Welcome to IAEM-USA!

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.

 

 

 

Respond by Friday 6:00 p.m. EST deadline - local and tribal emergency managers are needed to complete the 12th Annual EMPG Survey

Published: 14 Feb 2019 09:02:58 CDT

IAEM needs participation from local and tribal emergency managers. Please complete the 12th Annual Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) funding survey. The final report will be distributed to key policy makers on Capitol Hill and within the Trump Administration. The narrative questions in the survey are of particular importance. Examples of how EMPG was directly related to an emergency response or EM program activity will help IAEM “paint the picture” on the importance of EMPG. Please respond online before 6:00 p.m. EST, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.

<i>IAEM Bulletin</i> seeks articles about the people who have influenced emergency management

Published: 14 Feb 2019 09:02:58 CDT

The IAEM Editorial Work Group on Feb. 10 announced the topics for the 2019 IAEM Bulletin special focus issues. This year’s approach represents the first time that the work group has selected special focus issue topics that are all related to the IAEM Annual Conference theme in some way: “Honor the Past, Treasure the Present, Shape the Future.” At this time, the work group seeks articles for the first 2019 special focus issue, “Honor the Past: The People We Remember.” Since we’re focusing on mentors for this first special focus issue, photos of your mentor will be accepted with your article. Now is the time to honor the person who has influenced you the most in your emergency management career. The issue will be published in March 2019, with an extended article submission deadline of Mar. 4, 2019. There will be no deadline extension. Article length is 750-1,500 words. Please refer to the IAEM Bulletin web page for details on all of the 2019 topics, including examples of articles, and email any questions to Editor Karen Thompson.

Don't miss your chance to speak at the IAEM Annual Conference — speaker applications are due tomorrow

Published: 14 Feb 2019 09:02:58 CDT

The deadline to submit a breakout speaker proposal for the IAEM 67th Annual Conference & EMEX is 5:00 p.m. EST, Friday, Feb. 15. Speaker applications have been simplified and do not require the submission of a slide deck. You may review all requirements on the event website. The conference will be held in Savannah, Georgia, Nov. 15-20, 2019.

Visit the IAEM-Canada Conference site to see what's in store for you at the 2019 conference

Published: 14 Feb 2019 09:02:58 CDT

IAEM-Canada will bring together leaders in emergency management to share the latest in technologies being used, and lessons learned around the world to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters, at the 2019 IAEM-Canada Conference, “Bridging Public-Private Relationships in Emergency Management,” June 4-7, 2019, in Calgary, Alberta. Expand your network by meeting participants from across Canada and beyond; experience world-class keynote presentations and informative panel discussions; and earn credits toward professional certification. Visit www.iaem.com/Canada2019 to see the latest agenda, learn about featured speakers, and register to attend.

DHS seeks feedback on Chemical Security Assessment Tool by Apr. 8, 2019

Published: 14 Feb 2019 09:02:58 CDT

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Infrastructure Security Division, is releasing the Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) information collection request to support affected chemical facilities’ requirements to submit data pursuant to 6 CFR Part 27. The CSAT 60 Day Notice, published Feb. 7, which solicits comments for the Office of Management and Budget, proposes to renew this information collection for an additional three years. The CSAT is used by facilities to communicate with or notify the department regarding issues such as CSAT Help Desk, CSAT User Registration, CSAT Top-Screen, CSAT Security Vulnerability Assessment, CSAT Site Security Plan, Alternative Security Program Submitted in lieu of the CSAT Site Security Plan, and identification of facilities and assets at risk. Comments will be accepted until Apr. 8, 2019. Questions should be directed to Craig Conklin,dfats@hq.dhs.gov.

FEMA announces new appointments to the National Advisory Council

Published: 14 Feb 2019 09:02:58 CDT

FEMA on Feb. 12 announced that Administrator Brock Long appointed 10 new members to serve three-year terms on FEMA’s National Advisory Council (NAC). The NAC is a federal advisory committee of up to 35 members who advise the FEMA administrator on all aspects of emergency management to ensure input from and coordination with state, local, tribal and territorial governments, and the private sector. In addition to providing recommendations to the administrator, the NAC gives FEMA access to expertise, information, and advice on a broad range of issues. IAEM member Kevin Staley, retired Mecklenburg EMS Agency director, is among the new representatives. He serves as the emergency response provider representative. IAEM member Jeff Hansen, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma emergency manager, was selected by Administrator Long to serve as NAC vice chairman.

