disaster response

A story for all you Jurassic Park loving peeps out there. I learned about this in my Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness course that I just started.
In 1992, Jurassic Park was finishing filming on the island of Kaua'i in Hawai'i. The final day was scheduled for September 11. However, brewing out in the Pacific and headed straight for Hawai'i was Category 4 Hurricane Iniki. The crew had been keeping an eye on it, but it was expected that Iniki would turn its course slightly. The afternoon of September 10, however they were informed that it was going to make landfall in a few hours, impacting Kaua'i with the main brunt of it. The crew of hundreds was ordered into the basement of the hotel they were staying in, and they waited it out that night. (Rather hilariously, Richard Attenborough slept through the whole ordeal where others were awake, huddled together and fearing for their lives. When Spielberg asked him about it, he answered, “My dear boy, I survived the blitz!” I guess after that, a little hurricane is just pleasant white noise.)
The next day, after the storm had passed, the whole island was in shambles. Infrastructure was totally destroyed, electricity was entirely knocked out, and radio service was down. The crew had escaped harm, luckily, though the sets were totally destroyed. That’s actually why we don’t see any of Ray Arnold’s journey to the power shed, because that set was ruined during the storm. Anyway, I digress.
The crew comes out of their basement shelter to find total devastation and a city in disarray. Even though help would be arriving soon, since the National Weather Service had been monitoring the storm and knew the island was hit, there would be no way for the relief efforts to begin with the infrastructure so heavily damaged. Airstrips and landing pads had also been demolished in the storm, and hospitals were without power. There was also no (rather, just severely limited) way to move the debris that was keeping citizens from aid.
EXCEPT a gigantic, highly skilled and intelligent film crew with lots of industrial equipment and literally nothing better to do.
Within hours of the storm’s passing, the film crew personnel had dug out their bulldozers and cranes, jury rigged up whatever else they needed from the animatronics, and began blazing a path through the wreckage to the air strip where they cleared the whole landing site, then began working on major city streets. They also used their set generators to help restore power to critical city functions, and their satellite phones to call for extra assistance from the mainland (after they had evacuated their cast, of course).
Even though the ships and helicopters arrived to take the crew home that day, as planned, many (if not most) of the crew stayed on Kaua'i to assist in cleanup and relief efforts.
It’s estimated by Emergency Management officials and experts that if the crew had not been there, the recovery efforts would have been delayed by as much as 3 weeks, as little as 3 days, and several hundred people would have died in the aftermath of Hurricane Iniki.

Hollywood gets a bad rep for being selfish, but they can save lives and I think that’s really cool.

Black Marble: NASA View Illuminates Earth at Night

When the sun goes down, the lights on Earth shine bright. A new look using our satellite data captures the lights coming from our neighborhoods, vehicles, buildings, factories, fishing vessels and other human activity brightening the night.

Our scientists have just released the first new global map of Earth at night since 2012. This nighttime view of our home planet, dubbed the Black Marble, provides researchers with a unique perspective of human activities around the globe.

By studying Earth at night, researchers can investigate how and why cities expand, monitor light intensity to estimate energy use and economic activity, and aid in disaster response in near-real time.

The data on Earth at night comes from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument on the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite, jointly managed by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

VIIRS captures visible and infrared light, allowing researchers to glimpse the Earth as it looks to astronauts peering out of the International Space Station. The new map is a composite of data collected in 2016, and it took several months of processing to filter out clouds, moonlight, airglow, and other interfering features to create the global image. In the coming months our scientists will release daily nighttime lights data at even finer resolutions for the first time.

The East Coast sparkles with population hubs, suburbs circling cities and major roadways. The I-95 corridor includes the most densely populated region of the United States – the stretch from Washington, DC to Boston.

To get images like these from the satellite data, our scientists had to filter out moonlight, aerosols and other sources of extraneous light – the goal is to eventually be able to detect the lights from a single building or fishing boat.

Daytime satellite images, like this one from Landsat 8, can show us the forests, deserts, mountains, waterways and built-up cities. Add a nighttime view, and scientists can study when and how people are using these limited resources – like the lights tracing the Nile River leading to the metropolis of Cairo, Egypt.

Lights aren’t confined to land. With the global nighttime view, the ocean is dotted with fishing fleets, including boats that try to attract their catch with bright lights.

What lights illuminate your neighborhood? Download a high-resolution version of the Black Marble HERE, and find out more about our new night lights data HERE.

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Smile for the Bouncing Ball

If you make your living in a dangerous profession like the military, police or disaster response, knowing what’s around the corner can mean the difference between life and death. 

