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May this year be peaceful and without major disasters and bring success and happiness to all. I wish you all a successful and prosperous new year filled with peace and happiness!

K. Harald Drager, TIEMS President

TIEMS Newsletters December 2015
With news from TIEMS and other global emergency management and disaster response information of importance.
Nesletter december scientific part

With scientific articles of different topics within international emergency managment and disaster response.

GENERATE Picture Update

The Global Educational Network for Emergency Resilience And Training Excellence (GENERATE) program is an initiative by The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS), to create a network of participating organizations and an online resource to improve access to the world’s collective knowledge and experience in emergency management. To meet this goal, GENERATE will

  • Develop an internationally shared understanding of emergency management elements, qualifications, and terminology
  • Help students find and connect with useful live and online educational resources
  • Make increasing amounts of emergency management knowledge available online, especially to vulnerable societies
  • Provide a platform to share critical lessons learned from disasters and emergencies

GENERATE will create a community of emergency management educators, practitioners, and students, who will share knowledge and work together to improve capabilities worldwide.


The Executive Summary of the Project GENERATE.


For more information or questions, contact; TIEMS President


Macao AEME logo transparent finalAsia Emergency Management Expo

10 12 May 2016 | Macao

The Asia Emergency Management Expo (AEME) and Conference (AEMC) will take place from 10 to 12 May 2016 at the Venetian, Macao. AEME serves as an international trade platform for service providers, manufacturers, trading companies and non-governmental organizations providing a broad range of products and services. AEMC is Asia’s specialized Emergency Management Conference for Urban Areas. It is addressing the increasing urbanization trend in the Asia-Pacific region by focusing on natural and human-made emergencies occurring typically in urban areas. Both events will attract a high diversity of professions from the decision maker to the practitioner in risk and emergency management, business continuity and disaster recovery.

TIEMS President visits TIEMS China Chapter
China Chapter Meeting

On Nov. 21, 2015 TIEMS China Chapter’s Chairman Shan Chunchang, Vice Chairman Qu Guosheng, Zhang Ji, General Secretary Ning Chunlin, and Depute Secretary Yao Xiang had a happy dinner with TIEMS President Harald Drager in Beijing.  During the dinner, President Drager gave several wishes to China chapter.  First, he wishes the initiative of building a global learning network will expand, and China chapter will take more important role.  Second, he wishes the collaboration between the China chapter and TIEMS global chapters will be strengthened.  Last but not the least, he wishes everyone good health.  The China chapter updated with President Drager its recent progresses, and invited him to 2016 TIEMS China Chapter Annual Conference in Zhuhai.  President Drager felt excited about China chapter’s achievement, and happily accepted the invitation.  He also invited China chapter to 2016 TIEMS Annual Conference in San Diego.

On this sweet night a week ahead of Thanksgiving Day, China Chapter would especially thank President Drager for his great contribution for founding this wonderful platform.  We believe with all the members’ devotion and efforts, TIEMS will be more and more successful. 


Crying for France
  I like to express my deeepst sympathy with the French people and especially with the families where family members were killed or wounded in the meaningless terrorist attack in Paris Friday 13.11.2015.
The number of victims are shocking and heartbreaking and make me angry, speechless and crying!
 K. Harald Drager
TIEMS President

First Announcement of TIEMS 2016 Annual Conference
TIEMS 2016 Flier ver3
TIEMS 2016 Annual Conference takes place in San Diego, USA,
13 - 15 September 2016 with City of San Diego Office of Homeland Security
as Sponsor and Cooperation Partner.

See First Announcement

Submission of Papers

Early Bird Registration is open until 12.03.2016

For further details, please, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TIEMS China Chapter 2015 Annual Conference

 The 6th Annual Conference of The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) China China Chapter 2015Chapter successfully held in Beijing, China, October 29 - 30, 2015.

