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The September 2018 IAEM Bulletin is now online

 

Private sector, including IAEM members, has launched a portal to help with hurricane response

Published: 13 Sep 2018 08:25:02 CDT

Last year, during hurricane season, a portal was released with much success to aid in the hurricane response. With Hurricane Florence heading toward the U.S., the Private Sector Led Disaster Response Portal is back up and running. View it at http://ppp.trustedops.com. It has a brand new look and capability for 2018.

Lock in the early bird discount before the Sept. 21 deadline

Published: 13 Sep 2018 08:25:02 CDT

There is still time to save on the registration fee for the IAEM 66th Annual Conference by taking advantage of the early bird discount by Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. If your travel budget is not approved yet, lock in your rate by registering today and selecting “pay by check.” View the program for complete details about the IAEM Annual Conference, Oct. 19-24, 2018, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Register today. If you need help with registration, view this short step-by-step video.

IAEM will host a special Poster Showcase presentation on Oct. 23 at the Annual Conference

Published: 13 Sep 2018 08:25:02 CDT

IAEM’s Poster Showcase provides an opportunity to learn from poster presentations of fellow attendees as they showcase their research, best practices and innovative projects. Participants have entered in either a competitive or non-competitive division. Those in the competitive division will be judged to receive recognition at a gold, silver or bronze level. See the lineup of participants on the conference website. For the first time, several IAEM caucus and committee chairs have created posters to highlight their great work for IAEM. All participants will be available for questions during a special presentation session on Tuesday, Oct, 23, 9:30-10:15 a.m. in the Grand Gallery of the DeVos Place Convention Center.

Despite 2017 hurricane season, US lacks 'culture of preparedness,' says FEMA administrator

Published: 13 Sep 2018 08:25:02 CDT

The approaching danger presented by Hurricane Florence and the damage caused by Tropical Storm Gordon serve as reminders that September is the most active month for these kinds of powerful storms. And yet, FEMA Administrator Brock Long has warned that the United States doesn’t have a “culture of preparedness,’’ even after being hammered in 2017 by Harvey, Irma and Maria, the first time three Category 4 hurricanes made landfall in U.S. territory on the same year.

Evacuations, closures and leave: How federal agencies are preparing for Hurricane Florence

Published: 13 Sep 2018 08:25:02 CDT

Several federal agencies with a footprint in the path of Hurricane Florence are preparing for the storm, including by relocating resources, finding alternative work sites for staff and closing facilities. Florence is approaching the East Coast as a Category 4 hurricane and is expected to make landfall in the Carolinas on Thursday.

Powered for Patients provides guidance on safeguarding emergency power for states in Hurricane Florence's path

Published: 13 Sep 2018 08:25:02 CDT

As the threat of Hurricane Florence intensifies, Powered for Patients, a 501c3 non-profit created after Hurricane Sandy, on Sept. 11 issued a press release urging government officials, utilities and healthcare facilities in Florence’s path to take important steps now to safeguard emergency power and accelerate prioritized power restoration for critical healthcare facilities impacted by Hurricane Florence. The non-profit’s mission is to safeguard emergency power and expedite power restoration for critical healthcare facilities by fostering increased collaboration and information sharing between critical healthcare facilities, government and utilities when emergency power is threatened during disasters. Powered for Patients has published an Emergency Power System Resilience Checklist that details the key steps facility managers should take before, during and after a disaster to safeguard emergency power systems.

Focusing on disaster recovery with Bryan Koon

Published: 13 Sep 2018 08:25:02 CDT

Bryan Koon, one of our nation’s more experienced, and now senior emergency managers, responded to a series of questions about disaster recovery. The following is an interview with Bryan Koon on the topic of disaster recovery. Koon served seven years as the director at the Florida Division of Emergency Management and today serves as IEM’s vice president of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

The East Coast cities most vulnerable to hurricanes

Published: 13 Sep 2018 08:25:02 CDT

Miami, New York City and Charleston, South Carolina are among the most hurricane-vulnerable cities on the East Coast, according to an analysis by meteorologists at the Weather Channel. The list, published as Hurricane Florence whirls toward the East Coast, determines a city’s chances of sustaining hurricane damage by examining its susceptibility to storm surge, along with the strength of infrastructure near the coastline.

