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    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.

  • Attention: IAEM Annual Conference Participants and EMEX Exhibitors (26 July2019)
    Be on Constant ALERT for Housing Poachers and Data Scammers!
    We would rather sound like a broken record than have even one of our attendees 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 our Annual Conference and EMEX.
  • This link is the official source for booking discount housing through the IAEM’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 our Annual Conference and EMEX will come directly from IAEM Headquarters.
  • 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 reported to IAEM HQ and ignored.
  • Please note that most recently, scams has been detected from Global Expo Travel LLC – phone number 1-858-964-0451, and the Royal Group.

Here are some of the other known companies/domains to steer clear of:

  • Bethesda List Center
  • Biz-Proposal
  • Convention Housing Authority
  • Conventioneers LLC
  • Corporate Booking Services (CBS Inc) 
  • cvdmprospective
  • Docu - Contacts
  • Event Travel Planners
  • Exhibitors Housing Management
  • Exhibitors Housing Services
  • Expo Housing Services
  • Filmscape Productions (zubli@filmscapepro) 
  • Global Expo
  • Global Housing Services Corporation (globalhousingcorp) 
  • Global Travel Partners
  • National Travel Associates (NTA)
  • onlineleadsinc
  • Pro Housing
  • shftmktleads
  • streembases
  • TravelEra 

Please contact IAEM Headquarters with any questions. 

  • Entry Period Is Now Open for the 2019 IAEM Awards Competition (03 Apr 2019) The 2019 IAEM Awards Competition entry period is now open. Visit www.iaem.org/Awards for details, guidelines, and entry forms. There are three groups of award categories: Global (for those in any location), Canada (only for Canadian entrants), and USA (only for U.S. entrants). The purpose of the IAEM Awards Competition is to recognize and honor persons who have made special or significant contributions to the field of emergency management and have represented the profession well by their outstanding performance. You are encouraged to participate and to share your achievements with your colleagues. Keep the entry deadline in mind: all Global and USA-only award entries must be received by May 31, 2019, 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, while all Canada-only award entries must be received by May 1, 2019.
  • IAEM and NEMA Release 2019 Report on Return on Investment of EMPG (20 Mar 2019) Each year, IAEM and NEMA work together to report on the return on investment of the Emergency Management Performance Grants (part of FEMA’s suite of grants). The 2019 edition, released Mar. 20, 2019, represents input from 46 states, two territories, and 1,042 local emergency management agencies. One of the key data points in this report each year is the fact that state and local emergency managers respond to thousands of events which never reach the level of a Federal disaster declaration.  In 2019, there were 23,331 such events.  The report also provides data on planning, training, and exercise efforts, public outreach campaigns, communications systems, and maintaining thousands of mutual aid agreements. Please direct questions to Thad Huguley, IAEM-USA Government Affairs director, at thad@iaem.comDownload the report here.
  • Don't miss the free download of the March 2019 IAEM Bulletin issue on mentors (20 Mar 2019) The members-only IAEM Bulletin special focus issue honoring mentors has been published, and it is available to the public. The March issue on “Honor the Past, The People We Remember,” has been selected as IAEM’s current “sample issue” and is downloadable from the IAEM Bulletin web page. If you are not a member of IAEM, this issue will let you know what you’re missing. IAEM also wanted to further honor mentors by sharing the articles about them with a broader audience of emergency management professionals. Please share this issue with others. The IAEM Editorial Work Group will consider articles about the person who made the most difference in your EM career in future issues of the IAEM Bulletin. Contact Karen Thompson, editor, with any questions at Thompson@iaem.com.
