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IAEM Annual Conference Online Program now available
Have you checked out our new online program for the IAEM 2013 Annual Conference? Obtain all the details about this year's dynamic program by visiting the online program. Get program updates in real time, since updates are entered as they occur. Search by day, track, session, or speaker. Click on any session title or speaker to get detailed information. This year's conference features: five general session speakers, approximately 50 breakout sessions, 12 pre-conference and 3 post-conference training sessions. This year regional, caucus, and committee meetings will be held during the main part of the conference. The IAEM 61st Annual Conference & EMEX 2013 will take place in Reno, Nevada, Oct. 25-30, 2013. Don’t miss out on this great networking and educational event. Register today.
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IAEM sponsorship opportunity will lead the attendees to you!
Since EMEX is being held in the Reno Events Center, you can get your name in front or more accurately "at the feet of the attendees!" There will be directional floor stickers leading people to the general session at the Reno Ballroom and to EMEX at the Reno Events Center in the Silver Legacy. The sponsoring company name will be all over the floor leading people to their destinations. This is an excellent opportunity and one not to be missed. It has a credit value of 20. Check out the Sponsorship Program for this and other creative ways to put your name in front of or at the feet of the attendees.
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CEM®/AEM℠ application review notification letters scheduled for July
The USA CEM Commission is meeting June 6-9 in Arlington, Va., to review 156 CEM®/AEM℠ Applications. Notification letters with the review results will be sent to candidates during the first week in July.
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Upcoming Prep Course and Exam offerings
Check out the upcoming CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course and Exam offerings. Please note that 10 registrations are required for each prep course offering to proceed. Register today.
  • July 9, 2013 (Exam Only) — Brier, Wash.
  • October 7, 2013 (Prep Course & Exam) — Atlantic City, N.J.
  • October 27, 2013 (Prep Course & Exam) — Reno, Nev.
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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  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.

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 (AEM℠) credentials. Commissioners who are emergency management practitioners must be a current CEM®. The deadline is submit your application is July 1. Learn more.
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NEMA issues call for nomination: Lacy E. Suiter Distinguished Service Award
NEMA has issued the call for nominations for its Lacy E. Suiter Distinguished Award, with a nomination deadline of July 5, 2013. This award is presented to an individual who has made cumulative outstanding contributions directly to emergency management preparedness, mitigation, response or recovery at a local, state, regional or national level. These career accomplishments in emergency management should be of unusual merit. The award may be presented in conjunction with the NEMA Annual Conference. The NEMA Board of Directors is responsible for reviewing nominations and making award determinations. The Board is interested in specific activities and accomplishments of the nominee rather than general background. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Nominations should include a one-page summary of those accomplishments or activities you believe merit consideration for an award. Send nomination form and one-page summary to Lacy E. Suiter Distinguished Service Award, c/o National Emergency Management Association, PO Box 11910, Lexington, KY 40578. For more information, contact Trina Sheets.
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FEMA releases 2013 National Preparedness Report
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on May 29 announced the release of the 2013 National Preparedness Report. The NPR is an annual status report on the nation's progress toward reaching the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation. Overall, the NPR found the nation continues to make progress building preparedness in key areas and identifies several significant areas of national strength. The report also identified areas for national improvement in enhancing the resilience of infrastructure systems and maturing the role of public private partnerships.
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FEMA issues Intergovernmental Affairs Advisory on Public Assistance Program Alternative Procedures for Debris Removal
On June 3, FEMA issued an advisory regarding debris removal. On Jan. 29, 2013, President Obama signed into law the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 (SRIA) that authorized FEMA to make significant changes to the Public Assistance program. During this hurricane season, FEMA will be implementing a pilot program similar to one being used in Oklahoma response to the May 20, 2013 tornadoes. This pilot will provide for debris removal that offers communities financial incentives for the timely removal of debris and for having a pre-incident debris management plan. FEMA is implementing the provisions of the law as a pilot program and will gather data during the pilot to inform the development of a future proposed rulemaking. You can download the guidance document for the Oklahoma Tornado pilot program. More information is available on the implementation of SRIA and the Public Assistance program.
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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.
The Ultimate Escape Respirator

The SCape™ CO/CBRN from ILC Dover is the only escape mask certified to provide protection from carbon monoxide, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear contaminants. The mask's featured "instant on" blower provides its users with peace of mind, allowing them to stay calm and in control during an emergency.

