The siege began around 9:45 am.

Islamic Flag confirmed.

Martin Place evacuated.

ABC retail cafe selling chocolate, drinks, restaurant included.

15-20 staff. 50+ people in the building Streets are closing around instantly. Town Hall station closed.

-no confirmation if isis related-

-sydney emergency-




Yellowstone National Park has been hastily evacuated as fear of the Yellowstone Caldera’s eruption is deemed to be approaching sooner than previously expected. Researchers on-site claim that the 640,000 year-old super volcano has exhibited a sudden spike of activity which indicates that it could erupt in as little as two weeks. The explosion caused by the volcano would very well throw all of United States into a 200 year long volcanic winter, with ash blotting out the sun, and pyroclastic flow irreparably damaging the surrounding ecosystem.


But according to Yellowstone’s own website it tells a different story. You can check it out there. I added a couple screen shots above.

Please be safe
  • Stay out of flood waters as much as you can, there are creatures lurking. Alligators, snakes, and fire-ant balls are everywhere.

  • If you are stranded or need rescue call the National Guard number at (225) 664-2397. They can get to you in a boat or helicopter.

  • Boil your water before you drink it from the tap. We are under a Boil Water Advisory.

  • Click here for a list of shelters and supply distributors. You can go to these places as a “safe-haven”. 

  • To contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) use this website or call 1 (800) 621-3362. 

  • If you need 911, keep calling until you get through to a person. They are overflowed with calls and it may take a few times for them to get to you.

Remember that your belongings can be replaced, but your life cannot be.

What Would The Signs Grab In Case Of An Evacuation
  • Aries:They'd be too freaked out to grab anything. If it's because of a fire or such, they'd probably get an adrenaline rush and jump out the window.
  • Taurus:Some family photo album or something equally meaningful.
  • Gemini:They'll grab their favorite books and everyone would be left wondering why their bags are so heavy.
  • Cancer:Some journal to document what they're about to go through.
  • Leo:You are crazy if you think they're leaving their pets behind.
  • Virgo:Only one who thinks of grabbing the First Aid kit.
  • Libra:Smart enough to grab their phone, careless enough to forget the charger.
  • Scorpio:Their favorite band's CD, something they can tether themselves to.
  • Sagittarius:They're not heavily attached to much, so they'd probably first grab something relatively useless like some kind of lucky charm.
  • Capricorn:They probably have some kind of bag ready with provisions to last them a week.
  • Aquarius:Their laptop, hands down. Won't have the libra's charger dilemma.
  • Pisces:Their pillow is essential, since they were already told bringing their bed would be 'impractical'.

This city is up in flames due to an extremely horrific wildfire that drastically changed today. The entire city, over 85,000+, are being evacuated and fleeing the city. The wildfire has jumped roads, burned down many houses and gas stations have exploded. People have had to drive through the flames to get out of town. Please send well wishes, love, prayers and support to this community. and if possible, please donate to Red Cross!! this wonderful city is going to need everything. and I hope my family and friends are all safe. <3 Sending prayers to them and to the community. I may be in southern Alberta, but this is my home province and I have family, and my family’s friends and friends of friends everywhere including this town. and everything and anything will help. I’ve been scared all day. It’s been a day full of extreme panic, crying and stress. Thank you to all the firefighters battling this horrific fire.

Saskatchewan wildfires force nearly 8,000 people out of homes
Canadian Forces called in to help care for thousands headed to refuge in Alberta

The military has been called in to help care for 7,900 people from a northern Saskatchewan community that includes the province’s largest First Nation, as a rash of wildfires prompts a massive evacuation.

Up to 5,000 of the evacuees will be taken hundreds of kilometres away to a refuge in Cold Lake, Alta., staffed by the Canadian Forces and the Red Cross.

After the wildfires crossed fail-safe lines Saturday, coming within eight kilometres of the community of La Ronge, the provincial government and the Lac La Ronge Indian Band began evacuating out 7,900 residents remaining in the area.

In a conference call with media Saturday afternoon, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall confirmed he spoke with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who promised support in dealing with the shifting blazes.

“The prime minister was very accommodating and willing to make sure that, upon official request, the resources are there,” Wall said.

“There might be some other need for Canadian Forces personnel, especially to help with what are significant logistical demands as result of a very large general evacuation.”

Saskatchewan’s provincial fire commissioner issued the evacuation order for the La Ronge area, following a similar advisory earlier in the day from the Lac La Ronge Indian Band. 

The affected area includes La Ronge, Air Ronge and the Lac La Ronge Indian Band — a zone located about 200 km north of Prince Albert. The number of people affected is greater than the headline-grabbing 2011 evacuation of Slave Lake, Alta., where a wildfire forced 7,000 people from their homes.

