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Asia Council News

Asia Council News

2019

  • 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.
     
  • CERT Training to be held Mar. 16-20 in Beijing, China (22 Jan 2019) Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training has been scheduled for Mar. 16-20, 2019, at the Beijing College of Politics and Law, Beijing, China. Sponsors are IAEM, GSEC+, and Beijing College of Politics and Law. The training enhances capabilities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters, covering such skills as: disaster preparedness, fire suppression and utility control; disaster medical skills; light search and rescue; threats and terrorism response; psychology and team organization; and practice skills. Sessions are taught by emergency management professionals, such as Victor Bai, CEM, Asia president of IAEM. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be awarded an international certificate of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Target audience includes: occupational safety and security practitioners, security managers, risk and resilience managers, EHS personnel, or others with equivalent experience in safety, health and security. The class size is limited to 25 participants, and a minimum enrollment 10 is required. For more information, phone 021-35072362 or email info@IAEM.asia.
  • IAEM to Sponsor Jan. 6 ‘First Technical Workshop of IAEM Hong Kong & Macau’ (12 Dec 2017) The First Technical Workshop of IAEM Hong Kong & Macau is scheduled for Jan. 6, 2018, at the Cathay Pacific Island, Lantau Island, Hong Kong. The half-day workshop will be jointly organized by the Cathay Pacific Airlines Limited and IAEM. Emergency management experts from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan are invited to share their knowledge and experience. The draft of the program is available online. To secure your free seat, apply here. Please refer any questions to Bruce Wong, IAEM national representative for Hong Kong and Macau.

2017

  • AARC 2017 Featured in Asia Pacific Security Magazine (11 Oct 2017) The Asia Risk & Resilience Conference (ARRC 2017), which took place Aug. 23-25, 2017, in Singapore, was recently featured in Asia Pacific Security Magazine. You can access the article here on pages 28-31. IAEM was a co-organizer of the conference, and the article quotes IAEM-Global Chair Ellis Stanley's presentation.

  • Register Now for Asia Risk & Resilience Conference 2017 (03 Aug 2017) The Asia Risk & Resilience Conference 2017: "Corporate Governance, Risk, and Resilience – From Strategy to Reality," will take place Aug. 23-25, 2017, at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre at Marina Sands, Singapore. In its 14th year, the Asia Risk & Resilience Conference (ARRC) 2017 is co-organized by BCP Asia, the Risk and Insurance Management Association of Singapore (RIMAS), and the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). The conference is also endorsed by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) in the UK. The organizers will be represented by Ellis Stanley, Jr., IAEM-Global Chairman; Sean Chan, RIMAS President; and James McAlister, BCI Global Chairman. ARRC started as a good plaform for business continuity practitioners to gather to widen their knowledge, share their experience, and network in the BCM industry. To keep up with the continuous changes in the industry and the expanded scope of risk and business continuity practitioners, the conference format and focus have since expanded to encompass and align to the broadened objectives of the conference organisers: to increase awareness and promote the growth of business continuity management (BCM) and enterprise risk management (ERM) in the region.

  • 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

2015

  • Report Published on Factors Affecting Catastrophic Health Expenditure and Impoverishment from Medical Expenses in China (27 July 2015) Previously published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, a report has been shared with IAEM-Asia on "Factors Affecting Catastrophic Health Expenditure and Impoverishment from Medical Expenses in China: Policy Implications of Universal Health Insurance." The report can be downloaded here. Authors include: Ye Li, Qunhong Wu, Ling Xu, David Legge, Yanhua Hao, Lijun Gao, Ning Ninga and Gang Wand. The objective of the study was to assess the degree to which the Chinese people are protected from catastrophic household expenditure and impoverishment from medical expenses and to explore the health system and structural factors influencing the first of these outcomes. Findings included:
  • The rate of catastrophic health expenditure was 13.0%; that of impoverishment was 7.5%. Rates of catastrophic health expenditure were higher among households having members who were hospitalized, elderly, or chronically ill, as well as in households in rural or poorer regions. A combination of adverse factors increased the risk of catastrophic health expenditure.
  • Families enrolled in the urban employee or resident insurance schemes had lower rates of catastrophic health expenditure than those enrolled in the new rural corporative scheme. The need for and use of health care, demographics, type of benefit package and type of provider payment method were the determinants of catastrophic health expenditure.
  • The report concluded that, although China has greatly expanded health insurance coverage, financial protection remains insufficient. Policy-makers should focus on designing improved insurance plans by expanding the benefit package, redesigning cost sharing arrangements and provider payment methods and developing more effective expenditure control strategies.
     
  • IAEM-Asia in Nepal (13 May 2015) Download an IAEM-Asia action brief on what IAEM-Asia members are doing to support relief efforts in Nepal following the Apr. 25, 2015 earthquake. The report includes photos. IAEM EOC Nepal team has more than 40 active members, volunteers and resource personnel, and is partnering with other relief organizations to maximize the impact of their funds and volunteer services.
     
