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Midwest Tornadoes
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 01:56

Thousands are still without power after tornadoes tore through the Midwest on Sunday.  The storm system was a large one, striking twelve states, and occurred very late in the tornado season.

ITS Tactical has some linked suggestions on how to help Americans in need following this event.

 
Chicken or the Egg Problem
Friday, 15 November 2013 21:44

Following a major disaster like Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, have you ever wondered why it takes so long for aid to arrive?  Part of the problem is logistics (transportation, distribution, etc.) but a big reason is money. Relief organizations rely on donations, which typically don’t start flowing until after the disaster.  These organizations want to pre-position supplies and resources, but are limited by their funding.

 
Haiyan’s Aftermath
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 20:32

The aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan has been pretty devastating. Thankfully, the latest death toll stands far below the original estimate of 10,000, but thousands of people are homeless and without basic needs.

Aid groups and relief organizations have been encountering the typical post-event barriers (logistics, fuel needs, coordination of burials, supply chain issues, etc.) and have been having difficulty deploying, particularly in the hard-hit city of Tacloban.

 
Super Typhoon Haiyan
Friday, 08 November 2013 20:30


Multiple news outlets are reporting that Super Typhoon Haiyan may very well be the largest storm ever to be reliably recorded on Earth.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of the Philippines.  The country is ahead of the curve on disaster preparedness, but this storm is going to be devastating.

Image via NOAA’s Twitter feed.

 
Survival Apps for Smartphones
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 21:38

Survival apps for your phone or tablet are plentiful, but many of them contain false or potentially dangerous information. Business Insider highlights a few of the better ones available for free or purchase.  They include:

Of the entire lot, Black Umbrella has personally tested Google Earth, MotionX GPS Maps, American Red Cross First Aid, SAS Survival Guide and Flashlight.  All five are worth the cost and the data space on your phone; MotionX is particularly useful, as it allows you to download maps for use without a cell or WiFi signal.

 
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