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FEMA and partners release PrepTalk on public works and emergency management

Published: 06 Dec 2018 08:38:13 CDT

FEMA, in partnership with organizations that collectively represent the emergency management profession, including IAEM, this week released a fourth video presentation from the PrepTalks Symposium held on Sept. 6, 2018, in Washington, D.C. The video is Philip Mann’s talk, “Public Works & Emergency Management: Restoring Lifeline Services.” Mann is the Public Works Director for Gainesville, Florida. He is the past chair of the American Public Works Association’s (APWA) Emergency Management Committee and is APWA’s representative to the Public Safety Advisory Committee working on the FirstNet project. In his PrepTalk, Mann shares a career’s worth of public works experience, including response and recovery from many disasters. Mann explains that the lifelines managed by a public works department are essential to “allow the community to survive” before and after a disaster. Mann's PrepTalk, a discussion guide, and additional reference materials are available at www.fema.gov/preptalks/mann.

IAEM 2018 Annual Conference EMvision Talk recordings now available

Published: 06 Dec 2018 08:38:13 CDT

IAEM has released the recordings of the popular EMvison Talks presented at the IAEM Annual Conference in October. This is your chance to hear from nine of emergency management professionals on thought-provoking topics related to the profession. The Talks, each approximately seven minutes long, are presented in a format similar to a TED™ Talk. Don’t miss the 2019 session of the EMvision Talks at the IAEM 67th Annual Conference in Savannah, Georgia, Nov. 15-20, 2019.

Study: Canadian cities woefully unprepared for effects of climate change*

Published: 06 Dec 2018 08:38:13 CDT

A study suggests most Canadian cities have yet to assess the threat posed by climate change despite being the most exposed to any weather disasters it could cause. A survey of 63 municipalities of all sizes from coast to coast found major gaps in how most are preparing for coming conditions and in how they are reducing their contribution to the problem.

IAEM-Oceania to hold 2018 AGM on Dec. 18, 2018

Published: 06 Dec 2018 08:38:13 CDT

The 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the IAEM-Oceania Council will take place on Aug. 18, 2018, at the VICES South West Regional Office, 90 Furner Avenue, Bell Park, VIC, Australia. Conference call-in participation will be available. Updated information has been posted online that provides: information on the location, parking, and train and bus transportation; conference call details and time zone clarification; the draft agenda; instructions on submission of agenda items or questions for leadership; a proxy voting form for those who cannot attend the meeting; and instructions on how to cast votes by proxy.

Queensland emergency chiefs warned 'but failed to prepare'

Published: 06 Dec 2018 08:38:13 CDT

Queensland was caught unprepared by the unfolding bushfire crisis, with emergency services failing to keep commitments to improve disaster readiness following a damning audit four years ago. As Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Katarina Carroll acknowledged preparations were hampered by the unexpected start of the bushfire season in late November, farmers blamed the state’s restrictive tree-clearing laws for exacerbating the disaster.

The need to accommodate more floodwaters near Sacramento

Published: 06 Dec 2018 08:38:13 CDT

Since the early days of its founding, California’s capital city has dealt with the topographical consequences of its location at the confluence of the American and Sacramento rivers. Local history is intertwined with major flood events and attempts by state and local officials to out-engineer the river systems that cut across California’s vast Central Valley.

FEMA Tribal Mitigation Plan Review Guide went into effect on Dec. 5, 2018

Published: 06 Dec 2018 08:38:13 CDT

The Tribal Mitigation Plan Review Guide, released a year ago, went into effect on Dec. 5, 2018. The guide is FEMA’s official policy on tribal mitigation planning requirements and supersedes the Tribal Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Guidance issued in 2010. The streamlined update provides greater clarity regarding FEMA mitigation planning requirements. Tribal mitigation plans are community-driven, living documents that tribal governments use to strengthen and protect their land and people from the negative impact of natural events like floods and wildfires. They are a prerequisite for certain kinds of non-emergency disaster assistance. Learn more on the FEMA website. Questions should be directed to the Regional Tribal Liaison or the Regional Mitigation Planning Lead in your FEMA Region.

Nominate your exercise to be part of the upcoming National Exercise Program 2019-2020 cycle

Published: 06 Dec 2018 08:38:13 CDT

The National Exercise Program is a two-year cycle of exercises across the United States that examine and validate capabilities in all preparedness mission areas. As the primary exercise mechanism for measuring preparedness, the National Exercise Program evaluates national readiness and provides support for exercises that align with the 2019-2020 cycle priorities. Exercises help all public and private partners to better prepare for disasters and emergencies. As part of FEMA Strategic Plan, Goal #1, Build a Culture of Preparedness, FEMA is committed to providing partners with exercise design and delivery assistance, tools and resources, enhanced coordination, and the ability to directly influence and inform policy, resource allocation, and preparedness programs. To learn more about available exercise design assistance and the benefits of participating in the National Exercise Program, FEMA is hosting four 60-minute webinars at 1:00 p.m. EST on: Dec. 12, 2018; Dec. 17, 2018; Jan. 9, 2019; and Jan. 15, 2019. For all webinars, connect online, sign in as a guest, and mute your line if not speaking. To connect via telephone, call 1-800-320-4330 and use participant passcode 559550. To nominate your exercise to be a part of the upcoming National Exercise Program 2019-2020 Cycle, visit the FEMA website or email nep@fema.dhs.gov.

