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September 25, 2013 | 0 comments

What would you cook with granola, graham crackers, chili, canned peaches and apple juice? That’s what the Arizona Division of Emergency Management (ADEM) wants to know. Inspired by the foods found in emergency kits and culinary competition shows like Top Chef and Chopped, the state’s Emergency Kit Cook-Off is encouraging people to create recipes using nonperishable ingredients. Started in 2011, the idea for the cook-off came up during a meeting of the division’s public information officers who are self-described foodies, said Ethan Riley, one of the PIOs. “We looked at what the typical outreach programs are. We’ve done poster contests before; we’ve done a video contest before,” he said. “With this we wanted to take a chance and an atypical approach to outreach.”
More at http://www.emergencymgmt.com/training/Emergency-Kit-Cook-Off-Arizona.html

September 25, 2013 | 0 comments

Severe thunderstorms, often exhibiting destructive rainfall, hail and tornadoes, are one of the primary causes of catastrophic losses in the United States. In 2012, eleven weather disasters in the United States crossed the billion-dollar threshold in economic losses. Seven of those events were related to severe thunderstorms. New climate analyses indicate that global warming is likely to cause a robust increase in the conditions that produce these types of storms across much of the country over the next century.
More at http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20130925-u-s-to-face-an-increa...

September 24, 2013 | 0 comments

Patrick Meier, formerly of Ushahidi, talk on the use of time-critical crowdsourcing to verify social media reports shared during disasters: http://irevolution.net/2013/07/21/tedx-crowdsourcing-verification/

September 23, 2013 | 0 comments

Water and wastewater managers are missing substantial opportunities to save energy and money, according to a new report.The report also identifies significant gaps in knowledge about the amount of water used to extract energy resources such as natural gas, oil, and coal, and to generate electricity.
More at http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20130923-missed-opportunities-...

September 23, 2013 | 0 comments

”Malaria will be the first disease beaten by mobile.” That’s what Martin Edlund, the CEO of Malaria No More, told the buzzing crowd during his Social Good Summit talk earlier today. Edlund and his organization view the mobile phone as a game-changer in the fight against malaria, a disease that killed 660,000 people last year – primarily women and children in Sub-Saharan Africa. Edlund explained that malaria “thrives on bad information” and lack of data. And mobile phones are helping connect the dots between all the other malaria-fighting tools. Bednets, diagnostic tests, cheap treatment, reliable drugs - key elements of eliminating malaria and reducing mortality and morbidity rates – are “turbocharged” through the use of mobile phones. By the end of 2015, there will be 1 billion mobile phones on the African continent. So, what does fighting a disease with technology look like? And how does it work? Edlund cited a few examples of how Malaria No More leverages mobile phones to beat the disease. More at: http://www.undispatch.com/malaria-will-be-the-first-disease-beaten-by-mo...