> IAEM Thursday Learning Webinar Series"What We Don’t Know About State Spending on Natural Disasters Could Cost Us," 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
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IAEM Calendar: January-March 2019

January 2019

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

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About the webinar: Government spending on natural disasters is on the rise. FEMA’s largest disaster assistance program had eight of its most expensive years in the decade from 2007 to 2016. Congress and the Trump administration are considering ways to control rising costs, but they are doing so without comprehensive data on the contributions made by state governments. 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 will present research findings and discuss policy movement on disaster spending at the state and federal levels.

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. 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
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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.

February 2019

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

Metro Toronto Convention Center
Toronto, Ontario, Canada 
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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 DeadlineJan. 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
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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.

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
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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.