  • Powered for Patients Provides Guidance on Safeguarding Emergency Power for States in Hurricane Florence's Path (11 Sept. 2018) 8) As the threat of Hurricane Florence intensifies, Powered for Patients, a 501c3 non-profit created after Hurricane Sandy, on Sept. 11 issued a press release urging government officials, utilities and healthcare facilities in Florence’s path to take important steps now to safeguard emergency power and accelerate prioritized power restoration for critical healthcare facilities impacted by Hurricane Florence. The non-profit’s mission is to safeguard emergency power and expedite power restoration for critical healthcare facilities by fostering increased collaboration and information sharing between critical healthcare facilities, government and utilities when emergency power is threatened during disasters. Powered for Patients has published an Emergency Power System Resilience Checklist that details the key steps facility managers should take before, during and after a disaster to safeguard emergency power systems.
  • IAEM Sept. 13 Webinar on Protecting Children in Disasters Has Been Postponed and Will Be Rescheduled (11 Sept. 2018) The previously announced Sept. 13 IAEM Thursday Learning Series Webinar, “Why Is Protecting Children in Disasters Still Innovative?” has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. See the IAEM Webinars page to check on rescheduling.
  • IAEM-Canada Seeks Feedback by Friday, June 15th on Inaugural Conference (14 June 2018) IAEM-Canada’s premier Leadership and Innovation in Emergency Management Conference was held in Calgary, June 5-8, 2018. Conference attendees experienced global, expert keynote speakers who inspired their audiences with current, real-life events, their challenges and lessons learned, and attendees left with new EM tools to take back to their organizations. Attendees networked in breaks and during workshops with other colleagues who share their understanding of the diverse challenges EM and industry professionals in Canada face every day. If you attended the conference, please let the organizers know what you thought about the inaugural IAEM Canada conference by completing a short survey. The deadline for survey responses is Friday, June 15, 2018.
  • Springing into Summer Benefit Auction (01 June 2018) The online IAEM Scholarship Auction is now open with auction items ranging from exotic vacation getaways to donated items guaranteed to delight and surprise. The online auction will run June 1 through June 21, 2018. More items will be added to the auction, so be sure to check back regularly. So, please tell your friends, family, community about our auction. Let the bidding begin! And remember – your participation helps send students earning degrees in emergency management, disaster management or a closely related program of study to school. Your donations or purchases may help educate the person that someday directs the response to a disaster in your community or helps the community or its residents recover from a natural or man-made disaster.
  • Share your Knowledge and Experience by Writing for the IAEM Bulletin on ‘Developing Situational Awareness and a Common Operating Picture’ – deadline is Feb. 23, 2018 (13 Feb 2018) The IAEM Editorial Work Group seeks articles for its first 2018 IAEM Bulletin special focus issue, “Developing Situational Awareness and a Common Operating Picture,” which will be published in March, with an article submission deadline of Feb. 23, 2018. 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; and community information networks. Article length is 750-1,500 words. Please refer to author guidelines for details, and email any questions to Editor Karen Thompson. See a list of all 2018 special focus topics at www.iaem.com/Bulletin
  • BCM Compensation Study Now Underway; Participate to Receive Complimentary Report (13 Feb 2018) Now in its 16th year, the BCM Compensation Study is a premier global compensation assessment for business continuity/resiliency professionals. The thorough study assesses earning potential by years of experience, degree, years of management and leadership expertise, geography, certification, and more. Only those who participate by 11:00 p.m. EST on Mar. 26, 2018, will receive a complimentary report highlighting the study findings. Go to BC Management’s website to take part in the study.
  • Call for Papers Announced for 1st Sustainability and Resilience Conference at University of Bahrain (09 Jan 2018) A call for papers has been issued for the First Sustainability and Resilience Conference, “Mitigating Disaster and Emergency Planning,” which will be held May 13-14, 2017, at the University of Bahrain (UOB). This annual conference will be organized by the Deanship of Graduate Studies and Scientific Research at the UOB, and under the patronage of His Excellency Prof. Ryadh Hamzah, UOB president. The concept of “Sustainability and Resilience” in itself is not new worldwide, yet still new to the Middle East region in general, and to the Gulf states in particular. The conference will be conducted in collaboration with Northumbria University in the United Kingdom, and other worldwide leading universities. Research abstracts should be submitted no later than Feb. 4, 2018. All abstracts will be subject to blind review by editorial committees. Authors shall be contacted by Mar. 12, 2018, regarding the final decision of the blind review. Download the call for papers flyer for complete details.
