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IAEM-Canada Government Affairs Committee publishes 2014-2015 Canada Federal Budget Emergency Management Highlights
On Feb. 11, 2014, Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty presented the 2014-2015 federal budget — also referred to as Economic Action Plan 2014. In light of the disasters which have impacted communities across Canada in 2013 and to provide IAEM-Canada members with information on emergency management policy, the IAEM-Canada Government Affairs Committee has prepared the 2014-2015 Federal Budget Emergency Management Highlights. The IAEM-Canada Board has approved this report. More detailed information on these budget announcements can be found by referring to pages 228-32 and 233-34 of the Budget Plan.
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EU aid for disaster-stricken countries to arrive faster, with less red tape
European Parliament
EU aid to EU and EU candidate countries hit by flooding or other natural disasters should be delivered faster and more efficiently thanks to EU Solidarity Fund rule changes approved on Wednesday. These changes, already agreed with EU ministers, include extending the deadline for applying for natural disaster aid from 10 to 12 weeks, paying 10% of the aid in advance, and simplifying aid approval criteria for smaller, "regional," disasters.
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FEMA calls for 2014 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards applications; submissions deadline is May 30, 2014
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that the application period for the 2014 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards is now open. These awards highlight innovative local practices and achievements by recognizing individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions toward making their communities safer, stronger, better prepared, and more resilient. To be considered for this year's awards, all applications must be sent to by May 30, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. ET and must feature program activities taking place between Jan. 1, 2013 and May 30, 2014. FEMA will review all entries and select the finalists. Learn about the award categories and how to enter here.
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DHS seeks comments on draft guidance on decontamination in a mass chemical exposure incident
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is requesting comments on draft guidance "Patient Decontamination in a Mass Chemical Exposure Incident: National Planning Guidance for Communities." The draft guidance provides first responders with important information on how to effectively respond to an event that involves the release of hazardous chemicals in communities. It is part of the federal government's focus on ensuring the readiness of the nation's first responders. The document covers guiding principles, beginning with defining patient and decontamination and moving through the desired endpoints and patient decontamination as a whole of community approach. The public comment period for the draft guidance, located here, is open until, May 19, 2014.
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3 NOAA scientists honored by White House
The White House awarded three NOAA scientists with Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. The award is the highest honor given by the federal government to outstanding scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers. The honorees are Alan Haynie, Ph.D., of NOAA's Fisheries Service, Alaska Fisheries Science Center; Scott Weaver, Ph.D., of NOAA's National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center, and Adam Clark, Ph.D., of the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies, who works at NOAA Research's National Severe Storms Laboratory.
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CDC offers radiation emergency infographics
CDC has developed a series of thirteen infographics to help explain various radiation emergency concepts focusing on three major content areas:
  • Protective Actions (2 infographics)
  • Radiation Emergencies and Your Health (4 infographics)
  • Types of Radiation Emergencies (7 infographics)
The goals of these infographics are to improve understanding of radiation concepts, create visual cues, and to reinforce a key message of "Get Inside, Stay Inside, and Stay Tuned." They were recently tested through an online nationwide survey for comprehension, believability, and visual appeal. The public response to the infographics was extremely positive.

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CDC launches series of radiation preparedness training modules
CDC/RSB has launched Radiation Basics Made Simple, the first in a series of radiation preparedness training modules. The training modules feature an enhanced lecture-style video and interactive knowledge checks to deliver and reinforce key concepts. Radiation Basics introduces participants to the fundamentals of radiation and radioactivity in eight segments:
  • Sources of Radiation
  • Radioactive Decay
  • Measuring Radiation
  • Biological Effects of Radiation
  • Radiation Protection
  • Decontamination
  • Environmental Impact of Radioactivity
  • Responding to Radiation Emergencies
Future radiation emergency training modules being developed include: Medical Countermeasures, Risk Communication and Public Information, and Responder Safety and Health.

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Certification is worth your time — get started with a CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course and Exam
Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, recently posted on a blog about the importance of professional certifications highlighting that "[certifications] are worth your time and effort. It basically makes the statement that you believe in the industry you work in and you have made the commitment to obtain the highest honor your professional society places on that sector."

We couldn't agree more at IAEM! This spring, we're offering several Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®)/Associate Emergency Manager (AEM℠) Prep Courses and Exam offerings to help you achieve the ultimate credential in emergency management.
  • May 5, 2014 — Atlantic City, N.J. (Prep Course and Exam in conjunction with the New Jersey Emergency Preparedness Conference)
  • May 5, 2014 — Lake Charles, La. (Exam only in conjunction with LEPA)
  • May 12 & 13, 2014 — San Antonio, Texas (Prep Course and Exam in conjunction with Texas Emergency Management Annual Conference)
  • May 19, 2014 — Savannah, Ga. (Prep Course and Exam in conjunction with IAEM Region 4 & 5 Conference)
  • June 14, 2014 — Garden City, N.Y. (Exam Only)
  • June 21, 2014 — Richmond, Calif. (Prep Course and Exam)
Register through the IAEM website to secure your space. IAEM requires a minimum of 10 registrants for the Prep Course. If you have any questions, feel free to contact CEM Administrator Kate McClimans.