FEMA solicits 2019 applications for National Advisory Committee — deadline to apply is March 15

Published: 14 Feb 2019 09:02:58 CDT

The National Advisory Committee (NAC) is a federal advisory committee of up to 35 members who advise the FEMA administrator on all aspects of emergency management to ensure input from and coordination with state, local, tribal and territorial governments, and the private sector. In addition to providing recommendations to the administrator, the NAC gives FEMA access to expertise, information, and advice on a broad range of issues. FEMA is now accepting applications for 12 open positions. All appointments are for a three-year term beginning in September 2019. Applications must be received on or before March 15. The open positions must represent the following professions: disabilities and access and functional needs; elected state government official; emergency management; emergency medical provider; non-elected local government; non-elected state government; and public health; standards setting and accrediting. Detailed instructions on how to apply are available online.

New report finds nation's public health emergencies are increasing while state emergency preparedness levels are mixed

Published: 14 Feb 2019 09:02:58 CDT

Seventeen states place in the top tier of a three-tiered measure of performance on 10 indicators of public health and emergency response readiness, according to a new report Ready or Not: Protecting the Public's Health from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism, released today by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH). Twenty states and the District of Columbia score in the middle tier and 13 states score in the lower tier.

EMA Camp to teach teens emergency preparedness

Published: 14 Feb 2019 09:02:58 CDT

FEMA Region 10 is seeking 40 students in grades 8-12 from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska to attend a Youth Preparedness Camp in Stanwood, Wash. in August. This will be an engaging and empowering way for teens to learn about and practice for emergency preparedness. There will be a variety of exciting leadership and team-building opportunities, as well as traditional camp activities to ensure a fun week for all.

Costly natural disasters becoming more frequent

Published: 14 Feb 2019 09:02:58 CDT

The frequency of billion-dollar natural disasters is increasing rapidly in the United States due mostly to the cumulative effects of climate change, according to an analysis posted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “The past three years (2016-2018) have been historic, with the annual average number of billion-dollar disasters being more than double the long-term average,” says Adam Smith in a blog post released this month by NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

Multimedia version of Worldwide Threat Assessment released

Published: 14 Feb 2019 09:02:58 CDT

The Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) continues with their annual multimedia annotated enhancement of the Worldwide Threat Assessment presented by the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). This 2019 assessment has been released by the DNI and is one of the most informative top-level products of the U.S. intelligence community that is publicly available.

Atlantic hurricanes are strengthening faster, partially because of climate change, study finds

Published: 14 Feb 2019 09:02:58 CDT

Hurricanes in the Atlantic Basin are exploding into monster storms at a rapid pace more and more often, and climate change is one reason why, a new study has found. Published Thursday in the journal Nature Communications, the findings compiled by a team of hurricane experts – several of whom work for NOAA – concluded that rapid intensification is happening more often than it should.

Climate change and cyberattacks named as biggest global security threats

Published: 14 Feb 2019 09:02:58 CDT

Climate change is seen by more countries as a top international threat, but many also name ISIS and cyberattacks as their top security concern, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center conducted among 27,612 respondents in 26 countries from May 14 to Aug. 12, 2018.

Active-shooter drills are tragically misguided

Published: 14 Feb 2019 09:02:58 CDT

At 10:21 a.m. on December 6, Lake Brantley High School, in Florida, initiated a “code red” lockdown. “This is not a drill,” a voice announced over the PA system. At the same moment, teachers received a text message warning of an active shooter on campus. Fearful students took shelter in classrooms.

School shooters usually show these signs of distress long before they open fire, our database shows

Published: 14 Feb 2019 09:02:58 CDT

Our initial analysis of the school shooting data found some noteworthy patterns. All mass school shooters since 1966 had a large number of risk factors for violence. Forty-five percent had witnessed or experienced childhood trauma, 77 percent had mental health concerns, as evidenced in a prior diagnosis, previous counseling or hospitalization, or medication use, and 75 percent had an interest in past shootings, as evidenced in their writing, social media posts or other activities.