  • Families of Victims in Shanghai Incident to Receive Compensation (27 Jan 2015) Families of the 36 people who died in the Dec. 31 New Year's Eve stampede in Shanghai will receive $129,000 each in compensation. The 49 other people who were injured in the stampede will receive compensation depending on their injuries. The incident, which involved about 300,000 people, began in an area known as The Bund in Shanghai's Chen Yi Square. In the aftermath of the incident, IAEM-Asia President Victor Bai, CEM, was interviewed by Beijing News, news.163.com, and iNewsweek.cn.

2014

  • IAEM-Asia Was Represented at UN-APCICT Partner Meeting in Korea (03 Dec 2014) The United Nations Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (UN-APCICT) held the Regional Dialogue on ICTD Capacity Building for Sustainable Development and Annual Partners Meeting in Incheon, Korea, Nov. 25-28, 2014. IAEM-Asia had a presence at this meeting, which brought together more than 60 participants from 25 countries in Asia and the Pacific, including representatives from government, academia, civil society, private sector, international organizations and experts in the field of ICT and capacity development. The program examined the status of capacity building in the use of ICT for development (ICTD), identified the steps to align ICTD human capacity development work to the evolving sustainable development agenda, and shared lessons learned and good practices from current ICTD human capacity building initiatives. The Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) and IAEM-Asia raised concerns on emergency management and business continuity, and recommended to have a new training or education program that focuses on these areas. IAEM-Asia is willing to support the creation of training material. Victor Bai, IAEM-Asia Council President, was invited to the meeting and had the opportunity to have many discussions with the participants. After this four-day event, Victor Bai was invited by the UN to record a training video for disaster risk reduction in Seoul.
     
  • Successful IAEM-Asia 2014 Annual Membership Meeting Was Held in Shanghai, China, June 17-18, 2014
    The second annual IAEM-Asia Council Membership Meeting was held June 17-18, 2014, in Shanghai, China. The meeting was successful, drawing a large turnout. Plan to join us at the next IAEM-Asia event!
  • New IAEM-Asia Council Officers Announced (18 Feb 2014) IAEM-Asia President Victor Bai, CEM, announces the election of IAEM-Asia Vice President and the appointment of two additional council officers for the term of 2014-2015:
  • Vice President: Qunhong Wu, Supervisor and Professor, College of Health Management, Harbin Medical University, Harbin, China, wuqunhong@163.com. Since the outbreak of SARS in 2003 in China, she has been involved in research on Public Health Emergency Management (PHEM). Serving as Chief Scientist and PI, she has won several key national research grants, such as Key National 863 grants and National Scientific Funds. She has published about 50 academic papers in this area, and as chief editor, published two research monographs and one textbook on PHEM. She has organized four international seminars in the areas of PHEM in China, which have greatly facilitated academic exchanges among policy makers, researchers and experts in the area of PHEM from different countries.
  • Secretary: Netty E. Komattu, MBA, BSc, Executive Director, Alliance Safety Management Services, Johor D.T., Malaysia, netty@alliancesafe.com. He holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from University of Rockhampton, USA, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Safety Engineering from Cleveland University of Technology, USA. He presently is Executive Director of Alliance Safety Management Services in Malaysia. Previously, he worked in the occupational safety, health and environment field, in charge of a training and business development unit with a consulting company to promote safety and health among employers for the Southern and Central states of Malaysia. In 2005, he spearheaded a team to develop the first ASMS Security Standard in Malaysia and development of a security risk assessment program to suit most high risk organizations in Malaysia. He subsequently was instrumental in getting ASMS certified with an ISO 9001:2000 certification, making it the first organization in Malaysia to be given this certification. Komattu is a well sought after public and motivational speaker and trainer for many industries, and he is personally involved in the development of training programs tailored to individual industrial and organizational needs in Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • Treasurer: Lortin Lin, EMBA, MSc, Consultant, Chinese Disaster Mitigation & Consultant Co., Ltd., Taipei, Taiwan, lortin.lin@gmail.com. She holds an Executive Master's Degree in Business Administration, focus in risk management, from National Chengchi University, Taiwan; a Master's Degree in Business Management from University of Buckingham, UK; and Bachelor of Arts degree from the Business School at Chinese Culture University, Taiwan. She presently works as a Consultant at Chinese Disaster Mitigation & Consultant Co., Ltd., Taipei, Taiwan. Previously, she was Development Director, Great China, BELFOR (Asia) PTE LTD, a subsidiary of a German-based global disaster recovery service provider with jurisdictions in China, Hong Kong, Korea, and Taiwan. Her experience also includes positions as Lecturer, Chinese Culture University, Continuing Education Center; Human Resources Manager, CTI System Co.; Public Affairs Specialist, ASE Testing Group; and Special Assistant to the Head of the Graduate School of International Business Management, Chinese Culture University.