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Don't miss the IAEM Conference registration discount — early bird registration ends tomorrow, Sept. 21

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

There is only one more day to save up to $100 with the early bird registration discount for the IAEM 66th Annual Conference & EMEX in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Oct. 19-24, 2018. View the conference registration rates and register today. The conference program is available on the conference website. If your travel budget is not yet approved, you can still lock in your savings with the early bird rate by choosing pay by check. Learn more by reviewing the different payment options. To help you register, IAEM has prepared a short step-by-step video.

IAEM webinar on Sept. 28 will help attendees get the most from their conference experience

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

The IAEM Conference Committee chairs will be hosting a webinar on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar will provide a guide to what the conference offers and answer questions posed by future attendees to help everyone get the most from the IAEM Annual Conference experience. Register today for the webinar, and learn about all of the dynamic events, speakers, optional outings, and things to do in Grand Rapids at the IAEM 66th Annual Conference.

FEMA's 'Presidential Alert' test postponed as some Americans want to disconnect

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

Plenty of Americans aren't terribly keen to be receiving text messages from the president, even in an emergency. And they'll have a reprieve, if only briefly. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, which oversees the wireless emergency alert (WEA) system, announced that the test that had been scheduled for Thursday will be pushed back to Oct. 3, citing the "ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence."

Trump can't use FEMA's wireless alerts to send personal messages — it's illegal

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

Contrary to public concern, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is not handing President Donald Trump a direct line to send personalized messages to American citizens. He would be breaking the law if he did. Last Friday, the Federal Communications Commission and FEMA announced plans to test a system that would allow the president to send a message to mobile devices across the U.S.

Lessons from floods past show challenges with Hurricane Florence

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

Storms stalling out, dropping large amounts of rain and flooding communities — as officials warn could happen in the Carolinas with Hurricane Florence — can mean that emergency response needs to head into unexpected areas.

How the Energy Dept. is operationalizing emergency response*

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

The head of the Energy Department's energy security office is looking to build relationships with emergency response and cybersecurity agencies at the Department of Homeland Security to sharpen overall government and private-sector awareness of cyber and physical threats.

FEMA chief on Puerto Rico death toll: 'It's hard to tell what's accurate and what's not'

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) head Brock Long said Sunday that it is "hard to tell what's accurate" regarding figures for Puerto Rico's death toll following last year's hurricanes. Long said in an appearance on "Fox News Sunday" that there were "several different studies out there" that are "all over the place" when it comes to the island's death toll.

DHS Reissues the National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

This week, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen reissued the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin pertaining to the terror threat to the U.S. homeland. After carefully considering the current threat environment, as well as input from the Department’s intelligence and law enforcement partners, Secretary Nielsen determined it is necessary to extend the NTAS Bulletin at this time. Terrorist groups continue to inspire, enable and direct their followers to spread chaos using homemade weapons and by striking soft targets and crowded places. They also remain focused on conducting more sophisticated attacks using conventional weapons as well as new technologies and tactics. DHS is committed to staying a step ahead of our enemies, and an informed and vigilant public remains one of the Department’s greatest assets in protecting the homeland. This marks the seventh iteration of the Bulletin on the homegrown terrorism threat since the first Bulletin was released in December 2015. You can read the new NTAS Bulletin here.

How 4,000 federal employees are assisting in Hurricane Florence response

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

Nearly 4,000 federal employees are currently working on the response to Hurricane Florence, the White House said Friday, as the storm continued to bring heavy winds and rain to North and South Carolina. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is coordinating the effort, deploying more than 1,000 of its workers to the impacted area. FEMA has sent six Incident Management Assistance Teams to operations centers in the Carolinas, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Calgarians offered online learning opportunity to improve emergency preparedness

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

The city has launched an online course to teach Calgarians how to prepare their homes and families in the event of an emergency or disaster. The Ready Calgary eLearning course is free and takes between 40 and 60 minutes to complete. The goal of the program is to teach people how to prepare for an emergency and includes material on how to identify risks, make an emergency action plan, build a 72-hour kit and protect property.

