We emergency managers can be a very United States centric thinking profession. And, while the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) has had that title for quite some time we still have a habit of thinking USA when it comes to disasters and all things emergency management.
So, I found it refreshing to read the news release below. Good job International-AEM!
International Institute of Global Resilience and IAEM Partner to Improve Emergency Management in Japan
WASHINGTON – February 4, 2013 – The International Institute of Global Resilience (IIGR), a think tank dedicated to improving the readiness of the emergency management community through research and education, today announced a partnership with the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), the premier international organization of emergency management professionals. As a part of the partnership, IIGR will increase the membership of and facilitate events for the IAEM Japan chapter.
“Emergency management is a critical area for Japan, as seen by recent disasters like the tsunami in March 2011 and the earthquake near Fukushima this past December,” said Dr. Fukami, President of IIGR and one of Japan’s leading emergency management scientists. “We feel privileged to join forces with a globally recognized organization, IAEM, to build a community focused on improving Japan’s disaster response.”
IIGR will lead the development and recruitment for the IAEM Japan chapter. Together, IIGR and IAEM will bridge international efforts to improve resilience through lessons learned from disasters across the globe. The Japan chapter will meet to share best practices and publish reports that will be available to the emergency management community at large.
“With thousands of members across the globe, we recognize the importance of communities uniting to address the specific emergency management needs of their regions,” said Elizabeth B. Armstrong, CEO of IAEM. “IIGR has a strong connection to the global Japanese community, and we are confident their leadership can bring visibility to the important emergency management issues in Japan.”
IIGR is a part of the S&R Foundation, a non-profit that supports talented individuals in the arts and sciences. To learn about IIGR, please visit www.AboutIIGR.org.
About the S&R Foundation
The S&R Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created in 2000 to support talented individuals with great potential and high aspirations in the sciences and arts, especially those who are furthering international cultural collaboration. Our goals are simple, yet bold: create, support and facilitate initiatives that encourage scientific and artistic innovation, and promote cultural and personal growth. For more information, visit www.SandRFoundation.org.
Founded in 2012, the International Institute of Global Resilience (IIGR) is a think tank dedicated to improving and enhancing the readiness and professionalism of the emergency management community through education and research. IIGR's mission is to explore the ongoing need for global resilience and its effect on the world's economy and security. IIGR is a part of the S&R Foundation. For more information, visit www.AboutIIGR.org.
IAEM-USA, the nation’s largest emergency management professional association, is a non-profit professional organization representing more than 5,000 emergency management and homeland security professionals for local communities, state and federal disaster officials, private sector, non-governmental organizations and others involved in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from all types of disasters including acts of terrorism. IAEM provides: access to the largest network of emergency management experts who can provide advice and assistance; the Certified Emergency Manager® program; annual scholarships; a comprehensive monthly newsletter; and more.