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This disaster housing is made from upcycled relief water bottles
When natural disasters hit, one of the first relief supplies to arrive is clean, bottled drinking water. But soon the empty bottles could be put to good use, too — in the form of this new style of disaster housing. The design, by Home2O at the New York Institute of Technology's School of Architecture and Design, uses a custom plastic pallet into which crushed plastic bottles are screwed. The crushed bottles overlap, much like Spanish roof tiles, to form a surface that is fully covered and weatherproof.
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A chronic problem in disaster zones: No fuel
In the wake of any natural disaster, there are almost always shortages of fuel. Even in the United States, gas stations shut down during blackouts because there's no electricity to run their pumps. It was no different in the Philippines, where practically no fuel was available after Typhoon Haiyan struck. Aid agencies said the lack of gasoline was a major impediment to relief efforts. One small American nonprofit called the Fuel Relief Fund is trying to change that.
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Be recognized for your work!
Has your federal, military, state regional, county, municipal or other governmental entity produced communications this year? The answer has to be yes. Have you done this internally and/or externally? You probably said yes to both of these questions. Now is the time to be recognized for the communications you are doing. The National Association of Government Communicators has issued their Call for Entries in the Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition. Enter as many categories as your choose — the number of opportunities to share your best work, innovation, creativity and use of technology may surprise you. There are more than 40 categories with a vast range of opportunities for you to showcase your work. A few of the categories are: publications, media relations, photography, graphic design, video, electronic communications, social media, and branding/rebranding. The early submission deadline is Dec. 6, 2013. The final deadline is Jan. 10, 2014. Learn more on the NAGC website.
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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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How Google is transforming disaster relief
Al Jazeera America
Since Typhoon Haiyan tore through the central Philippines earlier this month, loved ones around the world have posted more than 107,000 names to Google's Person Finder. Missing-person lists are nothing new, but in any given disaster, they were often difficult to search or find at all. If relief work could be considered an industry, then Person Finder is an example of what Google does best: disrupt an inefficient one.
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FEMA and partners publish 'Post Disaster Reunification of Children: A Nationwide Approach'
FEMA, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Department of Health & Human Services, and the American Red Cross recently released "Post Disaster Reunification of Children: A Nationwide Approach." This document reflects the first U.S. attempt to establish a baseline foundation 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 "Post Disaster Reunification of Children: A Nationwide Approach," to include inter-governmental partners, pediatric experts, and voluntary, faith based, children and disability organizations, as well as other applicable stakeholders and advocacy groups. The report is posted in FEMA's LLIS website public document library and can also be downloaded here.
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First credential reviews scheduled for 2014
The first USA CEM® Commission credential review meeting will be Feb. 20-23, 2014. The deadline to submit applications to IAEM Headquarters is Jan. 31, 2014. The Oceania-Asia CEM® Commission will follow a similar time frame with applications due at IAEM HQ by Jan. 31, 2014. The second and final meeting in 2014 will occur in September. Candidates are encouraged to plan accordingly.
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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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Certification holiday announcement
Due to the holiday season, no certification exams will be processed or mailed from Dec. 17, 2013 to Jan. 2, 2014.
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Take the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) survey
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), short emergency messages that can be received on cell phones across the country, are one of the many technologies available through the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS). WEAs are automatic and can provide emergency weather and imminent threat notifications, AMBER alerts, and Presidential messages. Unlike text alerts you may receive from your city, county, or institution, WEAs are not subscription based, so customers of participating wireless carriers with WEA-capable phones do not sign up to receive the alerts..The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) is interested in learning more about your level of awareness of WEA messages. The survey also will help us understand the accessibility of this unique technology and how it impacts your community. Take the survey today.
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OBP offers counter-IED and risk mitigation training
To reduce risk to the nation's critical infrastructure, the Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP), National Protection and Programs Protectorate, Dept. of Homeland Security, develops and delivers a diverse curriculum of training designed to build nationwide counter-improvised explosive device (IED) core capabilities and enhance awareness of terrorist threats. Coordinated through State Homeland Security Officials and training offices, OBP courses educate Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial (FSLTT) participants such as municipal officials, state and local law enforcement, critical infrastructure owners/operators, and security staff on strategies to prevent, protect against, respond to, and mitigate bombing incidents. The schedule and contacts are posted 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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Philippines typhoon death roll rises above 5000
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
The death toll from one of the strongest typhoons on record has risen above 5,000 and is likely to climb further, although recovery efforts are beginning to take hold, Philippine officials said. Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said 4,919 people were killed on Leyte, Samar and nearby islands in the Eastern Visayas region. Civil defense chief Eduardo del Rosario said 290 others died in other parts of the central and southern Philippines.
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Flooding cost the UK £600m in 2012
The Guardian
Last year's flooding could have cost the UK economy up to £600 million, according to research. The Environment Agency said the estimated damage to all property totalled about £277 million while the impact on businesses in England was up to £200 million, including some £84 million in property damage. Other indirect impacts — such as lost working days — hit companies and local economies by around £33 million, the EA found, and disruption to transport, communications and utility links cost up to £82 million.
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81 Midwest tornadoes highly unusual for November
ABC News
After one of the quietest U.S. tornado seasons in 40 years, a recent Sunday was nature's comeback, with a total of 81 tornado reports in Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Indiana and Ohio. Illinois was the hardest hit, with 43 tornadoes, followed by 23 in Indiana, 13 in Kentucky, one in Missouri and one in Ohio. According to the National Weather Service's preliminary ratings, New Minden, Ill., in the southern part of the state, was in the swirl of an EF4 tornado, with winds of at least 166 mph.
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The case for US military response during international disasters
The Hill
As natural disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies are becoming more common worldwide, the U.S. will increasingly be called in to assist during other disasters. What's more, weak and fragile states with inadequate emergency response capacities, infrastructure and public health services are particularly vulnerable to severe natural disasters. Here, military response is crucial to getting relief efforts up and running during the immediate post-disaster phase.
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US, China conduct disaster management exchange
U.S Department of Defense
Soldiers from U.S. Army Pacific, the Hawaii Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers along with representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency participated with members of China's People's Liberation Army in a disaster management exchange at Marine Corps Training Area-Bellows. The 2013 DME is a subject matter expert exchange focused on an international humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operation.
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Latvian store search ends with death toll at 54
The Associated Press via The Boston Globe
Latvia's rescue service says it has finished searching the site of a collapsed supermarket in which 54 people died, including three firefighters, and at least 40 were injured. The four-day operation was interrupted when a large portion of the roof caved in, but no one was injured. Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis on Monday called the supermarket collapse a "serious crime" and said it is not a case where there can be no guilty party.
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China probes oil pipelines as death toll from blast rises to 52
China has launched a broad investigation into safety at oil and gas pipelines, state media reported, as the death toll from an explosion at a Sinopec pipeline rose to 52. The blast at the eastern oil hub of Qingdao on Friday was China Petroleum & Chemical Corp's deadliest known accident and is one of the worst publicly reported industrial disasters in China this year.
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