7 magnitude quake struck Baluchistan province on September 24 and a similar magnitude earthquake struck four days later. A senior official has put the death toll at 515.More

Death toll from Italy refugee shipwreck rises to 302
Agence France-Presse via Yahoo News
The death toll from last week's refugee shipwreck off an Italian island rose to 302 with the recovery of more bodies, officials said, while dozens more are still believed missing. The victims included 210 men, 83 women and nine children. A total of 155 survivors were saved on the day of the disaster and their boat is estimated to have had around 500 people on board.More

9 die in fire at Bangladesh factory
At least nine people were killed by a fire at a factory making clothes for at least one Western store chain, officials in Bangladesh said Wednesday — six months after the Rana Plaza collapse that killed 1,100 people in the capital, Dhaka. The latest blaze, in the town of Gazipur, was finally put out early Wednesday after burning for 10 hours, fire official Zafar Ahmed told the Associated Press.More

10 killed, 2 rescued in China coal mine flooding
Two miners trapped underground for 10 days in a flooded coal mine have been rescued, China's state-run CCTV reported. But the bodies of 10 others have also been found. The accident occurred when 42 miners were working in the Zhengsheng coal mine in northern China's Shanxi province, according to CCTV.More

Fukushima radiation now a global disaster: Japan finally asks world for help, 2 years too late
International Business Times
The March 2011 crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant was the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986, but it took two and a half years after the fact for the Japanese government to ask the world for help. Recently, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan is finally open to receiving global aid to contain the ever-growing disaster at Fukushima, where radioactive water leaks continue to contaminate the Pacific Ocean’s ecosystem, and thus, the entire world's food supply.More

Flood forensics: Why Colorado's floods were so destructive
Parts of Colorado are still drying out after floods hit the state last month. Eight people died, and damage from the worst flooding in decades is in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Scientists are now venturing into the hardest-hit areas to do a sort of "flood forensics" to understand why the floods were so bad. Geologist Jonathan Godt takes Peak Highway in northern Colorado up into the Rockies. The road there winds past ravines and streams where water is still rushing.More

Shutdown prompts emergency declarations In Utah
Fed-up with declining tourism spending and tax revenue during the government shutdown, four Utah counties dependent on National Park and public lands visitors have declared states of emergency. And Republican Gov. Gary Herbert has responded with a plea to President Obama to reopen the region's National Park areas with state, local and private funding.More