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Introducing Owlie Skywarn!
Teaching the public about weather safety is a big part of what the National Weather Service (NWS) and emergency managers do. To help students learn more and about weather, NWS has launched Owlie Skywarn Facebook and Twitter pages. They'll focus on safety messaging, but will also include educational posts featuring weather facts and fun activities. Owlie Skywarn sites will also highlight safety for major weather events as they are forecast to occur, and will share posts from local weather forecast offices and NWS partners that focus on weather safety. If you have a safety message you want on Owlie's FB/Twitter pages, you can contact the team at
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FEMA releases guide to public assistance pilot program on debris removal
FEMA has released a guide outlining the process that it will use to review debris management plans submitted for consideration under the Public Assistance Alternative Procedures Pilot Program for Debris Removal. The Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 authorized FEMA to provide an incentive to state, tribal or local governments, or owners or operators of a private nonprofit facility to have a plan in place and accepted by FEMA prior to the declaration of a major disaster or emergency declaration. Download the guide here.
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Download IAEM2Go 2013, the official mobile application of the IAEM 61st Annual Conference & EMEX 2013
Last year, the IAEM Annual Conference & EMEX went green. We stopped printing the Program Guide and published the IAEM2go app for the first time. It is back this year, bigger and better than ever, with new features and an improved operating system. Are you ready to get started? Download IAEM2Go today and start planning your trip. See you in Reno! Click here from your device. If you use Apple or Android, you can also search for the app in the iTunes store or Play store. Helpful hints: When you open the app, be sure to "create an account" and say "yes" to push notifications. Choose the 2013 Conference and download it to your Events. If you don't have a smart phone or tablet, you can also view this on your web browser here.
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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


Vote today for IAEM-USA officers and proposed bylaws amendments
All current IAEM-USA Individual, Affiliate, and Life members are invited to vote for their council's 2013-2014 Second Vice President and Treasurer. The ballot will be open until Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. Please visit the voting area for details on the candidates, the proposed bylaws amendments, voter eligibility, and voting instructions. Online voting was established seven years ago, to encourage greater participation by providing a convenient and efficient means for IAEM members to review pertinent information about officer candidates — and then cast their votes. The voting process is simple and completely confidential. You are encouraged to review all available information and vote today!
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IAEM-Canada Student Members Can Win an Opportunity to Participate in the 2013 CITIG 7 Workshop in Vancouver, BC
Download flyer here for complete details on how IAEM-Canada student members can compete for a chance to participate in the CITIG 7 Workshop in Vancouver. Complete instructions are included in the flyer, and the deadline for entering is midnight (2400 hrs) EDT, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013.
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Scientists: Space weather storms to blame for satellite failures
The Huffington Post
High-speed eruptions of charged particles from the sun may be to blame for recent failures of satellites that people rely on to watch TV and use the Internet, scientists say. From 93 million miles away, the sun spawns solar flares, coronal mass ejections and other space weather events, which can send highly energized particles racing toward Earth. Some solar storms have been known to disrupt communications systems and damage satellites.
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FAA orders inspection of emergency locators on airliners
The Wall Street Journal
U.S. air-safety regulators ordered inspections of emergency locators on more than 3,800 U.S. airliners, seeking to identify cut, broken or otherwise damaged wiring and deformed battery covers. The Federal Aviation Administration directive, which had been expected, gives carriers four months to comply and largely mirrors inspections ordered by Canadian regulators last month to prevent short circuits that can cause fires. Canada had given airlines 150 days to complete their checks.
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In emergencies, politicians are expected to master disaster
During disasters, people don't expect governors to personally lead rescue missions, but they do expect them to take charge and rise rhetorically to the occasion. "It's sort of like a leadership pop quiz," says Andrew Reeves, a political scientist at Washington University in St. Louis who has studied disaster relief politics. When political executives — governors, mayors, presidents — rise to the occasion, they're heroes. If they don't, it can imperil both their re-election chances and their broader agenda.
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  Viking Satcom's Quick-Deploy Antenna Systems

Be Prepared for any Disaster with Viking Satcom’s Quick-Deploy Antenna Systems. Viking Satcom offers Mobile Auto-point and Quick-Deploy Antenna Systems for a variety of Transmit Receive applications. Whether it is for Internet access when out of network, telephone contact during a disaster, or Inclined Orbit applications, Viking Satcom can assist.


