Saturday, February 5, 2011

Super Security at this Year's Superbowl

1. Vantage points in the Stadium's rafters for Law Enforcement Snipers.
2. Radiological detectors for possible "Dirty Bombs"(10 hits at last year's SB-all were medical isotopes).
3. Multiple entrances for faster evacuation.
4. 30 mile radius of restricted airspace.

Here's What to Look For - Before the Roof Collapses to the Floor!

Over 90 buildings (so far) in Massachusetts have collapsed under the stress of Snow and Ice accumulating on rooftops.
Do you live in an area affected by the recent winter storms?
Take a moment to stop, look and listen. Your commercial building, apartment or house may be telling you something.
Don't let your roof become your new floor!
Here's What to Look For
Homeowners and business owners should be mindful of the risk of personal injury to themselves and occupants before removing snow from roofs. A contractor could be helpful in assessing the need for snow removal. Most tree removal companies will do snow removal from roofs.

Be on the alert for large accumulating snow build-up or snowdrifts on your roofs. If roof snow can be removed with the use of a snow rake (available at most hardware stores), do so. Use caution, as metal snow rakes conduct electricity if they come into contact with a power line.

Prior to a roof collapse, buildings generally exhibit signs that the roof is in distress and action should be taken to mitigate a roof collapse. The following are some of the symptoms that have been reported prior to roof failure:
  • Sagging roof steel – visually deformed
  • Severe roof leaks
  • Cracked or split wood members
  • Bends or ripples in metal supports
  • Cracks in walls or masonry
  • Cracks in welds of steel construction
  • Sheared off screws from steel frames
  • Sprinkler heads pushed down below ceiling tiles
  • Water in ponds where it never has not formed ponds before
  • Doors that pop open
  • Doors or windows that are difficult to open
  • Bowed utility pipes or conduit attached at ceiling
  • Creaking, cracking or popping sounds 
  • Try to void working from ladders, as ladder rungs tend to ice up. Snow and ice collect on boot soles, and metal ladders.
  • Flat roofs can be shoveled clear, but only if it is determined that the roof is safe to stand upon. Exercise care when on the roof to avoid potentially dangerous falls.
  • Flat roof drainage systems should be kept clear to minimize the risk of excess roof ponding in the event of subsequent heavy rainfall or melting.
  • Large icicles can form on roof overhangs, but do not necessarily mean ice damming is occurring. Icicles overhanging doorways and walkways can be dangerous and should be carefully removed.
  • All of the mentioned actions should only be performed by able-bodied adults, as the snow is heavy, and roofs and other surfaces may be slippery. Protective headgear and eye protection is recommended.
  • Evacuate the Building Immediately!
  • Call 911 from a safe location.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Raw Video: Aerial Footage of Queensland, Australia Flooding - 9News Australia

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Raw Video: Helicopter Rescues Stranded Flood Victims - 9News Australia

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Grantham, Australia Affected by Inland Tsunami - 9News Australia

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Witness Describes the Scene in Tucson - How He and Others Tackled the Suspect

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Friday, January 7, 2011

State and Federal Officials to Survey Storm Damage in San Diego-KFMB-TV8

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The County of San Diego has paved the way to get emergency money from the state and federal governments. The county estimates that there are more than $6 million in damage.
State and federal officials are expected to look at that damage Wednesday. Heavy rains caused flooding, which created sinkholes, mudslides and potholes.
News 8's Adrienne Moore files this video report with the latest on where the funds could go.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

High Spirits Found in The High Flood Waters of Australia

Australians hit by the floods in Queensland are hailed for their positive spirit in adversity

Making a Difference at 35,000FT - Passengers Foil Turkish Hijack-Reuters

Police arrest a would-be hijacker at Istanbul airport after passengers overpower the man on a Turkish air flight. Simon Hanna reports.

North County San Diego Firefighters Train at Abandoned Military Housing-KFMB-TV8 San Diego

On Thursday, North County fire agencies took part in several fire drills inside abandoned military housing on Camp Pendleton.
In this News 8 video story, photojournalist Charlie Landon shows us how this valuable training will help firefighters.

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Driving While Drowsy - Waking Up to This Danger

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30 Second Interviews about Drowsy Driving.

How to Recognize the Signs, What to do and More.

Difficult Driving Conditions:
Drowsy Driving

These interviews were conducted with Reed Berry "The Traffic Guy"

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

USFA Firefighter Safe Operations in Abandoned Buildings - Video & Information Toolbox

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The recent double firefighter fatality fire in Chicago, the eight civilian fatality fire in New Orleans, and two other recent building collapses in Buffalo, NY and Washington, DC resulting in firefighter injuries stress the importance of safe operations in abandoned buildings. 
These events serve as an impetus for the U.S. Fire Administration to highlight and share with you materials designed to raise awareness of the risks and offer suggestions for addressing the dangers associated with vacant and abandoned buildings.  Please share this information with community officials and operations personnel so we might prevent another tragedy. 

·         Intentionally Set Fires (PDF)
·         Vacant Residential Building Fires (PDF)
·         Board-Up Procedures (PDF)


Monday, January 3, 2011

Health Minute Video: Warnings on What to do to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. CNN/KOVR-TV13

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A 3.6M EQ Rattles Homes North East of England, UK - SkyNews UK

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Article & Video: Supply Drops to Flooded NE Coast of Australia - Sky News

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

NE. Australia-Emerald, Queensland. Emerald Flood Worsens-Relief Effort Begins SkyNews-AU

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Aerial View of Tornado damage - KATV-TV7 Arkansas

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