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Don't miss today's IAEM Thursday Learning Webinar on disaster spending

Published: 17 Jan 2019 08:28:47 CDT

IAEM has updated the topic for today’s Thursday Learning Webinar Series, “What We Don’t Know About State Spending on Natural Disasters Could Cost Us,” scheduled for 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST. To help inform federal efforts, The Pew Charitable Trusts conducted a survey of state emergency management agencies, which found that comprehensive tracking of state expenditures was missing, but better data could help all levels of government more effectively manage the growth in natural disaster spending. Pew’s Colin Foard, associate manager with the Fiscal Federalism Initiative, will present research findings and discuss policy movement on disaster spending at the state and federal levels. There is still time to join this learning session. Register online.

IAEM Editorial Work Group seeks articles related to emergency management for IAEM Bulletin

Published: 17 Jan 2019 08:28:47 CDT

At least four times a year, the IAEM Bulletin includes a special focus section on a selected topic of interest to emergency managers. The 2019 special focus topics will be announced soon. However, 750 to 1,500-word articles are sought now for the other eight issues of this monthly publication, which includes articles on a wide variety of topics related to emergency management. Please read the author’s guidelines prior to submitting an article to Karen Thompson, editor. Non-members can review a sample copy of the IAEM Bulletin at www.iaem.com/Bulletin.

IAEM issues call for speakers for the 2019 Annual Conference

Published: 17 Jan 2019 08:28:47 CDT

The IAEM 67th Annual Conference will be held in Savannah, Georgia, Nov. 15-20, 2019. IAEM is now seeking proposals for breakout sessions until the deadline of 5:00 p.m. EST, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Learn about the requirements, gain tips for a successful proposal and learn how to access the online speaker submission portal by visiting the IAEM conference website.

Province merging wildfire and emergency management services*

Published: 17 Jan 2019 08:28:47 CDT

The province is merging its wildfire and emergency management services with the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency to make it easier for people affected by wildfires, flooding, and other emergencies to get help. Having all the services under one entity means communities can find all the information they need on one website or with one phone call, Executive Director of Wildfire Management Steve Roberts said.

IAEM provides support to U.S. federal government employees impacted by the government shutdown

Published: 17 Jan 2019 08:28:47 CDT

As the shutdown of the U.S. federal government continues, IAEM announced Tuesday that it will offer flexible payment arrangements for government employees directly impacted. “We recognize that federal government employees may be in a challenging financial position as the shutdown continues,” said Marty Shaub, president of IAEM-USA. “We will work with affected employees so that they continue to receive their IAEM services without interruption.” IAEM has a 90-day dues payment grace period currently in place. Members should contact the IAEM membership department at 1-703-538-1795 x1785 to discuss their individual situations.

IAEM partners with Powered for Patients on DHS-funded project to boost healthcare facility resilience; input from local emergency managers needed on Information Sharing Protocol

Published: 17 Jan 2019 08:28:47 CDT

IAEM has partnered with the nonprofit Powered for Patients on a DHS-funded project to boost critical healthcare facility resilience by harnessing the power of real time emergency power system status reports to provide an early warning to government officials and utilities when emergency power is threatened during disasters. As part of the project, Powered for Patients is seeking input from IAEM members on a new protocol that will govern how real time status reports on emergency power at hospitals and other critical healthcare facilities are shared with local, state and federal emergency management officials during disasters. IAEM members can provide their critically important input by responding to this survey.

<i>Emergency Manager's Weekly Report</i> addresses resources for furloughed rederal employees

Published: 17 Jan 2019 08:28:47 CDT

The Emergency Manager’s Weekly Report, compiled by long-time IAEM member Steve Detwiler, has published a federal shutdown assistance guide. Resources are available in these categories: general information; financial and credit assistance; federal benefits and unemployment assistance; food assistance; cultural assistance; and additional resources. Directly download the report as a PDF, or access it through the Emergency Manager’s Weekly Report web page.

Trump's border wall: President eyes taking money from California flood projects to pay costs

Published: 17 Jan 2019 08:28:47 CDT

President Donald Trump is considering taking more than $2 billion already approved by Congress for flood control projects in California to use as funding to build a border wall, according to a Democratic lawmaker. Rep. John Garamendi, D-Fairfield, told the Los Angeles Times the Army Corps of Engineers presented the project list — including new levees to protect homes, schools and businesses on the San Francisco Bay shoreline in North San Jose — to the president as he headed to Texas on Tuesday to bolster his case for a border wall.

Both parties aim to woo defectors as shutdown drags on

Published: 17 Jan 2019 08:28:47 CDT

The White House and Hill Democrats are each targeting defectors in the other party as they push dueling strategies to reopen the government — yet another sign that the 24-day shutdown is far from over. House Democrats on Monday announced a plan to take up a pair of short-term funding bills that would reopen federal agencies for several weeks without President Donald Trump’s border wall.

