4 September 2015 Higher Education Program News

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FEMA’s Higher Education Program Bits and Pieces

National Emergency Training Center, Emmitsburg, MD

4 September 2015

Higher Education Program News:

  • EM Hi Ed Webinar Series:

The Higher Education Program is continuing with the webinar series started in 2013.  The webinars will be used to increase the flow of information and knowledge to the emergency management higher education community.  Knowing what is important and essential to your programs is important.  To that end, we request that you provide us topics that are of particular interest and necessary to your academic programs or your institution.  Ideas for webinar topics may be sent to Lillian Virgil at Lillian.virgil@fema.dhs.gov.

  • 18th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium is scheduled for June 6-9, 2016 at the National Emergency Training Center, Emmitsburg, MD. Mark your calendars now. Information for the 2016 symposium will be posted to the Hi Ed website in the coming months.

  • New EM Program Added to the HI Ed College List

Adams State University – Associate of Arts in Emergency Management
With the Adams State University online Associate of Arts in Emergency Management degree students will be able, when applicable, to use prior learning assessment of emergency management related trainings to fulfill electives. The Associate of Arts Emergency Management degree can lead into a Bachelor degree. In addition, with the completion of EMM 106 – Emergency Planning and Exercise Design, you will earn two FEMA certificates.
Total Credit Requirements
General Education: (37 credits)
Emergency Management Emphasis (15 credits):

EMM 102: Principles of Emergency Management (3 credits)

EMM 104: Incident Command and Operations (3 credits)
EMM 106: Emergency Planning and Exercise Design (3 credits)
EMM 210: Field Study in Emergency Management (3 credits)
Plus one course from the following:

CRJ 102: Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration (3 credits)

CRJ 201: Corrections Administration (3 credits) 
CRJ 203: Law Enforcement Operations (3 credits) 
CRJ 205: Ethics in Criminal Justice (3 credits) 
Or three (3) credit hours of transfer credit related to Criminal Justice Administration or Emergency Management
General Electives (8 credits)

General electives may be approved transfer credits or courses taken from ASU. General electives are credits that are required, but not used elsewhere in the degree program.

Writing Proficiency

You must submit a 3-5 page graded paper from an Adams State professor to the advising department in Extended Studies to receive approval by mid semester of the semester prior to graduation.

Total credits required for graduation: 60 credits
Adams State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
For more information:
Contact: Adams State University

Office of Extended Studies

208 Edgemont Blvd Suite 3000

Alamosa, CO 81101

Ph: 719-587-7671 • 1-800-548-6679

Email: distanceadvisor@adams.edu

Additional Information: http://www.adams.edu/extended_studies/undergrad/associate-of-arts-emergency-mgt-emphasis.php
Update: 8/31/15
Emergency Management and Homeland Security Higher Education:

  • Introduction to International Disaster Management, Third Edition by Damon P. Coppola

Introduction to International Disaster Management continues to serve as the leading comprehensive overview of global emergency management and humanitarian response, providing both practitioners and students with a working knowledge of the disaster management profession.  The text maintains a global perspective and provides a broad assessment on the various sources of risk and vulnerability and the systems that exist to manage hazard risk inclusive of the different stakeholders involved.  The latest update examines the impact of many recent large-scale and catastrophic disaster events on countries and communities, as well as their influence on disaster risk reduction efforts worldwide. It also expands coverage of several issues in which the author is professionally involved including disaster risk reduction in small-island developing states (SIDS), the achievements of the United Nations Hyogo Framework for Action (2005–2015), and the release of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. This useful, relevant text includes many changes that have occurred since the last edition for a better understanding of the rapidly advancing field of international disaster management."

For more information: http://amzn.to/1ht7BUC 
Emergency Management/Homeland Security News:

  • 2015 National Preparedness Month (NPM)

2015 NPM Theme: Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.

Each year, September is recognized as National Preparedness Month, which serves as a call to action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and visit.


This year’s National Preparedness Month theme is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” Don’t wait! Make a plan with your family and friends for how you will stay safe and communicate during an emergency or disaster that can affect your community. Download the Family Communication Plan for Parents and Kids and fill out the sections before printing or emailing it to your family and friends.


