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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.



Register now for IAEM's May 30 Think Tank on emergency management and healthcare

Published: 24 May 2018 08:22:49 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. Rich Serino will moderate the discussion.

The IAEM 2018 Awards Competition ends on June 1, 2018 — don't miss this chance to be recognized for excellence by your peers

Published: 24 May 2018 08:22:49 CDT

The 2018 IAEM Awards Competition entry period will end on Friday, June 1, 2018, 5:00 p.m. ET, 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.

Philippines spearheads region-wide ASEAN disaster risk database

Published: 24 May 2018 08:22:49 CDT

The Philippines has begun sharing disaster risk information with its private sector in an effort to encourage fellow member states in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to build a region-wide database on disaster risk management and climate control. Philippines flag map by establishing a shared database, the Philippines hopes to mitigate the effects of climate change and ensure better coordination and risk management in the face of calamities.

British Columbia's emergency management system ill-equipped for catastrophic quake, documents reveal

Published: 24 May 2018 08:22:49 CDT

Experts say there’s a one-in-three chance a damaging earthquake will hit the south coast of British Columbia in the next 50 years. Whether it turns out to be the “Big One” is hard to say. But one worst-case scenario envisions a shallow 7.3-magnitude quake beneath Vancouver that causes extensive or complete damage to 30 per cent of buildings across the metro region, resulting in 9,200 fatalities and 120,000 injuries.

Today is the last day to register at the early bird rate for the 2018 IAEM-Canada EM Leadership & Innovation Conference June 5-8 in Calgary

Published: 24 May 2018 08:22:49 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 COB today (May 24), to receive an early registration fee discount. IAEM members also receive an additional discount.

Americas to meet on disaster risk reduction following heavy economic losses in 2017

Published: 24 May 2018 08:22:49 CDT

Over a thousand representatives of governments, civil society and the private sector are to meet in Cartagena, Colombia, June 20-22, to discuss the increasing impact of extreme weather events and climate change across the region. A review of the impact of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season which set new records for damage and loss in the United States and the Caribbean, will be high on the agenda.

Australia-Fiji strengthen military led disaster response

Published: 24 May 2018 08:22:49 CDT

A workshop intended to strengthen intraregional capacity to support nation-led responses to disasters in the Pacific was opened today by the Minister for Rural and Maritime Development, Disaster Management, and Meteorological Services, Inia Seruiratu. Co-hosted by Australia and Fiji, the Pacific Civil-Military Disaster Response Coordination Workshop, will examine how civil military cooperation in these responses could be strengthened.

Teen who started major Oregon wildfire must pay $36.6M for damages, judge rules

Published: 24 May 2018 08:22:49 CDT

A teenager who started a major wildfire in the scenic Columbia River Gorge in Oregon has been ordered to pay restitution for at least the next decade, though it's unlikely the boy will ever cover his nearly $37 million bill. The Oregonian reports that Hood River County Circuit Judge John A. Olson issued the opinion, awarding the restitution totaling $36,618,330.24 to cover the costs of firefighting, repair and restoration to the gorge and damage to homes.

GAO publishes report, 'Implementation of the Major Disaster Declaration Process for Federally Recognized Tribes'

Published: 24 May 2018 08:22:49 CDT

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on May 23 published Report GAO-18-443, “Implementation of the Major Disaster Process for Federally Recognized Tribes.” Since the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act (SRIA) of 2013, federally recognized Indian tribes affected by major disasters have had the option to make disaster declaration requests directly to the President of the United States or join a state's request for federal disaster assistance. Prior to this, tribes had to receive assistance through a state. GAO was asked to assess the implementation of this new authority. GAO analyzed FEMA's pilot guidance for tribal declarations and interviewed FEMA and tribal emergency management experts. GAO also surveyed the 36 tribes who made requests for disaster assistance in fiscal years 2013-2016 about the factors that influenced their decision making. Out of the 23 respondents, GAO visited seven tribes selected representing different FEMA regions and disaster types. The site visits cannot be generalized but provided valuable insights into the opportunities and challenges of exercising this new authority. Download report here.

Free training is being offered to registered attendees at the IAEM Annual Conference

Published: 24 May 2018 08:22:49 CDT

New this year, IAEM is offering free training fromFEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI), the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC), and the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) for all registered attendees at the full, basic and student registration rates for the IAEM 66th Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Oct. 19-24, 2018. For a complete listing of all the courses offered pre- and post-conference, visit the event website. Start your planning today for this great opportunity. Registration will be opening in early June.

The Ebola superhighway: Why the new outbreak terrifies public health authorities

Published: 24 May 2018 08:22:49 CDT

A new outbreak of the Ebola virus that has killed at least two dozen people has sent public health officials scrambling to contain the epidemic as it threatens to spread far beyond the remote jungles of the Congo River Basin — and raises new questions about the World Health Organization’s (WHO) preparations for the next killer virus.

Gender question in disaster management

Published: 24 May 2018 08:22:49 CDT

When disasters occur to a certain degree or frequency, it is bound to drastically change the natural state of the community and its surroundings. In Nepal and many other least developed countries, there is evidence that marginalised populations, including women, face the most tragic losses and in many cases become the major targets of injustice.

A race against time: Canine/handler teams prep for disaster

Published: 24 May 2018 08:22:49 CDT

New York City has various disaster preparedness teams that are specially equipped to manage many types of threats. One such team involves canines trained to perform search and rescue tasks. Canines have helped save lives at critical times following disasters such as 9/11, when finding survivors among rubble and debris is especially challenging.

As hurricane season approaches, it's time to fix disaster funding

Published: 24 May 2018 08:22:49 CDT

The official start of the Atlantic hurricane season is just over 10 days away. As the nation continues to grapple with the emotional and economic scars of last year’s natural disasters, it is hard to fathom the possibility of a new spate of storms. And while we can’t predict the extent of trauma that awaits us in 2018, one thing is for sure — we are not prepared.

