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IAEM-Asia represents 30 countries, which take a widely divergent approach to emergency management. Leaders and members want to network with emergency management professionals throughout Asia, and to take an active part in promoting disaster preparedness and resilience.

 

 

Don't miss today's webinar, "Tips for a Successful IAEM Speaker Proposal"

Published: 10 Jan 2019 07:34:37 CDT

The IAEM Conference Committee is hosting a webinar on “Tips for a Successful Speaker Proposal” today, Jan. 10, at 2:00 p.m. EST. Learn all the requirements for a successful proposal, changes from 2018, insider tips from the reviewing committee, a tutorial of the online submission system, and participate in the question-and-answer session. Register today! The IAEM 67th Annual Conference will be held in Savannah Georgia, Nov. 15-20, 2019. Visit the event website for more information.

Jan. 17 IAEM webinar on budgeting for disasters will feature Colin Foard of Pew Charitable Trusts

Published: 10 Jan 2019 07:34:37 CDT

IAEM has announced a change in presenter for its Thursday Learning Webinar Series, “Budgeting for Disasters: Challenges and Innovative Practices in Times of Uncertainty,” scheduled for Jan. 17, 2019, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST. Colin Foard is an associate manager with the Fiscal Federalism Initiative at the Pew Charitable Trusts. The project examines fiscal and policy relationships between the federal government and the states. Colin helps lead the team’s work on natural disaster spending through stakeholder outreach and research design and implementation. To better understand how states budget for disasters, Pew catalogued states’ strategies to make funding available when needed ─ such as statewide reserve funds ─ and will share its research highlights during the webinar. Panel members representing state and local government will discuss actions their jurisdictions have taken to manage the volatility of, and the increase in, costs through innovative budgeting practices. Audience members will be encouraged to share best practices as well as recent actions taken in their own jurisdictions. Register online.

IAEM-Canada Council year-in-review

Published: 10 Jan 2019 07:34:37 CDT

2018 was a special year for emergency managers in Canada. Emergency Management had its fair share of challenges that were significantly mitigated and responded to by IAEM members across the country. From massive wildfires and floods, to mass casualties and evacuations our members reached deep into their hearts to respond accordingly. 2018 also saw the inaugural IAEM Canada Conference in Calgary, Alberta, attended by all levels of government and all sectors of critical infrastructure, which included two days of workshops and two days of global keynote speakers. And last but not least, with the leadership of our members, IAEM-Canada was able to establish the new Atlantic and Prairie Regions so that practitioners may continue to share expertise and experience across their local networks.

IAEM-USA Regions 2, 6, and 8 members are voting for their regional vice president

Published: 10 Jan 2019 07:34:37 CDT

Individual, Affiliate, and Lifetime members of IAEM-USA Regions 2, 6, and 8 are voting for their regional vice president, with voting concluding at 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Region 2 and Region 6 are holding run-off elections, as the first elections for vice president positions ended in two individuals tied for the position. Region 8 is holding a special election for vice president after a previous call for nominations resulted in no qualified candidates for the position. Members in these three regions are encouraged to learn about the candidates and vote for their region’s vice president.

Here's how the government shutdown affects the federal emergency management agency

Published: 10 Jan 2019 07:34:37 CDT

Those applying for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency during the government shutdown can still apply, and the agency has resumed issuing flood insurance policies. The move is a reversal of an unexpected and controversial ruling on Dec. 26 that would have frozen new or renewal flood insurance policies during the partial shutdown and impacted up to 40,000 home sales each month.

FEMA's National Integration Center seeks public feedback by Jan. 24 on NIMS Supplemental Guides

Published: 10 Jan 2019 07:34:37 CDT

FEMA’s National Integration Center is seeking public feedback during a 35-day National Engagement Period on the National Incident Management System (NIMS) National Qualification System (NQS) Supplemental Guide for Coaches and Evaluators and the NIMS NQS Supplemental Guide for Qualification Review Boards (QRB). Both guides enhance interoperability and effectiveness of mutual aid, and they provide more detail and procedural discussion about the qualification and certification processes. NQS provides the tools for organizations to share resources seamlessly. The National Engagement Period, which concludes at 5:00 p.m. EST on Jan. 24, 2019, provides an opportunity for interested parties to comment on newly developed supplemental guidance. Review the documents online, complete the provided feedback form, and submit the form to FEMA-NIMS@fema.dhs.gov. FEMA is hosting 60-minute webinars to discuss the NQS supporting tools and answer questions. These webinars are open to the whole community. Please click on the dates to access the registration page for each webinar: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, 10:00-11:00 a.m. EST; Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, 5:00-6:00 p.m. EST; and Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST.

