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FEMA and partner organizations release two more PrepTalks

Published: 11 Jul 2018 16:10:42 CDT

This week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and several partner organizations (including IAEM) released two video presentations from the Youth Preparedness PrepTalks Symposium held on May 30, 2018, in Long Branch, New Jersey. Dr. Lori Peek's PrepTalk, "Children and Disasters: Reducing Vulnerability and Building Capacity," brings to life the progress, ongoing challenges and possibilities to reduce the vulnerability of children to disasters. She gives emergency managers five specific actions to take to reduce the vulnerability of children to disasters right now. Sarah Thompson's PrepTalk, "Youth: The Key to Building a Culture of Preparedness," highlights how children are great mobilizers, actors and connectors within their communities for building a culture of preparedness. Thompson uses her experience and sociological data to show how emergency managers can use the natural curiosity of children to build preparedness in their communities. Download the videos, Q&A sessions and discussion guides related to these talks at https://www.fema.gov/preptalks.

IAEM's Step-by-Step Guide will help you gain approval to attend the 2018 IAEM Annual Conference

Published: 11 Jul 2018 16:10:42 CDT

The IAEM Conference Committee has created a step-by-step guide to help demonstrate return on investment and gain approval to attend the IAEM 66th Annual Conference & EMEX in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Oct. 19-24, 2018. We know the economy impacts training budgets first, and you need to justify spending time and money to attend the IAEM conference. By following this five-step guide, you will demonstrate the positive ROI to be gained by you and your organization from your attendance at the IAEM conference. Download the guide and register today.

Disaster displacement 'chronic' in Asia*

Published: 11 Jul 2018 16:10:42 CDT

Government ministers and civil servants from across Asia and the Pacific are back at their desks with a fresh mandate to accelerate action on reducing disaster losses and disaster displacement as extreme weather continues across the region.

Emergency meeting to be held on earthquake preparedness

Published: 11 Jul 2018 16:10:42 CDT

Israel's Defense Ministry, along with the security establishment and the National Emergency Authority, will hold an emergency meeting after over 10 earthquakes struck around the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret) in recent days. According to a report by Israel's Channel 2, the meeting will discuss the possibility that relevant authorities may have to be activated at a moment's notice, and therefore instructions have already been issued to refresh emergency procedures.

Strong regional support for Tourism Resilience Centre

Published: 11 Jul 2018 16:10:42 CDT

Hon Edmund Bartlett is confirming strong regional support for the establishment of the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre, which is expected to be operational in September. The center will be housed at the University of the West Indies, Mona, and is being designed to help vulnerable states across the world to recover quickly from natural disasters. It will specifically target destination preparedness, management and recovery from disruptions and/or crises that threaten economies and livelihoods globally with real-time data and effective communication.

Unique challenges makes biosecurity a top priority for New Zealand

Published: 11 Jul 2018 16:10:42 CDT

Martyn Dunne, director of New Zealand's Ministry for Primary Industries, which oversees biosecurity efforts, fisheries, food safety, operational responses to health concerns and regulation for forestry, argues that protecting against biothreats is as big of a concern as other threats to national security. The island nation has taken measures in recent years to combat threats including pests, diseases or potentially contaminated baby formula by identifying specific risks and developing improved communication with global trade partners to resolve issues that pose serious threats.

FEMA extends Alternative Procedures Debris Pilot Program

Published: 11 Jul 2018 16:10:42 CDT

The Federal Emergency Management Agency extended the Public Assistance Alternative Procedures Debris Pilot through June 27, 2019, to collect additional data about the effectiveness of the pilot program. The data FEMA collects is used to assess the program's effectiveness in advancing the goals identified in the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act.

FEMA releases two revised National Incident Management Systems courses

Published: 11 Jul 2018 16:10:42 CDT

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Emergency Management Institute recently released two revised online National Incident Management System courses. NIMS defines the comprehensive approach guiding the whole community to work together during incidents. The two new courses are: (1) IS-100.c, "An Introduction to the Incident Command System," which introduces ICS and provides the foundation for higher level training, and (2) IS-700.b, "An Introduction to the National Incident Management System," which offers an overview providing learners with a basic understanding of NIMS concepts, principles and components. The courses are available online.

Calls for national school security guidance grow as state requirements scrutinized

Published: 11 Jul 2018 16:10:42 CDT

School security advocates demanded more guidance from the government as findings of an ongoing study on state school security requirements revealed minimal standards that vary widely. The study, which is being conducted by the Police Foundation, shows only 15 states had some type of school facility security requirements prior to the Parkland, Florida shooting.