An MIT-hatched startup called Bounce Imaging has developed a new technology to put eyes on areas that are too dangerous to enter blind. The device is called Explorer. It is a softball-sized orb that holds a camera with six lenses pointed in different directions and either visible-light or near-infrared LEDs. Read more and see video of the device in action below.

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SpaceX Sends Super Science to Space Station!

SpaceX is scheduled to launch its Dragon spacecraft PACKED with super cool research and technology to the International Space Station June 1 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. New solar panels, investigations that study neutron stars and even fruit flies are on the cargo list. Let’s take a look at what other bits of science are making their way to the orbiting laboratory 250 miles above the Earth…

New solar panels to test concept for more efficient power source

Solar panels generate power well, but they can be delicate and large when used to power a spacecraft or satellites. This technology demonstration is a solar panel concept that is lighter and stores more compactly for launch than the solar panels currently in use. 

Roll-Out Solar Array (ROSA) has solar cells on a flexible blanket and a framework that rolls out like a tape measure and snap into place, and could be used to power future space vehicles.  

Investigation to Study Composition of Neutron Stars

Neutron stars, the glowing cinders left behind when massive stars explode as supernovas, contain exotic states of matter that are impossible to replicate in any lab. NICER studies the makeup of these stars, and could provide new insight into their nature and super weird behavior.

Neutron stars emit X-ray radiation, enabling the NICER technology to observe and record information about its structure, dynamics and energetics. 

Experiment to Study Effect of New Drug on Bone Loss

When people and animals spend lots of space, they experience bone density loss. In-flight exercise can prevent it from getting worse, but there isn’t a therapy on Earth or in space that can restore bone that is already lost.

The Systemic Therapy of NELL-1 for osteoporosis (Rodent Research-5) investigation tests a new drug that can both rebuild bone and block further bone loss, improving health for crew members.

Research to Understand Cardiovascular Changes

Exposure to reduced gravity environments can result in cardiovascular changes such as fluid shifts, changes in total blood volume, heartbeat and heart rhythm irregularities, and diminished aerobic capacity.

The Fruit Fly Lab-02 study will use the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) to better understand the underlying mechanisms responsible for the adverse effects of prolonged exposure to microgravity on the heart. Fruit flies are effective model organisms, and we don’t mean on the fashion runway. Want to see how 1,000 bottles of fruit flies were prepared to go to space? Check THIS out.

Space Life-Support Investigation

Currently, the life-support systems aboard the space station require special equipment to separate liquids and gases. This technology utilizes rotating and moving parts that, if broken or otherwise compromised, could cause contamination aboard the station. 

The Capillary Structures investigation studies a new method of water recycling and carbon dioxide removal using structures designed in specific shapes to manage fluid and gas mixtures. 

Earth-Observation Tools

Orbiting approximately 250 miles above the Earth’s surface, the space station provides pretty amazing views of the Earth. The Multiple User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES) facility hosts Earth-viewing instruments such as high-resolution digital cameras, hyperspectral imagers, and provides precision pointing and other accommodations.

This investigation can produce data that could be used for maritime domain awareness, agricultural awareness, food security, disaster response, air quality, oil and gas exploration and fire detection. 

Watch the launch live HERE! For all things space station science, follow @ISS_Research on Twitter.

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My historic crush is SirArthur Henry Rostron, KBE, RD, RNR (14 May 1869 – 4 November 1940). He was the captain of the RMS Carpathia and was the one who rescued the Titanic survivors. Now I’m a serious hardcore Titanic fanboy, and this guy was a serious hero, though he didn’t consider himself one.

On receiving Titanic’s SOS call he changed course and pushed his ship beyond all normal limits to travel 58 miles to reach the stricken liner. The Carpathia’s top speed was 14 knots, but Rostron and his crew managed to get her up to 17. 706 people were rescued.

Though much praised and decorated for his calm and exemplary actions the modest Rostron was reluctant to speak publicly about the Titanic disaster. But in response to a journalist querying many years later how his little ship could have been coerced to travel at a speed greater than the maximum of which she was supposedly capable, and how she had progressed safely at such speed through ice in the dark, the deeply religious Rostron simply replied “A hand other than mine was on the wheel that night”.

lauwurens  asked:

i haven't read all of ilhti but i really don't see how it could be like.. cliche? when it comes to wlw there's literally not ENOUGH MATERIAL to create cliches.. a huge majority of wlw stuff is high schoolers or just porn? like dude show me all the stories about a black girl and an asian girl in a lesbian relationship??? i'll wait. it could literally be a coffee shop au and it's not too cliche

THANK YOU! Like yeah I wrote their backstory as Eliza running into Theo and spilling coffee on her but Theo was just like, forget my clothes holy shit I’m buying you another coffee because !!! heart eyes! And like if that’s cliche I don’t care because wtf it’s cute and I would pass out if a girl did that for me. And just…yeah. I would die for a Theoliza coffee shop AU that is actually given kudos and commented on and given attention. Give me those cliches.

