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IAEM seeks your assistance with the SBRP pilot study — please respond by Jan. 31
The Small Business Recognition Program (SBRP) is a new component of the voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program (PS-PrepTM) developed by FEMA, which is intended to assist the U.S. business community to better prepare for disasters. IAEM is reaching out to emergency managers to seek help with the pilot phase of the program. There are two critical ways you can help. Most importantly, identify and encourage small businesses in your community to participate. Participating small businesses will receive expert advice and recognition on their business continuity management program. Direct the small business to the invitation to participate and the pilot study details. IAEM also is seeking volunteer SBRP assessors for the pilot test. Interested individuals can learn more in the assessor invitation. Questions should be directed to Julie Husk.
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National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters established — seeking nominations for qualified individuals
The National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters (NACCD) was established to provide expert advice and consultation to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding the medical and public health needs of children in disasters. Applications are currently being accepted from individuals who wish to be considered for membership. Nominees are being accepted in the following categories: non-federal healthcare professionals and representatives from State, local, territorial or tribal agencies. All applicants should have expertise in pediatric medical disaster planning, preparedness, response and recovery. The deadline for application is Feb. 14, 2014. Learn more.
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FEMA seeks applicants for Youth Preparedness Council
The Youth Preparedness Council is a unique opportunity for youth leaders to serve on a highly distinguished national council and participate in the Youth Preparedness Council Summit. Additionally, the youth leaders have the opportunity to complete a youth preparedness project and share their opinions, experiences, ideas, solutions and questions regarding youth disaster preparedness with the leadership of FEMA and national youth preparedness organizations. Candidates must be between the ages of 12 and 17 and engaged in individual and community preparedness or who have experienced a disaster that has motivated him or her to make a positive difference in his or her community. The application deadline is Feb. 24, 2014. Learn more.
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Fire companies to be exempt from Affordable Healthcare Act employer shared responsibility
Montgomery News
Volunteer firefighters and other first responders will not be defined as full-time personnel under the Affordable Care Act, according to a statement issued by Mark J. Mazur, the assistant secretary for tax policy at the United States Department of the Treasury, on behalf of the Treasury and the IRS.
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House HS Subcommittee passes legislation to protect critical infrastructure from cyber attack
Homeland Security Today
Following markup Wednesday by the House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies, subcommittee members passed a bipartisan bill on voice vote to strengthen the nation's efforts to protect the homeland from a cyber attack on critical infrastructure.
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Disaster psychiatry emerges as DOD field of study
U.S. Department of Defense
At the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, experts in the emotional toll of disasters help the Defense Department, government agencies and first responders worldwide understand how best to help communities struck by terrorist attacks, mass casualties and natural disasters.
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Training for ASEAN disaster management future leaders begins
Philippine Information Agency
The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management commences an executive training program for selected disaster management officers from ASEAN countries. Under AHA Centre Executive Programme, the officers will be involved in an intensive six-month training program that covers wide aspects of disaster management, including emergency management, incident command system, emergency logistics system, international humanitarian system, and emergency communications.
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Philippines mulls disaster risk insurance for local governments
Thomson Reuters Foundation
In response to the destruction caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan in November and many other natural hazards in the past few years, Philippine government officials and the U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction are looking into an insurance scheme targeted at local governments as a way to improve the Asian nation’s resilience to disasters.
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Documentary filmmaker Ben Kalina to speak at IAEM 62nd Annual Conference & EMEX
Plan now to be in San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 14-19, 2014, for the IAEM 62nd Annual Conference & EMEX. Ben Kalina is the fourth of several general plenary speakers that will be announced. He is a documentary filmmaker whose interests are situated at the juncture of science, the environment and the human experience on the front lines of climate change. In his feature directing debut, Shored Up, nationally broadcast on DirecTV in the fall of 2013, Kalina explored coastal development and rising sea levels in the United States in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. He was the associate producer of A Sea Change, a documentary about ocean acidification, broadcast on Discovery's Planet Green in 2009, and Two Square Miles, about a small town's fight to prevent a coal-fired cement plant from building in their midst, broadcast on PBS' Independent Lens in 2006. Kalina and his company, Mangrove Media, are located in Philadelphia.
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Register deadline approaching for course in Washington, D.C.
Don't forget to register for the CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course and exam offering in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 5. The deadline to register is Jan. 24, 2014. A minimum of 10 registrants is required for this course to proceed. Interested candidates should register through the IAEM website. A CEM Commissioner will be available to answer questions about the application and process. If you have any questions about the registration process or would like to confirm your registration, contact Kate McClimans.
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Why we should turn to technology when disaster strikes
The Huffington Post
It's no secret that technology is constantly changing how we live our everyday lives. From how we shop, manage our finances and stay connected to friends and family, it plays a vital role. So it's no surprise that technology is also changing the way we respond when disaster strikes.
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Improving disaster response outcomes
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Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines is only the most recent event highlighting the satellite community’s vital contribution to mitigating the effects of natural disasters. Experience has shown satellite services to be irreplaceable for early warning and alerting, and for facilitating response efforts following an event.
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New Zealand earthquake shakes North Island
BBC News
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 has rattled New Zealand's North Island, but there are no reports so far of major damage or serious injury. The quake struck 38km (24 miles) northeast of Masterton, U.S. Geological Survey said. Residents described major shaking, goods tumbling off shelves and pictures knocked askew.
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10 workers hurt, some killed in Omaha plant disaster
Los Angeles Times
An industrial accident in Omaha sent at least 10 workers to the hospital and killed some when an animal feed plant collapsed after an apparent explosion, officials said. Interim Omaha Fire Chief Bernie Kanger said at an afternoon news conference: "There are fatalities ... we have moved to recovery mode."
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Flu season child death toll doubles in CDC's latest flu report
CBS News
Flu activity continues to climb in the U.S., with 40 states now reporting widespread disease activity during the week of January 5 through 11 — up from 35 states from a recent report. Each Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention releases new data on U.S. flu activity that the agency culls from state health departments on disease cases that occurred one week prior.
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Drought prompts disaster declarations in 11 states
The Associated Press via ABC News
Federal officials have designated portions of 11 drought-ridden western and central states as primary natural disaster areas, highlighting the financial strain the lack of rain is likely to bring to farmers in those regions. The announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday included counties in Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Kansas, Texas, Utah, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Oklahoma and California.
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