There is still time to submit an article for the IAEM Bulletin special focus issue on 'Climate Change: An Emerging Threat'

Published: 11 Jul 2018 16:10:42 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 has been extended to July 20, 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.

Another drone intrusion grounds aircraft fighting western wildfires

Published: 11 Jul 2018 16:10:42 CDT

Firefighters battling the West Valley Fire in the southwestern Utah had to ground their aircraft due to an unauthorized aerial drone flying over the blaze, prompting this important reminder: "If you fly, we can't. Help us keep our firefighters safe!"

US, Canada kick off joint next-generation first responder initiative with AI field experiment

Published: 11 Jul 2018 16:10:42 CDT

The effort is a joint partnership between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate and Canada's Department of National Defence science and technology organization, Defence Research and Development Canada Centre for Security Science, to ensure both American and Canadian next-generation first responders are better connected, protected and fully aware during critical incidents.

The world has never seen a Category 6 hurricane, but the day may be coming*

Published: 11 Jul 2018 16:10:42 CDT

As a ferocious hurricane bears down on South Florida, water managers desperately lower canals in anticipation of 4 feet of rain. That is one scenario for hurricanes in a warmer world, a subject of fiendish complexity and considerable scientific research.

India's government teams up with Google to improve flood management

Published: 11 Jul 2018 16:10:42 CDT

India's Central Water Commission has signed a collaboration agreement with Google that will help crisis management agencies deal with extreme hydrological events, such as floods, more effectively. The agreement allows CWC to make use of Google's artificial intelligence, machine learning and geospatial mapping expertise for effective water management and flood forecasting.

Improving disaster response through Twitter data

Published: 11 Jul 2018 16:10:42 CDT

A team of researchers from Penn State, the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and the Qatar Computing Research Institute created an algorithm that analyzes Twitter data to identify smaller disaster-related events, known as sub-events, and generate highly accurate, real-time summaries that can be used to guide response activities.

MIT's 'blind cheetah' robot could be used to rescue people in disaster zones

Published: 11 Jul 2018 16:10:42 CDT

MIT scientists think a robot that moves like a cheetah could help rescue people in disaster zones. It's blind, but scientists designed its flexible joints and agile limbs to be just as versatile as any creature found in nature.

Broadband cables can be used to detect earthquakes

Published: 11 Jul 2018 16:10:42 CDT

Light loses less energy and move faster than electrons moving through electrical cables, making fiber-optic cables more efficient — which is why they are the favorite for telecommunications like high-speed broadband. Now, the cables already underground around the world could come in handy for another reason. They may provide a low-cost way to detect earthquakes.

Certification prep course and exam will be held at IAEM Annual Conference

Published: 11 Jul 2018 16:10:42 CDT

IAEM's most-attended certification preparatory course and exam offering will be held on Oct. 21, 2018, in conjunction with the IAEM Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Registration will open soon through the IAEM website. The preparatory course fee is $495, and the certification exam fee is $395 for IAEM members and $595 for non-members.

Phyllis Little, Cullman EMA director, earns state's highest emergency response honor

Published: 11 Jul 2018 16:10:42 CDT

At its annual banquet this year, the Alabama Association of Emergency Managers presented Cullman EMA director Phyllis Little with the Pat Neuhauser Spirit of EMA Award, a once-only designation recognizing an EMA leader "who is dedicated, faithful and loyal with a high level of enthusiasm in promoting emergency management and a willingness to share and serve," according to the organization.

FEMA/EMI to hold July 17 webinar on highlights from 20th Annual EM Higher Education Symposium

Published: 11 Jul 2018 16:10:42 CDT

The FEMA Emergency Management Institute is offering a webinar on July 17, 2018, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT, featuring "Highlights from the 20th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium." If you miss the symposium this year or want to continue the dialogue and thinking that emerged from your attendance, plan to attend this interactive webinar. Presentations will be provided by the Higher Education Program manager, faculty presenters and participants. If you have a story or highlight you would like to share during this webinar, contact Wendy Walsh at wendy.walsh@fema.dhs.gov. Register online today. Conference call-in will be available at 800-320-4330 (pin: 376368). The 2018 symposium agenda is posted online.

