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IAEM Call for Speakers closes tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 20 at 5:00 p.m. EST
The last opportunity to enter a submission for a breakout session at the IAEM 2014 Annual Conference & EMEX is Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. EST. The conference will take place Nov. 13-18, 2015, in Clark County, Nevada. Please review the Speaker Guidance for all requirements and enter your online submission today! For tips on successful speaker proposals, view the recorded IAEM-USA Conference Committee webinar.
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Recordings of selected speakers from the IAEM 2014 Annual Conference are now available
Don't miss this special opportunity to view some of the highly acclaimed speakers from the 2014 IAEM Annual Conference. Hear speakers Dr. C. Ryan Akers and Dave Nichols on "Engage Us or Enrage Us: Reframing Youth Preparedness Effort," Christopher Godley on "Climate Change — It's Here," Dr. Brenda Phillips on "Volunteering: Building a Therapeutic Community through Acts of Service," Ben Kalina on "Climate Change, a Slow-Moving Emergency," James Chiles on "Living in the Red Zone," and Hong-Eng Koh on "Cloudy with a Chance of Big Data: The New Normal in Emergency Management." Thanks to the IAEM-Global Student Council, IAEM-USA Digital Engagement Committee, and IAEM-USA Conference Committee for their combined efforts in offering this added benefit to IAEM members. Not an IAEM member? Join here today!
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Robots, drones and apps in disaster relief
Nonprofit Quarterly
Think about drones, mesh networks, and ride-sharing apps. Mix them with Hurricane Sandy, mudslides in Washington State, and Oklahoma tornadoes. Add volunteers. What's your result? A fairly new nonprofit, Field Innovation Team, which uses incredible technology creations to aid with disaster relief. Their goal: Technology and innovation as a resource in solving emergency disaster problems.
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IAEM Bulletin call for articles on 'Consequence Management and Public Health Implications' has been extended to Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
The IAEM-Global Editorial Work Group is extending the deadline until Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, for article submissions for the first 2015 IAEM Bulletin special focus issue on "Consequence Management and Public Health Implications." 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. Read the Author's Guidelines prior to submitting your article of 750-1,500 words via email to Karen Thompson, editor, by Feb. 24, 2015.
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Experts brainstorm ways to fund cities to withstand disasters
Reuters via Business Insider
Governments must persuade businesses to invest in protecting cities from natural disasters, and climate and development experts should heed the needs of poor communities hardest hit by climate catastrophes, experts said. Some 80 percent of global wealth is generated in cities, so the private sector has an interest in protecting those assets, according to Peter King, who works for a USAID project that helps Asia-Pacific countries polish climate adaptation projects and access funding.
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Report: NYC could see up to 6 feet of sea level rise this century
The Huffington Post
Climate change is already impacting New York City with rising temperatures and sea levels, which will only worsen as the century continues, according to a report released from a panel of scientific experts. In its 2015 report, the New York City Panel on Climate Change found that the most populous city in the United States is expected to see more frequent heat waves and extreme precipitation events. This is in line with the national and international trends other leading scientific bodies have observed.
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Rising sea levels are already making Miami's floods worse
You don't have to look 85 years into the future to see what a sinking world looks like — you only need to look as far as Miami. Climate scientists have been warning the world about sea level rise for years, pleading with governments to cut back on carbon lest all our coastal cities go the way of Venice. In 2014, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its fifth Assessment Report, predicting that oceans would rise more than 3 feet by 2100. Those projections make for some alarming visions of the future — cities water-logged, monuments submerged, islands created.
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Indian Navy completes humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise
Naval Technology
The Indian Navy has successfully completed a large-scale humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise in the Lakshadweep Islands. More than 20 vessels from the Western and Eastern Fleets, as well as several navy aircraft, took part. The exercise involved a simulation of a major cyclone hitting the Lakshdweep Islands and disrupting vital services and causing extensive property destruction, loss of life and dislocation.