Effectively responding to active shooters in healthcare facilities

Published: 14 Feb 2019 09:02:58 CDT

Active shooter incidents have been on the rise throughout the United States. The most recent FBI data has identified 250 healthcare active shooter incidents between 2000 and 2017, in which 799 people were killed and an additional 1,418 were wounded. In the first half of that period, there was an average of 6.7 incidents per year. That number has tripled to over 20 incidents per year in the second half of that period.

PAHPRA passes the US House of Representatives

Published: 14 Feb 2019 09:02:58 CDT

Public policies play an important role in the overall well-being of society. They create guidelines for citizens to follow and set the tone of a government administration. Public policies have also been a driving force to tightening emergency management efforts in the United States. Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparation Act Reauthorization Act (PAHPRA). This legislation is an important component to emergency management, particularly in relation to public health.

New GIS HHS emPOWER REST Service — new connection required to consume 'CMS Electricity-Dependent Data' in GIS applications

Published: 14 Feb 2019 09:02:58 CDT

Effective Feb. 12, 2019, ASPR updated the name of the HHS emPOWER Program’s Representational State Transfer (REST) Service (formerly named CMS_DME/HHS_CMS_DME_ESRD_onlyAll) to align with the other HHS emPOWER Program tools and resources. This REST Service, provided via ASPR’s GeoHEALTH Platform, allows users to consume the HHS emPOWER Map data layer in their own geographic information system (GIS) application. The data layer displays the total number of at-risk Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare beneficiaries that rely upon life-maintaining and saving electricity-dependent medical equipment and cardiac devices (e.g. oxygen concentrators, electric wheelchairs) in a geographic area, down to the ZIP Code.

Will rebuilding after a disaster come to an end?

Published: 14 Feb 2019 09:02:58 CDT

It is the natural American reaction to negative events — We will be back, bigger and better!" Maybe not ... See this Governing magazine article Why Rebuilding 'Bigger and Better' After Disasters Is a Mistake. It is a great article that touches on many issues that are going to impact people's ability to execute on their desire to "be back." The first and foremost issue is the increasing frequency, severity and cost of disasters of all types. Severe weather is in a position of ascendency.

Poor seniors were likeliest to die as camp fire raged

Published: 14 Feb 2019 09:02:58 CDT

Dorothy Mack had crippling back pain and deteriorating eyesight. Helen Pace used a walker and breathed from an oxygen tank. Teresa Ammons suffered a stroke in 2017 and couldn’t drive. Although each woman had a different frailty, their final circumstances were strikingly similar: They were all seniors on fixed incomes, they all lived alone, and they all died when the Camp fire roared through their mobile home park.

Hurricane Sandy, explained

Published: 14 Feb 2019 09:02:58 CDT

A “raging freak of nature” is how National Geographic described Hurricane Sandy when it hit land in fall 2012. From beginning to end, Hurricane Sandy's progression caused deadly flooding, mudslides, and destructive winds from the Caribbean to the U.S. East Coast.

Next-gen weather satellite operational over western US

Published: 14 Feb 2019 09:02:58 CDT

After months of uncertainty over software and hardware glitches, the second of the U.S. government’s $11 billion next-generation geostationary weather satellites was declared operational Tuesday. Named GOES-17, the satellite—orbiting 22,300 miles above the western United States and Pacific Ocean—is now providing National Weather Service huge swaths of data expected to improve forecasts of hurricanes, storm systems, wildfires and other environmental dangers.

Technology used in disaster relief saving more lives every year

Published: 14 Feb 2019 09:02:58 CDT

Were it not for the advanced technology used in disaster relief and management, the loss of life from earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, or other natural disasters would be as unimaginable as they were in even the recent past. At present, an estimated 160 million people are affected by natural disasters and around 90,000 people are killed every year, according to the World Health Organization.

New online certification exam will launch March 18, 2019

Published: 14 Feb 2019 09:02:58 CDT

IAEM will be launching the online certification exam on Mar. 18, 2019. If you plan to take the exam after Mar. 18, please access the revised study guide to prepare for the exam. The resources have been updated, and new exam questions have been established. Further details about the online exam will be available on the IAEM website.

