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FEMA seeks comments to Public Assistance Simplified Procedures Thresholds
FEMA is seeking public comments from state, tribal and local governments, private non-profit organizations and interested members of the public regarding the agency's recent analysis and findings, and subsequent revision of the monetary thresholds for a small project, also referred to as simplified procedures thresholds, of the Public Assistance program. Feedback is sought on specific questions to inform any future revisions to the project thresholds that are updated annually based on the Consumer Price Index. Comments are due on Jan. 20, 2015 and may be submitted electronically at Following the passage of the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 and the accompanying Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, Congress directed FEMA to evaluate its simplified procedures thresholds and immediately implement the recommendations. On Jan. 29, 2014, FEMA issued its report to Congress that recommended several changes to the threshold and outlined FEMA's reasoning for those recommendations. On Feb. 26, 2014, FEMA published a final rule amending both the minimum and maximum simplified procedures threshold for disasters declared on or after Feb. 26, 2014.
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US House passes security funding bill blocking immigration actions
U.S. House Republicans drew a hard line against President Barack Obama's executive immigration initiatives, voting to block them as they passed a Department of Homeland Security spending bill. The vote sets up a potential showdown in coming weeks over funding for the sprawling agency that secures U.S. borders, airports and coastal waters. The bill's immigration provisions also could hamper Republicans' efforts to boost their appeal among Hispanic voters in the 2016 presidential election.
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State Ebola protocol table available as a new reference
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CDC OSTLTS) Public Law Program and Office of the Associate Director for Policy compiled a table of state-by-state Ebola protocols to help law and policy makers prepare for and respond to Ebola-related situations. The table will be updated as states continue to modify their Ebola response protocols.
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Center for Domestic Preparedness invites emergency managers to network via LinkedIn
The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) has announced its new LinkedIn presence, which offers a platform for emergency responders and training officers to get the latest news on new courses and to network with CDP instructors and alumni. The CDP's primary mission is to train state, local and tribal emergency response providers, as well as federal government, foreign governments, and private entities. A popular aspect of the courses is the opportunity to obtain hands-on training with a multi-disciplined audience. In addition, the CDP is the only civilian facility that trains with toxic chemical and live biological agents. The center also has the only hospital facility in the United States dedicated solely to training hospital and healthcare professionals in disaster preparedness and response. The new CDP LinkedIn page includes details about upcoming courses and class seat availability; links to photos and videos of CDP hands-on training; and a forum for potential students to ask questions prior to CDP training.
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The George Washington University establishes new GW Center for Cyber and Homeland Security
The George Washington University has established the GW Center for Cyber and Homeland Security (CCHS), which integrates and builds upon the activities of two existing policy centers within the George Washington University: the Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) and the GW Cybersecurity Initiative. This new center will build on the longstanding track record of these two entities and continue to engage in policy-relevant research and analysis on critical issues and challenges related to cybersecurity, counterterrorism, and homeland security. The new center will be governed by a Board of Directors and a Policy Advisory Committee, and will continue HSPI's longstanding Senior Fellows program. It will carry out its work through four standing task forces that will shape the center's research and policy agenda and whose members will be drawn largely from the ranks of its governance committees and Senior Fellows:
  • Counterterrorism and Intelligence Task Force
  • Cybersecurity Task Force
  • Homeland Security Strategies and Emerging Threats Task Force
  • Preparedness and Infrastructure Resilience Task Force.
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Bill Proenza retires as regional director of US National Weather Service, Southern Region
A long-time IAEM member, Bill Proenza retired on Jan. 3 from his position as regional director of the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS), Southern Region, Fort Worth, Texas (1998-2014). IAEM-USA President John "Rusty" Russell noted, "Director Proenza recognized emergency managers as key customers, and he greatly and directly enhanced the ability of the nation's emergency managers to make lifesaving decisions during severe weather events." Throughout his career, Proenza received numerous awards, including IAEM-USA's 2008 Career Excellence Award and the American Meteorological Society's 2001 Francis W. Reichelderfer Award. On his retirement, Proenza said, "I have been greatly honored to have served as a regional director since 1998 in one of the most dedicated agencies in the U.S. government, an agency with many critically important weather support missions, including a paramount focus on the highest calling of any profession, the protection of life ... I am so proud of the NWS' close partnership with the men and women of the emergency management community, ... who enable a lifesaving effective preparedness and response to…severe weather and other high impact/dangerous events ... The enormous value of this relationship again proves that civil service closest to the people serves best." If anyone would like to congratulate Bill on his retirement, email him at or send regular mail to 204 Mill Crossing, Colleyville, Texas 76034.