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What have you done to improve community resilience? Share your experience in the IAEM Bulletin
The next special focus issue of 2014 will explore the topic "Resilience: Practical Applications." You are invited to share what has worked for you as an emergency manager seeking to improve your community's resilience. The IAEM Editorial Work Group suggests the following possible articles: what we can do to improve resilience in our communities; how your jurisdiction makes your community or work place more resilient; what steps you have taken to improve community resilience; what unique plans you have written that may be useful to others; practical applications of resilience; or a program that you recommend to other communities. Articles appearing in the IAEM Bulletin count toward the publishing requirement in the CEM® Program. Please read the IAEM Bulletin Author's Guidelines, and keep your articles at no more than 750 words. E-mail article submissions to Editor Karen Thompson by May 10, 2014.
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How to make your 2014 IAEM award entry compelling and competitive
What gets the attention of the IAEM Award Judges? You can find out by reading the April 2014 IAEM Bulletin article from Cullen Case, CEM, IAEM awards judge, and Rocky Lopes, IAEM Awards & Recognition Committee chair. "IAEM Awards Judges have the best job of all members in all IAEM committees," wrote the authors. "We get to see the details of what all of you are doing to innovate and move our profession forward. We have noticed some recurring themes that we thought we could tell you about to help you submit an entry that is compelling and competitive." The authors discuss five ways to improve your award entry: learn what makes a high-quality entry; show the judges how your project is above-and-beyond the ordinary; find out why you should seek a third-party review before submitting your entry; describe how your program can be replicated in other communities; and ensure that your entry is complete, including support material. Award guidelines and official entry forms are posted on the IAEM website. Entries must be submitted via email to Karen Thompson no later than Friday, May 30, 2014, 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time.
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For families' sake, global aviation community must create disaster plans
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The recent mystery surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is headed towards tragedy on countless levels. It is tragic in the number of lives lost and in the rippling waves of emotional and psychological damage that has been — and will continue to be — inflicted upon the family members and loved ones of the passengers aboard Flight 370.
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Win a $50 voucher by participating in a survey for a doctoral student at Carnegie Mellon
As an emergency manager, would you like more information about severe weather or river water levels? Or would you like different information? How would you like this information, as text or in numbers? Help improve how information is provided to emergency managers by participating in this survey conducted by a doctoral student at Carnegie Mellon University. Apparently, the security settings of some office networks block this link. In that case, please try again from a different network/computer or add an exception to your firewall.
  • The survey takes 10-20 minutes.
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CRCPD is seeking new proposals for sub-awards for Radiation Response Volunteer Corps Development
The Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) is in the third year of a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to recruit, train, and manage a cadre of volunteer radiation professionals and to promote a volunteer registry of those individuals for use in radiation emergencies within the states, primarily for population monitoring and shelter needs. In order to carry out the project, CRCPD anticipates the award of at least 8 additional sub-awards this year, not to exceed $25,000 each. Qualified applications may come from state radiation control programs, health department preparedness programs, and local non-government organizations partnering with radiation control and public health programs to incorporate volunteer radiation professionals into existing health volunteer response programs. Download information on the program and a copy of the RFP and application template. Read a copy of the report of the pilot radiation volunteer report, complete with projects and lessons learned. Additional information, including examples of successful proposals, may be obtained by contacting Ruth McBurney. Sub-awards may be issued throughout the year, but the next batch will be in the June-July timeframe. Programs that would like to participate should submit proposals or letters of intent by mid-June 2014.
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While rest of globe basked, US mostly shivered in March
The globe overall might have been quite warm in March, but here in the United States the picture was quite different. Following the release by NASA of data showing that this past March was the fourth warmest globally in 134 years of record-keeping, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that the United States experienced its 43rd coldest March in a record stretching back to 1895.
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Deadly fires in Chile continue to rage
The Associated Press via AccuWeather
The fire situation in Valparaiso, Chile, continues to worsen as parched conditions persist, creating poor conditions for firefighting efforts. As of Tuesday morning, a series of fires in the oceanside city has killed 15 people, destroyed over 2,500 homes and forced over 11,000 people to evacuate, according to The Associated Press.
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Rescuers search dark, cold sea for survivors of shipwreck off South Korea
Military dive teams worked the dark, cold waters of the Yellow Sea in a desperate effort to find nearly 300 people who remained missing after the ferry they were taking to a South Korean island resort sank with breathtaking speed. Officials said four people were known dead and at least 164 had been rescued after the ferry Sewol swiftly listed and then capsized off the southwest coast of South Korea.
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Powerful earthquakes, aftershocks slam Solomon Islands
The Weather Channel
A series of powerful earthquakes, including a 7.6-magnitude quake and a reported 7.4-magnitude quake, struck off the coast of the Solomon Islands Sunday. There are no reports of damage or injuries at this time. The first, a 7.6-magnitude temblor, shook the Solomon Islands, according to the United States Geological Survey. That quake prompted tsunami warnings for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea that were later canceled.
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String of earthquakes puts Nicaraguans on edge
The Associated Press via Houston Chronicle
Thousands of Nicaraguans woke up in the streets after a sleepless night rocked by two strong earthquakes, part of a string of tremors that have kept the Central American country on edge since late last week. A magnitude-6.1 quake has been followed by hundreds of small aftershocks and at least seven quakes powerful enough to send people running in panic from homes and businesses, including a magnitude-6.6 tremor Friday.
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Hundreds of earthquakes strike central Idaho, rattling nerves
Hundreds of low-level and medium-sized earthquakes have struck central Idaho since last month, puzzling geologists who wonder whether the ruptures portend a much larger temblor to come or are merely the rumblings of a seismic fault previously thought to be dormant. The recent earthquake swarm, beginning on March 24 and climaxed by a 4.9 magnitude tremor, has produced no reports of injuries or severe damage but has rattled nerves in a region where Idaho's most powerful known quake, measured at 6.9, killed two children in 1983.
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