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Vision
IAEM-USA is the premier organization of emergency management professionals within the United States and is a leading partner with other councils of IAEM globally.

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

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.

 

 

 

Time is running out to register for the IAEM Annual Conference

Published: 10 Oct 2018 15:46:17 CDT

This is the last week to register online for the IAEM Annual Conference. Learn why so many EM professionals come back year after year. Starting on Monday, Oct. 22, IAEM will offer more than 100 breakout and spotlight sessions, numerous keynote and plenary sessions, the popular EMvision Talks, the Poster Showcase and unlimited networking opportunities. Come out early or stay late and maximize your time away from work with one of our many free pre-conference training courses, or just enjoy the beautiful area of Grand Rapids. For more information, view our conference program and register today! Onsite registration will begin on Friday, Oct. 19.

EMEX product highlight of the week: Phoenix Pure Holdings

Published: 10 Oct 2018 15:46:17 CDT

Phoenix Pure has developed a process for purifying any type of contaminated water into drinking water by utilizing multiple purification technologies. The system is powered by an integrated generator, requires low energy consumption, uses no chemicals or high pressure filtration in the process, and is modular and scalable. The standard system produces the equivalent of 32,000 bottles of water per day. Visit Phoenix Pure Holdings at the IAEM Annual Conference in EMEX Exhibit Booth 429.

Bidding is open in the online IAEM Scholarship Program auction — tell your friends

Published: 10 Oct 2018 15:46:17 CDT

The IAEM Scholarship Program has launched another online auction to benefit students working toward degrees in emergency management, disaster management, or closely related fields of study. The auction will end during the IAEM Annual Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 12:30 p.m. EDT. We need your help. Register today, begin bidding, and tell your friends. Anyone is eligible to participate. Winning bidders not at the conference will be notified, and items will be shipped. You will be able to track bids on the mobile app. Check back often because new items are added every day. If you have an item to donate, you may donate it online and bring it to the conference to be displayed. Current items include several vacations, jewelry, emergency management collectibles, and food gifts.

Private sector, including IAEM members, has launched portal to help with Hurricane Michael response

Published: 10 Oct 2018 15:46:17 CDT

During Hurricane Florence, a portal was reactivated to aid in the hurricane response. With Hurricane Michael active, the Private Sector Led Disaster Response Portal is back up and running. View it at http://ppp.trustedops.com.

Senators demand probe of FEMA awards to inexperienced bidders after Hurricane Maria*

Published: 10 Oct 2018 15:46:17 CDT

Two U.S. senators called Wednesday, Oct. 3, for an investigation into FEMA’s awarding of multimillion-dollar contracts to companies with “little to no experience” doing the work required in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

FEMA announces webinars about updating the National Response Framework

Published: 10 Oct 2018 15:46:17 CDT

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is holding webinars for stakeholders nationwide to discuss the agency’s efforts in updating the National Response Framework (NRF) to incorporate lessons learned from the unprecedented 2017 hurricane and wildfire season. As part of FEMA’s renewed effort to build a national culture of preparedness, this update includes the following areas: additional emphasis on non-governmental capabilities to include the role of individuals and private sector/industry partners in responding to disasters; a new Emergency Support Function to leverage existing coordination mechanisms between the government and infrastructure owners/operators; and focus on outcomes-based response through the prioritization of the rapid stabilization of lifesaving and life-sustaining Lifelines. Register in advance for the webinar of your choice: Webinar 1 – Monday, Oct. 15, 4:00 p.m. EDT; Webinar 2 – Thursday, Oct. 18, 12:00 p.m. EDT; Webinar 3 – Wednesday, Oct. 24, 10:00 a.m. EDT; and Webinar 4 – Friday, Oct. 26, 3:00 p.m. EDT.

DHS releases strategy to confront potentially devastating electromagnetic pulse threat

Published: 10 Oct 2018 15:46:17 CDT

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the release of the Strategy for Protecting and Preparing the Homeland against Threats from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) and Geomagnetic Disturbance (GMD). “Essentially, any electronics system that is not protected against extreme EMP or GMD events may be subject to either the direct ‘shock’ of the blast itself or to the damage that is inflicted on the systems and controls upon which they are dependent,” says the strategy.

Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 transforms field of emergency management

Published: 10 Oct 2018 15:46:17 CDT

President Donald J. Trump signed the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 (DRRA) into law today as part of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018. As the 2017 hurricane season and California wildfires demonstrated, impacts from a disaster can be devastating.

Climate change is testing Asia's megacities

Published: 10 Oct 2018 15:46:17 CDT

The scenes captured in Hong Kong and other cities along China’s southern coast during Typhoon Mangkhut in mid-September were almost apocalyptic: trees being uprooted, towers swaying back and forth as their windows shattered, ocean waves barreling into buildings, roadways turned into rivers.

FEMA using 'Waffle House Index' to gauge economic rebound following disaster

Published: 10 Oct 2018 15:46:17 CDT

Ahead of Hurricane Florence, emergency managers watched the so-called "Waffle House Index," an informal gauge for FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to determine how quickly a community might bounce back economically after a disaster. Mollye Barrows joins Bart Chilton to discuss.