Officials hopeful 'fire funding fix' helps tame brutal wildfire seasons

Published: 10 Jan 2019 07:34:37 CDT

In her decades fighting wildfires, Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen says the fires have gotten bigger, the deployments have gotten longer and the situation has just gotten worse overall. But there may be help on the horizon.

Federal government shutdown could hurt hurricane forecasts, delay storm reports

Published: 10 Jan 2019 07:34:37 CDT

Storm experts at the National Hurricane Center in Miami are working through the government shutdown, but with other federal agencies on furlough, some of the hurricane analysis and forecast modeling that happens during the winter months is on hold. It's a pause that could delay life-saving upgrades to forecasts, said Eric Blake, the National Weather Service union steward at the National Hurricane Center.

Shutdown hampers federal firefighting agency's preparations for wildfire season

Published: 10 Jan 2019 07:34:37 CDT

The federal-government shutdown has entered its 13th day, and the Alaska Fire Service like numerous other federal agencies has run out of money and furloughed all but essential employees. And although wildfires are unlikely to bust out anytime soon, the shutdown is hampering the firefighting agency’s planning and preparation for the coming fire season.

With earthquake sensors set to be removed, Alaska officials fight to keep them

Published: 10 Jan 2019 07:34:37 CDT

Alaska officials are working to keep in place a statewide seismic network that's scheduled to be decommissioned next year but is vital for understanding earthquake and tsunami risks in the nation's most seismically active state.

Trump cuts off federal funds to California to fight 'Forrest fires'

Published: 10 Jan 2019 07:34:37 CDT

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he has ordered FEMA to withhold funds from California’s state government until officials there “get their act together” fighting forest fires. But he tweeted he thinks that is “unlikely.”

Global Student Council year-in-review

Published: 10 Jan 2019 07:34:37 CDT

The IAEM-Global Student Council (GSC) met its goals and sustained its budget in 2018. The GSC held its annual EMbark Student Career and Professional Day at the IAEM Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This year the Council introduced the EMbark Rapid Fire Talks, an interactive opportunity for students to talk about a specific topic of interest. The event also provided a platform for discussions, networking, and to practice public speaking. One new mining company joined us in Madagascar to recognize the principles of Emergency Management.

The cost of natural disasters this year: $155B

Published: 10 Jan 2019 07:34:37 CDT

Natural disasters cost $155 billion this year, and several of them struck the United States particularly hard. Hurricanes Michael and Florence, the California wildfires and Hawaii’s volcano eruption are all on the list of the most expensive global disasters of 2018, according to the Zurich-based reinsurance company Swiss Re.

Trauma lessons learned from a school shooting

Published: 10 Jan 2019 07:34:37 CDT

At the end of the school day on 14 February 2018, a former student entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSDHS) in Parkland, Florida, and committed a mass murder on the campus that forever changed numerous lives and an entire community. During the attack, 17 students and staff were killed and another 17 were injured.

HHS releases voluntary cybersecurity practices for health industry

Published: 10 Jan 2019 07:34:37 CDT

The Department of Health and Human Services released a publication containing voluntary cybersecurity practices to healthcare organizations ranging in size from local clinics to large hospital systems. Titled “Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices: Managing Threats and Protecting Patients,” the four-volume publication is the result of a two-year public-private partnership between HHS and healthcare industry professionals.

FEMA releases new and updated safe room fact sheets

Published: 10 Jan 2019 07:34:37 CDT

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently announced the publication of updated and new fact sheets about tornado-safe rooms. The updated Residential Tornado Safe Room Doors fact sheet provides information regarding selecting an adequate safe room door assembly. The information reflects the changes made to the ICC/NSSA Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters (ICC® 500) from the first to second edition. A new fact sheet, Community Tornado Safe Room Doors: Installation and Maintenance, provides information about the selection, installation and maintenance of safe room door assemblies for community safe rooms. Safe room door assemblies are one of the most important components of a safe room because they must provide the same level of protection as the walls and roof yet also remain functional for quick access. Please direct any questions to FEMA’s Safe Room Helpline by calling 866-927-2104 or emailing Saferoom@fema.dhs.gov.

