Want to get out alive? Follow the ants
- "Emergency exits work better when they are obstructed." [more inside]
MSNBC's Up with Steve Kornacki
has been collaborating with NJ journalist Brian Murphy
on some investigative journalism about the Chris Christie administration's alleged withholding of Sandy Relief funds until the Mayor of Hoboken agrees to fast-track a real-estate development. Hoboken was one of the hardest-hit communities and has so far received $6 per resident. Christie became governor after leading a US Attorney investigation which convicted NJ politicians of crooked real-estate deals.
is a Japanese architect whose work includes 'temporary' structures
(YT) made from cardboard tubes
. His work blurs the distinction between temporary and permanent, and includes designs that focus on cost effective and liveable shelter
after natural and human disasters.
Now, two-and-a-half years after the Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake destroyed the city's cathedral, the Cardboard Cathedral
has been opened.
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What started as a report of a convenience store robbery near the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology last night has sprawled into a chaotic manhunt for the perpetrators of the recent terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon
The deadly pursuit, involving a policeman's murder, a carjacking, a violent chase with thrown explosives, and the death of one suspect
, has resulted in Governor Deval Patrick
ordering an unprecedented lockdown of the entire Boston metropolitan area
as an army of law enforcement searches house by house for the remaining gunman.
The Associated Press has identified the duo as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and his 19-year-old brother Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev
, who remains at large. Both are immigrants
from wartorn Chechnya
in southwestern Russia.
The Guardian liveblog is good for quick updates, and Reddit's updating crowdsourced timeline of events
that has often outpaced mainstream media coverage of the situation. You can also get real-time reports straight from the (Java-based) local police scanner
You're about to be the base doctor at Halley Research Station in Antarctica for a year. For ten months, no one gets in or out. Fourteen lives are in your hands, including your own. What do you put in your medical kit?
And how do your choices differ from those of your predecessors
(Eric Marshall and Edward Wilson) a century ago?
Wireless Emergency Alerts
(WEA) are a new service from U.S. weather service and FEMA. Starting in June, they will send a text message with a strange tone to your mobile device if you are in range of a Tornado Warning, Tsunami Warning or other major event (in the U.S. only). Major events include "Presidential Alerts." You do not need to sign up. Washington Post Capital Weather Gang
has a few more details.
First, Do A Little Less Harm
: "As Mark Jenkins knows, wilderness first aid can hurt. (Just ask his patients.) So he finally did what everyone should do: he took a class from real experts." [more inside]
is a non-profit publisher of books and newsletters for community-based health care, mostly aimed at the third world. Their first book, Where There Is No Doctor, A Village Health Handbook
, has been translated into 88
languages and is one of the most widely used
training and work manuals for community health care in the world. They have now made 20 of their publications available for free download, many of which can now also be browsed online through their website
using an "Ebrary
" in-browser interface. [more inside]
Imagine this: you live in a fairly remote place and need emergency eye surgery to save your sight that very same day. you get onto a plane but mid-trip your flight gets cancelled
because of a technical problem. flying with most airlines we know would mean you'd miss your surgery and be in a pretty tough spot.
but not when you're flying SAS. instead of leaving you stranded with a voucher, the airline found a replacement aircraft at another airport, flew it over to the passenger and got her to her surgery on time
). there is a lot going wrong in the airline industry these days but in my book that's pretty awesome.
Boston water emergency:
by break in aqueduct and ordered to boil water before drinking.
Many visitors and residents of New York City have long been befuddled
by the emergency brake hanging in each NYC subway car. Signs indicate that one should not use the emergency brake during many emergencies- Fire, medical problem or need for police. But then, when should we use the emergency brake? (vimeo)
Today would have
been Indira Gandhi
's 92nd birthday, had she not been assassinated
by members of her own guard in her own backyard on October 31st, 1984 (I was there in New Delhi
in a cab when the driver suggested it might be safer
if he turned around and took me straight home). Often confused as a relative of the more famous Gandhi, fashionable, stylish and well groomed
Indira was actually the daughter of India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru and used her married name, although divorced from her Parsi exhusband
. Daughter and mother
of Prime Ministers of India, she herself held office with an iron fist, remembered for
", a brief period of martial law often overlooked in the democratic vibrancy of Indian politics. Will Mrs Gandhi's legacy of dynasty
be continued by
her half Italian grandson?
High-priced emergency locksmith services
clog up local business listings (and Google Maps), driving all the emergency calls to their numbers. It's happened all over the country. E.g., a 'brash new locksmith company' comes to Madison, WI
JS (Aged 5)
She can't wake up.
No? Is she breathing? Can you see her chest go up and down?
I can see her shoulders going ... I can see her doing [Makes breathing noises]
She's breathing, is she? But you think she's having a fit.
Yeah, I think she is and ... I don't know what to do.
6 transcripts of 999 operators
helping people cope with emergencies: a mother giving birth alone
, a 5 year old whose mother is fitting
, a mother and son trapped in a house fire
, a brother and sister resuscitating their father
, a husband saving his choking wife
, and a neighbour saving his friend with an amputated arm
Approximately two years ago, James Kim died
after he and his family were stranded, snowbound, in their car on the Oregon coast (Previously
, and (selflink) previously
). But what if he'd had a Personal Locator Beacon
(PLB)? [more inside]
Flawless Aircraft Emergency Landings
(QLYTP). Breatheless reporting aside, it looks like when a pilot can control the landing, these aircraft are tough enough that no one need be hurt. Many more excellent videos in the post-video links, too.
is headed for landfall in Louisiana in the next 48 hours
, with currently around an equal chance
of being a category 3 storm or a category 4 storm. Gustav
has 150 mph winds at the moment as it begins to enter the gulf of Mexico and a million
After failing in their response to Hurricane Katrina three years ago
, Fema is trying to be more proactive
. Of course, some people are staying
in harm's way
, live blogging, and once
again, there's the cry "bring it on
". [more inside]
Curious why the power is out at your office or the fire engines are rushing past your home? If you live in Seattle, public911
might be able to tell you.
“I will not let my country commit suicide,” says General Pervez Musharraf
in an address
to the nation, after declaring Martial Law
, in Pakistan, yesterday night. Benazir Bhutto
, who had earlier returned to the country to a large reception (and whose convoy was later attacked
) along with former Prime Minister Nawaz Shariff
, have condemned the act.
"Where there is no doctor",
a "village health-care handbook", was originally published by Mexican health activists in 1973
as a response to a critical lack of medical care among Mexico's poor. Now available for free download, the book covers such topics as "Family Planning
" [pdf], Healing without Medicines
[pdf], Common Medicines, their uses and doses
[pdf], the right and wrong uses of modern medicines
[pdf], and (in the midwives edition
) DIY abortion
[pdf]. [more inside]
works on your mobile phone to help you locate the nearest, cleanest bathroom.
An unintentional disruption pre-empted morning radio and television throughout Illinois this week when a FEMA contractor mistakenly sent the highest level of alert codes (Presidential) through the Emergency Alert System during the installation of an upgrade.
(A year to the day after the upgrades were ordered
It's not the first time
false warnings have been sent.
Apparently (before the upgrades
) the EAS data headers had no authentication and someone could have hacked a t.v. or radio station
using a Mr. Microphone.
The old Emergency Broadcast System had an authenticator word list
, like the tone, and the voice, the words themselves were slightly unsettling
I know the old EBS tests
used to scare the hell out of me.
The 1971 false alarm
was initiated with the code word: HATEFULNESS.
-- a new network dedicated to providing emergency contraception for women in need.
Members ("Janes") promise to have some Plan B on hand to immediately send to women in need, whether they were denied by their local doctor or pharmacy
or couldn't get to one.