On the front lines of wildfires, counties fear waning funding

Published: 13 Sep 2018 08:25:02 CDT

In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt visited the Yosemite National Park, and described it as “a great solemn cathedral, far vaster and more beautiful than any built by the hand of man.” Residents of Tuolumne County, California. like myself are blessed to have that solemn cathedral in our back yard. The wonders of the Yosemite Valley draw millions of tourists to our communities each year to hike, camp and explore this natural treasure.

US wildfire smoke deaths could double by 2100

Published: 13 Sep 2018 08:25:02 CDT

The number of deaths associated with the inhalation of wildfire smoke in the U.S. could double by the end of the century, according to new research. A new study simulating the effects of wildfire smoke on human health finds continued increases in wildfire activity in the continental United States due to climate change could worsen air quality over the coming decades.

GAO report examines FEMA's risk-based grant assessment model

Published: 13 Sep 2018 08:25:02 CDT

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Sept. 6, 2018, released Report GAO-18-354, “Homeland Security Grant Program: Additional Actions Could Further Enhance FEMA’s Risk-Based Grant Assessment Model.” The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides preparedness grants to state, local, tribal and territorial governments to help prepare for, prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate terrorist attacks or other disasters. Grant allocations have been based, in part, on FEMA's risk-based grant assessment model, with states and urban areas deemed to be at higher risk receiving more grant dollars than those deemed at lower risk. After analyzing the information in FEMA’s risk assessment model for fiscal years 2008-2018, GAO made three recommendations to FEMA to further strengthen its risk-based grant assessment model by: (1) fully documenting the model's assumptions and justifications; (2) performing additional in-depth analyses; and (3) coordinating an external peer review. FEMA concurred with GAO’s recommendations.

New Zealand braced for 8 magnitude earthquake causing tsunami to hit Australia

Published: 13 Sep 2018 08:25:02 CDT

The Alpine Fault line, which runs 310 miles (500km) up the western side of the South Island, has historically produced a powerful 8.1 magnitude earthquake roughly every three centuries, with the last shift hitting in 1717. Scientists at the Bureau of Meteorology, based in Melbourne, said the earthquake could therefore hit this year.

Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative seeks paid fall intern

Published: 13 Sep 2018 08:25:02 CDT

The Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative is looking to bring on a paid intern for the fall. The intern should have an interest in understanding (1) how cultural heritage is protected in the event of a disaster, and (2) the wider domestic emergency management structure and functions. Guided and supervised by Smithsonian staff, the intern will learn about all facets of preparation and execution of a cultural heritage disaster training program. By the conclusion of this internship, the intern will have greater knowledge of what steps are involved in the design and execution of a training, the reality within the museum field when responding to crises involving heritage, and also the roles that museums, such as the Smithsonian Institution, have in the field of cultural heritage preservation. Applications are being accepted online for Cultural Heritage Preservation Internship Program. More information available on the program website.

IAEM Sept. 13 webinar on protecting children in disasters has been postponed and will be rescheduled

Published: 13 Sep 2018 08:25:02 CDT

The previously announced Sept. 13 IAEM Thursday Learning Series Webinar, “Why Is Protecting Children in Disasters Still Innovative?” has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. See the IAEM Webinars page to check on rescheduling.

Prepping for a hurricane that could stay for days

Published: 13 Sep 2018 08:25:02 CDT

Even for states that engage in seasonal storm preparation every year, Hurricane Florence—a category 4 storm expected to make landfall on the East Coast later this week—presents a challenge. “It’s different in that there’s really no recent precedent for a storm of this magnitude,” said Allan Libby, head of tourism and public information for the town of Surf City, North Carolina, a 4.2-square-mile stretch of land on the state’s southern coast.

