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Twitter To Warn Users About Emergencies, Natural Disasters

Twitter To Warn Users About Emergencies, Natural Disasters | Natural Disasters | Scoop.it
Twitter has launched Alerts, a feature that warns its users about emergencies and natural disasters when other communications services might be down
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I think this is especially a good way to send out warning signals. There are so many people on twitter and everyone gets the alerts. This is a great idea so people can even spread the word on here by favoriting it or retweeting it.

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katelyn kime's comment, September 30, 2013 7:52 PM
I think thats an excellent idea. Everyone seems to be always updated on the latest news and by sending out warning signs people would get the news quickly.
Diana Romero's comment, October 1, 2013 9:28 AM
I agree that this is a well thought out way to inform people about dangers, however there is a large amount of people that rely on television and radios as well. But, if other systems aren't available at the moment, then twitter is a good choice to inform a large amount a people at one time. Either way, word spreads so most others that may not have twitter will still descry to the news.
Makenna Bogaard's comment, October 2, 2013 1:48 PM
I agree with you, this is a really good way to spread the word of a natural disaster coming. Most people are always near their phones or on twitter or something, so this is an easy way to get the word out.
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The 10 cities most threatened by a damaging natural disaster

The 10 cities most threatened by a damaging natural disaster | Natural Disasters | Scoop.it

Consider these two major worldwide trends: The global population is becoming increasingly concentrated in urban centers. Climate change is increasing the intensity of natural disasters, and thus probably making the damage they inflict worse.

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I had no idea the U.S wasn't the top for natural disasters. I do agree with what this is saying though. I think the worlds population is getting a lot bigger therefor a lot more natural disasters.

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Leisure activities cultivate hope, resilience in disaster survivors

Leisure activities cultivate hope, resilience in disaster survivors | Natural Disasters | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—As survivors of Hurricane Sandy are learning, the emotional toll of natural disasters is as profound as their physical devastation.

Via D.R. Education
Makenzie Bossard's insight:

I thought this was very interesting because I didn't really know what and how the survivors of natural disaters actually felt. I knew that they would be hurt, but I didnt know how much, this article really explains how much people are affected emotionally.

 

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How Mobile Devices Are Transforming Disaster Relief and Public Safety

How Mobile Devices Are Transforming Disaster Relief and Public Safety | Natural Disasters | Scoop.it
With the onset of climate change, there has been an increase in tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters.

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton
Makenzie Bossard's insight:

I think these mobile divices are everywhere and are good and its what all of the world needs. If someone sees something coming they can just pull out their handy dandy mobile divice and use it to contact someone they know. It can also give people warning and time to leave.

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Margaret Kooser's comment, October 2, 2013 1:47 PM
I think that mobile devices are used all the time for almost everything and the fact that they can be used for disaster relief is amazing. One of the most common ways to get your parent to buy you a phone is say, "What if theres an emergency." Well, this just proves that we are right. Having a natural disaster and being able to get ahold of help is important. Plus, when we arn't infront of the news and we don't know whats going on, you can pull out your mobile device and know what the emergency is.
Molly Langstraat's comment, October 2, 2013 4:13 PM
I think that mobile devices are helpful. If you are in trouble and need help you can pull out your phone and call for help. Mobile devices save many lives because people call 911 mostly from a mobile device.
Jerod Garland's comment, October 15, 2013 8:38 PM
Great article scoop. Rachel, Margaret, excellent thoughts!
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New Technology can Detect Heartbeats in Rubble

New Technology can Detect Heartbeats in Rubble | Natural Disasters | Scoop.it
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 18, 2013 -
When natural disasters or human-made catastrophes topple buildings, search and rescue teams immediately set out to find victims trapped beneath the wreckage.

Via SustainOurEarth
Makenzie Bossard's insight:

I scooped this because I thought that is is amazing that, with the tecnology we have, can find people that are still alive under rubble. Even though its not out there yet, their testing it and I'm sure it will come in handy when we have terrible natural disasters.