Schools are spending big on surveillance technology — is it worth it?

Published: 10 Oct 2018 15:46:17 CDT

As other elementary schools across the country were preparing for the new school year by cleaning classrooms and training teachers, Hermosa Elementary, in Artesia, New Mexico was installing a network of wireless microphones that could pick up the specific concussive audio signature of gunfire.

Big cities have longer flu seasons, while small cities have more intense ones*

Published: 10 Oct 2018 15:46:17 CDT

Heading into flu season, predicting the virus’ spread and mapping where outbreaks might occur remains an imperfect science. But a new study says a surprising factor impacts how bad the season is: city size. The study, published in the journal Science, finds that smaller cities like Nashville experience flu season differently than larger, denser metropolises, with shorter and more intense outbreaks of the disease that can strain public-health infrastructure.

As hurricane nears, most long-term care facilities haven't finished backup power plans

Published: 10 Oct 2018 15:46:17 CDT

When the Legislature passed rules this year requiring emergency power in long-term care facilities, Hurricane Michael was exactly the kind of disaster lawmakers had in mind. The potential Category 3 storm, which is predicted to hit the Panhandle Wednesday, is one of the most powerful storms the region has seen in decades. Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency from the Panhandle down to the Big Bend region, and mandatory evacuations have been ordered where Michael is expected to come ashore.

When nuisance flooding becomes more of a nuisance

Published: 10 Oct 2018 15:46:17 CDT

Near high tide on a Wednesday morning in late September, the driver of a white van from a local security alarm company paused for a moment near the eastern end of Thames Street in the historic Fells Point neighborhood before driving through the shallow waters that blocked the entrance to a condominium parking lot. The usual advice of “turn around, don’t drown” was not a concern.

Who decides that a death was caused by Hurricane Florence? And why does it matter?

Published: 10 Oct 2018 15:46:17 CDT

Both men died when they fell — one from a ladder, the other from a roof — while they were cleaning up after Hurricane Florence even as the storm was still causing rivers to rise in Eastern North Carolina. Gov. Roy Cooper announced last Tuesday that they were the 38th and 39th people in North Carolina to lose their lives as a result of the storm. It had taken 10 days for the two men to officially be added to the storm’s death toll.

The value of knowledge and training in response operations

Published: 10 Oct 2018 15:46:17 CDT

In today’s emergency service professions, it is essential to master the core knowledge necessary to understand the research and emerging technology that guide incident response. To become truly prepared to respond, each emergency professional must take the time to develop the knowledge to manage the threat and initiate response operations.

The government doesn't seem to know why some people didn't get its presidential alert

Published: 10 Oct 2018 15:46:17 CDT

Around 225 million cell phone users in the U.S. were supposed to receive a message from the White House last Wednesday. Though the test was likely a non-event in your day, for the federal government, it was the product of many years of work across multiple agencies. But some people didn’t get the alert at all, and others got it many minutes after the 2:18 pm time the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the agency tasked with sending the alert, said it was supposed to land.

Would the US tsunami warning system have averted Indonesia's disaster?

Published: 10 Oct 2018 15:46:17 CDT

Last week, an earthquake and tsunami struck the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, flattening hotels, shopping malls, and hundreds of homes, and killing at least 1,200 people. The government expects the death toll to rise. In the days after the quake, outsiders have focused on the failure of the local tsunami early-warning system.

Special pre-conference events will help individuals prepare for IAEM certification

Published: 10 Oct 2018 15:46:17 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 Preparatory Course and the Certification Exam are also available for an additional fee.

FEMA Higher Education Program to offer Oct. 16 webinar on 'Storytelling in EM Education'

Published: 10 Oct 2018 15:46:17 CDT

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Higher Education Program will present a webinar on “Storytelling in Emergency Management Education,” on Oct. 16, 2018, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT. The webinar will focus on sharing and gathering information through storytelling, as it relates to planning for emergencies, understanding community values to promote preparedness, improving our ability to effectively teach, and generally work toward honing our storytelling skills. Examples will be shared of how to develop and extract the stories, as well as explore the theoretical approaches that guide and strengthen storytelling. The purpose is to inspire you to experiment more with storytelling as an effective way to teach, connect, and learn. Presenters will include: Robert Frietag, Ph.D., University of Washington; Alessandra Jerolleman, Ph.D., Jacksonville State University; Thaddeus Hicks, Ph.D., Ohio Christian University; and Wendy Walsh, Higher Education Program Manager. Register online, or call in at 1-800-320-4330, PIN: 376368#.