To implement the “Opinion of the General Office of the State Council of China on Accelerating the Development of Emergency Industry" issued on December 24, 2014, and to promote the emergency products, technologies and services from exchanges and cooperation, the TIEMS China Chapter in conjunction with the China Ministry of Industry Information Technology(MIIT) held Emergency Industry Development Conference 2015 and the Sixth Annual Conference of The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) China Chapter in Beijing Riverside Hotel. Read the Full Report

 TIEMS Newsletter


Articles, news and announcement on emergency and disaster management activities, events and research worldwide, including reports from TIEMS events and activities in China, Saudi Arabia, Croatia and USA. An important report on the Nepal earthquake and also a presentation of TIEMS new Gold Sponsor, Harmony Technology (Logo and link on picture), and much more........

TIEMS 2015 Annual Conference in Rome
Took place 30th September - 2nd October 2015Colleseum


TIEMS Italy Chapter was conference host, see


 Italy Chapter WEB-site


Conference Report will come soon...
 For more details, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  Report from TIEMS 2015 USA Conference in Portland, Oregon

Emergency Management in an Interconnected World

The TIEMS 2015 USA Conference took place in Portland, Oregon 23 - 25 June with around 50 participants from all stakeholders involved in emergency mangement, and with international attendees from 7 countries. The event was an excellent follow up to last year's establishment of the TIEMS USA Chapter, and an introductory event to the TIEMS 2016 Annual Conference, which will be held in the USA.

Here is the Conference Report and the Final Program.


Picture mix USA Conference 1


(Upper left), Tom Robertson, TIEMS Regional Director for North America, host and chair TIEMS 2015 USA Conference. (Upper right), Meen Chhetri, TIEMS representative in Nepal, shares his lessons learned from the Nepal earthquakes. (Lower left), Carl Taylor, presents "Bugs, Barriers and Borders". (Lower right), a conference field trip to the the volcano mountain, St. Helens, which was last active in 1980 with a devastating eruption.

 Disaster Preparedness through Forecast Based Financing


Better preparedness is the main solution to reduce the consequences of disasters, and it needs to be put higher on the agenda in the world community, and with more focus on forecast - based financing, explained briefly below. 

 Currently, disaster related programs focus on two areas: post disaster response and reconstruction, and long-term disaster risk reduction (Hyogo Framework of Action). However, there is a valuable window of time that exists after the issuance of science based early warnings, but before a potential disaster materialize, namely an approach for catalyzing humanitarian actions based on disaster forecasts for vulnarable societies.

More details is found in this article and this presentation, and the initiative described with pilot applications in Togo and Uganda with technical support from Red Cross and finacial support from German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, should get increased focus and lifted up to a global scale!

 Report from TIEMS 2015 Workshop in Split, Croatia

Offshore Oil & Gas Harvesting: Benefits, Threats and Challenges


The workshop took place in Split, Croatia, 27 - 28 May 2015 with more than 100 participants, and please, find the Workshop Report


Croatia 2015

Former Director of Petroleum Safety          Croatian Minister of Econnomy, 

Authority in Norway was a popular               Ivan Vrdoljak, Opened the Workshop

interview object on his experience               with TIEMS  Director Ranko  

with safety issues in the petroleum              Britvic and Vice Chancellor

industry in Norway                                       of Split University by his side

 TIEMS President's 2015 Annual ReportK. Harald Drager 2013

 Read about TIEMS Achievements and Progress in 2014.


Download Report  

    Earthquake Disaster in Nepal

Nepal Earthquake

 It has happened again!

 A poor and vulnerable population has been struck by a devastating disaster, which was predicted by the scientist experts.

 First of all, I like on behalf of TIEMS membership and myself express my deepest sympathy with the Nepalese people suffering from the disaster and express my sincere hope that the foreign support and help will make a welcome relief in the tragedy and make the time to recovery as short as possible.

Most international and national aid organizations are already on their way or already there, even if logistics is a challenge because of limited access through the Katmandu airport because of the disaster.

 I was already Saturday morning informed that TIEMS Vice President, Guosheng Qu, was on his way to Nepal as a member of the Chinese International Search and Rescue Team, CISAR, and I can only hope they are able help many people stuck in the collapsed buildings or elsewhere before it is too late.

