Emergency-Preparedness Expert Issues Warning

Federal standards intended to strengthen bulk power systems and prevent potential blackouts are weak and ambiguous, says Emergency Preparedness expert Anita Tallarico, President of CONOPS Consulting, LLC.

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Snow response: Worse than we thought?

Politics | Snow response: Worse than we thought? | Seattle Times Newspaper


....The Times' investigation showed the city rarely used all 27 of its plows at once, even after heavy snowfall.

Swine Flu Shows Importance of Preparedness

Swine Flu Shows Importance of Preparedness | Security Management


Public health officials have generally approved of the Obama administration's response to the swine flu outbreak. Many cite the Bush administration's investment in pandemic planning as a key behind the quick response.


Microsoft Vine - Societal Networking for Emergency Alerts and Communication

The product is designed to keep family and friends in touch when other communications fail or falter. The Seattle Times has described this hyper local, personalised message and alert system as "Twitter + Facebook on steroids".

"Microsoft's main emphasis now is providing Vine to emergency management officials, who are intrigued by a new tool that could be used to broadcast and receive information during a disaster or other major event."

Hurricane Preparedness in Florida (humor)

For residents of Florida.

We're about to enter the peak of the hurricane season. Any day now,
you're going to turn on the TV and see a weather person pointing to
some radar blob out in the Gulf of Mexico and making two basic
meteorological hints:

(1) There is no need to panic.

(2) We could all be killed.

Yes, hurricane season is an exciting time to be in Florida. If you're
new to the area, you're probably wondering what you need to do to

Space Storms: A realistic catastrophe scenario that could paralyze nations for months

The surface of the sun is a roiling mass of plasma - charged high-energy particles - some of which escape the surface and travel through space as the solar wind. From time to time, that wind carries a billion-tonne glob of plasma, a fireball known as a coronal mass ejection (see "When hell comes to Earth"). If one should hit the Earth's magnetic shield, the result could be truly devastating.

Preparing an emergency kit can be a fun exercise in preparedness

Oct 30,2008.  Our daughter Emma's fourth-grade class has been discussing emergency preparedness lately, and Emma reminded me this week that our family needs to make sure we're ready to ride out a winter storm (or other disaster). She suggested that gathering a home emergency kit should be the focus of this week's activity.    Read more:  http://www.bellinghamherald.com/entertainmentnews/story/637574.html

Washington Residents Top Mitigation Questions: Flood Insurance And ...

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Flood insurance, home elevation and other measures to protect homes from flooding and other bad weather are among the top concerns Washington residents are inquiring about from hazard mitigation specialists with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  read more:   http://media-newswire.com/release_1088130.html

Emergency preparedness during tough economic times

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - More than 250 million people worldwide are affected by some form of natural or man-made disaster every year. But millions survive these emergencies due to preperation.

Grandmother emphasizes preparedness

Mar 20, 2009.  As much as people are encouraged to be prepared for emergencies and disasters, there is nothing like a real emergency to drive home the necessity for preparation. That was made evident last month      read more:  http://www.thefridayflyer.com/FF-2009-3-20/FFS-11506.htm

White House Veteran & Homeland Security Expert Joins Mutualink

Mar 17, 2009.  Mutualink announced that 20 year homeland security expert and former White House veteran, Robert Housman, joined Mutualink as a senior business and public affairs advisor. Housman and his firm, Book Hill Partners, a leading government affairs firm in the homeland security arena will    Read more:  http://ca.sys-con.com/node/880591

March Marks Start of Active Tornado 'Season'

Mar 17, 2009.  Georgia has already experienced its first deadly tornadoes this year, claiming a life and causing harm and damage in 15 counties across the state.  March marks the start of a three-month active tornado season in the Southeast, making now the time for Georgians to get ready by preparing, planning and staying informed with Ready Georgia, the state's emergency preparedness campaig.   Read more:  http://www.savannahtribune.com/news/2009/0318/social_community/006.html

County gets glowing marks for emergency preparedness

Mar 15, 2009  The Ventura County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Office was recently evaluated for its ability to dispense medical supplies during a large-scale public health emergency. The department scored 97 out of a possible 100, according to Public Health.   read more: http://www.venturacountystar.com/news/2009/mar/15/county-gets-glowing-marks-for-emergency/

Tsunami Preparedness On The West Coast

By Tom Mureika.  Mar 13, 2009 Are Ucluelet and Tofino residents ready for the biggest natural disaster to hit the West Coast?  In the wake of last week’s airing of CBC’s two-hour documentary, “Shock/Wave: Surviving North America’s Biggest Disaster,” officials in Ucluelet say they have a plan in place, ready to go. Meantime, officials in Tofino say they are getting ready to adopt a new preparedness system.   read more: http://www.westcoaster.ca/modules/AMS/article.php?storyid=6330

AAHC issues guide for emergency preparedness

In response to recent natural disasters, the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC), a non-profit organization seeking to improve national health through education and research, recently published a guide to managing emergency response.     read more: http://lpn.advanceweb.com/editorial/content/editorial.aspx?CC=122554


Community Info:  Point Roberts needs Ham operators

September Tip: Be a community team player.  Learn--Practice--Learn. Have an exit plan for emergencies.(Fire, Earthquakes, Tsunamis)  EDITH can save your life.  So can a Ham.   Call Jud @ 945-0533 for more information.

VERY IMPORTANT   THE FIRE DEPARTMENT--CERT--PREP  are one team. ---FIRE folks lead.---Our one goal is to save your life.
Any takers??? We need your assistance.  Let's work together to protect our community.   


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