Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
8.30pm on Saturday March 28 marks EARTH HOUR - "People around the world will turn their lights off for one hour... We’re aiming to reach one billion people, more than 1000 cities, all joining together in a global effort to show that its possible to take action on global warming...
"In Singapore it is hoped that one million people will participate in effecting a ‘partial blackout’ as lights are turned off in homes, communities and businesses for one hour on Saturday March 28th 2009 at 8:30 PM.
"Sign up, Switch off, Make a difference!"
Saturday, February 07, 2009
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
HealthMap brings together disparate data sources to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health. This freely available Web site integrates outbreak data of varying reliability, ranging from news sources (such as Google News) to curated personal accounts (such as ProMED) to validated official alerts (such as World Health Organization).
WHO on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) - "GIS provide ideal platforms for the convergence of disease-specific information and their analyses in relation to population settlements, surrounding social and health services and the natural environment. They are highly suitable for analysing epidemiological data, revealing trends and interrelationships that would be more difficult to discover in tabular format."
Posted by This is Ed at 10:09 AM
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Researchers recently investigated factors that affected evacuation from the WTC during 911:
...The PAR teams identified key risk factors associated with three major outcomes: length of time to initiate evacuation, length of time to complete evacuation, and incidence of injury. WTC evaluation initiation was delayed by lack of awareness and experience in evacuation procedures; making phone calls; seeking out co-workers; and personal concerns about one's own ability (e.g. health and stamina) to descend multiple flights of stairs. Workers also delayed their evacuation because they were waiting for their supervisor's permission to leave. The length of time for the entire evacuation process was lengthened by inappropriate footwear; confusion about where the staircases were located and where they terminated; and periodic congestion on stairs. Injuries were associated most often with physical disabilities (i.e., those with physical disabilities were more likely to be injured during the evacuation process).
The researchers make recommendations that focus on the need for a greater emphasis on emergency preparedness for high-rise workers. Specific measures recommended by PAR team members include mandatory training and drills, such as full-building evacuation drills. PAR team members also suggested that employees keep comfortable footwear and emergency supplies at their desks.
Taken from article on Continuity Central.
Posted by This is Ed at 5:46 PM