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April 15, 2014 | 0 comments

 

"The Army National Guard Sustainability & Energy section for facilities management and logistics is interested in learning more about your technologies!  If you are interested in demonstrating your water, sanitation, or power technology to leaders within the Army National Guard, please contact Mary Jo Snavely at mary.j.snavely.ctr@mail.mil"

March 25, 2014 | 0 comments

As hope for survivors of the devastating mudslide in Oso dims, Snohomish County officials have released information on how best to help mudslide victims, their families and struggling surrounding communities. First and foremost, officials are requesting everyone stay away from the slide. The area remains very dangerous, and officials said non-dispatched individuals at the scene would complicate efforts. Please stay well clear of roadblocks and emergency workers. Despite some earlier media reports, officials ARE NOT asking for volunteers to help with the search.

The Red Cross has seen an outpouring of support in clothes and food donations. But now, monetary donations are what’s needed. Call 1-800-Red-Cross or visit RedCross.org to give. And the Red Cross reminded people NOT to bring donation items to area shelters.

Those missing for loved ones should visit Safeandwell.org. Family members could call the call center at 425-388-5088 to report a missing loved one. This is the same number to ask about reunification, evacuation and shelters. You are also asked this number if you are safe, and have not yet reported you are OK. Also, contact Demcallcenter@Snohco.org. Remember, officials need specific information such as photos when reporting a missing person. More resources here: http://q13fox.com/2014/03/...

March 21, 2014 | 0 comments

Each year, a large number of civilians are killed and injured by unexploded weapons such as artillery shells, land mines, mortars, grenades and bombs. These explosive remnants of war (ERW) regularly disrupt daily civilian life in post-war and conflict zones. To combat the problem, the Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP) at the National Defense University is challenging developers to come up with a mechanism to keep “eyes on the street” and transform ordinary citizen’s mobile devices into tools that can be used to report ERW and land mines to the appropriate authorities.

The contest encourages developers to develop open-source applications, as well as to leverage existing apps. All submissions must demonstrate how the new or improved application will produce or improve ERW or land mine reporting, and how the solution will be sustained following the completion of the competition. Team entries are encouraged.

A $3,000 cash award will be given for first place. Second place will receive $1,500 and third place will receive $500. The top two submissions may see their application rolled out in countries affected by ERW, where their solution could be put to work immediately.

The competition kicks off March 18, 2015 and submissions will be accepted between March 18, 2014 and June 20, 2014. Complete contest rules and entry requirements can be found at http://erwlandmineapps....

February 26, 2014 | 0 comments
  1. The European Journalism Centre (EJC) has released the Verification Handbook, the first ever guide for using user-generated content (UGC) during humanitarian emergencies. The many new technologies out there imply that there are many new technologies to wittingly or non wittingly invade people's privacy.  This is a concern of the Red Cross and other large agencies working in this field and this is the firsts journal that addresses this.  TIDES is also working in thsi area with NORTHCOM.  NORTHCOM's mission includes dealing with disasters from Canada to Mexico including supporting domestic civilian authorities in disasters such as in Hurricane Sandy or Katrina.  As such, in the US, people must be careful to not use information that would otherwise be protected by privacy issues 

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February 18, 2014 | 0 comments

The dramatic images of natural disasters show that nature, not the people preparing for hazards, often wins the high-stakes game of chance. Sometimes nature surprises us when an earthquake, hurricane, or flood is bigger or has greater effects than expected. In other cases, nature outsmarts us, doing great damage despite expensive mitigation measures or causing us to divert limited resources to mitigate hazards that are overestimated. Much of the problem comes from the fact that formulating effective natural hazard policy involves combining science, economics, and risk analysis to analyze a problem and explore costs and benefits of different options in situations where the future is very uncertain:
http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20140218-fashioning-an-effecti...

Some of the tough questions include:

How should a community allocate its budget between measures that could reduce the effect of future natural disasters and many other applications, some of which could do more good? For example, how to balance making schools earthquake resistant with hiring teachers to improve instruction?
Does it make more sense to build levees to protect against floods or to prevent development in the areas at risk?
Would more lives be saved by making hospitals earthquake resistant or by using the funds for patient...