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> The IAEM Poster Showcase Call for Abstracts is now open. Deadline: May 18, 2018, 5:00 p.m. EDT.
> The 2018 IAEM Awards Competition is open. Deadline for entries is June 1, 2018.
> The April 2018 IAEM Bulletin is now online.



Virgin Islands EMA State Director Mona Barnes to deliver plenary session at IAEM Annual Conference

Published: 18 Apr 2018 21:04:56 CDT

Mona Barnes, director of the U.S. Virgin Islands Emergency Management Agency, will present a plenary session at the 66th IAEM Annual Conference, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to discuss how she managed the U.S. territory as two Category 5 hurricanes crossed the islands. She will give a firsthand look at the response and recovery from Hurricanes Maria and Irma as they swept through within days of each other. For more information about Ms. Barnes and her presentation on Oct. 22, 2018, visit the conference website.

Annual Conference Update, IAEM releases webinar recording: 'Tips for IAEM Poster Showcase Success'

Published: 18 Apr 2018 21:04:56 CDT

To learn how to be successful in the IAEM Poster Showcase, view the recording of the recent webinar hosted by the event organizers. The webinar covers tips, requirements and – most importantly – how to earn gold, silver or bronze recognition from IAEM. Email Poster Showcase abstract entries as an attachment in Word format to Julie Husk, using the email subject line “IAEM-USA Poster Showcase Abstract. The entry deadline is May 18, 2018, 5:00 p.m. EDT.

Chinese vice premier stresses emergency management*

Published: 18 Apr 2018 21:04:56 CDT

Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng Monday called for efforts to strengthen the country's emergency management. Han, also member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks during an inspection of newly-formed Ministry of Emergency Management. Han said that efforts should be made to improve the country's emergency management as well as disaster prevention and relief to protect people's lives and property while ensuring social stability.

Participate in Canada Emergency Preparedness Week — May 6-12, 2018

Published: 18 Apr 2018 21:04:56 CDT

Canada’s Emergency Preparedness Week 2018 (EP Week), May 6-12, is fast approaching. This year’s theme is “Be Emergency Ready.” Information is available on the Public Safety Canada EP Week event webpage. Download resources to help your organization promote EP Week. Follow Public Safety Canada’s Twitter (@Safety_Canada / @securite_canada) using these hashtags #EPWeek2018 / #SemainedelaSC2018 and #EPWeek #SemaineSC and Get Prepared account @Get_Prepared/ @Preparez_Vous, using these hashtags. Like Public Safety Canada’s Facebook page to get daily highlights on “Emergency Ready in Canada.” Finally, join the conversation with IAEM Canada using the hashtag: #IAEMCANEP2018.

Entry period is open for IAEM-Canada Awards Competition

Published: 18 Apr 2018 21:04:56 CDT

The IAEM-Canada Awards Competition recognizes Canadians who have made exemplary contributions to promote and improve the emergency management profession in Canada. The competition is open through June 1, 2018, 5:00 p.m. EDT. Four Canada-only award categories are being offered in 2018: Career Excellence Award, EM Volunteer Award, Prepared Community Award, and Merit Award. Visit the website to download the guidelines and official entry forms. IAEM-Canada members are also encouraged to enter the multi-level IAEM-Global Awards Competition, in which all categories are open to those in any location worldwide. Details are available on the IAEM Awards page.

B.C. First Nation, governments sign first-ever emergency management agreement*

Published: 18 Apr 2018 21:04:56 CDT

A first-of-its-kind tripartite emergency management agreement with a First Nations government in Canada was unveiled in Vancouver, B.C. Saturday morning at the Pan Pacific. Honorable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced the agreement which has been signed between the federal, provincial and Tsilhqot’in National governments.

Puerto Rico's power outage is now the second-largest blackout on record

Published: 18 Apr 2018 21:04:56 CDT

You may have thought the world had run out of superlatives to describe the misery that Hurricane Maria brought to Puerto Rico. Well now, here's another one: second-largest blackout in history. Since the monster storm slammed into the American Caribbean territory in September 2017 and heavily damaged the power grid, more than 3.4 billion hours of electricity have been lost there.

