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As 2013 comes to a close, IAEM would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year of the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the IAEM Dispatch a look at the 10 most accessed articles from the year and a special message from the IAEM Global Board chairman. Our regular publication will resume Friday, Jan 3.

Message from Ellis Stanley, IAEM-Global Board Chair
I'm proposing a worldwide Resiliency Revolution for 2014. Disasters don't respect jurisdictional boundaries, so why should emergency management? When it comes to building a more resilient world, we emergency management professionals must continue to search out successful practices that can be adapted to our own circumstances. Let the Resiliency Revolution involve all elements of our communities, since those most affected by disasters have valuable insights.

Buckminster Fuller proposed a worldwide technological revolution that would take place independently of politics or ideology. He saw this being carried out by "comprehensive designers" who would coordinate resources and technology on a global scale for the benefit of all people, while constantly anticipating future needs in order to provide for increased demands in the face of lessened reserves. Let us embrace Fuller's idea of constant improvement and reinvention as critical factors that make the emergency management profession so exciting. I invite you to join the Resiliency Revolution!

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Category 5 ice storm? A new index rates ice storm impacts
The Weather Channel
From Dec. 5: If you hear a forecast of a foot of snow, you know it will mess up your commute and could shut down schools, businesses, perhaps even the local airport. You're prepared for the impacts and will likely adjust your schedule accordingly. What about an ice storm? Do you know what impacts a half inch of ice accumulation typically produces in your area? A new index hopes to more clearly communicate the risk from ice storms.
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10 commandments for using SMS in natural disasters
Thomson Reuters Foundation
From May 9: With more than 5 billion cell phones in the world, it's not surprising SMS technology is emerging as the tool of choice for disaster responders, a point that came up in our recent live debate on humanitarianism in a network age. SMS networks are often the most robust when catastrophes strike; they're the last systems to go down and the first to come up.
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Why Boston's hospitals were ready
The New Yorker
From April 25: The bombs at the Boston Marathon were designed to maim and kill, and they did. Three people died within the first moments of the blast. More than a hundred and seventy people were injured. They had their limbs blown off, vital arteries severed, bones fractured, flesh torn open by shrapnel or scorched by the blasts’ heat. Yet it now appears that every one of the wounded alive when rescuers reached them will survive.
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Russia cleans up after meteor blast injures more than 1,000
From Feb. 21: Thousands of Russian emergency workers went out to clear up the damage from a meteor that exploded over the Ural mountains, damaging buildings, shattering windows and showering people with broken glass.
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  Viking Satcom's Quick-Deploy Antenna Systems

Be Prepared for any Disaster with Viking Satcom’s Quick-Deploy Antenna Systems. Viking Satcom offers Mobile Auto-point and Quick-Deploy Antenna Systems for a variety of Transmit Receive applications. Whether it is for Internet access when out of network, telephone contact during a disaster, or Inclined Orbit applications, Viking Satcom can assist.


How Google is transforming disaster relief
Al Jazeera America
From Nov. 27: 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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Australia guide: How to survive mass shootings
MSN News
From Aug. 1: Australian counterterrorism officials, citing deadly incidents such as the Boston Marathon bombings, have issued a guide for government and business to prevent, respond to and survive mass shootings. The guidelines issued by the Australia-New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee spell out plans to manage threats of mass casualties in gathering places such as sporting and entertainment venues, universities, shopping and business districts and transportation hubs, according to media reports.
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US nuclear plants vulnerable to terrorists
From Aug. 22: Commercial and research nuclear facilities across the U.S. are inadequately protected against the threat of terrorism, according to the results of new study released by the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project at the University of Texas at Austin's LBJ School of Public Affairs.
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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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New York plans a high school of emergency management
New York Magazine
From April 11: Among the 78 new city schools Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced would open will be the nation's first public high school of emergency management, one of the city's longer-term responses to Hurricane Sandy. According to NY1, the city worked with FEMA to plan the Urban Assembly School of Emergency Management, in which students will study things like meteorology, changes in flood zones, management, and communications. Not by coincidence, the school will open in a Manhattan school building that served as a shelter during the storm.
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FEMA's EMI announces 32 emergency manager professionals program graduates
Emergency Management
From March 21: FEMA's Emergency Management Institute announced the graduation of 32 students from the Emergency Manager Basic Academy course, the first of three phases of the Emergency Manager Professionals Program, which began in October 2011. The 32 graduates completed courses, including Science of a Disaster; Planning Emergency Operations; Exercise Design; and Public Information and Warning at EMI.
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This disaster housing is made from upcycled relief water bottles
From Nov. 27: 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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