Register for the Nov. 15 IAEM webinar on increased preparedness through working with non-traditional partners

Published: 10 Oct 2018 15:46:17 CDT

As part of the IAEM Thursday Learning Webinar Series, IAEM has scheduled a webinar on “Increased Preparedness Working with Non-Traditional Partners” for Nov. 15, 2018, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT. Emergency managers often work with schools and hospitals to develop and exercise emergency action plans. However, dams and levee owners often have plans as well. Fort Bend County has integrated levee emergency action plans into their plans through a multi-departmental approach to planning, training and response. This coordination has improved preparedness of levee improvement districts throughout the county. The county, which is traversed by the Brazos River, has a long history of flooding. This system has been tested through multiple flood events in recent years; the county experienced three riverine floods between Memorial Day 2015 and Memorial Day 2016. The system was once again tested during Hurricane Harvey when record rainfall throughout the area caused massive flooding. The presenter will be Rita Anderson, an environmental scientist with Freese and Nichols, Inc., in Houston, Texas. Register online.

Visit the event site for the Nov. 16-17 IAEM-USA Region 1 Conference, and register online

Published: 10 Oct 2018 15:46:17 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.

Indonesia expert warned of quake, gov't mapped risk areas

Published: 10 Oct 2018 15:46:17 CDT

When the violent shaking from a massive magnitude 7.5 earthquake finally stopped, Selvi Susanti stood up and realized something strange was happening. First, she saw the ground suddenly begin to sink. Then the pavement split beneath her feet like a broken dinner plate and started to rise.

Sindh to build disaster resilient plan to cope with natural calamities

Published: 10 Oct 2018 15:46:17 CDT

Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister (CM) for Information Barrister Wahab Murtaza stressed on the need to introduce a comprehensive plan to cope with natural calamities and guidelines for general public to minimize damages to life and properties during the days of emergency. While addressing a rally organised by Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) to mark the National Disaster Day, Barrister Wahab said that Oct. 8 was not only a day to remember the earthquake victims but also a reminder for government and communities to take necessary measures for building a disaster resilient nation.

Indonesia mulls setting up logistics bases in safe areas to respond faster to natural disasters

Published: 10 Oct 2018 15:46:17 CDT

Indonesia is considering setting up several logistics bases in safe regions to ensure aid can reach people faster when there is an earthquake or a tsunami. Each logistics base would have on standby excavators, food, water filters, power generators and navy ships that can be deployed promptly any time.

Haiti quake kills at least 14, aftershock jolts nervous residents*

Published: 10 Oct 2018 15:46:17 CDT

An earthquake hit northern Haiti late on Saturday, killing at least 14 people and sparking a scramble by rescue agencies to help residents of the worst-hit towns in the impoverished Caribbean country. A local official said at least eight people died in Port-de-Paix on the northern coast near the epicenter of the magnitude 5.9 quake, which struck at a depth of 11.7 kilometres (7.3 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

4 killed after massive sinkhole opens in Chinese city*

Published: 10 Oct 2018 15:46:17 CDT

Four people have died after they were swallowed up by a massive sinkhole in a Chinese city, despite desperate rescue efforts to save them. According to state media, the sinkhole opened up around 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Dazhou, Sichuan province. Dramatic video from the scene showed people suddenly plunging through the pavement as it collapsed beneath them.

Following Saint John oil refinery blast and fire, Irving Oil to focus on cause*

Published: 10 Oct 2018 15:46:17 CDT

Irving Oil will work with a number of agencies to determine what caused an explosion and fire at its refinery in Saint John Monday, a company official says. WorkSafeNB, the Department of Environment and Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) officials will try to "understand what happened" and decide on next steps, said Irving Oil's chief refining and supply officer Kevin Scott.

Indonesia earthquake: As many as 5,000 feared dead, says official

Published: 10 Oct 2018 15:46:17 CDT

An Indonesian official said that as many as 5,000 bodies could be buried in the mud—more than one week after a devastating 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit near the island of Sulawesi. As of Oct. 9, officials said that 1,944 people died in the quake and tsunami, mostly in the city of Palu and outlying areas, CBS News reported.

Typhoon Kong-rey leaves 2 dead, 1 missing, 470 displaced in Korea

Published: 10 Oct 2018 15:46:17 CDT

Typhoon Kong-rey, which hit the country Friday and Saturday, caused two deaths and left some 470 people homeless, according to the weather authorities. One person remained missing as of Sunday morning. A 66-year-old man was killed while crossing a bridge in Gwangju, Gyeonggi Province, on Saturday, according to the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters.

700 firefighters in Portugal battle wildfire west of Lisbon

Published: 10 Oct 2018 15:46:17 CDT

Over 700 firefighters battled a wildfire Sunday in a national park west of Lisbon that forced Portuguese authorities to evacuate about 350 people. The fire that broke out overnight in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park that covers hilly terrain near the Atlantic coast injured 17 firefighters and one civilian, Andre Fernandes of Portugal's civil protection agency said Sunday.

Emergency Managers Urge Congress to Pass Disaster Reforms 
IAEM Press Release, Sept. 25, 2018

The October IAEM Bulletin is now online.

2018 IAEM Annual Conference & EMEX
"Opportunities and Innovations in 
Emergency Management"

Oct. 19-24, 2018 | Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Details & Registration