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* Incident Command System Adopted by the Federal Government
* International Journal of Emergency Management
* FEMA Establishes Interagency Geospatial Team
* Notes from an International SAR Conference
* GPS Past Present and Future
* Six-Week Look into Columbia Recovery Operation
* NASAR SARTECH III Exam Now On-line
* Tax Tips for the Search and Rescue Volunteer
* Update on First NASAR BOD Meeting of 2003
* High Blood Sugar Linked to Memory Loss
* NOAA Magazine - A Monthly Feature Publication

 Online version at www.SARNEWS.com 3/20/03
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Incident Command System Adopted by the Federal Government

Presidential directive HSPD-5 establishes that all domestic incidents
will use an Incident Management System.  In a recent talk at the Virginia
Emergency Managers Association Conference it was announced that the NIIMS
ICS system will be most likely referenced as the model for an Incident
Management System. The Department of Homeland Security also intends to
create several full-time dedicated overhead teams to respond to incidents.
At one time parts of the document were classified. It makes for
interesting reading.


International Journal of Emergency Management

A genuine journal with plenty of articles of good quality, the Inter-
national Journal of Emergency Management is supported by a well-known
academic publishing house. It also has a good editor based at the School
of Mines of Paris, a coherent editorial policy, and credible peer review.
Some of the articles are of interest (e.g., burnout in mine accident
investigators and critical incident stress).


FEMA Establishes Interagency Geospatial Team

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has established an
Interagency Geospatial Preparedness Team (IGPT) to help make geospatial
information and technologies more readily available to the national
community of emergency managers and responders.

"On a daily basis, state and local governments are engaged in activities
that save lives, protect property and promote the safety of Americans
across the country," said Michael Brown, Acting Undersecretary for
Emergency Preparedness and Response and FEMA Director. "This initiative
is designed to help them better access and use geospatial tools such as
remote sensing, mapping, predictive modeling, charting and geographic
information systems."


Notes from an International SAR Conference

"SAR - The Americas" is the leading international event for the global
SAR community. It is well established as a successful forum for
discussion and debate, and attended by leading SAR figures from around
the world. It is also a prime opportunity for the presentation of the
latest equipment and services to a receptive audience.  The site below
gives links to purchasing past conference publications.


GPS Past Present and Future

This site is a huge, colorful (and hence a little slow to download)
booklet on the future of GPS, several different potential uses, and many
other related GPS facts that could benefit SAR and bring GPS accuracy
down to a meter or less in the future.


Six-Week Look into Columbia Recovery Operation

Six weeks after February 1, when President Bush designated the Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as the lead federal agency in the
Columbia Space Shuttle response and recovery operation, approximately
5,500 federal and state workers continue searching for and supporting
the overall recovery effort.

Ground and air operations have covered over 1.5 million acres, mostly
in Texas, with searches also conducted in Louisiana, California, Utah,
Nevada and New Mexico. To date, 38,150 shuttle items have been
recovered. Of these, 34,024 are confirmed to be shuttle material. The
items processed by the Kennedy Space Center in Florida weigh 47,900
pounds and amount to 21.5% of the total weight of Columbia.

The Press release also goes into some detail as to how the search
operation incident management is structured and the role of the
different branches.


SARTECH III Exam Now On-line

The National Association for Search & Rescue (NASAR) has unveiled it's
first on-line exam in an attempt to make search and rescue training more
widely available across the world. NASAR offers two versions of the exam,
providing students the opportunity to take a "practice exam" or the
official "certified exam" according to their schedules and goals.


Tax Tips for the Search and Rescue Volunteer

NASAR asked search and rescue professionals across the country to provide
some "tax tips" for their fellow volunteers. The link provides a summary
of their responses.


Update on First NASAR BOD Meeting of 2003

On the weekend of January 24th, NASAR Board of Directors assembled for
the first meeting of 2003. NASAR's newly elected members, Kathy Miller
and Dave Meek, assumed their positions. The Board Officers for 2003 are
Mike Tuttle, President; Jim Stumpf, Secretary; and Larry Pugh, Treasurer.

Over the course of the weekend the Board made one of the most momentous
decisions in recent NASAR history. NASAR as an organization will actively
conduct a "major donor" program. This program will entail developing and
implementing a true business plan, identifying potential donors, and going
after funding. NASAR will keep you informed as the project moves forward.


High Blood Sugar Linked to Memory Loss

A recent study showed that middle-aged and elderly people with high blood
sugar have a smaller hippocampus, a brain structure crucial for recent
memory.  This means it might be possible that with simple diet and
exercise many people could better protect their brains against memory


NOAA Magazine - A Monthly Feature Publication

Every month NOAA publishes an electronic magazine on weather and climate.
Many topics have direct relevance to SAR.  In this month's issue you can
learn about lightning, tornados, floods, and hurricanes.  In addition, you
can also learn how cats may be killing sea otters. A great source of
information and all past issues are in the archives.


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