Tagged: emergency

New Study Evaluates Effectiveness of Crew Sizes in High-Rise Fires

A new study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) finds that that firefighting crews of five or six members are significantly faster in putting out fires and completing search-and-rescue operations when responding to fires in high-rise buildings than crews of three or four. This research will greatly...

Anniversary of the Three Mile Island Incident

On March 28, 1979, a partial nuclear meltdown occurred at the Three Mile Island Unit 2 (TMI-2) reactor, near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It was the most serious accident in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant history, and was given a rating of 5 out of 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale....

1964 Alaska Earthquake and Tsunamis

Great Alaskan Earthquake & Tsunamis of 1964 On March 27, 1964, the second largest recorded earthquake in history struck Prince William Sound, Alaska. Measuring 9.2 on the Richter scale, the earthquake killed nine and a further 122 died from the subsequent tsunamis. This event has been referred to as the....

New iOS App Released to Assist First Responders in Hazardous Material Incidents

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has just released a new universal app for Apple iOS devices called WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders). The application was created to assist first responders in hazardous-materials incidents. From the iTunes Preview: “First responders in general, and HAZMAT units in particular, must...

Reducing Risks of Future Disasters: Priorities for Decision Makers

Reducing Risks of Future Disasters: Priorities for Decision Makers The United Kingdom’s Government Office for Science has released a report entitled, “Reducing Risks of Future Disasters: Priorities for Decision Makers”. From the foreword by Professor Sir John Beddington, Chief Scientific Adviser to Her Majesty’s Government and Head of the Government...

New Year, New You – Get Emergency Ready with FEMA

For 2013, FEMA encourages one of your New Year Resolutions to include emergency ready preparations for you and your family. With FEMA’s ‘Resolve to be Ready’ campaign, the integration of technology and preparedness has lead to the creation of the FEMA mobile app, printable emergency plans, and a Family Emergency...

Federal Activities in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

“At the direction of President Barack Obama, the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] continues to coordinate federal government assistance — including Department of Defense-provided aid — to support states in response and recovery of Hurricane Sandy[.]” Involvement in the response to this storm also includes U.S. Northern Command, more than...

Are You Ready for the Frankenstorm?

Hurricane Sandy is a category-1 storm that is estimated to bring “life-threatening flooding to the US mid-Atlantic coast and hurricane-force winds from Virginia to Massachusetts, Monday evening and into Tuesday.” The storm has been gaining more strength, with winds of over 90 miles per hour, and conditions are anticipated to...

Anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake

On October 17, 1989 at 5:04 p.m., a 6.9 magnitude earthquake rocked California’s Bay Area. As it “rippled outward from its core, it left a trail of destruction from Santa Cruz to San Francisco,” bringing about the deaths of 63 individuals and $7 billion dollars worth of damage. Centered near...

Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently published the 2012 edition of the Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) manual in order to update the valuable resource initially released in 2002. When the original manual was published, “the central role of crisis communication in public health responses to crises...