Science, technology combine to support Sendai*

Published: 13 Sep 2018 08:25:02 CDT

Scientists, academics, and disaster risk reduction experts from the Arab States have pledged to support their governments in developing national disaster risk reduction strategies based on scientific data and evidence. The Arab Science and Technology Advisory group – a regional subgroup of UNISDR’s global Advisory group – put together a clear action plan to support the implementation of disaster risk reduction across the region in a move that is hoped to accelerate achievement of target “e” of the Sendai Framework, the global roadmap for reducing disaster loss.

Is your school prepared for a mass casualty incident? Take this quiz to find out

Published: 13 Sep 2018 08:25:02 CDT

Whether your institution is a K-12 school, college or university, it is pertinent that all necessary parties are knowledgeable of and participate in the creation of emergency plans, including preparing for, responding to and recovering from mass casualty incidents.

Flu plane: Are we really ready for a global pandemic?*

Published: 13 Sep 2018 08:25:02 CDT

An Emirates airliner was quarantined at John F Kennedy International Airport on September 5 after several passengers reported flu-like symptoms. Oxiris Barbot, New York City’s acting health commissioner, said the cause of the illness was “probably influenza.” The following day, two more flights, arriving from the Middle East were quarantined at U.S. airports after passengers reported similar symptoms as those on board the airliner grounded at JFK airport in New York.

9/11 Attacks still impacting emergency response 17 years later*

Published: 13 Sep 2018 08:25:02 CDT

Tuesday marks the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The tragic loss of around 3,000 lives that day is still impacting the way first responders prepare for and respond to emergencies. In 2003, President George W. Bush directed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to create a nationwide framework for emergency preparation and response, which is now known as the National Incident Management System.

Will growing scenes of hurricanes, wildfires and volcanoes make us a go-bag people?

Published: 13 Sep 2018 08:25:02 CDT

Will repeated exposure to vivid scenes of natural disaster – Western wildfires, a global heat wave, Hawaiian volcano eruptions, the 2017 hurricanes’ anniversary and a suddenly active 2018 season – finally turn America into a go-bag nation, prepared for calamity and ready to flee it? Experience counsels skepticism. So does human nature.

This Florida fire and rescue district changed its outlook on drones

Published: 13 Sep 2018 08:25:02 CDT

Responding to an overturned tanker on the interstate is a common job for a local HAZMAT team. It can also be a perilous one, depending on what the tanker was carrying. Instead of sending in team members right away, the Southern Manatee Fire & Rescue District now uses drones to scope out the situation.

A peek into future: Drones to map and locate areas in disaster, monitor dams

Published: 13 Sep 2018 08:25:02 CDT

When it was hit by the recent unprecedented floods, one challenge the government and local administrations in Kerala faced was in locating exactly where people were stranded in the state’s densely populated villages and towns. As a result, rescue workers not familiar with the area and terrain spent precious time finding ways to reach them.

IAEM's Certification Program celebrates anniversary

Published: 13 Sep 2018 08:25:02 CDT

This year, 2018, marks the 25th anniversary of the IAEM Certification Program. Help us celebrate by earning your AEM®/CEM® in this special year. To get started, visit the IAEM website.

IAEM is saddened by the passing of past president John 'Rusty' Russell

Published: 13 Sep 2018 08:25:02 CDT

IAEM headquarters was notified this past week of the passing of John E. "Rusty" Russell, an IAEM lifetime member. Rusty passed during the week of Aug. 20 at his home in Huntsville, Alabama, after a sudden illness. He retired in 2016 from his position as director, Madison County (Alabama) Emergency Management Agency. Rusty was a recipient of the IAEM-USA Clayton R. Christopher Memorial Award; he served multiple terms as regional president of IAEM-USA Region 4; and he was a past president of the IAEM-USA Council (2014-2015). The family plans to hold a memorial service at a later date. IAEM expresses its deepest condolences to Rusty's family and friends.

Super typhoon intensifies in Pacific and heads toward Hong Kong

Published: 13 Sep 2018 08:25:02 CDT

A super typhoon in the Pacific is gaining even more strength and is forecast to barrel through the Philippines and Taiwan this week before heading to Hong Kong and south China. Mangkhut, classified by the Hong Kong Observatory as a super typhoon, is now forecast to pack maximum winds of 260 kilometers (162 miles) per hour by Friday before gradually weakening.

