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> The call for officer nominations for IAEM-USA, as well as for IAEM-USA Regions 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, and 10, will end on July 2, 2018, 5:00 p.m. EDT. Details are available on the IAEM-USA News page and on the individual regional pages.

IAEM-USA shall be recognized as the premier organization of emergency management professionals within the United States and shall be a leading partner with other councils of IAEM globally.

The mission of IAEM-USA is to advance the profession by promoting the principles of emergency management; and to serve its members by providing information, networking, and development opportunities.

Membership & Governance
IAEM-USA members are U.S. citizens or individuals legally residing in the United States or its territories, professionally engaged or interested in the promotion of emergency management and allied fields. The IAEM-USA Council includes IAEM-USA Membership Regions that correspond with those established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) plus a student member region. The IAEM-USA Council is governed by a Board of Directors that includes representatives from each IAEM-USA Region, as well as officers elected by all IAEM-USA members.

Please visit us often to track the latest news and developments from our Regions, Committees, and Caucuses.




Today is the last day to place online auction bids to support the IAEM Scholarship Program

Published: 21 Jun 2018 07:54:51 CDT

Help IAEM raise money for scholarships. The IAEM Scholarship Program “Springing into Summer Benefit Auction” is open for bids until 5:00 p.m., today, June 21, 2018. There are many wonderful items, including: jewelry, FBI collectibles, EM collectibles, vacation packages and unique experiences, books, gourmet foods, and a subscription to the Journal of Emergency Management. Visit the auction site to see and bid on all items. Please help IAEM out by telling your friends about this auction and sharing on social media to increase the pool of participants.

IAEM Editorial Work Group seeks articles on "Climate Change: An Emerging Threat" by July 10 for IAEM Bulletin special focus issue

Published: 21 Jun 2018 07:54:51 CDT

The IAEM Editorial Work Group asks that you consider writing an article for the upcoming IAEM Bulletin special focus issue on “Climate Change: An Emerging Threat.” The deadline for article submissions is July 10, 2018. Articles might include, but are not limited to: coastal mitigation; increased needs for shelters (heating shelters, cooling shelters); how adaptation to climate change is defined; demographic changes; immigration; U.S. federal government website with resources on climate change; NASA resources with worldwide information available via database; global responses to climate change/climate adaptation, anticipated increase in weather extremes, case studies. These are just examples of articles. You may identify another aspect of climate change 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.

Free FEMA and EMAP training is being offered at the IAEM 2018 Annual Conference

Published: 21 Jun 2018 07:54:51 CDT

For the first time, IAEM is offering FEMA courses at no cost for registered attendees at the full, basic and student registration rates at the IAEM 66th Annual Conference & EMEX, Oct. 19-26, 2018. Courses being offered are: MGT-241 Disaster Preparedness for Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations within the Community Infrastructure; AWR-136 Essentials of Community Cyber Security; MGT-384 Community Preparedness for Cyber Incidents; MGT-315 Critical Asset Risk Management; MGT-310 Jurisdictional Threat & Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment; (EMI) New Public Assistance (PA) Delivery Model for Recipients and Applicants; L2300 Newly Revised Intermediate Emergency Operations Center Functions; L205 Recovery from Disaster: The Local Community Role; L191 Newly Revised Emergency Operations Center/Incident Command System Interface; V0007 Virtual Table Top Exercise-Flood; AWR-356 Community Planning for Disaster Recovery; and (EMAP) Emergency Management Standard Training Course. Hurry to reserve your space, as these courses are being offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Review the online conference program for complete details and register today.

Nepal: Government responsible for human loss in disasters

Published: 21 Jun 2018 07:54:51 CDT

Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa today said the government would have to take responsibility for around 900 lives lost annually in the country due to natural disasters. Natural disasters are natural events, but losses are due to weaknesses in government policies and programmes, said Thapa.

Japan keen to share expertise in disaster management with Malaysia

Published: 21 Jun 2018 07:54:51 CDT

Japan has expressed willingness to share its expertise in disaster management with Malaysia, said Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. This was discussed in a meeting between the Deputy Prime Minister and Japan ambassador to Malaysia Dr Makio Miyagawa on Monday.

