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Emergency Managers input needed on the DHS Quadrennial Homeland Security Review
The Department of Homeland Security is requesting your participation in the ongoing second Quadrennial Homeland Security Review. Innovative ideas are now being discussed on the QHSR IdeaScale website on topics such as public-private partnerships; the flow of goods and people; and DHS's roles and missions. As emergency managers facing homeland security challenges in the field, the Department is particularly interested in your perspective as we figure out how best to tackle these problems together. We encourage you to provide feedback on the QHSR study topics, our insights about risks and threats, and homeland security goals.
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Final allocations announced for FY 2013 DHS/FEMA Preparedness Grant Programs
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on Aug. 23 announced final allocations for seven FY 2013 DHS preparedness grant programs, including the Homeland Security Grant Program (which includes the State Homeland Security Grant Program, Urban Area Security Initiative, and Operation Stonegarden); the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program; the Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program; the Nonprofit Security Grant Program; Intercity Passenger Rail; the Port Security Grant Program; and the Transit Security Grant Program. The grants total $1,507,260,327. Read the DHS press release. IAEM has posted the FEMA Grant Programs Directorate Information Bulletin No. 390 and Fact Sheets on each of the grants (with funding guidelines, period of performance, changes, application process. and evaluation criteria).
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FEMA report: Important lessons learned from Boston bombing EMS response
Homeland Security Today
Advanced planning and training exercises and pre-established coordination centers were key to the response to the Boston Marathon terrorist bombings, according to a new report released by FEMA's Lessons Learned Information Sharing program portal.
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  Chef5MM - Be Self-Reliant, Be Prepared
Chef 5 Minute Meals” has consistently been a first responder in natural disaster relief efforts including Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac. As of January 2013 they have launched an aggressive ad campaign to help draw awareness to the importance of natural disaster preparedness. Chef 5 Minute Meals are Self-Heating, Shelf-Stable and have up to a 5-Year Shelf Life. Visit us at IAEM/EMEX 2013 at Booth #427.

FEMA releases Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 201, 2nd Edition: Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment and Information Bulletin No. 391
The Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 201 (CPG 201) reflects changes received through stakeholder feedback, such as a streamlined four-step process for a THIRA; includes more examples on how to complete the steps; expands the final step — applying the results to include an estimation of resources needed to meet the capability targets; and highlights key changes from the first edition. Information Bulletin No. 391 provides additional guidance on reporting requirements, the State Preparedness Report and the National Incident Management System and available technical assistance. The bulletin indicates that for FY 2013 the following entities are required to complete a THIRA in alignment with CPG 201: all state administrative agencies who received funding under FY 2013 Homeland Security Grant Program and Emergency Management Performance Grant; all 25 urban areas receiving funding under FY 2013 under Area Security Initiative; and all tribal nations who are recipients of the FY 2013 Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program.
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NRA and FEMA to hold stakeholder meeting about a revision of 'Criteria for Preparation and Evaluation of Radiological Emergency Responses Plans'
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are revising NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, "Criteria for Preparation and Evaluation of Radiological Emergency Response Plans and Preparedness in Support of Nuclear Power Plants." The revision process will involve restructuring and streamlining the document to focus on the evaluation criteria relevant to both onsite and offsite emergency preparedness programs. The appendices and supplements of the document will be incorporated into the main body of NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, deleted entirely, or relocated to new or existing NRC or FEMA guidance documents. To initiate a dialogue with stakeholders on the proposed changes being considered to NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, the NRC and FEMA are hosting a series of public meetings, Oct. 29-31, at the NRC's Rockville, Md. office. Draft sections highlighting proposed changes will be posted on in advance of the public meetings to better facilitate stakeholder
participation in the meetings. Stakeholder meeting flyer. NRA announcement.
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Updated model to aid in hurricane evacuation plans
The Washington Post
People who think they might be in a hurricane's path tend to focus on the storm's wind speed, which defines its category. But what matters in deciding whether to evacuate is the trickier calculation of storm surge. This year, the National Hurricane Center will be using a better model on faster computers to help emergency managers update hurricane evacuation plans.
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Homeland Security chief says terror incidents led to important US goverment safety improvements
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano recently expressed disappointment during her farewell remarks that Congress failed to pass a law providing a path to citizenship for many young immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.
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You asked and we listened — Attend this webinar to help put your packet together in time for the Sept. 15 rate increase
In response to feedback we've received about limited funding for trainings and travel, IAEM is sponsoring a CEM®/AEMSM Prep Course webinar on Thursday, Sept. 5, at a reduced price of $219. If you are working toward your certification, this is an opportunity you can't miss. The Prep Course will help you identify content areas to help you prepare for the test while also reviewing how to compile, complete and organize your submission binder. Candidates must register by Sept. 3.
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Maximize your conference experience — Add Pre/Post-Conference Workshops!
