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IAEM 61st Annual Conference & EMEX 2013 concludes with recognition of new CEMs in Reno, Nev.
The IAEM 61st Annual Conference and EMEX 2013 in Reno, Nev., which attracted more than 1500 attendees, concluded last night with the Presidential Reception and Banquet, where new officers were installed and 49 new Certified Emergency Managers and 10 new Associate Emergency Managers were recognized. With a plethora of sessions on a wide variety of current topics from which to choose, it was difficult to choose only one at a time. Updates were provided by IAEM's partners, such as NACo, USGS, NWS, and FEMA, to name a few. The Honorable Richard Serino, Deputy Director Administrator for FEMA, delivered the keynote address. Of all the activities available in Reno, the most memorable include the fellowship, networking, mentoring, and camaraderie among the attendees. Finally, the pre- and post-training events were a hit, with many attendees obtaining valuable training they were unable to get anywhere else. Overall, it was a great way to spend a week, renewing friendships, making new friends, and learning some new lessons to take back home. So plan to attend next year's conference in beautiful downtown San Antonio, Texas. The 62nd Annual Conference and EMEX 2014 is shaping up to be another great learning opportunity. Don’t miss it. We look forward to seeing you there.
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Flood Recovery and Reconstruction Act considered by Alberta, Canada Legislature would stop further development in floodways
The Flood Recovery and Reconstruction Act, Bill 27, introduced Oct. 28 in the Alberta Legislature, will enshrine in law new policies announced in July that will stop further development in floodways, lessen future flood damage in flood prone areas, and ensure that homebuyers are informed of whether a property in a flood hazard area is eligible for future disaster assistance. Text of the bill is available here.
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DHS Announces Release of Protective Measures Guide for U.S. Commercial Real Estate
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced the release of the Protective Measures Guide for U.S. Commercial Real Estate, a "for official use only" document designed to provide owners and operators of commercial office buildings with information that can be used to maintain a safe environment for occupants, employees, contractors, and visitors. The guide's protective measures provide suggestions for successful planning, organizing, coordinating, communicating, operating, and training activities to augment the overall security posture at a building. To produce this valuable resource, the Commercial Facilities SSA collaborated with its key industry partners, including but not limited to: Beacon Capital Partners, BOMA International, Jones Lang LaSalle, the Real Estate Roundtable, the Real Estate Information Sharing and Analysis Center, Tishman Speyer, and Universal Protection Service. IAEM has been given permission to post this document as available only to IAEM members, and it can be downloaded here.
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Students, prompted by massacre, design emergency lock to thwart shooters
The killing spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School in suburban Connecticut last December sent a chill across America. If the unthinkable happened there, it could happen anywhere. The concern prompted a team of high school students in Washington, D.C., to design an inexpensive and effective emergency door-locking mechanism to prevent active shooters from entering their classrooms.
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Red Cross to make changes in disaster fundraising
The Associated Press via ABC News
After enduring some criticism over its performance during Superstorm Sandy, the American Red Cross has agreed to make changes in the way it solicits donations after major disasters to avoid potential confusion over how that aid money is likely to be spent. The relief organization announced an agreement with New York's attorney general Thursday in which it agreed to modify the language it uses on its website in a way intended to give donors more information about whether their gifts will be used to assist victims of a particular catastrophe, or for Red Cross operations in general.
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The evolution of citizen journalism in emergency management
Emergency Management
No longer in its infancy, our understanding of the role of citizen journalism in the news production process is, although debated, well established. However, citizen journalists are no longer simply playing a role in contributing to the news, but are also playing an important role in contributing to emergency management. Some studies have shown that citizen photojournalism plays a role in communicating information during a crisis; others have discussed the role of Wikinews during the reporting of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In recent years, there has been a noticeable growth in the use of citizen journalism material to inform others, and their contributions and presence is being harvested to complement the management of a crisis.
