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The May 2018 IAEM Bulletin is now online.
- Share your Knowledge and Experience by Writing for the IAEM Bulletin on ‘Developing Situational Awareness and a Common Operating Picture’ – deadline is Feb. 23, 2018 (13 Feb 2018) The IAEM Editorial Work Group seeks articles for its first 2018 IAEM Bulletin special focus issue, “Developing Situational Awareness and a Common Operating Picture,” which will be published in March, with an article submission deadline of Feb. 23, 2018. Articles might include, but are not limited to: how to gather and communicate situational awareness during a disaster; how to define your requirements in order to choose the best tool for you; retail approaches and best practices; fusion centers; crowdsourcing; virtual operations support teams (VOST); artificial intelligence; and community information networks. Article length is 750-1,500 words. Please refer to author guidelines for details, and email any questions to Editor Karen Thompson. See a list of all 2018 special focus topics at www.iaem.com/Bulletin.
- BCM Compensation Study Now Underway; Participate to Receive Complimentary Report (13 Feb 2018) Now in its 16th year, the BCM Compensation Study is a premier global compensation assessment for business continuity/resiliency professionals. The thorough study assesses earning potential by years of experience, degree, years of management and leadership expertise, geography, certification, and more. Only those who participate by 11:00 p.m. EST on Mar. 26, 2018, will receive a complimentary report highlighting the study findings. Go to BC Management’s website to take part in the study.
- Call for Papers Announced for 1st Sustainability and Resilience Conference at University of Bahrain (09 Jan 2018) A call for papers has been issued for the First Sustainability and Resilience Conference, “Mitigating Disaster and Emergency Planning,” which will be held May 13-14, 2017, at the University of Bahrain (UOB). This annual conference will be organized by the Deanship of Graduate Studies and Scientific Research at the UOB, and under the patronage of His Excellency Prof. Ryadh Hamzah, UOB president. The concept of “Sustainability and Resilience” in itself is not new worldwide, yet still new to the Middle East region in general, and to the Gulf states in particular. The conference will be conducted in collaboration with Northumbria University in the United Kingdom, and other worldwide leading universities. Research abstracts should be submitted no later than Feb. 4, 2018. All abstracts will be subject to blind review by editorial committees. Authors shall be contacted by Mar. 12, 2018, regarding the final decision of the blind review. Download the call for papers flyer for complete details.
- First Responder Network Goes Nationwide; All 50 States, 2 Territories and District of Columbia Join FirstNet (02 Jan 2018) First responders across the nation now have a wireless broadband network to call their own. With all 50 states, two U.S. territories and Washington, D.C. joining FirstNet, public safety has a groundbreaking new choice for their communications that will help them save lives and protect their communities. FirstNet is the creation of the nation’s public safety community, who spent years advocating for their own wireless broadband network following the Sept. 11, 2001. terrorist attacks to enhance communications during emergencies and other events. Congress passed legislation to establish the network in 2012, and for the past five years, the First Responder Network Authority worked closely with public safety to develop customized plans for building the network in each state and territory. See press release.
- TIEMS December Newsletter Now Available (02 Jan 2018) The December 2017 newsletter of The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS), a partner of IAEM, is now available online.
- IAEM Recently Completed its 65th Annual Conference & EMEX in Long Beach, California (01 Dec 2017) Save the date for next year's big event! Photos are available here to view and purchase. The IAEM 66th Annual Conference & EMEX Expo will take place Oct. 19-24, 2018, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
IAEM and NEMA Public Private Partnership Unified Information Portal Was Released Aug. 31 to support Hurricane Harvey & Hurricane Irma efforts (31 Aug 2017) The purpose of the portal is to provide situational awareness for public and private partners. It was developed through a collaborative effort by members of the NEMA Information Sharing Task Force and the IAEM-USA Digital Engagement Committee, with input from National Business Emergency Operations Center members. Download press release.