In case of emergency: financial counselors' new FEMA collaboration

Published: 10 Jan 2019 07:34:37 CDT

It’s always better to prepare for the big one before it hits. A new collaboration between the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education and the Federal Emergency Management Agency could help get the public in a risk-management mindset.

Why have we become desensitized to cyber attacks?

Published: 10 Jan 2019 07:34:37 CDT

Nowadays, not a day goes by without news of another cyber hack in the news. But according to Sungard's Mike Smith, human beings unfortunately learn to get used to things.

A 'twin-track' approach to disability-inclusive disaster preparedness

Published: 10 Jan 2019 07:34:37 CDT

Small environmental hazards can quickly become disasters for people with disabilities, yet these individuals are far more likely to be excluded from long-term disaster planning and response, according to Fred Smith, head of policy for international charity Sightsavers.

Earthquake devastation will be our fault

Published: 10 Jan 2019 07:34:37 CDT

On a sweltering day in ­Pasadena, California, geolo­gist Lucy Jones stands above a steep, dry river­bed ­over­looking Los Angeles County. To the southwest, LA sprawls out to the Hollywood Hills. Jones, whose ­demeanor is as sunny as the sky, sees an abundance of disaster.

Can architecture save people from disaster?

Published: 10 Jan 2019 07:34:37 CDT

Back in August 2018, the island of Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) was hit by a series of earthquakes that destroyed more than 32,000 houses, as reported by kompas.com. However, a number of traditional wooden houses in Senaru village and Batu Layar district were left unharmed despite being rocked by a 7.0-magnitude quake.

Disaster-related media coverage may impact later mental health outcomes

Published: 10 Jan 2019 07:34:37 CDT

Using data from a longitudinal online survey, researchers found that disaster-related media exposure affected the link between forecasted post-traumatic stress and psychological outcomes in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. These findings indicate that predicted post-traumatic stress symptoms and storm-related media coverage before a community trauma may impact subsequent mental health outcomes, according to results published in JAMA Network Open.

Quake early-warning app now available to anyone in Los Angeles

Published: 10 Jan 2019 07:34:37 CDT

The development of the ShakeAlert earthquake-early warning network on the West Coast has reached another milestone: Los Angeles residents now have a publicly available app that will relay seismic alerts to smartphones and other devices for those who download it.

Updated certification exam to launch in March

Published: 10 Jan 2019 07:34:37 CDT

IAEM is launching an updated certification exam on Mar. 18, 2019. Individuals planning to take the AEM®/CEM® Exam after Mar. 18, 2019, should access the revised study guide from the IAEM website and review the updated resource list to prepare for the new exam.

DENR to LGUs: Maximize geohazard maps for disaster preparedness

Published: 10 Jan 2019 07:34:37 CDT

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has reminded local government units (LGUs) to maximize the use of geohazard maps that will better prepare communities in times of disaster. DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu pointed out that under Republic Act 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act, local chief executives are tasked to chair local disaster risk reduction and management councils (LDRRMCs) at the provincial, city, and municipal levels.

52 community volunteers to undergo disaster management training

Published: 10 Jan 2019 07:34:37 CDT

Itanagar: A team of 52 community volunteers is on its way to Guwahati to receive training in disaster management under the Aapda Mitra Project. The members of the team were given an official send off from Tezu, the headquarters of Lohit district on Saturday.

Indonesia to double disaster relief budget in 2019 after year of tragedies

Published: 10 Jan 2019 07:34:37 CDT

Indonesia will more than double its disaster response budget to 15 trillion rupiah ($1.06 billion) in 2019, officials said on Tuesday, after a series of major natural disasters devastated three regions of the vast archipelago last year. The Southeast Asian country suffered its deadliest year in over a decade in 2018, when over 3,000 people died in tsunamis and earthquakes in Sulawesi, Lombok, and West Java and Sumatra islands.