  I also encourage all TIEMS members and others to support the international and national aid organizations, by donating funds to the bank accounts established to help the Nepalese population in this difficult time.

  This disaster again emphasizes the need for the world community to move its focus from Response to Preparedness. It was a predicted disaster, as many others also are, and increased systematic work on preparedness through strengthening the infrastructure, early warning systems in place, and plans for evacuation and recovery worked out, and extra food, water and medical and other supplies ready in case the disaster strikes.

From the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) please, find the following link with information on the Nepal Earthquake:

For further details, please, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 TIEMS Membership will contribute and cooperate the best we can to increased worldwide preparedness in vulnerable areas.

  K. Harald Drager, TIEMS President


  1. International Symposium on Emergency Medicine in Guangzhou, China, took place 27 - 29 March
  2. TIEMS First International Workshop in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, took place 7 - 9 April
  3. TIEMS 2015 Workshop in Split, Croatia, took place 27 - 28 May
  4. TIEMS USA Chapter 2015 Conference in Portland, USA, took place 23 - 25 June
  5. TIEMS Finland Chapter 2015 Workshop, days TBD in July
  6. TIEMS 2015 Annual Conference in Rome, Italy, 30 September - 2 October
  7. TIEMS Nigeria & West Africa Chapter 2015 Conference, dates TBD
  8. TIEMS China Chapter 2015 Annual Conference in Qingdao, dates TBD

When details are provided, the announcement willl be posted on the web-site, and it is possible to access the sites through above links!

TIEMS Newsletter

Articles, news and announcement on emergency and disaster management activities, events and research worldwide. Read also about TIEMS Nigeria & West Africa Chapter plightfor internally displaced persons in the federal capital territory, Abuja in Nigeria and  how industry, academia and the social sector are collaborating for the greater good of the victims of disasters world-wide (see picture of IAQ Radio Team, Cliff and Joe) and much more.

ASSET High Level Policy Forum (ASSET HLPF)
TIEMS is a partner in the EU Project ASSET (Action Plan on Sicence in Society Related Issues in Epidemics and Total Pandemics), see web-site. One of TIEMS tasks in the project is to establish a Higl Level Policy Forum, recruit members to the Forum and get the Forum operational and addressing Epidemic and Pandemic issues, see Introduction of ASSET HLPF.
The first Forum meeting will was held in Brussels 12th March this year, and see
For interest becoming a member of ASSET HLPF, please, contact TIEMS President.

 Meaningless Attack on Innocent Children in Pakistan
On behalf of TIEMS Chapters and Members, I like to express my deepest sympathy with the Pakistani people and especially the families which lost their children in the meaningless tragedy yesterday! The number of causalities, mostly being young children, is shocking and heart breaking, and leaves me angry, sad and speechless!
Let us meet such meaningless violence with more education and increase the education capacity building in countries where this is needed most!
Oslo 17th December 2014
K. Harald Drager
TIEMS President

Report from TIEMS 2014 Annual Conference 
 Took place in Niigata Japan, TIEMS 2014 Japan1

20 - 23 October 2014
                                   TIEMS Japan Web-site.
During the conference TIEMS 2014 AWARDS were delivered.
Contact Norio Maki for more information at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TIEMS China Chapter 2014 Annual Conference and Training

TIEMS 2014 China Chapter
More than 650 participants attended the conference and tarining which started in Chengdu at the end of October. Report will be posted soon, and in the mean time enjoy the photos from the conference.


More deatils can be obtained from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Surveys supported by TIEMS

Please, respond and add value to the below surveys:

Social Media and Emergency Management Survey

Surveys of the Pop - Alert Project:

English Survey,  French Survey,  Dutch Survey,  Greek Survey

 CBRNe Events in Europe and Worldwide

 This Report is compiled and published by the Observatory Security and CBRNe Defense - OSDIFE on a monthly basis.  This report identifies relevant news from around the world including man-made and natural events involving Chemical, Biological and Radiological/Nuclear Risks.The CBRNe Report also compiles related activities, projects, programs, initiatives and training in the CBRNe filed of study, providing web links for further in-depth analysis if needed. The September 2014 edition marks the first time this report has been published in English. We welcome your inputs and suggestions in our effort to expand the distribution of this report.

