Midnight In The Desert — emergency

Crews race to fix California dam before more rain falls

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Crews race to fix California dam before more rain falls

Catastrophic failures at a dam in California combined with heavy winter storms have forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes. Although the level of the dam’s lake is falling fast, more rain is forecast. On 7 February, a huge hole was found in the main concrete channel that carries overflow water from the Oroville dam to the Feather river. Engineers diverted this water along an unpaved emergency spillway that hadn’t been used in almost 50 years – but this didn’t work. On 12 February, officials ordered over 188,000 residents of downstream towns to evacuate because the spillway was at...

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Zika Is the ‘Most Difficult’ Emergency Health Response Ever, CDC Official Says

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Zika Is the ‘Most Difficult’ Emergency Health Response Ever, CDC Official Says

After the House of Representatives finally passed a Zika funding bill on Thursday—for $1.1 billion (less than the $1.9 billion President Obama originally requested), much of it taken away from Affordable Care Act funding, and remaining Ebola emergency money. Given that, the White House has threatened to veto the bill. Which would mean still no federal funding for what Anne Schuchat, the principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, called “the most difficult” emergency response the agency has ever had to do, on Thursday at Spotlight Health, a conference co-hosted by the Aspen Institute and The...

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Where to go During a Communications Shutdown

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Where to go During a Communications Shutdown

If you’ve been in meetings and exercises that simulate a total communications loss, you’ve likely wondered what you would do in the event of a catastrophic failure that takes down cellular, Internet, power, and even your own systems. Haiti, Jan. 12, 2010. Within a few days after the quake, a team of amateur radio operators from WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center was called upon to serve as the main source of medical communications. Over the next five weeks, the team manned a 24-hour net connecting Haiti field hospitals, the University of Miami Medical Center and the U.S. Navy hospital...

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Flight makes emergency landing after cabin walls buckle

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Flight makes emergency landing after cabin walls buckle

A lot of people claim that flying is a far safer mode of travel than driving. Statistically, this is true. But if a crack appears in the panel of your car’s door you can just pull over and take a look at it. When it happens on a plane, you would probably think the thing is about to disintegrate at 30,000 feet. This is what happened when the cabin of an American Airlines flight from San Francisco to Dallas buckled just after take off. Cracks appeared in the interior walls of the plane, causing panicked passengers to look to the...

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