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Jeff Walker, CEM, named as UMC's West Ohio Conference disaster coordinator
IAEM congratulates Jeff Walker, CEM, IAEM-USA past president (2012-2013) and director emeritus of the Licking County (Ohio) Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, for being named United Methodist Church's (UMC) West Ohio Conference disaster coordinator for 58 counties and 1,145 churches. After his retirement as county director of emergency management in January 2013, Jeff became the district coordinator for the UMC Capitol Area South District for Disaster Response. Jeff's 14 years of experience in emergency management and 38 years of experience in law enforcement will strengthen UMC's West Ohio Conference efforts to support the needs of disaster survivors. Learn more.
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IAEM member Michael J. Fagel received ASIS inaugural Security Book of the Year Award
ASIS International honored IAEM member Michael J. Fagel, PhD, CEM, CH S-IV, with its inaugural Security Book of the Year Award at the ASIS International 60th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, held in Atlanta, Ga. Fagel's award-winning book, Crisis Management and Emergency Planning: Preparing for Today's Challenges, was published in 2014. The book presents advanced emergency management and response concepts to disasters not often covered in other publications. It includes coverage of planning and preparedness, public health considerations, vulnerability and impact assessments, hospital management and planning, sporting venue emergency planning, and community preparedness including volunteer management. The book may be purchased online in the ASIS Store.
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UN: States, donors must do more to tackle rising disaster risk
Reuters via Yahoo News
As economic losses from disasters rise around the world, more effort is needed to reduce the risks from extreme weather and earthquakes in every area, from infrastructure to health, the United Nations disaster prevention chief said. Margareta Wahlström, head of the U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, said in an interview that a new global plan to protect people and assets from disasters, due to be approved in March, aims to ensure "a much stronger link than we have had in the past between development and disaster risk."
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Pre-storm mitigation is key to cutting damage and costs
The Hill
The new Congress has a golden opportunity to advance a national disaster strategy that will better protect the American people and save taxpayer dollars. With the Senate and the House of Representatives working together, this is the time to address the failed status quo of waiting for storms to hit and then passing massive supplemental appropriations bills.
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Voting on IAEM-Global Student Council bylaws amendments ends Jan. 16 — make your voice heard!
The voting on the proposed IAEM-Global Student Council (GSC) Bylaws amendments ends Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern time. Visit the voting area to learn about the changes recommended by the IAEM-GSC Board, which completed a comprehensive review of the bylaws this year. While the majority of the review has been to address issues with consistency, redundancy and clarity, the IAEM-GSC Board has proposed a modification to the election of council officers (e.g., president, vice president, treasurer and secretary). All current IAEM Student Members are eligible to vote. Enter the voting area here, and make your wishes known.
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Study: Short emergency messages not as effective in alerting people about imminent threats
Short 90- and 140-character wireless emergency alert messages delivered over mobile devices are "substantially less effective" than much longer messages to spur people to take action in case of a hazard, a recent study concluded.
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IAEM-Global Editorial Work Group issues IAEM Bulletin call for articles on 'Consequence Management and Public Health' with deadline of Feb. 15, 2015
The IAEM-Global Editorial Work Group is seeking articles for its first 2015 IAEM Bulletin special focus issue on the topic of "Consequence Management and Public Health." Examples of articles could include, but are not limited to: what emergency managers need to know about the difference between infectious diseases and contagious diseases; public health implications for emergency management programs; responding to pandemics; lessons learned; and international public health vs. emergency management issues. Article length is 750 to 1,500 words. Please read the author’s guidelines before submitting an article, and email the article to Karen Thompson, editor, no later than Feb. 15, 2015.
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New recertification requirements now in effect
As announced, the new recertification requirements were implemented in January 2015 for candidates scheduled to recertify in 2015. If recertification candidates started an online recertification application prior to Jan. 5, 2015, the application is tied to the old recertification requirements. To take advantage of the new recertification, candidates should add a new recertification application, which will incorporate the new sliding scale of requirements. Recertification candidates should save any information from the old recertification application prior to beginning the new application. If an extensive amount of work has been completed on the old recertification application, please contact Kate McClimans before proceeding.