Department of Energy Abu Dhabi adopts business continuity policy for safe, sustainable supply

Published: 10 Jan 2019 07:34:37 CDT

Abu Dhabi has adopted a new policy for the energy sector. The "Business continuity Policy," which is as per the DoE chairman’s decision no. (44) for 2018, seeks to enhance performance and ensure a safe and sustainable supply in the energy sector.

Indonesia's New Year's Eve landslide death toll reaches 32

Published: 10 Jan 2019 07:34:37 CDT

At least 32 people were killed by a landslide in Indonesia on New Year's Eve, the authorities said on Monday (Jan 7) as they ended a week-long search for missing victims. Rescuers who have been pulling bodies from mountains of mud called off the search with one person still unaccounted for after heavy rains triggered the deadly slides in West Java province.

At least 30 gold miners killed in Afghanistan landslide

Published: 10 Jan 2019 07:34:37 CDT

At least 30 workers were killed in a landslide in northeastern Afghanistan while illegally sifting for gold, officials said Sunday. The landslide occurred in Badakhshan province, Mohammad Zekriya, a lawmaker from the province, told The Washington Post. The mining activity did not prompt the landslide, he said.

Deadly landslide claims 126

Published: 10 Jan 2019 07:34:37 CDT

Manila: The death toll from a storm that devastated the Philippines shortly after Christmas rose to 126, authorities have announced, adding landslides caused by torrential rain were the top cause. The storm hit central and eastern Philippine islands on Dec 29 and caused massive flooding and landslides.

Powerful 6.6 magnitude earthquake strikes Indonesia — just weeks after a tsunami killed 400 people

Published: 10 Jan 2019 07:34:37 CDT

Indonesia has been rocked by a powerful earthquake. The 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck the country's Molucca islands, north-west of the city of Ternate, early on Monday morning, local time. The quake hit at a depth of 60.5 km and was followed by aftershocks of a magnitude of 5.0 to 5.1.

Death toll rises to 39 in Russian apartment block collapse

Published: 10 Jan 2019 07:34:37 CDT

Thirty-nine bodies have been recovered from the rubble of a Russian apartment building that partially collapsed this week after an apparent gas explosion. Russian emergency officials say the search of the collapsed apartment building is over.

> IAEM Conference Committee Webinar: "Tips on a Successful Speaker Proposal," Jan. 10, 2019, 2:00 p.m. EST
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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. EST
> IAEM Thursday Learning Webinar Series: "It’s 2019 – Why is Protecting Children in Disasters Still Innovative?" Feb. 21, 2019, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST
> 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: January-March 2019

January 2019


Jan. 10, 2019, 2:00 p.m. EST
IAEM-USA Conference Committee Webinar: "Tips on A Successful Speaker Proposal"

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Note: The IAEM Call for Speakers opens on Jan. 14, 2018. If you are interested in submitting a speaker proposal, this webinar will help you. You will learn all the mandatory requirements for a successful proposal, insider tips from the reviewing committee, breakout focus areas, and a tutorial of the online submission system. The webinar will close with a question-and-answer session.


Jan. 15, 2018, 10:00-11:00 a.m. EST
FEMA NQS Supplemental Guidance National Engagement Webinar

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FEMA’s National Integration Center is seeking public feedback during a 35-day National Engagement Period on the National Incident Management System (NIMS) National Qualification System (NQS) Supplemental Guide for Coaches and Evaluators and the NIMS NQS Supplemental Guide for Qualification Review Boards (QRB). Both guides enhance interoperability and effectiveness of mutual aid, and they provide more detail and procedural discussion about the qualification and certification processes. NQS provides the tools for organizations to share resources seamlessly. The National Engagement Period, which concludes at 5:00 p.m. EST on Jan. 24, 2019, provides an opportunity for interested parties to comment on newly developed supplemental guidance. Review the documents online, complete the provided feedback form, and submit the form to FEMA-NIMS@fema.dhs.gov. FEMA is hosting 60-minute webinars to discuss the NQS supporting tools and answer questions. These webinars are open to the whole community.


Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST
IAEM Thursday Learning Webinar Series: "Budgeting for Disasters: Challenges and Innovative Practices in Times of Uncertainty 

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About the webinar: In recent years, natural disasters have increased in the United States in terms of frequency, severity, and cost. For example, FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) Grant Program, the largest source of federal disaster assistance to state and local governments, increased by 212 percent from 1996 to 2015. Since state and local governments bear part of the cost of federally declared disasters, governments at all levels are spending more on response and recovery. Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle and officials from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General and Government Accountability Office have called on FEMA to reduce its spending. FEMA is considering several initiatives to address these concerns, including a public assistance deductible as well as revisions to the Individual Assistance and PA grant programs. The Trump administration has continued these efforts, as well as put forward strategies of its own. Given that federal, state, and local disaster funding is highly intertwined, state and local governments have a fiscal stake in any proposed changes to FEMA’s programs for disaster aid and will have to decide whether federal actions necessitate a change in how they budget for disaster costs. To better understand how states budget for disasters, Pew catalogued states’ strategies to make funding available when needed - such as statewide reserve funds - and will share its research highlights. Panel members representing state and local government will discuss actions their jurisdictions have taken to manage the volatility of and increase in costs through innovative budgeting practices. Audience members will be encouraged to share best practices as well as recent actions taken in their own jurisdictions.

About the presenterColin Foard is an associate manager with the Fiscal Federalism Initiative at the Pew Charitable Trusts. The project examines fiscal and policy relationships between the federal government and the states. Colin helps lead the team’s work on natural disaster spending through stakeholder outreach and research design and implementation. Before joining Pew, Colin spent five years as a staff member for a senior member of the U.S. House Appropriations and Budget Committees, handling committee work as well as a broad policy portfolio including homeland security, transportation, housing, and immigration issues. He also served as a congressional constituent caseworker and field representative in Oakland, California. Before his work for the House, he worked as a legal assistant in a criminal defense law firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. Colin has a master’s degree in Latin American Studies with a focus on immigration issues from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies, History, and Spanish from Union College in Schenectady, New York.


Jan. 17, 2018, 5:00-6:00 p.m. EST
FEMA NQS Supplemental Guidance National Engagement Webinar

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FEMA’s National Integration Center is seeking public feedback during a 35-day National Engagement Period on the National Incident Management System (NIMS) National Qualification System (NQS) Supplemental Guide for Coaches and Evaluators and the NIMS NQS Supplemental Guide for Qualification Review Boards (QRB). Both guides enhance interoperability and effectiveness of mutual aid, and they provide more detail and procedural discussion about the qualification and certification processes. NQS provides the tools for organizations to share resources seamlessly. The National Engagement Period, which concludes at 5:00 p.m. EST on Jan. 24, 2019, provides an opportunity for interested parties to comment on newly developed supplemental guidance. Review the documents online, complete the provided feedback form, and submit the form to FEMA-NIMS@fema.dhs.gov. FEMA is hosting 60-minute webinars to discuss the NQS supporting tools and answer questions. These webinars are open to the whole community. 

Jan. 28-Feb. 1, 2019
FEMA/EMI Course E0388: Advanced Public Information Officers

National Emergency Training Center
Emergency Management Institute (EMI)
Emmitsburg, Maryland
details and registration 
The Advanced Public Information OfficerCourse provides participantsthe knowledge and skillsto establish, manage andwork within a jointinformation center (JIC) through multimedialectures and individual andgroup activities. Thetraining allows participantsthe opportunity to apply advancedpublic information skillsduring a multi-day functionalexercise (FE) designed to testthe participants’ abilities to analyze, coordinate, processand create informationin a fast-paced, realistic environment. Through a tabletop exercise(TTX), participants evaluatetheir processes to helpthem generate newideas, products, or waysof viewing challengesor situations aswell as improve their processes ensuringevery action has a measurable relevance for each identified audience, including seniorleadership.

Feb. 4-6, 2019
2019 CatIQ Connect, Canada’s Catastrophe Conference

Metro Toronto Convention Center
Toronto, Ontario, Canada 
event site
Registration is now open, and you can save $100 by registering by Oct. 31, 2018. 
CatIQ Connect (formerly known as C4) is a content-driven discussion to foster collaboration before, during and after catastrophic events. This conference provides a content driven overview of catastrophes, discusses strategies in catastrophe management and explores sector perspectives. Overall themes are on preparedness and resiliency, available tools, and impacted stakeholder and policy makers working together for the greater good of all Canadians. Keynote speakers will include: Henk Ovink, special envoy for international water affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; Ed Struzik, writer, photographer and author of Firestorm: How Wildfire Will Shape Our Future; and Howard Kunreuther, co-director of the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, University of Pennsylvania, and author of The Ostrich Paradox: Why We Underprepare for Disasters.

