IAEM Dispatch
Nov. 13, 2014

There is still time to register for the IAEM Annual Conference!
Registration is still open for the IAEM 62nd Annual Conference & EMEX, set for Nov. 14-19, in San Antonio, Texas. Don't Delay! Register here. Check out our online program and download the app to view all the sessions being offered. Add a tour and pre-conference training session to maximize your conference experience. This is a not-to-be-missed conference for all people that work in emergency management or related fields of interest.More

Select sessions of the IAEM Annual Conference will be provided via livestream
Are you a new member to IAEM wanting to know more about the annual conference? Are you a person interested in IAEM unable to make the trip to San Antonio? Have you always wanted to attend the conference but were unable to make the trip? While nothing beats attending the IAEM Annual Conference in person, IAEM realizes that many new members and other interested parties are unable join us in San Antonio. Therefore, the Digital Engagement Committee, Global Student Council, and Conference Committee are working together to provide livestream videos, audio podcasts, and select breakout session recordings so members and potential members can engage with the conference from the comfort of their computer. Get more information about the available speakers and sessions on the IAEM website.More

Court acquits natural disaster experts over L'Aquila quake
Deutsche Welle
An appeals court in Italy on Monday overturned manslaughter convictions against seven natural disaster experts who faced prison sentences for having allegedly falsely reassured residents ahead of a 2009 earthquake that ended up killing 309 people in the central city of L'Aquila. The court, also in L'Aquila, cleared all seven of the major charge against them, saying that no crime had been committed.More

Prime Minister: Bangladesh able to deal with any natural, man-made disaster
Energy Bangla
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh, as an independent nation, has the ability to deal with all natural and man-made disasters and keep pace with development. She expressed her firm conviction that neither any natural calamity nor any man-made disaster can deviate Bangladesh from its cherished goal of development.More

Mass casualty expert says Australia appears unprepared for Ebola
Health Canal
Dr. Jennifer Todd, from UOW's School of Health and Society, says the Abbott Government's reluctance to send healthcare workers into the hot zone sends the message that it is not prepared to deal with an Ebola case in this country. Dr. Todd is a specialist in planning for the public health and medical response to all hazards in mass casualty events. She has previously worked on emergency preparednessMore

WHO expert: 'Thousands' of Ebola deaths likely unreported
AFP via Yahoo News
The raging Ebola outbreak has likely killed far more people than the 4,818 deaths reported by the World Health Organization, an expert at the U.N. health agency said, warning that thousands of fatalities were likely not accounted for. "There are lots of missing deaths in this epidemic," Christopher Dye, WHO's strategy chief, told AFP, estimating that around 5,000 fatalities could be missing from the count. This assessment, he said, was based on the knowledge that the fatality rate in the epidemic centered in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone stands at about 70 percent. More

Five more days to vote for IAEM-USA officers; election ends Tuesday, Nov. 18
Less than 10% of eligible voters have cast their ballots in the IAEM-USA election for 2014-2015 IAEM-USA Second Vice President and Secretary. All current IAEM-USA Individual, Affiliate, and Life members have five more days to vote online before the election ends at 5:00 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, Nov. 18. Each year, members elect a Second Vice President, who will serve for a year and then move up in the hierarchy in subsequent years, first to First Vice President, and then to President. This officer will then remain on the IAEM-USA Board for another year, as Immediate Past President. So when you vote for IAEM-USA Second Vice President, you are voting for an IAEM member who will serve on the USA Board of Directors for four years. Make your voice heard! Please visit the online voting area for details on the candidates, voter eligibility, voting instructions, and a link to the online ballot. The voting process is simple and completely confidential. You are encouraged to review candidate statements and vote by 5:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. While you’re online, please vote on the proposed bylaws amendments here.More

U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee holds hearing on Ebola crisis; IAEM-USA submits outside witness statement
On Nov. 12, the full U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee held a hearing on "U.S. Government Response to Fighting Ebola and Protecting America." Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland) focused the hearing on what is being done in the United States and what resources are needed, including discussion of the Administration's request of a $6.2 billion emergency supplemental. The witnesses included: The Honorable Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (accompanied by The Honorable Thomas R. Frieden, MD, PH, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Anthony S. Fauci, MD, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health); The Honorable Jeh Johnson, Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; The Honorable Heather Higginbottom, Deputy Secretary, Management and Resources, U.S. Department of State (accompanied by Nancy Lindborg, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, U.S. Agency for International Development); and The Honorable Michael Lumpkin, Assistant Secretary, Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, U.S. Department of Defense (accompanied by Major General James M. Lariviere, USMC, Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs (Africa), Joint Chiefs of Staff). The statements of Chairwoman Mikulski, the witnesses, and the outside witness statements are available here. The opening statement of Ranking Member Shelby (R-Alabama) is available here. IAEM-USA submitted an outside witness statement, which can be downloaded here. More