Things that break your heart

Recently had a small disaster response in the community. At my hospital we received several victims. I called another local hospital to find out the status of a child’s father. The dad was fine and I went to tell the young child their dad was ok. The child looked me straight in the eyes and asked “what about my mom?”. I said I didn’t know yet. Without breaking eye contact the child told me “I know she isn’t ok. She wasnt moving or crying”. The child just hung their head and started to cry.

The truth is the medic told us she was deceased on scence. We had no family members with the child yet.

Some days I wish I just delivered news papers…. or flowers…. or made coffee for people.

Today marks 6 years since I lost Ryan to suicide, and nothing weighs as heavily on me than the guilt of that day. We were both so young, but we were determined and we truly cared for each other. His compassion went far beyond the two of us - he wanted to be a disaster response medic, and I wanted to be a journalist, we came up with this crazy plan to move to New York and find a way to travel to disaster zones together, him saving lives and me telling the story. We were such dreamers, but his heart was pure gold. Every day, I am thankful to have held him for a time, and to have witnessed the kindness and generosity he radiated. If he were still alive today, I have no doubt he would be off making a difference and living out his mission to save lives. I just wish I could see that light shine one more time. Ryan, I miss you more than words can express, and I wish you were here today. The world needs you, I need you. I am sorry I wasn’t there and I love you. Godspeed baby.

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“Are you more independent or dependent?”

Dependent, absolutely. I can do things on my own to a certain degree, but at school without my friends, I am NOTHING.

One time Sofia left me alone and when I found her with another friend the other girl took one look at me and said “You look like a sad kitten that lost it’s owner.”

“All Shook Up takes a close look at the representation in film, the political repercussions, and the social opportunities of large-scale catastrophes in separate Soviet epochs, including the 1927 earthquake in the Crimean peninsula, the 1948 earthquake in Ashgabat, the Tashkent earthquake in 1966, the Chernobyl explosion in 1986, and the Armenian earthquake in 1988. Juxtaposing various disaster responses and demonstrating the ways both Soviet authorities and citizens molded them to their own cultural needs, Nigel Raab highlights the radical shifts in disaster policy from one leader to the next.”

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What is your thought about the Philippine Arena?

The Philippines is a very interesting place, how can it not be when it’s a country composed of over 7,000 islands. I don’t know much, but the names and colonial architecture looks a lot like home.

The Arena is supposed to be designed inspired in the banyan tree but the resulting design is very generic, something you could see in any country in the world.

Here are some interesting examples of Philippine architecture:

The Labassin Waterfall Restaurant

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Broom People

Ok, let’s talk about Ginny Weasley, wildly underappreciated character, and how, on a mythic level, she is an incredibly elegant counterpart to Harry Potter, even though she barely makes it onto the page.

I have a friend who really enjoys the fanfic work of my friend tozettewrites - he says of her work that she provides “deep reads on shallow characters”. I prefer to think that she sees the potential on the page or screen of the characters as presented in the original work, the way the characters would make sense within the narrative and the world if only they were properly explained and presented. She looks into the gaps and sees the sense, particularly, in Harry Potter, with characters like Tom Riddle and the Malfoys. I want to do the same with Ginny Weasley, because I think she makes an enormous amount of sense within the framework of the story and as a character, but she isn’t there on the page for us to see. I particularly want to pitch why I think Ginny/Harry makes an enormous amount of sense as a ship.

Ginny is the only girl and the youngest of seven in a house run by the tender velvet fist of Molly Weasley, with the input and love of an absentminded professor who loves the Muggle world. She is unbelievably comfortable within the magical world, has an amiable understanding of and comfort with Muggles thanks to her father, and understands completely what it is to be both loved and a little bit invisible. In that way, she is the counterpart and opposite of Harry, who knows what it is to be thoroughly unloved and also a little bit overly observed by a family who mistrusts and hates him, and who has no idea the magical world exists but takes to it almost immediately with wonder and delight, and has been dreaming of it all his life without knowing he was dreaming of it.

