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The May 2018 IAEM Bulletin is online!
 The IAEM Poster Showcase Call for Abstracts Deadline: May 18, 2018, 5:00 p.m. EDT.
> The 2018 IAEM Awards Competition Deadline: June 1, 2018.



Enter the Poster Showcase for the IAEM 2018 Annual Conference by tomorrow's deadline

Published: 17 May 2018 07:23:51 CDT

Tomorrow, Friday, May 18 at 5:00 p.m. EDT, the Call for Abstracts will close for the Poster Showcase at the IAEM 66th Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Oct. 19-24, 2018. The Poster Showcase is an opportunity for individuals to share their knowledge or findings obtained through research or experience with the attendees at the IAEM Annual Conference. For more information, visit the IAEM Conference website.

Indian authorities claim progress in campaign to end heatwave deaths

Published: 17 May 2018 07:23:51 CDT

Despite nearly 200 people killed in heatwaves this month, India’s disaster agency has said efforts to cut heat deaths to zero are having an impact. On May 2, several parts of the country suffered from severe dust and thunderstorms, resulting in the deaths of at least 124 people.

Maharashtra formulates drought plan, sets up separate disaster management authorities for Mumbai, suburbs

Published: 17 May 2018 07:23:51 CDT

The state has finally set up separate disaster management authorities for Mumbai city and Mumbai Suburban. The Bombay high court had on April 6 warned of action for “aggravated contempt” if Maharashtra government failed to constitute the two separate authorities by May 4. The state also formulated a drought plan.

2018 IAEM-Canada EM Leadership & Innovation Conference begins on June 5 in Calgary — don't miss this event!

Published: 17 May 2018 07:23:51 CDT

The inaugural IAEM-Canada Emergency Management Leadership & Innovation Conference, set for June 5-8, 2018, at Cenovus Energy’s The Bow, in Calgary, Alberta, will bring together leaders in emergency management to share the latest in technologies being used, and lessons learned around the world, to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. Visit the IAEM-Canada event site for details, including program, speakers, accommodations, travel, sponsors, FAQs, and more. This is a training and networking opportunity that you don’t want to miss. Register by May 24, 2018, to receive an early registration fee discount. IAEM members also receive an additional discount.

Portugal braces for wildfire season after 106 died last year

Published: 17 May 2018 07:23:51 CDT

Almost 6,300 firefighters are on standby in Portugal as the country gears up for the annual wildfire season amid controversy over whether enough has been done to prevent a repeat of last year's unprecedented 106 deaths. The government says that as from Tuesday, 13 water-dropping helicopters are available, with other aircraft already contracted for the critical period from June 1.

Cuba to offer special training in natural disaster reduction to Caribbean countries

Published: 17 May 2018 07:23:51 CDT

The Cuban government is to offer training to specialists from across the Caribbean on how to cope with natural disasters at a new meteorological center in the province of Ciego de Avila, local press reported. According to the Cuban media, the minister of science, technology and the environment, Elba Rosa Perez, said that this institution would offer preparation courses to mitigate disaster damage to scientists and researchers from Caribbean nations.

FEMA/EMI adds advanced public information officer training to 2018 schedule

Published: 17 May 2018 07:23:51 CDT

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) will offer the Advanced Public Information Officer training on July 16-20, 2018, in Ft. Pierce, Florida, and on Aug. 20-24, 2018, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The unprecedented number and intensity of major disaster incidents Americans are encountering has brought heightened focus on the importance of effective emergency public information. The training curriculum focuses on meeting the training needs of individuals tasked with critical message delivery. The course provides public information officers the opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills for establishing, managing and working in a joint information center (JIC). Using interactive lectures from subject matter experts and an intense functional exercise, participants learn skills they can use during escalating incidents, including strategic communications and incident action planning, as it relates to JIC operations. Prerequisites and course schedules are available online. For more information, contact Phil Politano, EMI course manager.

Feedback on final draft of National EMS Scope of Practice Model requested by May 31, 2018

Published: 17 May 2018 07:23:51 CDT

The National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials (NASEMSO), under contract from the USDOT NHTSA Office of EMS and USDHHS HRSA EMS-C, is soliciting feedback on the third and final draft of the 2018 National EMS Scope of Practice Model (“Practice Model”) prior to publication. During the past 18 months, a subject matter expert panel solicited public comments and updated the 2007 document to prepare a revision to the National EMS Education Standards. The expert panel was tasked to define entry-level expectations, the minimum requirements in advance of gaining field experience, to ensure a level of national consistency. Although some jurisdictions already exceed the Practice Model where coordination between the state and EMS medical director have determined that an experienced practitioner with proper education and oversight can safely serve the local needs and health of the public, the expert panel determined that increasing the Practice Model to the level of an experienced practitioner would create an unsustainable burden in time and expense to programs and individuals without substantial measurable benefit. Download the current 2007 version of the National EMS Scope of Practice Model and the 2018 Final Draft Revision. Those who wish to provide input should complete this online form by 5:00 pm EDT on May 31, 2018.

