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Win a one-day sought-after training course at IAEM Annual Conference
IAEM is offering a chance to win the registration fee for a one-day training course at the IAEM 2014 Annual Conference. Register online for a pre-conference training course by Oct. 13, 2014, and you may be the lucky winner of our training course drawing, with an opportunity to win a rebate of up to $176 (not to exceed the actual registration fee you paid for the course). Eligible courses include: L0548 COOP Program Manager Train-the-Trainer; L0948 Situational Awareness & Common Operational Picture; L0146 HSEEP; L0197 Integrating Access & Functional Needs; L0775 EOC Management and Operations; Maximizing Disaster Cost Recovery; Pediatric Disaster Response & Emergency Preparedness; Persuade (a course on presenting for emergency managers); National Response Team Joint Information Center Training; IAEM-USA Universities & Colleges EM Practitioners Symposium; and Leadership Symposium. Learn about these courses by visiting the online conference program.
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FEMA publishes the Unified Federal Review
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in conjunction with its interagency Steering Group published the Unified Federal Environmental and Historic Preservation Review Process (Unified Federal Review), an important step in the implementation of the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act (SRIA). SRIA amends the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, and authorizes several significant changes to the way agencies may deliver federal disaster assistance and establishes efficiencies that will expedite the recovery process and reduce cost. Learn more.
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FEMA awards $11 million to increase preparedness through the Continuing Training Grants program
FEMA awarded six training grants for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Continuing Training Grant (CTG) program totaling $11 million. These awards will result in trained and certified members of the whole community to include first responders, emergency managers, technical specialists, community leaders and tribal and local governments, preparing them for all types of disasters. The period of performance for the FY 2014 CTG program is 36 months. Learn more.
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'Active shooter' incidents on the rise
USA Today
The number of incidents in which a shooter opens fire on a crowd of people more than doubled over the past seven years compared with the previous seven, the FBI found in a study made public. The Federal Bureau of Investigation analyzed 160 "active shooter" incidents from 2000 through 2013 to look for common elements that might guide law enforcement officers in preventing the shootings or responding more effectively.
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Neglected disaster plan deepens Pakistan's climate vulnerability
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Pakistan has yet to implement a national plan to deal with natural disasters, experts say, leaving the country struggling to cope with its fourth major flood in five years. Hammered out at a meeting of the National Disaster Management Commission in 2012, the ambitious 10-year blueprint for tackling disasters has yet to be approved because the commission has not met since.
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Safety officials prepare for evacuation of Chicago if disaster hits
Chicago is home to millions of people and we know it could be a target for terrorists. If a catastrophic event occurred would we be able to evacuate the area and care for the injured? Imagine an improvised nuclear device going off in downtown Chicago. Immediately more than five million people are in danger. It's a scenario state and local emergency officials have been quietly studying for the past six years.
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Learn about the candidates running in the IAEM-USA officers' election
Each year, IAEM-USA members elect a second vice president, who will serve for a year and then move up in the hierarchy in subsequent years, first to first vice president, and then to president. This officer will then remain on the IAEM-USA Board for another year, as immediate past president. So when you vote for IAEM-USA second vice president, you are voting for an IAEM-USA member who will serve on the USA Board of Directors for four years. Make your vote count by reviewing the candidate statements submitted by the two members running for the office. Alphabetically by last name, candidates for second vice president are Lanita Lloyd, MSEM, CEM, and Larry A. Porter, Ph.D., CEM. Steve Charvat, CEM, and Carrie Speranza, CEM, are running for secretary (two-year term). Visit the voting area today to learn about these candidates — and then cast your vote for second vice president and secretary.
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CDC and ASPR release detailed EMS Checklist for Ebola Preparedness
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), in addition to other federal, state, and local members, aim to increase understanding of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) and encourage U.S.-based EMS agencies and systems to prepare for managing patients with Ebola and other infectious diseases. Every EMS agency and system, including those that provide non-emergency and/or inter-facility transport, should ensure that their personnel can detect a person under investigation (PUI) for Ebola, protect themselves so they can safely care for the patient, and respond in a coordinated fashion. The Detailed Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Checklist for Ebola Preparedness is intended to enhance collective preparedness and response by highlighting key areas for EMS personnel to review in preparing to care for patients possibly infected with the Ebola virus.
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DIMRC, EMSC, ASPR announce new online guide for children in disasters and emergencies
Developed by the National Library of Medicine's Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), in collaboration with the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the Health Resources on Children in Disasters and Emergencies is a compendium of online resources related to medical and public health issues on this topic. Links are provided to both journal articles and to other documents and materials that may be useful in preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery activities. Its intent is to consolidate the multitude of resources available across a variety of organizations, websites, databases, and training sites, making the search for relevant materials simpler and more direct. For more information about the online guide, access the archived webcast "Not Just Small Adults: Health Resources on Children in Disasters and Emergencies," which originally aired on Sept. 11.
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Want to receive your certification diploma at the 2014 Annual Conference? Read this.
CEM®/AEM℠ candidates in the Class of 2014 who are interested in receiving their diploma at the IAEM-USA Annual Conference during the awards ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 19 in San Antonio, Texas, must have their CEM®/AEM℠ credential application already approved and must take and return their completed exam to IAEM Headquarters by Oct. 10, 2014.