  • First Responder Network Goes Nationwide; All 50 States, 2 Territories and District of Columbia Join FirstNet (02 Jan 2018) First responders across the nation now have a wireless broadband network to call their own. With all 50 states, two U.S. territories and Washington, D.C. joining FirstNet, public safety has a groundbreaking new choice for their communications that will help them save lives and protect their communities. FirstNet is the creation of the nation’s public safety community, who spent years advocating for their own wireless broadband network following the Sept. 11, 2001. terrorist attacks to enhance communications during emergencies and other events. Congress passed legislation to establish the network in 2012, and for the past five years, the First Responder Network Authority worked closely with public safety to develop customized plans for building the network in each state and territory. See press release
  • 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
    Conventioneers LLC
    Corporate Booking Services (CBS Inc) 
    Event Travel Planners
    Exhibitors Housing Management
    Exhibitors Housing Services
    Expo Housing Services
    Filmscape Productions (zubli@filmscapepro) 
    Global Expo
    Global Housing Services Corporation (globalhousingcorp) 
    Global Travel Partners
    National Travel Associates (NTA)
    Pro Housing 

  • See How Youth Are Standing Strong Against Disasters; Your Vote Decides How Much $$$ Each Project Receives (03 Oct 2017) Youth Service America challenged youth to propose creative and innovative ideas to stand strong against disasters like hurricanes and wildfires by providing immediate relief to those affected by recent disasters, supporting long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts, and helping prepare their own communities for disasters. They selected 12 finalists, and now your vote decides how much each project will receive! Three grants of $1,000, 3 grants of $500, 3 grants of $250, and 3 grants of $100 will be awarded to the finalists based on the number of votes each receives by 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. Watch the finalists' videos, read about their proposed projects, and vote for your favorites (by clicking the thumbs up icon on their project page) at www.YSA.org/standstrongvotingNOTE: IAEM member Dr. Mutryce Williams' sons (USVI) are among the finalists.
  • Registration Is Now Open for the IAEM 2017 Annual Conference (22 June 2017) Discover for your yourself why the IAEM Annual Conference is consistently described as the premiere emergency management event of the year! Register today and save up to $100 off your registration fee for the 65th IAEM Annual Conference & EMEX in Long Beach, California, Nov. 10-15, 2017. Complete details, including the online program and video highlights from the 2016 IAEM Annual Conference, can be found at www.iaemconference.info
  • Special Note to all 2017 IAEM Annual Conference & EMEX Attendees (05 June 2017) IAEM has been notified of an ongoing labor dispute in Long Beach, California, between UNITE HERE Local 11 Union, and the Westin and Renaissance hotels. Any contacts or requests you receive from them are not endorsed by IAEM. IAEM is bound to honor its contractual commitments to both hotel venues, having executed such agreements in 2014.
  • 53 Countries Sign on to Regional Action Plan Supporting Sendai Accord (31 Mar 2017) At the United Nation’s 5th Regional Platform of the Americas on Disaster Risk Reduction, held in Montreal, Mar. 6-9, 2017, all member states in the Americas agreed on the Regional Action Plan for the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas (2015-2010). Also released was the related Montreal Declaration. For the past two years, IAEM-Canada has been represented on the Advisory Committee for the Canadian Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction to support and develop a Canada-specific action plan. This has allowed IAEM-Canada to be involved in the development of the regional initiatives for the Americas. IAEM has worked hard to ensure that the voice of the emergency management profession was available for input and consultation in these specific discussions. An article by John Saunders, past president of IAEM-Canada, on the role of IAEM in global discussions on risk reduction, will appear in the May 2017 IAEM Bulletin.
