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IAEM launches new website to meet members' needs
IAEM launched a new website on Monday, Feb. 25. The website redesign was undertaken following the completion of a study to identify what members liked or didn't like about the old site. The new site was built to address the needs identified. You enter the new website at the global level. At the top of the site you will see all of the council names. If you click on your council, an additional drop-down menu will take you into IAEM council-level menus. Items that most members use frequently are easy to find from a top-level menu. Testers of the site said, "The site is clean and crisp and easy to use." Visit the IAEM site and share any comments or questions with the website committee staff, Dawn Shiley.
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FEMA seeks applicants for National Advisory Council
The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency is requesting applications from individuals who are interested in serving on the National Advisory Council. The NAC is an advisory committee of experts and leaders in their respective fields, who are appointed by the FEMA Administrator to advise him on all aspects of EM strategies and plans. Members in the 35-member NAC range from federal, state, tribal, local and private sector leaders to subject matter experts in emergency management, EMS, law enforcement, fire, public health and more. The NAC helps 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.

The NAC has open positions in the following disciplines:
  • Emergency Management Field (one representative appointment)
  • State Non-Elected Official (one representative appointment)
  • Standards Setting (one representative appointment)
  • Public Health (one Special Government Employee (SGE) appointment)
  • Functional Accessibility (one representative appointment)
  • Emergency Medical Providers (one SGE appointment)
  • Tribal Non-Elected Officials (one representative appointment)
  • Tribal Elected Officials (one representative appointment for a one-year term)
  • Emergency Response (one representative appointment for a one-year term)
  • Department of Defense (ex officio representative)
Individuals interested in serving on the NAC for a three-term year through June 15, 2016, are invited to apply for appointment by submitting a resume to the Office of the National Advisory Council by fax, email or mail. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 8, 5 p.m. ET. Complete details are available at

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Frey represented IAEM-USA at National Alliance for Radiation Readiness event
IAEM member Frederick H. Frey, MBA, senior planner, Maryland Emergency Management Agency will represented the IAEM-USA Council at the 2013 annual meeting of the National Alliance for Radiation Readiness, in Seattle, April 17-18. IAEM-USA is a member of NARR, which is a coalition of public health, healthcare and emergency management organizations. These organizations represent practitioners in the field of radiation readiness, including state and local public health practitioners; elected officials at the state and local level; and first responder and first receiver groups. For a complete listing of members who represent IAEM with other associations or government agencies, visit
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Thomas Henkey, CEM, Shares Achievements
IAEM member Thomas Henkey, CEM, senior emergency management coordinator, City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management, has been published in the Spring 2013 issue of the Journal of Counter Terrorism, a publication targeted to special operations and law enforcement professionals. His article, "Lashkar-e-Taiba: Evolution of a Transnational Threat" focuses on the extremist organization that launched the infamous Mumbai attacks in 2008. He also reports that he just completed coursework for the Master of Emergency & Disaster Management degree program at American Military University and will graduate with honors in June 2013. Thomas, who was recently notified that he has received his CEM® designation, will look back on February 2013 as a very good month.
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Earthquake deaths to reach 3.5 million by 2100
The world's favorite places to live often owe their popularity to local geology that provides benefits, like earthquake faults that line up valleys and trap groundwater — but that also pose a hazard to the nearby population. With the planet's growing population crowding more and more into these earthquake-prone regions, a new study predicts that 3.5 million people will have died in catastrophic earthquakes between 2001 and 2100.
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Prepare now for natural disasters
Dominican Today
Natural disasters are inevitable, unpreventable and often come without warning. No part of the world seems to be spared, whether it's a hurricane, earthquake, tornado, drought or flood. Even though such catastrophes can't always be predicted, their likely aftermaths often can, including property loss, power or water service disruption, scarcity of food and supplies or overtaxed relief organizations.
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ACEP announces new Disaster Hero computer game
The American College of Emergency Physicians recently announced the release of its Disaster Hero game, which was designed to reach multiple audiences — from kids to families to teachers — about what to do before, during and after a disaster. The game was developed by ACEP with the support of a FEMA grant. A player takes on the role of a Disaster Hero contestant in a high-tech game show, competing against a computer opponent to prove his/her disaster knowledge and preparedness skills, all for a chance to be named the next Disaster Hero. The game and its website focus on the importance of creating an emergency preparedness plan, putting together an emergency kit and being informed. Players are encouraged to learn about the common types of disasters that can occur in their area. For more information, go to
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The growing role of regional organizations in disaster risk management
This study looks at the role of one group of important, but little-studied actors in disaster risk management: Regional organizations. The term disaster risk management is used to refer to all activities intended to reduce risk or prepare for disasters as well as those associated with emergency relief and reconstruction.
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Emergency Response: What's Important to You
IAEM student member Elizabeth McLean is seeking assistance from IAEM members and others in the emergency management community by completing a survey entitled, Emergency Response: What's Important to You — The Good, Bad & Ugly (Needs Improvement). She is completing her M.S. in Emergency Management at the University of New Haven, Henry C. Lee Institute this spring and beginning her Ph.D. in the fall. She is conducting a survey to complete a data set for a paper prior to graduation. The deadline to complete survey is April 1. In order to keep the data file integrity, McLean asks all anonymous participants to complete every survey question and to only participate one time.
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America's most vulnerable places
Men's Journal
Bob Bea, the nation's foremost forensic engineer, is the guy to call when levees break or oil rigs explode — to sift through the wreckage, assign blame and try to prevent the same mistakes again. Bea revealed four places in the United States that are most vulnerable should a natural or man-made disaster strike.
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Local warming: US cities in front line as sea levels rise
The signs of rising water are everywhere in this seaport city: Yellow "streets may flood" notices are common at highway underpasses, in low-lying neighborhoods and along the sprawling waterfront. Built at sea level on reclaimed wetland, Norfolk, Va., has faced floods throughout its 400-year history.
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Experts lament cuts in funds for disaster preparedness
CBS News
The United States is grappling with increased threats from catastrophic superstorms like Sandy due to climate change. An increasingly interconnected world means that a deadly contagious disease could spread to multiple countries before it has even been identified. Terrorism remains a serious threat, with many experts predicting that it is just a matter of time before the nation must grapple with another significant attack.
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Darpa wants to help you survive a nuclear disaster
If you're near a nuclear disaster — either a detonated bomb or a malfunctioning reactor — you are probably going to die, and die unpleasantly. Unless the Pentagon's mad scientists have anything to say about it. Darpa doesn't have a program in place for creating, say, a super-therapy or spray-on tan that stops nuclear radiation. But 2011's Fukushima Daiichi reactor catastrophe in Japan got the blue-sky researchers thinking.
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Coping with Mother Nature's fury
Risk and resilience haven't typically been part of most companies' sustainability vocabularies. But Mother Nature's fury is changing that, as droughts, floods, hurricanes and wildfires disrupt companies and their supply chains. Around the world, extreme has become the new normal. Weather was a major factor for many companies in 2012, connecting the dots between sustainability and risk.
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BP executive testifies at Gulf oil spill trial
The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
A ranking BP executive testified that the London-based oil giant and its contractors share the responsibility for preventing blowouts like the one that killed 11 workers and spawned the nation's worst offshore oil spill in 2010.
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