Campus Safety Magazine director of the year finalists include two IAEM members

Published: 14 Feb 2019 09:02:58 CDT

Campus Safety Magazine has announced its finalists for director of the year, and two IAEM members are among the nominees. James Johnson, assistant vice president for campus safety, University of Texas, has been selected as a finalist for Campus Safety Director of the Year, Higher Education. Robert Lopez, executive director of crisis and safety, Waukegan Public Schools District 60, has been selected as a finalist for Campus Safety Director of the Year, K-12. IAEM sends best wishes to its members during the final selection process.

Bay County's emergency management chief honored for hurricane response*

Published: 14 Feb 2019 09:02:58 CDT

On Thursday, Bay County Emergency Management Division Chief Joby Smith was awarded the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association’s (FEPA) “Chad Reed” Emergency Management Professional of the Year distinction for his hard work and dedication during the county’s response to Hurricane Michael. Smith was honored at the annual FEPA conference held this week in Sandestin.

EM Thursday Learning Series webinar on Feb. 21 will explore 'Why Protecting Children in Disasters is Still Innovative'

Published: 14 Feb 2019 09:02:58 CDT

The 2017 and 2018 disaster season were catastrophic, and the greatest impact was on our most vulnerable population – children. Although children who experience disaster are five times more likely to have serious emotional trauma than adults, as a nation we are 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 communities are equipped to protect children. Join us at 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST, Feb. 21, for the next IAEM Thursday Learning Series webinar to understand the unique needs of children, learn best practices from the 2017 and 2018 disaster season, and explore how you can pioneer new programs to protect children and advocate for policies that create lasting change. Learn more about the program, presenters and how to register at www.iaem.com/webinars.

EMAP offers webinar on Feb. 25 on 'Exercises, Evaluations, and Corrective Actions Standard Review'

Published: 14 Feb 2019 09:02:58 CDT

Have you struggled to understand the documentation needed for the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) Exercises, Evaluations, and Corrective Actions Standard Area? Do you know what EMAP is looking for in terms of your exercise program? These are all questions that the webinar will be addressed in the EMAP webinar 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. EST, Feb. 25, 2019. The Exercises, Evaluations, and Corrective Actions Standard Area is composed of three standards. These standards require the implementation of the Program's exercise program as well as its method and schedule for evaluation, maintenance, and revision. There are many elements packed into these three standards. Learn more about the intent and application of the Exercises, Evaluations, and Corrective Actions Standard Area when you register online and participate in the webinar.

Disaster mitigation education planned for 250,000 schools

Published: 14 Feb 2019 09:02:58 CDT

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) will organize disaster mitigation education for millions of students in disaster-prone areas this year. BNPB community empowerment director Lilik Kurniawan said on Friday that there will be classes on disaster mitigation at the 250,000 or 75 percent of schools that are in disaster-prone areas.

Saudi MERS total grows; WHO details Oman cluster*

Published: 14 Feb 2019 09:02:58 CDT

Over the weekend and through today, the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Saudi Arabia recorded 10 more MERS-CoV cases, including 7 in an ongoing outbreak in Wadi ad-Dawasir, and the World Health Organization (WHO) shared details about an investigation into 5 recent cases reported from Oman.

Potent storm slams Hawaii with 191-mph winds, 60-foot waves and rare snow on Maui*

Published: 14 Feb 2019 09:02:58 CDT

A deadly winter storm battered Hawaii over the weekend, bringing dangerous surf conditions, heavy snow and damaging winds. Waves near Waimea Bay on the north shore of Oahu surpassed 60 feet Sunday afternoon, meteorologist Gavin Shigesato with the National Weather Service Honolulu forecast office told USA TODAY.

Australian flooding hits cattle herds, fertilizer output

Published: 14 Feb 2019 09:02:58 CDT

Australia’s largest fertilizer maker and its biggest listed cattle farmer on Monday warned investors of sizeable losses stemming from floods that engulfed parts of Queensland state, as receding water began to reveal the scale of damage.

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

>12th Annual IAEM-USA EMPG Survey Deadline: Extended to Feb. 25, 2019, 6:00 p.m. EST
>2019 IAEM Call for Speakers Deadline: Feb. 15, 2019, 5:00 p.m. EST
>2019 IAEM Bulletin Special Focus Issue Topics Announced (09 Feb 2019)
>February 2019 IAEM Bulletin Now Online (09 Feb 2019)