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The IAEM International Council is one of the eight IAEM Councils.

The International Council covers all countries not included in other Councils. It is currently represented in Africa and the Middle East in the following countries: Egypt, Iran, Kenya, Kuwait, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates, and Zambia.



IAEM Call for Speakers for the 2019 IAEM Annual Conference will open soon

Published: 12 Dec 2018 19:57:51 CDT

The Call for Speakers for the IAEM 67th Annual Conference & EMEX will open Jan. 14, 2019, and close at 5:00 p.m. EST, Feb. 15, 2019. This is your opportunity to be selected for one of the coveted speaking slots at the premiere event for emergency managers, set for Nov. 15-20, 2018, in Savannah, Georgia. The Conference Committee will host a webinar on “Tips for a Successful Speaker Proposal” in early January 2019. More information will be available soon.

Alberta government aims to better protect Albertans in disasters

Published: 12 Dec 2018 19:57:51 CDT

A new regulation from the Government of Alberta aims to improve response times and better protect Albertans in disasters. The Emergency Management Act has been updated, and is now the Emergency Management Amendment Act, which will provide communities with an easy reference as they develop and refine their emergency management plans and programs.

Canada invests in flood mitigation measures

Published: 12 Dec 2018 19:57:51 CDT

Flooding is Canada’s costliest and most frequent natural disaster. Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, has announced CAD2.36 million in federal funding to the Province of Ontario to support work on eight projects under the National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP) to better plan for and protect against the effects of flooding.

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

Published: 12 Dec 2018 19:57:51 CDT

This is a reminder that the 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the IAEM-Oceania Council will take place on Dec. 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.

Before states and localities can respond to disasters, FEMA must coordinate advance contracts better

Published: 12 Dec 2018 19:57:51 CDT

The Federal Emergency Management Agency should improve coordination with states and localities on the use of advance contracts, given leaders’ stated goal of shifting more responsibility to states after disasters, according to a new report on 2017 contracting.

How the federal government became responsible for disaster relief

Published: 12 Dec 2018 19:57:51 CDT

In the aftermath of Friday’s 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck near Anchorage, CNN relayed a presidential tweet: “Trump tweets to Alaska: ‘Federal Government will spare no expense.’ ” Future historians will have to assess where this disaster fits in the broader story of the Trump presidency and its management of catastrophes such as Hurricanes Maria and Harvey or the California wildfires.

Powered for Patients receives DHS technology development grant

Published: 12 Dec 2018 19:57:51 CDT

The Department of Homeland Security has selected Powered for Patients as one of ten organizations to lead innovative research and development initiatives as part of the DHS 2018 National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) Security & Resilience Challenge. Through the DHS project, Powered for Patients and its technology partner, Talus Analytics, will create a prototype to consolidate data streams from various fault detection and automated reporting systems connected to emergency power at hospitals and other critical healthcare facilities throughout the country. This consolidated data stream of different technology company data feeds will provide government officials and utilities with a single dashboard through which to view and assess real time threats to emergency power during extended power outages. The success of this project will depend on the active engagement of many stakeholders. To learn more about the project, view a list of current stakeholders, and find out how to participate in various stakeholder categories, visit the Powered for Patients website.

The startling thing hurricanes are doing to Puerto Rico watersheds

Published: 12 Dec 2018 19:57:51 CDT

The Atlantic hurricane season of 2017 gave us names that we will remember for a long time. Storms like Harvey, Irma, and Maria were a part of the most expensive hurricane season in U.S. history. Damage estimates easily exceed $200 billion. Puerto Rico is no stranger to hurricanes, but in 2017 its people, infrastructure, and ecosystems were ravaged by Irma and Maria.

Houses in hurricane strike zones are built back, but bigger

Published: 12 Dec 2018 19:57:51 CDT

A study of hurricane-hit areas of the United States has revealed a trend of larger homes being built to replace smaller ones in the years following a storm. The research shows that the sizes of new homes constructed after a hurricane often dwarf the sizes of those lost.

Wildfire scientists brace for hotter, more flammable future

Published: 12 Dec 2018 19:57:51 CDT

Every man-made thing that burned, burned all the way. That is the powerful first impression driving into Paradise after America's deadliest wildfire in 100 years. There are a few scorched-but-recognizable husks of gas stations or curio shops but most of the 14,000 homes that caught an ember burned with such blowtorch intensity, only railings and the fireplace remain.

Fire-resistant is not fire-proof, California homeowners discover*

Published: 12 Dec 2018 19:57:51 CDT

California's building codes are not keeping up with the severe, wind-driven wildfires that are becoming the norm. Ten years ago, the state passed strict new standards for homes built in high fire-risk areas. But even homes built to those standards were destroyed in last year's massive Thomas Fire.

The Partner Alliance for Safer Schools releases its safety and security guidelines for school districts*

Published: 12 Dec 2018 19:57:51 CDT

The Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) has released its annual safety and security guidelines for K-12 schools. The guidelines are recommendations on technology, policies and procedures and training for school district administrators.

Ebola cases spike as WHO warns of possible reintroduction

Published: 12 Dec 2018 19:57:51 CDT

The other day the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) recorded 13 new Ebola cases in its daily update. Six of the new cases are in Butembo, three in Oicha, and two each in Beni and Katwa. The outbreak totals now stand at 471 cases, of which 423 are confirmed and 48 are probable; 273 people have died.

Long-term recovery never ends for some after natural disasters*

Published: 12 Dec 2018 19:57:51 CDT

Right after a natural disaster, say, a hurricane or major flood, there is usually an outpouring of generosity and support for those affected, often in the form of material needs. But a few weeks into the recovery effort, that support and all the donated goods that poured in dwindle.

