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IAEM announced a revised registration cancellation policy
IAEM has revised its registration cancellation policy for IAEM conference attendees whose plans might be uncertain in light of the U.S. federal government furloughs. We have extended the deadline to cancel with a refund to Tuesday, Oct. 22, 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (a $50 cancellation fee is applicable). Should you secure last-minute conference travel approval after cancelling, IAEM will honor your original registration rate — no late fees will apply when you re-register, and credit will be given for the $50 cancellation fee. Please refer to the IAEM website for complete details and requirements. We are hopeful that you will be able to join the over 1,000 emergency management professionals who have already made plans to be in Reno in a few weeks.
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On the road to EMEX — A look at Coastal Environmental: weather stations for emergency operations — reliable weather data when and where it matters most
Coastal Environmental has been the leading global provider of weather stations for emergency response, management and many other professional applications for more than twenty-five years. Offering a comprehensive line of environmental monitoring stations, both portable and fixed, Coastal's weather stations are used by many of the world's government agencies, militaries and corporations. Every system built by Coastal is tailored to our customer's requirements and is the most, accurate and reliable system available. Visit them in booth 531 at EMEX. Learn more.
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The EMEX exhibit hall is the place to be to win a new GOLD iPhone 5S!
All registered attendees at the IAEM 61st Annual Conference & EMEX will be entered in a drawing to win the new Gold iPhone 5S. Two of the phones will be given away randomly during dedicated EMEX show hours. You must be present to win. Register today on the IAEM website be sure to visit the many exciting exhibits during the dedicated show hours and you might be one of the lucky winners!
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IAEM launches inaugural IAEM mentor networking event
The IAEM-USA Conference Committee is pleased to provide the first ever IAEM Mentor Networking event. Many members at every spectrum of their career paths have requested a mentoring program for themselves and other members. We are inviting all attendees who are interested in seeking mentors and those who are available and interested in mentoring others to join us in Reno on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the Silver Legacy — Silver Baron 3. This is right before the Welcome Party at the National Automobile Museum, so we are hoping folks will connect in our brief gathering, carry it over into the Welcome and Networking Party and throughout the conference week. We are simply making a space for interested parties to convene. We hope you join us, so please spread the word!
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IAEM launches online certification application system — online recertification applications begin in January 2014
We are excited to announce the launch of the online certification application system. After much development and testing, IAEM plans for the online system to go live for recertification applications on Jan. 1, 2014. Beginning in January, all recertification applications must be received through the online application. We expect to roll out the CEM&rag; and AEM℠ applications for first time candidates around summer or fall of 2014. The online portal supports IAEM's effort to 'go green', reduce shipping costs for candidates, and facilitate an easier application process for all. Helpful resources for using the online application will be available on the IAEM website prior to the launch date. If you have any questions, feel free to contact CEM Administrator Kate McClimans.
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Do you know any heroes?
While the floods of June 2013 were devastating, relief and recovery efforts show the resilience and community spirit of Albertans. During and following the floods, thousands of groups and individuals went above and beyond to help our communities. Do you know of any heroes? The "Heroes of the Flood" campaign is your chance to recognize those exceptional individuals. Your hero may be anyone — a first responder, a neighbor, a government official, a construction worker, or a charity representative. Your hero may be a group or an individual. Alberta's Heroes of the Flood will be formally recognized starting in January 2014. The deadline for nominations is 4:00 p.m. (MST), Dec. 20, 2013. Learn more.
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Fourth Annual National Roundtable on Disaster Risk Reduction, Nov. 5, 2013
Canada's Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) will be hosting the Fourth Annual National Roundtable on DRR in Regina, Saskatchewan, on Nov. 5, 2013. The Roundtable serves as an inclusive multi-sectoral consultative mechanism to advance disaster risk reduction. This free full day event is open to any interested participants, including: private sector; all-levels of government; non-governmental organizations; academia; and the general public. The Roundtable agenda and further details on registration can be found here.
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Vote yes or no on proposed changes in the IAEM-USA Bylaws
The IAEM-USA Bylaws & Resolutions Committee has been working with the IAEM-USA Board to develop several proposed recommendations for changes and updates to the USA Bylaws. These proposals are being brought before you — IAEM-USA members — in the election now being held online. There are changes proposed in nine (9) of the Articles in the USA Bylaws, and members are asked to vote yes or no on each Article in which changes are recommended. Some changes are simply "housekeeping" changes, to bring the USA Bylaws into compliance with the Global Bylaws, while other changes are substantive ones. Your Board of Directors and Bylaws Committee members ask you to review the recommended changes in the online voting area prior to voting yes or no on the proposed bylaws amendments. This vote is taking place on the same ballot as the USA officers' election for Second VP and Treasurer. Learn all you can about the bylaws changes and the candidates — then go to the online ballot and cast your vote.
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IIGR-IAEM partnership continues with development of 2014 initiatives
The International Institute of Global Resilience (IIGR), an IAEM partner, is beginning the kick-off of its 2014 IIGR Fellowship Program, where three researchers will be invited to conduct innovative research into: disaster and risk communication; disaster logistics and supply chain management; and hazard mitigation and natural resource protection. Selected fellows will conduct their research in Washington, D.C., June- August 2014, with findings published and presented at the IIGR Annual Conference. The application deadline for 2014 fellowships will be Jan. 31, 2014, and details will be presented at the IAEM 2013 Annual Conference in Reno, Nev.

