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Oct 12, 2013 01:27 pm |

Are You Ready to ShakeOut?

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Everyone, everywhere, should know how to protect themselves during an earthquake. On October 17 at 10:17 a.m. nearly 10 millions Californians and more than 7 million others worldwide will participate in Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills by practicing the “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” action recommended by experts as key to surviving ...

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Oct 12, 2013 01:20 pm |

7 Ways the Response to a Devastating Earthquake Has Changed

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By: David Raths on September 20, 2013

Most San Francisco Bay Area residents over 30 years old remember exactly where they were at 5:04 p.m. on Oct. 17, 1989, when the magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake shook the region.

I certainly do. I was just getting ready to drive home to Palo Alto, a ...

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Oct 12, 2013 12:16 pm |

How to Use Your Smartphone As an Essential Part of Your Disaster Kit

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Generally speaking you don’t want to rely on technology at all in your disaster toolkit, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make use of an old smartphone (or your current one for that matter). Before the cell networks are down, here’s what you should load up on your smartphone.

We’ve talked about ...

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Oct 12, 2013 12:04 pm |

Science calls on smartphones to improve earthquake detection

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Laura Poppick LiveScience

Small sensors found in most smartphones and laptops are sensitive enough to detect the movement of moderate and large earthquakes, and could vastly expand the information gathered during seismic events in densely populated cities, new research suggests.

The devices, called micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) accelerometers, measure movement in three dimensions ...

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Oct 12, 2013 11:55 am |

Colorado floods: Final name crossed off list of 1,200 missing

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The last missing person in the Colorado flood zone has been found, crossing off the final name on a list that at one point included 1,200 unaccounted-for residents, officials announced Tuesday.

The last missing person was identified as Jon-Erik Huffspater, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office spokesman John Schulz ...

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Oct 12, 2013 11:39 am |

Financial disaster preparedness

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Disaster preparedness extends beyond storing water and supplies.  Having a plan to pay bills and access your important records and accounts will avoid problems in the future.  Since disasters leave many families without access to finances, store your important documents in a safe ...

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Oct 12, 2013 11:21 am |

Pandemic Flu Plan Predicts 30 Percent of U.S. Could Fall Ill

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A newly declassified government plan for a flu pandemic suggests a challenging scenario, as vaccine production could take months and basic services could be disrupted.

A recently declassified U.S. government plan for how to react in the face of a pandemic flu has some scary, but realistic predictions.

According to a 2009 ...

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Oct 12, 2013 11:15 am |

Surges are the Overlooked Storm Threat — But Not for Much Longer

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By: Hilton Collins on September 09, 2013

Storm surges are a coastal threat that few taxpayers understand. A surge strikes when a storm causes seawater to rise above the normal predicted tide level. The surge itself consists of extra water that’s been added on top of the tide, and the combination of the two ...

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Oct 12, 2013 11:05 am |

Preparedness Facts: Tips for making a family plan

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When making plans, it is recommended to consider all of the locations individuals and households frequent. Then find out what plans exist for those locations and customize personal and household plans based on what household members would do if an emergency occurred at that particular location.

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Oct 12, 2013 11:00 am |

Feds offer resources for emergency preparedness

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The federal government offers resources for schools’ emergency preparedness.

See http://training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.asp

www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/emergencyplan/index.html

This site provides information that can help school leaders plan for any emergency, including natural disasters, violent incidents and terrorist acts.

http://ercm.ed.gov/

The REMS Technical Assistance Center supports schools and school districts in developing and implementing comprehensive emergency management plans by providing ...

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