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Leadership Symposium at the 2014 IAEM Annual Conference & EMEX
Don't miss your chance to learn first-hand how other leaders see emerging issues and trends affecting emergency management policy and strategic planning. The IAEM Leadership Symposium Committee, in partnership with the Naval Postgraduate School, is offering another interactive and thought-provoking graduate-level session at this year's IAEM Annual Conference. Participants will advance their critical thinking and strategic leadership skills through facilitated discussions and a range of problem-solving group exercises. Register today for this pre-conference session being offered on Sunday, Nov. 16, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The cost is $65 and seating is limited to 40 participants. For more detailed information view the online program.
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Study: Natural disasters displaced more people than war in 2013
The Guardian
Natural disasters displaced three times as many people as war last year — even as 2013 was a horrific year for conflict — with 22 million people driven out of their homes by floods, hurricanes and other hazards, a new study has found. Twice as many people now lose their homes to disaster as in the 1970s, and more people move into harm’s way each year, the study by the Norwegian Refugee Council found.
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UN-organized tsunami exercise shows Indian Ocean region now 'better prepared'
UN News Centre
A decade after the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster, which killed nearly 250,000 people and left an arc of devastation across 12 countries, a warning system devised by the United Nations to assess communications flows and readiness procedures throughout the region is functioning "effectively," the world body has announced after a two-day simulation exercise.
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Gas production blamed for rise in Colorado, New Mexico quakes
Reuters via Yahoo News
The deep injection of wastewater underground by energy companies during methane gas extraction has caused a dramatic rise in the number of earthquakes in Colorado and New Mexico since 2001, U.S. government scientists said in a study released. The study by U.S. Geological Survey researchers is the latest to link energy production methods to an increase in quakes in regions where those techniques are used.
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Mine accident shows the importance of training learned and applied
Emergency Management
On the morning of Nov. 16, 2013, rural Ouray County, Colo., emergency responders were called to help miners in a nearby mine. Two were unconscious and 20 were suffering from oxygen deficiency. The two miners tragically died of carbon-monoxide poisoning, but a swift response got the other 20 to safety in a multiagency and regional effort. The timing was uncanny. The coordinated response that ensued was practiced in a Mass Casualty Incident Command System training just the day prior to the incident, when those same responders were educated using an active shooter model. The training was applied to the mine incident in a structure that can be generalized to almost any mass casualty incident.
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Report: Hospitals hit by Superstorm Sandy had pre-existing problems
The Associated Press via Journal of Emergency Medical Services
When Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Northeast nearly two years ago, hospitals found themselves dealing with surges in patients, lost power supplies and employees who couldn't get to work — problems that a new federal report finds they were not prepared to handle.
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Register today for largest CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course of the year
Don't forget to join us for the largest CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course offering of the year! Register online for the Nov. 16, 2014, CEM® offerings in San Antonio, Texas, held in conjunction with the IAEM Annual Conference & EMEX. See you there!
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September certification review notifications will be sent by Oct. 6
The North American Application Review Commission met at IAEM headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia, Sept. 11-13, 2014, to review 153 hard copy applications. Notification letters will be mailed to candidates by Oct. 6, 2014.
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Learn about SICUR-Latinoamérica 2014, a great venue for emergency management and homeland security providers in North America
If you are a North American provider of emergency management and homeland security products and services, IAEM is your contact to obtain information about exhibiting at the 2nd SICUR-Latinoamérica International Exhibition of Equipment, Products, Technologies and Services for Comprehensive Safety. SICUR-Latinoamérica 2014, set for Oct. 15-17 in Santiago, Chile, offers exhibitors the opportunity to meet professionals from the security sector with the power to decide and influence purchases and investments. IAEM is the exclusive North American representative for exhibitors from the United States and across North America. Interested exhibitors are invited to visit the IAEM website to obtain complete details or contact Clay Tyeryar, MAM, CAE, IAEM Deputy Executive Director and Exhibit Manager, 703-538-1795, ext. 7,
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IAEM mourns the passing of emergency planning pioneer Joel Chéruet
Joel Chéruet, 71, passed away on Sept. 9, 2014. As a former director of the Gatineau-Metro Police, he was considered a pioneer in emergency planning. Mr. Chéruet, an IAEM member, worked with various Québec and Canadian institutions, in the areas of police, fire, EMS and civil security, at the municipal, provincial and national level. He is survived by his wife, Raymonde Longchamps, two daughters, a brother, and many other family members, friends and colleagues. Visitations will be held at LA COOPÉRATIVE FUNÉRAIRE DE L’OUTAOUAIS, 95 Cité des Jeunes, Gatineau (Hull sector), on Sept. 19 (5:00-9:00 p.m.) and on Sept. 20 (10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.). The funeral service will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Sept. 20, at St-François de Sales Church, 799 Jacques Cartier Street, Gatineau. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Shriners Hospital, Centraide, AQANU (Association québécoise pour l'avancement des Nations-Unies) or the Heart Foundation. IAEM members express their sympathy to Mr. Chéruet's family and friends for their loss. Details are available here, including an opportunity to post online condolences.
