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DHS advises computer users to temporarily consider an alternate to Microsoft's Internet Explorer
Government Security News
On the heels of the Heartbleed security bug, Microsoft Corp. is scrambling to fix a bug affecting the widely used Internet Explorer Web browser. The U.S. DHS is advising computer users to consider an alternate to IE until the security flaw is fixed.
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Recent tornadoes highlight vast strike zone
National Geographic
When Americans imagine tornadoes, many tend to think of them churning through plains states like Kansas or Oklahoma. But destructive twisters strike hard in a very broad area of the eastern United States.
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Homeland Security cancels plans for new BioWatch technology
Los Angeles Times
Amid concerns about its effectiveness and multibillion-dollar cost, the Department of Homeland Security has canceled plans to install an automated technology that was meant to speed the 24-hour operations of BioWatch, the national system for detecting a biological attack.
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Seismologists say they're forecasting earthquakes
They're a constant part of Oklahoma's weekly and sometimes daily reports. The Oklahoma Geological Survey says the state already had more 3.0 magnitude or greater earthquakes this year than all of 2013! In the same way we forecast the weather, can we forecast earthquakes? Dr. Thomas Jordan with the Southern California Earthquake Center located at the University of Southern California is trying to figure that out.
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Typhoon Haiyan was just the star — prepare for an even stormier future
The Guardian
In November 2013, typhoon Haiyan delivered destruction to the Philippines and a stark message that the world is underprepared for the violence of climate change. Dozens of typhoons hit the Philippines every season but this was not just another storm. Climate scientists have long predicted that as the Earth warms extreme weather events will become more extreme. Haiyan was a marker of how far we have gone down that road. Its unprecedented power and devastation gave us an insight into a dangerous future in which climate change fuels weather of hitherto-unimagined ferocity. But aid agencies say Haiyan is likely to just be the overture.
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High River businesses fight to stay afloat waiting for recovery money
Some business owners in High River, Alberta, are getting frustrated as they continue to wait for money promised by the province in the wake of last June's flooding. Linda Sojer, whose home décor store was hit hard by the disaster, said sales are still slow — partly because a lot of cheques still haven’t been issued by the Disaster Recovery Program.
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  Viking Satcom's Quick-Deploy Antenna Systems

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Update is provided on FEMA Homeland Security Grant consolidation proposal
On Apr. 9, the House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications sent a letter to FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate with 18 detailed questions on the proposal to consolidate the homeland security grants into the National Preparedness Grant Program. This letter, the FEMA response, and FEMA answers to several related questions are available. On Apr. 29, the House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications held a hearing to discuss the proposal with stakeholder groups. The witnesses included: Kris Eide, Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for Minn.; Honorable Stephen Fulop, Mayor of Jersey City, N.J.; Troy Riggs, Director of Public Safety, Indianapolis, Ind.; William Metcalf, Fire Chief of North County Fire Protection District, Calif.; and Randy Parsons, Director of Security, Port of Long Beach. The hearing is available to view, and the statements have been posted on the committee website here.
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George Mason University offers summer program in international security
The Summer Program in International Security at George Mason University will offer professionals, students, and faculty in related fields an opportunity to get up-to-speed or stay up-to-date on a range of important topics in a relaxed setting at Mason’s Arlington, Virginia, campus. World renowned experts from the Mason faculty, along with others from the private and public sectors, will teach the courses. The program is divided into three weeks, each of which focuses on a different “big” topic in the dynamic world of international security. This year’s focus areas are terrorism; chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) weapons; and global health security. Each week is composed of a three-day course that sets the stage for the week by taking a high-level look at the topic followed by a two-day course that delves deeper into specific aspects of the topic. Discounts are available for previous summer course attendees, groups of 3 or more from the same organization, and Mason alumni. A discounted registration rate is available until May 15. Learn more here about the Summer Program in International Security and individual courses, including how to register.