The Public Private Partnership Unified Information Portal is a valuable tool in the emergency management community’s effort to respond to the events in Houston and all impacted areas,” stated IAEM-USA First Vice President Nick Crossley, director, Hamilton County (Ohio) Emergency Management & Homeland Security. “The public and private sector are working closely together to address the needs of the victims of Hurricane Harvey, and by providing this valuable tool and information, citizens, businesses and government can share relevant information that can support life safety response today and community recovery later.”
Be on Constant Alert for Housing Poachers and Data Scammers! (23 Oct 2017) We would rather sound like a broken record than have even one of our members or exhibitors become the unwitting victim of a housing or data scam – and so, we continue to say “Beware!” The specific offender names may change with each new warning, but the message remains the same. Be aware that IAEM does not work with any outside companies to provide housing or book hotels for the IAEM Annual Conference or EMEX exhibitors. The link within the IAEM Annual Conference Website, under Hotel and Travel, is the official exhibitor source for booking discount housing through the show’s hotel block. IAEM also will not release any “official” or “verified” attendee lists, so do not be tricked into paying anyone for that information.
The only truly authorized information concerning lodging at the IAEM Annual Conference & the EMEX Exhibit come directly from IAEM. If anyone contacts you about booking housing or purchasing attendee/data lists, please be advised that they are poachers who are not authorized by IAEM and should be ignored. Here are some of the known companies/domains to steer clear of:
Bethesda List Center
Convention Housing Authority
Corporate Booking Services (CBS Inc)
Event Travel Planners
Exhibitors Housing Management
Exhibitors Housing Services
Expo Housing Services
Filmscape Productions (zubli@filmscapepro)
Global Housing Services Corporation (globalhousingcorp)
Global Travel Partners
National Travel Associates (NTA)
- See How Youth Are Standing Strong Against Disasters; Your Vote Decides How Much $$$ Each Project Receives (03 Oct 2017) Youth Service America challenged youth to propose creative and innovative ideas to stand strong against disasters like hurricanes and wildfires by providing immediate relief to those affected by recent disasters, supporting long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts, and helping prepare their own communities for disasters. They selected 12 finalists, and now your vote decides how much each project will receive! Three grants of $1,000, 3 grants of $500, 3 grants of $250, and 3 grants of $100 will be awarded to the finalists based on the number of votes each receives by 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. Watch the finalists' videos, read about their proposed projects, and vote for your favorites (by clicking the thumbs up icon on their project page) at www.YSA.org/standstrongvoting. NOTE: IAEM member Dr. Mutryce Williams' sons (USVI) are among the finalists.
- Registration Is Now Open for the IAEM 2017 Annual Conference (22 June 2017) Discover for your yourself why the IAEM Annual Conference is consistently described as the premiere emergency management event of the year! Register today and save up to $100 off your registration fee for the 65th IAEM Annual Conference & EMEX in Long Beach, California, Nov. 10-15, 2017. Complete details, including the online program and video highlights from the 2016 IAEM Annual Conference, can be found at www.iaemconference.info.
- Special Note to all 2017 IAEM Annual Conference & EMEX Attendees (05 June 2017) IAEM has been notified of an ongoing labor dispute in Long Beach, California, between UNITE HERE Local 11 Union, and the Westin and Renaissance hotels. Any contacts or requests you receive from them are not endorsed by IAEM. IAEM is bound to honor its contractual commitments to both hotel venues, having executed such agreements in 2014.
- 53 Countries Sign on to Regional Action Plan Supporting Sendai Accord (31 Mar 2017) At the United Nation’s 5th Regional Platform of the Americas on Disaster Risk Reduction, held in Montreal, Mar. 6-9, 2017, all member states in the Americas agreed on the Regional Action Plan for the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas (2015-2010). Also released was the related Montreal Declaration. For the past two years, IAEM-Canada has been represented on the Advisory Committee for the Canadian Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction to support and develop a Canada-specific action plan. This has allowed IAEM-Canada to be involved in the development of the regional initiatives for the Americas. IAEM has worked hard to ensure that the voice of the emergency management profession was available for input and consultation in these specific discussions. An article by John Saunders, past president of IAEM-Canada, on the role of IAEM in global discussions on risk reduction, will appear in the May 2017 IAEM Bulletin.
