December 5, 2013 | 0 comments

STAR-TIDES Network Member, DLX is linking up with the American Red Cross to do holiday fundraising to help those in need and raise emergency and disaster preparedness awareness. Deployed Logix, an emergency management equipment designer and distributor, is proud to be partnering with the San Diego chapter of The American Red Cross to raise funds for those in need this holiday season through their "Shelter of Hope" Program.

Red Cross CEO Tony Young will be living in our rapid-deploying field shelter, the ASAP 12, until the fundraising goal is met. ASAP shelters and kits are new, low-cost and incredibly fast emergency management, command and relief shelter systems. With a 60 second deployment time and less than half the cost of competing systems, ASAP is set to disrupt the disaster relief and management...

December 5, 2013 | 0 comments

From STAR-TIDES Member, In Stove--

Pasteurizer saves lives and InStove in Haiti, Zambia, and the USA!

Pasteurizer Saves Lives in Zambia!

Lack of safe water causes half of all child mortality in region

   “We tested highly contaminated water,” said Ester Banda, Coordinator of the Water Quality Testing lab in Ndola, Zambia where InStove just tested its new water pasteurizer. “After pasteurization, the water that came out was negative [for pathogens]. We think that system can work well and save a lot of people.”     Using only a pencil’s weight of wood for each liter of safe drinking water, our pasteurizer can produce over 400 liters (100 gallons) per hour. Kirk Schauer,...

December 4, 2013 | 0 comments

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December 3, 2013 | 0 comments

Francisco Sanchez is the liaison to the director of the Harris County, Texas, Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (OHSEM), Judge Ed Emmett. The office is responsible for disaster preparedness and response in the region. Sanchez also acts as the public information officer for OHSEM. In this edited Q&A with Emergency Management Magazine, Sanchez addresses lessons learned from hurricanes Katrina and Rita, as well as the sue of social media:

December 3, 2013 | 0 comments

In October 2012, shortly after Hurricane Sandy caused devastation to several states along the Eastern Seaboard, President Barack Obama created a high-level federal team representing 24 agencies to consider a long-term recovery strategy for the states most affected. The Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force was charged with preparing a report with recommendations on its findings with specific instructions to think ahead and consider long-term needs for the vulnerable Atlantic Coast states. And to recommend ways to reduce not only the devastation but also the high costs likely with respect to future disaster events. After working for roughly six months, the task force issued its report in August and also made plans to track the implementation actions by agencies and to work on ways to reduce the future federal outlays for future major weather events. Among the special features of this endeavor is the first-time use of an executive order to require 24 federal agencies to consider the long-term recovery process; the task force effort was linked with ongoing White House directives to deal with climate change and to foster more resilient communities; and follow-up processes were included to implement the recommendations provided by the report: