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WARNING: VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED. FOOTAGE SHOWS SHOOTING ATTACK ON LAS VEGAS CONCERT.


LAS VEGAS METRO POLICE PRESS CONFERENCE ON SHOOTING ATTACK:


According to Sheriff Joe Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, 20+ people are dead and 100+ people are injured following a shooting attack on the Vegas Strip last night. The first gunshots rang out at 2208 local time from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino and resort, above the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. The gunman was killed by SWAT members. Among the dead are several police officers who were attending the concert. Among the injured are at least two police officers who responded to the shooting, one is critical. An exact number of injuries and fatalities cannot be accurately reported at this time, according to the Sheriff. Police are searching for the gunman’s female roommate, Marilou Danley - Asian female, 4'11", 111lbs as a person of interest in this attack. No other persons are believed to have been involved in this shooting, only the unidentified male gunman, with his female roommate as a person of interest. No explosives were discovered at the scene and no other attacks were carried out at other hotels, despite social media reports. The entire area remains locked down, the scene is active but no further threat to the public is believed to exist. All area hospitals are treating patients from this incident. The Red Cross is in need of immediate blood donations for live saving efforts, so locals are asked to donate as soon as possible.

[Information accurate as of 0500 EDT 02 October 2017]

GUYS, PLEASE, PRAY OR SEND GOOD VIBES OR ANY HELP THAT YOU CAN, NOT JUST TO PUERTO RICO, BUT ANY ISLANDS, STATES, OR COUNTRIES THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN OR WILL GET HIT IN THE FOLLOWING DAYS BY HURRICANE IRMA.

IT’S LITERALLY A MONSTER HURRICANE, APPARENTLY SO STRONG THAT SEISMOMETERS ARE PICKING IT UP AS A SERIES OF QUAKES. MY ISLAND IS GETTING HIT BY IT TOMORROW AND IT JUST TURNED INTO A CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE, WHICH THE SHORES OF PUERTO RICO HAVE NOT SEEN SINCE 1928 (Hurricane San Felipe II). WE ARE IN A STATE OF IMMINENT EMERGENCY.


IRMA IS A CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE, REACHING UP TO 185 MPH+. YES, PLUS (AND, IN CASE YOU DON’T KNOW, THE THRESHOLD FOR A CAT. 5 IS SOMEWHERE AROUND 157 MPH. WE’RE VERY WELL PAST THAT.) SOME PEOPLE ARE EVEN SAYING IT COULD GO BEYOND CAT. 5.


AMERICA, PLEASE DON’T FORGET US. I KNOW WE’RE STILL HEALING FROM HARVEY’S DEVASTATION IN HOUSTON, BUT PLENTY OF THE CARIBBEAN ISLANDS ARE ALSO PART OF THE UNITED STATES SOMEHOW, THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AND PR BEING AMERICAN TERRITORIES, AND PUERTO RICO BEING A POSSIBLE FUTURE 51ST STATE (IF THAT’S OF ANY IMPORTANCE TO YOU AT ALL). IT DOESN’T EVEN MATTER IF IT’S AN AMERICAN COUNTRY OR NOT, ANY AND ALL PLACES TO GET STRUCK DESERVE SUPPORT AND ALL THE HELP WE CAN GIVE. WE MUST REMAIN HOUSTON STRONG, AND NOW WE ALSO NEED TO BE CARIBBEAN STRONG. 🇵🇷🇺🇸

TO EVERYONE FROM THE ISLANDS TO THE STATES AND EVERY AFFECTED COUNTRY: PLEASE LOOK FOR SHELTER IF YOU BELIEVE YOUR HOUSE CANNOT WITHSTAND FLOODING, INTENSE WINDS (180 MPH+), HEAVY RAINS, LANDSLIDES, OR ANYTHING YOUR LOCAL AUTHORITIES SAY MAY BE A THREAT TO YOUR AREA. TRY TO ASSIST OTHERS IN WHATEVER THEY MAY NEED.
PLEASE STAY SAFE EVERYONE. 💝
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A TODO EL MUNDO DE LAS ISLAS Y LOS ESTADOS Y LOS PAÍSES AFECTADOS: POR FAVOR BUSQUEN REFUGIO SI PIENSAN QUE SU HOGAR NO PUEDA AGUANTAR INUNDACIONES, RÁFAGAS DE MÁS DE 180 MPH, LLUVIAS FUERTES, DERRUMBES O CUALQUIER COSA QUE SUS AUTORIDADES LOCALES MARQUEN COMO UNA AMENAZA A SU ÁREA. TRATEN DE AYUDAR A LOS DEMAS CON LO QUE PUEDAN NECESITAR.
TODOS MANTÉNGANSE A SALVO. 💝

nytimes.com
Nearly Half of Americans Don’t Know Puerto Ricans Are Fellow Citizens
A new poll suggests many Americans don’t realize that what happened in Puerto Rico is a domestic disaster, not a foreign one.
By Kyle Dropp and Brendan Nyhan

More than three million Americans in Puerto Rico are struggling to meet basic needs after a devastating strike from Hurricane Maria, but their plight seems to be attracting far less public or political attention than the woes caused by the recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida.

