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Mandey Sauer took this photo on Memorial Drive in Greenville.


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Tornado USA State of North Carolina, [Beaufort and Greene Counties] Damage level Details




Tornado in USA on Saturday, 26 April, 2014 at 04:50 (04:50 AM) UTC.

A State of Emergency has been declared in Beaufort County after a tornado destroyed homes, caused injuries, and left thousands without power Friday. According to a release from Beaufort County, the State of Emergency went into effect at 10:30 p.m. Friday and will last through 7 a.m. Sunday. During this time, travel in Beaufort County should be restricted to emergency situations. Violators of the State of Emergency may receive a fine of $100 plus court cost, according to the county release. Emergency Management Director John Pack said all Beaufort County residents have been accounted for and no fatalities have been reported. But at least 12 people had to be taken to a hospital. At least 100 homes in Beaufort County have been damaged, Pack told NewsChannel 12. Along Highway 264, north of Beaufort Community College, mobile homes are flattened, power lines are down, and trees are all over the road.

Officials said power outages are widespread in the county. Pack said up to 8,000 households were in the dark at one point. It may take at least 36 hours to get all the power back up and running. Greene County Emergency Management officials say the National Weather Service told them a tornado touched down in the Castoria area, damaging trees, power lines and several homes on Shine Road outside of Snow Hill. J.R. Hulon’s says his house on Speights Bridge Road was also hit. He says, “The porches are gone, the roof is gone the siding is gone, but I’ve still got somewhere to stay. So i’m just blessed.” Hulon says he was driving home on Speights Bridge Road and saw the tornado over the trees by his house break off into two smaller tornadoes. Hulon says, “I don’t know, it was like big clouds that came to the ground, and there was one and then it went into two, and one went over to the neighbors this way, and the other came through my yard.” Hulon’s seven dogs all survived, which he says is what’s important. But the shock factor of what happened is still setting in. “I really don’t know what’s going through my mind at this point. I’m just numb. I mean you work hard to get what you’ve got, and you come home and it’s just gone, in an instant.” Trey Cash with Greene County Emergency Management says there were no reported injuries.



Initial reports: 4 to 5 tornado touchdowns in Eastern Carolina

POSTED: 10:52 PM Apr 25 2014   UPDATED: 11:57 PM Apr 25 2014


Initial reports indicate there were up to five tornado touchdowns in Eastern Carolina Friday.

Although the National Weather Service won’t be doing an official survey until Saturday morning, it appears that there were between four to five separate tornado touchdowns Friday afternoon to Friday night.

During Friday afternoon, Greene County EMS said officials visually confirmed a tornado touching down near the Fort Run area. Spaights Bridge Road, Four Corner Store Road, Old Creek Road, and Shine Road all had houses with damage. Power lines are down in that area and some roads are impassable, EMS officials said.

Then, at about 7:15 p.m. in Pitt County, Voice of America employees watched a tornado touch down at a field in Chicod, according to the NWS. No damage was reported.

At 7:33 p.m., a tornado was reported on the ground near Black Jack in Pitt County, the NWS stated.

At about 7:40 p.m., rescue personnel reported trees being uprooted and falling down in Chocowinity in Beaufort County, according to the NWS.  About two minutes later, fire crews reported seeing a tornado on the ground in Chocowinity.


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EF3 Tornado Confirmed; 16 People Injured, Some 100 Homes Damaged In Beaufort County

Storm Damage & Power Outages In Beaufort County
Storm Damage & Power Outages In Beaufort County Part 1

The National Weather Service says an EF3 tornado touched down Friday night in Chocowinity, with winds around 150 miles per hour.

Authorities say approximately 100 homes were severely damaged or destroyed from the storm in Beaufort County.

Emergency Management Coordinator John Pack says at least 16 people were transported to the hospital with injuries.

Pack says there are no reported fatalities at the this time but his crews are going door to door in a search and rescue effort.

The county declared a local State of Emergency Friday night and a shelter was opened to house stranded residents.

That shelter is located at Snowd Branch Church of God’s Family Life Center at VOA and Cherry Run roads. People should bring a bedroll or sleeping bag, a pillow, towel, and personal care items.

