IAEM Bulletin 2021 special focus issue topics announced; first topic is ‘COVID-19: Emergency Management a Year Later’ with articles due by Mar. 31 (09 Mar 2021) The IAEM Editorial Committee has announced the 2021 special focus topics for the IAEM Bulletin, the association’s official monthly newsletter. At least four times a year, the IAEM Bulletin includes a special focus section on a selected topic of interest to emergency management professionals. This year the overall focus will be on various aspects of the 2021 conference theme, “IAEM 2021: Looking Back to Look Ahead,” and the first special focus topic to appear in our April issue will be “COVID-19: Emergency Management a Year Later.” A year ago, we were struggling with even calling COVID-19 a problem. How have the experiences of dealing with the pandemic influenced you and your approach to emergency management? What have we learned about ourselves and the opportunities for growth, development, change and synergy as we move into the next new normal? The article submission deadline is Mar. 31, 2021. Email articles 750 to 1,500 words in Word or text format to IAEM Bulletin Editor Karen Thompson. Visit the IAEM Bulletin webpage to learn about the rest of the 2021 special focus issue topics.
Witt O’Brien’s offers new scholarship and internship opportunities for HBCU students (20 Jan 2021) Witt O’Brien’s has announced a new opportunity this year that is specifically for students who attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Two applicants will receive the “Resilience Through Diversity Award,” which will provide them with both a $5,000 scholarship and a paid $5,000 summer internship with Witt O’Brien’s. Download flyer for details and student eligibility. The application form and required attachments are available on Witt O’Brien’s website. The application deadline is Jan. 31, 2021.
Volunteers Needed to Participate in Emergency Management Job Analysis (19 Jan 2021) IAEM is seeking volunteers representing all functions of emergency management and all EM job types such as within the military, local-state-federal-tribal governments, campus-based, within healthcare systems, private sector and others to participate in an updated job analysis for emergency managers. A job analysis is a systematic process used to identify the tasks, duties, responsibilities and working conditions associated with a job and the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics required to perform that job.
The selected subject matter experts will be expected to participate in approximately 16 hours of virtual work sessions (likely in February 2021, dates are TBD based on panelist availability), guided by a facilitator to identify the knowledge and skills of emergency managers. There will be some light follow-up work needed this spring (about 2-3 hours).
To apply: All volunteers must be working full-time in the field of emergency management. Individuals will be notified of the results after the deadline and selection. Complete this Google Form by Jan. 24. Questions can be directed to IAEM Program Manager Kate McClimans at KMcClimans@iaem.com.
IAEM-USA President's Statement on the IAEM-USA Annual Conference (May 4, 2020)
IAEM Editorial Committee Announces 2020 Special Focus Issues; First Deadline Is Mar. 16 (26 Feb 2020) The IAEM Editorial Committee’s selections for the four 2020 special focus issue topics, which have been Board-approved, will begin with the April issue of the IAEM Bulletin on the topic of “Black Swan Events: Pandemic.” The deadline for article submissions is Mar. 16, 2020. When it comes to a pandemic, we can look at what we have learned in order to be prepared. Articles could look at past incidents that offer lessons in how to best prepare. Specific topics could be: H1N1, SARS, MERS, or Spanish flu. How best can we learn how to prepare for a virus that is new? What can we learn from what has already happened with the coronavirus? As emergency managers, we learn from what has happened in the past to help us plan for the future. Events and incidents have precipitated change over the decades. Emergency management has a long and impressive history of major accomplishments through its professional growth. Events and incidents have precipitated change over the decades. Consider the improvements you have experienced and witnessed, as well as the failures. Article length is 750-1,500 words, and author guidelines are online. A full list of 2020 special focus issue topics is posted here. Direct questions to Bulletin Editor Karen Thompson.
How to Help Australia Now (12 Jan 2020) The devastating wildfires rapidly spreading through Australia have killed at least 25 people and half a million animals. Fires have burned more than 12 million acres of land and destroyed almost 2,000 homes. These numbers will increase. Many are asking how we can help Australia during the rapidly spreading bushfire disaster. In the midst of a disaster, financial assistance is always what is most in demand. Here are some organizations that are helping people, firefighters, and wildlife now.
BC Management invites participants in its 8th Edition Crisis Event Impact Management Study (06 Aug 2019) BC Management welcomes survey participants in its 8th Edition Crisis Impact Management Study. Participants who complete the study will receive a complimentary report. Participants must be involved in business continuity, resiliency, crisis management, emergency management, or incident response planning. The study doesn’t accommodate service providers or professionals who provide consulting services. BC Management has been conducting BCM data metrics research and assessments since 2001. The scope is worldwide, and your individual contact and company information are held confidential. Participate online by Sept. 10, 2019, in order to receive the complimentary report.
Here are some of the other known companies/domains to steer clear of:
Please contact IAEM Headquarters with any questions.
IAEM and NEMA Public Private Partnership Unified Information Portal Was Released Aug. 31 to support Hurricane Harvey & Hurricane Irma efforts (31 Aug 2017) The purpose of the portal is to provide situational awareness for public and private partners. It was developed through a collaborative effort by members of the NEMA Information Sharing Task Force and the IAEM-USA Digital Engagement Committee, with input from National Business Emergency Operations Center members. Download press release.
The Public Private Partnership Unified Information Portal is a valuable tool in the emergency management community’s effort to respond to the events in Houston and all impacted areas,” stated IAEM-USA First Vice President Nick Crossley, director, Hamilton County (Ohio) Emergency Management & Homeland Security. “The public and private sector are working closely together to address the needs of the victims of Hurricane Harvey, and by providing this valuable tool and information, citizens, businesses and government can share relevant information that can support life safety response today and community recovery later.”
Be on Constant Alert for Housing Poachers and Data Scammers! (23 Oct 2017) We would rather sound like a broken record than have even one of our members or exhibitors become the unwitting victim of a housing or data scam – and so, we continue to say “Beware!” The specific offender names may change with each new warning, but the message remains the same. Be aware that IAEM does not work with any outside companies to provide housing or book hotels for the IAEM Annual Conference or EMEX exhibitors. The link within the IAEM Annual Conference Website, under Hotel and Travel, is the official exhibitor source for booking discount housing through the show’s hotel block. IAEM also will not release any “official” or “verified” attendee lists, so do not be tricked into paying anyone for that information.
The only truly authorized information concerning lodging at the IAEM Annual Conference & the EMEX Exhibit come directly from IAEM. If anyone contacts you about booking housing or purchasing attendee/data lists, please be advised that they are poachers who are not authorized by IAEM and should be ignored. Here are some of the known companies/domains to steer clear of:
Bethesda List Center
Convention Housing Authority
Corporate Booking Services (CBS Inc)
Event Travel Planners
Exhibitors Housing Management
Exhibitors Housing Services
Expo Housing Services
Filmscape Productions (zubli@filmscapepro)
Global Housing Services Corporation (globalhousingcorp)
Global Travel Partners
National Travel Associates (NTA)