The themes for four of the five weeks in September raise awareness about disasters including floods, wildfires, hurricanes, and power outages. The themes call attention to emergencies and disasters that could happen across the country this time of year. The fifth week leads up to National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30, when the nation will come together to take action and practice their preparedness in advance of an emergency.


Download the digital toolkit and become involved with promoting National Preparedness Month by visiting www.ready.gov/september.

  • Congressional Research Service

  • Department of Homeland Security Appropriations: FY2016, August 7, 2015

  • Comparing DHS Appropriations by Component, FY2016: Fact Sheet, August 6, 2015

  • Trends in the Timing and Size of DHS Appropriations: In Brief, August 6, 2015

  • Stafford Act Declarations 1953-2014: Trends, Analyses, and Implications for Congress, July 14, 2015


Ethical Issues in Environmental Health Research Related to Public Health Emergencies: Reflections on the GuLF STUDY
Resnik DB, Miller AK, Kwok RK, Engel LS, Sandler DP. 2015. Ethical issues in environmental health research related to public health emergencies: reflections on the GuLF STUDY. Environ Health Perspect 123:A227–A231; http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1509889 (free full text)

Webinar: September 10, 2015 at 1:30 pm ET - Two presentations from 2014 Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects
WHEN:  Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 1:30 PM ET  


WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar is free and open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.


TOPICS:  “Preparing your Information Go-Bag” and “Developing a Disaster information Training Program for Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Professionals in Rural Idaho”

Lori Harding, Coordinator, Library Services, at Elkhart General Hospital will present about the library’s current Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project, “Preparing your Go-Bag for Disaster-related Information Needs”. The Library, in partnership with the Hospital’s Emergency Preparedness and Education and Program Committees and the Elkhart Fire Department, has been developing training sessions to identify authoritative sources for information in a disaster or public health emergency using National Library of Medicine resources. Ruiling Guo, Associate Professor of Health Care Administration Program and former medical librarian at the Idaho State University Health Sciences Library, and her team partnered with the Southeastern Idaho Public Health Department to provide a disaster information training program for healthcare emergency preparedness professionals to support their disaster preparedness and response efforts in Southeastern Idaho rural communities.
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File – Chapter 3, Homeland Security
On Aug. 28, 2015, in Barack Hussein Obama, et al. v. Larry Elliott Klayment, et al, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, held (3 to 0) that NSA’s collection of bulk telephone data was authorized under USA Patriot Act. “The preliminary injunction entered by the district court is hereby vacated….” On July 2, 2015, Congress also passed USA Freedom Act, where telephone data will now be kept by private telephone carriers, and Gov’t will need Court order to access.
“In the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Congress enacted the USA PATRIOT Act. Pub. L. No. 107- 56, 115 Stat. 272 (2001). Section 215 of that Act Empowered the FBI to request, and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (‘FISC’) to enter, orders ‘requiring the production of any tangible things (including books, records, papers, documents, and other items) for an investigation . . . to protect against international terrorism.’ Id. at § 215, 115 Stat. at 291, codified as amended at 50 U.S.C. § 1861(a)(1). Since May 2006, the government has relied on this provision to operate a program that has come to be called ‘bulk data collection,’ namely, the collection, in bulk, of call records produced by telephone companies containing

‘telephony metadata’ — the telephone numbers dialed (incoming and outgoing),

times, and durations of calls.
The FBI has periodically applied for, and the FISC has entered, orders instructing one or more telecommunications service providers to produce, on a daily basis over a period of

ninety days, electronic copies of such data.

Under the program, the collected metadata are consolidated into a government database, where (except in exigent circumstances) the NSA may access it only after demonstrating to the FISC a ‘reasonable articulable suspicion’ that a particular phone number is associated with a foreign terrorist organization. Gov’t ’s Br. at 11-12. Even then, the NSA may retrieve call detail records only for phone numbers in contact with the original number — within two steps, or ‘hops’of it. Id. at 11. If telephone number A was used to call telephone number B, which in turn was used to call telephone number C, and if the FISC affirms the government’s ‘reasonable articulable suspicion’ that A is associated with a foreign terrorist organization, the FISC may authorize the government to retrieve from the database the metadata associated with A, B, and C.