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Seth Meinders's curator insight, October 3, 2013 9:57 PM

I think this is a very good invention that could potentially save many lives. Lots of people are burried in rubble after earthquakes, it is hard to find them buried. But if they are unresposive it is even harder. This new technology can solve these problems and save lives. I think cities and states should invest in this to save lives. This can help prevent deaths and fatalities but it cannot completley stop them. 

Alaina Rahn's comment, October 4, 2013 9:54 AM
I think this is a very good invention and could be very helpful. I think they could save a lot of people with this.
zachary nunnikhoven's comment, October 4, 2013 2:32 PM
I think that it is a very good thing that it is a very good thing that we have the technologie that we do today. With this hopefully many life's will be saved.
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FCC Must Provide Guidance On Natural Disasters Including Communication Networks | Public Knowledge

FCC Must Provide Guidance On Natural Disasters Including Communication Networks | Public Knowledge | Natural Disasters | Scoop.it

August 29 will be the 8th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a storm that left a level of devastation and death in the Gulf Coast that horrified our nation. Soon after the storm in 2005 there was an open debate about whether it was smart to rebuild in cities such as New Orleans, where the cost to build back the city’s defenses against future storms was great due to the natural terrain and the level of technology needed to do the job. Residents had to choose if they would return to their homes and invest in making their communities whole again, or simply start over in a new town where the prospects where better.

 

This decision is not unlike what communities faced following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy along the New York and New Jersey coast in 2012. In both instances, residents decided that their community was “stronger than the storm” and that they would restore their communities back to a place that worked for all its people and businesses.

 

Now the FCC faces a similar decision. After all previous natural disasters, such as Katrina, telecom and communications companies worked with the FCC to establish an understanding that they would, given adequate time by the agency, build back the parts of their network that had been destroyed in the disaster. Building out communications networks is expensive, time-consuming work and so the FCC set up a system under section 214(a) of the Communications Act for phone companies to ask for that needed time and flexibility.

 

Hurricane Sandy was the first time when a company, in this instance Verizon, has said they will not build back their old network, but instead deploy a different service. Public Knowledge has detailed how Verizon’s substitute, VoiceLink, is not comparable to the quality of service in its old copper network.

 

On August 19, President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Task Force released a report which provided 69 policy recommendations to help with the regional rebuilding effort and ensure communities are better able to withstand and recover from future storms.

 

However, none of the recommendations in this report provide guidance or expectation as to how to rebuild communications networks and with what level of service.

 

In the meantime, we are in the middle of a new hurricane season and so far the United States has been fortunate not to have been hit by a serious storm. In recent months however, wildfires have ravaged western states and the Midwest has seen fierce tornados and annual flooding. Consumers deserve to know that when disasters occur and they are faced with the choice of rebuilding their community or starting over elsewhere, that the agency charged with protecting their access to communications networks has a plan for dealing with loss of services and network restoration.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Makenzie Bossard's insight:

I think its great that we have rebuilding efforts here in the U.S. especally with all the communication networks. I think its also a good idea that the communtiy that is and or was hit by the disaster gets to choose wheither they rebuild or not.

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Guide to Help Hawaii Boaters Prepare for Disasters

Guide to Help Hawaii Boaters Prepare for Disasters | Natural Disasters | Scoop.it
Hawaii boaters have a new guide to help them protect themselves and their vessels from natural disasters.
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I think every coastal place that has a lot of boaters should send out a guide. A guide on how to stay more safe out on the water and protect themselves from natural disasters.

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The 10 Worst Natural Disasters – Nat Geo TV Blogs

The 10 Worst Natural Disasters – Nat Geo TV Blogs | Natural Disasters | Scoop.it
Our planet has been tearing itself apart for billions of years – a giant tug of war between continents that creates and destroys mountains, canyons and coastlines. Liquid rock has blasted its way to the surface, generating ...
Makenzie Bossard's insight:

This is a great article if you want to know about the natural disasters from the earlier times in the 1800's even. I didn't know almost over half of the things happened and its amazing how they look like today, like it never even happened.

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Carly Schaus's comment, October 3, 2013 9:55 PM
I like how they put out how many natural disasters happened in the 1800's. Its crazy how it looks like it didn't happen.