emergencies and disasters

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.

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.

I’ll never forget that morning, it seems like yesterday, yet seems like decades have passed. Today marks 6 years since the Tōhoku earthquake of 11 March 2011, a quake that not only sent ripples through the ground, but also the ocean, and life as we knew it. The quake shook apart buildings, then the tsunami flooded in and washed it all away, and when all was said and done, nearly 20,000 had perished, including members of the Arai family, my family. It is a day that will haunt many for generations to come, but today, we mark this dark anniversary with a moment of silence for those lost, a warm embrace for those who survived, and a renewed passion and effort to make disasters like this something we can predict, prepare for, respond to, and recover from. The people of Japan are some of the most resilient in the world, their ability to overcome the harshest of Mother Nature’s fury is something we all admire, and look to for hope. Today is a somber day, but let it also be one where we look to a better future.


It is hard to believe it has been 3 years since we lost MH370 and the 239 souls on board. It remains a source of great pain for many families across the globe, so let us keep those people on our thoughts as they mourn yesterday’s anniversary. We can only hope they find peace. For many of us who watched this tragedy unfold, we continue to dig for answers to solve this mystery, but for those families and friends, this is much more than an aviation case, it is much more than something to research, it is about the final hours of life for those they loved, and we must respect that, and understand how import those painful answers are. It is also painful for the rescue workers who spent years scouring the sea for any sign of her, but ultimately ended their search with nothing more than a few pieces of debris. One day we will know what happened, but in the meantime, we uplift those who mourn, encourage those who search, and work to make sure this never happens again. Godspeed MH370.


Deadly snow avalanche hits hotel in earthquake-stricken central Italy

Rescue workers were met with an eerie silence Thursday when they reached a four-star spa hotel struck by an avalanche in a mountainous earthquake-stricken region of central Italy. At least 30 people were missing, including at least two children, authorities said.

Guests at the three-story Hotel Rigopiano in the central Abruzzo region alerted emergency workers of the disaster on Wednesday, following a series of quakes in the region.

“Help, we’re dying of cold,” one couple wrote rescuers, according to the ANSA news agency. Another man, identified by news reports as Fabio Salzetta, sent a SMS message saying he had escaped with a maintenance worker, but that others were trapped inside.

Corriere della Sera quoted the text message as saying: “Some walls were knocked down.” And: “I’m outside with a maintenance worker but you can’t see anything of the hotel, there’s only a wall of snow in front of me.”

When rescuers on skis arrived in the early morning hours of Thursday, they found just two people alive, according to news reports. Civil protection authorities said that 30 people were missing. The ANSA news agency quoted a rescuer as saying that there were fatalities, but details weren’t immediately available. Just one body was reported removed from the hotel by late morning Thursday. (AP)

Photos: (from top) Italian Firefighters via AP, Italian Finance Police via AP, Vigili del Fuoco/Handout via REUTERS, (Italian Firefighters via AP, Italian Fire Department/handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

See more images of the avalanche in central Italy on Yahoo News

Medical Ships (Final Rose)

Despite their tendencies toward petty villainy and megalomania, the Dia-Farron have also made significant humanitarian contributions to the galaxy. Perhaps the greatest of these is the deployment of medical ships throughout the galaxy.

Medical ships are essentially gigantic mobile hospitals. In terms of size, the largest of medical ships are comparable to carriers and dreadnoughts although most of them are substantially smaller, comparable to ships like cruisers, destroyers, frigates, and corvettes. Each medical ship has the most advanced and state-of-the-art equipment available and has the facilities and staff to treat the populations of entire systems. 

Medical ships typically travel from system to system, offering aid and support to the inhabitants, many of which may not have access to a comparable standard of medical care. In cases of emergency (e.g., plague, natural disaster, or war), medical ships are usually amongst the first to arrive, offering whatever assistance they can.

Due to their advanced technology, medical ships are frequently the targets of piracy and other attack. Thankfully, the Dia-Farron have seen fit to equip medical ships with weaponry strong enough to easily repel anything short of a large military attack. Their shields, armour, and propulsion systems are amongst the most advanced in the galaxy. It is extremely difficult to incapacitate a medical ship before it retreats to safety without using something as powerful as an Imperial dreadnought.

Furthermore, the humanitarian work performed by medical ships has made them extremely popular throughout the galaxy. Any medical ship that comes under attack can almost always rely on nearby vessels to come to its aid. Indeed, in many systems, the punishment for attacking a medical ship is death. In addition, the Empire has, on several occasions, made clear what will happen if one of their medical ships is attacked: complete annihilation of those responsible and any who aided and abetted them. 

By tradition, the flagship of the medical ships is given the name Fraise, in honour of Fraise Dia-Farron. As an aside, the Dia-Farrons on board medical ships tend to be of the less… eccentric persuasion. Many of them take more after Lumina Farron and Fraise Dia-Farron in temperament than Oerba Dia Vanille and Raine Dia-Farron.

victinium-z  asked:

probably a stupid question, but wtf is WTF?

This procedural flowchart represents true self-generating WTF.

