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FEMA: 2 easy steps for emergency preparedness
Businesswire via The Wall Street Journal
It sounds easy enough, but last year 55 percent of families in the U.S. were not properly prepared for an emergency, according to a Harris Interactive survey sponsored by GE Generator Systems. September is National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. All month long, GE Generator Systems — a coalition member of FEMA's Ready campaign--is educating the public about the importance of home preparedness. The Ready campaign each year urges families to keep an emergency preparedness kit on hand and create an emergency communication plan.
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Australian study looks at public attitudes toward mobile emergency alerts
The use of location-based services by governments to send alerts during emergencies sparked privacy concerns over data collection — but not over the potential for unauthorized secondary use of the data, according to a study published online by the journal Telematics and Informatics. The study was based on surveys of residents of Australia, which has considered the use of nationwide mobile alerts in emergencies. The surveys, though, took place well in advance of leaks by Edward Snowden that have had a major impact on the public discourse over privacy and government data collection.
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How to recover from a natural disaster
Environmental News Network
Natural disasters are among the most traumatic and frightening events human beings face: unpredictable, often inscrutable, and bearing down upon their victims the full brunt of the planet's awe-inspiring power. From the violent precision of a sinuous tornado to the vast demolishment of a hurricane, from an unchained river spilling its banks to a volcanic eruption — and acknowledging, too, the less dramatic but equally devastating droughts, cold snaps and heat waves — these experiences are as nightmarish for those affected as they are deeply impressive.
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    EMAP will host the EMAP Training Course, October 31 – November 1 in Reno, Nevada during the post-events of the IAEM 61st Annual Conference. This training provides emergency management, preparedness, and homeland security personnel with valuable information in assisting them how to assess a jurisdiction’s program for disaster/hazard preparedness using the Emergency Management Standard by EMAP.

    EMAP Training Course description and registration
    EMAP Assessor Qualifications

Drought — The stealth disaster
U.S. Geological Survey
Drought is a stealthily incremental disaster that is much more costly to the national economy than most people suspect. Even as the eastern states have seen an unusually wet summer, citizens in the midsection of the country read in May that the High Plains Aquifer could no longer support irrigation for vast stretches of farmland in Texas and Kansas. In June residents of the upper Midwest read with particular interest a story of how drought and other factors have created historically low water marks for the nation's Great Lakes, putting a $34 billion shipping industry in peril. In August, citizens of the Southwest, many of whom depend on water from the Colorado River basin, read that the low water levels of Lake Mead would be minimally recharged by a record-low annual release of water from upstream reservoir Lake Powell, the latest outcome of a 14-year drought.
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Let your voice be heard ... take the annual NWS customer service survey!
The National Weather Service launched its annual customer service survey on Tuesday, Sept. 10. The survey will be available for two weeks and help the NWS learn how they can better serve you. The core section of the survey takes about 20 minutes to complete and need not be finished all at once. You are encouraged to complete one or more of the additional sections covering climate, fire weather, hydrology and hurricane services. Complete the survey today.
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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.


Register by Sept. 18 for Prep Course and certification examination in New Jersey
IAEM is partnering with the Emergency Management Summit to host a CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course and exam offering on Monday, Oct. 7 in Atlantic City, N.J. Interested candidates must register by Sept. 18, 2013. A minimum of 10 participants is required for the Prep Course. Information on the prep course content can be found in the Certification section of the IAEM website.
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Oceania and Europa CEM® education waiver expires Dec. 31, 2013 — Transition requirements in effect until Dec. 31, 2015
Currently, Oceania and Europa CEM® candidates may substitute experience for a degree in the education requirements component of the credential. This waiver will expire at the end of 2013. As an interim step to enable Oceania and Europa CEM® candidates to transition to the full education requirement a compromise has been recommended by the Global CEM Commission for the next two years.

From the 1st January 2013 until 31st December 2015, Oceania and Europa CEM candidates can satisfy the education requirement with a: Bachelors (Baccalaureate) degree in any discipline; or Masters degree in any discipline; or
  • Graduate level qualification specifically in emergency management plus relevant experience e.g.
    • Graduate/Postgraduate Certificate in Emergency Management + 4 years emergency management experience; or
    • Graduate/Postgraduate Diploma in Emergency Management or Advanced Diploma in Emergency Management/Public Safety(Emergency Management) + 2 years emergency management experience.
This interim step will expire at the end of 2015. At this time all Oceania and Europa CEM® candidates must have a Bachelors degree to satisfy the education requirements for the CEM® credential. This will bring Oceania and Europa in line with USA CEM® candidates.

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StormView™ Software

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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.
Knowledge Center
The Incident Management Knowledge Center™ provides an intuitive, daily use tool to aid Emergency Managers to prepare, respond, and recover from large scale incidents, through the embedded Incident Command System.


Don't miss out on IAEM pre-conference offerings!
A wide variety of pre-conference training and workshops are available from EMI, NDPTC, EMAP and more. Space is limited. To ensure your spot register today. The deadline for cancellation of a class if minimums are not met is Oct. 7, 2013.
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Virtual EMEX is an valuable year-round resource for emergency management professionals
EMEX 2013 brings together the latest technological advances in homeland security and disaster preparedness suppliers under one roof, under the auspices of the International Association of Emergency Managers' 61st Annual Conference, Oct. 25-30, 2013. Virtual EMEX is a resource for all emergency managers before, during and after the conference. It includes a comprehensive directory of suppliers. Use it to find products and services needed for your EM program — shelter supplies, warning systems, communications solutions, training & exercise specialists and 16 other categories included. Visit Virtual EMEX today!
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Online Education for Emergency Management Professionals
Service, Leadership, and Relevance—these values guide how we educate our online community of more than 100,000 learners. AMU caters to response professionals and offers academic programs including Emergency and Disaster Management, Homeland Security,  and more. MORE
Today, many homeland/national security stakeholders successfully deploy Esri GIS software and services to support the tasks and responsibilities for the national security and homeland security mission. MORE


Survey: Fukushima evacuation has killed more than earthquake and tsunami
More people have now died because of the Fukushima evacuation process than were killed in the region by the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami which caused the displacement, a survey said. Some 300,000 people evacuated their homes in the prefecture after the disaster caused multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, according to Red Cross figures.
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Dozens of bushfires flare in Australia
Fox News
Dozens of bushfires erupted in Australia with six firefighters injured battling fierce infernos in western Sydney that destroyed two homes and which officials said could signal a difficult summer. Some 60 fires flared in the country's most populous state of New South Wales, aided by temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) and gusting winds, with water-bombing helicopters being used to tackle the danger.
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New water plan could turn New Orleans into the next Amsterdam
Think Progress
If current trends continue, it's possible that 2013 could end up one of the quieter hurricane seasons in recent years. In coastal Louisiana, however, where parts of New Orleans have yet to be rebuilt after the catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, city planners aren't assuming that this so far mild season is anything like what the future holds. Recently, Greater New Orleans Inc. — a regional economic development organization — unveiled its Urban Water Plan for Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes. The plan re-envisions New Orleans as a flexible, permeable metropolis of canals and ponds, instead of a desperately fortressed city hiding behind higher and higher levies.
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Northern Ontario floods leave man dead, 4 communities under state of emergency
The Globe and Mail
Police say one man is dead while four Northern Ontario communities are under a state of emergency after flash flooding hit the area. Emergency Management Ontario says Johnson Township, Macdonald, Meredith and Aberdeen Additional Township, the Municipality of Huron Shores and Plummer Additional Township have all declared emergencies.
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