FEMA releases updated Public Assistance Policy and Program Guidance

Published: 17 May 2018 07:23:51 CDT

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Apr. 26 released an updated edition of the Public Assistance Policy and Program Guidance (PAPPG). The new PAPPG updates language to match the recent Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 in regard to houses of worship. The changes include: consideration of houses of worship as eligible private nonprofit facilities, distinct from community centers; clarification that houses of worship cannot be deemed ineligible because leadership or membership in the organization operating the house of worship is limited to persons who share a religious faith or practice; removal of the exclusion of buildings and items used primarily for religious purposes or instruction from the definition of eligible private non-profit educational facilities; and clarifying that these facilities are eligible regardless of their religious character or use for religious instruction. The new PAPPG also clarifies that new construction under the Public Assistance program is prohibited in Coastal High Hazard Areas. FEMA will update the guide on an annual basis and welcomes policy recommendations via email to FEMA-PAPolicy@fema.dhs.gov.

After a record hurricane season in 2017, forecasters warn US to brace for more this year

Published: 17 May 2018 07:23:51 CDT

Parts of the country are still cleaning up after 2017’s devastating hurricane season, but forecasters are already sounding a warning bell about 2018. And even though hurricane season doesn’t officially begin until June 1, the first named storm could arrive as soon as this weekend.

It's not just Hawaii: the US has 169 volcanoes that could erupt

Published: 17 May 2018 07:23:51 CDT

Volcanoes are full of tricks. They can build to a major eruption in a crescendo of shudders and spatters or explode with almost no warning. They can lie in wait under a magnificent snowcap, the centerpiece of a landscape of beauty that they could obliterate tomorrow, or in 10,000 years, or never again.

Expanding US electric transmission systems to bolster grid resilience

Published: 17 May 2018 07:23:51 CDT

Five major global companies — all of which have ambitious clean energy goals in the U.S. — have asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to intensify its focus on expanding the nation’s electric transmission system as one key part of its push for grid resilience.

IAEM Scholarship Program is accepting applications for 2018-2019 scholarships

Published: 17 May 2018 07:23:51 CDT

Full-time undergraduate and full- and part-time graduate students working towards a degree in emergency management, disaster management, or a closely related field, should apply now for the IAEM scholarship. Graduate and undergraduate applications with complete instructions are available on the IAEM website. Questions may be directed to Scholarship Program Director Dawn Shiley.

Here's a secret about the 'cybersecurity' special focus topic for the <i>IAEM Bulletin</i>

Published: 17 May 2018 07:23:51 CDT

Actually, this is a secret that we hope you will share! The next IAEM Bulletin special focus issue will be on the theme of “Cybersecurity,” which will appear in the June 2018 issue. The submission deadline was extended to May 15, 2018. However, we’ve decided that all articles submitted by Monday, May 21, 2018, will be reviewed and considered for the special focus issue. Articles might include, but are not limited to: Cybersecurity 101 about securing your own security and how you protect your own assets; how you incorporate cybersecurity into your CEMP/EOP; a discussion of available Internet resources; how to coordinate cybersecurity among your response team; how to protect information in your EOC; preparing for cybersecurity incidents, vulnerabilities and risks associated with IOT (Internet of Things – including AV systems, HVAC, remote sensors, etc.), and best practices for designing and conducting cybersecurity exercises. These are just examples of articles. You may identify another aspect of cybersecurity as it relates to emergency management that you would like to write about. Article length is 750-1,500 words. Please refer to the author guidelines for details, and email any questions to Editor Karen Thompson.

There are two weeks left to enter the IAEM 2018 Awards Competition

Published: 17 May 2018 07:23:51 CDT

The 2018 IAEM Awards Competition entry period will end on Friday, June 1, 2018, 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, and there will be no extensions. Visit www.iaem.com/Awards for details, guidelines, and entry forms. There are three groups of award categories: Global (for those in any location), Canada (only for Canadian entrants), and USA (only for U.S. entrants). The purpose of the IAEM Awards Competition is to recognize and honor persons who have made special or significant contributions to the field of emergency management and have represented the profession well by their outstanding performance. You are encouraged to participate and to share your achievements with your colleagues.

4 lessons for disaster risk reduction

Published: 17 May 2018 07:23:51 CDT

With climate change, natural disasters are becoming increasingly unpredictable. Across Asia, this has lead to human suffering and infrastructure damage, placing a huge burden on local economies. This can effectively keep them in a development trap, unable to grow sustainably.

