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Counterterrorism chief: Parents should watch for 'sudden personality changes' in children
Delivering a speech at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, White House Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser Lisa Monaco said that local communities have to be aware of terrorist threats where the government cannot, noting that parents should watch for "sudden personality changes in their children at home." In the speech at the Harvard Kennedy School Forum entitled, "Countering Violent Extremism and the Power of Community," Monaco made mention of the Boston Marathon bombings anniversary and the Kansas shootings at Jewish community complexes.
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Emergency crews could start getting messages from their jackets
It's important for firefighters or members of disaster response crews to stay in touch with one another during operations, which is of course why they carry two-way radios. Researchers from Norway's SINTEF group, however, are developing a system that could help even more. It allows users to receive and read text messages hands-free, via their jackets.
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Hagel calls Chile's disaster responses 'model for region'
U.S. Department of Defense
In a Pentagon meeting with Chilean Defense Minister Jorge Burgos Varela, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel commended the minister for Chile's response to recent natural disasters. In a statement summarizing the meeting, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said Hagel noted that Chile's national disaster response capabilities are a model for the entire region.
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Report: US ill prepared to tackle Arctic oil spills
The United States is ill prepared to tackle oil spills in the Arctic, whether from drilling or vessels traveling through newly passable waterways once clogged with ice, according to a National Research Council report. Extreme weather conditions and sparse infrastructure in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas — more than 1,000 miles from the nearest deep-water port — would complicate any broad emergency response. There, freezing ice can trap pockets of oil, locking it beyond the reach of traditional cleanup equipment and preventing it from naturally breaking down over time.
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House hearing to assess Administration's proposal on grant consolidation
On Apr. 29, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications will hold a hearing titled "Stakeholder Assessment of the Administration's National Preparedness Grant Program." The hearing begins at 10 a.m. EDT and will be streamed for viewing on the committee website. The statements of the witnesses will be posted after the hearing. This is the third year the Administration has submitted a proposal to consolidate the homeland security grants, but is the first time the Administration has provided a legislative proposal for the consolidation. The FEMA legislative language and narrative explanation are available on the IAEM website. (Note: The consolidation proposal does not include the Emergency Management Performance Grant and the Fire Fighter Assistance Grant.)
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Confirmation hearings for Suzette Kimball scheduled for May for director or USGS
Suzette Kimball, who has been the acting director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) since February, was nominated by President Barack Obama on Jan. 9 to fill the job permanently. The confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will be in May. Kimball graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1973 with a degree in English while also completing the requirements for a geology degree. She went on to earn a Master's in geology and geophysics from Ball State University in 1981 and a Ph.D. in environmental sciences from the University of Virginia in 1983. During this period she also was a research coordinator and a research assistant at the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia. From 1983 to 1986, Kimball worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a coastal engineering research center chief and a program manager for barrier islands sedimentation studies. She joined the National Park Service in 1991, again focusing on the barrier islands. In 1991, Kimball became an eastern regional executive for biology for the USGS. In 2004, she became director of the USGS Eastern Region and in 2008 she was named associated director for Geology. In 2010, Kimball was named deputy director of the USGS. In that post, she led USGS's international activities and represented all North American geological surveys on international mapping endeavors. In summer 2012, Kimball was named Interior's top official for scientific integrity. She has written more than 75 publications on coastal ecosystem science and coastal zone policy.
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FAQ about Ebola Virus Disease developed by Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP)
Given the current outbreak of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in Guinea and Liberia, the Hospital Preparedness Program prepared Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and Answers about Ebola Virus Disease. Ebola outbreaks in some African nations are not uncommon; however, the cases are occurring in capitol and populated regions, raising the risk of transmission to other areas of the world. Learn more about the current outbreaks.
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3-D tsunami simulator boosts Japan's emergency preparedness
A partnership between Fujitsu and Tohoku University has paid off in the form of a precise tsunami forecasting system that will help make Japan more resilient to disasters, such as the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, and the resulting tsunami that devastated the island nation. A collaboration between Fujitsu Limited and Tohoku University that began in 2012 has resulted in a 3-D tsunami simulator that can reproduce details such as the push of water into urban areas as well as potential river surges that could be caused by a tsunami.
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Recertification fees increase on June 1
The IAEM-USA Board has approved an increase in the recertification fee. Effective Jun. 1, 2014, the new rate for all recertification candidates will be $250 (USD).
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Don't be left out! Register today to participate in upcoming CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course and Exam offerings
There are a few days left to register for the Prep Course and CEM®/AEM℠ Exam in May. Don't miss these great opportunities!
