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CDC accredited for emergency management
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) on Nov. 15 announced that it has received accreditation from the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP), making it the first federal agency to attain full accreditation of its emergency management program. The accreditation process includes an on-site assessment and follow-up report, which provides a summary of compliance against 64 EMAP standards set out in the Emergency Management Standard. Among these standards are: program management; administration and finance; laws and authorities; operational planning; exercises, evaluations and corrective action; and crisis communication, public education and information.
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The new science of disaster prediction
The New Yorker
You wouldn't know it from the images of the Philippines, but the science of disaster prediction is flourishing. Prediction and preparation are not the same thing, however, and questions have arisen about whether sufficient preparations were made for Typhoon Haiyan. These questions are posed after every disaster, and invariably there is only one answer: we could have prepared better. The Philippines could have been better prepared, but the best preparation is no match for two-hundred-mile-per-hour winds.
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Cellphones failing to give locations in emergency situations
The Dallas Morning News
911 calls from landlines are naturally attached to an address. But the FCC estimates that 70 percent of 911 calls nationwide now come from cellphones. FCC regulations call for cellphones to give location information in two phases. The first phase immediately gives call takers a phone number and the cell tower's location. As the call continues, a second phase of information comes in within 30 seconds and gives the caller's latitude and longitude in a range of 55 to 330 yards. When the agency created those regulations, cellphones were primarily used outdoors when dialing 911, such as calls on a highway. Currently, cell companies only have to prove that the data can come in effectively on outdoor calls. But more than half of 911 calls are now made from indoors.
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App takes on emergency alert duties in Mississippi
Emergency Management
Natural disasters can be hard to predict and devastating to the affected. That's why the Mississippi Department of Health is looking to gain a potentially life-saving edge using technology. On Oct. 4, the department, in partnership with its e-government partner Mississippi Interactive, a division of NIC, launched MS Ready. The emergency preparedness mobile app offers Mississippi residents alerts and a game plan for natural disasters and man-made threats.
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    The Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP), an independent non-profit organization, is a standard-based voluntary assessment and peer review accreditation process for emergency management programs responsible for coordinating prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery activities for natural and human-caused disasters. Accreditation is based on compliance with collaboratively developed national standards, the Emergency Management Standard.

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Philippines disaster rekindles fight over food aid rules
Emergency aid, including stocks of food, started arriving in cyclone-devastated areas of the Philippines; more is on the way. By coincidence, the cyclone struck just as final efforts began in Congress to re-write the rules for food aid, and the disaster immediately reignited the conversation about reforming them on Capitol Hill. Advocates of reform called it dramatic evidence that the U.S. should provide more aid in the form of cash, rather than shipping food from American ports.
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How and where should we rebuild after natural disasters?
The physical damage from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines is catastrophic. Hundreds of thousands of people are now homeless. Soon, though, people will start to rebuild, as they have after similar natural disasters. How they do it, and where, is increasingly important in places like the Philippines. The island nation lies in a sort of "typhoon alley," and with climate change and rising sea levels, there are more storms in store.
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ASFM publishes training and outreach materials about the National Flood Insurance Program reform bill
Chad Berginnis, executive director of the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFM), recently testified before the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services, asking that proposed changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) not be postponed, and offering options to the affordability aspect of flood insurance. Concerns about flood insurance no longer being affordable for some people after the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Act of 2012 was enacted, along with several other concerns, prompted many to ask that the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) be put on hold for four years. ASFM supports many of the changes made in the 2012 NFIP Reform Bill, also known as Biggert-Waters 2012, or BW-12 for short. A centerpiece of BW-12, which was signed into law July 6, 2012, was to make NFIP more financially sound. The ASFM has published online training and outreach materials on BW-1.
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HHS publishes HIPPA guide for law enforcement
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, in cooperation with the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has published a two-page HIPAA Guide for Law Enforcement. The purpose of the publication is to assist law enforcement when trying to obtain health information that is protected by the HIPAA Privacy Rule. The guide provides a basic description of the HIPAA Privacy Rule and identifies entities that are and are not required to comply. The guide also outlines several disclosure permissions that allow the disclosure of health information to law enforcement in common law enforcement situations, such as during an emergency response.
