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Friday, November 18, 2005

New info in chopper search

The private search for Michael Erceg believe that they have narrowed the search area down to two square kilometres of dense bush on the northern slope of Mount Pirongia.

Wellington Emergency services test out for "big one"

Today Operation Pheonix takes place to exercise a likely scenario after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake strikes the Capital.

Searchers feel they are close to chopper

The private search for Michael Erceg is still continuing, despite RCCNZ turning down a request to reactivate the official search. The private search is quite confident about the search area after some 14 days of searching.

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HB man puts theories into bird flu book

A kiwi has put some ideas together into a book that may help if a Bird Flu pandemic strikes. General good health tips and practices will help, but how much difference they will make if the pandemic strain is very virulant and infectious is anyones guess.

The Ministry of Health also has plenty of general information available. See :-

Bird flu death confirmed in China

Reports of one dead and another infected with 'Bird Flu' in different parts of China may mean that the pandemic is closer, or they may have been directly infected from infected birds and it may not mean that it is mutating or spreading from humans yet.

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Governments fail to support global emergency fund

Should government put money into international funds, or should they concentrate more on readiness and response at home? Certainly there is a need fore aid when required, but to what extent should we provide upfront support for others when our own systems can use the funding.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Search for missing millionaire more desperate

The private search for Michael Erceg continues to hold out hope, but time is ticking on.

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Bird Flu Another Example Of The Weakness Of Scenario Based Continuity Planning

"NZers tend to focus their emergency preparedness mostly on events that have occurred to them before or those that have been sensationalized in the media, regardless of the real potential impact."

Pilots urged to trade up to new beacon

The private search for Michael Erceg highlights the need for all users of emergency locator beacons to upgrade to the more modern 406MHz system, although even this more modern technology is still no guarantee. When buying a 406MHz beacon, ensure that it includes the 121.5 Homing signal as well.

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Cave stays open for Coast race

Despite warnings from Police, Search and Rescue and caving experts, an adventure race gets the go ahead from DOC to continue to run the race through a risky cave.

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Chopper searchers buoyed by signals

The private search for Michael Erceg continues, and after a detection of a beacon signal they are refocusing their search with renewed hope, the Rescue Coordination Centre NZ has also reactivated the search.

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Sober virus outbreak springs six variants

Virus, Trojan, Spyware, all seem to be a regular occurrence these days, yet still many computer users do not take suitable protection, and still get sucked into opening attachments or downloading files that they should reject.

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This latest spate of variants is not unusual, but again a reminder:
  • Keep anti virus software up to date - many update as often as hourly
  • Keep your operating system up-to-date with security patches
  • Use a firewall when connecting to the Internet
  • Use Anti-Spyware software to block and clean Spyware
Some sites to get software etc

Trampers urged to use digital distress beacons

Older technology satellite beacon support is due to be turned off in 2009, and all Search and Rescue Beacon users will be urged to upgrade to the newer technology 406MHz beacons.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Marlborough earthquake swarm continues

Another quake shakes Marlborough.

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The outsider’s inside guide to bird flu paranoia

There is a lot of media coverage of the Bird Flu pandemic, how much is hype and paranoia?

Private aerial search for liquor baron continues

As well as family a number of Search and Rescue volunteers continue the search for Michael Erceg and the missing helicopter. Volunteers and specialised equipment from NZ Land SAR and SARINZ are assisting the family with the search.

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Recently a friend asked "what is the point of blogging". The main link is to an article about some blog software, and also a bit about why people blog.

Blog is short for web log, it is effectively a personal journal of thoughts etc.


Police fear for athletes in adventure race cave run

As adventure races get more daring there are concerns over safety from Search and Rescue officials.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Japan Issues Tsunami Warning After Quake Off Hokkaido (Update2)

A 7+, on the Richter scale, earthquake off the coast of Japan forecasts a 50cm tidal wave.

The warning has since been lifted with small waves and the quake causing little damage.

Pandemic preparedness subject of lecture

Lessons drawn from Christchurch’s experience of the 1918 influenza pandemic will be the focus of the second ‘Outside the Square’ lecture, to be delivered by Associate Professor Geoffrey Rice later this month.

The free public lecture will be delivered on Tuesday 29 November 2005 at 5.30pm in the James Hay Theatre, Christchurch Town Hall.

Council staff support Civil Defence

More and more Local Authority staff are having additional Civil Defence responsibilities added to their job descriptions, however they are still heavily reliant on volunteers in an emergency.

Jump in suspected bird flu cases

Is it really getting worse?

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Council tramp ends in search and rescue

Anyone can get caught out in the bush.

Police & Telcos face off over Location Services

A battle looms over who will pay the costs of implementing Location Services for mobile phones. There is a cost in establishing the system which will be useful for 111 calls from mobiles, but is also potentially useful for commercial location based services.

Monday, November 14, 2005

EU plans better disaster response

Making use of satellites that are all ready in place by 25 member nations, the EU plans to enhance disaster response using satellite monitoring.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Deception Point

Since reading Angels and Demons, I have now read another of Dan Browns books, Deception Point. Again I found this to be a good escapist read for a thriller/action novel.