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William Scurry’s Drip Rifle & The Evacuation of Gallipoli

On the 9th January 1916, the disastrous Gallipoli campaign came to an end with the successful evacuation of the last remaining allied troops on the peninsular. The campaign began on the  25th April, 1915 and lasted eight months with no real gains made and the original objective of taking Constantinople (Istanbul) proving impossible. With casualties from combat and disease rising daily the decision was made to evacuate the allied forces in the Dardanelles. 

In October 1915, the British commander of the expedition General Ian Hamilton was sacked and replaced with General Sir Charles Monro whose appraisal of the situation in November led to his recommendation that the British Mediterranean expeditionary force at Gallipoli be evacuated. This was agreed by the British government in December and planning for the evacuation began.

Map of the Dardanelles peninsula (source)

Suvla Bay and Anzac Cove were the first sectors to be evacuated with the last troops leaving before dawn on the 20th December. It was initially estimated that as many as 30,000 casualties would be suffered if the Ottomans realised the allies were evacuating.

As a result a series of deceptions and ruses were used to give the impression that the British and ANZAC lines were still fully manned. One of these was Lance Corporal William Scurry’s ‘Drip Rifle’ which saw rifles rigged to fire as water dripped from a suspended can above the rifle into a pan attached to the trigger. The rifle was secured in place by sandbags with a round loaded into the chamber. Once ready to evacuate the pan would be punctured and in time water would pour or drip into the lower pan until there was enough water in it to pull the trigger and fire the rifle leading the enemy to believe that the trenches were still inhabited and the usual routine exchanges of sporadic rifle fire were continuing.

W. Beach, Helles, on 7th January 1916, just prior to the final evacuation (source)

Scurry’s ingenious invention saw him mentioned in despatches, awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, and promoted to sergeant (see image #6). He was later commissioned and was awarded a Military Cross in October 1916. By the end of the war he was a Brevet Captain and an artillery (mortar) instructor. Despite shrapnel wounds which later made him blind he served again during World War Two as a Captain with the 17th Garrison Battalion and commanded an internment camp. He died in 1963 aged 68. In early 1916 he wrote to his mother telling her about his invention and sent her the magazine he’d taken from his Lee-Enfield which was left behind at ANZAC Cove as part of the deception.

British stores at Suvla Bay burning on the 20th December 1915 (source)

Other deceptions included the use of dummy artillery pieces made from old cart wheels and scrap corrugated iron (see image #6) to disguise the fact the guns had been withdrawn. In the trenches dummies dressed in uniform were placed in the trenches (see image #5). Scurry’s drip rifle idea was deployed in the last hours of the evacuation as the last rear guards, approximately 2,000 men, were withdrawn. The Newfoundland Regiment was one of the last rear guard elements to evacuate the peninsular on the 9th January while the Plymouth Battalion of the Royal Marines Light Infantry were the very last to leave, fitting as they had been amongst the first British troops to land in April.

The eight month long Dardanelles campaign saw 252,000 allied casualties amongst the British Mediterranean Expeditionary Force and the French Oriental Expeditionary Corps with an estimated 220,000 Ottoman troops being killed or wounded. The evacuation was completed without the loss of a single man to enemy fire with one soldier killed when an ammunition magazine exploded prematurely. 35,268 men, 3,689 horses and mules, 127 guns, 328 vehicles and 1,600 tons of equipment and stores were evacuated. It was without doubt the best executed part of the campaign and one of the most brilliant large scale evacuation operations ever to be executed.


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I cannot believe the absolute devastation this wildfire in Fort McMurray has caused already. 91% of the city is burned to the ground. The fire is creating it’s own fire-tornadoes, and spreading itself even further. These pictures do not do the damage any justice; if you haven’t been keeping up with this wildfire, I sincerely suggest you check it out.

Close to 90,000 people have been evacuated from the area, with more areas on watch to be evacuated as well. The company refinery camps that had been opened up to the public are now full. Towns that people were evacuated to are now being evacuated as well. The emergency response crew had to move their headquarters further down the highway, twice. People are literally driving through flames on the highway to get out. They don’t even have time to pack up their belongings before heading out of town. Two of my extended coworkers have lost their homes; one is expecting a baby in a month and a half.

This is the largest evacuation due to fire that Alberta has ever had. We expect wildfires, but we don’t expect devastation on this level. It’s been reported that the fire is now the size of the city of Calgary. My heart is breaking for all those people. I can’t imagine what they are going through right now. 

Albertans and Canadians are reaching out and helping in any way they can, but there is not much anybody can do about the fire itself, or the impact it’s having on the entire area. 

If you can give anything, please donate to these people and the organizations that are trying to help them. We need to stay strong for those that need us right now, and in the upcoming months. 


