emergencies and disasters

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Pictures: Fabio Di Lello and his wife Roberta Smargiassi, Italo D’Elisa, Fabio Di Lello facebook page.

July 1, 2016, 22 year-old Italo D’Elisa on his car rode through the stoplight and caused a terrible accident hitting a scooter. Roberta Smargiassi (34) died leaving her husband Fabio Di Lello wounded.

Fabio Di Lello asked for justice, but Italian legal process is slow and this case was not considered vehicular homicide since D’Elisa assisted and called the emergency rigth after the disaster. Then Italo D’Elisa never apologized nor contacted the family. The city organized manifestation for “justice” and spread hate towards D’Elisa.

According to D’Elisa family he was scared to go outside since everyone judged him for a murder he didn’t commit intentionally.

On the other side Fabio told friends that when he came across D’Elisa in the city the young boy behaved arrogant and impudent speeding up his motorcycle. This was never prooved.

Justice delayed is justice denied

On January 1, 2017 Fabio can’t wait anymore. He follows D’Elisa to a pub and shots him 3 times with a 9 caliber killing him. Before turning himself to police he approached the cemetery where his wife rested and left there the gun as a symbolic ritual as if he wanted to tell her “you died, he died and I did too“ as a criminologist said.

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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.

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things that count as emergencies:

  • monsters
  • villains
  • aliens
  • natural disasters
  • my family doing something stupid
  • tony needing emotional support
  • portals

things that DO NOT count as emergencies:

  • lost glasses/jackets
  • jello
  • running out of poptarts/coffee
  • people cheating at mario kart
  • food fights
  • domestic disputes
  • cake
  • people missing us (except for tony)
  • macy’s sales
  • taco tuesday
  • the bathroom being occupied
  • animals loose in the tower
  • maddie being hungry
  • pumpkin spice making an early comeback
  • pens running out of ink
  • america wanting to fight
  • things being turned into children or animals
  • steve shouting “language!”
  • fury swearing
  • the ya disappearing
  • naked asgardians
  • random weapons lying around
  • anything to do with the fantastic four
Constructed Go Bag.

Constructed Go Bag.

by Liam Newton-Harding.

      What is a Go Bag? A Go Bag is a backpack or bag containing supplies that are supposed to last you approximately 72 hours in the event of an emergency. Kept by the door this bag allows you to leave your home, town, city or state with some comfort. Generally containing changes of underwear, toiletries, basic first aid and emergency supplies the idea behind the Go Bag is to allow you to reach a place of safety with more than just the clothes on your back while making your life a little bit easier.

     Go Bags come in two basic types. The pre-packaged types (with an expectation that you will add items to suit your situation) or the type that you will build up from scratch, tailored to your own wants and needs.

      This article will be dealing with the Constructed Go Bag. Built up from the very bag or backpack itself, each item bought separately, even replaced if a lighter, better piece of equipment comes on the market. For me the construction of my Go Bag, and the one for that of my wife, never actually stops. Adding some items, taking away others, the replacement of expired food and batteries, and adding better items when funds become available.

      My use and development in purchasing and then creating Go Bags came first with the purchase of an Emergency Tube from my local drugstore. This was a plastic tube, approximately the size of a pencil case, that contained such items as a flashlight, dust mask, thermal blanket, and light sticks. This minimal Go Bag was meant to be kept in a car, in your your every day bag (I now keep a SOL Scout Survival Kit in my shoulder bag at all times) or thrown into another bag you have packed or were packing to deal with an emergency. This then led to the purchase of my first backpack with the idea of building my own, more comprehensive Go Bag. That first backpack was a camping style pack which was replaced, after a few years and a little thought about what was needed for my circumstances, with what is marketed as an Assault or Tactical Pack.

     The backpack I settled upon (and I make no promise that at a later date it will not be supplanted by a different style) is the Condor Medium Assault Pack (available from Amazon.com). This is a military style MOLLE (MOdular Lightweight Load-Carrying Equipment) backpack. This means that the pack itself is criss-crossed by many straps to which other forms of pouches, sheaths and packs can be mated. The backpack features three main compartments with a fourth to hold a Camelbak water pouch. There is a capacious main compartment with two smaller compartments of different sizes on the outside of the pack. The Condor Medium Assault Pack features a lumbar support belt (this can be removed) which combined with the shoulders straps, offers comfortable weight distribution. The molded back plate also means that the contents of the pack will not dig into your back as you carry them.