IAEM-Canada President Greg Solecki appears on EM Weekly podcast

Published: 21 Jun 2018 07:54:51 CDT

The featured guest of the June 14, 2018, EM Weekly podcast, hosted by Todd Devoe, was IAEM-Canada President Greg Solecki. He provides insights on how he became involved in emergency management and IAEM. There are discussions about the direction of emergency management in Canada. Read the transcript of the podcast or download it at

Nominations close on July 2, 2018, for IAEM-USA Council and Regional officer elections

Published: 21 Jun 2018 07:54:51 CDT

The IAEM-USA Council on June 1 announced by email the call for nominations for the officer positions of Second Vice President and Secretary. Candidates must submit their credentials by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, on July 2, 2018, to IAEM Headquarters via email to, to be reviewed by the IAEM-USA Nominations & Credentials Committee. For details, visit the IAEM-USA News web page. If you are a member who resides in Regions 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10, you received a separate emailed call for Regional officer nominations. The deadline is also 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, July 2, 2018, for Regional candidates, with Regional nominations to be emailed to Karen Thompson, elections facilitator, For details, visit your Region’s web page.

FEMA releases guide for emergency managers on engaging faith-based and community organizations

Published: 21 Jun 2018 07:54:51 CDT

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on June 14 released its guide on Engaging Faith-based and Community Organizations: Planning Considerations for Emergency Managers. Theseorganizations offer a wide variety of human and material resources that have proven their value during and after many disasters. The guide provides a methodology for emergency managers to engage with faith-based and community organizations in enhancing the resiliency of our nation. By identifying, engaging, and building partnerships with these groups, particularly those in racially, ethnically, economically, and religiously diverse communities, emergency managers can provide training and technical assistance to strengthen their skills, connect them with existing partners, and then integrate them into emergency management plans and exercises before an event occurs, thus increasing response and recovery capability. Download a copy of the guide, and direct any questions to

Complete figures for state disaster spending are hard to come by

Published: 21 Jun 2018 07:54:51 CDT

Comprehensive data showing how much states are spending on natural disaster costs is in short supply, new research shows. A report released by The Pew Charitable Trusts on Tuesday says that this data gap means that policy makers at all levels of government are missing key information that would help them to make more informed decisions about the future of disaster assistance programs.

Hurricane season 2018: How emergency leaders plan to weather the storms

Published: 21 Jun 2018 07:54:51 CDT

With Hurricane Season 2018 beginning on June 1, HSToday’s Editor at Large Rich Cooper reached out to some of the Mid-Atlantic region’s leading emergency managers to ask, “What will your emergency management team do differently this year to prepare for Hurricane Season 2018?”

Will your cell service work if a hurricane rolls through the coast, and will it be enough?

Published: 21 Jun 2018 07:54:51 CDT

In the 13 years since Hurricane Katrina hit South Mississippi, much has changed. A quick drive down U.S. 90 is a constant reminder of the past — the things that are new and that have been rebuilt and the places that are memories of life before the storm.

Worry: Hurricanes are slowing down

Published: 21 Jun 2018 07:54:51 CDT

Some hurricanes are moving more slowly, spending increased time over land and leading to catastrophic local rainfall and flooding, according to a new study. The speed at which hurricanes track along their paths — their translational speed — plays a role in the damage and devastation they cause.

Coastal communities: Record number of high tide flooding days last year

Published: 21 Jun 2018 07:54:51 CDT

People living on the coast may see flooded sidewalks and streets more frequently this year due, in part, to El Nino conditions that are predicted to develop later this year, and from long-term sea level rise trends. Increased flooding trend is likely to continue: The projected increase in high tide flooding in 2018 may be as much as 60 percent higher across U.S. coastlines as compared to typical flooding about 20 years ago, according to NOAA scientists.

5 layers of school safety

Published: 21 Jun 2018 07:54:51 CDT

As campus security industry professionals have seen, particularly in the last few months, there isn’t just one thing schools can do to keep their students and faculty safe. School safety is a multi-layered approach that involves participation from all members of a school’s community. Last month, Campus Safety hosted a webinar led by Gary Sigrist, a retired school district safety director and current CEO and president of Safeguard Risk Solutions, to discuss the different layers of security needed in schools to protect students and staff from violence.

The water in the tropical Atlantic is the coldest in decades — that may stymie hurricane season

Published: 21 Jun 2018 07:54:51 CDT

Temperatures at the surface of the tropical Atlantic Ocean have become remarkably colder than normal. The cold water could have profound impacts on this year’s hurricane season, since warm water is the fuel source for tropical storms.