Congress sends bill bolstering earthquake program to Trump

Published: 06 Dec 2018 08:38:13 CDT

At 8:29 a.m. on Nov. 30, part of the rock slab underneath the Pacific Ocean 7 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska, shifted, causing a magnitude 7 earthquake. As Anchorage was preparing for the day, the quake ripped apart roads, shattered windows and ruptured water and gas lines in and around the city. While officials are still assessing the damage, the biggest impacts appear to be to infrastructure — there were no reports of deaths caused by the quake.

For thousands of displaced Paradise residents, recovery is a whole new challenge*

Published: 06 Dec 2018 08:38:13 CDT

Toward the end of a recent news conference held to update the public on the recovery effort in Paradise, a man rose from the audience with a question. He understood that making the burn area safe for people to return to would be difficult. Especially with the near-constant threat of debris flows. But when could he go back?

Strict building codes helped Anchorage withstand quake*

Published: 06 Dec 2018 08:38:13 CDT

The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that rattled Alaska's largest city cracked roads and collapsed highway ramps, but there were no reports of widespread catastrophic damage or collapsed buildings. There's a good reason for that. A devastating 1964 Alaska earthquake — the most powerful on record in the United States — led to stricter building codes that helped structures withstand the shifting earth Friday.

UN highlights urgent need to tackle man-made and technological hazards*

Published: 06 Dec 2018 08:38:13 CDT

At today's launch: (from left) Permanent Representative Vojislav Šuc, Slovenia, Kirsi Madi, UNISDR, and Rudolf Müller, OCHA The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today launched the Implementation Guide for Man-made and Technical Hazards in response to the growing number and magnitude of man-made disasters worldwide.

Urban flooding disrupts local economies, public safety, housing equity

Published: 06 Dec 2018 08:38:13 CDT

Flooding caused by an increasing number of intense storms is a national challenge and significant source of economic loss, social disruption and housing inequality across the United States, says a new report. The first to assess the national scope and consequences of urban flooding, the report calls on the administration and Congress to bring together representatives from state, municipal and tribal governments, nongovernmental organizations, and the public to define responsibilities and implement a variety of actions at the local level.

DHS offers Campus Resilience Program Exercise Starter Kits

Published: 06 Dec 2018 08:38:13 CDT

The DHS Office of Academic Engagement (OAE) has developed a new resource as part of its Campus Resilience (CR) Program in support of the Department’s school safety efforts. OAE’s new resources are Exercise Starter Kits (EKSs) designed specifically for the K-12 community that focus on an active shooter incident. Exercise Starter Kits are self-conducted tabletop exercises (TTX) tailored for the academic community. Each kit includes a set of scalable tools aimed to test existing emergency plans, protocols, and procedures, while also strengthening preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities. Available within each ESK are the following customizable templates:

  • An Exercise Conduct Briefing for presentation during the TTX
  • A Situation Manual to provide background information on the TTX scenario content, as well as discussion questions for participants
  • A Facilitator Guide for assisting facilitators in delivering the TTX
  • A Participant Feedback Form Template for players to provide candid feedback on the TTX
  • An After-Action Report Template for summarizing key strength and areas for improvement following the TTX
For more information on the CR Program’s EKSs, read the Exercise Starter Kit one-pager.

Anchorage counts its blessings after dodging a significant catastrophe

Published: 06 Dec 2018 08:38:13 CDT

Anchorage and much of south-central Alaska was spared a major disaster with Friday’s 7.0 magnitude earthquake, which despite delivering the most severe shaking to the state’s largest city since the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake, and its aftershocks did relatively minor damage.

A tough question in California: Whether to rebuild in places that will burn again

Published: 06 Dec 2018 08:38:13 CDT

As the community of Paradise, California looks to recover from the state’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire on record, some are questioning whether the Northern California foothills community in Butte County should be rebuilt in such a vulnerable spot. History, topography and a changing climate are not on the side for those who intend or want to rebuild in hard-to-evacuate Paradise, which is particularly at risk since there are only a few roads leading out of town.

Cal OES guidelines and standards should help with mass alerting*

Published: 06 Dec 2018 08:38:13 CDT

The decision by the California town, Paradise, not to undergo a full-scale evacuation was a difficult one that will be reviewed for months or years. The decision by Sonoma County officials last year not to send an alert during the devastating fires there was followed by much debate.