[On June 2, 2015] Congress enacted the USA Freedom Act, which revived the language added by Section 215 with some substantial changes. See Pub. L. No. 114-23, Tit. I, 129 Stat. 268, 269-77 (2015), codified at 50 U.S.C. § 1861 . The Act’s changes do not take effect until 180 days after the date of enactment (June 2, 2015). Id. § 109(a) , 129 Stat. at 276. And the legislation provides for continuation of pre-existing authority until the effective date of the new legislation….”

  • IAEM Dispatch, September 3, 2015

Expert: View disaster management as a core development issue
The Hindu
Disaster risk management should be viewed as a core development issue. This would require strengthening institutional systems as well as empowering communities to become more resilient. Development of disaster response system at taluk and block levels would help in effective risk mitigation, according to Kamal Kishore, Member, Ministry of Home Affairs.
With 15 million Pakistanis on Facebook and Twitter, we should use social media during emergencies and disasters
The Nation
From Karachi to Kuala Lumpur, there have been numerous cases where the use of social media by members of the public, nonprofit and government agencies has allowed responders to get a better understanding of the situation on the ground prior to deployment, allowing triaging of response to avoid duplication of efforts and ultimately save lives.
Vancouver after the big one: 7.3-magnitude earthquake would kill nearly 10,000 and injure 128,000, experts say
National Post
It's a typically rainy day in January at 2 p.m. Streets are packed, with businesses in full swing after workers have returned from the holidays. Then the earthquake hits. Most people hear it before they feel it — a low, rumbling sound like a freight train. Closest to the epicenter, there is a violent shaking that lasts 10 to 20 seconds, knocking people off their feet.
FEMA and Airbnb partnering to promote disaster preparedness
In efforts to strengthen their Disaster Response Program and the safety of their hosts and guests, Airbnb began collaborating with FEMA and the Ready campaign to better educate hosts on how to prepare for and respond to disasters. As a first step, more than 100,000 Airbnb hosts in hurricane-prone regions across the United States received hurricane preparedness information, including links to FEMA's Ready.gov website and simple steps to prepare themselves in the event a hurricane approaches their area. The company will also work with FEMA's private sector liaisons to receive real-time information during disasters, allowing them to more effectively deploy the Disaster Response Program in the areas where Airbnb hosts can be of the most help to survivors and responders. The Disaster Response Program makes it easier for Airbnb hosts to offer their space at no charge, supporting neighbors and relief workers following emergencies or disasters in their community. The program has been activated in such locations as Texas, Oklahoma, New York, and Nepal.
FEMA issues bulletin on Hurricane Sandy Claims Review Process
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Aug. 31 released a bulletin (W-15040) to clarify the role that the agency is taking on flood insurance claims filed after May 18, 2015. Previously, FEMA provided notice that FEMA was undertaking an expedited settlement process for all claims in litigation arising from Hurricane Sandy. As part of the settlement process, FEMA assumed responsibility from the Write Your Own (WYO Company issuing a policy that was the subject of litigation and negotiated the case on behalf of the WYO Company. FEMA then coordinated with the defendant (WYO) to direct payment once an agreement was reached with the plaintiff policyholder. Bulletin W-15050 provides an update on the Hurricane Sandy claims review process.
Hawaii disaster-relief course brings military, civilians together*
Stars and Stripes
Twenty disaster relief professionals raced the clock to build four makeshift shelters in 20 minutes under sweltering sun. The blue-tarp lean-tos weren't anything fancy, but the exercise underscored a basic tenant of humanitarian assistance: being a jack-of-all-trades is critical in a crisis. Among many competing priorities in the wake of a disaster is medical assistance, as shown at the two-week Health Emergencies in Large Populations course at the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance in Hawaii.
NIST seeks members for new community resilience panel
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced that it is seeking members for the new Community Resilience Panel on Buildings and Infrastructure Systems. The panel will connect and engage community and infrastructure-sector stakeholders in helping communities to become more resilient. The first meeting will take place on Nov. 9, 2015, at the NIST campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland. More information on the purpose of the committee and how to join in its work is available here.
FEMA provides update on re-engineering of the Public Assistance program's delivery process
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has published an update, which can be downloaded here, on the status of its redesign of the delivery process for Public Assistance. For years, all PA grants have been developed using the same work flow process regardless of a project's size, complexity, or facility type. The re-engineered process is designed to increase FEMA's ability to be more effective and efficient in providing disaster assistance. Projects will be sorted now by complexity. Another area that is seeing changes is that currently multiple staff interact with each applicant, often asking them for similar information. The re-engineered practice will provide applicants with a single FEMA point of contact, using expertise where needed so that projects are reviewed by the right people. The changes will be field tested later this fall, and more information will be forthcoming, as FEMA continues to engage its partners on the re-engineered PA process.
FEMA issues clarification on 45-day timeline for passing through SHSP and UASI funding to local or tribal governments
On Sept. 1, Brian Kamoie, FEMA assistant administrator for grant programs, issued a message to clarify the timeline for State Administrative Agencies (SAAs) to obligate, or "pass through," at least 80 percent of State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) and Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) funding to local or tribal governments within 45 calendar days after the SAA receives its Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) award from FEMA. Grant recipients have cited confusion regarding when the 45-calendar-day requirement begins. In order to meet the statutorily required terms of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 HSGP Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), SAAs must pass through at least 80 percent of SHSP and UASI funding, respectively, within 45 calendar days of receiving the grant funds. Notwithstanding any other provision of the FY 2015 HSGP NOFO, "receipt of funds" occurs either when the SAA accepts the award or 15 calendar days after the SAA receives notice of the award, whichever is earlier.
IAEM-hosted Emergency Management & Business Contingency Summit in Dubai seeks sponsors and exhibitors
Do you have a product or service that senior emergency management and business contingency decision-makers and influencers need? The Emergency Management & Business Contingency Summit, set for Oct. 7-8, 2015, at the Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, offers you the perfect platform to showcase your solution to your target market and to meet and network with senior-level decision makers who are leading the way in the industry. At this event, which is being co-hosted by IAEM and the International Quality & Productivity Centre (IQPC), business development, marketing and sales solutions are available that can be tailored to your business objectives. Whether you wish to participate in the exhibition or be a sponsor, you will have the opportunity to create customers, develop qualified sales leads, convert leads into sales, and retain customers. Find out more on the event site.
Articles sought by Sept. 10 for IAEM Bulletin special focus issue on 'Expanding the Spectrum of Emergency Management'
The IAEM Editorial Work Group seeks articles on the theme of "Expanding the Spectrum of Emergency Management" for a special focus issue of the IAEM Bulletin on the 2015 IAEM Annual Conference theme. Download an article written by IAEM-USA Conference Chair Susamma Seeley for the Jan. 2015 IAEM Bulletin to get some ideas for articles for this special focus issue of the Bulletin. The deadline for submitting articles for this issue is Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. Please read the Author's Guidelines before you write your article. Article submissions (750-1,500 words) should be emailed to Karen Thompson, editor, in Word format.

