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-




 NEW YORK ~ Freeport Animal Shelter is evacuating. They’re trying to move all animals out of the shelter right now. They desperately need dog crates and cat carriers (180 cats & 40 dogs). People can drop off crates at 71-03 80th St in Glendale Queens (718-362-6070). Also needed: blankets, flashlights, batteries, dog food, cat food.


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.