Folks, the condom broke Friday night and I searched all weekend for someone who could prescribe me EC. It is now Monday and I have to report that I have been unable to find anyone who will write me a fucking prescription for EC. None of the hospitals in the surrounding counties would write it for me. I stopped my search at about 100 miles from my home because my telephone book wouldn't take me out any further than that.
I have been asked about my sexual practices. Whether I'm 'monogamous' or 'in a relationship' if I'm married, if I have kids, how many kids I have, if I was raped or 'traumatized' but there wasn’t' ONE question about my health. Not one. The few places that said that they had a doctor who would occasionally write prescriptions for EC told me that I had to ask for that doctor specifically and then they proceeded to tell me that I would be 'interviewed' to see if I meet that doctors 'criteria' and then they proceeded to ask me all the above questions before telling me that I should 'try anyway' and I 'might be able to talk him into it'.
I just finished reading this book by Dr. Gino Strada
, a war surgeon and founder of Emergency
, an Italian NGO, whose mission
is to provide medical treatment to civilian victims of war
. A series of essays on his experiences
in far away places like Peru, Somalia, Afghanistan
, Iraq, the Sudan and Cambodia
where 90% of the casualties he treats are better known as collateral damage
. One third are children under 14
. He ends with
a heartfelt essay that asks
, "Is it legitimate to accept war as an inevitable prospect for current and future generations?"
Yesterday United Flight 735
from Chicago to Sacramento made an emergency landing in Denver when an unruly passenger tried to open the cabin door
A member of the Flyertalk
forum was on the flight, and provided a first hand account
of the emergency.
The impressive Gimli Glider
. Yes, seriously: it can be a glider
. An amazing story of a commercial pilot with mad emergency landing skillz
makes radio documentaries. 000 Ambulance
are both particularly moving. You can listen to them here
Have you got ICE in your mobile? "Following the disaster in London . . .
East Anglian Ambulance Service have launched a national "In case of Emergency (ICE)" campaign with the support of Falklands war hero Simon Weston.
The idea is that you store the word "ICE" in your mobile phone address book, and against it enter the number of the person you would want to be contacted "In Case of Emergency"
Gen. Franks Doubts Constitution Will Survive WMD Attack
Gen. Tommy Franks says that if the United States is hit with a weapon of mass destruction that inflicts large casualties, the Constitution
will likely be discarded in favor of a military form of government.
: "Hello police"
Caller: "My wife's left me two salmon sandwiches which was left over from last
night... and I'm a sat in the chair here and she's out there decorating. She
won't put any food on or anything for anybody, I don't know what...."
Communications operator: "I'm sorry but I really can't take this. It's not an
emergency because your wife won't give you anything to eat."
E911 technology allows for the location of a cellular phone to be determined by the wireless service provider within several hundred feet. As consequence, privacy groups have been extremely resistant to the implementation of E911. In the wake of the September 11 tragedies, however, the balance between privacy concerns and national security to have changed for many American citizens.
Sort of via 2600
This seems to be coming, what do you think?
911 operators wrong but not biased, boss tells court.
Two Winnipeg women murdered after repeated emergency calls ignored.
Model health law empowers states.
"Patients could be forced to take medicines or receive vaccines for contagious diseases that pose a public health threat, such as smallpox, under the model law." (originally published in Boston Globe, but that link is now gone)
All brought to us courtesy of the Wall Street Journal Weekend section (published on Friday). No, I dont feel one bit paranoid.
I need a policeman to come open my bottles of beer.
Check out the link at the top about the things that people call 911 for and listen to the audio files. This is nearly a week old, but it gave me a good laugh, maybe it'll do the same for you.
This time it's for real: A Stage Three Power Emergency
has been declared in California this evening.
Rolling blackouts are expected, especially in Northern California. If MeFi goes down tonight, this is why. Nothing like government intervention disguised as "deregulation" to muck up the works.