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IAEM-USA provides outside witness statement to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security regarding FEMA budget
IAEM-USA President Jeffrey Walker, on April 19, 2013, provided a written outside witness statement for the record on the FY 2014 appropriations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to the Subcommittee on Homeland Security of the House Committee on Appropriations. Specifically, IAEM-USA urged the approval of the President's request of $350 million for EMPG to continue to build state and local emergency management capacity, and urged Congress to continue to reject combining it with other accounts. IAEM-USA requested an increase of $1 million over the requested level of $20.5 million for the Emergency Management Institute, the "crown jewel" of emergency management training and doctrine. The President has proposed termination of the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program, and IAEM-USA urges Congress to reject this proposal and provide a minimum of $25 million as appropriated in FY 2013. The Administration-proposed National Preparedness Grant Program would consolidate 18 different preparedness grants (excluding EMPG and Firefighter Assistance Grants) into one grant. IAEM-USA will provide additional comments after reviewing the forthcoming legislative proposal. View the comments posted on the IAEM website.
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Shopping for Mother's Day? Don't forget to use to benefit both Mom and IAEM!
Many of us are thinking about having a gift or flowers sent to our mothers for the upcoming Mother's Day on May 12, 2013. There's a way that you can donate to IAEM Scholarships while reminding Mom how much you appreciate her. The secret to combining your online shopping with charitable donations to the IAEM Scholarship Program is simple — just go to Each participating store gives a percentage of what you spend to the non-profit organization that you select as your charity when you register.

"I used again last night for a LandsEnd order," said Beth Armstrong, CEM. "It looks like I've generated $20 in contributions for our cause — and I know I can do better than that." Beth subsequently reported an additional balance of $25. She is using to order K-up coffee supplies, LandsEnd clothing for her family, and flowers for special occasions. Communications & Marketing Manager Dawn Shiley has raised $113 for IAEM Scholarships through, and she often takes advantage of the discount coupons that iGive posts for your favorite online stores.

Almost $700 has been raised for IAEM Scholarships in return for registered users simply clicking through the iGive website before beginning online shopping at participating stores. A new feature is an iGive button that you can add to your web browser's toolbar to have your donations automatically routed to IAEM Scholarships without first visiting the iGive site. It's easy to become an IAEM Scholarship donor by registering at We hope you'll go to, select IAEM Scholarships as your charity, and support the future of emergency management while shopping online.

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IAEM-Canada plans Annual General Meeting
The 2013 IAEM-Canada Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held in conjunction with the World Conference on Disaster Management in Toronto, on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Arrangements will be made to host a teleconference line for those wanting to participate who cannot attend in person. The agenda will be finalized during the IAEM-Canada Board meeting on May 2, 2013. Contact any Board member or IAEM-Canada President John Saunders to request that items be added to the AGM agenda.
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FEMA requests comments on proposed rule by April 30
FEMA's Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration published a rule for comment in the Federal Register. This proposed rule revises FEMA Mitigation Planning regulations in order to reduce the frequency of Standard State and Enhanced State Mitigation Plan updates by extending the update requirement from three to five years. The reasons for the proposed changes are explained in the rule. Comments on the proposed rule are due on April 30, 2013. Visit the Federal eRulemaking Portal to view the rule and provide comments. Comments may also be delivered via mail/hand delivery or courier to: Regulatory Affairs Division, Office of General Counsel, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Room 835, 500 C Street, SW, Washington, DC 20472-3100. To avoid duplication, use only one of the methods to provide comments.
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FEMA calls for 2013 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards submissions
FEMA on April 22, 2013, announced the application period for the 2013 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards. These awards recognize outstanding individuals, organizations, Citizen Corps Councils, and programs working to make communities safer, stronger and better prepared for any disaster or emergency event. Submissions will be accepted April 22 through June 5, and must be received by June 5, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. The submissions are required to feature program activities taking place during the period of Jan. 1, 2012 through June 5, 2013. A distinguished panel of judges from the emergency management industry will select a winner in seven categories. Learn more.
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Author of Disasters by Design to headline Oct. 29 plenary and participate in book-signing
Dennis S. Mileti, professor emeritus at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he served as director of the Natural Hazards Center from 1994-2003, will headline the Oct. 29 plenary session beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the IAEM Annual Conference, in Reno, Nev. He is the author of many publications, most of which discuss societal aspects of hazards and disasters. His book, Disasters by Design, summarized knowledge in all fields of science and engineering regarding natural hazards and disasters, and made recommendations for shifts in national policies and programs. Mileti has worked on a variety of exciting hazards-related projects over the years, including providing oversight to the U.S. Army Corps' investigation of why the levees failed during Hurricane Katrina and ensuing societal impacts for which he was awarded the U.S. Army's Civilian Medal of Honor. He designed NIST’s congressional study of evacuation of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11. Immediately following his presentation, Mileti will sign his book, Disaster by Design, in the EMEX exhibit hall. IAEM's 61st Annual Conference and EMEX 2013, "Emergency Management in a Changing World," will take place Oct. 25-30, 2013, at the Silver Legacy Hotel and Reno Events Center. Learn more.
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Next USA application review is scheduled for June
The next USA CEM®/AEMSM review will take place June 6-9, 2013. All applications must be received at IAEM Headquarters by May 17, 2013. to be included in the upcoming review. Learn more about the application process and download the latest application.
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IAEM issues call for CEM® Commissioners
The IAEM Oceania-Asia CEM® Commission and the USA CEM® Commission are accepting applications for new commissioners. The new commissioners will fill openings in the Class of 2016. The commissions discuss policy and procedure changes regarding the certification program, and review applicant packages for the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®) and Associate Emergency Manager (AEMSM) credentials. Commissioners who are emergency management practitioners must be a current CEM®. Learn more.
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Upcoming certification prep course and exam offerings
Check out the upcoming CEM®/AEMSM prep course and exam offerings. Visit the IAEM website to register. Note: 10 registrations are required for each prep course offering.
  • May 10, 2013 (prep course and exam) — Atlantic City, N.J. (deadline to register is April 29!)
  • May 21, 2013 (exam only) — Palm Springs, Calif.
  • June 10, 2013 (prep course and exam) — New Orleans, La.
  • June 23, 2013 (prep course & exam) — Toronto, Canada