IAEM-Canada President Greg Solecki to speak at Ontario DEMCON, Oct. 3-4, Toronto, ON

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

The Ontario Disaster & Emergency Management Conference (DEMCON) will bring together emergency management professionals on Oct. 3-4, 2018, in Toronto, Ontario, to share best practices and critical lessons learned. Attendees will have the opportunity to build important new relationships with peers and organizations, strengthening overall emergency management plans. IAEM-Canada President Greg Solecki will speak on Oct. 4, 2018, with his Tales from the Basement: Recognizing Performance Under Stress.Online registration is open, and the speaker agenda is available on the conference website.

Fearing massive earthquake, California considers requiring lists of buildings most likely to collapse

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

Structural engineers and seismic experts can drive along a street and quickly identify at least some buildings most vulnerable to collapse in a major earthquake. There are some telltale signs: parking spots under apartments, brick walls that have not been reinforced, first floors held up by flimsy poles.

Forest Service report calls for changes in wildfire management

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

Wildfire activity in the West has increased sharply since the 1980s, largely owing to climate change and fuel buildup from fire suppression. The Forest Service treats up to 3 million acres per year, but that’s a tiny fraction of the region’s 277 million fire-prone acres of public lands.

The science, skill — and luck — behind evacuation order calls*

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

More than 1 million people in the Carolinas were ordered to evacuate days before Hurricane Florence hit landfall. Government officials order coastal evacuation even when it’s sunny at the beach with not a cloud in the sky and no hint of the ominous threat thousands of miles away other than from satellite images.

How should we measure preparedness?

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

With September as National Preparedness Month, HSToday asked a number of homeland security and preparedness leaders to respond to the question: “How should we measure preparedness?”

Mass evacuations save lives in extreme weather

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

This year will probably go down as one of the hottest years on record and is turning out to be another remarkable year for extreme weather events. Record temperatures, heatwaves, storms, floods, drought and heavy rainfall have been evident across the globe. Following earlier catastrophes this year, notably wildfires in north America and Europe, widespread flooding in India, flooding and landslides in Japan, we are now experiencing floods and storms which are disrupting the lives of millions across the Americas, Africa and Asia.

Wildfire season: Is this the new normal?

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

More than 500 wildfires were still burning in B.C. in September, with the Yukon, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, and parts of the Atlantic provinces all experiencing one of the worst fire seasons in history. Globally, wildfires in the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Sweden and Australia are burning at an alarming rate.

5 things that must change after Hurricane Florence

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

Marshall Shepherd: "As I write this, the remnants of Hurricane Florence are finally starting to move on. It is tracking through the Appalachians, and there are ongoing threats for flooding in that region as well as the Carolinas. Additionally, tornado warnings continue to be issued. Florence has been a multi-faceted disaster."

Hurricanes can cause enormous damage inland, but emergency plans focus on coasts

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

Coastal residents also prepare for major storms by building homes elevated above anticipated high water levels, in order to minimize damage and qualify for flood insurance. And building codes commonly call for reinforced construction to endure high wind speeds. All of these sensible and essential preparations focus on wind and storm surge in coastal zones.

Technology helps motorists maneuver in a natural disaster

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

When it comes to getting help navigating a natural disaster, there's so much technology available, the options are almost overwhelming. What works?

Lessons from Mexico's earthquake early warning system

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

On Sept. 19, 2017, an earthquake shook Mexico City with an intensity not felt since the same day 32 years before, when the 1985 magnitude 8.1 Michoacan earthquake killed more than 9,000 people and left more than 100,000 homeless.

Role of technology increasing in wildfire fights

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

Wildland firefighters are still the heart and soul of the battle against raging blazes, but a technology boom is playing an increasing role in efforts to snuff out flames. Today's firefighters count on accurate data from satellites and heat-sensing instruments to chart the size, location and direction of a fire, Sean Triplett, group leader for Geospatial & Resource Information Management at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, told the Elko Daily Free Press.

Online registration is open for the Nov. 16-17 IAEM-USA Region 1 conference

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

IAEM-USA Region 1 is holding a regional conference on Nov. 16-27, 2018, at Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. Registration is available online, and an updated agenda has been posted. Get in touch with Eric Sawyer to find out more about exhibiting at the conference or becoming a sponsor. This is a prime opportunity to network with other Region 1 members. Learn more at the conference event site.