Webinar about the DHS Office for Bombing Prevention scheduled for July 26

Published: 11 Jul 2018 16:10:42 CDT

The National Information Sharing Consortium will be hosting a webinar with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Emergency Services Section on the DHS Office for Bombing Prevention . The webinar will describe the full spectrum of products, services and offerings from the DHS OBP, to include counter-IED information sharing through the Technical Resource for Incident Prevention, the extensive C-IED training and solutions program, as well as the C-IED Capability Assessment and Planning to include the National Counter-IED Capabilities Analysis Database and Multi-Jurisdiction IED Security Planning Program. The webinar will be held 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT, July 26, 2018. Learn more and register for this webinar online.

Register now for IAEM-USA Region 1 Conference scheduled for Nov. 16, 2018

Published: 11 Jul 2018 16:10:42 CDT

Planning is well underway for the 2018 IAEM-USA Region 1 Conference being hosted by Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, on Nov. 16, 2018. The conference planning committee is putting together a great lineup of speakers and activities. Registration is now open and can be accessed on the IAEM website.

Many out of power, water in flood-hit Japan; dozens missing, over 150 dead

Published: 11 Jul 2018 16:10:42 CDT

Rescuers were combing through mud-covered hillsides and along riverbanks searching for dozens of people missing after heavy rains unleashed flooding and mudslides in southwestern Japan, where the death toll has exceeded 150. Work under the scorching sun was hampered by mud and heat, and shipments of relief goods were delayed by damaged roads and transportation systems, especially in areas isolated by the disaster.

21 feared dead in Nigeria capsize

Published: 11 Jul 2018 16:10:42 CDT

The vessel, carrying 30 traders and their wares, overturned in high winds on a river in the Isa district of Nigeria's northwestern Sokoto state during a heavy downpour. Eight passengers were rescued, and the body of one of the passengers was recovered, Suleiman Karim of the National Emergency Management Agency said.

Strongest typhoon ever bears down on Taiwan

Published: 11 Jul 2018 16:10:42 CDT

Taiwan is bracing for super typhoon Maria as the swirling vortex tracks northwards toward the island. Typhoon Maria is on course to lash Japan's Ryukyu Islands before barrelling into China, south of Shanghai.

24 killed as Turkish train derails after rain, landslide

Published: 11 Jul 2018 16:10:42 CDT

Twenty-four people were killed in northwest Turkey when a train headed for Istanbul derailed following heavy rain and a landslide, making it the worst train disaster in the country in more than 14 years. Two train drivers were summoned for questioning by police over the accident, state news agency Anadolu reported.

Beryl causes power outages, flooding in Puerto Rico

Published: 11 Jul 2018 16:10:42 CDT

More than 20,000 homes and businesses were without power as Beryl, the Atlantic season's first hurricane passed over Puerto Rico, including at least 1,500 who have been without electricity since Hurricane Maria devastated the island last year, Lt. Gov. Luis Rivera Marín told the Miami Herald. About 60,000 homes were still covered by tarps after Hurricane Maria destroyed roofs, and several temporary bridges were still in place.

> IAEM 2018 Thursday Learning Webinar Series #1: Cybersecurity 101: Understanding Basic Threats and Preventions, July 19, 2018, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT
> Asia Risk & Resilience Conference, Aug. 29-31, Singapore Co-organized by IAEM!
> IAEM Annual Conference, Oct. 19-24, Grand Rapids, MI 
> 2018 IAEM-USA Region 1 Conference, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Buzzards Bay, MA
> Future IAEM Annual Conference Dates 
> EM Calendar

July 2018 | Aug-Sept 2018 | Oct-Dec 2018 | Jan-June 2019 | July-Dec 2019 

IAEM Calendar: July 2018

July 16-20, 2018 
FEMA/EMI Course: Advanced Public Information Officer Training

Ft. Pierce, Florida
complete details 
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. For more information, contact Phil Politano, EMI course manager.

July 17, 2018, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT
FEMA/EMI Webinar: "Highlights from the 20th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium"

Register online. Conference call-in will be available at 800-320-4330 (pin: 376368).
If you missed the 20th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium or want to continue the dialogue and thinking that emerged from your attendance, plan to attend this interactive webinar. Presentations will be provided by the Higher Education Program manager, faculty presenters and participants. If you have a story or highlight you would like to share during this webinar, contact Wendy Walsh at wendy.walsh@fema.dhs.gov. The 2018 symposium agenda is posted online.