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FEMA releases Public Assistance Program Appeals Procedures Manual and Directive
FEMA released Recovery Directorate Manual: Public Assistance Appeals Procedures that sets forth policies, procedures and responsibilities to help institute an organized, consistent and efficient system for responding to appeals within the Public Assistance (PA) Program. FEMA's PA Program provides disaster infrastructure repair or replacement assistance to qualifying state, local and tribal governments, and eligible non-profits. The new manual describes the policies, procedures and responsibilities applicable to the FEMA Public Assistance Appeals Branch (PAAB) and PA Program staff for adjudicating appeals filed by PA applicants. It is designed to create and manage a system for responding to PA Program eligibility disputes. The manual's guidelines ensure that FEMA issues consistent appeal decisions within legally mandated response times and enhance communication with grantees and applicants. It also outlines PA staff responsibilities within the appeals adjudication process.
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Massachusetts cousins develop phone app for tornado survivors
The Sun Chronicle
While growing up in North Attleboro, Mass., cousins Kim and Tammy Fuller used to sit at their grandmother's table to track big storms that were coming. "We grew up right in downtown North Attleboro. If there was a fire, you'd hear the alarm and everyone would race around wondering where the fire was. If there was a hurricane coming up the coast, we'd all get together to track it on the map with pushpins," Tammy Fuller said.
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Online application system available to everyone beginning July 1
We are excited to announce that the CEM®, AEM℠ and Lifetime CEM® applications will be available through the online system starting in July 1. CEM®/AEM℠ candidates submitting first-time applications may submit either through the online system or using the paper application until Aug. 15, 2014. After this date, all applications must be submitted through the online system. If you have any questions, feel free to contact CEM Administrator Kate McClimans.
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IAEM mourns the loss of IAEM member Vinny Bocchino, CEM
Vinny Bocchino, CEM, 29, of Columbia, S.C., passed away on Apr. 27, 2014. He received his bachelor's degree in public relations at Florida State University and his master's degree in higher education administration at the University of South Carolina (USC). He was emergency management coordinator with the USC Division of Law Enforcement and Safety. Mr. Bocchino was a member of IAEM, and IAEM expresses sympathy to his family and friends for their loss. A memorial Mass was held on Apr. 30, 2014, at St. Peter's Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Vinny Bocchino Memorial Fund, c/o USC Division of Law Enforcement and Safety, 1501 Senate Street, Columbia, SC 29208. Details are available here.
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Experts: Pool funding to reduce disaster and climate risks
Thomas Reuters Foundation
Efforts to reduce the risk of disasters and adapt to climate change need to work hand-in-hand to build real resilience in communities, but separate funding pots continue to make that difficult, climate change and disaster experts said. Many governments and donor organizations still distinguish between funding for development, disaster risk reduction, humanitarian relief and climate adaptation. So when a community wants to build a new road that will be higher than expected sea-level rise, for instance, where do they turn for money?
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Why does IAEM hold an awards competition?
The IAEM Annual Awards Competition has always been about recognizing and honoring those who have made special or significant contributions to the field of emergency management and who have represented the profession well by their outstanding performance. Many IAEM Awards Program changes have been made during the past few years, most notably the switch to a multi-level award competition in 2010. Based on feedback from members, we are continuing in 2014 with the earlier time period that we established last year.
  • The IAEM Award entry period began on Apr. 1, 2014, and will end at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, on Friday, May 30, 2014.
  • The period of performance for which work on award-winning activities is judged is the previous calendar year (Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2013).
  • All IAEM awards are administered by the IAEM Awards Committee in cooperation with respective IAEM Caucuses, Regions, and Councils. There will be no separate calls for entries for any other 2014 awards.
Remember, you can't win if you don't enter! Download the award guidelines and official entry forms. Be sure to read the guidelines carefully and pay close attention to content requirements, format, and length specifications, before submitting your entries to Karen Thompson.

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  Yavapai College's Emergency Management Program

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IAEM Bulletin Call for Articles on 'Resilience: Practical Applications'
The IAEM Editorial Work Group seeks articles for its third special focus issue of 2014, "Resilience: Practical Applications." Possible articles might include: 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. Please read the IAEM Bulletin Author's Guidelines and keep your articles at no more than 750 words. E-mail article submissions to Karen Thompson by May 10, 2014. And remember — articles published in the IAEM Bulletin count toward the publishing requirement of the CEM®/AEM℠ Program.
