IAEM Bulletin

The IAEM Bulletin, the official newsletter of the International Association of Emergency Managers, is published monthly by IAEM to keep members abreast of association news, government actions affecting emergency management, and research and information sources. The Bulletin – which is in its 35th year of continuous publication – is also intended to serve as a way for emergency management colleagues to exchange information on programs and ideas. The members-only IAEM Bulletin, generally 24-40 pages, moved from print to electronic publishing in 2014. Issues from August 1999 through the present are available in the members-only IAEM Bulletin Archives.

Double Special Focus Issue on "Opportunities & Innovations in Emergency Management"
Part 1 (Oct 2018) and Part 2 (Nov 2018)

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The Bulletin is distributed electronically via the members-only archives to more than 6,000 emergency management officials each month, representing all levels of government, industrial, commercial, educational, military, private, non-profit and volunteer organizations. The newsletter is also shared with allied organizations and legislative representatives with a role in emergency management issues.

Article Submissions

Please read the Author's Guidelines before submitting an article for the IAEM Bulletin. For the issues that are not special focus issues, articles on any topic of interest to emergency management professionals are welcome. Feature article length should be 750-1,500 words, and articles should be emailed to the editor as attached Word documents or included in the text of the email (no PDF submissions, please). Photos or illustrations must be emailed as separate image attachments (TIF, GIF, JPG, PNG). Learn more here.

Advertising Policy

The IAEM Bulletin Advertising Policy includes information about placing display ads in the IAEM Bulletin, including ad sizes, ad formats, ad costs, and IAEM member discounts.

Sample Issue of the IAEM Bulletin

The IAEM Bulletin is a members-only publication posted each month in our members-only IAEM Bulletin Archives. Once a year, we post a sample issue of the Bulletin on this page. 

2018 Special Focus Issues

At least four times a year, the IAEM Bulletin includes a special focus section on a selected topic of interest to emergency managers. The other eight issues of this monthly publication include articles on a wide variety of topics related to emergency management.

The topics for 2018 were recommended by the IAEM-Global Editorial Work Group and approved by the IAEM-Global Board. If you have suggestions for special focus topics for next year, email the editorSpecial focus issue topics for 2018 are:

  • March 2018 IAEM Bulletin | Copy Deadline: Feb. 23, 2018
    Developing Situational Awareness and a Common Operating Picture
    Articles might include, but are not limited to: how to gather and communicate situational awareness during a disaster; how to define your requirements in order to choose the best tool for you; retail approaches and best practices; fusion centers; crowdsourcing; virtual operations support teams (VOST); artificial intelligence; community information networks.
  • June 2018 IAEM Bulletin | Copy Deadline: extended to May 21, 2018
    Articles might include, but are not limited to: Cybersecurity 101 about securing your own security and how you protect your own assets; how you incorporate cybersecurity into your CEMP/EOP; a discussion of available Internet resources; how to coordinate cybersecurity among your response team; how to protect information in your EOC; preparing for cybersecurity incidents, vulnerabilities and risks associated with IOT (Internet of Things – including AV systems, HVAC, remote sensors, etc.), best practices for designing and conducting cybersecurity exercises.
  • August 2018 IAEM Bulletin | Copy Deadline: extended to July 20, 2018
    Climate Change: An Emerging Threat 
    Articles might include, but are not limited to: coastal mitigation; increased needs for shelters (heating shelters, cooling shelters); how adaptation to climate change is defined; demographic changes; immigration; U.S. federal government website with resources on climate change; NASA resources with worldwide information available via database; global responses to climate change/climate adaptation, anticipated increase in weather extremes, case studies.
  • October 2018 IAEM Bulletin | Copy Deadline: Sept. 10, 2018
    Opportunities & Innovations in Emergency Management
    The last special focus issue in October 2018 will be based on the theme of the IAEM 2018 Annual Conference & EMEX, “Opportunities and Innovations in Emergency Management," to be held Oct. 19-24, 2018, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Your article should be related in some way to the overall conference theme. You could pick one of the following four conference focus areas – or you may have another idea about how to address the general theme.
    • Innovations: Expanding the Possibilities for Success: The media reminds us daily that we never know what will happen next. The world is changing, our community is changing, and we face unprecedented challenges. Identifying, implementing and sharing innovative ideas will enable us to meet the challenges facing emergency management and related fields.
    • New Opportunities for Collaboration: We must expand our connections and engage others in our field, whether it asking for physical assistance or through the sharing of ideas and best practices. Who do you work with when facing obstacles that impede your success? How did your collaboration develop and what are some of the best practices you have netted along the way? When a partnership was more challenging than you envisioned, how did you overcome those challenges? What changes did it make to your operation at that moment? How did it impact your ongoing operational protocols? What public-private collaborations enabled you to seek and achieve new opportunities in the whole community?
    • Opportunities & Innovations in the Emergency Management Profession: Today’s world is more complex, more interconnected; changes are rapid, and often unpredictable. These circumstances set the stage for increasing opportunities and innovation in the emergency management profession. What practices, training, professional development and experience have impacted you most?


Contact Karen Thompson, Editor of the IAEM Bulletin, at thompson@iaem.com with any questions or requests for additional information about the IAEM Bulletin.