New Zealand: 'Hazard fatigue' may be behind severe weather warnings confusion*

Published: 18 Apr 2018 21:04:56 CDT

Impending weather events are being either over-hyped or completely missed, creating confusion for the public, a communications expert warns. After last week's violent storm when winds gusted up to 213km/h, bringing down trees and knocking out power to 182,000 people, many Aucklanders have said they weren't properly warned of the event.

Don't miss an exciting training and networking opportunity; register now for the IAEM-USA Region 4 Conference, 'Setting the Tone for Emergency Management'

Published: 18 Apr 2018 21:04:56 CDT

The IAEM-USA Region 4 Conference will take place on Apr. 22-25, 2018, in Nashville, Tennessee. The theme of the conference, “Setting the Tone for Emergency Management,” reflects Region 4’s ongoing efforts in sustainable and proactive initiatives that support our ability to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against any disaster. Join the discussion and share your thoughts and experiences for a truly interactive training opportunity. Visit the Region 4 registration page for details, and view the Region 4 event site starting at www.iaem.com/2018R4 for information on the program, speakers, hotels, travel, and sponsorship opportunities. Online registration will remain open throughout the conference, and daily rates are offered for those who cannot attend the full event.

FEMA releases Affordability Framework for the National Flood Insurance Program

Published: 18 Apr 2018 21:04:56 CDT

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Apr. 17 released an Affordability Framework for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which for the first time provides data-driven analysis of the cost burden borne by flood insurance policyholders and potential policyholders, identifies the populations most burdened by the cost of flood insurance, and provides options for policymakers to consider to help close the flood insurance gap across the nation by reducing the cost burden of flood insurance. In the Affordability Framework, FEMA proposes several options based on income and offers descriptive models of the cost of each option. The following tasks were considered: understand the affordability of the current NFIP portfolio as a baseline to better understand the impact of changes going forward; begin the process of building the affordability framework; and complete the process of building an affordability framework. As part of FEMA’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan, FEMA is working to close the insurance gap with the assistance of both public and private insurers. As the largest provider of flood insurance in the United States, the NFIP is working to double the number of properties covered by flood insurance from the current 4 million to 8 million by 2023.

IAEM, NEMA, and NACo submit a joint statement for the record to the Senate Homeland Security Committee

Published: 18 Apr 2018 21:04:56 CDT

In conjunction with their hearing last week entitled “FEMA: Prioritizing a Culture of Preparedness,” the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee individually asked the National Association of Counties (NACo), the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), and IAEM to submit a statement for the record. To demonstrate a united front to Capitol Hill, the three organizations opted to submit a joint statement to the Committee. Click here to read the joint statement submitted by IAEM, NEMA, and NACo.

41 states see their low-income residents living in the most flood-prone areas

Published: 18 Apr 2018 21:04:56 CDT

Homeowners with the lowest median incomes tend to live in the highest flood hazard areas in 41 states, according to a Federal Emergency Management Agency report released Tuesday. Of the households both inside and outside the Special Flood Hazard Area, or SFHA, flood insurance policyholders had higher median incomes than non-policyholders in every state, per “An Affordability Framework for the National Flood Insurance Program”.

2018 hurricane season awaits communities still recovering from 2017

Published: 18 Apr 2018 21:04:56 CDT

Local government officials at a Senate Commerce hearing Thursday stressed the need for Federal Emergency Management Agency funds upfront for hazard mitigation ahead of a 2018 hurricane season where forecasters are anticipating 14 named storms. The 2017 season saw 17 named storms and three Category 4 hurricanes, which also happened to be three of the five most most damaging on record, for comparison.

The 2018 IAEM Awards Competition is accepting entries until June 1, 2018, 5:00 p.m .EDT

Published: 18 Apr 2018 21:04:56 CDT

The 2018 IAEM Awards Competition entry period is now open. 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. Keep the entry deadline in mind: all award entries must be received by Friday, June 1, 2018, 5:00 p.m. EDT.