Feb. 11-13, 2019
FEMA/EMI Course E0418 Mass Care/Emergency Assistance Planning and Operations

National Emergency Training Center
Emergency Management Institute (EMI)
Emmitsburg, Maryland
details and registration 
The purpose of this course is to prepare Mass Care/Emergency Assistance (MC/EA) Coordinators and their teams to develop MC/EA plans to support and/or coordinate MC/EA disaster responses. The goal of the course is to improve coordination and collaboration between local and/or state MC/EA coordinators and other agencies, non-governmental organizations and the private sector using scalable, repeatable and consistent processes.

Three Offerings on Feb. 12, Feb. 13, and Feb. 14, 2018
FEMA/EMI VTTX Tabletop Exercise: "Cyber Coordination"

To participate: Locations interested in participating in the VTTX series should submit an email request to participate in the exercise to Doug Kahn at douglas.kahn@fema.dhs.gov, phone (301) 447-7645, with preferred date of participation. Learn about other VTTX progams here.
About the exercise: The VTTX program is designed for a “community-based” group (not individual participation) of at least five or more personnel from local or State emergency management organizations with representation from all emergency management disciplines - public safety, public works, public health, health care, government, administrative, communications, military, private sector, non-governmental, and critical stress professionals. In this exercise, participants will examine the implementation of national policy, frameworks, and guidance for 
whole community stakeholders on relevant authorities, plans, procedures, and available resources for cyber incident coordination.

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST
IAEM Thursday Learning Webinar Series: "It’s 2019 – Why is Protecting Children in Disasters Still Innovative?"

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About the webinar: The 2018 disaster season was catastrophic, and the greatest impact was on our most vulnerable population – children. Children who experience disaster are five times more likely to have serious emotional trauma than adults. As a nation, we are still behind in implementing programs and standards to protect them. In fact, 79% of recommendations made by the National Commission on Children in disasters in 2010 remain unfulfilled. However, there are innovative ways to address the current gaps in child protection and ensure that communities are equipped to protect children. Join us for a special session to understand the unique needs of children, learn best practices from the 2018 disaster season, and explore how you can pioneer new programs to protect children and advocate for policies that create lasting change. We hope to see you there!

About the presenters: 

Sarah Thompson, CEM, is the director of U.S. emergencies for Save the Children, where she leads emergency preparedness, recovery and psychosocial programming. In addition to developing a robust training library that help caregivers prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters, Sarah is the author of the Prep Rally curriculum, an innovative program that teaches children preparedness skills through play and has reached more than 100,000 children and won the 2017 FEMA Community Preparedness Award. Sarah also manages national partnerships in building momentum around youth preparedness and recovery, including as a leader of FEMA’s National Youth Preparedness Strategy and as chair of the National VOAD Preparedness Committee. Sarah holds a Masters in Health Communications from Johns Hopkins University and is a certified emergency manager.

Cameron Lewis is a program specialist in U.S. emergencies at Save the Children. Cameron manages signature programs, including the Prep Rally that teaches children preparedness skills through fun interactive exercises and Child Friendly Spaces to provide a safe environment in which children can play, socialize, learn and express themselves in times of disaster. Cameron began his career in emergency management more than a decade ago, by serving in national service programs including AmeriCorps NCCC, AmeriCorps VISTA, and the Peace Corps. His experience responding to Hurricane Katrina inspired him to receive a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Emergency Management. He is currently serving as the Chair of the NVOAD Volunteer Management Committee and AmeriCorps Alums Triangle Chapter.


Jan. 22, 2018, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST
FEMA NQS Supplemental Guidance National Engagement Webinar

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FEMA’s National Integration Center is seeking public feedback during a 35-day National Engagement Period on the National Incident Management System (NIMS) National Qualification System (NQS) Supplemental Guide for Coaches and Evaluators and the NIMS NQS Supplemental Guide for Qualification Review Boards (QRB). Both guides enhance interoperability and effectiveness of mutual aid, and they provide more detail and procedural discussion about the qualification and certification processes. NQS provides the tools for organizations to share resources seamlessly. The National Engagement Period, which concludes at 5:00 p.m. EST on Jan. 24, 2019, provides an opportunity for interested parties to comment on newly developed supplemental guidance. Review the documents online, complete the provided feedback form, and submit the form to FEMA-NIMS@fema.dhs.gov. FEMA is hosting 60-minute webinars to discuss the NQS supporting tools and answer questions. These webinars are open to the whole community.

