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Registration is now open for the IAEM Annual Conference
This week, registration opened for the IAEM 61st Annual Conference and EMEX to be held Oct. 25-30, 2013, in Reno, Nev. The IAEM Annual Conference provides a forum to discuss current trends and topics, share information about the latest tools and technology in emergency management and homeland security, and advance the work of IAEM. Conference sessions encourage stakeholders at all levels of government, the private sector, public health, and related professions to exchange ideas and collaborate to protect lives and property from disaster. Early-bird registration lasts through Sept. 2. Fees increase by $70 on Sept.3. Register today as an investment in your continuing education.
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Increase your exposure at EMEX and the IAEM Annual Conference
There are many new things happening at IAEM. We have a brand new exciting sponsorship program this year that allows YOU to choose what you would like with a variety of options. This allows you to maximize the return on your investment and put your name in front of hundreds of show attendees. Optimize your experience at EMEX 2013 by securing one of these sponsorships today! Access the sponsorship prospectus for full details.
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IAEM pavilion to be a feature of Beijing International Emergency Rescue Expo, Sept. 16-18, 2013
IAEM is organizing a pavilion at the Beijing International Emergency Rescue Expo (ERE), Sept. 16-18, 2013, for exhibitors seeking to expand and explore emergency management opportunities in China. The last few years have seen a dramatic rise in man-made and natural disasters globally. China has been hit hard by disasters, with its densely populated areas, inadequate proficiency, and insufficient infrastructure. However, the nation is determined to combat disasters of all kinds, and to secure lives and property through technology and renovations. "The disaster our region underwent with Hurricane Irene was catastrophic. And so have the disasters China has been experiencing over the past few years," said Assemblyman Gordon Johnson, Majority Conference Leader, New Jersey. "I recommend U.S companies and others from around the globe that provide disaster technology, solutions and services, participate at ERE 2013."

In conjunction with ERE 2013, a state-of-arts conference will feature international and Chinese experts speaking on the most urgent issues in emergency and rescue, as well as officials introducing the procurement channels for this industry. Match-making business meetings will be organized for prospective partners and participants. IAEM-Global Board Chairman Ellis M. Stanley Sr. will deliver a presentation on emergency management, international professional networking, and the benefits of IAEM membership and the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®) Program. To learn about the IAEM Pavilion and exhibiting at China ERE, contact Mike Rosenberg at 301-493-5500 or via email.

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  The Must-Have Survival Food

“Chef 5 Minute Meals” are supplied to federal relief agencies, emergency management providers and institutional customers throughout the United States and abroad. The Company’s technologically advanced packaging system heats the meal to approximately 200 degrees Fahrenheit in five minutes, providing consumers with a hot, healthy meal without the need of any other heating source.


Upcoming Prep Course and Exam offerings
Check out the upcoming CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course and Exam offerings. Please note that registrations are required for each prep course offering to proceed. Register today.
  • June 23, 2013 (Prep Course & Exam) — Toronto, Canada
  • July 9, 2013 (Exam Only) — Brier, Wash.
  • October 7, 2013 (Prep Course & Exam) — Atlantic City, N.J.
Are you interested in having a CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course and/or exam scheduled in your area? Email Kate Walker to discuss possibilities.

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U.S. National Preparedness Directorate leadership changes announced
The National Preparedness Directorate (NPD) is comprised of a large team, including five physical locations and a mission that encompasses every element of the national preparedness system. To assist in overseeing NPD's complex mission, a deputy assistant administrator position for the Directorate is being established. Katie Fox will assume that responsibility. In addition, the following leadership changes are being made to strengthen NPD's team culture and to successfully administer the National Preparedness System Responsibilities. Tony Russell, the superintendent of the Emergency Management Institute, will expand his portfolio, adding responsibility for all of NPD's training and education services. Donald Lumpkins will assume new duties as the director of the National Integration Center (NIC), where he most recently administered the highly successful program Executive Office. Carla Boyce will assume new duties as the director of the National Exercise Division, where she will bring her experience in administering the NIC and overseeing National Preparedness System implementation to the revamped National Exercise Program. Finally, Dr. Keith Holtermann will assume new duties with FEMA's Office of Response and Recovery.
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FEMA promotes its wireless emergency alert system
The New York Times
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is releasing new public service advertising, created in conjunction with the Advertising Council, to educate Americans about its wireless emergency alert system. The system, which enables local, state and federal authorized government authorities to send emergency messages through wireless carriers' networks, started two years ago, but has not been publicized through advertising.
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Televised emergency information to be accessible to blind
TV Technology
The U.S. government has adopted rules requiring video programming distributors and providers — including program owners — to make televised emergency information accessible to individuals who are blind, or otherwise visually impaired.
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Most say disaster spending does not require offsetting cuts
Pew Research Center
As Oklahoma recovers from severe damage caused by the recent tornado, a majority of Americans — 59 percent — say federal spending in response to natural disasters is emergency aid that does not need to be offset by cuts to other programs, while 29 percent say such spending must be offset by cuts to other programs.
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Emergency Communications on Any Device