A person lives in a condition of chaos…threatened always by the potential emergence of death, disaster, and despair.

Or, of course, great beauty.

And into that state, as a means of reckoning with the tides of chaos, a person takes a moment to realize…

“OMG I’m playing WTF.”

And no sooner is it realized than it is enacted; no sooner enacted than noticed; and suddenly it spreads.

At first it is simple correlation. Then it is harmony. At first it is one person playing. Then there is a union.

We are all parts of one great creature. We are all capable, if given the opportunity, of flowing into one.

and there are angels

And there is WTF.

Are you familiar with Jenna Moran (@jennamoran​) of Chuubo’s Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine fame? Are you familiar with how off-the-wall she is? If not, brace yourself for the awesome and wtf-ery that is… Wisher, Theurgist, Fatalist!


A Vow Unbroken || Closed


Name: Lawrence Brig Prior

Eyes: Blue

Hair: Brown

Physical Condition: Fit. Athletic.

Mental capabilities: Above Average

Loyal, understanding, empathetic.

Stubborn, risk-taking, impatient.

Hobbies: Sports.

Profession: Emergency Medical Support and Disaster Relief; Sector 1–upper echelon. City A.

Once he’d signed his contract, he was given the keys to his new home. Lawrence had been nervous, sure, but his test results had put him in the best part of the city–the part of the city where he’d be able to thrive. His three siblings were scattered over–but he knew his two brothers both were in Sector 1 of City A–oh the simplicity of the system. 

The house was spacious and pristine–bright and as inviting as a museum in Lawrence’s opinion–but it would have been decorated to his wife’s taste. The information on the young woman was held on a small microchip that he’d be able to put in the reader–portable or the in-home system he could see the moment he walked into the door–but he was hesitant. What if she was horrible?

What if she hated him?

Lawrence slowly moved through the house, checking things like closets–where their things had been placed ahead of time, new wardrobes for their new careers and a few personal affects. The man rolled his shoulders and stretched before moving to the reader to insert the chip. The first thing that he noticed was that she looked tiny.

Cholera threatens millions in drought-hit east Africa as famine looms

Fears of a cholera outbreak in drought-ravaged east Africa are increasing. The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) in the UK warned of an “alarming surge” of waterborne diseases in the area, where millions have gone hungry due to lack of rain and prolonged insecurity.

In war-torn South Sudan, the first country to declare a famine since 2011, the UN has recorded almost 5,640 cases of Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) and cholera. In Somalia, where half of the population(6.2 million people) faces hunger, almost 12,700 cases were recorded.

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The majority of people affected are the elderly, women or children. DEC warned that those already affected by malnutrition are particularly susceptible to transmission and are more likely to die, given their weakened immune system.

DEC members, including charities Red Cross and World Vision, are working on the ground to provide, among other things, access to clean water to millions of vulnerable people.

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“Here in the UK people up and down the country have shown huge generosity, but the humanitarian needs across East Africa are on such a large scale, we all need to do more,” DEC’s Chief Executive Saleh Saeed said.

We need your help more than ever to keep supplies flowing and prevent the spread of waterborne diseases. Every donation helps – £60 could provide clean drinking water for two families for a month.”

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What is cholera?

  • Cholera in a potentially fatal infectious disease targeting the intestine.
  • Symptoms include: Watery diarrhoea, stomach cramps and sickness
  • It can spread if food and water are contaminated with infected people’s stools
  • Outbreaks usually occur in the aftermath of natural disasters or during wars
  • Areas at risk: Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, South and South East Asia, central America and the Caribbean

Looming famine in East Africa

Saeed’s remarks came days after DEC launched an East Africa crisis appeal, where the drought has impacted 16 million people across Somalia, South Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia.

The UK government said it will match pound for pound the first £10m (€11.5m, $12.4m) donated by the public to DEC’s East Africa Crisis Appeal.

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The appeal has already raised more than £30m, which will be distributed among 13 charities to assist people on the ground.

The famine in South Sudan has been linked to a prolonged civil war that has killed thousands and displaced millions since 2013. At least 100,000 people are facing starvation in Unity State – in the upper Nile region – and millions across the country are plagued by food insecurity.

More than 13 million people are currently in need of food assistance in Ethiopia – one of the countries worst hit by the drought – amid fears the number will increase.

At least 2.7 million people have also been affected in drought-ravaged Kenya, where tensions over control of water have become violent.

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The recent spate of disasters has translated into such spectacular profits that many people around the world have come to the same conclusion: the rich and powerful must be deliberately causing the catastrophes so that they can exploit them. The truth is at once less sinister and more dangerous. An economic system that requires constant growth, while bucking almost any serious attempts at environmental regulation, generates a steady stream of disasters all on its own, whether military, ecological or financial. Our common addiction to dirty, nonrenewable energy sources keeps other kinds of emergencies coming: natural disasters (up 430 percent since 1975) and wars waged for control over scarce resources, which in turn create a terrorist blowback (a 2007 study calculated that the number of terrorist attacks since the start of the Iraq war had increased sevenfold).
—  Naomi Klein