IT’S A DISASTER! e-news 2-Sep-2011
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Chasing4Life’s Stronger Communities radio show with well-known author/educator Eddy Weiss focuses on disaster preparedness, disaster response, First Responders, current disaster events and how you can be better prepared. Chasing4Life believes with more education we’ll need less response. www.blogtalkradio.com/chasing4life/
FEMA has a few blog posts that may come in handy for those suffering from Hurricane Irene’s aftermath .. and the potential flooding from TS Lee spinning in the Gulf Coast and Katia in the Atlantic as of today (9/2). Check out Federal Assistance Before, During & After a Hurricane .. and .. Avoiding loan scams after a natural disaster.
Remember… if your CERT, MRC, agency, business, school, church or group has not registered on Ready.gov’s National Preparedness Month Coalition site, visit http://community.fema.gov to learn more. Individuals are also encouraged to register and join the forum and share information.
This great vid produced by the Lake Elsinore Citizen Corps (in CA) is the national CERT recruitment public service announcement.
In honor of National Preparedness Month, Bill and Janet Liebsch will be appearing on several radio shows throughout September. (Note: links have recorded archives.) This week’s lineup includes…
On 9/1 Janet appeared on Destiny Survival Radio with John Wesley Smith to discuss NPM on the Preparedness Radio Network. And please visit John’s blog post about the show and learn how to win your copy of IT’S A DISASTER!
Janet will join Lynna on The Other Side of…a Preppers Path this Sunday 9/4 at 2p Eastern / 11a Pacific on the Preppers Broadcasting Network to discuss if recent disasters are starting to create an “awakening”.
Next week’s enews will have more appearance links...
...First responders are not invited to this year’s 9/11 ceremony at Ground Zero?! That’s the word from city officials who say there isn’t enough room for the tens of thousands of firefighters, police and other rescue workers. Source: CBS .. also .. join a discussion on USFRA about the NYC Mayor’s decision.
...recently the Red Cross issued a study indicating that Americans are increasingly using social media and mobile tools to track disasters. According to the study, 18% of Americans surveyed rely on Facebook for disaster-related information. And 24% of Americans polled say they'd turn to Facebook to locate friends and family--and make sure they're OK--when a disaster strikes, while 80% said they expected national emergency response organizations to actively follow social media to respond faster. Source: CNET
… in his two and a half years in office, President Obama has issued 360 declarations without the occurrence of one hurricane or large-scale earthquake?! That continues a 16-year trend during which declarations tripled from 43 under President George H. W. Bush to 89 under President Bill Clinton to 130 under President George W. Bush. As a result, Heritage notes, FEMA is becoming distracted by responding to routine natural disasters instead of preparing for catastrophic natural disasters which could have a national impact. Source: The Heritage Foundation (Note: This was posted prior to Hurricane Irene.)
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) issued the ASPR Lifeline Facebook Application Developer Challenge in collaboration with FEMA, a health-focused online community of developers, designers, patients, providers, health care organizations that promotes health technology innovation. The person or team developing the best application will receive $10,000 from HHS .. second place will be awarded $5,000 .. and third place will receive $1,000. The online challenge closes Nov 4, 2011. To register as a participant in the ASPR Lifeline Facebook Application Developer Challenge, visit http://challenge.gov or Health 2.0
Water Canary is a device used to identify global water contamination problems using GPS and crowd-sourcing. The Water Canary device provides real-time information on potential outbreaks of disease-infected water and requires minimal training and almost no education, including literacy, for its operator. It lets anyone test water with only the push of a button, and then it submits the results along with location data wirelessly. Additionally, a red light flashes to alert the user to a potential drinking water problem. Source: Treehugger hat tip to SFCard
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