Rising tide has Southern California city thinking ahead

Published: 17 May 2018 07:23:51 CDT

The consensus is that sea-level rise will occur in Southern California, but how much and when are questions that complicate developing mitigation plans. Encinitas, a city of almost 60,000, 25 miles north of San Diego, is trying to get a grip on those questions to deliver a Coastal Vulnerability and Resiliency Plan. If only they had a crystal ball.

How a new flood strategy helped a Colorado city skirt disaster

Published: 17 May 2018 07:23:51 CDT

In a single week in September 2013, areas in and upstream of Fort Collins, Colorado, received up to a foot of rain — three-quarters of the city’s annual average — pushing the Cache la Poudre River to levels not seen since 1930 and threatening the city’s 157,000 residents. Across the state, the deluge killed 10 people, displaced 18,000, and destroyed over 2,000 structures, causing nearly $4 billion in damage.

FEMA chief: 'The key to resiliency is at the local level'

Published: 17 May 2018 07:23:51 CDT

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Monday stressed the role of local governments in preparing the U.S. to better withstand natural disasters. "I do believe that the key to resiliency is at the local level of government, not with FEMA," the agency's administrator, Brock Long, said at an event. "If you’re depending on FEMA to make your community resilient, well, that’s the wrong approach."

Global warming fueled Hurricane Harvey's record-breaking precipitation

Published: 17 May 2018 07:23:51 CDT

In the weeks before Hurricane Harvey tore across the Gulf of Mexico and plowed into the Texas coast in August 2017, the Gulf’s waters were warmer than any time on record, according to a new analysis. These hotter-than-normal conditions supercharged the storm, fueling it with vast stores of moisture.

Apply by June 1 to become a Certification Commissioner

Published: 17 May 2018 07:23:51 CDT

The Certification Commission is looking for dedicated, enthusiastic CEMs to become commissioners. We are accepting applications for open commissioner positions for the Class of 2021 serving from Jan. 1, 2019-Dec. 31, 2021. Visit the IAEM website for application information. Deadline to apply is June 1.

Help EMAP build its strategic plan — respond to survey by May 18

Published: 17 May 2018 07:23:51 CDT

The Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) values all input from key stakeholders and partnership organizations towards the improvement of the accreditation/certification process and standards. EMAP currently is developing its 2019-2021 Strategic Plan and requests everyone take the opportunity to participate by providing input that may be used for strategic planning purposes to the EMAP Commission. Complete an online survey to share your thoughts. The survey will remain open until May 18. If you have any questions, comments and/or concerns, contact Nicole Ishmael.

FEMA/EMI to accept applications for NEMEA and NEMAA overviews until June 8, 2018

Published: 17 May 2018 07:23:51 CDT

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute is now accepting application until June 8, 2018, for overviews of the National Emergency Management Executive Academy (NEMEA) and the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy (NEMAA) programs and the Federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 application process. EMI created NEMEA to provide a comprehensive and cutting-edge curriculum as the setting for senior emergency management executives to come together to explore contemporary emergency management challenges. The program hones strategic leadership and critical thinking for senior executives involved with multi-jurisdictional, national, and international emergency management policy development and decision-making responsibilities. NEMAA reinforces the qualities needed by mid-level managers to lead emergency management programs, provides relevant management theories and concepts, and uses case studies to enhance emergency management (EM) skill sets. NEMAA participants work within a collaborative environment on projects and establish a network of peers. Both academies are components of the Emergency Management Professional Program. Click on the links above for details.

IAEM to hold May 30 Think Tank on emergency management and healthcare

Published: 17 May 2018 07:23:51 CDT

IAEM is offering an IAEM Think Tank event, “We Have Been Where We Are Going: Lessons Learned from 2017,” on May 30, 2018, 2:30-3:30 p.m. EDT. Register online. Our distinguished panel will discuss the roles of emergency management and healthcare. Speakers include: Dr. Robert Kadlec, assistant secretary for Preparedness and Response; Dr. Daniel Kaniewski, FEMA deputy administrator; and Keith Dowler, CEM, director, Emergency Management and Business Continuity, Inova Health System. The discussion will be moderated by Rich Serino.

Don't miss the National Emergency Management Leaders Conference, June 12-13, 2018, Tampa, Florida

Published: 17 May 2018 07:23:51 CDT

The National Emergency Management Leaders Conference (EMLC), scheduled for June 12-13, 2018, at the Saddlebrook in Tampa, Florida, will unite leaders from public sector emergency management and private sector disaster preparation, response, recovery and mitigation. The event features discussions addressing recent events, current issues and best practices, and it applies forward thinking relative to current policy and future events. IAEM, the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), and Perfect World, Inc., have teamed to host this event. Pre- and post-conference special sessions and workshops will include IAEM's AEM/CEM Preparatory Course and AEM/CEM Exam on June 14, 2018. The EMLC Executive Advisory Committee includes: Teri Smith, CEM, IAEM-USA second vice president; Carolyn Harshman, CEM, IAEM-USA Region 9 president; and Clay Tyeryar, MAM, CAE, IAEM deputy executive director. EMLC will offer two keynote addresses and eight plenary sessions, and will feature a Jobs Fair to unite students with potential employment opportunities. Visit the event site for conference details, and register online today.