Albert Ashwood receives 2013 Lacy E. Suiter Distinguished Service Award
Albert Ashwood, director of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, has been named the 2013 recipient of the Lacy E. Suiter Distinguished Service Award. The honor is presented annually by the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to emergency management over a career.
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Georgia state EM director elected as NEMA president
Charley English, director of Georgia's Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA), has been elected to serve as 2013-2014 president of the National Emergency Management Association. In this role, he will provide strategic direction and leadership for the non-profit organization that represents U.S. state emergency management directors.
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Prep Course and Exam to be offered at the IAEM Annual Conference
We'll be offering a CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course and Exam offering at the Annual Conference in Reno, Nev. on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2013. Join us for our largest offering of the year! Candidates can find more information at on the IAEM website.
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I'm investigating how to make emergency management better ... can you help me?
My name is Chelsea Dommert. I'm currently researching the problems that folks in emergency management roles face on a daily basis. If you could answer a few questions, I'd greatly appreciate it, and I'd be happy to share the results with you. The survey takes about six minutes, and it's only four questions long. It will be available until the end of the month. Complete the survey here.
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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.
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.


FEMA to hold think tank discussion on how to create an innovation culture in EM
FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino will lead the discussion on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern time. During the call, panelists will share their stories about how they cultivated an innovation culture in their emergency management organizations. Participants will have an opportunity to share their stories and comment on others. Access information to this conference call will be posted at
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EMI to offer course on understanding EMAC
The Emergency Management Institute has scheduled two offerings of Course E0431, “Understanding the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) for Nov. 4-7, 2013, and Apr. 7-10, 2014. The four-day course enables EM personnel and response and recovery personnel from all political jurisdictions to more effectively understand, activate, implement, and utilize the EMAC system. Questions about the course may be directed to Paul Hogue, EMAC Exercise & Training Coordinator, at
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Shooting rampage at Navy Yard in DC leaves 13 dead
USA Today
A civilian contractor and military veteran with a valid base entry pass went on a shooting rampage at a U.S. Navy command complex building, killing 12 people before being shot dead himself, authorities said. Aaron Alexis, 34, a contractor from Fort Worth, Texas, was identified by officials as the shooter who was killed in a gunbattle with police responding to the morning attack at the Washington Navy Yard. A military official said Alexis had been a Navy reservist on active duty before being discharged for misconduct.
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Colorado evacuations continue as flood crest moves downstream
Colorado authorities coping with the aftermath of recent deadly downpours stepped up the search for victims left stranded in the foothills of the Rockies and evacuations of prairie towns in danger of being swamped as the flood crest moved downstream. As of Tuesday, Sept. 17, eight people were confirmed dead from flash floods triggered by a week of historically heavy rains that drenched a 130-mile stretch of the eastern slopes of the Colorado Rockies, with at least 1,600 homes destroyed.
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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

Study: Tokyo riskiest city due to natural disaster exposure
Japan's Tokyo-Yokohama region is the riskiest place in the world to do business, in terms of the potential human and economic costs of a possible natural catastrophe, a study found. The study, by reinsurer Swiss Re, ranked 616 cities around the world based on the exposure of their population and economy to floods, storms, storm surges, earthquakes or tsunamis. Swiss Re's analysis is based on its risk profiles for regions, coupled with population data to rank cities according to the number of people potentially affected.
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UK government to begin testing mobile emergency alerts
UK folks could soon be made aware of local emergencies via their mobile phone after the government announced plans to test its new alert system later this year. With support from O2, Vodafone and EE, around 50,000 residents across Yorkshire, Suffolk and Glasgow will be subjected to individual tests which will assess the Cabinet Office's SMS and cell broadcast early warning systems and measure the public's response.
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