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IAEM conference — Live streaming keynote speakers in Reno
The IAEM Global Student Council (IAEM-GSC) is proud to announce an initiative to provide greater, selective access to the IAEM Annual Conference to emergency management students, practitioners, academics and those with an interest in the field. The IAEM-GSC will live stream the following keynotes from IAEM Annual Conference in Reno, Nev., Oct. 25-30:
  • Brian Fagan, "Swept Away by the Waves" (Monday, Oct. 28, 12:05-13:35 PDT)
  • Dr. Dennis S. Mileti, "The Shifting Character and Context of Emergency Management: Implications for Disaster Losses and Consequences" (Tuesday, Oct. 29, 13:10-14:10 PDT)
  • Dr. Rocco Casagrande, "Technologies that Will Change the World this Century: Implications for Security" (Wednesday, Oct. 30, 08:15-09:15 PDT)
  • Dr. Thomas E. Drabek, "New Perspectives on Human Responses to Disaster" (Wednesday, Oct. 30, 09:30-10:30 PDT)
Visit the IAEM conference site for additional information and a direct link to the live stream site. Please note that the live streams will be broadcast in Mountain Daylight Time as stated in the conference program. In addition to a live stream of the keynote presentations noted above, the IAEM-GSC also will provide podcast audio recordings of some breakout sessions. These will be posted and announced following the conference.

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IAEM Ambassadors will be your guide at the IAEM Conference
This year, at the IAEM Annual Conference in Reno, the IAEM-USA Conference Committee is delighted to introduce the Ambassador Program! Throughout the week in Reno, there will be IAEM members floating around to help direct you to the appropriate breakout room, point you in the direction of the hotel lobby, bar, and/or restrooms, as well as tell you about some of the great things going on during the 61st Annual Conference and EMEX. Ambassadors can be identified by their "Ambassador" buttons.
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NOAA issues RFP for Coastal Storm Awareness Program (CSAP)
NOAA awarded the Sea Grants programs in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut approximately $1.8 million to fund targeted social science research and related technology transfer to improve the public response to coastal storm hazard information. A Request for Proposals (RFP) for a new research initiative, the Coastal Storm Awareness Program (CSAP) has been issued with an Oct. 28 deadline for the letter of intent. Learn more.
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NIOSH issues respirator comment period extension
On Sept. 17 2013, NIOSH held a public meeting concerning inward leakage performance requirements for the class of NIOSH-certified non-powered air-purifying particulate respirators approved as half-face-piece respirators for protection from particulate-only hazards. The purpose of this meeting was to share information and to seek stakeholder feedback concerning the development of inward leakage performance standards. Questions concerning the identified topics of specific interest were included in the meeting notice published in the Federal Register on Sept. 4, 2013. Written comments were to be received by Oct. 18, 2013. Additional information regarding the topic is available through the NIOSH website. The comment period is being extended to no sooner than Dec. 2, 2013. Details regarding the length of the comment period will be contained in and upcoming Federal Register notice.
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Mutual aid, mutual benefits: Agreements between Canada, US states can bring emergency assistance more quickly
The Council of State Governments
Three international mutual aid agreements—modeled after the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, known as EMAC, in the U.S. — can facilitate that exchange. Congress approved the newest agreement, the Northern Emergency Management Assistance Compact, through a joint resolution in January 2013. The agreements provide an operational framework for eligible members, which include 20 states, 10 Canadian provinces and one territory, to share resources. The compacts also allow for joint planning, exercising and training, so if a real-world event occurs, all the players will be familiar with the proper provisions and protocols.
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Campaign to map earthquake faults has slowed to a crawl
Los Angeles Times
After the 1971 Sylmar earthquake, California began an ambitious effort to map faults across the state. Over the next two decades, officials published 534 maps of active earthquake faults. New construction was prohibited on top of these fissures because previous quakes showed that buildings could be torn apart during violent shaking. But the mapping campaign has slowed to a crawl — with many dangerous faults still undocumented.
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Start planning your 2014 CEM®/AEM℠ goals now
IAEM is finalizing the 2014 CEM®/AEM℠ Prep Course and Exam schedule. Currently, offerings will be held:
  • Jan. 10, 2014 at IDCE in New Orleans, La.
  • March 14, 2014 in Cheektowaga, N.Y.
Where would you like to see IAEM courses in 2014? Let Kate Walker McClimans know!

