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INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS USING IDAWG
- In the event of an incident, communication between responders can be difficult and almost impossible due to devices relying on cell towers or internet networks. Interoperable communications is a necessity and Syracuse University’s School of Information studies might have developed the answer.
The iDAWG — Intelligent Deployable Augmented Wireless Gateway — works with a new class of software, called edgeware, that connects devices and information and helps with machine-to-machine communication. Professor Lee McKnight said the process is similar to ad-hoc networking in which a local network is built spontaneously as devices connect to one another. McKnight explained that when a user connects to a wireless network during everyday life, he or she doesn’t connect computer to computer because of increased security risks. Following a disaster, however, it could be one way of communicating and connecting with others. – Pittman, Elaine. "3 Emerging Technologies That Will Impact Emergency Management." Emergency Management Dec. 2012. Google Books Web. 30 Jan. 2013.
THE BUCKET LIST – YOUR 7-DAY EMERGENCY KIT
Disasters, natural or manmade, can change at a moment’s notice. It is our responsibility to have a plan and be ready. That plan should include and emergency kit for at least seven days worth of water, food and other items.
Below is a “bucket list” for your emergency Grab-n-go bucket as well as additional items that could be useful. The origin of the list is unknown but has been passed through emergency management as a great distribution tool.
Items for your Grab-n-Go Bucket
- A flashlight & radio w/extra batteries
- Extra water and non-perishable food (food and water for your pets, too)
- Small first aid kit
- Extra supply of medications
- Moist hand wipes & cleaners
- Toothbrush, tooth paste, soap, deodorant, brush, tissues & towel
- Toilet paper
- Special family needs (diapers, feminine hygiene items, etc.)
- Emergency poncho and blanket
- A local map
- Important family documents in a zip-lock plastic bag, including drivers license, bank & insurance information, out-of-area contact, paper and permanent marker
- Photos of family members and pets for re-unification
- Set of keys to your home and car
- Whistle for each family member
- Large plastic trash bags
- Multipurpose pocket knife
- Games and toys
- Change of clothes
Additional supplies for your 7-DAY emergency kit:
- Water—one gallon per person per day, stored in sturdy plastic containers such as soda-pop bottles, not milk cartons.
- Extra clothes, sturdy shoes and rain gear for each family member
- Non perishable food you like to eat. (for pets, too)
- Manual can opener and eating utensils
- First aid kit with handbook
- Hand sanitizers and wipes
- Toilet paper
- Backup supply of special equipment (i.e. hearing-aid batteries or oxygen tanks)
- Unscented bleach for water purification (8 drops/2liter bottle)
- Blankets and/or sleeping bags
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape to cover broken windows
- Tool kit: wrenches, crowbar, bungee cords, rope & heavy duty work gloves
- Large plastic trash bags
- Leash, crate, other pet supplies
Nice to have:
- Tents and/or tarps
- Cooking stove and fuel—do not use to cook inside
- Portable heater—do not use inside
- Generator (know how to use it)
Emergency supplies can be stored in containers such as:
- large plastic garbage can on wheels, a tote, or other container
and kept in a convenient location:
- A shed or in back yard
- A closet near an outside door
Also, for your car:
- Extra clothes, sturdy shoes, and warm hats and gloves
- Extra food and water
- Automobile emergency equipment such as jumper cables, flashlight, flares, and “HELP” signs
- Shovel and kitty litter or sand
Keep your tank at least ½ full at all times!