DTC to provide disaster management training to 25,000 staff

Published: 13 Sep 2018 08:25:02 CDT

About 25,000 staff of the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) will be trained for disaster preparedness and crisis management. The training programme was launched with a workshop for depot managers at the DTC.

After Kerala, top court says disaster management must be given priority

Published: 13 Sep 2018 08:25:02 CDT

The Supreme Court today took note of the devastating floods in Kerala and observed that disaster management must be given "priority" by all states and union territories. It said it was "disheartening" to know that only nine states have so far uploaded reports and plans on disaster management in vernacular languages on the website of disaster management authority.

Ebola strikes big city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and WHO scales up response to new threat

Published: 13 Sep 2018 08:25:02 CDT

It’s been a little over a month since the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was declared by the Ministry of Health. In the hotspot of Mangina, which is a rural community much progress has been made, but a new case in the city of Butembo is raising concern.

Japan's power supply system a weak link in times of disaster

Published: 13 Sep 2018 08:25:02 CDT

Japan’s ultramodern conveniences, its bullet trains, automated ticketing systems and smart homes work just fine — until the power goes out. The blackout across the entire northern island of Hokkaido after a powerful earthquake struck early Thursday showed the weak link in all that technology.

Japan allots JPY540 million for Hokkaido earthquake relief as death toll hits 44

Published: 13 Sep 2018 08:25:02 CDT

The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved the disbursement of JPY540 million in government reserve funds on Monday evening September 10 for the relief of areas hard-hit by the magnitude 7 earthquake on Hokkaido, Japan’s northern main island.

Philippines earthquake: Davao City rocked by massive 6.1 magnitude earthquake

Published: 13 Sep 2018 08:25:02 CDT

The quake hit the east coast of the island of Mindanao at 8.16am BST (3.15pm local time). The epicentre, with a depth of 10 kilometres was located about 95 kilometres from the Davao City, the main harbour of the island.

Strong quake triggers landslides in Japan

Published: 13 Sep 2018 08:25:02 CDT

At least nine people were dead and 31 unaccounted for in Hokkaido after a magnitude 6.7 earthquake — reaching the maximum 7 on Japan’s seismic intensity scale in some areas — caused landslides that engulfed houses early on Thursday. The quake centered east of the city of Tomakomai was felt strongly in Hokkaido’s capital of Sapporo, roughly 42 miles away. There was no tsunami risk.

6.9-magnitude earthquake strikes near NZ

Published: 13 Sep 2018 08:25:02 CDT

A strong but deep earthquake has struck near New Zealand. The 6.9-magnitude quake struck on Monday in the Kermadec Islands region about 770km northeast of Auckland, according to the US Geological Survey. Its depth was 111km.

> IAEM Think Tank: ""Smart Cities – How New Technology, Including Nanotechnology, Can Enhance All Phases of Emergency Management," Sept. 25, 2018, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT
> IAEM Annual Conference, Oct. 19-24, Grand Rapids, MI 
> IAEM Thursday Learning Webinar Series"Increased Preparedness Working with Non-Traditional Partners," Nov. 15, 2018, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT
> 2018 IAEM-USA Region 1 Conference, Nov. 16-17, 2018, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Buzzards Bay, MA
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IAEM Thursday Learning Webinar Series"Budgeting for Disasters: Challenges and Innovative Practices in Times of Uncertainty," Jan. 17, 2019, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT
> 2019 IAEM-Canada Annual Conference, June 4-7, 2019, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
> 2019 IAEM Annual Conference, Nov. 15-20, 2019, Savannah, Georgia
> Future IAEM Annual Conference Dates 
> EM Calendar
 

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IAEM Calendar: September 2018

Sept. 18-19, 2018 
The Natural Disaster Resilience, Response & Recovery Conference

Mercure Brisbane Hotel
Brisbane, Australia
event site | The IAEM-Oceania Council is an endorser of this event. 
The conference will focus on how to build more resilient communities, identify strategies to mitigate the challenges of natural disaster response, and examine the lessons learned during recovery to further build resilience and heal community trauma. Topics will include: learning the importance of embedding resilience within the community; identifying frameworks to build resilient communities; building and strengthening partnerships between all levels of government, private stakeholders, and local communities; developing tailored strategies to better engage communities in recovery to address trauma; and learning how resilience comes full circle from preparedness to recovery.