Dear mainlanders, one more time, again and again: 

Puerto Ricans are your fellow Americans.

Puerto Ricans are your fellow Americans.

Puerto Ricans are your fellow Americans.

Hurricane Irma is now the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, with sustained winds of 185mph and an estimated diameter of 800 miles - wider than the state of Texas. Irma is currently slamming into the Leeward Islands and will then hit the US and British Virgin Islands, before targeting Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, and The Bahamas. It is unclear if Irma will make landfall or if the eye of the storm will remain offshore. Irma is then expected to turn northward and slam into Florida, but tracks have not settled on an exact path just yet. Just east of Irma is another cyclone - Tropical Storm Jose, which is expected to become a hurricane within the next several hours. It is several days from any sort of land impact, but it could follow the same path as Irma, creating an event more catastrophic situation in the Caribbean.

General Emergency Reminders/Checklist

*This is geared mostly towards hurricanes/tornados, but this can be applied to other things as well!*

The number one goal is to keep yourself safe from whatever nature is throwing at you. This means stocking up on supplies and being ready to get the Hell out of the storm’s way (which typically means moving AWAY from the ocean in the case of Hurricane’s).

 Fema (the government organization that helps plan and organize rescue missions for those affected by natural disasters) basically has the rule “you must be able to fend for yourself for 48-72 hours before expecting rescuers to get to you”. This means after the storm hits,expect to BE ON YOUR OWN for 2-3 days before rescuers have a chance to get to you.

So how can you better prepare yourself, if the worst were to happen?

1. Stock up on non-parish food supplies (preferably stuff you don’t have to microwave)

2. Stock up on batteries, some people have gotten the cases that charge their phones as well

3. Stock up on bottled water and bleach (1 tablespoon per 1 gallon of water to disinfect things, this is vital if you’re without running water, some people recommend filling up your tub with water)

4. If you have livestock, spray paint your phone number on them and turn them loose, they’ll instinctively try to find the safest place in nature. This is what my old horse back riding instructor did when we had a hurricane hit our area

5. Fill up your car with gas. Get a phone charger for your car. Be very wary of apps that are notorious to drain your battery life (anything that uses GPS tends to be heavy battery user as well as “android auto” and other apps similar)

6. Pay attention to emergency broadcasts, most smart phones have a radio listening app

7. DO NOT “wait out the storm”. Evacuate as soon as possible. Roads WILL BE PACKED because of everyone else trying to get out of town. My public health teacher recommended anything that’s a level 3 hurricane and above (so levels 3-5/6). Level 3 hurricanes have wind speeds of 111–129 mph (178–208 km/h), weather websites are telling me that these wind speeds will destroy mobile homes and cause a LOT of damage to “average/well-built” homes. 

8. For extreme valuables (birth certificates, passports, extremely valuable photos like weddings and birth/infancy, etc.) get yourself a small container (some people buy cheap safes) and put it in them and keep it with you in the car.

9. It’s cheaper to buy things individually for a first aid kit than it is to buy a first aid kit. Go to a pharmacy store (CVS, Walgreens, etc.) and buy the generic brand for things (equate is a common, cheap generic brand). You’ll save tons of money.

9b. Ideally a first aid kit should at least have: 

  • polysporin (generic is fine)
  • gauze (small square ones are fine)
  • 90% (or higher) pure alcohol
  • anti bacterial spray (optional but very useful)
  • adhesive tape (helps keep gauze on)
  • a device to use as a splint (hard, not bendable)
  • latex/rubber gloves
  • bug spray

9c. TOURNIQUETS ARE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS! Medical professionals are moving away from them. If someone is bleeding, put pressure on a pressure point near where they are bleeding, and elevate the area to be ABOVE the heart. Do not “peak” to see if it’s stopped bleeding. Pile on the gauze (if no gauze, use a shirt or old towel). If the blood bleeds through, add more gauze /shirts /towels. Be sure the persons temperature doesn’t dip down. If it does, it’s very likely they’re going into shock.

