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Side walk plows worked throughout the night to keep the walkways clear during the storm that hit Boston on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15. Image: Kieran Kesner for Mashable

Side walk plows worked throughout the night to keep the walkways clear during the storm that hit Boston on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15.
Image: Kieran Kesner for Mashable

Blizzard dumps another foot of snow on winter-weary Boston

BOSTON – Bursts of bitterly cold wind rushed through the streets of Boston on Sunday morning as a fresh layer of snow blanketed the city. Many streets in Boston were already lined with three-four foot snow barriers after weeks of storms, and an overnight blizzard has already dumped about another foot on some parts of the city, according to Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, who spoke at a press conference on Sunday morning. Hurricane-strength winds are expected along the coast, and 30 mile-per-hour wind is already whipping through parts of downtown. Gusts of wind instantly turn the air from cold to frigid…

 

UN helps Algeria strengthen disaster risk reduction

Algiers – As the world gears up for the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the UN in Algeria is helping the Government to bolster the safety of communities, in a country that has suffered from a string of devastating earthquakes and repeated floods…

 

Guarding against natural disasters

Asian countries like Indonesia are flood-prone regions of the world, so it makes sense for such regions to have public-safety assets, like a large network of intelligent monitoring stations. The equipment must be sophisticated enough to provide accurate, timely information where it is needed, while also being cost effective. However, Indonesia-based Hydrosix (PDF) — a provider of a data-acquisition and reporting platform based on embedded Linux — came across the challenge of developing a fully featured intelligent environmental remote-monitoring solution that overcomes the limitations of a previous generation that was based on microcontrollers and firmware…

 

Teaching children to be prepared in emergencies

Even children who are not yet reading can be involved in preparing for an emergency. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has one source of materials, Ready Wrigley, which targets children ages 2-8. They offer four books in both English and Spanish; each 20-page book addresses a particular natural disaster. Whether the topic is tornado (pdf), hurricane (pdf), earthquake (pdf) or winter weather (pdf), these books follow super-dog Ready Wrigley as she helps her family prepare for that emergency. Children learn basic information about the specific disaster being addressed, the best way to respond during and after that type of emergency, and items to include in an emergency kit for family members and for pets…

 

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