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IAEM-USA Board votes to change national officers election schedule
The IAEM-USA Council on Jan. 20 voted unanimously to enact new election scheduling procedures, so that IAEM-USA Council national officers will be elected prior to the IAEM Annual Conference. For 2015, the timeline will be:
  • June 30, 2015: Candidates must submit their credentials to the Nominations & Credentials Committee in order for their names to appear on the ballot.
  • July 1-31, 2015: The Nominations & Credentials Committee will vet candidate credentials and oversee preparation of the online ballot and online voting area.
  • Aug. 1-Sept. 30, 2015: Online voting will take place.
  • Oct. 7, 2015: Results of the election will be announced.

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FEMA seeks applicants for National Advisory Council; Applications due Monday, Feb.16, 2015
FEMA is requesting individuals who are interested in serving on the National Advisory Council (NAC) to apply for appointment to a three-year term. NAC is an advisory council established to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters. NAC advises the FEMA Administrator on all aspects of emergency management, while incorporating the whole community's input through appointed council members. The NAC consists of up to 35 members, all of whom are experts and leaders in their respective fields. The members of the NAC are appointed by the FEMA Administrator and are composed of federal, state, tribal, local, private sector, and non-profit leaders and subject matter experts in a wide range of disciplines. FEMA will consider individuals for appointment from the following disciplines: elected state government officials; in-patient medical providers; elected local government officials; emergency management; emergency response providers; and cyber security. Individuals interested in serving on the NAC are invited to apply no later than 5:00 p.m. ET, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, with further information available in the news release and on the NAC web page.
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USGS will likely upgrade earthquake risk in North Texas
The Associated Press via KTRK-TV
The risk of an earthquake in the flatlands of North Texas may be rising, the chief of the U.S. Geological Survey's National Seismic Hazard Project says. After more than 120 earthquakes since 2008, USGS will likely upgrade the risk of an earthquake occurring in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, though not by much, Mark Petersen told The Dallas Morning News.
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Building community resilience to disasters: legacy of the Great Hanshin-Awaji earthquake
The Japan Times
This was the moment 20 years ago that the Great Hanshin-Awaji earthquake struck and resulted in 6,434 lost lives, 200,000 destroyed buildings, 300,000 people made homeless, and a staggering economic cost then calculated at 2.5 percent of Japan's GDP (approximately $100 billion).
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Resilience to disasters must be built in to new developments
Irish Examiner
Ten years ago this month, representatives of 168 United Nations member states met in Kobe, the capital of Japan's Hyogo Prefecture, to decide how to manage risk better in the wake of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami, which claimed more than 227,000 lives. Over five days, which included the anniversary of the 1995 Kobe earthquake, they crafted the Hyogo Framework for Action, composed of a raft of measures designed to "reduce the losses in lives and social, economic, and environmental assets of communities and countries."
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Scientists sound off on extreme weather
Al Jazeera America
It takes some advanced science to tackle the extreme weather events of 2014 and beyond. On this TechKnow, we reveal research from outer space to the inner workings of the ocean to expose a trend of the scientific community uniting to understanding the onslaught of severe weather hitting all corners of the world. TechKnow visits a diverse array of scientists on the forefront of this research encountering some universal trends ranging from land, to sea, to space.
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Local governments boost accords for mutual aid in disasters
The Japan News
Prompted by the Great Hanshin Earthquake 20 years ago, most local governments have concluded agreements under which they will aid each other in the event of a major disaster. Progress has been made in taking legislative measures to facilitate such mutual assistance, particularly in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.
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Act now to prevent future disasters
The country is still reeling from the after-effects of the devastating year-end floods that ravaged at least seven states. Many are still displaced at temporary shelters and rely on government and well-wishers' food aid including donations from China and Japan. Besides the initial RM800 million allocated for initial flood relief efforts, the government is now staring at a hefty reconstruction bill that may run into billions.
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Meeting on disaster management held at Ramban
Daily Kashmir Images
A high level meeting of all the sectoral officers of the district Ramban was today held under the chairmanship of DDC Ramban Farooq Shah Bukhari. The purpose of the meeting was to prepare a district disaster management plan in collaboration with All India Disaster Mitigation Institute Ahmadabad. It will be pertinent to mention here that Government of India has chosen two districts of the state for disaster management, one is Kupwara and the other is Ramban in its initial phase.
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Expert: BC megathrust earthquake will rip earth open like a zipper,
The low tide, bright sunshine and constant roar of endlessly approaching waves display the full power of the wide-open Vancouver Island shoreline at the remote beach handed down to Stella Peters and her family as a wedding dowry. For generations, Peters and her relatives have been the keepers of Pachena Bay, the picturesque beach that scientists forecast as an epicenter for the next massive earthquake and tsunami.
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Insuring for the future: Mitigating the impacts of natural disasters in South East Europe
World Bank Group
As 2015 unfolds, many policymakers around the globe are turning their attention toward last year — taking stock of the different economic, social and political trends that had the most significant impacts on growth in their individual countries and respective regions. In a large part of Southeast Europe, the picture that emerges is less positive than many had hoped for. Although limited growth is expected in several of the six countries that make up the South East Europe region, stagnation and contraction in others have hampered the region overall — with growth in 2014 expected to be a mere 0.2 percent and forecasted at just 1.3 percent in 2015, according to the latest South East Europe Regular Economic Report.