IAEM members and other emergency managers are invited to write on 'Cybersecurity' for the June IAEM Bulletin; articles due May 10, 2018

Published: 18 Apr 2018 21:04:56 CDT

The June 2018 IAEM Bulletin will include a special focus on the theme of “Cybersecurity.” Article submissions must be received by May 10, 2018. Articles might include, but are not limited to: Cybersecurity 101 about securing your own security and how you protect your own assets; how you incorporate cybersecurity into your CEMP/EOP; a discussion of available Internet resources; how to coordinate cybersecurity among your response team; how to protect information in your EOC; preparing for cybersecurity incidents, vulnerabilities and risks associated with IOT (Internet of Things – including AV systems, HVAC, remote sensors, etc.), and best practices for designing and conducting cybersecurity exercises. These are just examples of articles. You may identify another aspect of cybersecurity 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.

Planning for hurricanes as weather patterns change

Published: 18 Apr 2018 21:04:56 CDT

We’re all aware of the impact of intense weather systems that make headlines, like 2017’s hurricanes Harvey and Irma. But even slight adjustments to weather patterns — like historic changes in precipitation levels and the increasing frequency of heat waves — can drastically change living conditions.

3 changes the National Hurricane Center is making this season

Published: 18 Apr 2018 21:04:56 CDT

The National Hurricane Center will yet again improve their forecast and communication products with a number of changes for the upcoming hurricane season. Their swiss army knife of products, including their well-known hurricane cone along with many lesser-known, but just as important tools, is updated each year based on the latest state of the science.

In search of infrastructure-proof emergency alerts

Published: 18 Apr 2018 21:04:56 CDT

The increased reliance on emergency text alerts to receive warnings of natural or manmade disasters is a capability that most people have come to expect. Listening to broadcast radio warnings of severe weather happening miles away has transformed into more precise, geo-located alerts that target specific locations.

Earthquake advisories can save lives

Published: 18 Apr 2018 21:04:56 CDT

Jame Goltz writes: I have long been intrigued with the effort to predict a large, potentially devastating earthquake in the Tokai region of Japan and the legislation that established how scientists and public officials were to respond, should precursory seismic activity reach the point of a warning issued by the prime minister.

It's a common myth that tornadoes avoid cities — but it's not true

Published: 18 Apr 2018 21:04:56 CDT

As a former NASA scientist and current professor at a major university, one of my primary research areas has been how urban environments interact with weather and climate processes. One of the things that I have feared throughout my career is the prospect of tornadoes ravaging densely populated cities.

This app maker says his work saved thousands during Hurricane Harvey — and he's not done yet

Published: 18 Apr 2018 21:04:56 CDT

Matthew Marchetti was among thousands of Houstonians motoring through the turbulent, murky stormwaters of Hurricane Harvey as the sun set on August 27th, 2017. He was sitting in a stranger’s dinky motorboat, attempting to rescue neighbors and shuttle them to safety. The problem was that he didn’t know where to look — neither did the police and fire departments.

Be sure to submit in time to receive your certification diploma at the IAEM Conference

Published: 18 Apr 2018 21:04:56 CDT

Are you working towards your AEM®/CEM® this year? Review dates and important information about completing the process in time to receive your diploma at the IAEM Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is available on the IAEM website.

Funding availability announced to support innovative research for the development of next-generation cybersecurity technologies

Published: 18 Apr 2018 21:04:56 CDT

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) made a $25 million funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support energy sector cybersecurity. Under this FOA, the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability’s Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) program will seek applications to conduct research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) for innovative approaches to advance cyber resilient energy delivery systems. Applicant submissions must include a demonstration of the developed technology at a relevant end-user site to validate a clear path to industry acceptance. Selected applications will involve advanced tools technologies that are interoperable, scalable, and readily manageable. They will also include a strategy for transitioning solutions into practice throughout the energy sector through commercialization or by making the solution available through open source. The due date for submitting an application is June 18, 2018.

