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Saturday, September 30, 2006

UN Agency Issues Hi Tech Disaster Roadmap

CD UN Agency Issues Hi Tech Disaster Roadmap

"United Nations disaster experts and partners meeting in the Caribbean have issued a roadmap on how to use information and communication technologies to improve search-and-rescue missions, medical care and emergency relief."

“Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are the key to saving lives and property because they enable the collection and timely dissemination of accurate information on acts of nature,” said J. Paul Morgan, Chairman of the CTO, an international development partnership between Commonwealth and non-Commonwealth Governments business and other organizations.

Throw out your old beacon

SAR Throw out your old beacon

I have posted about the phasing out of Satellite support for 121.5 Emergency Beacons in the past. In other countries regulations or promotional offers have been put in place to prevent sales of 121.5MHz beacons and to encourage users to trade up from 121.5 to 406MHz beacons. However here in NZ there has only been a small publicity campaign with no real incentives to change to the more expensive beacons.

Other aspects of 406MHz beacons that could possibly have been regulated are, enforcement for Registration to ensure that all users have current and correct details registered, and another option that has been suggested is that only GPS enabled 406MHz beacons should be sold, these have the advantage that, as long as the GPS has a good fix, the exact location is sent immediately rather than relying on a later satellite to determine a less precise location up to 45 minutes later.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Feedback wanted on oil emergency response strategy

CD Feedback wanted on oil emergency response strategy

"The government is seeking feedback on what it proposes to do in the event of an emergency disruption to oil supplies.

Energy Minister David Parker today released a discussion document on the development of an Oil Emergency Response Strategy.

The Ministry of Economic Development is developing this strategy in consultation with other agencies and stakeholders to make sure the country is ready to respond to any future emergency disruption in oil supplies."

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No damage after small Pacific tsunami

CD No damage after small Pacific tsunami

"A strong earthquake with a magnitude of up to 7.0 hit near the South Pacific nation of Samoa and triggered a small tsunami but there were no reports of damage, officials said.

The centre of the quake was between Samoa, Tonga and American Samoa and at least 250km from the nearest major populated centres."

Thursday, September 28, 2006

UN’s Influenza Pandemic Task Force Meets

CD UN’s Influenza Pandemic Task Force Meets

"The United Nations health agency’s Influenza Pandemic Task Force (IPTF), which will advise the world body on how best to respond to health issues of global concern related to bird flu and pandemic influenza, has held its first meeting in Geneva.

The Task Force is a temporary body that will operate until the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Health Regulations 2005 (IHR) come into force on 15 June 2007, the agency said, at which point an emergency committee will be convened if and when needed to advise on disease events of global public health importance."

Dangerous Dams Policy for Canterbury

CD Dangerous Dams Policy for Canterbury

"Environment Canterbury has adopted a “Dangerous Dams Policy” for the Canterbury region, as required under Section 161 of the Building Act 2004. The Act requires regional councils to develop a policy to address issues associated with dangerous dams. It gives regional councils the power to act in the interest of public safety if a dam falls below the minimum safety criteria."

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Long-dormant Alaskan volcano rumbles to life

CD Long-dormant Alaskan volcano rumbles to life

A volcano in Alaska that scientists had believed dormant for the past 10,000 years has rumbled to life with a burst of ash, gas and steam, signalling an eruption could be imminent.

Last week, scientists spotted a cloud streaming near the Fourpeaked Volcano, about 300km south-west of Anchorage"

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Army style for cub scouts

Army style for cub scouts

"More than 70 Mania-o-Roto cub scouts took part in activities developed around the armed forces theme at Mania-o-Roto Park on Saturday followed by a church parade and service on the Sunday.

There were 71 cub scouts and more than 30 parents on hand during the annual Mania-o-Roto district cub camp. Working around the armed forces theme, children took part in activities such as mortar throwing (water balloons), battleships (wet sponges) an obstacle course and flying fox."

Changes mooted to search and rescue operations close to shore

MSAR Changes mooted to search and rescue operations close to shore

"The Police look likely to be stripped of responsibilities for co-ordinating sea rescues close to shore in proposed changes to the system.

The government is understood to be considering a restructuring; in part because of problems highlighted by the sinking of the Iron Maiden fishing boat in 2004, in which two men died."

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Monday, September 25, 2006

Hunters found safe and well

LSAR Hunters found safe and well

"Two hunters in Canterbury have been found safe and well on the banks of the Waimakariri River.

A search and rescue operation was launched this afternoon after the pair failed to return from an overnight deer stalking trip.

Head of the search Sergeant Peter Sommerfield says a helicopter spotted the wreckage of their boat in the river, and later found the men and their dogs on the banks of the Waimakariri River.

He says the men were found around 40-kilometres upstream from the Waimakariri Gorge.

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Indonesian boy dies of bird flu - official

CD Indonesian boy dies of bird flu - official

Some may think that it has gone away, but the risk of a pandemic is still there (maybe the risk is still low, but ...)

"JAKARTA: A nine-year-old Indonesian boy has died of bird flu, an official of the health ministry's bird flu information centre said on Sunday, taking the country's death toll from the disease to 51.

The boy died on Friday at a hospital in Jakarta, Runizar Ruesin, the head of the centre, told Reuters by phone.

"The result came out this morning. It has been confirmed positive," he said."

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