Cyborg cockroaches can hear you call and scurry to the rescue
The Washington Post
Researchers at North Carolina State University have figured out how to make cyborg cockroaches — or biobots, as they call them — pick up sound and seek out its source. So one day, the first responders to a rubble-filled disaster scene might be rescue roaches.More

Obama asks FCC to adopt tough net neutrality rules
The New York Times
In his most direct effort yet to influence the debate about the Internet's future, President Barack Obama said on Monday that a free and open Internet was as critical to Americans' lives as electricity and telephone service and should be regulated like those utilities to protect consumers.More

FCC concerned that improper national emergency alert could recur
Emergency Management
The FCC is trying to avoid a repeat of the incident when the Bobby Bones syndicated radio show activated the national emergency alert code. Broadcasts were interrupted on Oct. 24, 2014, in several states by the unauthorized Emergency Alert System alert. The FCC has issued an "advisory" that includes a request that all EAS participants check their equipment to make sure there's not an erroneous message still cued up in their system.More

Deadline to submit an application for the next certification review is Dec. 31, 2014
There is still time to get your CEM®/AEM℠ application submitted before the end of the year! When you are ready to start your online certification application, visit the CEM Resource Center for articles, documents, and user guides to help you through the process. Online applications are scheduled to be reviewed every other month (subject to change), so the deadline for the next review is Dec. 31, 2014.More

Experts discuss the additional burden women face in disaster zones
Al Jazeera America
For every man who drowns in a flood, three to four women will die in the deluge. That stark statistic on the comparative gender impact of natural disasters was just one of many discussed during a two-day conference organized by the United Nations' World Meteorological Organization, aimed in part at assessing how women and men are affected differently by climate change.More

Learn unified command before disaster strikes
Fire Chief
Life happens. We hope for the best, but when storms rage, fires break out, or violence brings chaos to our streets, emergency response units are prepared for the worst. The Incident Command System provides the standard for responding to life-threatening situations. During crises, ICS affords fire, EMS, police and industrial response teams the operational platform to function safely and effectively.More

PHMSA to hold public meeting on the National Pipeline Mapping System, Nov. 17, 2014, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
The Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on Nov. 3 published in the Federal Register a notice announcing a public meeting to discuss a National Pipeline Mapping System Information Collection revision that PHMSA proposed in a Federal Register notice on July 30, 2014. The primary purpose of the revisions is to collect data that is more accurate and complete that will also help emergency responders and government officials create better emergency response plans. PHMSA has received several comments from operators and industry groups that have expressed concern about the cost and time that will be needed to submit the additional data elements that are in the Information Collection and how PHMSA plans to keep the new data elements secure. As a result, PHMSA is holding this public meeting to provide an overview of the data elements and discuss stakeholder concerns. The meeting will be held at the Crystal City Marriott, Reagan National Airport, in Arlington, Virginia. Learn more.More

Another 'polar vortex?' Blame a typhoon that started some 10,000 km away
Global News
It's a perfect illustration of how interconnected weather is across our planet. People across the Prairies and northern Ontario and Quebec are getting an early taste of winter-like weather. What's responsible for the deep freeze started out near Guam in the Pacific Ocean.More

Pembrokeshire flooding returns as heavy rain continues
BBC News
Pembrokeshire has been hit by flooding for the second time in a week after heavy rainfall. Roads and properties in Milford Haven and Pembroke Dock as well as Neyland and Haverfordwest have been affected. Mid and West Fire Service said it was taking lots of calls in Carmarthenshire after the rain clouds swept in.More

Severe flooding hits Haiti, Dominican Republic
The Associated Press via Yahoo News
Thousands of families in Haiti and the neighboring Dominican Republic have been displaced by floods from a storm system that drenched the countries for several days, officials said. Haiti's Department of Civil Protection said at least 6,000 homes were flooded in Cap-Haitien and several nearby communities and at least 66 homes were completely destroyed. At least five people were killed and one was missing.More

47 people killed in bombing outside Nigerian school
At least 47 people were killed and 79 were wounded by a suicide bombing outside a school in northern Nigeria, police said. The attacker was disguised as a student when he set off the explosion in a government boarding school in the town of Potiskum, police spokesman Emmanuel Ojukwu said.More

WHO: Ebola death toll rises to 4,950
The death toll from the Ebola epidemic has risen to 4,950 out of 13,241 cases in the three worst-hit countries of West Africa, the World Health Organization said, calling for widespread rigorous control measures to halt the virus. "Case incidence is declining in some districts in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, while steep rises persist in other districts," the United Nations agency said in a statement.More