At a recent IIGR event, IAEM-USA Region 3 President Kathleen Henning, CEM, was lead instructor for an overview about the concepts of incident command, resilience, and CEM® certification, held Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2013, in Potomac, Md. Attendees included graduate students from Kumamoto University, Japan. Since 2012, IIGR and IAEM have partnered to help promote the Japanese Resilience Project. During the past year, IIGR has undertaken several new initiatives, two of which may be of special interest to IAEM members: research fellowships and international student exchange. Information will be provided to IAEM members as these projects are developed.

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The Must-Have Survival Food

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.
Announcing AQYR: Tactical SATCOM Solutions

Leveraging technology developed for elite military Special Operations Forces, AQYR announces a line of VSAT products to provide next-generation capabilities to Homeland Defense, Public Safety and Humanitarian Relief agencies. Come see us at IAEM EMEX Booth 513 and view the next generation of VSAT deployable communications.


After Sandy, states better prepare for climate change
Natural Resources Defense Council
Unfortunately, most states rely almost exclusively on historical data to estimate the frequency and severity of future natural disasters when planning for future natural disasters. But as our climate warms, we can no longer assume that our past experience is an accurate gauge for future disasters. Climate disruption is already changing precipitation patterns, causing sea levels to rise, and increasing the possibility of weather extremes, which means that floods, droughts, wildfires, and major storms are likely to be more frequent or severe than they were in the past.
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This amazing house can be built just 5 hours after a disaster
Fast Company
With a fifth of their population below sea level, the Dutch have historically been ahead of the curve when it comes to planning for ecological disasters. A new project from Dutch designer Pieter Stoutjesdijk takes that efficiency one step further, with an emergency shelter that can be built in a mere five hours.
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The next big thing: U-EMS
By Mark Huber
Over the last decade, unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, have proven their worth in military applications around the globe. Want to whack a bad guy in Somalia? No problem. An Air Force "pilot" can do so with ease by manipulating a joystick in climate-controlled comfort from a trailer in Nevada. Right now in Afghanistan, unmanned Kaman K-Max helicopters are slinging supplies to Marines in high-risk areas. It's only a matter of time before they are used to transport the injured out of hot landing zones.
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Resilience NOW 2014, Feb. 10-12, 2014
Are you interested in crisis resilience current affairs and emerging trends? Do you wish to network globally with crisis resilience professionals? Mark your calendar for Resilience NOW 2014, The ICC, Birmingham, U.K., Feb. 10-12, 2014. Learn more.
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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
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Third European Conference for High Reliability Organizations, Nov. 5-6, 2013
The Third European Conference for High Reliability Organizations (HROs) is preparing to welcome 200 researchers and practitioners to Aix-en-Provence, France, next month to exchange ideas and solutions across a number of industries. The two-day conference, to be held on 5-6 November, sets the stage for HRO theory to meet HRO practice, in fields as diverse and critical as nuclear activities, aviation, healthcare, oil & gas, and wildland firefighting, in order to share lessons learned and organizational innovations. Learn more.
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World Conference on Disaster Management (WCDM) issues Call for Speakers
The World Conference on Disaster Management (WCDM) is looking for expert speakers to participate in the 24th conference and tradeshow, June 15-18, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. WCDM is an annual event for disaster management professionals, providing a global perspective on current issues and concerns in the industry. Learn more.
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Death toll in Philippines earthquake rises to 144
The New York Times
The death toll from a powerful earthquake that shook the Philippines rose to 144, with nearly 300 people injured in the quake, which caused widespread damage and smashed one of the country’s oldest churches, officials said.
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Powerful earthquake hits near Papua New Guinea
The Associated Press via USA Today
A powerful earthquake rocked the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea, officials said. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake measured magnitude 7.1 and was located 40 miles west-southwest of Panguna in Papua New Guinea. It struck at 8:31 p.m. at a depth of 36 miles, it said.
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Early warnings, evacuations saved lives in Indian cyclone
The Wall Street Journal
As India began to tally the damage inflicted by a massive cyclone, officials and residents of coastal villages said one thing was clear: Early warnings and mass evacuations had minimized casualties. The storm — which smashed into India's southeast coast with winds of 200 kilometers an hour — destroyed crops and wrecked buildings and infrastructure worth hundreds of millions of dollars, officials estimated.
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Typhoon Wipha hits Tokyo area, killing at least 17
At least 17 people have died and hundreds of flights have been canceled as Typhoon Wipha pummeled the Tokyo area. A local government official in Oshima, a small island 120 kilometers south of Tokyo, said that a majority of the people died after heavy rain triggered flooding and landslides that blocked roads and crushed houses.
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Typhoon Nari leaves 6 dead, 7 missing in Vietnam
The Associated Press via ABC News
Typhoon Nari killed six people in Vietnam, left seven others missing and destroyed or damaged thousands of homes, officials said. The storm slammed into Vietnam's central coast after leaving 13 people dead in the Philippines over the weekend.
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