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San Antonio Hosts 1,768 at IAEM's 62nd Annual Conference
A total of 1,768 emergency management professionals and students of emergency management from 21 countries registered for the IAEM 62nd Annual Conference & EMEX, being held through Nov. 19, 2014, at the Grand Hyatt and Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. IAEM-USA President Bruce Lockwood, CEM, announced the creation of an IAEM Think Tank that will begin in early 2015, with more details to be provided soon. Long lines were reported at the Crisis Technology Center booth in the EMEX Exhibit Hall, where IAEM-USA Emerging Technology Caucus members offered assistance and answered questions about how the latest technology can support EM efforts. Here a few favorite speaker quotes noted by IAEM Annual Conference attendees on Twitter:
  • "The sole purpose of a presentation is to make change happen." — Nathaniel Forbes, MBCI, CBCP, CEO, Forbes Calamity Prevention
  • "We're dealing with a generation that knows how to swipe a page before it's ever turned one." — Hong-Eng Koh, Senior Director, Oracle Public Sector
  • "No matter what level of emergency management you work in, we're all trying to achieve unity of effort." — Joseph L. Nimmich, FEMA Deputy Director
  • "Sympathetic listening and identification are critical traits of volunteers." — Brenda Phillips, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Ohio University at Chillicothe.

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IAEM 2014 Middle East Resilience Conference Begins Dec. 10 in Dubai
The groundbreaking IAEM 2014 Middle East Resilience Conference, will take place Dec. 10-11, 2014, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. "IAEM is excited to produce this educational event, which will include EM-focused training sessions and networking opportunities, as well as best practices and lessons learned case studies facilitated by key opinion leaders and experts," stated IAEM-Global Board Chair Ellis Stanley. "There will be an emphasis on the all-hazards approach, key elements of resiliency, and the principles of emergency management." The conference, which is IAEM's first in the Middle East, will aim to arm emergency management, security, police, fire and other safety officials and managers with both theoretical and practical experiences. Find out more and register online.
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IAEM-USA members elect Second Vice President and Secretary
Members of the IAEM-USA Council of the International Association of Emergency Managers elected officers in an online election that ended Nov. 18, with election results announced at the IAEM Annual Membership Meeting on Nov. 19, during the IAEM Annual Conference. Lanita Lloyd, MSEM, CEM, Corporate & Inter-Agency Liaison for The Salvation Army's Southern Territory, Atlanta, Georgia, was elected IAEM-USA Second Vice President. She is the outgoing president of IAEM-USA Region 4. Steven J. Charvat, CEM, Emergency Management Director, University of Washington Office of Emergency Management, Seattle, Washington, was re-elected IAEM-USA Secretary.
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FEMA seeks public comments on unified federal review applicant guidance through Nov. 28
FEMA, in conjunction with its Interagency Steering Group, announced the public review period for the Draft Environmental and Historic Preservation Guidance for Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance Applicants. The Draft Applicant Guidance is an important step in the implementation of the Unified Federal Environmental and Historic Preservation Review Process (Unified Federal Review). Additional information on the Unified Federal Review is available online. To access the Draft Applicant Guidance and for further instructions on submitting comments, please visit the Unified Federal Review web page. Comments can be submitted through Nov. 28, 2014.
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Study will test whether Ebola survivors' blood can treat virus in others
Fox News
A coalition of companies and aid groups announced plans to test experimental drugs and collect blood plasma from Ebola survivors to treat new victims of the disease in West Africa. Plasma from survivors contains antibodies, substances the immune system makes to fight the virus. Several Ebola patients have received survivor plasma and recovered, but doctors say there is no way to know whether it really helps without a study like the one they are about to start within a month.
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After ferry disaster, South Korea is getting rid of its coast guard
Reuters via Business Insider
South Korea launches a massive new government agency this week to handle emergency rescue and safety management seven months after a ferry disaster killed 304 people and was blamed by President Park Geun-hye on a failed response by the coast guard. The coast guard is being broken up and its search and rescue duties are being moved to the new National Safety Agency that will have more than 10,000 staff and incorporate fire and emergency response teams, the government said.
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Ensuring emergency power after a natural disaster
Consulting-Specifying Engineer
In March 2011, a 9.0 earthquake followed by a tsunami shocked Japan's northern shore. The devastation to four nuclear reactors in Fukushima caused a state of emergency. The on-site power generators at the plant survived the shake only to be disabled by the tsunami. With no backup power, the cooling pumps could not operate, and without power, the ability to cool the core was disabled, which led to core meltdown. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit the northeastern seaboard, crippling emergency power as wind and flooding knocked out many on-site power systems for critical facilities. How prepared are we to maintain emergency power in the wake of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, wind, and floods? Can we limit our vulnerability?
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Natural disasters explained at American Museum of Natural History
The New York Times
Humanity has an extraordinary talent for causing catastrophes; we are even likely, as many have suggested over the past century — to be responsible for the coming apocalypse. But really, we are second-rate. Take a look at the images of cataclysm at the American Museum of Natural History's exhibition opening on Saturday — "Nature's Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters" — and see how immense the forces are that nature wields, how impossible it is to control them, how difficult it has been to predict their effects.