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IAEM expresses sympathy for the passing of Life member Julian B. King
Julian B. King, 84, passed away on Aug. 12, 2014, at his home in Palm Coast, Florida. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he served in the U.S. Navy for 19 years, retiring in 1973 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. After leaving the Navy, he worked for 13 years as Deputy Director of Baltimore County (Maryland) Civil Defense, moving to Florida in 1988. Mr. King joined IAEM (then NCCEM) in 1974, and upon retirement in 1988, he became a Life member of IAEM. He received a NCCEM Executive Citation in November 1987. IAEM members express their sympathy to Mr. King’s family and friends for their loss. Details are available here.
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CDC releases guidance document with Detailed Hospital Checklist for Ebola Preparedness
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other domestic and international partners in an international response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. A guidance document released earlier this week includes a Detailed Hospital Checklist for Ebola Preparedness developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and CDC to encourage U.S. hospitals to prepare for managing patients with Ebola and other infectious diseases. In addition, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) released an updated version of its Interim Laboratory Guidelines for Handling/Testing Specimens from Cases or Suspected Cases of Hemorrhagic Fever Virus (HFV) after consulting with CDC subject matter experts. Visit CDC's Ebola website for the most current information.
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NIOSH announces new response directory web page
In recognition of September's Emergency Preparedness Month, NIOSH is introducing the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) office behind the action and the new NIOSH Emergency Preparedness and Response Directory web page. The Emergency Preparedness and Response Office is part of the NIOSH Office of the Director, headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Emergency Preparedness and Response Office offers the following:
  • Assistance on the selection and use of personal protective equipment
  • Review and clearance for guidance documents and communication materials
  • Coordination with other agencies and volunteer groups on occupational safety and health matters
  • Responses to questions from businesses on how to protect their employees
  • Healthcare facility design and engineering support for treatment facilities in Africa
The new web page provides improved access to NIOSH topics and publications about responder safety and health, natural disasters and hazards, and NIOSH disaster response efforts as well as links to related NIOSH programs.

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FEMA reports status of FY 2014 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Applications
FEMA received 325 sub-applications from 76 applicants for FY 2014 Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grants, totaling $77 million, including 186 planning, 87 projects, and 52 management costs. The eligibility review is complete, and FEMA has made selections based on the agency's priorities. The agency’s FY 2014 priorities for PDM are: the statutory set-aside for states, territories and the District of Columbia up to $250,000; $5 million tribal set-aside up to $250,000 per tribe; mitigation planning; non-flood mitigation projects; and flood mitigation projects. FEMA selected 284 PDM sub-applications for further review from 74 applicants, including 179 planning and 53 projects and associated applicant management costs, for $63 million. FEMA will work with applicants to conduct programmatic reviews of the selected applications identified for further review before making a final decision. Further details are available here.
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Joseph Nimmich confirmed as Deputy Administrator at FEMA
On Sept. 11, 2014, the Senate confirmed Joseph L. Nimmich as the deputy administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Under his leadership, Nimmich will continue to ensure that FEMA effectively leverages its full resources to help communities prepare for, respond to and recover from major disasters. Nimmich is the associate administrator for response and recovery at FEMA, a position he has held since 2013. From 2011 to 2013, he was the director of maritime surveillance and security at Raytheon Corporation. He was a Member of the senior leadership team at the Applied Research Lab at Pennsylvania State University from 2010 to 2011. From 1977 to 2010, Nimmich served in the United States Coast Guard, attaining the rank of Rear Admiral. From 2009 to 2010, he served as commander of the First Coast Guard District. Nimmich was the director of the Joint Interagency Task Force South at the Department of Defense from 2007 to 2009 and from 2005 to 2007 he served as assistant commandant for policy and planning. From 2003 to 2005, Nimmich served as the deputy chief of staff of the Coast Guard after serving as commander of the Coast Guard Group — Key West from 2000 to 2003. Nimmich received a B.A. from the Coast Guard Academy and an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
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University of Florida Fire & Emergency Services planning trip to China offering credit hours toward master's degree
The University of Florida Fire & Emergency Services program is planning to coordinate an October 2015 trip to China that will include a symposium in Beijing, and stops in Shanghai and at Three Gorges Dam. The trip is part of a study/travel program designed for U.S. professionals to meet their international counterparts and exchange best practices, technologies and research. The trip offers the opportunity to earn three credit hours towards your master's degree in FES. The three-credit hour will count toward the FES 6735 International Emergency Disaster Response class or the FES 6826 Emergency Services Disaster Response class. The cost of the program will be based on number of participants plus course tuition ($1,950 current rate). The course work will happen during the trip, with the students presenting in China and then completing a report upon arrival back in the United States. You may also participate if you do not want the course credits. If you are interested, please send your contact information by Oct. 31, 2014, to Jeffrey T. Lindsey, Ph.D., Coordinator/Lecturer, FES Programs, at, so a list of those interested can be compiled. There is no commitment at this time.