The need for greater communications interoperability always tops the list when incident response is analyzed. Emergency managers must be confident that they can securely communicate and collaborate in real-time, while not unnecessarily tethered to expensive, specialized devices. WAVE® lets you connect everyone, regardless of device or network. Attend our Webinar.
International Disaster Conference & Expo - New Orleans

IDCE unites international emergency management, homeland security and disaster industry professionals from the public and private sectors for discussions on policy and practices shaping disaster preparation, response and recovery, loss mitigation, business continuity and more. The Expo features 200 companies offering the latest equipment and technology from around the world.
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FEMA National Planning Frameworks Virtual Roundtables to be held in June
FEMA and its partners are hosting a series of virtual roundtables to introduce the National Planning Frameworks. The Frameworks describe how the whole community comes together to deliver the core capabilities necessary to reach our shared National Preparedness Goal. During these 60-minute events, you will learn how to apply the National Planning Frameworks to build, sustain and deliver the core capabilities. Framework authors will be on hand to provide background information and engage in an interactive dialogue. The roundtables will be held Monday, June 10 at 2:00 p.m. EDT, Friday, June 14 at 10 a.m. EDT, or Wednesday, June 19 at 6 p.m. EDT. To prepare for the virtual roundtable, you may view the online tutorial and download the Frameworks. Because each virtual roundtable will cover the same information, please choose the session most convenient for you. Advance registration is required due to space limitations. Registration is on a first come, first served basis; register online here.
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National Lessons Learned Forum scheduled for June
The National Lessons Learned Forum (NLLF) Series aims to bring together cybersecurity and emergency management practitioners and experts from across all levels of government, industry, and academia, to discuss lessons learned from cyber exercises and real world cyber incidents. The event will include keynote speakers and an interactive panel discussion surrounding innovative solutions to our nation’s most pressing cybersecurity challenges, including planning, policies, operation, information sharing, and legal issues. The NLLF series is conducted as two free events that are presented on the west coast on June 11, 2013, in Santa Clara, Calif., and on the east coast on June 19, 2013, in Boston, Mass. Space is limited, and you must register to participate.
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NOAA: 2013 Atlantic hurricane season could be extremely active
The Huffington Post
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that the 2013 hurricane season, which begins on June 1, is likely to be somewhere between active and extremely active, with between 13 and 20 named storms — those with sustained winds above 39 mph By comparison, in 2012 — the year of Isaac and Sandy — there were 19 named storms.
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Brazilian government boosts natural disaster monitoring tech
When you think of Brazil, the first thing that comes to mind is sandy beaches and sunshine. That is true, but the country has also been suffering with frequent catastrophes such as the recent floods in the Amazon region and the brutal drought in the Northeast — so the government is turning to advanced technology to improve the prediction of such disasters.
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Hurricane warning in Mexico as tropical storm nears
CBS News
Tropical Storm Barbara is nearing hurricane strength in the Pacific and a hurricane warning has been issued for a portion of Mexico's coast. The hurricane warning issued Wednesday morning covers an area in the Gulf of Tehuantepec from Puerto Angel to Barra de Tonala.
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Tornado leaves up to $3.5 billion in insured losses
The Wall Street Journal
The powerful tornado that struck Moore, Okla., recently may have caused as much as $3.5 billion in insured losses, according to disaster-modeling company Risk Management Solutions Inc. The firm says the massive twister damaged as many as 20,000 buildings and completely destroyed 4,000 to 5,000. About 95 percent of the affected structures are residential, said Matthew Nielsen, director of model product management at RMS.
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After Sandy: NYC beaches serve as model for post-disaster rebuilding
LiveScience via Yahoo News
After Hurricane Sandy ravaged New York City's coastlines, city officials knew that any effort to rebuild the damaged beaches had to make sustainability a top priority. Rather than simply replacing what was destroyed, they had to make sure new structures on the shores were built to withstand the next Sandy-like storm.
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