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African youth commit to reduce disaster risks
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction via PreventionWeb
African youth leaders are taking action to make their communities better informed and prepared to reduce their exposure to the effects of disasters. "Advocacy on disaster risk reduction and resilience is important because it ensures that as young people we have a voice and that it will be heard. It can also promote positive change to the structure and policies of organizations, which will be of benefit to people who are affected," said Lalumbe Makuya, a youth leader from South Africa.
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Can you make disaster information go viral?
Emergency Management
What role could social media play in effectively communicating information about breaking news such as natural disasters and disease outbreaks? It's not a new question, but one that lacks an easy answer. Researchers and emergency response personnel in San Diego plan to spend the next four years exploring the topic, and what they find may eventually serve as a model for other communities looking to better leverage social media for disaster response.
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IAEM is seeking speakers for the 63rd Annual Conference
The Theme for the 63rd IAEM Annual Conference is "Expanding the Spectrum of Emergency Management." Review the Speaker Guidance for all the requirements and submit your presentation today. The IAEM 63rd Annual Conference & EMEX will be held in Clark County, Nevada, Nov. 13-18, 2015. The deadline to submit is 5:00 p.m. EST, Feb. 20, 2015.
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Winner of the free IAEM 2015 Annual Conference registration announced
Congratulations to Jo Duckwort, who was randomly selected from the list of attendees who completed conference evaluations. Jo wins a complimentary full registration to the IAEM 63rd Annual Conference in Clark County, Nevada, Nov. 13-18, 2015. Jo is an IAEM Invite-a-Friend Member from Region 7 and first time attendee of the IAEM Annual Conference in San Antonio.
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IAEM 2014 Annual Conference photos and presentations available
Photos taken by the professional photographer for the IAEM 2014 Annual Conference are posted here for download. The link will be active until Jan. 25, 2015. Thanks to IAEM member Jennifer Duke Holmes, creative director, Hybrid Intuition Media, for making additional conference photos available for you to view or download here. Photos will be posted until Mar. 31, 2015. Speaker presentations submitted to IAEM for the IAEM 2014 Annual Conference are located in each individual session in the Program icon on the IAEM to GO 2014 Mobile App and also on the web-based version. Choose a session, and click on the link for speaker presentations under PDFs located at the bottom of each individual session screen.
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Study: Denser California forests raise firefighting questions
Los Angeles Times
Drought, fire suppression techniques and changes in land use have made California forests denser and more susceptible to fast-moving wildfires, a study has found. Researchers at UC Berkeley, UC Davis and the U.S. Geological Survey compared tree surveys conducted between 1929 and 1936 with surveys conducted between 2001 and 2010.
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Recertification requirements implemented in January
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, please note that 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 a candidate has completed an extensive amount of work on the old recertification application, please contact Kate McClimans before proceeding.
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Last chance to download CEM®/AEM℠ photos — Available until Jan. 25
Photos taken by the professional photographer at the IAEM 2014 Annual Conference, which include photos of CEM®/AEM℠ presentations, will be available for download until Jan. 25, 2015. After that, photos will not be available, so visit the photographer website and obtain the photos you want.
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NOAA, NASA call 2014 warmest year on record
Sci-Tech Today
For the third time in a decade, the globe sizzled to the hottest year on record, federal scientists announced. Both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA calculated that in 2014 the world had its hottest year in 135 years of record-keeping. Earlier, the Japanese weather agency and an independent group out of University of California Berkeley also measured 2014 as the hottest on record.
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EMI offers virtual tabletop exercise for a flooding event
FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI) will offer a virtual tabletop exercise (VTTX) in March, with the training focusing on response and recovery efforts for a flooding event. The one-day training sessions will be held on Mar. 24, 25, and 26, 2015, 12:00-4:00 p.m. EST, using video-teleconference (VTC) technology. The VTTX is designed for a community-based organization with representation from multiple Emergency Support Functions (ESFs), comprised of whole community stakeholders and partners involved in a flood response and recovery. Participants must have an appropriate site equipped with VTC capability that can access FEMA. The overall goals of the exercise include: preparing participants for a flood affecting their community; enabling participants to better coordinate their response organizations with counterparts from local governments, state governments, federal agencies, private sector organizations and non-governmental agencies; and providing a virtual, experiential education environment to exercise and enhance critical response and recovery tasks. To apply for the VTTX flood exercise in March, submit an e-mail request to Doug Kahn, or call 301-447-7645. Application deadline is Mar. 13, 2015.
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Southern Africa: More rains, more deaths as floods across southern Africa set to worsen
Thomson Reuters Foundation via AllAfrica
Aid agencies raced to reach tens of thousands of people displaced by catastrophic floods across southern Africa, as more heavy rain was forecast in the coming days. More than 200 people have died in Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar in one of the worst disasters to hit the region in years. Rivers have burst their banks, flooding vast areas and destroying homes, bridges and crops.
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Death toll rises as 'flash freeze' paralyzes Northeast
USA Today
A deadly "flash freeze" swept through much of the Northeast, causing crashes that killed at least five people and forcing flight delays and closure of all bridges linking Philadelphia and New Jersey. Parts of the Northwest suffered a similar fate: Twelve people were injured in a massive wreck involving more than a dozen tractor-trailers on icy Interstate 84 near Baker City, Oregon.
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UK Met Office issues severe weather warning after coldest night
The Guardian
The Met Office has issued an amber "severe cold weather action" warning after the coldest night of the winter so far and a forecast of more freezing temperatures to come. The amber warning — the second level below "national emergency" — is in force for all of England, apart from two southern regions where a third-tier yellow alert is in place.
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