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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Christchurch City Council rattled by Quake Risk

While working on a draft policy on "earthquake-prone buildings" as required by the Buildings act the council has discovered that many Historic and other buildings build pre 1976 probably don't meet the current 2004 standards. Since Christchurch is also deemed to be an Intermediate Risk of being struck by a big quake they are shocked.

Shelter lab Live Boot CD for Disasters (SLLB)

A number of boot CD solutions have been valuable to the Red Cross shelters after the Hurricanes in the USA. Most of the options are based on Linux and Open Source software.

A lot of work on Open Source solutions for Emergency and Disaster management is happening all around the world, as well as many general Open Source solutions that can also be applied to Emergency and Disaster situations.

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Push to improve disaster preparation

The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management is gearing up for its annual public awareness drive.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

The Sahana Project

The Asian Tsunami has created a lot of projects and initiatives, several with the name Sahana. Sahana, which means Relief, in this case is an open source project to develop a Disaster Management System.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Remote areas to get broadband via satellite

The launch of the IPStar broadband bidirectional Internet satellite service will provide a potential datalink for remote users, but has huge potential for Search and Rescue and Civil Defence field applications as well.

Amateur Radio Remains "Only Viable Means" of Communication in Some Areas after Rita

The Amateur Radio support of communications continues after the main evacuation in a number of different forms. Amateur Radio operators in the US, like those in NZ and around the world are prepared to assist with emergency communications whenever needed.

However we also face battles with local government rulings relating to our ability to install suitable antenna systems.

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FEMA Disaster Photo Library

FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has an online photograph library that has a search function. The library boasts more than 3,400 images related to natural disasters across the USA and more than 1,700 images related to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
You can search for images on disaster type, location, photographer and date range. Any of the high-resolution images can be selected for download, while the vast majority of the photographs are royalty-free, there are some that require permission before download.

Monday, October 03, 2005

USAR Specialists get Special Training opportunity

USAR has a number of levels of Response/Rescue and Technician/Specialist teams. The Technician and Specialist Task Force teams use engineering and advanced techniques for gaining safe access to buildings etc.

These teams have had an opportunity to practice some of their skills on board the frigate Wellington before it is sunk next month.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Roxx Rocks

The Trimble Navigation New Zealand Social Club had an evening at The Roxx Climbing Centre tonight, it was great fun. Highly recommended. The Roxx is an indoor climbing centre which includes all sorts of climbing walls for all abilities.

For most of their walls they use an automated belay system that they call "Clip 'n Climb" which makes things safe and easy.