CRTC directs all Canadian wireless service providers to join the National Public Alerting System

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on Apr. 6 directed all Canadian wireless service providers to implement a wireless public alerting system on their long-term evolution (LTE) networks by April 2018. This system will allow emergency management officials, such as fire marshals and police agencies, to warn Canadians on their mobile devices of dangers to life and property. The alerts will be sent to mobile devices connected to LTE networks, which are available to more than 97% of Canadians. Service providers also have been tasked by the CRTC to work with their federal, provincial and territorial counterparts to develop an awareness campaign and test schedule. Learn more.

Myanmar Ministry of Health to speak at Aid & Development Asia Summit 2017

Marked on 7th April, the World Health Day highlights the importance of ensuring health and well-being for everyone, at every stage of life. Despite significant progress made over the last decade to meet health related targets, 130 million people in South-East Asia (SEA) do not have access to basic health services. The region also has the lowest density of health professionals with a deficit of 6.9 million health workers.

The incidence of major infectious diseases, including HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, has declined globally since 2000. SEA accounts for the largest number of new TB cases and 41% of the global TB incidence burden.

Maternal and child health are also amongst regional priorities. One of the highest rates of child mortality is in SEA where 1 in 19 dies before their fifth birthday and one in three is affected by stunting (WHO, 2015).

Challenges in achieving health SDGs have urged global and regional agencies to look for innovative ways to improve health systems and programmes. Technology and partnerships are paramount to ensure that desired universal health care access is achieved in an affordable and sustainable way.

Key decision-makers from the UN and government agencies, NGOs, Red Cross, research institutes and the private sector will gather at the upcoming Aid & Development Asia Summit to look at how technological innovations can improve aid delivery and health resilience in SEA.

Dr Thet Khine Win, Permanent Secretary of the Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports will deliver a keynote speech at the Summit. Other specialists in the field, including Dr. Aye Yu Soe, Senior Public Health Officer, Three Millennium Development Goal (3MDG) Fund of UNOPS and Penelope Campbell, Chief, Health and Nutrition, Young Child Survival and Development, UNICEF will share insights on how to improve health systems and health financing in order to reduce maternal and under-five mortality rates, eliminate communicable diseases and increase access to healthcare services in the region.

Charles Nelson, Chief Executive Officer, Malaria Consortium and Daniel Crapper, Country Director, PSI Myanmar will share an update on regional health programmes and collaborations and improving access to HIV/AIDS prevention and counselling. Dr Tobe Makoto, Senior Advisor, Health Financing and Health Systems, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Dr Ni Ni, Country Director, Ipas Myanmar and Dr Sid Naing, Country Director, Myanmar, Marie Stopes International (MSI) focus on overcoming challenges of child and maternal health, especially in remote areas and temporary settlements and establishing robust medical systems to better support children and women.


Building on the success of the previous years, the 3rd annual Aid & Development Asia Summit will take place on 14-15 June at the Myanmar International Convention Centre (MICC-2) in Nay Pyi Taw. Gathering 250+ high-profile attendees and 45+ speakers, the Summit is an exclusive platform uniting regional and global expertise, offering an unparalleled opportunity for knowledge exchange, cross-sector engagement and collaboration.

A participant of last year’s Aid & Development Asia Summit in Bangkok, Sammy Njoe, Regional Chief ICT at UNICEF says that “the Summit was very useful from a content perspective and networking opportunity”.


For more information about the Aid & Development Asia Summit, visit


For any enquiries, please contact Alina O’Keeffe, Head of Marketing at Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF) at

FEMA Private Sector Update

Private Sector Colleagues –


We are barely into spring and we’ve already experienced major storm systems sweep parts of the South the past week, and even more severe weather is being predicted later this week.


Helping protect against more lives lost being lost or communities being devastated from a disaster remains the top priority for our ongoing coordination with you. So I’d like to thank everyone who participated in last week’s NBEOC call as we prepare for the upcoming Gotham Shield exercise later this month.


This exercise is our opportunity to ensure the way we communicate with you during real response times is the best it can be – and that your needs for information are being met. Attached to this email are some frequently asked questions about Gotham Shield, so please let us know if you have additional questions?


As a reminder, there are several opportunities to help us continue improving private-public coordination for all-hazards.  One way to stay in touch is to follow us on Twitter at @FEMA and stay aware of severe weather through the National Weather Service @NWS.