- Call for Participation in 2017 CAP Implementation Workshop (08 Mar 2017) The 2017 Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) Implementation Workshop will take place Sept. 20-21, 207, at the National Fire Corps Academy of Italy, Istituto Superiore Antincendi (ISA), Rome, Italy. The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) is a co-sponsor of this event, and IAEM CEO Beth Armstrong, MAM, CAE, represents IAEM on the workshop program committee. There is no charge to participate, and anyone interested in emergency alerting is welcome, including managers, technical staff, media, commercial organizations, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations. The call for participation is available online. If you have CAP implementation experiences or insights to share, please let the Program Committee know that you want to give one of the 20-minute presentations by emailing email@example.com.
- BC Management Extends 15th Annual Business Continuity Management Compensation Study Deadline to Mar. 12, 2017 (07 Mar 2017) BC Management, Inc., has announced that it will extend the response deadline until Mar. 12, 2017, 11:00 p.m. EST for participation in its 15th annual BCM compensation study. There are three compensation assessment surveys to accommodate all BCM professionals, including permanently employed, independent contractors/consultants, and unemployed professionals. Complete any of the surveys to receive a complimentary copy of all study findings. BC Management has been conducting BCM data metrics research and assessments since 2001. The scope of the findings is worldwide, and the surveys are available in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, and Japanese. Your responses will be completely confidential. Visit the BC Management site to learn more and participate in the study.
- IAEM Editorial Work Group Extends Deadline on IAEM Bulletin Special Focus Issue to Feb. 20, 2017 (07 Feb 2017) The IAEM-Global Editorial Work Group has extended the deadline to Feb. 20, 2017, for articles on “Making Practical Applications out of Emergency Management Research,” the topic of the first IAEM Bulletin special focus issue of 2017. Articles might include, but are not limited to: communications and messaging; social science research developed recently or being done currently; and research on preparedness for people who are disabled or who have other access or functional needs. Please consider writing an article for this issue, and forward the call for articles to your colleagues who might be interested in writing on the topic. Article length is 750-1,500 words, and articles must be submitted via email to Karen Thompson, editor, no later than Feb. 20, 2017. See author guidelines.
- Applications Are Being Accepted until Mar. 17 for Mary Fran Myers Scholarships (07 Feb 2017) The Mary Fran Myers Scholarship Committee is accepting applications at this time. Recipients will receive financial support to attend the Natural Hazards Center Research and Applications Workshop, scheduled for July 9-12, 2017, in Broomfield, Colorado. For the 2017 competition, applicants must reside outside North America or the Caribbean, while applicants from North America and the Caribbean will be eligible for the scholarship in 2018. Previous attendees of the Natural Hazards Workshop are not eligible. Preference is given to those who can demonstrate financial need. Learn about the scholarship here, and apply online by Mar. 17, 2017.
- Call for IAEM Annual Conference Speakers Open Until Feb. 17, 2017, 5:00 p.m. EST (11 Jan 2017) You are invited to submit your
abstract to be considered for a breakout session at the IAEM 65th Annual Conference & EMEX Expo, Nov. 10-15, 2017, in Long Beach, California. To be selected, it is crucial that your submission be a compelling presentation “story” that will engage the IAEM audience. Speakers must be knowledgeable and qualified on the subject matter being presented. Submission requirements and instructions can be found in the Speaker Submission Guidance. Breakout sessions are one hour in length, including Q&A.
- Global Preparedness Center Publishes Final Report on 2016 CAP Implementation Workshop (10 Oct 2016) The Global Preparedness Center has published the final Report of the 2016 Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) Implementation Workshop, which was held in August 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand, and hosted by the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and the Sahana Software Foundation. The workshop was sponsored by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Telecommunication Union, the OASIS standards organization, and the World Meteorological Organization. CAP Implementation Workshops focus on emergency alerting as enabled by the CAP standard, ITU-T Recommendation X.1303. At the workshops, implementers of CAP and associated organizations discuss common issues and how best to expand adoption of CAP. Workshop presentations are also available online. Tentative plans are underway to hold a 2017 CAP Implementation Workshop in Rome and a 2018 CAP Implementation Workshop in Hong Kong.