Looking to maximize your emergency management training? IAEM's 61st Annual Conference is the place to be! We have many course offerings from the Emergency Management Institute, National Disaster Preparedness Center, Emergency Management Accreditation Program and much, much more. Space is limited so don't delay. For a full listing of our courses visit our online program. Click on the "Tracks" tab and then scroll down and click on the arrows for "Track: Pre-Conference Trainings and Post-Conference Trainings"
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Register today for the International Women in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hall of Fame Reception and Induction Ceremony
The International Network of Women in Emergency Management will host its annual "International Women in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hall of Fame" Gala Reception and Induction Ceremony in Reno, on Saturday, Oct. 26, in conjunction with the IAEM Annual Conference. The Hall of Fame is one of inWEM's major initiatives, honoring women who are pioneers and leaders in the field of homeland security and emergency management in local, State, tribal and Federal governments. Women around the world have been innovators in critical infrastructure facilities; volunteer, faith and community based organizations; the private and nonprofit sectors; academia; military; and private industry will also be honored. Pre-registration for the event is necessary.
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Bill Castagno and John Walsh provided emergency management perspective at EMS Stakeholder meeting on medical surge
Bill Castagno, IAEM-USA Region 2 president and board liaison to the Healthcare Caucus and Conference Committee and John Walsh, Emergency Services Caucus chair, represented IAEM-USA at the EMS Stakeholder Meeting for Medical Surge conducted at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Ga., on Aug. 20-21. The meeting was held to identify issues and strategies involved in the planning and coordinating of EMS operations during a medical surge. Participants representing hospitals, EMS, national associations, healthcare and government, convened to develop a set of guidelines and implementation tools to assist multidisciplinary state-level entities in coordinating EMS system capacity. Walsh advised that the meeting provided a good opportunity to collaborate with both private and public sector leaders responsible for EMS operations. "Bill and I were able to expound on the critical coordinating role emergency management has during a large medical or mass casualty event. As a key component in complex response operations, we were able to provide an important perspective on what emergency management brings to the table," Walsh said.
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IAEM Bulletin Call for articles open until Sept. 10: 'Emergency Management in a Changing World'
The IAEM Editorial Work Group seeks articles for a special focus issue on the theme of "Emergency Management in a Changing World," which ties in with the theme of the IAEM 2013 Annual Conference. The Editorial Work Group would like to receive articles about what emergency management means to you in your part of the world. How is it changing? Please keep your article to no more than 750 words, and read the Author's Guidelines before submitting your article to Editor Karen Thompson no later than Sept. 10.
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FEMA app can crowdsource disaster photos
A crowdsourcing feature in the official Federal Emergency Management Agency mobile application allows users to submit photos of disasters. Through the feature, called Disaster Reporter, FEMA screens submitted images to make sure that they're appropriate and don't violate any privacy issues. Approved images go on a map that FEMA maintains online.
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Core Competencies that Employers Expect from Disaster and Emergency Management Graduate Survey — Canada
The goal of this project is to provide useful information that may assist when aligning curriculum with essential competencies to advance the DEM profession in Canada. You are invited to participate in this research study about the core competencies that employers expect from disaster and emergency management graduates. Lisa Haun, a student at Royal Roads University, is conducting this research project. The purpose of this study is to explore what Canadian employers perceive to be the core competencies necessary for Master of Arts Disaster and Emergency Management graduates to be successful in practice. This survey is anonymous and should take about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. The information you provide will be summarized and all research documentation will be kept strictly confidential. The survey will be open until Sept. 8. Please participate today.
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California wildfire heads deeper into Yosemite, entry road closed
Yosemite National Park, faced with the spread of a massive California wildfire, recently closed a second key route into the park that could keep some visitors from reaching one of the nation's top outdoor destinations over the Labor Day weekend.
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Severity level of Fukushima water leak raised to 'serious'
The Japan Times
The Nuclear Regulation Authority said it has raised the severity assessment of a recent radioactive water leak incident at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant to level 3 on an international scale. The NRA decided to rate the incident two notches higher than its initial assessment after Tokyo Electric Power Co. said an estimated 300 tons of highly radioactive water escaped from one of the huge steel tanks there, making it the worst leak yet involving the containers.
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Sudan deadly floods affect 300,000 people
BBC News
More than 300,000 people across Sudan have been affected by floods that have killed nearly 50 people in August, the World Health Organization has said. It said the region around the capital Khartoum had been particularly badly hit and was experiencing the worst floods in 25 years.
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Officials: Delayed emergency response for those with unsafe bridges
Hundreds of residents in Kitsap County, Wash., are at risk of a delayed response from firefighters because bridges on their property might collapse under the weight of a fire truck. "The real problem comes when you start looking under the bridge," Lieutenant Matt Porter says. There are 91 bridges and 44 culverts on private property that Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue crews will not cross right now.
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Syria: Thousands suffering neurotoxic symptoms treated in hospitals supported by MSF
Medecins Sans Frontieres
Three hospitals in Syria's Damascus governorate that are supported by the international medical humanitarian organization Medecins Sans Frontieres have reported that they received approximately 3,600 patients displaying neurotoxic symptoms in less than three hours on the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 21. Of those patients, 355 reportedly died.
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Floods hit Eastern Mediterranean Region
World Health Organization
Floods affecting parts of the Eastern Mediterranean Region have killed hundreds of people and left thousands more homeless. As the monsoon season begins, heavy rains have triggered flash floods in Pakistan, claiming the lives of 154 people, destroying entire villages and leaving thousands homeless. In Punjab and Baluchistan, the floods have also caused damage to health facilities, although the extent of the damage has not yet been determined.
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