10. Have some cheap/old towels. You don’t know if someone is going to get injured. Blankets are good to keep warm and to get more comfy for naps (I honestly always have a spare one in my backseat)

I’m throwing this image on here because it’s useful to know what “pain killers” actually treat what, so have this for future reference!

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A tragic update from Iran: The death toll from Sunday’s magnitude 7.3 earthquake has risen to at least 450 people, making it the deadliest earthquake of 2017. More than 7,000 people were injured in the disaster and rescue workers continue to search through collapsed buildings and debris-filled streets for survivors. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has offered his condolences to those effected, and Tuesday will mark a national day of mourning.

American Senator Bernie Sanders is calling for U.S. President Donald Trump to offer assistance and humanitarian aid to Iran in the wake of the tremor. “The devastation from the earthquake in Iran last night is horrific. My thoughts are with the victims, their loved ones and the communities that must cope with this catastrophe. I hope and expect that the United States will assist in disaster relief efforts for Iran, as we did in 2003 and 2012. At a time of growing tension between our two countries, this would be an important act of friendship.” There have been no words of condolences or solidarity from the White House or President Trump.

The epicentre of the quake was located just over the border in eastern Iraq, but the hardest hit region appears to have been Iran’s western Kermanshah province. In Baghdad, Iraq, witnesses say they initially thought the horrific shaking came from a bomb, but quickly realized it was an earthquake. 7 people were killed and 500+ were injured in Iraq.The Derbandikhan Dam was damaged and those who live in the shadow of the dam are being urged to evacuate in case there is a failure.

To all my Friends and Family in Florida…..

If you are evacuating from Irma: FEMA Emergency Lodging Assistance Program will pay for hotels. Please contact FEMA ELA program 1-866-545-9865 or email femahousing@clclodging.com
PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR LOVED ONES.

washingtonpost.com
Rush Limbaugh’s dangerous suggestion that Hurricane Irma is fake news

…I don’t know how to deal with this.

Rush Limbaugh is suggesting people ignore the news reports about an upcoming hurricane as if they were nothing but marketing. A hurricane which has hit sustained wind speeds of 185 mph - 30 mph above the threshold for a Category 5 hurricane. Our standardized vocabulary for describing hurricanes cannot express how powerful a storm this is. And Limbaugh is spouting off about fake news.

This could get people killed.

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Trump Administration Impedes Puerto Rico Aid Effort

Donald Trump and his administration received very little criticism for their handling of Hurricane Harvey which slammed Houston, and Hurricane Irma, which slammed the Florida Keys, Florida, and Georgia, but with Hurricane Maria, there seems to be a different tone causing massive backlash as cries for help amplify.

Just days after Harvey and Irma, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico at near category 5 strength, severely flooding the island and shredding it with 155mph winds. At least 16 people are dead, a toll that could rise as more areas are reached by responders and days pass with limited supplies. The entire electrical system was wiped out and will take months to rebuild, clean drinking water is scarce, food shortages are being reported, shelters are filled to capacity, and even those are nearly out of supplies. A local dam is still on the brink of collapse, which would further flood towns already crippled by the storm. In the days since the hurricane, Puerto Rico has struggled to gain footing and relief efforts have been slow to get to the island. Part of the reason for this is the Jones Act, a shipping law which limits shipping between American ports by heavily taxing foreign ships’ cargo to give domestic boats more business. This act was temporarily relieved following Harvey and Irma to avoid shortages of fuel and other necessities. Today, the Trump administration has denied the request to lift the limit, saying Puerto Rico’s ports are too severely damaged to handle an influx of traffic.

This latest move isn’t the only reason many are calling out the administration’s post-Maria actions. Donald Trump himself is being criticized for seemingly not caring about Puerto Rico’s plight, spending the majority of his time on twitter attacking celebrities and athletes, and holding rambling political rallies to bash kneeling during the national anthem and NFL ratings, all this while 3.5 million Americans wander around an island in turmoil looking for any way to survive.

Monday was the first time the President tweeted about the disaster, despite having mentioned it in brief passings with the press, but instead of striking a tone of comfort and hope, he seemed to slap the island by only mentioning its “broken infrastructure” and “massive debt,” owing “Billions of dollars to Wall Street, ” saying Puerto Rico is in “deep trouble.” This insulted many, who felt it was a harsh critique of pre-Maria Puerto Rico, and not a stand of solidarity with his fellow Americans facing the worst disaster in recent history. The words especially struck a chord with those aware of the fact that Donald himself has a stake in Puerto Rico’s debt, taking over a failing golf course and resort on the island in 2008, then in 2015, the property went under and Trump stuck the taxpayers with the debt, filing for bankruptcy and settling for a fraction of the cost.