Additionally utility crews working are to restore power to homes and businesses in Beaufort County. The strong line of storms from Friday knocked down trees, damaged homes and knocked out power to more than 3,238 Tideland EMC customers.


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NC officials say tornadoes reported in six counties

NC officials say tornadoes reported in six counties

by 13News Now


Posted on April 26, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Updated today at 10:21 AM


RALEIGH, NC — The National Weather Service may not know yet whether tornadoes caused all that damage Friday night in North Carolina, but residents do.

Across the Tarheel state, authorities reported tornadoes in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties, as well as in Beaufort, Chowan, Greene, Halifax counties.

State officials say 18 people were injured during the storms; five in Pasquotank County.

Early estimates indicate that more than 100 homes have been severely damaged or destroyed and numerous others have sustained damage.

Damage in Beaufort County was so bad a shelter was opened overnight to house stranded residents.  Officials declared a state of emergency late Friday.


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Christie declares state of emergency ahead of storm

Tuesday, February 04, 2014
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In anticipation of the severe winter weather expected to arrive in New Jersey late Tuesday and early Wednesday, Governor Chris Christie declared a State of Emergency.

The state of emergency authorizes the State Director of Emergency Management to continue coordinating the preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies. Governor Christie also authorized the closing of state offices on Wednesday, February 5th for all non-essential employees.

“Tonight’s winter weather is expected to produce snow and ice, creating hazardous travel conditions and affecting areas throughout the state that are already recovering from yesterday’s storm,” said Governor Christie. “I’ve authorized state officials to continue all necessary actions to assist, and my Administration will continue monitoring conditions throughout the remainder of the storm. I encourage all New Jerseyans to drive carefully and remain off the roads if possible so that our first responders and public safety officials can safely respond to any emergency situations.”

The storm is expected to continue into Wednesday afternoon, bringing additional snow and ice to areas that experienced significant snowfall during Monday’s storm. A potential mixture of hazardous travel conditions, fallen trees, power outages and flooding are anticipated.

New Jersey Transit has adjusted its service schedule for Wednesday and advised riders to build additional time into their travel plans.

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How basic can you get? List #1 for beginners



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This weekend some very good friends of ours spent several hours at our house.  At one point over dinner, the husband, James, began asking about food storage.  How did I know what to store?  How long would it last?  His wife, Dawn, had questions of her own and I began making a simple list of how to start with preparedness.


I asked them both what their concerns were.  Dawn mentioned the news about the solar flares that might cause problems with electronics on Earth and James said his main concern was a war developing in the Middle East.  Since we had never talked about preparedness before, I was surprised that those concerns were on their radars.  Previously, we had just chatted about work schedules, homeschooling, and whether or not our kids should go to church camp this summer.


After James and Dawn left, I started writing out a list of the most simple steps we had talked about and then decided to post them here.  If you are new to the  idea of preparing for an emergency or worst-case scenario, here’s where you can start!  I’ll be posting additional lists throughout the year, all titled, “How basic can you get?”


Here is List #1.


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How Basic Can You Get? List #2


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Just getting started with prepping?  Has some piece of news scared you to death for the future and that of your family?  You can become better  prepared for …whatever…by just jumping in and doing something proactive today.  I posted List #1 here.

  1. Track down a source for free, white plastic buckets.  Bakeries, restaurants, delis and grocery stores all have them, often for free.  I get mine from the bakery counter at my grocery store.  You’ll use these to store larger amounts of dry food and for organizing smaller items that you begin to accumulate, such as toothpaste and bars of soap.
  2. Watch for sales on canned goods, and then buy as much as you can afford.  Focus on canned soups, canned meat (tuna and chicken), canned beans, and canned veggies.  Also, cans of ravioli and beef stew come in handy.  Generally, canned food has a very long shelf life and, once opened, doesn’t require any cooking in a dire emergency.


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How Basic Can You Get? List #3


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For beginning preppers, here are more simple ideas for getting started.  Experienced preppers might even find a few useful reminders!