PG&E, utility tied to wildfires, will file for bankruptcy

Published: 17 Jan 2019 08:28:47 CDT

Pacific Gas and Electric, facing billions of dollars in claims over the deadly 2018 Camp Fire, is headed to bankruptcy court. PG&E, the state's largest utility, said Monday it will file for bankruptcy on January 29, after a 15-day waiting period required by California law.

Shutdown could have long-term effects on wildfire disaster response

Published: 17 Jan 2019 08:28:47 CDT

Firefighters and forest managers are losing valuable time to prepare for the upcoming wildfire season. It's one of the long-term impacts of the government shutdown as it continues to linger on.

Charting a post-shutdown course for DHS contracting opportunities

Published: 17 Jan 2019 08:28:47 CDT

The Department of Homeland Security has not been able to ink new contracts during the partial government shutdown, leaving contractors and federal procurement specialists in limbo. Still, the federal contracting community can plan for future opportunities. Knowledge of the wants and needs of cash-strapped agencies is crucial, according to an expert strategic advisory panel discussing the 2019 DHS procurement outlook Friday at the Government Technology & Services Coalition’s annual meeting in Arlington, Va. GTSC is the owner of HSToday.

FirstNet expands and encourages industry innovation for first responders

Published: 17 Jan 2019 08:28:47 CDT

FirstNet, the nationwide broadband network dedicated to public safety, has increased its subscriber base by 70 percent since late October 2018. Moreover, the number of public safety agencies using FirstNet has jumped almost 46 percent during the same period. More than 5,250 public safety agencies are using 425,000-plus connections on FirstNet, helping first responders and communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.

Governor's Hurricane Conference announces conference scholarships for students

Published: 17 Jan 2019 08:28:47 CDT

Students may apply to participate in the 2019 Governor’s Hurricane Conference Program through Mar. 1, 2019. The program empowers the next generation of emergency management professionals through education, networking and mentorship. This program provides currently enrolled students in emergency management and related fields of study with the opportunity to attend the Governor's Hurricane Conference, May 12-17, 2019, in Palm Beach County, Florida, with registration, access to the conference exhibit hall, and lodging expenses covered. Throughout the conference, students will attend training sessions and participate in workshops. The program provides ample opportunity for students to engage with and receive mentorship from esteemed emergency management professionals through student-specific events. Learn more on the GHC website at http://flghc.org/students/.

They roam public buildings, making videos. Terrorism experts say they may be dangerous*

Published: 17 Jan 2019 08:28:47 CDT

The sun had long set when the two men trudged up to the justice center in Shawnee and peered inside. They pulled open the door and entered the modern brick building that houses the police department and city offices, filming the scene with their cellphones. No one approached them as they walked around, filming various items in the building.

Can earthquakes trigger volcano eruptions? Here's the science.

Published: 17 Jan 2019 08:28:47 CDT

Tectonic earthquakes are among the most powerful natural phenomena on the planet. It’s no surprise, then, that they are sometimes suspected of being able to trigger volcanic eruptions. Earth’s volcanoes are often located in seismically excitable parts of the world. Just take the so-called Ring of Fire, which is technically a horseshoe-shaped region that traces the edges of tectonic plates around the Pacific basin.

Former FEMA admin.: AI can marry urban planning and disaster response

Published: 17 Jan 2019 08:28:47 CDT

Survivors are still reeling from 2018’s natural disasters as the numbers are coming in: Global losses from disaster last year were 11,000 people dead or missing and $155 billion in damages, according to Swiss Re Group, the world’s second-largest reinsurer.

IAEM announces 2019 certification review dates

Published: 17 Jan 2019 08:28:47 CDT

The 2019 certification review dates have been published on the IAEM website. Individuals interested in receiving their diploma at the IAEM Annual Conference on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Savannah, Georgia, must have their initial credential application approved no later than the September 2019 online review (application submission deadline is Aug. 31, 2019) and must pass the exam by Oct. 21, 2019.

Participate in the 2019 Firestorm BCM Compensation Study and receive a complimentary report

Published: 17 Jan 2019 08:28:47 CDT

The Firestorm 17th Edition Business Continuity Management (BCM) Compensation Study – in partnership with the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) – is open until Feb. 20, 2019. Receive a complimentary report by participating in the BCM Compensation Study for Permanently Employed or Unemployed Professionals or the BCM Compensation Study for Independent Consultants, Contractors, and Fixed Term Professionals. The Business Continuity Management Compensation Study has been conducted annually since 2001, and the scope is worldwide. IAEM is a supporting organization for the study. Only your email address will be kept on file for report distribution and future study notifications, unless you opt-in to have your information kept on file with Firestorm and/or BCI. If you do opt-in, your individual contact and company information is never shared outside of Firestorm or BCI.

2019 National Homeland Security Conference accepting registrations for June 17-20 in Phoenix

Published: 17 Jan 2019 08:28:47 CDT

Registration is open for the 2019 National Homeland Security Conference, which will take place in Phoenix, Arizona, June 17-20, 2019. This event brings together homeland security, law enforcement, fire and emergency management professionals, federal agencies, nonprofit agencies, business owners, universities, and decision-makers to learn about emerging trends in homeland security and explore new equipment and technology available to support missions. NOTE: IAEM will hold its AEM/CEM Preparatory Course and AEM/CEM Exam on June 21, as part of the post-conference offerings.