Trump further angered some on Tuesday when he used his platform to compliment himself and the federal government responding to Maria, instead of using it to comfort those affected. “Amazing,” “Tremendous,” “Incredible,” “Really Good;” These are the words the President said to reporters during a press conference while describing the job he and his administration were doing, saying local officials showered FEMA with praise for their efforts, and while most have certainly been thankful for the estimated 10,000 person force on the ground trying to restore basic living conditions, it all just seemed like a self-praise session, not an update to an ongoing crisis on American soil by the President of the United States.

All of this leaves many asking one question - Will Hurricane Maria, and the crisis in Puerto Rico, become Donald Trump’s Hurricane Katrina/New Orleans?

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In Emergency or Disaster Situations, You Can Relay Important Information to Others Via Your Outgoing Voicemail Greeting.

In an effort to conserve phone power or if it looks like you will have no way to re-charge in an emergency, leave your last location, general safety status, or other important information on your outgoing voicemail message.

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Island-hopping toxic toad threatens iconic Komodo dragon
On the islands of Wallacea, one of the world’s hottest biodiversity hotspots, a quiet yet deadly invasion is underway. The poisonous Asian common toad’s (Duttaphrynus melanostictus) journey from island to…

A few years ago, I tried to help raise awareness about a serious ecological disaster emerging in Madagascar - the invasion of toads from Asia (http://bit.ly/1hhePKI). Unfortunately, the situation has not improved, and is likely much worse now. This same threat now poses a serious risk to Komodo Dragons if nothing is done. Time is running out! Please share and help raise awareness to save the Komodo Dragon!

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So I got to be part of the ride out team for the only open hospital in Houston for Hurricane Harvey. It was an intense 6 days or working non stop. Did I hate it? Yes. Was I miserable? Yes. But in the end, I am so lucky and blessed to have, not only my health, but my home and family to come home to. We tend to recognize the immediate first responders but forget about the hospital staff working nonstop who are trapped in the hospital for 144 hours. I was lucky enough to be able to work in the emergency triage center for the last two days so I got to breathe fresh air– which saved my sanity. Thank you everyone for really digging deep and hustling through a shitty situation. We even made it on CNN!

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How much can I fit in a Go Bag?

Excellent question, savvy citizen.

The answer is: lots and lots of things.

I have two bags. One is strictly for PBEM’s Community Emergency Response Team deployment in my neighborhood after a disaster. It’s got tools and first aid, plus basic communications and safety gear. 

My second- and larger, and more fun- bag is my own Bug Out Bag. It’s full of survival gear and personal supplies (including some cool gadgets).

So what’s in them? SO MUCH AWESOME PORTABLE STUFF:

Portland Bureau of Emergency Management CERT Handbook
US Army Survival Guide
Kindle loaded with various first aid and survival books
Maps
Copies of identification
Cash
Burned disk of backed up data
Written/laminated contact list
Spare keys
Permanent marker
Waterproof notepad

FRS/GMRS radio
CB radio
AM/FM radio
Backup cell phone

Solar Waka Waka USB charger / emergency light
3-in-1 retractable USB charger cable
LED and hand-crank flashlight
Glow sticks

Biolite camp stove (heats, cooks and creates thermal energy to power electronic devices, whoa dude.) 
Thermal bivouac sack
Ultra light sleeping bag
Spare change of clothes
Mylar blanket
Air-activated hand warmers
Poncho
Waterproof matches
Magnesium fire starter
Compass
Whistle 
Batteries
Cooking Pan

First aid kit (complete)
Antibiotics
Prescription glasses
Personal toiletries and prescriptions 

Survival knife
Non-sparking 5-in-1 utility tool
Crowbar
Leatherman multi-tool
Signal Flare
Face masks
Gloves
Safety glasses
Duct tape
Gorilla tape
Work gloves
Rope
Zip ties
Sewing kit
Towel
Dog leash
Whiskey
Cigarettes

Canteen
Camelback 
Water packets
Water purification tablets
MREs 
Emergency food bars

That’s a hell of a list- and almost all of it fits in a single backpack. If I lost my entire emergency kit for my house, either of these bags could save my life. They’re great to throw in the trunk of my car when I make a road trip, and are available and mobile on a moment’s notice at in my home.

Did I mention how much fun they are to put together? 

Get your backpack and start adding supplies. You’ll feel like Bear Grylls in no time, I promise.