Feb. 25-27, 2019
FEMA/EMI Course E0418 Mass Care/Emergency Assistance Planning and Operations

National Emergency Training Center
Emergency Management Institute (EMI)
Emmitsburg, Maryland
details and registration 
The purpose of this course is to prepare Mass Care/Emergency Assistance (MC/EA) Coordinators and their teams to develop MC/EA plans to support and/or coordinate MC/EA disaster responses. The goal of the course is to improve coordination and collaboration between local and/or state MC/EA coordinators and other agencies, non-governmental organizations and the private sector using scalable, repeatable and consistent processes.

Three Offerings on Feb. 26, Feb. 27, and Feb. 28, 2018
FEMA/EMI VTTX Tabletop Exercise: "Active Threat - Shooter Office: Complex Terrorist Attacks (Non-Stafford Incidents)"

To participate: Locations interested in participating in the VTTX series should submit an email request to participate in the exercise to Doug Kahn at douglas.kahn@fema.dhs.gov, phone (301) 447-7645, with preferred date of participation. Learn about other VTTX progams here.
About the exercise: The VTTX program is designed for a “community-based” group (not individual participation) of at least five or more personnel from local or State emergency management organizations with representation from all emergency management disciplines - public safety, public works, public health, health care, government, administrative, communications, military, private sector, non-governmental, and critical stress professionals. In this exercise, participants will examine the ability of federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions to respond to complex terrorist attacks with a focus on integrated response planning among law enforcement, medical services, emergency management, and other whole community stakeholders.

March 2019

Mar. 5, 2019, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
2019 PrepTalks Symposium

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
Santa Rosa, California
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Please join leaders from the nation’s emergency management organizations for the next live taping of PrepTalks on Mar. 5, 2019, in Sonoma County, California. The program will include eight PrepTalks from subject matter experts and international thought leaders on the issues confronting emergency managers today and in the future. Audience members will also be able to ask questions of the speakers. PrepTalks are brought to the emergency management community through a partnership that includes: FEMA, IAEM, NEMA, NHSC and NPS Center for Homeland Defense and Security. Visit the PrepTalks website to learn more about the talks and view videos of past speakers.

Three Offerings on Mar. 12, Mar. 13, and Mar. 14, 2018
FEMA/EMI VTTX Tabletop Exercise: "Tornado"

To participate: Locations interested in participating in the VTTX series should submit an email request to participate in the exercise to Doug Kahn at douglas.kahn@fema.dhs.gov, phone (301) 447-7645, with preferred date of participation. Learn about other VTTX progams here.
About the exercise: The VTTX program is designed for a “community-based” group (not individual participation) of at least five or more personnel from local or State emergency management organizations with representation from all emergency management disciplines - public safety, public works, public health, health care, government, administrative, communications, military, private sector, non-governmental, and critical stress professionals. In this exercise, participants will examine the ability of the whole community to deliver life-saving and life-sustaining capabilities to survivors following a catastrophic incident that severely affects communities and critical infrastructure.

Mar. 16-23, 2018
Center for Domestic Preparedness: Tribal Nations Training Week

CDP Campus
Anniston, Alabama
event site 
Registration is now open for free emergency response training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness’ (CDP) 4th Annual Tribal Nations Training Week, March 16-23, 2019, at the CDP Campus, Anniston, Alabama. CDP training is completely funded for state, local, tribal and territorial emergency responders, to include roundtrip airfare, meals, lodging, and any equipment required during training. Anyone working in an emergency response capacity who is affiliated with one or more tribal nations or the Indian Health Service, as well as those who work directly with Tribal Nations, are authorized to attend Tribal Nations Training Week. While CDP training is open year-round to those affiliated with tribal nations, the CDP’s Tribal Nations Training Week courses and scenarios are tailored specifically to help tribal nations prepare their communities and healthcare, public health, and environmental health resources to respond to catastrophic natural or man-made disasters. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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