July 17, 18, and 19, 2018, 12:00-4:00 p.m. EDT
FEMA/EMI Course V-0001 – Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX): Dam Failure

To Participate: Email Doug Kahn at douglas.kahn@fema.dhs.gov or call 301-447-7645. Also, send a courtesy copy email to the Integrated Emergency Management Branch at fema-emi-iemb@fema.dhs.gov or call 301-447-1381. The application deadline is June 29, 2018. Additional information is available online.
About the Course: Three afternoon sessions of the Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX) on Dam Failure will be held on July, 17, 18, and 19, 2018, on the effects of a major dam failure on a community. These are three separate offerings to allow as many site applicants as possible. The VTTX is designed to: prepare participants for a potential dam failure that could impact power production, require emergency evacuations, open use of emergency spillways and recovery from a catastrophic loss; enable participants to better coordinate their operations with counterparts from federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, private sector organizations, and non-governmental agencies; and provide a virtual forum to review emergency plans and contingency resources.

July 19, 2018, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT
IAEM 2018 Thursday Learning Webinar Series #1: "Cybersecurity 101: Understanding Basic Threats and Preventions"

register online 
About the Webinar: Cybersecurity threats surround us, with new incidents occurring daily. What does that mean for you as the emergency manager? Join us for this webinar, hosted by the IAEM-USA Emerging Technology Caucus, to learn about attacks that can happen to your organization (and may already have) and basic preventative measures you can take right now to prevent them. This session is basic in nature and is designed for any size emergency management organization, from any sector.
About the Speaker: Sarah Miller, CEM, is the chair of the IAEM-USA IAEM Emerging Technology Caucus and a certified Cybersecurity Manager. She is currently the emergency management coordinator for the 16 cities of south King County, Washington, and serves as Vice President of IAEM-USA Region 10. Sarah is an adjunct faculty member at several colleges and universities and moonlights as a cybersecurity trainer (because it’s fun and needed!). She is also an adjunct instructor for EMI and has taught in the Basic, Advanced, and Executive Academies. A lifelong nerd, Sarah has 

July 18-20, 2018
Pandemics, Bioterrorism, and Global Health Security: From Anthrax to Zika

Schar School of Policy and Government
Arlington, Virginia
details and registration 
This three-day, non-credit workshop is designed to introduce participants to the challenges facing the world at the intersection of national security, public health, and the life sciences. The workshop faculty are internationally recognized experts from the government, private sector, and academia who have been extensively involved with research and policy-making on public health, biodefense, and national security issues. The workshop is designed for professionals and academics, both domestic and international, in public health, the life sciences, the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, international affairs, law enforcement, emergency management, and national security who have responsibilities for preventing, preparing for, or responding to pandemics, bioterrorism, and other threats to global health security. During the three days, participants will engage with leaders in the field of global health security, ranging from top professors to FBI special agents and the former commander of USAMRIID. The instructors will take participants on a complex journey through critical issues in global health security ranging from how to assess the risk of a pandemic to how to prepare for a bioterrorist attack.

July 26, 2018
Summit on Crisis Management

Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC
event site (detailed agenda and online registration)

Join Governing, Government Technology and Emergency Management for a one-of-a-kind, special issue Summit on Crisis Management, to be held at the Mayflower Hotel (Autograph Collection), 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC. The nation’s recent spate of natural and man-made disasters serves as a poignant reminder that crisis management is a complex and dynamic set of challenges – and an increasingly acute concern to state and local officials. To address these concerns, the summit will bring together top officials, leading issue experts, and industry partners who support government resiliency, emergency planning and mitigation efforts. State and local elected officials and agency directors, as well as public safety leaders will share lessons learned from having led their communities through crises. The program will offer tactical and strategic advice, and the tools to inform leadership decisions well before a crisis - as well as when disaster strikes. Keynote speakers are Daniel Kaniewski, Ph.D., deputy administrator, Protection and National Preparedness, FEMA; and Dr. Stephen Flynn, founding director, Global Resilience Institute, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts.

July 30-Aug. 3, 2018
FEMA/EMI Course E0388: Advanced Public Information Officers

Emergency Management Institute (EMI)
National Emergency Training Center (NETC)
Emmitsburg, Maryland
complete details  
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.

July 31, 2018
The Cost of Resilience: Impact of Large-Scale Biological Events on Business, Finance and the Economy

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
1615 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20062
RSVP by July 25 via online registration | webcast details will be posted here when available | download agenda
The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense will hold this public special focus meeting. This meeting of the study panel, chaired by former Rep. Jim Greenwood and co-chaired by former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, will provide the panel with a better understanding of private sector views on: financial impacts of large-scale biological incidents; public-private partnerships and collaboration in advance of such incidents; and how the private sector can contribute to biodefense, especially before federal assets are mobilized and after federal resources are exhausted.



> IAEM Bulletin Call for Articles: "Climate Change: An Emerging Threat." Deadline extended to: July 20, 2018Details.

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