Providing insights into overcoming disaster
The Boston Globe
In late July 2005, Daniel Aldrich and his wife, Yael, moved to New Orleans with their two young sons so that Aldrich, a newly minted PhD in political science from Harvard, could take a job as an assistant professor at Tulane University. The couple rented a home, bought a car and furniture, and put an inflatable pool for the kids out back. "We had a real nice setup in Lakeview," says Aldrich, 41. "You could see Lake Pontchartrain from our house, and my wife and the kids had biked to the levee, less than a quarter-mile away." On Monday, Aug. 29, Aldrich was scheduled to start teaching, and the boys were to start preschool. But early that morning, Hurricane Katrina made landfall, and history, after the catastrophic breaching of the levees that left the city under water.
The escalation of natural disasters
Adam Sobel writes: I'm in Atlantic Canada giving a series of talks about Hurricane Sandy and what it did to New York (based on my book, Storm Surge). I've been talking about what happened in New York, hearing from people here about what has happened and could happen here, all the while thinking, along with the rest of the world, about what happened 10 years ago in New Orleans. The differences are many, but there are a few common threads.
An earthquake is going to hit LA — then what?
Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina reminded us that when it comes to natural disasters, you can prepare for the worst, but it's also crucial to plan for the chaos that comes afterward. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti took that lesson to heart. He is haunted by the memory of flying over New Orleans in a helicopter a full year after the storm and seeing whole sections of the city that hadn't come back to life — and probably never would. In Los Angeles, the looming disaster is not a hurricane, but a long-overdue eruption of the massive San Andreas Fault, which seismologists say is the most likely source of a large earthquake in heavily populated Southern California.
It's not New Orleans that most worries disaster experts*
U.S. News & World Report
Robert Traver saw homes that had been blown up while serving in the Army in Iraq during Desert Storm, but nothing prepared him for the damage in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. "I can't get over the horror of that — flying for hours and seeing the damage. It's nothing that you ever forget," the retired lieutenant colonel says. "I was [near] a barracks that was hit by a SCUD missile, and in comparison that was nothing."
The IAEM-USA Annual Conference is the premier emergency management event of 2015
See what others are saying about the IAEM Annual Conference & EMEX.