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In disaster risk management, a gender-sensitive approach is smart
The Brooking Insitute
Why do we need to consider gender in disaster risk management? Women and girls are typically at greater risk from natural disasters than men — particularly in low-income countries and among the poor — and as a result, a natural disaster can exacerbate existing inequalities and can lead to new forms of discrimination. At the same time, women play significant roles in all stages of disaster and climate risk management, often at the frontline as responders and by bringing valuable resources to disaster and climate risk reduction and recovery. Also, their critical role in the social and economic well-being of their communities makes it crucial for them to be active participants in disaster risk reduction, response and recovery efforts.
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Why Boston's hospitals were ready
The New Yorker
The bombs at the Boston Marathon were designed to maim and kill, and they did. Three people died within the first moments of the blast. More than a hundred and seventy people were injured. They had their limbs blown off, vital arteries severed, bones fractured, flesh torn open by shrapnel or scorched by the blasts’ heat. Yet it now appears that every one of the wounded alive when rescuers reached them will survive.
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Trends in natural disaster response and the role of regional organizations
The Brookings Institution
Global demographic trends suggest that more people are living in areas vulnerable to sudden-onset natural disasters even as scientists predict that the frequency and intensity of these disasters are likely to increase as a result of the effects of climate change. These trends, coupled with recent high-profile mega-disasters like Hurricane Sandy and the drought in the Sahel, are raising global awareness of the need to build the capacity of national governments, civil society organizations and international actors to prevent, respond to and recover from natural disasters.
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GAO Report: outcome-based measures would assist DHS in assessing effectiveness of cybersecurity efforts
After GAO identified the protection of systems supporting the nation's critical infrastructure — which includes the communications sector — as a government-wide high-risk area, the agency was asked to: (1) identify the roles of and actions taken by key federal entities to help protect communications networks from cyber-based threats; (2) assess what is known about the extent to which cyber incidents affecting the communications networks have been reported to the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS); and (3) determine if the Department of Defense's pilot programs to promote cybersecurity in the defense industrial base can be used in the communications sector. To do this, GAO focused on core and access networks that support communication services, as well as critical components supporting the Internet. GAO analyzed federal agency policies, plans, and other documents; interviewed officials; and reviewed relevant reports. The GAO report released on Apr. 3, 2013, recommends that the Secretary of Homeland Security should direct the appropriate officials within DHS to collaborate with its public and private sector partners to develop, implement, and track sector outcome-oriented performance measures for cyber protection activities related to the nation's communications networks. DHS concurred with GAO's recommendation. Download the report.
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China earthquake shears off mountainsides, kills 186 people
A strong earthquake that struck the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan killed 186 people, sent nearly 8,200 to hospitals and created a dire dearth of drinking water, Chinese state-run Xinhua reported Sunday. Earlier reports had said as many as 11,200 people were injured.
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Death toll In West, Texas, fertilizer explosion rises to 15
The number of people who died in a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, now stands at 15, officials said. Some earlier reports had indicated that 14 people had lost their lives. At least 200 more were injured. The latest death toll comes as investigators continue to study the catastrophe and the fire that preceded it. The explosion left a crater 93 feet wide and 10 feet deep, investigators said.
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Floodwaters rising after storms deluge heartland
The Associated Press via The Boston Globe
Flood fighters from small Mississippi River hamlets to the suburbs of Chicago staged a feverish battle to hold back raging rivers, after days of torrential rains soaked much of the Midwest. Mississippi River communities in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri are expected to see significant flooding — some near-record levels — a sharp contrast to just two months ago when the river was approaching record lows. Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana had flooding, too. All told, dozens of Midwestern rivers were well over their banks after rains that dumped up to 6 inches of new water on already saturated soil.
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Audit: India disaster relief agency not ready for calamities
Reuters AlertNet
India's disaster relief agency suffers from "critical gaps" in its preparedness for calamities, making it largely ineffective when responding to the numerous disasters the country faces such as floods and earthquakes, a government auditor's report has said. The National Disaster Management Authority — set up in 2006 and chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh — has neither information nor control over response to disasters and has failed to implement projects to strengthen the country's resilience, according a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General.
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