Surviving an Active Shooter

An Active Shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms(s) and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.

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NOAA launches unprecedented effort to discover how El Niño affects weather

NOAA scientists and partners have embarked on a land, sea, and air campaign in the tropical Pacific to study the current El Niño and gather data in an effort to improve weather forecasts thousands of miles away.

The El Niño Rapid Response Field Campaign will deploy NOAA’s Gulfstream IV research plane and NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown, NASA’s Global Hawk unmanned aircraft equipped with specialized sensors, and researchers stationed on Kiritimati (Christmas) Island in the Republic of Kiribati, approximately 1,340 miles south of Honolulu. Together, scientists will collect atmospheric data from this vast and remote expanse of the tropical Pacific where El Niño-driven weather systems are spawned.

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Appliance of science key to disaster risk reduction

By Jonathan FowlerGENEVA, 30 December 2015 – Hundreds of science and technology specialists from around the globe will come together next month to harness their expertise to help reduce disaster risk. The 27-29 January UNISDR Science and Technology Conference, in Geneva, will draw around 800 delegates from disciplines spanning the…

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Mental Health & You

Disasters are upsetting experiences for everyone involved. Children, senior citizens, people with disabilities and people for whom English is not their first language are especially at risk and are likely to need extra care and help. But everyone, even the people that others look up to for guidance and assistance, is entitled to their feelings and deserves support throughout the recovery process. When we experience a disaster or other stressful life event, we can have a variety of reactions, all of which can be common responses to difficult situations.

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Video of the Week- Hurricane Katrina interview and audio

“When all else fails, this is the system that doesn’t.” That’s what the WRAL-TV reporter says in this interview with ham operator KN4AQ as Hurricane Katrina crosses New Orleans. THEN, a recording of actual Amateur Radio communications bringing an emergency message into New Orleans.

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Communities in Texas and Oklahoma Respond to Severe Springtime Flooding

In May 2015, Texas and Oklahoma experienced significant rainfall that resulted in severe flooding in many communities across the southern plains. Two of those communities, Denton County, Texas and Bixby, Oklahoma, shared their stories about how their CERT programs responded to local flooding. Many communities in Denton County, which is in northeastern Texas, are located near bodies of water that have a tendency to flood after heavy rainfall. “We have people who love to live in the rural areas because the creeks are beautiful, but when they flood, it’s not so pretty,” said Denton County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Coordinator Brenda Gormley.

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