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Survey finds distrust in government to handle emergency
USA Today
In the aftermath of the federal shutdown and congressional fight over raising the U.S. debt ceiling, a survey finds that a majority of Americans would turn to family and friends rather than the government for help if a major catastrophe struck. Nearly nine in 10 said it is likely the world will experience a major catastrophe, and about a third expect it will occur in "less than a year from now," according to the online survey of more than 1,100 Americans 18 and older, conducted Sept. 27-Oct. 2 by the National Geographic Channel and Kelton Research.
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Philippine planners plot disaster risks
Voice of America
Philippine disaster risk reduction planners are mapping their way through the hazard-prone parts of metropolitan Manila with a tool that will help pinpoint vulnerable structures, assess population density and calculate financial losses should disaster strike. Planners are looking to use it nationwide. The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. Its location in the Pacific places it on tectonic plates, making it vulnerable to earthquakes, as well as tropical cyclones and heavy rain.
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Australia bush fire crisis eases but firefighters warn fight isn't over
Firefighters battling blazes that menaced the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia's largest city, said Wednesday the worst of the crisis had been averted by the end of the day — but the threat is not yet over. A combination of high winds and temperatures had fueled fears the bush fires burning across a 1,000-mile stretch of New South Wales would spread even further. But thanks to fire crews' "extraordinary" work, helped out by some unexpected light rain overnight, the worst of the danger has been avoided, said Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons.
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International Disaster Conference & Expo - New Orleans

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Hurricane Raymond weakens off Mexico coast, still rain threat
CBS News
Hurricane Raymond weakened to barely a Category 1 storm Tuesday while still stalled off Mexico's Pacific coast, pumping rain onto an already sodden region recovering from a battering by a tropical storm. Raymond was centered 100 miles from the beach resort of Zihuatanejo, and its winds had dropped to 75 mph, down from Category 3, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. It was expected to weaken to a tropical storm by Wednesday and head out to sea.
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Choking smog paralyzes cities in northeast China, closing schools, airports
The Washington Post
Thick, choking smog enveloped cities in northeast China, closing schools and airports, snarling traffic and reducing visibility to a few yards, in a dramatic sign of the country's worsening air quality. China's breakneck dash for economic growth has badly damaged the environment, and the rapid deterioration in the country's air and water quality has increasingly become a source of public unrest. As a result, improving environmental standards has become a priority for the government. But the acrid clouds enveloping several cities showed how tough that task has become.
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Earthquake swarm continues in Central Oklahoma
U.S. Geological Survey0
Since January 2009, more than 200 magnitude 3.0 or greater earthquakes have rattled Central Oklahoma, marking a significant rise in the frequency of these seismic events. The U.S. Geological Survey and Oklahoma Geological Survey are conducting collaborative research quantifying the changes in earthquake rate in the Oklahoma City region, assessing the implications of this swarm for large-earthquake hazard, and evaluating possible links between these earthquakes and wastewater disposal related to oil and gas production activities in the region.
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On anniversary of Sandy, a warning to other major coastal areas
Thomson Reuters Foundation
This month sees the one year-anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, perhaps the largest Atlantic storm ever. Almost 300 people were killed along the hurricane's pathway across some seven countries. In the United States, alone, the costs are estimated at some $70 billion, making this the second costliest storm in US history. What was particularly striking, to many, was the ferocity of waves and the tidal surge in shallow waters by coastlines. One year on from Sandy, substantial money and effort has gone into rebuilding the areas most devastated by the storm. However, the much under-appreciated fact is that many other areas of the world, including in the United States, are just as vulnerable to intense flooding.
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US coastal area residents stunned by flood insurance rate hikes
From Massachusetts to Florida, from Mississippi to New York and all across the country, fallout from the huge changes brought about by the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act — and its phase-out of federal subsidies for flood-zone properties — is reaching full crescendo. Property owners are equal parts seething and frozen in fear.
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