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Oceania and Europa CEM® education waiver expires Dec. 31, 2013; transition requirements in effect until Dec. 31, 2015
Currently, Oceania and Europa CEM® candidates may substitute experience for a degree in the education requirements component of the credential. This waiver will expire at the end of 2013. As an interim step to enable Oceania and Europa CEM® candidates to transition to the full education requirement, a compromise has been authorized by the Global CEM® Commission for the next two years.

From Jan. 1, 2014 - Dec. 31, 2015, Oceania and Europa CEM® candidates can satisfy the education requirement with: a bachelor’s (baccalaureate) degree in any discipline; or a master's degree in any discipline; or a graduate level qualification specifically in emergency management plus relevant experience e.g.:
  • Graduate/postgraduate certificate in emergency management + 4 years emergency management experience; or
  • Graduate/postgraduate diploma in emergency management or advanced diploma in emergency management/public safety (emergency management) + 2 years emergency management experience.
This interim step will expire at the end of 2015. At that time, all Oceania and Europa CEM® candidates must have a bachelor's degree to satisfy the education requirements for the CEM® credential. This will bring Oceania and Europa in line with USA CEM® candidates.

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Register for Resilience NOW 2014 before Nov. 11 to receive early bird rate
Resilience NOW 2014, "Resilience in the Face of Crisis," is a high-energy European platform for the collaboration of crisis resilience professionals, focusing on major emergencies and multiple crises and the humanitarian response to these both in the UK and internationally. IAEM is a sponsor of this event, which will be held Feb. 10-12, 2014, in Birmingham, England. Register online by Nov. 11, 2013, to receive the early bird registration fee discount.
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CSIRO software monitors Twitter to guide emergency services to fires
The Guardian
Firefighters are using Twitter to rapidly map and respond to NSW's bushfire crisis. In the past, emergency services have relied heavily on triple-zero calls and radio communications for alerts about new disasters, and that hasn't changed. But thanks to breakthrough software designed by Australian scientists, the rural fire service is monitoring eyewitness accounts on Twitter to map and respond quickly to the blazes that have torn through the Blue Mountains.
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Social media's role in disaster response improves overall organizational resiliency
During a recent New England Patriot's football practice, star quarterback Tom Brady injured his knee. Within minutes, the Twitterverse went crazy with all sorts of unattributed perceptions as to just how bad the injury was. Preseason injuries have always been part of training camps throughout the NFL. However, the way this information is disseminated has changed. Twitter observers want to make their mark and will often post unsubstantiated reports that almost instantaneously become "reality" until later addressed with facts.
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Storm death toll rises as wind, rain batters northern Europe
Hurricane strength winds battered northern Europe, killing more than a dozen people, cutting power and forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights and train journeys. At least seven people died in Germany while there were four deaths in Britain and fatalities in the Netherlands, Denmark and France as the storm brought down trees, blew roofs off houses and turned over trucks, causing chaos across much of the region.
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Disaster forecasts claim Israel earthquake could kill 7000
The Guardian
An estimated 7,000 people could be killed, tens of thousands injured and a further 200,000 left homeless if a powerful earthquake struck Israel, a government minister has warned following six separate tremors recently. The home front defence minister, Gilad Erden, told the Israeli parliament this week that national disaster exercises would be held over the coming weeks.
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Emergency council: More frequent bushfires? Fears are being realized
The Guardian
Predictions that climate change would lead to a greater frequency of bushfires and a higher average intensity of bushfires are being realized, according to the peak government and private sector body for fire and land management and emergency service authorities in Australia and New Zealand. The statement runs counter to the view of the prime minister, Tony Abbott, who insists any link between climate change and bushfires is "complete hogwash."
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Agency emergency evacuation plans pass muster — mostly
Government Executive
Emergency federal employee evacuation plans during such events as a shooting or a natural disaster appear on the whole to be solid and up-to-date, auditors found, though a few agencies reported glitches during practice drills. Compiled in the course of a year before the deadly shootings at the Washington Navy Yard, Government Accountability Office interviews with 20 agencies found that 13 of the agencies had emergency plans that included all 10 of the components identified as essential in 2010 by the Homeland Security Department-led Interagency Security Committee.
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