CRHNet Conference is scheduled for Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2018

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

The Canadian Risk and Hazards Network (CRHNet) has scheduled a conference, “Dealing with Uncertainty: Innovation & Practice,” for Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Information on the conference is available on the event website.

AEMA Stakeholder Summit will be held Dec. 4-5 in Edmonton, Alberta

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

The Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) Stakeholder Summit will bring together emergency management partners by providing a platform for strengthening existing relationships, building new relationships, and offering professional development and information sharing opportunities to build a more resilient Alberta. Learn more about the summit on the event website.

Indonesia's quake-hit Lombok declares health emergency over malaria

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

Indonesia's tourist island of Lombok is battling malaria, authorities said on Saturday, declaring a health emergency after a series of earthquakes in July and August forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes. The quakes and aftershocks that killed nearly 500 people are estimated to have caused damages of 5 trillion rupiah ($337.84 million) to hospitals and public infrastructure, among other buildings, on the island's northern coast.

House okays disaster resilience department bill on 2nd reading

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on second reading a measure creating the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR), a legislative priority of the Duterte administration. The lower chamber passed via voice vote House Bill 8165 titled the “Department of Disaster Resilience Act.”

Prepare for certification at the IAEM Conference by registering for certification education

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

There are events scheduled on Sunday, Oct. 21 at the IAEM Annual Conference to help individuals interested in the IAEM Certification program. Offerings include a Certification Overview presentation as well as an opportunity to talk with current commissioners about the certification requirements and process as part of the Certification Consultations. Both of these offerings are free to annual conference registrants and can be added as optional events during the registration process. The Certification Exam Preparatory Course and an opportunity to take the Certification Exam are also available for an additional fee.

Residents given all-clear to return to homes after Massachusetts gas leak*

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

Thousands of people were allowed to return to their homes in Massachusetts on Sunday after a gas leak that set off dozens of house fires, killing one and injuring 25. On Sunday morning, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and public safety officials gave residents of Andover, North Andover and Lawrence the all-clear to return to their houses.

Philippines typhoon: More than 100 dead and missing

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

Rescue operations are underway in the Philippines as 49 people remain missing after Super Typhoon Mangkhut triggered a massive landslide in the country's north, destroying hundreds of homes. Fifty-four people have been confirmed dead so far as a result of the typhoon, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesperson said Monday.

China evacuates millions after Typhoon Mangkhut leaves Hong Kong in tatters*

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

More than three million people have been moved to safety in southern China as Typhoon Mangkhut moved northward and continued to wreak havoc across the region. Mangkhut made landfall in Guangdong, China's most populous province, late afternoon Sunday, killing four people before heading west into neighboring Guangxi province around midnight.

Nigeria's disasters agency says 100 people killed in floods across 10 states*

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

Floods in much of central and southern Nigeria have killed 100 people across 10 states, the country's emergency and disasters agency said on Monday. Such flooding tends to occur every year in the rainy season, exacerbated by poor infrastructure and lack of planning to protect against inundation, but this year the destruction has been the worst since 2012.

Rising waters continue to frustrate rescue efforts and residents, FEMA chief says after NC tour

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

Rivers continued to rise out of their banks across the Carolinas on Tuesday, frustrating rescue efforts and residents hoping to return home. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, acknowledged the difficulties following a tour of flooded areas in the Tar Heel State.

Hurricane Florence aftermath sparks deadly tornado in Virginia, exactly 14 years after Ivan caused 40 tornadoes

Published: 20 Sep 2018 08:04:01 CDT

The Richmond, Virginia, area was hit by a deadly tornado on Monday, sparked by conditions brought to the region following the arrival of Hurricane Florence on the coast of the Carolinas. Around 3:30 p.m. EDT on Monday, the National Weather Service (NWS) in Wakefield, Virginia, confirmed on Twitter that a tornado touched down in Chesterfield County, located just south of Richmond.

> 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
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 (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

Sept. 24, 2018

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
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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.