Cyclone season shows dire need for preparation

Published: 17 Jan 2019 08:28:47 CDT

When reports of tropical storm Pabuk first emerged, there were initial concerns that it could become a repeat of tropical storm Harriet, which killed roughly 900 people in 1962, or killer Typhoon Gay which caused 833 deaths in 1989.

Indonesia to teach kids disaster-readiness

Published: 17 Jan 2019 08:28:47 CDT

Indonesia is ramping up efforts to better prepare for natural disasters, starting with schoolchildren. Last year was the country's deadliest year in more than a decade. Calamities like tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions claimed more than 4,500 lives and displaced hundreds of thousands of people.

UK: Caring for the hills protects us from flooding, says new research*

Published: 17 Jan 2019 08:28:47 CDT

A restoration scheme on the hills of the Peak District has the potential to reduce the level of flood risk to the towns and villages below, according to researchers. Professors Tim Allott and Martin Evans and Dr Emma Shuttleworth, from The University of Manchester, say measures taken by conservation group Moors for the Future Partnership reduced peak flows of water from moorland areas.

Japan to test disaster warning system using satellite in Asia

Published: 17 Jan 2019 08:28:47 CDT

The Japanese government is preparing to test a disaster early warning system for the Asia-Pacific region using one of its quasi-zenith satellites later this year, a Kobe-based international organization said. Preparations are under way for the first test overseas later this year in India and Papua New Guinea as Japan aims to expand its contribution to other Asian countries' disaster prevention and potential impacts of natural disasters on Japanese manufacturers' production and supply chains, according to the Asian Disaster Reduction Center.

Hurricane Michael death toll continues to rise

Published: 17 Jan 2019 08:28:47 CDT

The Hurricane Michael death toll continues to climb three months after the storm. We're receiving updates from both the District 14 and District 2 medical examiners. Two names have been added in District 2 bringing the death toll from nine to 11. The victims are a 63-year-old male who died after attempting to remove a tree that fell on him and a 47-year-old female who was found unresponsive during the storm.

31 houses destroyed, 28 damaged as Overstrand wildfire rages on

Published: 17 Jan 2019 08:28:47 CDT

Thirty-one residential properties have been completely destroyed and 28 properties sustained partial to major damage in the raging fires in the Betty's Bay area, east of Cape Town, the city's fire chief Theo Lane said on Saturday. A final inspection of all residential properties to ensure that every person was evacuated was done overnight, while "complete extinguishment of affected properties were being done", he said.

USGS: Magnitude 5.4 quake strikes near Anchorage, Alaska

Published: 17 Jan 2019 08:28:47 CDT

A 5.4 magnitude earthquake struck near Anchorage, Alaska, on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The quake was 7 miles southwest of Point MacKenzie and 25 miles deep.

> 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 
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IAEM Calendar: January-February 2019

January 2019

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.

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.

Jan. 30, 2019, 1:00 p.m.
Disaster Resource Guide offers –
Risk and Resilience Hub Webinar: "Selling BC, DR and Risk Management to the C-Suite"

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Learn critical strategies to get your upper management to not only approve budget, but to fully buy-in to your business continuity, disaster recovery or risk management programs. This presentation is one of the most popular sessions at conferences. Speaker Ted Brown, MBCI, CBCP, CBCV, president and CEO at KETCHConsulting, an international BCP consulting firm, will explain why it is so important to: document objectives; define financial justification; gather competitive references; prepare appropriate scare tactics; anticipate objections; use OPM (other people's money); and more. The webinar will conclude with a question-and-answer period.

February 2019

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, 2019, AEM/CEM Exam, Reno, NV

  • Location: The AEM/CEM Exam offering is being held in conjunction with the Nevada Preparedness Summit, Eldorado Hotel & Casino, 345 N. Virginia St, Reno, NV, 89501.
  • AEM/CEM Exam Date/Time: Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Pacific time. 
  • AEM/CEM Certification Application Fee: Certification application fee must be paid prior to sitting for the exam ($395 USD IAEM members; $595 USD non-members). Pay the application fee here.
  • PLUS you also must register to sit for the exam. Register online here.
  • Proctor: Valerie Lucus-McEwen, CEM, CBCP
  • Registration Deadline: Jan. 28, 2019
  • Note: There will be limited seats available after the registration deadline on a first-come first-serve basis.

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.


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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IAEM Provides Support to U.S. Federal Government Employees Impacted by the Government Shutdown

The IAEM Call for Speakers opens Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.

The January 2019 IAEM Bulletin is now online.

Register for the Thursday Learning Series Webinar: Jan. 17, 2019, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST, "What We Don’t Know About State Spending on Natural Disasters Could Cost Us"