Wildfire is inevitable, but the destruction of our communities is not

Published: 12 Dec 2018 19:57:51 CDT

Our current approach to wildfire is killing us. Instead of making communities fire safe, we’re mostly trying to manage habitat to suppress fire, and it’s failing to protect our lives and our property. Bureaucratic inertia and hubris are preventing needed change. Until the public understands the true nature of wildfire and demands the same of government, the staggering losses will continue to mount.

What the California wildfires can teach us about data sharing

Published: 12 Dec 2018 19:57:51 CDT

When a massive earthquake and tsunami hit the eastern coast of Japan on March 11, 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant failed, leaking radioactive material into the atmosphere and water. People around the country as well as others with family and friends in Japan were, understandably, concerned about radiation levels — but there was no easy way for them to get that information.

IAEM announces application deadline for next certification review

Published: 12 Dec 2018 19:57:51 CDT

Online applications received by Dec. 31, 2018, will be reviewed in January 2019. Candidates will be notified of the results during the week of Feb. 17, 2019.

Fire Prevention and Safety Grant application deadline is Dec. 21, 2018

Published: 12 Dec 2018 19:57:51 CDT

The Fiscal Year 2018 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant application period will close on Dec. 21, 2018, 5:00 p.m. EST. The purpose of the grant is to enhance the safety of both the public and firefighters by decreasing fire hazards and assisting with fire prevention programs. Fire departments and nonprofit organizations can complete their application online. Application assistance tools are also available. Email questions or requests for additional information to the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Help Desk at firegrants@fema.dhs.gov.

Register today for the Jan. 7 IAEM webinar on budgeting for disasters

Published: 12 Dec 2018 19:57:51 CDT

IAEM is offering the latest in its Thursday Learning Series webinars, “Budgeting for Disasters: Challenges and Innovative Practices in Times of Uncertainty,” on Jan. 7, 2019, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST. In recent years, natural disasters have increased in the United States in terms of frequency, severity, and cost. For example, FEMA’s Public Assistance 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. Panel members representing state and local government will discuss actions their jurisdictions have taken to manage volatile, increased 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.

SGMA pushes for creation of disaster management department

Published: 12 Dec 2018 19:57:51 CDT

Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has pushed for the creation of a Department on Disaster Management, citing the need for a full-time Cabinet official to deal with the logistical requirements of preparing for calamities. Speaking to media at the sidelines of the recent distribution of relief goods to typhoon victims in Marilao, Bulacan, Arroyo noted that while she is satisfied with the work of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, the agency has limitations.

Madrid prepares to confront radioactive emergencies*

Published: 12 Dec 2018 19:57:51 CDT

The Madrid region is preparing a contingency plan to deal with potential radioactive emergencies such as a terrorist attack involving a dirty bomb, radioactive debris from a satellite or the theft of sensitive material. The regional government is keen to point out that the threat is nothing new and that the plan is simply a preventive measure that is required by national legislation.

Tropical cyclone season sees more landfall in Japan than usual

Published: 12 Dec 2018 19:57:51 CDT

Tropical cyclones once again caused billions of dollars in damage across the globe in 2018, with the high number of typhoons that hit Japan and the two hurricane strikes in the U.S. being of particular note.

Building resilience to natural disasters in the Caribbean requires greater preparedness

Published: 12 Dec 2018 19:57:51 CDT

As global warming continues to increase sea-water temperatures, the Caribbean is becoming more vulnerable to increasingly frequent and damaging natural disasters. Policies that build resilience in Caribbean countries — such as strengthening physical infrastructure and putting in place insurance protection — can help minimize the human and economic costs of natural disasters and preserve the region’s majestic beauty.

3 dead, 5 under treatment after southwest China landslide

Published: 12 Dec 2018 19:57:51 CDT

Eight people have been pulled out of the debris of a landslide that toppled three houses Sunday afternoon in southwest China's Sichuan Province, Trend reported with the reference to Xinhua. Three died en route to hospital and the other five were under emergency treatment in hospital, local government said.

Popocatepetl volcano's eruption spews ash and smoke in Central Mexico

Published: 12 Dec 2018 19:57:51 CDT

Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano erupted twice on Friday night, giving off spectacular flashes of light followed by dazzling incandescent material spilling out of the crater and down the mountain side. The first eruption occurred at 10:44 p.m. local time, before shooting off another blast less than one hour later, at 11:22 p.m.

Winter Storm Diego leaves 4 dead, 1 missing; over 60,000 without power in Southeast

Published: 12 Dec 2018 19:57:51 CDT

Winter Storm Diego unleashed its wrath on the Southeast over the weekend, leaving at least four dead, one missing and tens of thousands still without power across the region Tuesday. Hundreds of schools in North Carolina remained closed for the second day in a row and Georgia government workers and schools announced delayed openings with the threat of black ice on the roads.

Death toll rises to 8 in central Vietnam deluge

Published: 12 Dec 2018 19:57:51 CDT

At least eight people have died and two others are missing as heavy downpours flood thousands of houses in central Vietnam. An extreme northeast monsoon dumping huge amounts of rain on central Vietnam since Saturday has triggered severe flooding in Da Nang City and the provinces of Ha Tinh, Binh Dinh, Thanh Hoa, Quang Tri, Quang Nam, and Thua Thien-Hue.

Antarctica struck by massive 7.1 earthquake — volcanic island rocked by waves

Published: 12 Dec 2018 19:57:51 CDT

The 7.1 magnitude quake struck on Monday close to the South Sandwich Islands, a British owned group of islands north of Antarctica. Its epicentre was 61km northeast of Bristol Island, a small island composed of several active volcanoes. The earthquake's depth was 165km, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

> 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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