  • May 12-13 — San Antonio, Texas (prep course and exam in conjunction with Texas Emergency Management Annual Conference)
  • May 19 — Savannah, Ga. (prep course and exam in conjunction with IAEM Region 4 & 5 Conference)
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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Tune in to the National Mass Care Strategy Webinar Series: 'Children and Disasters: An Integrated Approach to Disaster Planning, Response, and Recovery' on Apr. 28, 3:00-4:30 p.m. EDT
This NMCS webinar will focus on whole community partners working together to integrate children’s disaster related needs and implementation at the National, State and local levels. Key discussion areas will include: emergency preparedness planning; behavioral health; reunification; sheltering; and establishment of children's task forces. IAEM-USA President Bruce Lockwood, CEM, former commissioner, National Commission on Children and Disasters will be among the presenters. To participate, sign in as a guest on the Adobe Connect Web Link. A webinar recording will available afterward, posted on the National Mass Care Strategy Website.
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Join in the National Disaster Recovery Framework Webinar Series: Leadership Roles on Apr. 29 at 2:00 p.m. EDT
This is the third webinar in a three-part series discussing the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF). The NDRF was published in 2011 and provides guidance that enables effective recovery support to disaster-impacted state, local, tribal, territorial and community-based partners. This webinar will discuss the major leadership roles introduced in the NDRF, including the Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator, State or Tribal Disaster Recovery Coordinator, and Local Disaster Recovery Manager. The RSF National and Field Coordinator positions also will be discussed. For those who missed the previous two webinars in this series, they are available on demand at these links: NDRF Recovery Support Functions (held Feb. 25) and NDRF Recovery Support Functions (held Mar. 25). To participate in this webinar, sign in as at guest on the Adobe Connect Web Link.
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Georgia Tech to host certificate program in health & humanitarian logistics
The 2014 Certificate Program in Health & Humanitarian Logistics will be held May 12-17, at Georgia Tech. The program is designed for practitioners in non-governmental organizations, government, industry, and military, who are active participants or interested in public health operations and humanitarian operations (including disaster relief, long term development). The program goal is to enhance the knowledge and experience of participants on logistics and supply-chain topics related to a broad range of activities including preparing, responding to, and recovery from natural and man-made disasters, as well as, ongoing humanitarian crises due to war, famine, infectious diseases, and chronic health problems. Online applications are being accepted now. For further information on the HHL course series, contact Meghan Smithgall or click here for a summary of last year's Systems Operations course with reviews from past participants. A brochure may be downloaded here.
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Plan to attend the 6th Annual Health & Humanitarian Logistics Conference on Jun. 4-5 in Mexico City
The 6th Annual Health & Humanitarian Conference will be hosted for the first time in Latin America. The objectives of the conference include articulating challenges and successes in the humanitarian sector, including disasters, long-term development, and global health, especially from the standpoint of logistics. It specifically includes the perspectives of those working directly in non-governmental organizations, private companies and government agencies to create awareness for new research or technology solutions and to establish priorities for each entity in terms of their strategies, policies, and investments in the health and humanitarian sectors. Activities will encourage discourse among participants through plenary panels, interactive workshops, educational workshops, and poster sessions on innovative research. Download brochure.
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Abandon ship? In recent maritime disasters, captains don't hang around
When the HMS Birkenhead, a British ship carrying troops, began to sink off the coast of South Africa in 1852, the captain and military officers on board famously allowed women and children to board the lifeboats first. The captain and many of the troops stayed on the ship until the last, perishing in the ocean as the women and children made their way to safety. Their chivalrous act of self-sacrifice is considered to have helped set the standard for noble conduct at sea. Other displays of courage by captains and crew members who put their passengers first have punctuated the decades since, like Capt. Edward J. Smith who went down with the Titanic. But such bravery has been conspicuously absent from two major maritime disasters in recent times.
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More than $1 billion in superstorm Sandy aid could leave region
The Wall Street Journal
Federal officials are considering spending more than $1 billion of the remaining $3.6 billion of rebuilding aid on disasters other than superstorm Sandy, money that New York and New Jersey are banking on to finish repairs to thousands of homes and complete major infrastructure projects.
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Lloyd's of London dramatically lowers its flood insurance rates in Florida
Tampa Bay Times
Here's something that might shock many Tampa Bay homeowners: Flood insurance rates are falling. Lloyd's of London and other private insurers have muscled into the market, picking up customers stunned by rate hikes under the National Flood Insurance Program. The decreases can be dramatic.
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Death toll rises, hopes fade at site of Korean ferry disaster
The already slim hope that anyone might still be alive aboard the South Korean ferry that sunk was all but extinguished with the news that divers have found no air pockets in key areas of the ship. That word came as the number of bodies recovered from the Sewol edged above 150. As of midafternoon Wednesday in South Korea, "152 people had been confirmed dead while 150 others remained missing," Yonhap News reports. The water where the ship went down just off the southern coast of South Korea is said to be about 160 feet deep.
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Mount Everest: avalanche death toll rises to 13
Search teams have recovered the body of the 13th victim of a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest. Crews are digging through a mass of ice and snow in an unstable ice field on the world's tallest mountain in hopes of finding Sherpa guides who are still missing. The guides had been working to set up a route for climbers to follow on expeditions this season, fixing ropes and carrying equipment for their companies' foreign clients. But they were overwhelmed at the Khumbu Icefall by a wall of snow.
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