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Reminder to local US emergency managers: please respond by Feb. 27 to IAEM-USA's 8th annual survey on EMPG return on investment
IAEM-USA is conducting its eighth annual survey seeking information from US local government emergency management offices about Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) funding. If you are a local government emergency manager, your participation is needed. Significant progress has been made in recent years in educating members of Congress on the importance of building and maintaining strong emergency management programs at the local level, as well as the role of funding, particularly EMPG funding, in building such programs. This is expected to be a challenging year, and it is vital that Congress has information on the value EMPG provides as the only source of direct federal funding for state and local governments to provide basic emergency coordination and planning capabilities including those related to homeland security. The narrative questions at the end of the survey are of particular importance and will help paint the picture of how EMPG supports state and local government initiatives for planning, training, exercises, public education, as well as response and recovery during actual events. IAEM is seeking input from local jurisdictions, while NEMA will seek state-only input from state directors. IAEM and NEMA will write a joint report on the results. The survey is available here, and the deadline for responses is Feb. 27, 2015.
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Dr. Keith Taylor, CEM, appointed assistant commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction's Intelligence Bureau and Emergency Management
Dr. Keith Taylor, CEM, was recently appointed assistant commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction’s Intelligence Bureau and Emergency Management. The mission of the Intelligence Bureau is to enforce departmental policies through effecting arrests of individuals who commit criminal acts, and to be a hub of information whereby the bureau investigates, deciphers and disseminates information relative to violent crimes. The Intelligence Bureau is also a member of the New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Traffic Area, a multi-jurisdictional task force that gathers and disseminates information among various law enforcement agencies. The department's Office of Emergency Preparedness is responsible for the development of its emergency management plans, drills and exercises, and helps coordinate complex responses to emergencies and disasters through the department's EOC. Dr. Taylor was previously a New York Police Department supervisor for 23 years, where he served as a detective investigator/supervisor; policy analyst; internal investigations supervisor; and FEMA Urban Search and Rescue NY Task Force 1 Planning Team manager.
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Participation requested in study on critical success factors in EM projects
Emergency managers are asked to participate in a study on critical success factors in emergency management projects by completing a 10-15 minute online survey to provide input about how you perceive 10 project management critical success factors in relation to one of your emergency management projects. Project managers use 10 factors, such as top management support, communication and personnel management, to determine the success of a project. Do emergency managers use these factors to manage their projects? Is there a relationship between the use of these factors and emergency management project success? Provide your valuable input by responding to this online survey request, and direct any questions to researcher Stephan Kaser, PMP.
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The Certification Prep Course & Exam will be offered at the IAEM-USA Region 2 Conference; register by Mar. 5, 2015
IAEM is offering the CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course and Exam on Mar. 24, 2015, in Long Beach, New York, in conjunction with the IAEM-USA Region 2 Conference. Interested individuals can register through the IAEM website by Mar. 5, 2015. IAEM requires a minimum of 10 participants.
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National Weather Service to hold discussion on the proposed NWS FY 2016 Budget on Feb. 25; attend in person or via webinar
The National Weather Service (NWS) Director, Dr. Louis Uccellini, will present a constituent briefing followed by Q&A discussion about the NWS Fiscal Year 2016 President's Budget on Feb. 25, 2015, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST, at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction, College Park, Maryland. Those who wish to attend in person, should RSVP to A second option is to join the NWS meeting via webinar by registering here. You will receive a confirmation email with information on joining the webinar. If you have any questions about this event, please email
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IAEM-USA Emerging Technology Caucus offers Feb. 27 IAEM members-only webinar on 'Social Media Monitoring in Action: Napa Earthquake'
Space is limited, so IAEM members should register online now for the Feb. 27, 2015, 1:00 p.m. EST webinar on "Social Media Monitoring in Action: Napa Earthquake." This webinar is offered for IAEM members by the IAEM-USA Emerging Technology Caucus. Now that you've learned the basics of finding information using social media channels, learn how monitoring and engagement work during actual incidents. Our speaker, Jennifer Lazo, managed local Red Cross social media networks and organized a group of digital volunteers following the August 2014 earthquake in Napa. This webinar will share examples of how intelligence gathered from social media was acted on, as well as lessons observed during the earthquake aftermath.
