Disasters
Most Hospitals Not Ready for Mass Tragedies
By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Nine out of 10 ER doctors say their hospitals aren't fully prepared for major disasters or mass tragedies. The finding, from a new poll by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), comes as the U.
May 22 5:55PM WebMD

5 Key Strategies for Promoting Workplace Safety
Safety should be a top priority in every workplace because safety problems could have catastrophic effects to the business. For instance, unsafe work conditions can endanger the health of employees causing them to become unproductive and unfocused at work.
May 22 1:23PM Take It Personel-ly

How solar emergency microgrids provide resilience to vulnerable communities
By Dr. Frank Wasko, Program Director, Clean Coalition Microgrids have become crucial to the rebuilding effort in Puerto Rico in the six months since Hurricane Maria.
May 21 5:09PM pv magazine USA

Expansion Of Drones In The Telecommunication Sector
Drones are not only restricted to deliveries or taking impressive aerial shots or inspecting, furthermore, they also promise to improve mobile and internet connectivity for emergency services and consumers. From past two years, the Finnish tech firm Nokia and British mobile operator EE have been flying small quadcopter drones mounted with portable mobile base stations in Scotland.
May 21 10:30AM Medium

Data Back Non-Opioid Strategy for Renal Colic
SAN FRANCISCO -- Non-narcotic management of kidney stone pain in the emergency department (ED) led to earlier discharge and fewer hospital admissions as compared with initial opioid management, data from a leading stone center showed. Patients treated only with ketorolac were almost twice as likely to be discharged from the ED in less than 3 hours versus patients who received only opioids.
May 20 9:02PM medpagetoday.com

Explosion and fire at plastic fabrication company in Texas leaves 22 injured
(CNN)Twenty-two people were injured in an explosion and fire at Kuraray America Eval, a plastic fabrication company in Pasadena, Texas, according to John Krueger, emergency media spokesperson for the city of La Porte. Jeff Suggs, the corporate emergency manager for Kuraray, said the explosion happened around 10 a.
May 19 6:20PM CNN

Company says gas leak caused explosion at Houston-area plant
HOUSTON (AP) Officials say a gas leak caused an explosion and brief flash fire at a chemical plant near Houston, resulting in non-life threatening injuries to nearly two dozen workers. Kuraray America says in a news release that ethylene escaping from a safety valve caught fire Saturday at the company's EVAL plan in Pasadena where 266 workers were on site.
May 19 5:41PM AP News

Dozens displaced by Dartmouth fire to be sheltered at local community centre
Residents affected by a fire early Saturday morning in Dartmouth, N.S.
May 19 4:27PM CBC

EENA & DJI New Emergency Drone Program- Part I
A new emergency drone program is launched in Europe by the European Emergency Number Association (EENA) and DJI. The goal of this program is to understand how drones can be used by emergency services and create the legal and operational framework.
May 19 8:13AM Medium

Statement on the 1st meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee regarding the Ebola outbreak in 2018
??????? ?? franais ??????? espaol The 1st meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) regarding the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo took place on Friday 18 May 2018, from 11:00 to 14:00 Geneva time (CET). It was the view of the Committee that the conditions for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) have not currently been met.
May 18 6:18PM World Health Organization

[EMSR284] Tornio Central: Delineation Map, Monitoring 2
The Copernicus Emergency Management Service Monitors Floods in Finland [EMSR285] Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo [EMSR284] Floods in Finland The Copernicus Emergency Management Service Monitors Floods in Norway [EMSR283] Floods in Norway The Copernicus Emergency Management Service Monitors Algae Bloom in Antilles Islands, France [EMSR284] Tornio Central: Delineation Map, Monitoring 2 Published: Product version: v0 Map scale: 1:22000 Status: Production finished Downloadable items PDF: JPEG: 200 DPI TIFF: Vector package: ZIP - staging product - note: obsolete - more recent product(s) exist(s) Show all maps produced in Copernicus EMS - Mapping activation EMSR284. Geographic Extent:.
May 18 9:28AM Copernicus EMS

FEMA announces plan to extend emergency power restoration mission in Puerto Rico
WASHINGTON On Thursday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced it will provide additional disaster assistance for Puerto Rico as the island continues to recover from the damage caused by Hurricane Maria last September. Puerto Rico's representative in Congress had requested additional aid to fully restore power on the island before the next hurricane season starts on June 1.
May 17 9:40PM yahoo.com

Explosive eruption at Hawaii volcano
An explosive eruption at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has sent ash 30,000ft (9,100m) into the sky. The US Geological Survey says the eruption took place at 04:15 local time (14:15 GMT).
May 17 4:21PM BBC News

WHO concerned as one Ebola case confirmed in urban area of Democratic Republic of the Congo
??????? ?? franais ??????? espaol One new case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) has been confirmed in Wangata, one of the three health zones of Mbandaka, a city of nearly 1.2 million people in Equateur Province in northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo.
May 17 8:19AM World Health Organization

Big crisis data: generality-singularity tensions
The current massive surge of digital data, measurements and new forms of (algorithmic) valuation affects emergency situations (both natural and human-made crises) and emergency management systems. By introducing 'big crisis data', the very concepts of emergency and crisis rely heavily on the calculations of events and crowd behaviour, constituting, controlling and shifting the interplay between different actors.
May 16 4:11PM Internet Policy Review

Embattled FEMA CIO Reassigned to Caribbean Post
The embattled technology leader of the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been reassigned to the Caribbean amid reports the agency is not properly managing its IT and has misled investigators. FEMA officials confirmed that Chief Information Officer Adrian Gardner has been reassigned to the Caribbean Area Division as the executive director of recovery communications technology.
May 16 2:03PM Nextgov.com

Here, there, everywhere: How pervasive identity and access management transforms secure access
We've been talking in this space about how transforming secure access requires making it pervasive, connected and continuous. Now I'd like to dive more deeply into the first of those three characteristics and explain specifically what pervasive means in this contextand, equally important, what it doesn't mean.
May 15 2:30PM CSO Online

World Health Organization
Democratic Republic of the Congo health situation reports [in French] African Region outbreaks and emergency updates Health Cluster information - Democratic Republic of the Congo Disease Outbreak News - Democratic Republic of the Congo Disease information: ebola Disease information: cholera Ebola disease oubreak - donor alert pdf, 1.13Mb10 May 2018 Programme budget - Democratic Republic of the Congo Joint strategic responce and operations plan - Democratic Republic of the Congopdf, 1.
May 15 5:30AM World Health Organization

Columbia Medical Associates saves $6.5 million in total cost of care by tackling ED visits
Columbia Medical Associates, a multi-specialty group practice based in Spokane, Washington, needed to rein in its rising healthcare costs and decided that one key area to focus on was reducing emergency room visits. The practice participates in both an accountable care organization as part of the Medicare Shared Savings Program, which provides a wealth of data to assist with adding value to its patients.
May 15 12:00AM Healthcare IT News

Takeaways from the DC-area WEA system test
INDUSTRY INSIGHT On April 5, 2018, emergency managers across the National Capital Region sent a test message to 5.5 million people through the Wireless Emergency Alert system, which allows government and public safety officials to send emergency information to an individual's cell phone in a specific geographic area.
May 14 7:46PM GCN