What must be done now to prepare for EMP strike

Published: 24 May 2018 08:22:49 CDT

Jack Thomas Tomarchio writes: One of the last meetings I had in office was with three scientists from the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Attack. As they briefed me about the threat and impact of an electromagnetic pulse (“EMP”) attack upon our country, it was clear these were desperate men.

National Alliance for Radiation Readiness releases 'Traveler Screening Guide'

Published: 24 May 2018 08:22:49 CDT

The National Alliance for Radiation Readiness (NARR) developed this guide as an introduction to screening travelers, arriving at U.S. ports of entry (POE), who may be contaminated with or exposed to radioactive material following an international radiological incident. The information contained in the guide is intended to be used by state, local, and tribal public health professionals to supplement existing jurisdictional emergency operations plans and procedures during traveler screening activities. Learn more on NARR’s website.

FEMA Podcast audio program series features conversation with NHC Director Ken Graham

Published: 24 May 2018 08:22:49 CDT

This week’s FEMA Podcast featured Ken Graham, National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) director, catching up with him at one of the annual Hurricane Awareness Tour stops in Montgomery, Alabama. During episode 7 of this new audio program series, Graham talked about what the NHC learned from the 2017 hurricane season and how the center is working to provide better information to save lives and property. The weekly FEMA Podcasts, 20-30 minutes in length, are available on Apple iTunes to stream or download, with new episodes added on a weekly basis.

Calling 911 doesn't mean they'll be able to find you

Published: 24 May 2018 08:22:49 CDT

Cincinnati teen Kyle Plush did what he was supposed to do in an emergency: he called 911. But police couldn’t find him and he suffocated in his family’s van after he became trapped between the back seat and the back door. The case of Kyle Plush, which drew national attention and anger — much of it directed at the police response — showed the imperfections of the 911 system.

IAEM's Certification Commission needs you!

Published: 24 May 2018 08:22:49 CDT

Calling all CEMs who have recertified at least once - the Certification Commission is accepting applications to join the commission. Visit the IAEM website to review all details. The June 1 deadline is approaching, so submit your application soon.

DHS announces funding opportunity for FY 2018 Preparedness Grants

Published: 24 May 2018 08:22:49 CDT

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Neilsen on May 21 announced the release of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 notices of funding opportunity for eight DHS preparedness grants programs totaling more than $1.6 billion. The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector, to improve the nation’s readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. The FY 2018 grant guidance will continue to focus on the nation’s highest risk areas, including urban areas that face the most significant threats. Consistent with previous grant guidance, dedicated funding is provided for law enforcement and terrorism prevention throughout the country to prepare for, prevent and respond to pre-operational activity and other crimes that are precursors or indicators of terrorist activity. For the complete announcement by grant type, policy, instructions, and guidelines, visit https://www.fema.gov/grants. If you have any questions, please contact FEMA’s Intergovernmental Affairs Division at (202) 646-3444 or at FEMA-IGA@fema.dhs.gov.

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

Published: 24 May 2018 08:22:49 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.

NACCHO to hold June 5 Twitter chat on radiation readiness

Published: 24 May 2018 08:22:49 CDT

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) will host a Radiation Readiness Twitter Chat on June 5, 2018, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT, to raise awareness of radiation preparedness resources and information. The NACCHO Twitter handle (@NACCHOalerts) will be hosting the chat using #RadReady. The target audience for the Twitter chat is federal, state and local health department representatives hoping to learn more about radiation preparedness and engage in conversation with their public health peers on radiation preparedness topics. This is an opportunity to chat about mass sheltering, using volunteers, risk communications, health effects, and dispelling radiation myths.

Landslide kills 5 in SW China

Published: 24 May 2018 08:22:49 CDT

Five people died and one was injured after their house collapsed in a landslide in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, local authorities said Sunday. The landslide caused by heavy rainfall crushed the house in early Sunday morning at Shiqiao Township in Wulong district, according to the district publicity department.

3 killed, over 8,000 affected by severe weather in Sri Lanka

Published: 24 May 2018 08:22:49 CDT

Three people were killed and more than 8,000 affected as heavy rains and strong winds lashed out across Sri Lanka since Saturday, prompting disaster management officials to be on alert for possible evacuations, the Disaster Management Center said on Sunday (May 20). The three deaths, caused by lightning, were reported from the Eastern District of Trincomalee and in the lower central hills of Badulla.

Deadly tropical cyclone kills 15 people in Somalia

Published: 24 May 2018 08:22:49 CDT

Harirad town in Somaliland has been hit by strong winds and deluged by rainfall in the past 24 hours, amid powerful tropical cyclone threatening Djibouti and northern Somalia. At least 22 people were reportedly killed, and others are still missing following torrential rains from tropical cyclone that hit Somalia.

Hawaii volcano: Warning of toxic gas plumes from Kilauea

Published: 24 May 2018 08:22:49 CDT

People in Hawaii are facing fresh warnings over toxic fumes produced when molten rock flows into the ocean, as the state continues to battle eruptions from the Kilauea volcano. Officials say two lava flows have reached the Pacific, creating thick hazardous clouds known as "laze."

Indonesia's most volatile volcano erupts again

Published: 24 May 2018 08:22:49 CDT

Indonesia's most volatile volcano spewed smoke and ash early Monday in the latest of several eruptions in less than two weeks. Mount Merapi on the main island of Java erupted twice, sending a column of volcanic material up to 1,200 meters (3,930 feet) into the air and making ash fall in several villages, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the disaster mitigation agency spokesman.

> 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 
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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