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Conference on Emergency & Disaster Management in Suleimanyia, Iraq, 27 - 29 September 2016
We are pleased to invite you to the International conference on Emergency & Disaster Management which will be held 27-29 September 2016 in Suleimaniya-Iraq. We have to work together with national, regional and international partners striving to improve the scientific basis for disaster and emergency health practice and to establish best practices based on validated evidence. The outcomes of this event protect communities, reduce morbidity and mortality, improve recovery, and enable the development of more resilient communities. Conference participants will have an opportunity to engage in these important discussions in a forum with their peers.The conference is organized by the Iraqi Society for Emergency Management in cooperation with the International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) and supported by many national and international organizations and companies.

TIEMS Newsletters March 2016
With news from TIEMS and other global emergency management and disaster response information of importance.
This issue is fully dedicated to the EU DRIVER project with presentations and scientific articles.

 Happy New Year

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

Announcement of TIEMS 2016 Annual Conference
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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 Announcement

Submission of Papers

Early Bird Registration  is extended until 12.05.2016 !

For further details on TIEMS 2016 Web-site

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

Nice Global Forum on Homeland Security & Crisis Management, October 25-28, 2016 in Nice, France will bring together Ministers for Homeland Security, Mayors, heads of law enforcement agencies, as well as industry experts to strengthen cooperation and share views, experiences and knowledge in the fields of homeland security threats and natural disasters.

NGF 2016 offers a unique opportunity to network with world experts and key opinion leaders from the industry, government and academia, as well as an impressive programme of keynote speakers, panelists and sessions.

The extent of the homeland security and natural disaster threats coupled with the complexity of dealing with it, have motivated many governments during the last decade to create new ministries to meet the needs of homeland security.  However, the capability of cities and nations to meet these challenges alone is limited.

The Nice Global Forum, NGF 2016 Congress, will bring together industry, government and academia to share knowledge, experience and strengthen cooperation, to improve the safety and security of cities and citizens.

Register now to join Homeland Security & Crisis Management peers at NGF 2016 in Nice!

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                                                    Asia 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.

See details at Web-site!

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

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!

 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:

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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

TIEMS is a Partner in theEUProject ASSET
  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.

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
The first Forum meeting was held in Brussels 12th March 2015, see
 The second Forum meeting was held in Copenhagen 15th January 2016, see
The third meeting in ASSET HLPF is planned for Brussels March - April 2017.
 For interest becoming a member of ASSET HLPF, please, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

                               Weekly Disaster Resilience Internet Links Neil Dufty

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

 TIEMS 2016 Focus
TIEMS focus in 2016  will be on strengthening TIEMS Chapters worldwide and establish new ones, see TIEMS Chapters, and further develop and promote TIEMS International Education Initiative GENERATE, see TIEMS Education. We are encouraged by TIEMS achievements in 2015, see TIEMS Reporting, and several TIEMS events are already in planning for 2016, see TIEMS Events 2016.

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!