Why 50,000 ships are so vulnerable to cyberattacks

Published: 21 Jun 2018 07:54:51 CDT

The 50,000 ships sailing the sea at any one time have joined an ever-expanding list of objects that can be hacked. Cybersecurity experts recently displayed how easy it was to break into a ship’s navigational equipment. This comes only a few years after researchers showed that they could fool the GPS of a superyacht into altering course.

As coastal communities face more frequent, severe disruptions, costly choices loom

Published: 21 Jun 2018 07:54:51 CDT

Sea levels are rising. Tides are inching higher. High-tide floods are becoming more frequent and reaching farther inland. And hundreds of U.S. coastal communities will soon face chronic, disruptive flooding that directly affects people’s homes, lives, and properties. Long before rising seas permanently submerge properties, millions of Americans living in coastal communities will face more frequent and more severe disruptions from high-tide flooding.

Are countries prepared for the increasing threat of engineered bioweapons?

Published: 21 Jun 2018 07:54:51 CDT

Amid current outbreaks of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Nipah virus in India, an even scarier threat looms. Last year, researchers recreated an extinct smallpox-like virus with DNA bought online for just $100,000 and published how they did it.

Why people choose to stay in areas vulnerable to natural disasters

Published: 21 Jun 2018 07:54:51 CDT

In the anticipation and aftermath of natural disasters, those in their path face difficult choices: To stay, or to leave? To relocate, or to rebuild in areas prone to the risk of property damage, which is predicted to become more acute as climate change progresses?

The next plague is coming: Is America ready?

Published: 21 Jun 2018 07:54:51 CDT

At 6 o’clock in the morning, shortly after the sun spills over the horizon, the city of Kikwit doesn’t so much wake up as ignite. Loud music blares from car radios. Shops fly open along the main street. Dust-sprayed jeeps and motorcycles zoom eastward toward the town’s bustling markets or westward toward Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s capital city. The air starts to heat up, its molecules vibrating with absorbed energy. So, too, the city.

FEMA releases NIMS job titles/position qualifications and resource typing definitions

Published: 21 Jun 2018 07:54:51 CDT

FEMA on June 19 released 107 National Incident Management System (NIMS) Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions. These define minimum qualifications and capabilities for personnel and their equipment within their assigned teams to manage all threats and hazards, regardless of the incident’s cause or size. NIMS is a key component of U.S. incident management efforts, enabling organizations across the United States to work together during incidents of all kinds and sizes. Implementing NIMS across the nation is a fundamental part of building national preparedness. The release includes the following core capabilities: critical transportation; environmental response/health and safety; fatality management services; infrastructure systems; on-scene security; protection and law enforcement; operational coordination; public health, healthcare, and emergency medical services; risk management for protection programs and activities; and situational assessment. To view the release, visit the FEMA Resource Typing Library Tool.

New online toolbox equips parents, communities with tools to keep children safe in disaster

Published: 21 Jun 2018 07:54:51 CDT

If disaster strikes while you’re at work, where will your children be taken? Are their daycare centers and camps prepared for such an event? Are those facilities on the radar of your community’s first-responders? How can you ensure your children are protected?

3 emerging technologies with life-saving potential

Published: 21 Jun 2018 07:54:51 CDT

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that 2017 was the most expensive year on record for disasters in the U.S., estimating $306 billion in total damage. The FBI also reported 2017 as having the most incidents and the most people killed in any one year by active shooters.

The need for community public safety UAS programs

Published: 21 Jun 2018 07:54:51 CDT

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS/drones) offer great value for public safety, with support and guidance needed at the local, state, and national levels when considering such systems. UAS offer a profound new view and situational awareness of significant incidents, events, and disasters.

EDA is accepting applications for Regional Innovation Strategies program grants

Published: 21 Jun 2018 07:54:51 CDT

The U.S. Economic Development Administration is accepting applications for the annual Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program grants through Aug. 29, 2018. EDA currently awards grants that build regional capacity to translate innovations into jobs (1) through proof-of-concept and commercialization assistance to innovators and entrepreneurs and (2) through operational support for organizations that provide essential early-stage risk capital to innovators and entrepreneurs. Up to $21 million in grants will be awarded this year. To date, the RIS Program has invested in 140 projects, totaling $57 million in federal funding across 40 states and Puerto Rico, supporting the creation of hundreds of new businesses, thousands of new jobs, and millions in new venture funding. Complete information on applying for RIS grants is online.