· "The IAEM Annual Conference is a must experience for both disaster researchers and emergency management professionals. It has provided real networking opportunities for me over the years and an excellent forum to present the latest research results. If you want to know what really is going on in emergency management today, this is the place to be."

· "IAEM offers a wide range of stimulating programs that will enlighten, from students to 30-year veterans of emergency management. While attending the IAEM Annual Conference, I have always found new ideas to help me grow both personally and professionally."

· "The IAEM Annual Conference was beyond my expectations as a first time attendee. It provided so much networking and the ability to find counterparts in other states to allow the exchange of information, which was truly amazing. If you haven’t been, plan to go! There is so much to learn and explore at IAEM."

View more testimonials from well-known speakers, your peers, first- and repeat-attendees, and many more! View the complete program and Register today for the IAEM 63rd Annual Conference & EMEX, Nov. 13-18, 2015 in Clark County, Nevada.
The new tech of disaster response, from apps to aqua drones
Hurricane Katrina was a tale of three disasters. The first was natural, a violent storm that devastated the Gulf Coast. The second was man-made, the catastrophic failure of levees protecting New Orleans. Together, these disasters killed more than 1,800 people and displaced half a million families. Damages ran into the billions, and the recovery continues even now.
Social media plays major role in storm response
Larry Richardson heads down to the beach every morning and snaps a few photos. When he gets home he chooses the best of the bunch to share with friends on Facebook. But during severe weather and emergencies, it’s not only Richardson’s friends who will be looking at this photos. The Emergency Operations Center has a team dedicated to mining social media. Monitoring what your sharing that could be relevant to first responders. And when disaster strikes, people like Richardson become the eyes of the community.
Register today for a Certification Prep Course or exam
If you're interested in attending one of the IAEM CEM®/AEM Prep Course and Exam offerings this fall, visit the IAEM website for further details and registration information. Upcoming locations include:

IAEM Region 4 Conference in Asheville, North Carolina – Sept. 21

Indianapolis, Indiana – Oct. 20
IAEM Annual Conference in Clark County, Nevada – Nov. 15
New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board publishes book on Katrina 10 years later
The Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans has published a book titled Katrina 10 Progress ... Devastation to Recovery to Restoration to Rebuilding Ten Years Later. It features the progress through the work of employees to rebuild the water, sewer, drainage, and power infrastructure after Hurricane Katrina. The book documents the personal experiences of employees, as they literally risked their lives and their personal safety to salvage and repair the vital Sewerage & Water Board facilities and equipment. Their efforts made it possible to de-water the city in only 11 days after the levee breeches were repaired, and the book highlights the progress made in rebuilding smarter, stronger, more reliable and more resilient infrastructure. The 149-page Katrina 10 book is available online for download no charge.
Study shows smaller cities in developing world often unprepared for disaster
While many planners focus on the threat of natural disasters to major metropolises around the world, a new study from the University of Colorado Denver shows smaller cities are often even less equipped to handle such catastrophes. "Small cities are often far away from where decisions get made and struggle to insert themselves into the agenda of decision-making bodies," said study author Andrew Rumbach, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning, a major center of timely, topical and relevant research.
New study reveals the possibility of hurricanes 'unlike anything you've seen in history'
The Washington Post
Recently, the U.S. focused its attention on the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the most destructive hurricane in U.S. history. As bad as the storm was, though, it wasn't the worst storm that could have possibly hit New Orleans. That's true of many, many other places, too. And now, in a new study in Nature Climate Change, Princeton’s Ning Lin and MIT's Kerry Emanuel demonstrate that when it comes to three global cities in particular — Tampa, Florida, Cairns, Australia and Dubai, United Arab Emirates — there could come a storm that is much worse than anything in recent memory (or in any memory).
Report examines potential economic losses from storm surge on 6 key coastal cities*
Homeland Security Today
On the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina battering the Gulf Coast, Florida has declared a state of emergency as tropical storm Erika takes aim at the state — with Tampa and Miami potentially in its path. Erika is expected to make landfall as a tropical storm late Sunday or early Monday, bringing with it heavy rains. The storm comes as a new report by Risk Management Solution, Cities at Risk: A Forward-Looking View of Wind-Driven Storm Surge, 2010-2100, reported that, "Miami and Tampa are the most risk-prone cities in terms of annual likelihood of storm surge loss."
Kilo is now a typhoon and a hurricane, see how
The Weather Network
Kilo became somewhat of an enigma when it barreled over the International Date Line Tuesday (Eastern time). When that happened, it simultaneously became a typhoon and a hurricane, while simultaneously occurring on Tuesday and Wednesday. It's a bit hard to wrap your head around, but time zones are funny like that.
September is National Preparedness Month
Part of the job emergency managers and first responders do is to educate people on the steps they can take to mitigate and prepare for disasters and emergencies. Encouraging citizens to make a plan, learn how to evacuate safely, how to communicate to their families they are okay, and to physically prepare their property. Sometimes, they fail to look at their own families and properties and practice what they preach. September is National Preparedness Month and the theme for 2015 is "Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today." This is a perfect reminder for those working in the Emergency Services Sector to lead by example and ensure their family will be safe during an emergency. Ready.gov has many resources available toward this end including directions for making a plan; information on special groups, how to build a kit, and how to get involved in your community’s preparedness activities. Each week in September will focus on
a different natural or man-made disaster, with Sept. 30 being set aside for the national day of action campaign PrepareAthon!
How did Katrina change how we evacuate pets from disaster?
PBS NewsHour
It's estimated that thousands of people refused to evacuate New Orleans in advance of Hurricane Katrina for one reason: they weren't willing to leave their dogs or cats behind. At the time, most State and Federal rescue organizations had no formal policy on evacuating animals during disasters, and so many people in need of help were faced with a harrowing choice: They could be saved, but only if they left their animals behind.
Face of World Humanitarian Summit to step down*
The woman leading the UN’s largest attempt in decades to reform emergency aid is resigning, IRIN has learned. The U.N.'s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs confirmed that Jemilah Mahmood, a doctor and founder of MERCY Malaysia, will be stepping down as chief of the World Humanitarian Summit Secretariat to take up "a new and exciting opportunity."
FEMA announces FY 2016 schedule for Virtual Table Top Exercises Program
The FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI) has announced its Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX) Program for Fiscal Year 2016. The first VTTX series will occur on Oct. 6, 7, and 8, 2015, focusing on a cyber-related scenario. The second VTTX series will occur on Oct. 20, 21, and 22, 2015, focusing on public health. Subsequent broadcasts will highlight winter storms on Nov. 3, 4, and 5, and power outages on Nov. 17, 18, and 19. Broadcasts will occur from 12-4 p.m. Eastern. EMI conducts a monthly series of VTTX using a video teleconference platform to provide a virtual forum for disaster training and discussion for community-based audiences around the country. The VTTX programs are designed for a community-based group of ten or more personnel from local, state, or tribal emergency management organizations with representatives from other disciplines such as public safety, public works, public health, health care, government, administrative, communications, military, private sector, non-governmental, and other whole community partners. See complete details about program, and to apply for participation, contact Doug Kahn. The application deadline is four weeks prior to the start date. In addition to the 2016 schedule, there are 15 VTTX events scheduled for 2015, and information about them is posted on the IAEM Calendar.
Make sure that your organization is prepared should disaster strike: attend the National Preparedness Month Webinar Series
The U.S. Small Business Association and Agility Recovery, in collaboration with FEMA's Ready Campaign, will be hosting a free National Preparedness Month webinar series to help get your organization ready for any kind of disaster. The 2015 National Preparedness Month theme is "Don't wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today." The 30-minute webinars will be presented at 2:00 p.m. EDT each Wednesday in September. The dates and topics are: Sept. 9 — The Keystone to Disaster Recovery: Communications; Sept. 16 — Recover from the Most Likely Disaster: Power Outage; Sept 23 — Protect your Most Valuable Asset: Prepare your Employees; and Sept. 30 — If You Do Nothing Else This Year (simple tips to build your organization’s resilience). Register online for one or more of these webinars.
Dominica pleads for help as storm death toll tops 30
Agence France-Presse via Yahoo News
Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is pleading with world leaders to come to the rescue of his Caribbean island nation after it was battered by a tropical storm that killed at least 31 people. Another two dozen remain missing, including two French nationals, after Tropical Storm Erika barreled her way through late last week. The death toll has risen steadily since the storm hit the island of 72,000.
Hurricane season heats up with 3 in the Pacific and 1 in the Atlantic
USA Today
The tropics are heating up, just as the typical peak of hurricane season begins. Three hurricanes were roaring in the Pacific Ocean. And a fourth hurricane churned far out in the Atlantic. It's the most powerful hurricane season in the central Pacific since 1994, according to Colorado State University hurricane expert Phil Klotzbach. Late August and early September are the typical peak of hurricane season.
Waves up to 20-feet-tall pound Hawaii as hurricane moves north
Fox News
Big surf began to pick up around Hilo on Hawaii's Big Island as weakening Hurricane Ignacio moved to the north of the state with 100 mph winds. Hawaii missed the brunt of the storm, now a category 2, but the state can expect dangerously high surf through midweek, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. There could also be some heavy winds and rain, according to forecasters.
Wildfires have now burned a massive 8 million acres across the US
The Washington Post
According to the National Interagency Fire Center, more than 8 million acres have burned in U.S. wildfires in 2015, 8,202,557 of them, to be precise. That's an area larger than the state of Maryland. And the numbers are still growing: 65 large fires are currently raging across the country, particularly in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. That includes three Washington state fires or fire complexes that are larger than 100,000 acres burned.
It could take weeks to clean up Vancouver after 'unprecedented' storm battered BC
National Post
British Columbia Hydro linemen Colin Cadger and Aaron Seaton got the call Saturday night, after an "unprecedented" storm battered the province, plunging thousands into darkness and felling trees. "This is the gig," Cadger said, about halfway through his 16-hour shift repairing power lines on Shellmont Street near Simon Fraser University. "It disrupts stuff a little bit at home, but it's pretty fun work."
European 'extreme weather belt' linked to worst drought since 2003
The Guardian
A swathe of central Europe has suffered the most severe drought since 2003 in what EU climate experts see as a harbinger of climate changes to come. Rainless weeks and relentless heat desiccated a vast tract of central European land separating the continent's drier south from its wetter north, according to a report by the European drought observatory.
Death toll rises to 158 in blasts at China's Tianjin port
The Associated Press via ABC News
The death toll rose to 158 from massive explosions of chemical warehouses in the Chinese port of Tianjin, where cleanup crews were grappling with cyanide contamination caused by the blasts. About 15 people remain missing, authorities said. The Tianjin government's official microblog said the confirmed toll rose from 150, but it wasn't clear how the tally increased. Calls to the city's information center rang unanswered. Among the dead were 94 firefighters, 11 policemen and 53 civilians, and the missing included 10 firefighters, the Tianjin government said.
*Article contributed by the Emergency Manager's Weekly Report.
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  • Invitation US-Japan Institute - "Japan-US Partnership towards the formation of Asian Higher Education Area focusing on ASEAN”