      I am a great believer in redundancy in Go Bags. Multiple flashlights, different ways of keeping warm, and protection from the elements. The items are lightweight and take up a minimal amount of space. Doubles can be taken from the Go Bag and carried in pockets. I have taken this to a rather extreme form in my B.D.U. Go Bag System of which the Condor Medium Assault Pack is an integral part.

      This Go Bag was built up with a very specific goal in mind. To get me safely and in good health to a destination some one hundred miles from the city in which I reside, on foot. Once at that location I can rest and recuperate, and build up the supplies again and think about the next step.

      What should also be included in your Go Gag is a reasonable amount of cash ($10 or $20 bills for preference), copies of important documents (Birth certificate, passport, social security card), copies of ATM, credit cards and medical insurance cards. These items will be able to help you access your funds, prove your identity and help you start any medical or insurance proceedings you need.

Condor Medium Assault Pack.

Center.

Using MOLLE straps to directly attach equipment.

Binoculars : This is a heavy duty, military style, pair of binoculars. Waterproof and featuring a built in compass the strap means that they can be easily slung and carried from around your neck.

Red L.E.D. Flasher : Fitted to the back of the Go Bag this is a high visibility, bright L.E.D. Flasher that can alert people to your presence. The fact that it can be removed means that you can place it above or near your position, increasing the range from which it can be spotted.

Signal Light : With a run time of 200 hours this is a single use signal light (the battery can not be replaced). It can be used as a flashlight or as a signal light. The main body houses a small storage area with a signal whistle at the tip.

Light Sticks (12 Hour) : These chemical lights give out light without heat and do not need batteries. Reasonably bright they can not be turned off and are one use only. They are tough, cheap, lightweight, and readily available.

Light Stick Holder : Designed to accommodate most light sticks. This device allows light sticks to be clipped to belts or packs. It also features a twist/turn system that can hide or expose more or less light as needed.

Can Opener : P-51 style can opener. Lightweight and tied off to a lanyard.

Right Side.

Using MOLLE and compression straps to directly attach equipment.

Rope : Climbing style rope rated to 500lbs. For use in constructing shelter, rescue operations or scaling obstacles.

Clip Holster : For carrying either your primary or secondary weapon, this holster is a single point system that grips the body of the weapon, holding it firmly in place.

Left Side.

Using MOLLE and compression straps to directly attach equipment.

Machete : I chose a Gerber Saw Backed Machete because I have always been impressed by Gerber camping and survival products. The blade is full tang (meaning the blade runs into the full length of the handle, creating a stronger tool). The saw back feature works very well as a simple saw and is useful in camping and path clearing situations.

Drag Line (500lb) : Para-cord. Dedicated drag-line already fitted with clips allowing items to be raised or lowered over obstacles.

All Outside Contents.

A view of what is carried on the outside of the Condor Medium Assault Pack.

Top Compartment.

Information and power.

Radio : Crank handle radio with battery back-up, Staying informed during an emergency is vitally important. This radio is primarily powered by a dynamo hand crank system that does not rely upon batteries (though they can be installed). This radio is able to receive radio stations from farther away and across a broader spectrum than the scanning radios to find information that is relevant and important to you and your family.

Piezoelectric Flashlight : This was just a simple addition. Attached to a lanyard this small, not very powerful light allows me to look inside the backpack without searching for a flashlight.

Batteries : Enough batteries to replace spent batteries for each separate item that needs them within the entire Go Bag and the weapons systems. Make sure you have the right sized batteries for your powered items (batteries do have a shelf life so remember to rotate them out regularly).

Bottom Compartment.

Hygiene and First Aid.

First Aid Kit : A more comprehensive first aid kit than those designed to be slipped into a pocket or shoulder bag, this kit allows treatment of more severe injuries. Without proper medical training this is, quite frankly, all you will need or be able to use. Added to this kit are a number of toiletries to make life a little more comfortable.

Toothbrush : Physical and dental health is vitally important during an emergency. It will keep your spirits up and give you a routine. Toothbrushes like this can be purchased from any drug store.

Toothpaste : A supply of your own. No hunting, no sharing. Keep those teeth clean and keep your morning and evening routine.

Towel : A compacted, dehydrated towel. Light and easy to store. This will come in very handy (“There’s a frood who really knows where his towel is.”)