- FCC and ISED Release Documents to Enhance Cross-border Communications Between Canada and United States (13 Sept 2016) The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Canada's Innovation Science and Economic Development (ISED) recently released documents that enhance cross-border communications between the two nations. Download FCC flyer for details about what has been accomplished. Cross-border public safety communications is a complex issue that affects all first responder organizations which operate near the Canada and U.S. border. Fire departments and EMS organizations are frequently asked to cross the national border to render aid. They may be the primary agency assigned to respond to an emergency across the border, or they may be supporting a local agency that needs additional assistance. The FCC has provided guidance to U.S. public safety licensees seeking to: roam into Canada; communicate from the U.S. through base station repeaters in Canada; or host Canadian licensees seeking to communicate through base station repeaters in the United States. The FCC public notice also provides a path for U.S. public safety agencies to seek authorization to operate on frequencies used by Canadian first responders. Looking forward, the continuing efforts of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) and the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Council (CITIG) are expected to further enhance public safety interoperability.
- IAEM Members Invited to Provide Feedback on Organization and Start-up Plan for Alliance for Social-Behavioral Systems and Extreme Environmental Events (08 Sept 2016) IAEM members have been invited to comment on a recently published document outlining the organization and start-up plan for the Alliance for Social-Behavioral Systems and Extreme Environmental Events, which formally launches Nov. 1, 2016. This document, provided for review to the broad research, operations, and corporate sector communities in the topic domains encompassing extreme environmental events, describes a new “research to practice” community-governed alliance crafted in response to multiple community recommendations. Its fundamental purpose is to help society more effectively understand, prepare for, mitigate, and respond and adapt to extreme environmental events. Email comments by Oct. 1, 2016, to Dr. Kelvin K. Droegemeir, vice president for research, University of Oklahoma, firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition to input received via email, a number of open-invitation conference calls and web meeting sessions will be held to maximize opportunity for feedback from and dialog with the national and international communities.
- IAEM Bulletin One-time Promotional Advertising Discount Underway; Reserve your Advertising by Sept. 1, 2016 (15 July 2016) IAEM has lowered advertising rates by 25% for the IAEM Bulletin, the association’s monthly newsletter, making an attractive ad value even better. In addition to announcing the new ad rates, can be downloaded here, we are also promoting the value of advertising in the IAEM Bulletin by offering an additional one-time discount of another 25% for first-time advertisers, returning advertisers who do not have current ad reservations, and 2016 EMEX exhibitors. This is a limited time offer. To get the one-time promotional 25% discount: (1) you must be a new first-time advertiser, a previous advertiser, or a 2016 EMEX exhibitor; you must submit a completed, signed insertion order form no later than Sept. 1, 2016; and you must pay for all advertising in full no later than Sept. 1, 2016.
- CBRN School Offers Credentialing Opportunities that Include the Associate Emergency Manager Credential (08 June 2016) As part of a partnership with IAEM, the U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School (CBRN) has expanded its existing credentialing opportunities to include the Associate Emergency Manager (AEM) certification. This was mentioned in a recent article about changes in leadership at the CBRN School and the school’s recent accomplishments.
- IAEM Seeks your Participation in Survey on Managing Spontaneous Volunteers Following Disaster (20 Jan 2016) Spontaneous volunteers are an important factor in disaster management, one that can help or inhibit positive outcomes in response and recovery. Managing spontaneous volunteers following a disaster can be challenging, but may prove beneficial for a community’s response and recovery efforts. If you or your organization have had any prior experience with spontaneous volunteers, anticipate encounters during future emergencies, or have taken steps to plan for managing spontaneous volunteers, we need your input. Please participate in this survey by Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. EST. This is a great opportunity for your voice to be heard in what will be a very influential conversation that may guide the development of resources, tools and tactics to help communities work with spontaneous volunteers more effectively. IAEM appreciates your help as we engage in this conversation. If you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact Project Manager Chelsea Firth at email@example.com.
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