Kilauea volcano eruption adds 20th fissure, sends 'lava bombs' 500 feet in the air

Published: 17 May 2018 07:23:51 CDT

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency says that Highway 130 near the evacuated Leilani Estates subdivision will remain closed and will not reopen to local traffic as previously announced due to the new cracks. The U.S. Geological Survey has not yet officially acknowledged the 20th fissure.

Sand and thunderstorms sweep across India, leaving more than 86 dead

Published: 17 May 2018 07:23:51 CDT

A wave of sandstorms and thunderstorms sweeping through in India have left at least 86 people dead and 100 others injured, authorities said Monday. Federal officials said violent gales higher than 62 mph hit areas in the north, south and east of the country, wrecking homes and uprooting trees, Agence France-Presse reports.

Flash floods in Afghanistan kill at least 34

Published: 17 May 2018 07:23:51 CDT

Flash floods caused by heavy rain in the past week have killed at least 34 people in several Afghan provinces and caused serious damage to property and livestock, officials said on Tuesday. The flooding, hitting provinces mainly in the north and center of the country, had caused serious damage to around 900 houses, killed hundreds of cattle and damaged agricultural land, Hashmat Khan Bahaduri, spokesman for the Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA), said.

Texas Panhandle wildfire burns more than 69,000 acres

Published: 17 May 2018 07:23:51 CDT

Firefighters in the Texas Panhandle are working to contain a wildfire that's blackened more than 69,000 acres (27923.92 hectares). The Texas A&M Forest Service reports nearly 300 firefighters are at the blaze that began last week east of Wayside, about 40 miles (64.37 kilometers) southeast of Amarillo and not far from Palo Duro Canyon.

Over 8,000 people affected by Sri Lanka flash floods

Published: 17 May 2018 07:23:51 CDT

Over 8,000 people in Sri Lanka have been affected by torrential rains and flash floods that have wreaked havoc in the island nation, officials said. Several people were evacuated from their homes due to the heavy downpour yesterday but as the rains ceased this morning, the situation was normalising, Disaster Management Centre's spokesperson Pradeep Kodippilli said.

> IAEM Think Tank, "We Have Been Where We Are Going," May 30, 2018, 2:30-3:30 p.m. EDT
 IAEM-Canada 2018 EM Leadership & Innovation Conference, June 5-8, Calgary, AB Inaugural event!
> Emergency Management Leaders Conference, June 12-13, Tampa, FL Supported by IAEM!
> 7th Annual IAEM-USA Region 3 Symposium, June 27, Fairfax, VA 
> Asia Risk & Resilience Conference, Aug. 29-31, Singapore Co-organized by IAEM!
> IAEM Annual Conference, Oct. 19-24, Grand Rapids, MI 
> Future IAEM Annual Conference Dates 
> EM Calendar

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IAEM Calendar: May 2018

May 21-25, 2018
FEMA/EMI Training Course: L0388 Advanced Public Information Officers

FEMA Emergency Management Institute
Emmitsburg, Maryland
details and registration 
The Advanced Public Information Officer Course provides participants the knowledge and skills to establish, manage and work within a joint information center (JIC) through multimedia lectures and individual and group activities. The training allows participants the opportunity to apply advanced public information skills during a multi-day functional exercise (FE) designed to test the participants’ abilities to analyze, coordinate, process and create information in a fast-paced, realistic environment. Through a tabletop exercise (TTX), participants evaluate their processes to help them generate new ideas, products, or ways of viewing challenges or situations as well as improve their processes ensuring every action has a measurable relevance for each identified audience, including senior leadership.

May 30, 2018, 2:30-3:30 EDT
IAEM Think Tank: "We Have Been Where We Are Going: Lessons Learned from 2017"

register online
Our distinguished panel will discuss the roles of emergency management and healthcare. Speakers include: Dr. Robert Kadlec, assistant secretary for Preparedness and Response; Dr. Daniel Kaniewski, FEMA deputy administrator; and Keith Dowler, CEM, director, Emergency Management and Business Continuity, Inova Health System. The discussion will be moderated by Rich Serino. speaker bios



















IAEM-Canada 2018 Emergency Management Leadership and Innovation Conference
June 5-8, 2018
Calgary, Alberta

enter the event site here