NOAA scraps furloughs, citing Oklahoma and Missouri tornadoes
NOAA has canceled plans to furlough 12,000 workers due to sequestration after securing "an increase in flexibility" to handle its budget cuts, according to a memo sent to agency employees from acting NOAA Administrator Kathy Sullivan. "The events over the past week, including more devastating tornadoes tonight in Oklahoma and Missouri, remind us how important every single employee within NOAA is to the health, safety and well-being of this nation," Sullivan wrote in the memo.
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FEMA insights from a departing chief of staff
The Washington Post
Jason McNamara served as FEMA's chief of staff for the past four years, helping the agency deal with disasters that included the recent twister in Oklahoma, the BP oil spill, the Joplin tornado and hurricanes Irene and Sandy. On Friday, McNamara will leave the agency to work as a consultant with Obsidian Analysis, a firm that helps decision-makers navigate the FEMA, national security and intelligence bureaucracies — ethics rules prohibit him from involvement in deals with the Department of Homeland Security.
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Google: Lack of open standards hampers information sharing in disasters
The Hill
A lack of open standards necessary to easily share emergency information released by the government is hampering technology companies' efforts to keep the public informed during natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, a Google official said. The head of Google Crisis Response testified before members of a House subcommittee on emergency preparedness about challenges in implementing Hurricane Sandy crisis maps, which gave users a layout of evacuation zones, open shelters, storm locations and other critical information.
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Mountain valleys, urban canyons and tunnels no longer present Internet connection challenges. The 308 SYSTEMS SATPAK enables Internet connections anywhere, and each is custom configured to your specific agency needs.
Disaster Response Solutions
Disaster Response Solutions, Inc. was founded to help meet the growing needs of the emergency response community for quality, affordable mass casualty response trailers. MORE


U.S. DOT PHMSA Public Awareness Workshop — June 19-20, 2013, Dallas, Texas
Since 2005, pipeline operators have been required to have a Public Awareness Program per federal pipeline safety regulations. They must provide information to four stakeholder audiences categorized as: affected public, emergency officials, local public officials, and excavators. The workshop will bring together stakeholders to discuss findings from recent federal and state public awareness inspections, and gain perspectives from various stakeholders on public awareness challenges and successes to identify ways to strengthen pipeline safety public awareness. Participation is available in person or via webcast. Learn more.
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Fire, locked doors kill 119 at China poultry plant
A swift-moving fire trapped panicked workers inside a poultry slaughterhouse in northeastern China that had only a single open exit, killing at least 119 people in one of the country's worst industrial disasters in years. Survivors described workers, mostly women, struggling through smoke and flames to reach doors that turned out to be locked or blocked.
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Death toll hits 10 in European flooding
The Weather Channel
Germany dispatched thousands of soldiers to help cities and towns cope with flooding from the rain-soaked Danube and other southern rivers — reinforcements that came a day after the Bavarian city of Passau saw its worst flooding since 1501. The death toll rose to at least 10, including seven in the neighboring Czech Republic, where a man was found dead in the water in eastern Bohemia. Another nine people have been reported missing in the floods that have also swept through Austria and Switzerland.
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Death toll reaches 18 in Oklahoma tornadoes, storms
The death toll from deadly tornadoes and severe flooding that struck Oklahoma on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 has risen to 18, including 12 adults and six children, with the bodies of seven people still unidentified, the state's chief medical examiner said. The storms also caused flash flooding throughout the Oklahoma City area. The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Department said it conducted several water rescues on Friday and Saturday, helping dozens of people victimized by the flooding.
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At least 7 injured after explosion at New York college
Fox News
At least seven people were injured after an explosion on a college campus north of New York City. Rockland Fire and Emergency Services coordinator Gordon Wren Jr. tells Fox News the explosion blew out windows and doors in a two-story building at Nyack College. Wren says seven people were injured in the blast, including one woman who fell from a window and was taken to the hospital. None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.
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