  • Call for Participation in 2017 CAP Implementation Workshop (08 Mar 2017) The 2017 Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) Implementation Workshop will take place Sept. 20-21, 207, at the National Fire Corps Academy of Italy, Istituto Superiore Antincendi (ISA), Rome, Italy. The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) is a co-sponsor of this event, and IAEM CEO Beth Armstrong, MAM, CAE, represents IAEM on the workshop program committee. There is no charge to participate, and anyone interested in emergency alerting is welcome, including managers, technical staff, media, commercial organizations, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations. The call for participation is available online. If you have CAP implementation experiences or insights to share, please let the Program Committee know that you want to give one of the 20-minute presentations by emailing eliot.j.christian@gmail.com.
  • BC Management Extends 15th Annual Business Continuity Management Compensation Study Deadline to Mar. 12, 2017 (07 Mar 2017) BC Management, Inc., has announced that it will extend the response deadline until Mar. 12, 2017, 11:00 p.m. EST for participation in its 15th annual BCM compensation study. There are three compensation assessment surveys to accommodate all BCM professionals, including permanently employed, independent contractors/consultants, and unemployed professionals. Complete any of the surveys to receive a complimentary copy of all study findings. BC Management has been conducting BCM data metrics research and assessments since 2001. The scope of the findings is worldwide, and the surveys are available in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, and Japanese. Your responses will be completely confidential. Visit the BC Management site to learn more and participate in the study.
  • IAEM Editorial Work Group Extends Deadline on IAEM Bulletin Special Focus Issue to Feb. 20, 2017 (07 Feb 2017) The IAEM-Global Editorial Work Group has extended the deadline to Feb. 20, 2017, for articles on “Making Practical Applications out of Emergency Management Research,” the topic of the first IAEM Bulletin special focus issue of 2017. Articles might include, but are not limited to: communications and messaging; social science research developed recently or being done currently; and research on preparedness for people who are disabled or who have other access or functional needs. Please consider writing an article for this issue, and forward the call for articles to your colleagues who might be interested in writing on the topic. Article length is 750-1,500 words, and articles must be submitted via email to Karen Thompson, editor, no later than Feb. 20, 2017See author guidelines.
  • Applications Are Being Accepted until Mar. 17 for Mary Fran Myers Scholarships (07 Feb 2017) The Mary Fran Myers Scholarship Committee is accepting applications at this time. Recipients will receive financial support to attend the Natural Hazards Center Research and Applications Workshop, scheduled for July 9-12, 2017, in Broomfield, Colorado. For the 2017 competition, applicants must reside outside North America or the Caribbean, while applicants from North America and the Caribbean will be eligible for the scholarship in 2018. Previous attendees of the Natural Hazards Workshop are not eligible. Preference is given to those who can demonstrate financial need. Learn about the scholarship here, and apply online by Mar. 17, 2017.
  • Call for IAEM Annual Conference Speakers Open Until Feb. 17, 2017, 5:00 p.m. EST (11 Jan 2017) You are invited to submit your
    abstract to be considered for a breakout session at the IAEM 65th Annual Conference & EMEX Expo, Nov. 10-15, 2017, in Long Beach, California. To be selected, it is crucial that your submission be a compelling presentation “story” that will engage the IAEM audience. Speakers must be knowledgeable and qualified on the subject matter being presented. Submission requirements and instructions can be found in the Speaker Submission Guidance. Breakout sessions are one hour in length, including Q&A.
  • Global Preparedness Center Publishes Final Report on 2016 CAP Implementation Workshop (10 Oct 2016) The Global Preparedness Center has published the final Report of the 2016 Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) Implementation Workshop, which was held in August 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand, and hosted by the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and the Sahana Software Foundation. The workshop was sponsored by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Telecommunication Union, the OASIS standards organization, and the World Meteorological Organization. CAP Implementation Workshops focus on emergency alerting as enabled by the CAP standard, ITU-T Recommendation X.1303. At the workshops, implementers of CAP and associated organizations discuss common issues and how best to expand adoption of CAP. Workshop presentations are also available online. Tentative plans are underway to hold a 2017 CAP Implementation Workshop in Rome and a 2018 CAP Implementation Workshop in Hong Kong.