News and Updates

Information and updates from the international crisis management space, including our podcasts, CCEM publications, webinars, and more. 

Welcome to 2022 - It's a rough start

Jan 23, 2022
We haven't made it through the first month of 2022, and we are already on our way to another difficult year.

Growing conflict and escalating tensions across the spectrum of the international community continue to pose a real challenge in terms of crisis management, conflict, and of course to those in the emergency management field trying to recover and rebuild societies. We've already seen a massive volcano eruption in Tonga, subsequent tsunami, waves of Omicron, and versions of space/satellite warfare threatening global GPS. And that's only what I've managed to catch on the headlines.

Coming out of 2021, we've decided to rebrand our newsletter to focus on the intersection of crisis, conflict, and emergency management. This is a space that will continue to see increased tensions and long-term implications for our community.

If anything at all, the last two years have shown us that we are truly living in and subject to what is happening in our global society. As the world moves to reduce risk to global threats, we need to recognize the vulnerabilities, connectivity, and perspectives that drive instability. Just how vulnerable are we to the changing international environment? Are we more vulnerable than we think we are, and what can we learn from other societies to improve our safety, security, and preparedness back home as we strive towards building more resilient societies?

Every month we will publish an update with the same content as always, with relevant articles, information, employment opportunities, events, and announcements, as well as our new podcast starting this month.

From AI to space warfare, to community development and crisis communications, there’s something for everyone. Join us for unique international conversations and perspectives into the current threats, challenges, and risks to our society

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In this edition:

  • 2022 Webinar Series Launch
  • What We're Reading
  • International Opportunities
  • 2021 TIEMS Annual Conference (Recordings Now Available!)
  • Education and Training Opportunity
  • Organizational Profile - The World Food Programme

2022 Webinar Series

The results of our 2021 webinar series of International Models in Emergency Management were fantastic with 1,837 attendees from 74 countries. Thank you to everyone who has helped us grow to this point. This month we are starting a new 2022 TIEMS Webinar Series, with even more countries presenting their EM and disaster response system. We will start with a kick-off session on the 27th of January and will provide an update on TIEMS, research projects, activity, and progress in the International Certification program. Register and watch the webinar live or later with a recording. Do you have ideas or requests for speakers? Maybe a certain nation or national model? Join us on the 27th and let us know! Register Here

What We're Reading

  • The NDAA, which received strong bipartisan support, includes several climate resilience measures, which look set to hold up beyond the current administration.Crucially, the NDAA codifies the National Security Climate Resilience Act. This Act requires DOD to incorporate climate resilience into acquisition; budgeting, planning, and execution; infrastructure planning and sustainment; force development; engagement strategy development, and security assistance. Through the NDAA, DOD is also required to conduct mission impact assessments to evaluate the implications of climate change on readiness, training, testing, and operations. National Defense Authorization Act Cements DOD’s Climate Resilience Role
  • Business leaders and policymakers should promote adaptations now to mitigate climate effects to come, experts say. Here’s where to focus the energy. How Coastal Cities Can Build Climate Resilience As The Clock Ticks
  • On the rare days it rains in western Fresno County, the soils in Jeffrey Mitchell’s experimental fields soak up the water like a sponge. “The water disappears within less than a minute, even for four inches of water,” he said, laughing. Mitchell is a cropping systems specialist with the University of California Cooperative Extension. His quick-absorbing soils keep the rainfall from pooling and overflowing, like it does in many surrounding fields. “There’s the risk of that water evaporating if it stays there long enough,” he said, “and even more serious, perhaps, is that the water wouldn’t even infiltrate into the field at all and it would just simply run off and go out eventually into the ocean.” Climate Change Resilience Begins With Water, Say These UC Ag Researchers
  • Juvare, the global leader in critical incident preparedness and response technology, announced today that it has acquired homeland security and emergency management consulting and technology company Nusura, LLC. The acquisition expands Juvare's strategic, operational, and tactical capabilities to better serve its national defense and federal emergency management partner organizations. Juvare Acquires Nusura, LLC to Create Comprehensive Defense and Federal Emergency Management Platform
  • Large disasters may ripple across cities, regions, or even nationally through interconnected critical infrastructure systems. Right now, many of those connections are invisible, making it very difficult to put effective mitigation strategies in place. Critical links are often uncovered too late, causing greater impacts to infrastructure and challenging recovery efforts on the ground. Join us for the Resilience Week 2022 Symposium (Coming Soon), in partnership with TechConnect and the Defense TechConnect event series. Discuss how private and public partners can work together to ensure a secure and reliable flow of energy across the nation. Resilience Week 2022

International Opportunities

2021 TIEMS Annual Conference Recordings

The TIEMS Virtual Annual Conference on the topic “New Emergency Management in a Resilience Era Facing Health, Climate and Energy Challenges” that we hosted last December is up on our YouTube Channel. You can find out more about the conference on the official TIEMS website, download the agenda and find the videos for each panel and speaker. The conference was attended by 789 viewers from 47 countries, and more than 50 presentations throughout 5 days.

Education and Training

RFA Announces Emergency Response ‘Train the Trainer’ Webinars. The Renewable Fuels Association is hosting a series of four “train the trainer” webinars in 2022 for emergency response professionals above the technical level of training who are interested in learning how to train their colleagues and others on proper responses to emergencies involving ethanol.

With the support of safety organization, TRANSCAER and the Federal Railroad Administration, professional hazmat trainer Joel Hendelman will teach individuals how to train others in ethanol emergency response tactics and procedures.

“Train the Trainer” is a pay-it-forward program; a single webinar can train a group of individuals who can then turn around and pass that information forward, equipping entire communities with the knowledge necessary to respond to any potential ethanol-related emergency. The webinar is open to all individuals interested in learning how to teach ethanol emergency response but will be tailored toward ethanol production facility employees, ethanol safety professionals, railroad safety professionals, emergency responders, firefighters, police officers, and emergency management professionals. The webinars are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST / 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST on these dates:

Organizational Profile – World Food Program

The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability, and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters, and the impact of climate change.

In a world of plenty, where enough food is produced to feed everyone on the planet, hunger should be a thing of the past. However, conflict, climate change, disasters, inequality and – most recently – the COVID-19 pandemic means one in nine people globally is still going to bed hungry and famine looms for millions.

Powered by the passion, dedication and professionalism of our 20,000 staff worldwide, the World Food Programme (WFP) works in over 80 countries to bring life-saving food to people displaced by conflict and made destitute by disasters, and help individuals and communities find life-changing solutions to the multiple challenges they face in building better futures.

We work to enhance nutrition in women and children, support smallholder farmers in improving productivity and reducing losses, help countries and communities prepare for and cope with climate-related shocks, and boost human capital through school feeding programmes.

In conflict situations, we bring relief to exhausted populations and use food assistance to build pathways to peace and stability – work for which WFP was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020.

Read more about the organization on the official website.

Be well and thanks for being part of the international EM community!