Ginny is the seventh child, which is sort of always a big deal, magically speaking - there’s all this cultural occult/story significance associated with being the seventh in a family, because seven is the number of nature in a few spiritual traditions (OK, I’m Jewish, I’m biased). She completely understands how to live in a sort of loving collective, and while she’s shy in front of Harry to begin with, we know from little hints that she’s always been a sort of playful precocious trickster, flying and pranking and connecting with Fred and George in a way none of the other Weasley kids do. We know she takes risks and does the kinds of things that proper young girls don’t do - she writes in the diary. This is a kid who feels the call of adventure and answers it, sometimes to her detriment. This is a kid who will one day co-run an insurgency with her friends Neville and Luna, her own magical trio, despite the risk of death, just because it is the right damn thing to do. She grows up in a familial position that could make her small or complacent or cowardly or just very comfortable, but she is made for adventure.

Harry is an only child, a really classic lone hero, and he just hasn’t been given the opportunity to have the kinds of familial experiences that make Ginny so comfortable within her family and within friendships. He has almost no emotional intelligence (see: the date with Cho), whereas Ginny has her entire family and later Hermione and Luna on her side when she needs to work through life troubles. But Harry, despite the fact that he absolutely could have turned out to be hateful toward Muggles given the Dursleys, despite the echoes of Tom Riddle in his background and the isolation he’s experienced in the years before getting his letters, takes to friendship and loyalty and heroism like a duck to water. He’s all for Ron, right away. He finds Hermione annoying but he still rescues her from the troll in first year, because it’s just what you do. He rejects Draco’s status-based and performance-based model of friendship almost immediately. (He knows poverty is irrelevant to goodness or worth as a friend, maybe because the Dursleys are nice and comfortable and have a fancy new kitchen and neat flowerbeds and are terrifically cruel. Listen, I’m pretty sure Rowling hates the rich.)

And both Harry and Ginny have the same trauma: they’ve had Voldemort in their heads. For Harry it’s been a subtle influence he’s had to carry that has grown, over time, into an unwelcome presence. Ginny, though, invited him in, not knowing she was doing it, just answering the call to adventure, the call of needing someone to talk to who was grand and understanding and interesting. Both have been terrifically lonely and made bad decisions as a result - the diary for Ginny and the events of the fifth book for Harry. (I bet Ginny and Dumbledore would have had a lot to talk about regarding being caught up in someone else’s charismatic personality until it’s nearly too late, given his experiences with Grindelwald. I’d read that fic.) They both know the feeling of being tripped up by their own heads, if not being able to trust what goes on in there, of impetuousness leading to pain and disaster, of feeling overly responsible for the suffering of others (the Petrification victims, Sirius going through the veil). That sense of responsibility drives them toward their respective roles in the final book, both fighting evil, one the human way (Ginny defending students from the harm inflicted by Hogwarts under Voldemort) and one the mythic, mystical, hero’s journey way (destroying the Horcruxes).

And they are both Gryffindor seekers, the kind of person who flies exquisitely, but isn’t interested in the bustle of the game or the point scoring or the beating, and is instead looking for the hidden small sparkling thing that will end the game, that will win the game. Both of them have always had within them the gift of easy flight.

ETA: usually, Ginny is a chaser in Quidditch, even though she substitutes as seeker, as a reblogger astutely noted. That makes sense - a lot of her journey is far more overt and ordinary and human than Harry’s, a journey that would suit a character leading a dystopian YA rebellion story.

18th December, Kathy Reichs

The Calendar Woman for 18th December is Kathy Reichs (born 1948)

Kathy Reichs is an American forensic anthropologist and crime writer whose novels are loosely based on her own experiences in the field. Since completing her Ph.D in physical anthropology at Northwestern University, she has taught at several American Universities, consulted for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in North Carolina and appeared in Tanzania to testify at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. She was also a member of the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team that assisted at the World Trade Center disaster.

As well as writing academic books, Kathy has written over 20 crime novels about the character Temperance Brennan who is also a forensic anthropologist, and a series for young adults about Temperance’s niece, Tory. Using her own experiences as a base for many of the events in the adult series, she has stated that she is meticulous in making sure that the science is accurate. In 2005 Fox television launched a series called Bones which is loosely based on the books and Kathy works as a producer, consultant and occasional writer for the show. In the series, Temperance writes novels about a forensic anthropologist named Kathy Reichs.

Please, please, remember Aleppo. Pray for Eastern Aleppo, for deliverance from evil and the atrocities of man. Please never stop praying, never stop trying to help them, never stop caring. The way that world treats the most vulnerable of humanity speaks louder than anything else in the world.

Remain steadfast in prayer, compassion, peace, and participation in doing what you can to end this ineffable pain and terror.