Water Purifying Tablets. : Iodine tablets. Yes, they make the water taste funny but they are light and safer to use than bleach and are very useful if you can not boil your water supply.

Strike Anywhere Matches : A second source of fire. The strike anywhere feature of these matches means you simply need a rough surface on which to lite them. The waterproof containers fight against rain, flooding or immersion and feature a small flint upon the base that can be used with a knife blade to start a fire.

Surgical Tools : For the treatment of more severe wounds and injuries. These tools allow you to extract debris or close off wounds (Emergency Suture Kit, available from Amazon.com).

Main Compartment.

Shelter, comfort, and survival.

Poncho with Grommets : A heavy duty poncho, already fitted with metal grommets to help make a shelter or to offer protection from the elements. Large enough to cover you and your backpack. Snaps down the side allow you to close it up.

Poncho Liner : A quilted blanket that can be tied into the poncho, can also be used as a separate blanket and means you do not need to carry a separate sleeping bag.

Hammock : A lightweight hammock that means you can rest and sleep out of the dirt and the damp. It can also be used as a net to hold and drag items, should you need it.

Para-cord and Drag Line (500lb) : Para-cord. Incredibly useful. Can be used to help make a shelter (combined with the poncho). To tie or repair items.

Emergency Rations : Maritime style emergency rations. Each block contains enough calories for a 72 hour period of reasonable exertion. These generally have a five year shelf life but should be checked on regularly as they can lose their airtight seal.

Thermal Blanket : A light, disposable Mylar blanket for the treatment of shock, for keeping out the elements and for keeping warm by reflecting your own body heat back at you (I pack multiple blankets. They are light and can be purchased cheaply in bulk). Kept at the top of the compartment for easy and quick access.

Disposable Poncho : A light weight plastic disposable poncho that can be used in lieu of a raincoat. Kept at the top of the compartment for easy and quick access.

Underwear : Lightweight, not as good as a full change of clothes, they will however help you keep clean and feel clean.

T-Shirts : Able to be layered for added warmth they will also help you keep clean and feel clean. A great psychological boost during emergencies.

Wet-wipes : Hygiene, health and comfort. Sometimes just being clean gives a huge amount of psychological comfort.

Pain Killers : Separate from the first aid kit(s) these are a true boon. Purchased over the counter, these pills will relieves aches and other pains. Kept within easy reach so you do not have to unpack the entire Go Bag to get a hold of them. Again, they should be replaced regularly as they will lose their potency.

x5 Dust Mask : Easy to use and disposable. Offering limited protection against smoke these are mainly to stop particulates entering your lungs. They can be ordered in bulk and are incredibly light in weight. They come in different styles and the more money you spend the smaller the particle they will block. It is possible to obtain anti-bacterial and anti-viral masks.

Duct Tape : Duct tape, Duck tape, Waterproof tape. There is nothing that this stuff can not do. Repairs, patches, seals. With enough you can build a boat or repair the body of a car (Mythbusters). Handy and strong this item will be a boon to your Go Bag.

      A great addition to any Go Bag are Ziplocs. They can be used as extra containers for food or tools, to keep things waterproof or even as emergency booties. Incredibly light and versatile a handful can be stuffed into your Go Bag at any point for what ever might occur.

      This list is in no way definitive. This simply works for me and I just wanted to post this as a starting guide to anyone thinking of putting together their own Go Bag(s). There are also many publications out there to help you start or to refresh your own ideas for buying or constructing your Go Bag(s).

Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit by Creek Stewart and Jacqueline Musser.

Build the Perfect Survival Kit by John D. McCann.

The Prepper’s Pocket Guide by Bernie Carr.

theguardian.com
Texas to pass bill banning transgender students from choosing bathrooms
Lawmakers inserted a bathroom amendment into an otherwise unrelated bill and Texas’s House gave final approval, paving the way for Senate backing
By Tom Dart

Texas is to pass a “bathroom bill” that will ban transgender students from using the restroom that aligns with their gender identity.

Conservative politicians in Texas have agitated strongly for the measure despite the backlash against such a law in North Carolina, which involved economic boycotts and attempts to repeal it after it was introduced last year.

A wide-ranging bill more similar to North Carolina’s that would have affected all public restrooms and preempted local anti-discrimination ordinances was passed by the Texas senate earlier this year but stalled in the state house of representatives, where the speaker, Joe Straus, was worried that businesses and sports events could pull out of the state and damage the economy.