FEMA Higher Education Program scheduled May 1 webinar on next generation core competencies for EM

Published: 18 Apr 2018 21:04:56 CDT

The FEMA Higher Education Program will hold a webinar, “The Next Generation Core Competencies (NGCC) Handbook for Emergency Management – What It Is and How You Can Use It,” on May 1, 2018, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT. The Next Generation Core Competencies (NGCC) project was a multi-phase study conducted by a FEMA-sponsored focus group, and the resulting 13 core competencies are now available to guide the professional development of future emergency managers. The 13 core competencies fall into three nested categories that are interrelated, but have attributes that build the individual, the practitioner, or relationships. Behavioral anchors and key actions for measurement accompany the new core competencies. The overarching goal of the work is to establish the next generation emergency management core competencies, which are likely to underpin the emergency management workforce of 2030 and beyond. Presenters will include: Shirley Feldmann-Jensen R.N., DPPD, MPH, California State University at Long Beach; Steven Jensen DPPD, MS, California State University at Long Beach; Sandra Smith RN, Ph.D., Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, Arkansas; and Wendy Walsh, FEMA Higher Education Program Manager.

American Geosciences Institute to offer May 16 webinar on adapting wildfire management to today's conditions

Published: 18 Apr 2018 21:04:56 CDT

The American Geosciences Institute’s Critical Issues Program will hold a webinar, “Adapting Wildfire Management to 21st Century Conditions” on May 16, 2018, 1:00 p.m. EDT. This Critical Issues webinar explores recent trends in wildfires and changes in contributing factors/drivers of these hazards, and features case studies of wildfire policy and management strategies in the western and southern United States. Presenters include: Tania Schoennagel, Ph.D., research scientist, University of Colorado-Boulder, INSTAAR; David Godwin, Ph.D., Southern Fire Exchange/University of Florida; and Vaughan Miller, deputy chief, Ventura County Fire Department. Register online.

Puerto Rico hit with island-wide blackout

Published: 18 Apr 2018 21:04:56 CDT

An island-wide power outage has struck Puerto Rico as the U.S. territory’s electric grid struggles to recover after the devastation from Hurricane Maria last year. The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that the entire island experienced a blackout.

Hawaii rescuers airlift residents after floods, landslides on Kauai*

Published: 18 Apr 2018 21:04:56 CDT

Hundreds of people have been evacuated from flood-stricken areas of the Hawaiian island of Kauai after severe rain struck over the weekend, leaving swaths of land underwater. Rain and flooding Saturday night caused multiple mudslides, as well as power and water outages.

800 homes damaged on Fiji's Kadavu during Cyclone Keni

Published: 18 Apr 2018 21:04:56 CDT

The NDMO Director Anare Leweniqila says 804 houses have been damaged, 201 of which were fully destroyed. Mr Leweniqila said 104 evacuation centers remain active with 803 evacuees. He said the relief and recovery phase continued in Kadavu with assessment teams to work through the 75 villages in the area by the end of the week.

Volcano may force permanent relocation of more than 10,000 people in Vanuatu

Published: 18 Apr 2018 21:04:56 CDT

While initially impacting only southern parts of the island, more powerful eruptions and changing wind patterns have caused ash to cover the entire island. Lindsay Ford, Chairman of Rotary International on Norfolk Island, said the humanitarian organization has been notified of at least four deaths related to the volcano in recent days.

> IAEM-USA Region 4 Conference, Apr. 22-25, Nashville, TN
> Emergency Management Leaders Conference, June 12-13, Tampa, FL Supported by IAEM!
> IAEM-Canada 2018 EM Leadership & Innovation Conference, June 5-8, Calgary, AB
> 7th Annual IAEM-USA Region 3 Symposium, June 27, Fairfax, VA
> IAEM Annual Conference, Oct. 19-24, Grand Rapids, MI 
> Future IAEM Annual Conference Dates 
> EM Calendar

Apr 2018 | May-June 2018 | July-Sept 2018 | Oct-Dec 2018 

IAEM Calendar: April 2018

Apr. 22-25, 2018
2018 IAEM-USA Region 4 Conference:
"Setting the Tone for Emergency Management"

Embassy Suites Nashville Airport
Nashville, Tennessee
event site - Registration is live!