Thank you to Kay Goss for providing the following information concerning the US-Japan Institute

Date and Time:   Sep. 11 (Fri.) 10:30am-12:00pm
Venue:  Conference Room A
              2000 M Street, NW Lower Level, Conference Center Washington, D.C. 20036


For Information: http://www.us-jpri.org/en/week_201509.htm l

Abstract:    So-called "knowledge diplomacy" in higher education, which is diplomatic international competition or cooperation concerning a platform on quality assurance and credit transfer systems, is ongoing among key stakeholders who are government agencies, international organizations, universities, higher education networks in ASEAN, and the Secretariat of the Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) and its Regional Center for Higher Education and Development (SEAMEO - RIHED). This panel presentation aims to examine the current status and future prospects of “knowledge diplomacy” in higher education in ASEAN. More concretely, the panel will: (i) review the status of internationalization, regionalization, or harmonization in higher education in ASEAN; (ii) outline activities on external and internal quality assurance; (iii) discuss elements for developing a common credit transfer framework/system; and (iv) emphasize complementary role between “ASEAN University Network” and a newly launched “GMS University Consortium” to help improve the quality and relevance of universities in ASEAN/GMS. The panel will highlight Japan-U.S. university partnership in harmonizing quality assurance and credit transfer systems, and strengthening the university networks that will facilitate such harmonization. The panel will also suggest how Japan-U.S. universities could contribute to the formulation of “Asia Higher Education Area” as key stakeholders in “knowledge diplomacy” in higher education.

   Kazuhiro Maeshima, Operating Advisor, USJI/Professor, Sophia University

  Yuto Kitamura, Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo

  Miki Sugimura, Vice President for Academic Exchange, Sophia University
  Yasushi Hirosato, Professor, Sophia University
  John N. Hawkins, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles

   Kazuo Kuroda, Professor, Waseda University
   James Williams,
Associate Professor, George Washington University

*Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have any questions, please contact us at usjp@us-jpri.org.
We look forward to welcoming you at these events.

  • New Facebook page for Instructors of EM

For those who teach or train in the field of emergency management, a new Facebook group has been created called Instructors of Emergency Management at Higher Ed Level

It is an offshoot of the Emergency Management in Higher Ed group, with the intention of including those who currently are engaged as instructors or trainers. (The older group, which has about 1500 members, still exists and serves a more general audience.)  The co-administrators of the group are Jude Colle and Claire Rubin.
Please join if you are eligible. We welcome members from other countries too.

  • Naval Postgraduate School - Greta E. Marlatt; gmarlatt@nps.edu/; August 31, 2015

New or Updated Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports:

  • House Committee Hearings: Arranging Witnesses. 98-304

  • House Committee Hearings: Scheduling and Notification. 98-339

  • Calendars of the House of Representatives. 98-437

  • House Committee Hearings: Preparation. 98-488

  • Amendments in the House: Types and Forms. 98-613

  • Amendments in the Senate: Types and Forms. 98-614

  • Quorum Requirements in the House: Committee and Chamber. 98-870

  • Pairing in Congressional Voting: The House. 98-970

  • Delegates to the U.S. Congress: History and Current Status. R40555

  • Organization of American States: Background and Issues for Congress. R42639

  • The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): In Brief. R43325

  • Wildfire Spending: Background, Issues, and Legislation in the 114th Congress. R44082 

  • California Agricultural Production and Irrigated Water Use. R44093

  • The Excise Tax on High-Cost Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance: Estimated Economic and Market Effects. R44159

  • United States Fire Administration: An Overview. RS20071

  • Federal Employees' Retirement System: Budget and Trust Fund Issues. RL30023

  • Expedited Removal Authority for VA Senior Executives (38 U.S.C. § 713): Selected Legal Issues. R44161

  • Assistance to Firefighters Program: Distribution of Fire Grant Funding. RL32341

  • Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response: The SAFER Grant Program. RL33375

  • The Excise Tax on High-Cost Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage: Background and Economic Analysis. R44160

Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS)

  • The Radicalization Puzzle [video by Dr. Mohammad Hafez] https://www.chds.us/ed/items/2253

Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

  • OMB Sequestration Update Report to the President and Congress for Fiscal Year 2016 (August 2015) https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/assets/legislative_reports/sequestration/sequestration_update_august2015.pdf

  • Recovery Diva - The High Cost of Disaster Recovery

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