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FEMA seeks applicants for Technical Mapping Advisory Council
FEMA is requesting applications from qualified individuals who are interested in appointment to the Technical Mapping Advisory Council (TMAC). The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 established the TMAC to make recommendations to the FEMA Administrator on how to improve the accuracy, general quality, ease of use, and distribution and dissemination of flood insurance rate maps (FIRMs) and risk data; and to improve performance metrics and milestones required to effectively and efficiently map flood risk areas in the United States. Qualified applicants will be considered to represent one or more of the following membership categories: professional surveying association or organization; professional mapping association or organization; engineering association or organization; professional association or organization representing flood hazard determination firms; United States Geological Survey; professional association or organization representing state geographic information; state national flood insurance coordination offices; United States Army Corps of Engineers; regional flood and storm water management organization; state, tribal, and territorial government; agencies; local government agencies; floodplain management association or organization; risk management association or organization; and state mitigation officer. Individuals interested in serving on the TMAC are invited to apply for appointment by submitting a resume or curriculum vitae to FEMA, Federal Insurance Mitigation Administration, Risk Analysis Division by email, or by mail at 1800 South Bell Street, Arlington, VA 20598–3035.
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Kay C. Goss, CEM, inducted into National Academy for Public Administration
IAEM member Kay C. Goss, CEM, was recently inducted into the National Academy for Public Administration as a Fellow of the Academy. Ms. Goss is visiting professor of political science and public administration and interim director for international studies at the University of Arkansas and CEO (Washington, D.C.), GC Barnes Group. Also, she and Dr. Clair Blong have launched a new think tank, International Disaster Preparedness Institute.
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CEM®/AEM℠ reviews for 2014 announced
The USA CEM® Commission will conduct a CEM®/AEM℠ application review from Feb. 20-23, 2014. The deadline to submit applications to IAEM headquarters for this review is Jan. 31, 2014. The next review meeting is tentatively scheduled for September 2014.
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Online application system launches in January for recertifications
Reminder: 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/around Jan. 1, 2014. Beginning in 2014, all recertification applications must be received through the online application. We expect to roll out the CEM® 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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Date and theme for 2014 conference announced — plan now for call for speakers
The IAEM 62nd Annual Conference & EMEX 2014 will be held Nov. 14-19, 2014, in the Grand Hyatt and Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. The conference theme selected by the IAEM-USA Conference Committee is "IAEM 2014: Navigating the New Normal." The Call for Speakers will be issued in mid-December. Mark your calendars.
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Damage from worst-in-a-century Midwest storm system could cost $1 billion
The deadly Midwest storm system, which included two of the most powerful November tornadoes that far north for more than 100 years, caused an estimated $1 billion in damage, an expert said. One of the two EF4 tornadoes recorded devastated large parts of Washington, Ill., a town of 16,000 people some 140 miles from Chicago. Authorities doubled to 1,000 the number of homes damaged or destroyed in the tempest.
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Sardinia floods kill at least 16 as Italy declares state of emergency on island
The Guardian
At least 16 people, including a family of four trapped in their ground-floor flat, have died in Sardinia after torrential rains and a cyclone caused rivers to burst their banks. The Italian prime minister, Enrico Letta, described the fatalities as a "national tragedy," and the government declared a state of emergency on the island after six months' worth of rain fell within 24 hours.
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Death Toll in Vietnam Flooding Raised to 41
The Associated Press via ABC News
The death toll from flooding caused by heavy rains in central Vietnam has risen to 41, with about 80,000 people forced from their homes, disaster officials said. The National Floods and Storms Control Agency said in a statement that the floods had affected more than 400,000 houses, but added the flood waters have mostly receded, allowing many residents to return home. The heavy rains began Nov. 14.
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UN disaster chief stresses long-term needs for Philippines
The head of U.N. disaster relief visited the heart of the Philippine disaster zone on Tuesday and stressed the need for long-term planning as well as emergency relief to ensure farmers and fishermen can resume their livelihoods. Valerie Amos toured the devastated coastal town of Guiuan in Eastern Samar, where Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall on Nov. 8 wiping out just about everything in its path, as a government official estimated the reconstruction bill would reach $5.8 billion.
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Philippine official fired for estimate of 10,000 dead from typhoon
The New York Times
As the desperate search for survivors continued in the Philippines, a senior police commander was fired for telling reporters that the death toll from the typhoon that devastated the nation could exceed 10,000, according to a government news agency. The Philippines News Agency, under the control of the president's office, reported that Elmer Soria, the chief superintendent for the central Philippines province of Leyte, "was relieved from his post" for sharing the alarming estimate, which was quickly a focus of reports from the local news media and international news organizations.
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