Apr. 22, 2018
AEM/CEM Preparatory Course and AEM/CEM Exam

AEM/CEM Prep Course (8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.) and AEM/CEM Exam (2:00-4:00 p.m.)
2018 IAEM-USA Region 4 Conference
Nashville, Tennessee
complete details on registration  
The AEM/CEM Prep Course and the AEM/CEM Exam will be offered on Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018, in conjunction with the 2018 IAEM-USA Region 4 Conference, in Nashville, Tennessee. Deadline to register is Apr. 16, 2018. Note: There will be limited seats available after the registration deadline on a first-come first-serve basis.

Apr. 23-24, 2018
FEMA/EMI Course E0390: Integrating Emergency Management Education into your Institution

Emergency Management Institute (EMI)
National Emergency Training Center (NETC)
Emmitsburg, Maryland
complete details
This course will be offered three times on these dates: Feb. 26-27, Mar. 19-20, and Apr. 23-24, 2018. This course is an interactive workshop designed to assist minority and minority-serving institutions of higher education (IHEs) in establishing or enhancing Emergency Management (EM) courses or programs in their institutions. It addresses issues unique to them, and begins the process of identifying and overcoming institutional roadblocks to increasing their schools’ EM-related offerings. The primary goal of this workshop is to assist Hispanic Serving Institutions, Asian American and Pacific Islanders, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities by providing information about EM and the benefits and resources available for integrating EM course offerings. The desired outcome and single focus of the course is to achieve a more diverse population of EM professionals who reflect the communities in which they live and work.

Apr. 24, 2018, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT
IAEM-USA Healthcare Caucus and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Webinar:
"Emergency Preparedness Final Rule"

Register for this no-cost webinar online.
Join Caecilia (Cece) Blondiaux, with the Quality, Safety & Oversight Group (QSOG) from CMS, who will provide a recap and updates on the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule. Ms. Blondiaux also will highlight and discuss key areas where CMS is seeing an increased number of deficiencies as related to the final rule. There will be approximately 20-25 minutes allotted for a question-and-answer session at the end of the webinar. For efficiency and to answer as many questions as possible, we are asking that you please submit your questions in advance to iaem.health@gmail.com, no later than Apr. 16, 2018.

Apr. 25, 2018, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT
EMI Training e-Forum: “Engaging Faith-Based and Community Organizations: Preparedness Considerations for Emergency Managers”

participation link | conference call-in: 800-320-4330, PIN 107622
FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is hosting a series of “One Link, One Bridge, Many Voices” e-Forums every Wednesday from 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT. EMI e-Forums are one-hour, moderated webinar discussions that provide an opportunity for EMI and the emergency management community to discuss matters of interest on national preparedness training. The e-Forums showcase whole community partners and peers, sharing their experiences. The panel format offers opportunities to provide technical assistance in training management by facilitating peer-to-peer sharing of best practices.

Apr. 26, 2018
Crisis Leadership: Promoting Emotional and Mental Well-Being Symposium

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Bethesda, Maryland
event site  
The Symposium is co-sponsored by the USU National Center for Disaster Medicine & Public Health, the USU Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress and the USU LEAD program. The Symposium will provide an opportunity to hear how leaders have handled stress in times of crisis, with particular emphasis on the disasters of fall 2017. During the half-day event, panelists will also share best practices and recommendations for moving the field of crisis leadership forward. Target Audience is an interdisciplinary group of academia; associations; the private sector; federal, state, local and tribal Governments; and the military. The keynote speaker will be Thad Allen, Senior Executive Advisor, Booz Allen Hamilton, and retired U.S. Coast Guard (2010 as the 23rd Commandant).

Apr. 30, 2018, 1500-1700

New Taipei City, Taiwan
complete details on registration 
The AEM/CEM Exam will be held on Apr. 30, 15:00-17:00, at the IAEM Taiwan Office, 6F, No. 276, Jianguo Rd., Xindian, New Taipei City 23142, Taiwan, R.O.C. The exam proctor will be Tswen-Juh (TJ) Gu, CEM. Deadline to register is Apr. 16, 2018. Note: There will be limited seats available after the registration deadline on a first-come first-serve basis.
















IAEM-Canada 2018 Emergency Management Leadership and Innovation Conference
June 5-8, 2018
Calgary, Alberta

enter the event site here