The International Emergency Management Society
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........
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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.
(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!
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
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 Report
Earthquake Disaster in Nepal
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:
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TIEMS Membership will contribute and cooperate the best we can to increased worldwide preparedness in vulnerable areas.
K. Harald Drager, TIEMS President
PLANNED TIEMS 2015 Events
- International Symposium on Emergency Medicine in Guangzhou, China, took place 27 - 29 March
- TIEMS First International Workshop in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, took place 7 - 9 April
- TIEMS 2015 Workshop in Split, Croatia, took place 27 - 28 May
- TIEMS USA Chapter 2015 Conference in Portland, USA, took place 23 - 25 June
- TIEMS Finland Chapter 2015 Workshop, days TBD in July
- TIEMS 2015 Annual Conference in Rome, Italy, 30 September - 2 October
- TIEMS Nigeria & West Africa Chapter 2015 Conference, dates TBD
- 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 China Chapter 2014 Annual Conference and Training
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.
Surveys supported by TIEMS
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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.
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
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?
TIEMS Beijing Office and Chinese Industrial Group Alliance
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.