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 TIEMS Newsletter
Articles, news and announcement on emergency and disaster management activities, events and research worldwide. Read also about TIEMS new Chapters in Nigeria & West Africa and USA (see picture) and TIEMS chapter activities in TIEMS President's Message 

Survey on Critical Communication with Photos and Videos

 We have just performed a global survey on end users view of what they find necessary as the system and operational requirements when communicating photos and videos over critical communication networks like TETRA/TEDS networks. The concluding report of the survey is found on the following link:

 Furthermore, we are pleased to give you access to a report of an earlier survey

"On the Use of Visual Information in Emergency Management"

The report gives an international view on the use of visual information in emergency management, and we hope you find this report of interest as well?

Another interesting report is the Future Communications Study which addresses concerns amongst the BAPCO membership that the replacement/evolution of the current Emergency Services Network (ESN) may compromise essential functionality for economic savings:

Emergency Services Communications: Resilience for the Twenty-First Century

 TIEMS Beijing Office and Chinese Industrial Group Alliance

In order to assist and help in TIEMS development in Asia, TIEMS has etsablished a TIEMS Beijing Office, and Wenlong Yang is TIEMS Beijing Office contact person at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TIEMS Beijing Office has also established a Chinese Industrial Alliance Group of Chinese industrial companies in the emergency and disaster management field, and these companies are seeking partnership with other companies worldwide.

TIEMS Chinese Industrial Company Alliance Group

TIEMS is a Partner in the EU Project ASSET Asset logo
TIEMS is a partner in the EU project ASSET (Action plan in Science in Society in Epidemics and Total pandemics), which is a 48 month Mobilisation and Mutual Learning Action Plan (MMLAP), which aims to 1) forge a partnership with complementary perspectives, knowledge and experiences to address affectively scientific and societal challenges raised by pandemics and associated crisis management; 2) explore and map SiS (Science in Society)-related issues in global pandemics; 3) define and test a participatory and inclusive strategy to succeed; 4) identify necessary resources to make sustainable the action after the project completion. ASSET combines public health, vaccine and epidemiological research, social and political sciences, law and ethics, gender studies, science communication and media, in order to develop an integrated, transdisciplinary, strategy, which will take place at different stages of the research cycle, combining local, regional and national levels.

The first TEMC Conference in Chengdu, China
TEMC Logo1TIEMS Emergency Medical Committee (TEMC), established in Guangzhou, China in November 2013, arranged its first conference 17th April in Chengdu, China, see Conference Report. The success of the conference opened new windows and pathways for The International Emergency Management Society, and also provided fresh thoughts and ideas for promoting the improvement of international rescue management in China and worldwide. For interest, please, contact Secretary General of TEMC, Chaoyang He at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
For more details, go to TEMC Site

K. Harald Drager 2013TIEMS President's 2014 Annual Report
 Read about TIEMS Achievements and Progress in 2013.

                               Weekly Disaster Resilience Internet Links Neil Dufty

List of disaster resilience internet links to relevant information around the world provided by Neil Dufty.

 TIEMS 2014 Focus
TIEMS focus in 2013  will be on strengthening TIEMS Chapters worldwide and establish new ones, see TIEMS Chapters, and further develop and promote TIEMS International Education, Training and Certification Program, see TIEMS Education. We are encouraged by TIEMS achievements in 2013, see TIEMS Reporting, and several TIEMS events are already in planning for 2014, see TIEMS Events 2014.

We invite you to become a TIEMS member and join us in our efforts for a safer world, see Membership!

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I like to express my deepest sympathy with the Chinese people and especially with the families where family members lost their life, were wounded or are missing after the earthquake!

  The number of the causalities is shocking and heart breaking, and leaves me speechless!

  However, despite the tragedy, I am impressed by the way the Chinese people has handled the disaster!