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New CEM®/AEM℠ exam to be released in January 2015
The new 100-question multiple choice CEM®/AEM℠ exam will be released in January 2015. A revised study guide with recommended study materials will be available later this month on the IAEM website. Candidates taking the exam in January will have the option to take either the current exam or the updated exam. Beginning Feb. 1, 2015, all candidates will be scheduled to take the new exam. Information about making arrangements for the exam with an approved proctor can be found on pages 4-5 of the Study Guide. Keep in mind that candidates must request the exam at least 14 business days in advance, and no exam requests will be processed between Dec. 16, 2014, and Jan. 5, 2015.
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Recent National Mass Care Strategy webinar available for viewing online
The Nov. 12 National Mass Care Strategy webinar, "How Task Forces Strengthen Mass Care Preparedness and Response," has been posted for online viewing here. This one-hour webinar highlights the experiences of presenters from the State of Maryland, The Salvation Army and FEMA developing the Mass Care task force concept and activating task forces during an Alaska feeding operation; planning for a community event in Maryland; and in the 2014 National Mass Care Exercise. Find out more about the National Mass Care Strategy.
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Ready, the Ad Council, and Disney encourage emergency preparedness for kids with 'Big Hero 6'
Recognizing that children have the ability to play an important role in preparing themselves, their families and their communities for a disaster, FEMA's Ready Campaign, along with the Ad Council and Disney, released new Public Service Advertisements (PSAs) as an extension of Ready Kids' ongoing outreach. These PSAs highlight several steps that kids can take to prepare for emergencies: Make a Plan, Build a Kit and Know The Facts. The new English and Spanish PSAs feature leading characters from Walt Disney Animation Studios' recently released film "Big Hero 6," and they encourage viewers to visit to learn how to prepare for emergencies.
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Announcing the IAEM EMvision Talks Logo Design Contest
The IAEM Conference Committee is soliciting entries for the design of a logo for an exciting new conference initiative — EMvision Talks. The Talks are modeled on the well-known TED™ Talk format and are a new way to communicate thought leadership in emergency management. EMvision Talks will become part of the IAEM Annual Conference line-up in 2015. Submissions for EMvision Talks will be open to everyone, and the Call for Presentations will open the end of March 2015. Right now, the committee seeks an eye-catching graphic to brand the talks and make them an identifiable part of future conferences. As a "home-grown" project of IAEM, the Committee would like an IAEM member with graphic arts skills to develop a distinctive logo relating to emergency management and IAEM that will capture the essence of these talks — passion, novelty, excitement, thought leadership, and vision. The winning design will be used on the IAEM Website, in conference e-mails, in print, and on conference signage to identify EMvision Talks at future conferences. The contest opened Oct. 1 and closes Nov. 30, 2014, at midnight Eastern time. Submissions must be in PDF format and should be e-mailed to Julie Husk.
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Using animals to build an early warning system for natural disasters
Biologist Martin Wikelski put sensors on goats living on Italy's Mount Etna and watched what happened. He found that if you watched their movements, you could predict when there would be volcanic eruptions. So now he wants to do satellite research on how animals roam and escape on a world scale.
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Google to alert Filipinos from natural disasters with Public Alerts
Marketing Interactive
Google has launched Public Alerts in the Philippines to alert locals during typhoon season and other related natural disasters and humanitarian crises. Google Public Alerts will display official emergency messages on the tech giant's high traffic online assets Google Search, Google Maps and Google Now. And to assure relevance, alerts will depend on the given location, severity of the disaster, and search queries of its users.
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International Association of EMS Chiefs to hold 2014 Leadership Summit, Dec. 5-8, 2014
The International Association of EMS Chiefs provides an annual forum for EMS leaders and chiefs to gather and discuss cutting-edge issues while facilitating access to key federal officials in order to ensure our voices are heard. The 2014 Leadership Summit, "EMS at the Crossroads: Leading Our Future," will take place Dec. 5-8, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Topics are chosen to keep leaders informed about important law and policy issues impacting EMS administration and systems. Additionally, the forum provides an opportunity to personally meet with your congressional representatives, network with your peers, and view the latest in equipment and technology. Details are available here.
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At least 7 die as snow, cold pummel East Coast
The first snowstorm of the season left several dead and looked to set an all-time U.S. record for snowfall in a 24-hour period. At least five deaths in New York were blamed on the snow, including three from heart attacks while shoveling, officials said. Two other deaths were reported in New Hampshire and Michigan.
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Severe weather in the Deep South: At least 5 tornadoes confirmed
The Weather Channel
At least five tornadoes have been confirmed after a round of severe weather moved through the Deep South, and at least one of these storms caused serious damage to structures in the Florida Panhandle.
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UNHCR starts relocation of 15,000 stranded South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia
The U.N. refugee agency has begun relocating nearly 15,000 South Sudanese refugees who had been stranded for a few months at a way station in western Ethiopia after the refugee camp where they were due to live was flooded.
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