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IAEM offers webinar on Jan. 22 at 1:00 PM EST on tips for a successful speaker proposal
Have you been thinking about submitting a proposal to speak at the IAEM Annual Conference? Have you read the Speaker Submission Guidance but still have some questions? Join representatives of the Conference Committee for this one-hour webinar to hear what qualifies as a successful submission. In this webinar, we will discuss the requirements, the breakout focus areas and what makes for an effective presentation. Register today.
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Is your emergency management project successful?
The success of projects can be measured using ten established critical success factors (CSF). Are these CSFs used when implementing projects and are they related to emergency management project success? To determine if emergency managers are using project management CSFs to drive project success this 5-10 minute survey will examine your perception of the ten project management CSFs as they pertain to a recent or current emergency management project you are affiliated with. The research study will also examine how your perception of these project management CSFs relates to your project’s success. Please follow this link to the survey created by Stephan Kaser, PMP, and provide your input: Critical Success Factors in Emergency Management Projects.
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Building resiliency of the coastal population to natural disaster
World Bank Group
From 1980 to 2000, Bangladesh alone accounted for nearly 60 percent of the deaths caused by cyclones worldwide. Due to the effects of climate change, an increase in the frequency and severity of cyclones and other natural disasters is likely, making it essential for Bangladesh to adapt to increased uncertainty and be prepared to ride out even the worst storms. The Multipurpose Disaster Shelter Project will benefit nearly 14 million coastal people who are more vulnerable to natural disasters.
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IAEM-USA Emerging Technology Caucus sponsors IAEM members-only Feb. 27 webinar on social media monitoring in action
IAEM is offering a members-only webinar on the topic of "Social Media Monitoring in Action: Napa Earthquake," scheduled for Feb. 27, 2015, 1:00 p.m. EST. Sponsored by the IAEM-USA Emerging Technology Caucus, the webinar focuses on social media monitoring and engagement work during actual incidents. Speaker Jennifer Lazo, CEM, who managed local Red Cross social media networks and organized a group of digital volunteers following the August 2015 Napa earthquake, will share examples of how intelligence gathered from social media was acted on, as well as lessons observed during the earthquake aftermath. Responsible for disaster planning as an emergency services coordinator for the City of Berkeley, California, Jennifer focuses on access and functional needs issues in her work with city staff and community members. She continues to volunteer with the Red Cross, serving as a government liaison during the LAX Airport Shooting and a lead digital volunteer (online and in-person) during Superstorm Sandy and the Napa Earthquake. She is the secretary of the IAEM-USA Emerging Technology Caucus. Learn more and get the registration link on the IAEM Event Calendar.
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Researchers: Liberia's Ebola epidemic could be eliminated by June
Los Angeles Times
A new analysis of Ebola cases in West Africa predicts that the epidemic in Liberia could be eliminated by June if medical workers can hospitalize 85 percent of those infected. "That's a realistic possibility but not a foregone conclusion," wrote lead author John Drake, a computational ecologist and epidemiologist at the University of Georgia's Odom School of Ecology.
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Australia is burning, and climate change is making it worse
Bloomberg Businessweek
It's summertime in Australia, which means the fires are raging. Every year, the continent's sweltering temperatures and dry conditions create a toxic combination for bush fires that can threaten homes and lead to injuries and deaths. This season's wildfires are particularly damaging, destroying the largest amount of territory in more than three decades. The Insurance Council of Australia yesterday declared a catastrophe for regions near Adelaide in South Australia.
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Scientists look for what's causing Texas earthquakes
Swarms of small quakes rippled up from unknown faults beneath the soil. They rustled Cleburne, Azle and Irving. Fifteen recent earthquakes around the old Texas Stadium in Irving site included the strongest yet in Dallas County, and their waves shook downtown office towers. But after six years and more than 130 quakes, scientists are just beginning to map the fissures beneath Texas. Figure out why they woke up and predict what they might do next.
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Deadly subway malfunction leaves many unanswered questions
The Associated Press via ABC News
The subway train had just pulled out from a busy Washington station when it ground to a halt and foul-smelling smoke began filling the tunnel and the cars. "We're going to die here!" passengers cried. In the fear and chaos that followed, riders prayed but also helped one another, performing mouth-to-mouth on an unconscious woman and offering an inhaler to a man curled in a fetal position on the train's floor. Some waited for rescuers as instructed; others opened the doors of the train and made their way to safety through the darkness on their own.
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