 
Sept. 22, 2018
AEM/CEM Exam

AEM/CEM Exam (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)
Florida International University, Academy for International Disaster Preparedness
11200 SW 8th Street, PG-5 Room 244D
Miami, Florida 33199

complete details on registration  
The AEM/CEM Exam will be offered on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, at Florida International University, Academy for International Disaster Preparedness, Miami, FloridaWashington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Deadline to register is Sept. 7, 2018. Proctor will be Thomas Congdon. Note: There will be limited seats available after the registration deadline on a first-come first-serve basis.

Sept. 24-27, 2018
California Emergency Services Association Annual Conference

Indian Wells, California
details 

 
Sept. 24, 2018
AEM/CEM Exam

AEM/CEM Exam (8:30-10:30 a.m.)
California Emergency Services Association Annual Conference
44600 Indian Wells Lane
Indian Wells, CA 92210

complete details on registration  
The AEM/CEM Exam will be offered on Sept. 24, in conjunction with the California Emergency Services Conference, Indian Wells, California. Deadline to register is Sept. 10, 2018. Proctor will be Valerie Lucus-McEwen, CEM. Note: There will be limited seats available after the registration deadline on a first-come first-serve basis.

Sept. 25, 2018, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT
IAEM Think Tank: "Smart Cities - How New Technology, Including Nanotechnology, Can Enhance All Phases of Emergency Management"

register online 
As Smart Cities and nanotechnology are emerging, these have the potential to improve community resilience. We are hosting our Think Tank from San Diego, California, one of the leaders in the Smart City initiative. Smart City San Diego is a broad public-private collaboration that includes the City of San Diego, San Diego Gas & Electric, General Electric, the University of California-San Diego, and CleanTech San Diego. Joining the discussion is San Diego-based startup AerNos, Inc, a nano gas sensor company developing air quality monitoring solutions for Smart Cities. Deployed on smart street lights and parking meters, AerNos sensors will provide granular, actionable data to cities. The objective of the collaboration is to improve the region's energy independence, to empower consumers to use electric vehicles, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and to encourage economic growth. This webinar will look at the use of nanotechnology in helping develop Smart Cities and how this new technology could affect the field of emergency management. Speakers will include: Erik Caldwell, director, City of San Diego (California) Economic Development Department; Sundip R. Doshi, founder and CEO, AerNos, Inc., and John Valencia, executive director, City of San Diego's Office of Homeland Security. The Think Tank will be moderated by Richard Serino. speaker bios

Sept. 27, 2018
DHS Active Shooter Preparedness Workshop

University Place, Washington
Download flyer for details and registration link
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will hold 11 offerings of this workshop during the months of September and October, each at a different location. Participants will learn about: developing an emergency action; identifying strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in physical security and planning considerations via break-out sessions; how to prevent active shooter incidents by recognizing behavioral indicators on the pathway to violence; and understanding the history of significant active shooter incidents through survivor stories and expert perspectives.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Powered for Patients Provides Guidance on Safeguarding Emergency Power for States in Hurricane Florence's Path
As the threat of Hurricane Florence intensifies, Powered for Patients, a 501c3 non-profit created after Hurricane Sandy, on Sept. 11 issued a press release urging government officials, utilities and healthcare facilities in Florence’s path to take important steps now to safeguard emergency power and accelerate prioritized power restoration for critical healthcare facilities impacted by Hurricane Florence. The non-profit’s mission is to safeguard emergency power and expedite power restoration for critical healthcare facilities by fostering increased collaboration and information sharing between critical healthcare facilities, government and utilities when emergency power is threatened during disasters. Powered for Patients has published an Emergency Power System Resilience Checklist that details the key steps facility managers should take before, during and after a disaster to safeguard emergency power systems.