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CWS Webinar: How Your Congregation or Organization Can Prepare Itself for Disaster - and Help Your Community Recover
On Sept. 23, 2014, 2:00-3:15 p.m. EDT, join Church World Service (CWS) during National Preparedness Month to learn practical ways your congregation or organization can prepare itself for disaster — and prepare to help your community recover too. This free webinar will be led by Amy Gopp of Church World Service and Brandon Gilvin of the Christian Church's (Disciples of Christ) Week of Compassion, coeditors of the valuable resource guide "Help and Hope: Disaster Preparedness and Response Tools for Congregations." Topics to be covered include: systems and supplies: some lists and tasks for preparing your congregation for a disaster; knowing when to stay and when to go: a guide to volunteering; the long-term recovery process and your faith community; and the importance of spiritual and emotional care. The webinar will include ample time for questions and answers. Space is limited, so register early.
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SBA Webinar: If You Do Nothing Else This Year...
The fourth in a series of free webinars in September hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery will be held Sept. 24, 2014, 2:00-2:30 p.m. EDT. The September series is presented in collaboration with FEMA's Ready Campaign as part of National Preparedness Month. This webinar will address "If You Do Nothing Else this Year." With so much on the line, leaders simply cannot afford to overlook the risk disasters pose to their organizations and daily operations. However, simply starting a disaster recovery plan can seem overwhelming at first. But it doesn't have to be. During this session, we will address some simple ways to build your resilience as an organization today with minimal commitment of time and resources. If you do nothing else this year to protect your employees, clients, income, and the future of your organization, these steps should be a top priority. Protect your business and all the time, effort and energy you've invested by investing just 30 minutes to prepare for the worst. Learn more and register.
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Floods in Serbia: 500 people evacuated, situation difficult in Grabovac
InSerbia Network Foundation
About 500 people who were almost impossible to reach by land have been evacuated from Tekija and other villages in the municipality of Kladovo, eastern Serbia, where rain is still falling, and the situation is most serious is in the village of Grabovac, Belgrade-based B92 media house reports.
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Hurricane Odile slams Mexico as storm leaves devastation behind in popular tourist areas
Reuters via The Huffington Post
Tropical Storm Odile ground its way up Mexico's Baja California peninsula, gradually losing strength after forcing the evacuation of thousands and smashing shops open to looters in the popular tourist area. The government said it would use military and commercial planes to airlift stranded tourists after the peninsula's two major airports were closed on Sunday due to one of the worst storms to hit the luxury retreats of Los Cabos on Mexico's northwestern coast.
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Catastrophic flooding possible in Southwest from Odile
"Catastrophic" flooding could swamp portions of the Southwest over the next few days due to heavy rain from the remnants of Hurricane Odile, which battered Mexico's Baja Peninsula. The amount of rain predicted "could result in life-threatening flash floods and mudslides" in portions of the Desert Southwest, the National Hurricane Center warned.
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Fire devastates city of Weed, burns 150 structures
Jefferson Public Radio
As fire officials investigate how the Boles Fire started, they're hoping the offer of a $10,000 reward may bring forward information leading to the cause, even as flames still burn in the city of Weed. The fire reduced entire neighborhoods to smoldering rubble. It burned more than 150 homes in just a few hours, destroyed two churches and the town's library, damaged an elementary school and burned portions of the town's largest employer, Roseburg Forest Products Mill.
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Respiratory virus, enterovirus D68, likely infected thousands but just tip of iceberg
ABC News
The respiratory virus that's been sweeping the nation and sending asthmatic children to the hospital may have only been officially reported in 97 children, but experts say that's just the tip of the iceberg. Dr. Claudia Hoyen said the virus, called enterovirus D68, probably affected thousands of children — and that's just in Cleveland, where she works. The virus has been reported in 21 states, according to state health departments.
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