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Speaker selection process is complete! Program will be announced soon for the IAEM Annual Conference
The IAEM-USA Conference Committee would like to thank all speakers who submitted approximately 300 presentations for the 62nd Annual Conference & EMEX in San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 14-19, 2014. There were so many outstanding submissions that the selection process proved very difficult. All speakers have been notified and IAEM expects to provide a compelling program online within the month. Save the date now and plan to attend the premiere emergency management event of the year!
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EMI Higher Education Symposium Scheduled for June 2-5, applications due May 2
The Emergency Management Institute is hosting the 16th Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium, Jun. 2-5, at FEMA's National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The symposium is designed for representatives of colleges and universities that currently have an academic emergency management program, or are working to develop one on their campus. Applications to attend are due by May 2. Learn more here.
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Monster storm again menaces South with twisters, floods
NBC News
The Deep South took cover again as tornadoes and floods swept across the battered region for a third night. At least four tornadoes were confirmed to have touched down in Cumberland, Craven, Jones and Edgecombe counties in North Carolina, and reported funnel clouds were being reviewed in several counties in Mississippi and Florida, the National Weather Service said.
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Severe tornadoes hit Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Alabama
The Baltimore Sun
At least 30 people across six states have been killed by the vicious storm system that unleashed dozens of tornadoes and was threatening to cause more damage in heavily populated regions of the U.S. South. The hardest hit states have been Arkansas and Mississippi, where more than 200 were injured by tornadoes over the past three days that have flattened neighborhoods, reduced homes to splinters and snapped trees like twigs.
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Severe flooding hits Florida Panhandle, Alabama
The Wall Street Journal
In the latest blow from a dayslong chain of severe weather across the South and Midwest, the Florida Panhandle and Alabama Gulf Coast were hit with widespread flooding early Wednesday, with people stranded in cars and homes waiting for rescuers and others abandoning vehicles to walk to safety. About 22 inches of rain had fallen by midmorning in Pensacola, with 4 more expected Wednesday. Average annual rainfall for Pensacola is 65 inches, meaning much of that area was seeing about a third of that amount in just one day.
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PTWC animation of global earthquakes from Jan. through April 2014
April is Tsunami Awareness Month and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center produced an animation of the earthquakes around the world from January through April of 2014. The threshold for PTWC in issuing a tsunami message is for earthquakes with magnitudes of 6.5 or higher. In April 2014, the PTWC issued messages on 13 different earthquakes. 5 of them generated a tsunami warning.
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South Australia earthquake: Mid-north's biggest jolt in 20 years
ABC News Online
An earthquake which jolted the mid-north of South Australia last night was the region's biggest in 20 years, Geoscience Australia says. The magnitude 4.7 quake rattled the area about 60 kilometers east of Peterborough. Geoscience Australia estimates the jolt might have been felt up to 125 kilometers from its epicenter.
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Tapah through infrared satellite eyes: Now a typhoon
Tropical Storm Tapah strengthened since April 28 and early on April 29, the storm reached typhoon strength. From its orbit in space, NASA's Aqua satellite zoomed over Tapah and the AIRS instrument captured infrared data on the storm that showed the location of its strongest thunderstorms.
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South Korean prime minister resigns over ferry disaster response
South Korea's prime minister announced his resignation Sunday morning, taking responsibility for the slow initial reaction to a ferry's sinking that has left nearly 200 dead and scores more still missing. Prime Minister Chung Hong-won explained his decision on national television. He apologized "on behalf of the government for the many problems that arose during the first response and the subsequent rescue operation," in addition to "problems that existed before the accident."
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San Francisco partners with Nextdoor for emergency alerts
Emergency Management
In March, San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood endured a five-alarm fire that, just before 5 p.m., engulfed a six-story, 80-foot-tall building that was under construction, sending black smoke thousands of feet into the air and eventually burning the building to the ground. During the blaze, San Francisco officials used its latest emergency tech project to notify residents of the situation and give updates.
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