In addition to readiness for severe spring weather, we are focused on a large exercise occurring April 24-27 – Gotham Shield.  Thanks to everyone who participated in last Thursday’s National Business Emergency Operations Center call in preparation for the exercise. If you missed last week’s call, please know you can still participate in the exercise. We are hosting another coordination call at 2 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 20.


Please mark your calendars for other upcoming events and calls in the next few months:


Gotham Shield

  • April 11: Department of Health & Human Services is hosting a webinar, “Response to INDs: Impacts and Innovations” from 9 a.m. to noon EDT in Washington D.C. For additional information email  You can register for the webinar here.
  • April 20: 2 p.m. EDT, NBEOC Pre-Exercise Coordination Call #3 in preparation for Gotham Shield exercise.
  • If your organization is interested in playing, observing, or just would like more information about Gotham Shield, please email
  • Gotham Shield Exercise FAQ:


Regional Events

  • May 2-3: FEMA Region 3 is hosting its first ever Private Sector Functional Exercise. The scenario will focus on power outage and offers four ways for the private sector to play or participate with the entire Region and their state & local partners. For more information, please contact Region 3’s Private Sector Liaison at:


Hurricane Season begins June 1, watch for upcoming information on calls and events to ensure our collective readiness posture for coordination.


As always, if there is something you think we can do to improve integration of the private sector at FEMA and across the emergency management community, please let me know.






Robert C. Glenn
Director, Private Sector Division
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
direct: (202) 212-4453
mobile: (202) 403-4665
e-mail: data feed now available for websites and apps

FEMA created a data feed for the Ready Campaign’s emergency and hazard safety tips, which provides information relating to a wide range of disaster information including how to prepare for, survive, and cope with different types of disasters. This new data feed allows website and app developers to display safety tips on their website and/or app. As content is updated on, the data feed will also be updated so that it will match the most current information available on the Ready website. For an example of how this feed can be used, download the FEMA app and see how developers incorporated data into the app. For more information about the new data feed, visit the FEMA website.

Faith-Based Organizations: 2017 Spring Holiday Preparedness Webinar today at 2pm ET


Recently, we have seen a number of threats directed to communities of faith. In New Jersey, Jewish Community Centers have received bomb threats, and several mosques and Islamic centers have received anonymous threatening letters.

This webinar will feature representatives from the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP), New Jersey State Police (NJSP) and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS). During this presentation, we will discuss the recent threats, protective measures, outreach efforts, and other resources available to ensure faith-based organizations are prepared for the 2017 spring holidays.
Tune In
*Meeting room will be open at 1:30 p.m. in order to conduct sound checks and assist with any connectivity problems.
* When you sign in, please indicate your name/agency (i.e. John Doe, Agency/Company X)
* You may be asked to install some plugins to allow the audio and visual part of the presentation to work properly on your system. If so, please accept them and afterwards you should be brought directly to the virtual presentation.
*Please feel free to email for assistance.


Passing of Professor Emeritus and DRC co-founder Enrico L. (Henry) Quarantelli

This post was shared by the University of Delaware Disaster Research Center.

It is with heavy hearts that the Disaster Research Center (DRC) shares the news of the passing of Professor Emeritus and DRC co-founder Enrico L. (Henry) Quarantelli on Sunday, April 2, 2017.  He was 92, Professor Quarantelli devoted his entire life to our field, sparing little for pursuits outside those of scientific inquiry. Truly, we are in his debt for the careers he helped to launch, for his lineage of scholarly descendants, and for the intellectual legacy that has sustained us over these last five decades. Perhaps his main gift to us and to the world was the gift of clear thinking about disasters. He gave us methods and an art for seeing through the myths and misconceptions of these events, and for developing better understanding of causes and consequences, which has had real impact on the lives of people affected by disaster.

National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program requests public comments on its strategic plan by May 15, 2017

The National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP) has issued its draft strategic plan and welcomes public comments until May 15, 2017. The plan includes: prioritized goals for the program that will mitigate against the loss of life and property from future wind-storms; short-term, mid-term and long-term research objectives to achieve those goals; a description of the role of each program agency in achieving the prioritized goals; the methods by which progress towards the goals will be assessed; and an explanation of how the program will foster the transfer of research results into outcomes, such as improved model building codes. The plan was developed following review and assessment of prior national research needs and planning documents, as well as consideration of stakeholder input through the 2016 NWIRP Strategic Planning Stakeholder’s Workshop. The draft plan and instructions on how to submit comments are posted online.