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Robots come FIRST® at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade®
For nearly a century, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parads has been the official kick-off to the holiday season. This year, jumping to the lead of the parade will be five award-winning FIRST® Robotics Competition teams. IAEM-USA encourages members to watch the parade and cheer the FIRST® LEGO League teams. IAEM-USA is a proud sponsor of FIRST® LEGO® League 2013 Nature's Fury Challenge. At the beginning of each competition season, teams receive a "Kit of Parts" made up of motors, batteries, a control system, a PC and a mix of automation components — with no instructions. Working with adult mentors, students have six weeks to design, build, program and test their robots to meet the season's engineering challenge. While students are actively working on this year's Nature's Fury Challenge, the robots leading the parade were designed successfully for last season's challenge. We applaud the students' efforts and encourage IAEM members to be mentors and answer requests from students when called upon during this year's competition season. The 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Parade will be aired live from New York City on Nov. 28, 2013, beginning at 9 a.m. Eastern on NBC.
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FIRST® LEGO® League Teams participated in IAEM-USA Conference & EMEX
An unusual site was seen in the EMEX Exhibit Hall and during the FEMA Think Tank session held at the IAEM-USA Conference. There were "kids" in the room! As a proud sponsor of FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) 2013 Nature’s Fury Challenge, IAEM-USA invited teams from local schools to participate. Five teams participated in EMEX from a prime space located near the stage. Students kept EMs on their toes as they asked structured and detailed questions. Students also participated in the FEMA Think Tank national conference and on the national conference call with FEMA Deputy Administrator Rich Serino. One of the highlights was when Serino asked how many in the audience knew that robots were used in the last 35 natural disasters and only the FLL kids raised their hands. IAEM-USA encourages members to work in their regions to support student teams as mentors as the season progresses.
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After disasters, tallying deaths often difficult
The Associated Press via ABC News
In the chaos of natural disaster, tallying an accurate death toll is often difficult and sometimes not a priority. The aftermath of the Philippines typhoon has been no different, where initial estimates of the dead were put by some at 10,000. President Benigno Aquino has disputed that, saying it likely to be closer to 2,000 or 2,500. An official tally showed 2,344 confirmed deaths.
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Court says New York neglected disabled in emergencies
The New York Times
New York City has violated the rights of about 900,000 of its residents with disabilities by failing to accommodate for their needs during emergencies, a federal judge ruled. The ruling arose from a lawsuit filed in 2011 after Tropical Storm Irene, but came into sharper focus after Hurricane Sandy, when many New Yorkers with disabilities were stranded for days. The judge, Jesse M. Furman of Federal District Court in Manhattan, found that the city, through "benign neglect," was in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
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Communities should hit the 'pause button' following a disaster
One of the first steps people take toward rebuilding their communities after a flood, wildfire or other disaster may not be the right step, according to the director of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder. "When a disaster happens, people feel pressure to rebuild things just as they were before, when in fact a disaster should be a time when there is a pause, when we ask 'How can we build it back better than it was before?'" said center Director Kathleen Tierney, also a professor of sociology.
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Are emergency management graduates finding jobs?
Emergency Management
Emergency management degree programs have been popping up at universities throughout the U.S. over the last decade. But are the degrees actually helping students get jobs? The answer is still unclear, but signs point to academic expertise having a more significant impact in the emergency management workplace moving forward.
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DHS S&T announces new accreditation organizations to join compliance assessment program to test emergency response communications equipment
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) recently announced that the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation, ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board, and International Accreditation New Zealand joined the Directorate's laboratory accreditation efforts. These three accreditation organizations will participate in S&T's Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25 CAP) that tests emergency response communications equipment to verify required standards are met. To date, accreditation of P25 CAP laboratories had been conducted solely by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The three organizations joining these efforts will be helping to sustain the program and enhance overall interoperability for the first responder community. DHS and NIST will continue to work with partner accreditation organizations to develop program guideline documents, furthering the P25 CAP mission of sustainability. For more information on P25 CAP and other S&T initiatives, visit
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Post Disaster Reunification of Children: A Nationwide Approach
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and America Red Cross (ARC) released Post Disaster Reunification of Children: A Nationwide Approach. This document is the first attempt to establish a framework and whole community approach for reunifying children separated from their parents or legal guardians in the aftermath of a disaster. To ensure that this initiative was truly comprehensive, whole community partners from across the country were engaged in the development of the document. Additionally, NCMEC recently launched the Unaccompanied Minors Registry (UMR), our country’s first national repository created to support the MCMEC's ability to collect, store, report, and act on information related to children separated as a result of a disaster. The UMR is available during all disasters (not only Presidential).
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New EMI Independent Study Course has launched
Emergency Management Institute's Response and Recovery Branch has launched a new Independent Study Course, "IS 2900 National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) Overview." This course is an introduction to NDRF, the new national framework for efficient and timely disaster recovery operations. It describes the NDRF, gives examples of its use in recent disasters, explains the roles various stakeholders from the whole community have in recovery following a disaster, and outlines the assistance available to local communities and their partners. The course uses videos and examples to show how recovery operates within the NDRF. For more information about the course, download the EMI announcement.
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16th Disaster Resource GUIDE available soon — you must sign up
Soon, the 16th Disaster Resource GUIDE will be coming off the press. This edition will explore the role that relationships play in guiding organizations toward the goal of resilience. The GUIDE integrates, consolidates and communicates thousands of resources for prevention, mitigation, response and recovery in six critical areas: preparedness, planning and management; human concerns; information availability and security; satcom and telecom; facility issues; and crisis communications and response. The GUIDE is free to qualified individuals who have responsibilities in the areas of business continuity, risk/crisis management, emergency management and disaster recovery. You must renew every year. Sign up today.