Input needed for brief survey about project management in emergency management

Published: 21 Jun 2018 07:54:51 CDT

Your input in a brief (five-minute) survey is tremendously valued. The survey is studying how project management principles are being used in the emergency management profession and what daily challenges are experienced in managing programs and projects. This survey is completely anonymous and does not require that you identify yourself or your agency. Anyone that takes the survey will have the opportunity to receive a copy of the final project upon completion. The survey will close on June 22, 2018. If you have any questions, comments, and/or concerns, contact Marcelo Ferreira.

Japan quake: Strong tremor shakes Osaka, killing at least 5

Published: 21 Jun 2018 07:54:51 CDT

A strong earthquake hit the Japanese city of Osaka during morning rush hour Monday, killing at least five people and injuring 214, Japan's government says. The 5.3 magnitude quake shook Osaka, on Japan's main Honshu Island, around 8 a.m. Monday local time (7 p.m. Sunday ET) according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Hawaii volcano eruption latest: Lava covers 120 acres in days as map shows lava spreading

Published: 21 Jun 2018 07:54:51 CDT

An urgent update from the US Geological Survey revealed the beastly volcano has flooded the island with tonnes of lava in just four days, and at such a speed it could fill an entire Olympic swimming pool every 25 seconds.

Guatemala ends search for volcano victims with 200 still missing

Published: 21 Jun 2018 07:54:51 CDT

Guatemala has ended its search for victims in the zone that suffered the most deaths and injuries from the Fuego volcano eruption, its disaster agency said. At least 110 people died and 197 are still missing after violent eruptions that began two weeks ago, according to disaster agency CONRED.

Typhoon lashes Japan, landslide fears prompt evacuation call

Published: 21 Jun 2018 07:54:51 CDT

More than 20 people were injured as a result of the typhoon, and some flights and train services were suspended. Japanese authorities advised 280,000 people to evacuate their homes as a typhoon lashed southern Kyushu island and western Japan on Tuesday, bringing torrential rains and winds gusting over 110 miles an hour (180 kph).

Heavy rainstorms wipe out roads, burst dam, kill 2 in Duluth-Superior area

Published: 21 Jun 2018 07:54:51 CDT

Aggie Jensen was born 70 years ago on the same land where she lives now, and she has never seen the Nemadji River like this. "Never, ever, ever," Jensen said as the river lapped within 2 feet of her home's foundation Monday afternoon in a rural area south of Superior, Wisconsin.

Striking in the dark of night, the Wilkes-Barre tornado was a freak

Published: 21 Jun 2018 07:54:51 CDT

The National Weather Service in Binghamton, N.Y., confirmed Thursday afternoon that a “strong” EF2 tornado struck Wilkes-Barre Township, Pa., around 10 p.m. Wednesday. The twister sheared off structures from near their foundations, carried a store sign for miles and injured six as it carved out a path.

Contact Your Senators In Support of 5% Increase for EMPG (15 June 2018) The Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to consider the Homeland Security Appropriations bill NEXT WEEK. IAEM, in coordination with NEMA, has requested a 5% inflationary adjustment to EMPG. It's decision time in the Senate, so please take a moment to contact your Senators to urge them to support increasing EMPG by 5%. Click here for instructions about how best to contact your Senators. The instructions also include talking points to help guide your conversation with Senate staff as well as a link to a sample letter if you prefer to send a letter. If you opt to send a letter, please send it via email to ensure it arrives before the Committee votes.

IAEM Urges FCC to Allow Use of Multimedia in Wireless Alerts (29 May 2018) IAEM, with Big City Emergency Managers and the National Emergency Management Association, sent a letter on May 29 to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), urging the FCC to allow the inclusion of multimedia in wireless alerts, a long over-due and desperately needed update to the WEA system.

IAEM, NEMA, and NACO Submit a Joint Statement for the Record to the Senate Homeland Security Committee (17 Apr 2018) Download joint statement here.

IAEM-USA and NEMA Have Released 7th Annual Emergency Management Performance Grants: Providing Returns on a Nation's Investment (06 Mar 2018) Download 2018 report.

> The June 2018 IAEM Bulletin, a special focus issue on "Cybersecurity," is now online.

> IAEM Bulletin Call for Articles: "Climate Change: An Emerging Threat." Deadline: July 10, 2018. Details.