Take part in upcoming certification prep course/exam offerings
Register today for one of the upcoming CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Courses or Exams that is convenient to you.
  • Oct. 24, 2014 (Exam Only): Washington, D.C.
  • Nov. 14, 2014 (Exam Only): Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
  • Nov. 16, 2014 (Prep Course and Exam): San Antonio, Texas
  • Dec. 9, 2014 (Prep Course and Exam): Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Dec. 20, 2014 (Exam Only): Hillsborough, New Jersey
  • Feb. 24, 2015 (Prep Course and Exam): Baltimore, Maryland
  • March 24, 2015 (Prep Course and Exam): Long Beach, New York
Register through the IAEM website to secure your space. IAEM requires a minimum of 10 registrants for the Prep Course. If you have any questions, contact CEM Administrator Kate McClimans.

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NASA images reveal shocking scale of Aral Sea disaster
Fox News
A series of NASA satellite images has revealed the shocking decline of water levels in the Aral Sea, a massive environmental disaster dubbed "the quiet Chernobyl." NASA’s Terra satellite began capturing the images in 2000, when the vast central Asian lake known as the Aral Sea was already a fraction of its 1960 size (as shown by the black line in the images).
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Offshore wind turbines could tame hurricanes
The Wall Street Journal
Could an armada of giant windmills reduce damage from the next big hurricane? A study by scientists at Stanford University and the University of Delaware suggests that U.S. coastal cities could be spared by installing tens of thousands of gigantic wind turbines offshore in arrays up to 20 miles long. The scientists say the turbines, as high as a football field is long, would suck much of the energy out of storms and pay for themselves with the clean electrical power they produce.
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Third NIST Workshop on Disaster Resilience to be held Oct 27-28
This Third Workshop on Disaster Resilience offered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will be held Oct. 27-28, 2014, in Norman, Oklahoma. The workshop will help participants to develop a community-centered approach to disaster resilience. The event will feature working sessions focused on the development of the draft Disaster Resilience Framework document. A 50% draft of the Disaster Resilience Framework will be posted to the website about one week before the workshop so that participants will be able to review and prepare for the working sessions on individual chapters of the framework. This workshop is an important step in preparing a draft Disaster Resilience Framework for public comment ready for release in April 2015. There also will be a breakout session focused on developing the organizational structure and charter for the Disaster Resilience Standards Panel. Learn more about the NIST Resilience Program here. 

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Up to 18 exposed to U.S. Ebola patient, including children
Health experts were observing up to 18 people, including children, who had contact with the first person to be diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus in the United States, officials said. Confirmation that a man who flew to Texas from Liberia later fell ill with the hemorrhagic fever prompted U.S. health officials to take steps to contain the virus, which has killed at least 3,338 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the World Health Organization said.
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Japan Mount Ontake volcano: Death toll reaches 48
BBC News
Rescue workers in Japan have recovered 12 more bodies from Mount Ontake, bringing to 48 the number of those killed by the recent volcanic eruption. The search resumed despite fears of toxic gases and another eruption. The number of those unaccounted for is unknown but estimates say hundreds were at the summit at the time. Dozens were injured by falling debris.
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Earthquake kills 8 in southern Peru
EFE via Fox News Latino
At least eight people, including four children, were killed and six others injured when an earthquake rocked Paruro, a province in the southern Peruvian region of Cuzco, emergency management officials said. The magnitude-5.1 earthquake, whose epicenter was located about 4.3 miles southwest of the city of Paruro, destroyed 90 percent of the dwellings in the rural town of Misca, national emergency management office director Alfredo Murgueytio said.
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Floods hit France and Spain
Days of torrential rain across southern France and the northeast of Spain have led to major flooding, leaving at least 10 people dead. A rare red alert ("vigilance rouge") warning was issued by Meteo-France, France's official weather agency as record breaking rain lashed Montpellier on the Mediterranean coast.
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