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Typhoon Haiyan: How technology is changing disaster response
As Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, the world has been kept in the loop with almost second-by-second updates of live tweets, images and videos of its impact. It's another example of how social media is changing how we communicate, but now humanitarians are increasingly using this technology to transform the way we respond to disasters.
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A grate fix for flooding
The Wall Street Journal
A sidewalk on Greenwich Street has one of the first signs of what a Sandy-proofed New York subway could look like: a floodgate hidden in a ventilation grate that may one day allow workers to seal off tunnels from an advancing storm surge. While much attention has focused on higher-profile — and less proven — technologies such as inflatable tunnel plugs, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is testing hatches that can seal off ventilation grates when a storm approaches.
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ICHL 2013 to address humanitarian logistics
The International Conference on Humanitarian Logistics (ICHL 2013) is scheduled for Dec. 2-3, 2013, IIM Raipur, India. Humanitarian logistics play a key role in focusing on rapidly delivering the correct amount of goods, people, and monetary resources to the needed locations. The conference will provide the opportunity for the sharing and exchange of ideas and thoughts by eminent dignitaries from research colloquia around the world. The conference proposes to fulfill the following objectives: to provide with an overview of key humanitarian logistics issues, including delivering the appropriate supplies, in good condition, in the quantities required, and at the places and time they are needed; to make business managers more sensitized towards the humanitarian supply chain management processes, due to the increasing complexity and magnitude of global emergency relief operations for their business; and to understand the responsibilities of the academia, international relief agencies, NGOs, and government organizations and their role to equip business leaders with the skills and knowledge to manage unpredictable environments. Details are available here.
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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.
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Be Ready Camp is open to Alabama 6th graders in the 2013-14 school year
The eight annual Be Ready Camp will be held March 25-29, 2014 at the U.S. Space and Rock Center in Huntsville, Ala. It is open to all Alabama residents who will be in the sixth-grade during the 2013-14 school year. Be Ready Camp is an innovative and unique program that promotes citizen preparedness and participation using multiple approaches to learning. Intertwined throughout Be Ready Camp is the involvement of personnel with homeland security responsibilities at the local, state and national level. The capstone of Be Ready Camp is a full-scale mock disaster exercise incorporating the camp participants with first responders and citizens. Applications include and essay and submissions are due by Dec. 31, 2013. Learn more.
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There is still time to complete the IAEM 2013 Annual Conference Survey and be eligible to win a complimentary registration to IAEM 2014
Conference attendees are asked to complete the IAEM Annual Conference Survey, so that your input will be part of plans to make future IAEM Annual Conferences even better. Please take the time now to complete the survey. The deadline is Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. The survey is located under the survey icon on the conference app. Note there are 2 pages of icons and it is located on the second page. Click here from your device to download the app now. If you don't have a smart phone, click here to view the web-based version of the app. This is your last chance to be entered to win a complimentary registration to the 2014 IAEM Annual Conference in Reno!
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Plan today for your 2014 certification training
We are gearing up for 2014 so join us at a certification offering.
  • Jan. 10 (Prep Course & Exam) — New Orleans, La.
  • March 14 (Prep Course & Exam — Cheektowaga, N.Y.
A minimum of 10 registrants is required for the Prep Course offerings to proceed. Register online.

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In Philippines, typhoon survivors desperate for food; aid workers say progress is slow
The Washinton Post
As authorities in this typhoon-ravaged nation struggled with a mammoth relief effort, survivors were becoming increasingly desperate, short on food and supplies and terrified about waiting longer for help. About five days after the once- in-a-century winds of Typhoon Haiyan gashed the central Philippines, some aid workers said progress has been too slow. Many who want to help are waiting at airports and air bases, hoping to catch rides from the short-handed Philippine military. The typhoon directly affected about 10 percent of the population, officials have said.
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300 feared dead after tropical cyclone slams into Somalia
The death toll from a tropical cyclone that hit Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region has risen to 140 but the final figure could total 300, the government said on Wednesday. The government has declared a state of emergency and appealed for international aid to help the tiny Horn of Africa region, which is rich in energy resources and is being sized up by oil explorers.
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How to help Typhoon Haiyan survivors
The stories coming out of the Philippines are unimaginable. Rushing water and wind tearing children away from their parents' arms. A death toll that may reach 2,500. A city of 200,000 in which no buildings appear to have survived intact. One of the most intense typhoons on record, Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) left catastrophic destruction behind. If you're looking for someone missing in the Philippines, or if you have information about someone there, has launched the Typhoon Yolanda Person Finder. A Google crisis map has also been added to detail evacuation centers and areas designated for relief.
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US, China meet for annual disaster relief exercise
The Associated Press via Fox News
Army officials from China and the United States are meeting in Hawaii for an annual disaster relief exercise that will include field training for the first time this year. Specifics of the exercise scenario have not been publicly released. U.S. Army Pacific officials have only described it as a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operation requiring U.S. and China military cooperation in a fictional third country.
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UN: 21 nations take up polio 'emergency'
The Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle
Some 21 nations in the Middle East and nearby regions have jointly made the eradication of polio an emergency priority and recognized that Pakistan is a key part of the problem, the World Health Organization said. The joint resolution by nations who are part of the U.N. health agency's Eastern Mediterranean region have called on Pakistan to urgently vaccinate all of its children to prevent the virus from spreading internationally.
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