3 steps to forging a more resilient critical infrastructure program

Published: 06 Dec 2018 08:38:13 CDT

A van pulled up in front of a mid-sized factory in Tampa, Florida. The driver went inside and told the receptionist he broke down and a tow truck was on its way. The factory happened to be a bomb manufacturer with Department of Defense contracts. Its staff was well-versed in security procedures. The receptionist asked for the name of the tow company and the estimated time of arrival.

Many of the dead in camp fire were disabled. Could they have been saved?*

Published: 06 Dec 2018 08:38:13 CDT

Sixty-three-year-old Ernest Foss had swollen legs and couldn’t walk. Vinnie Carota, 65, was missing a leg and didn’t have a car. Evelyn Cline, 83, had a car but struggled to get in it without help. Dorothy Herrera, 93, had onset dementia and her husband Louis, 86, couldn’t drive anymore. And 78-year-old John Digby was just feeling sick the morning of the Camp Fire when he refused a neighbor’s offer to drive him to safety.

Time is running out for candidates scheduled to recertify in 2018 — act now

Published: 06 Dec 2018 08:38:13 CDT

Candidates due to recertify in 2018 should submit their application by 11:59 p.m. EST on Dec. 31, 2018. Keep in mind that the recertification fee must be applied to the candidate’s account before submitting the application. Payments made online are processed the next business day, so plan accordingly.

Sonoma County set to appoint emergency management director

Published: 06 Dec 2018 08:38:13 CDT

Christopher Godley, who was named Sonoma County’s interim emergency manager after the former official was reassigned amid criticism over failure to adequately alert the public during the 2017 wildfires, has been selected as the top candidate for the permanent job.

Government envisages resilient communities

Published: 06 Dec 2018 08:38:13 CDT

The government has formulated a model ‘Strategy for Resilient Local Communities, 2018’ to enhance the participation of local communities in disaster management and climate change adaptation activities. According to the strategy made public by the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration, it is expected to mainstream climate change adaptation and disaster management into development activities at the local level.

India's drone policy 1.0 goes live: Here's everything you need to know

Published: 06 Dec 2018 08:38:13 CDT

Announced in August this year, India's new guidelines for remotely piloted aircraft or drones as they are commonly known, comes into effect today i.e. 1 December. The guidelines are aimed to help foster technology and innovation in the development of drones — devices that have an extensive range of applications ranging from disaster relief to agriculture.

Rare blitz of tornadoes leaves central Illinois with damage, injuries*

Published: 06 Dec 2018 08:38:13 CDT

Central Illinois is coping with damage and injuries after a rare blitz of tornadoes Saturday, when 22 twisters were reported to the National Weather Service. Hardest hit was the town of Taylorville, about 30 miles southeast of the capital of Springfield. Storm winds wrecked houses, downed power lines and pulled trees up by the roots. "It's a miracle no one was killed in the tragedy of these tornadoes," said Gov. Bruce Rauner, who toured the area on Sunday.

DRC Ebola total climbs to 444 with cases in several areas

Published: 06 Dec 2018 08:38:13 CDT

Over the weekend and through today, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported 16 new Ebola cases in several locations in and around the main hot spots. The latest developments lift the overall outbreak total to 444 cases, including 396 confirmed and 48 probable cases. The fatality count has reached 260 deaths.

7.0 earthquake, aftershocks strike Southcentral Alaska; damage reported across region

Published: 06 Dec 2018 08:38:13 CDT

A 7.0 earthquake jolted Anchorage and the rest of Southcentral Alaska on Friday morning, cracking and collapsing roads and highways, damaging buildings, knocking out power and sending people scrambling outside and under furniture. The shaking left many homes a mess and aftershocks continued through the night and into Saturday morning.

> 2018 IAEM-USA Universities & Colleges Caucus (UCC) New England Higher Education EM Symposium, Dec. 13-14, 2018, Babson Executive Conference Center (BECC), Babson College, Wellesley, MA
> 2018 IAEM-Oceania Council AGM, Dec. 18, 2018
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 2018 – 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

Dec 2018 | Jan-June 2019 | July-Dec 2019 

IAEM Calendar: December 2018


Babson Executive Conference Center (BECC)
Babson College, Wellesley, MA

online registration and details

The IAEM-USA Universities & Colleges Caucus (UCC) New England Higher Education Emergency Managers Symposium, hosted in partnership with The Boston Consortium for Higher Education at Babson College, will be held in the Babson Executive Conference Center (BECC), Wellesley, Massachusetts. The symposium will focus on issues affecting higher education emergency management practitioners including partner updates (FEMA, MEMA, NWS), continuity planning, global security, and recent incidents.


Dec. 18, 2018
IAEM-Oceania Council AGM

Details are available here















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