However, a key advocate, lieutenant governor Dan Patrick, threatened to force the extension of the legislative session beyond its final day of 29 May unless a bill was approved.

Lawmakers used a tactic on Sunday night to circumvent the problem of time running out: a bathroom amendment was inserted into an otherwise unrelated bill about how schools plan for emergencies such as natural disasters and bomb threats.

The state house gave final approval on Monday and the bill now goes to the senate – which is also Republican-dominated and expected to back it. The legislation will then head to the desk of the Republican governor, Greg Abbott, to be signed into law.

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General reminder to everyone, everywhere: check the expiration dates on the food and other supplies in your emergency/disaster/evacuation kit!

What’s that? You don’t have a kit? Well then! This is your reminder to make one. A good starting point:
–A sturdy backpack that isn’t too heavy
–First aid supplies
–Copies of important forms carried in something waterproof (all forms of ID, insurance forms, housing deeds/car registration, etc.)
–Battery-powered flashlight, radio, and extra batteries
–Cash/change
–Whistles, rain gear, space blankets
–Food/distilled water/medication to last 72 hours

While we’re at it, here’s a reminder to make plans for different kinds of emergencies, practice drills (especially if you have children), and if you live or travel abroad, register with your embassy if they have a safe traveler program.

You’re welcome, but let’s hope none of you ever need to thank me for the reminder.

this is like Katrina all over again and I'm scared as fuck

for whatever reason this isn’t on the news, but Louisiana is in a state of emergency. it has been raining for 4 days straight and we are trapped in Baton Rouge.

All the highways leading out are flooded.

The Amite levee has broken and the water is rising.

At least 3 dead from drowning.

People’s houses are completely underwater and we are being told to evacuate.

There is nowhere to go.

People are traversing through the streets in boats.


If you’re the praying kind, please. Please pray.

I’m so afraid.

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Team Yaguchi: Moving On Up

Rando Yaguchi

Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary (Political Affairs Officer)

Simultaneously [Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary and] Giant Unidentified Creature Emergency Disaster Countermeasure Headquarters Deputy Director

Cabinet Minister of Special Missions (Giant Unidentified Creature Disaster Prevention) and Giant Unidentified Creature Integrated Countermeasure Headquarters Deputy Director

Hiromi Ogashira

Assistant to the Ministry of the Environment Nature Conservation Bureau Wildlife Protection Division Director

Ministry of the Environment Nature Conservation Bureau Wildlife Protection Division Deputy Director

Hideki Akasaka

Aide to the Prime Minister (National Security Advisor)

Acting Chief Cabinet Secretary (Formerly Special Advisor to the Prime Minister)

Shuichi Izumi

Conservative Dominant Party Policy Research Council Vice Chairman

Acting Special Advisor to the Prime Minister

Tragedy In Tehran Update - 30 firefighters were reportedly killed during the fire and subsequent collapse of the iconic Iranian high-rise Plasco Building in Tehran. Firefighters had been battling the blaze for several hours when the side of the 17 story building crumbled, the rest of the building following moments later, completely demolishing the entire structure. 50-100 people are believed to be trapped under the rubble. Rescue teams are on scene.

My heart breaks for the people of Tehran on this dark day. Bless the families of the brave firefighters who perished, and may those injured recover quickly.

anonymous asked:

Are soldiers in the reserves given different duties in war time to soldiers who have been on active duty?

Reserved soldiers can be deployed and serve as active duty soldiers at the discretion of the army, typically to non-combat areas. Reserves and National Guard are also the ones who respond to national emergencies and natural disasters, which the active duty army typically wouldn’t do.

Reserves are also under the command of the state, unless called upon by the federal government. 

Given this, it rather depends on what kind of unit it is and whether we need that unit to be activated. Otherwise, Reserves and National Guard pretty much get to keep having normal lives. They have to show up like once a week and do training and sometimes go on field exercises. So our duties would be completely different in that case. But if they’re deployed then our duties would likely be about the same, although active duty normally scoff at Guard/Reserve because they’re just “weekend warriors” and aren’t soldiers 24/7 like we are.

A note: we’ve been in war time since 2001, but units don’t necessarily deploy regularly because of it. Depending on someone’s contract, MOS, and whether they PCS, they might get through several years without seeing a deployment, or never see one at all. 

I hope this was a sufficient answer to your question! 

-Kingsley

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