California wildfire threatening 2,000 homes shows ‘explosive growth

An out-of-control wildfire that was threatening more than 2,000 homes in Northern California showed explosive growth, consuming tens of thousands of additional acres, fire officials said Thursday.

The fire east of Sacramento had burned through 111 square miles, up from 44 square miles on Wednesday when it forced additional evacuations, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. It was only 5% contained.

Most of the threatened homes were in Pollock Pines, 60 miles east of Sacramento. Hundreds of them were under evacuation orders, but it wasn’t immediately clear exactly how many.

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Who didn’t evacuate for Hurricane Katrina? A picture of those left behind.

By Lisa Wade, PhD

When Hurricane Katrina hit, more than a quarter of people living in New Orleans in August of 2005 lived below the poverty line. Many of the poor in stayed at home to weather the storm. Why?

27% of New Orleanians didn’t own a car, making evacuation even more difficult and expensive than it would otherwise be.

People without the means to leave are also the most likely to rely on the television, as opposed to the radio or internet, for news. TV news began warning people how bad the storm would be only 48 hours before it hit; some people, then, had only 48 hours to process this information and make plans.

Poor people are more likely than middle and upper class people to never leave where they grew up. This means that they were much less likely to have a network of people outside of New Orleans with whom they could stay, at the same time that they were least able to afford a motel room.

For those who were on government assistance, living check-to-check, it was the end of the month. Their checks were due to arrive three days after the hurricane. It was also back-to-school time and many were extra cash poor because they had extra expenses for their children.

A study of New Orleanians rescued and evacuated to Houston, described here, found that:

  • 14% were physically disabled, 23% stayed in New Orleans to care for a physically disabled person, and 25% were suffering from a chronic disease
  • 55% did not have a car or a way to evacuate
  • 68% had neither money in the bank nor a useable credit card
  • 57% had total household incomes of less than $20,000 in the prior year
  • 76% had children under 18 with them in the shelter
  • 77% had a high school education or less
  • 93% were black
  • 67% were employed full or part-time before the hurricane

The city failed to get information to their most vulnerable residents in time and they failed to facilitate their evacuation. The empty buses in flood water, buses that could have been filled with evacuees prior to the storm, is a testament to this failure.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College. She writes about New Orleans here. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Obit of the Day: Escaping St. Kilda

There are few places on earth less hospitable than the village of St. Kilda on the island of Hirta off the coast of Scotland. And yet somehow for thousands of years people lived on the wind-blown island. 

Although surrounded by fish-laden ocean waters, the villagers refused to eat the fish believing that it made God angry, sending dozens of ships to the bottom of the sea. Instead St. Kildans ate sea birds (garrets, puffins, and petrels mainly) supplemented by the occasional sheep and whatever crop could be grown whether it was barley, corn, or potatoes.

Reaching the island was so difficult that a unique communication system was created, called the “St. Kilda mailboat.” Islanders would carve boat-shaped pieces of wood, place a message inside, attach an air-filled sheep bladder and float them in the ocean in the hopes that messages would be received. Two-thirds of the messages reached people, although usually by way of Long Island in the Hebrides or Norway.

Already hindered by natural features, population growth on the island was further reduced by tragedy. For decades, a well-meaning midwife killed dozens of infants when she used a poisonous paste made of bird droppings on the umbilical cords of newborns.

As the 20th century dawned the future for St. Kildans seemed bleak. Norman John Gillies was born into this environment in 1925. He was named for his uncles, two more residents who were claimed by the rough seas. By the time of Mr. Gillies birth there were less than 40 resident in the island village.

The beginning of the end for the residents of St. Kilda was February 1930, which is when tragedy also struck Mr. Gillies’ family. His mother, pregnant for the second time, was suffering from appendicitis and contacted a passing ship to send help. A month later, she was transported to Glasgow where she was hospitalized until May. After giving birth to to a daughter, both died within two weeks.

In August 1930 recognizing that the situation was untenable, the government evacuated the island - all 36 residents. Only a few would ever see their home again. St. Kilda was designated for use as by conservationists and the military.

Mr. Gillies would return four times between 1976 and 2005 either by boat (which still took 8-12 hours) or helicopter for various anniversaries of the evacuation. Norman John Gillies passed away on September 29, 2013 at the age of 88. The only surviving resident from the St. Kilda’s evacuation is Mr. Gillies cousin, Rachel Johnson, who is 91.

Sources: Daily Telegraph, Glasgow Digital Library, and Wikipedia

(Image of Norman John Gillies as infant with his parents John Gillies and Mary MacQueen circa 1926. In 1930 Mrs. Gillies and her newborn daughter would die in a Glasgow hospital. Norman John did not know he had a sister until 1991, courtesy of www.theislandtapes.com)