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IAEM-USA Region 2 Conference on 'Recovery' to be held Mar. 24-26, 2015, in Long Beach, New York
IAEM-USA Region 2 has scheduled its "Recovery" Conference Mar. 24-26, 2015, in Long Beach, New York, with online registration available now. Speakers will share their experiences, lessons learned, and best practices recovering from storms, tornadoes, active shooters and bombings. Participants will learn about some of the tools available for long-term housing recovery, buyouts and disaster recovery funding. For complete details on speakers, registration fees, and hotel rates, visit the conference web page. Online registration with early bird discount is open through Mar. 16. Non-members are invited to attend the Region 2 Conference and experience IAEM firsthand.
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NDPTC offers two training courses on 'Tornado Awareness' and 'Conducting Damage Assessments,' May 13 and 15, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) is offering "Tornado Awareness" on May 13, 2015, at Franklin County Department of Emergency Services, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Tornadoes can strike anywhere within the United States, so every community needs to be ready for hazards associated with them. This awareness level course will fulfill the goals of the "whole community" approach to emergency management, with participants consisting of members from all sectors of the community. On May 15, 2015, NDPTC will offer "Learning Tools for Conducting Damage Assessments" at the same location. This performance-level course will provide participants with the knowledge necessary to more effectively conduct damage assessments. One of the keys to successful response and recovery efforts is accurate and timely assessments of damages and needs. This training emphasizes collaborative strategies for conducting multi-agency damage assessments, lessons learned in data collection and analysis, and communication of findings to decision makers. Participants also will engage in hands-on applications of both traditional and emerging technologies in damage assessment. Click on the links above to download each course’s flyer with complete details.
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Death toll rises to 28 in Mozambique cholera epidemic
Agence France-Presse via Yahoo News
The death toll from a cholera epidemic in Mozambique that broke out after widespread flooding has climbed to 28, the government said. There are fears the outbreak is accelerating with the number of infections hitting 2,400 compared with 1,702 cases and 19 deaths previously reported.
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7 dead, 4 missing in floods in central Argentina
The Associated Press via Yahoo News
Seven people are dead and four others are missing in central Argentina after heavy rain led to street floods that swept up several people, including a 5-year-old girl. Civil Defense director Diego Concha told the television station TN that more than 1 foot (32 centimeters) of rain fell during a 12-hour span in the province of Cordoba, about 700 kilometers (435 miles) northwest of Buenos Aires.
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6.7 earthquake jolts northern Japan, triggers tsunami warning
NBC News
A shallow 6.7-magnitude earthquake jolted northern Japan, triggering a tsunami warning and advisories cautioning people to stay away from the coast. The warning and advisories ended later. The quake struck off the coast of Iwate Prefecture, where authorities had issued a tsunami warning and expected 3-feet-high waves. The quake's epicenter was 50 miles north of Miyako and 330 miles north of Tokyo, at a depth of 14 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
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Deadly cold grips most of US as South hit with snow and ice
Fox News
Freezing cold temperatures hit most of the U.S. as New England began digging out of its fourth winter storm in a month, while the mid-Atlantic region and parts of the south were hit with their own blast of snow and ice. The latest storm has been blamed for two deaths. Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said the storm has left one person dead, apparently due to a heart attack while shoveling snow.
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State of emergency declared in West Virginia after train derails, explodes
Los Angeles Times
A train derailment in West Virginia caused multiple explosions and a massive fire, and the CSX-owned train is leaking crude oil into the Kanawha River, officials said. Nearly three hours after that declaration, the fire was still burning, and 1,000 people had been evacuated, according to Lawrence Messina, the state's public safety spokesman.
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