  1. Shop ethnic stores for basics like varieties of rice and beans.  A grocery store in my area is advertising 5 bags of elbow macaroni for $1 and cans of shelf-stable table cream for just 79 cents!
  2. Make an appointment for a physical for everyone in the family over the age of 18.  Health care will be more expensive and less accessible in a collapse scenario, so deal with health issues now.
  3. On a related note, start getting in shape.  I’ve taken this advice and have lost 40 pounds, and so can you!  A physically fit body at a normal weight will be less inclined toward dozens of health issues.  It also makes survival and preparedness a whole lot easier.
  4. Identify your top 3 events to prepare for by answering these questions:


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How Basic Can You Get? List #4

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Here’s another list of simple, basic steps for getting started as a Survival Mom or prepper.


1.� Find a source of inexpensive spices, herbs, and seasonings and begin stocking up on those you use most.


2.� Buy a Food Saver vacuum sealer. You’ll find these on Craigslist and eBay, Walmart, Target, and even Cabela’s. This machine will vacuum seal the Food Saver bags as well as jars.


3.� Be on the lookout for canning jars. The lids and rims of these jars provide a tighter seal than the lids of jelly or other jars.


4.� Once you have a Food Saver and canning jars, invest in one final item: a Food Saver jar sealer. This will allow you to fill those canning jars with foods that would melt or otherwise be spoiled in the canning process, vacuum oxygen from the inside of the jar, and have those foods ready to store long-term.


5.� Wherever you have food stored, be on the lookout for insects and rodents who might chew through food containers. You’d be surprised at what a diligent mouse with a lot of time on his hands can do!


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How Basic Can You Get? List #5

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Here are ten more tips to help a newbie get started and a seasoned Survival Mom stay on track!


1.  Start looking for both tarps and rope. As long as they aren’t worn out or frayed, they will be useful for making shelters, wind breaks, and even for water collection. They can provide a quick patch to a roof, a wall, or a broken window. Six tarps and a few hundred yards of rope would be a good start, and both are inexpensive.


2.  Even if winter weather isn’t a major issue where you live (Wave if you live in Phoenix or Honolulu!), you should still have a few cold weather clothing items for each member of the family. It’s so easy to pick these up at thrift stores, yard sales, and estate sales, and end-of-the-season sales at department and sporting goods stores. Warm waterproof boots, wool socks, long underwear, heavy jackets, waterproof gloves and warm caps should be a minimum. If you have kids, buy these in larger sizes when you find them at great prices.


3.  Make a rice and beans meal 3 or 4 times a month. These two foods combined create a complete protein, they’re very cheap, and have long shelf lives.


4.  Add one method for cooking food and heating water when the power goes out. If you already have a propane camp stove, make or buy your own solar oven or rocket stove. The BioLite stove is a great option because it requires so little fuel, is lightweight, and very portable.


5.  Begin to acquire camping equipment even if you don’t camp. A tent, sleeping bags, a camp stove, etc. will come in handy in case of an evacuation or if your home is damaged and unlivable.


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How Basic Can You Get? List #6



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Are you ready for more? Did you work your way through Lists 1-5? This next list should keep you busy and out of trouble for a while!


1.  Learn how to use a compass and a map. It’s a lot harder than you might think, but it’s a skill that just might make the difference between you or a loved one wandering around in the wilderness, lost, and finding your way back to civilization. Look for classes at stores like REI or Cabela’s. This video does a pretty job explaining the skill.


2.  Do your kids know what to do if your home’s smoke alarms ever went off? Have a family meeting and make sure everyone knows these basic rules of home fire safety and where everyone should meet if there ever is a fire.


3.  Have pets? Stock up on a month’s worth of extra food for each one. If you buy dry food, be sure to store it in a heavy-duty plastic bin with a tight fitting lid. Rodents, insects, and even the dogs and cats themselves will find a way into this stash. Trust me!


4.  Hit a few garage/estate sales this month and buy some extra blankets. Thesealways come in handy! Be sure to keep a couple in the trunk of each car.


5.  Make a mini-survival kit for each kid or grandkid in the family. Here are some super-easy instructions.


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Fire chiefs slam cuts to emergency preparedness in wake of Alberta flooding

Stuart Gradon/Calgary Herald HIGH RIVER, AB: JUNE 20, 2013 – A Nanton fire fighter (brought in to assist) wades through the flood water in High River, Alberta Thursday, June 20, 2013. The town of High River was hit by massive flooding Thursday. (Stuart Gradon/Calgary Herald) (For City story by TBA) 00046226A ORG XMIT: POS2013062018501343

Photograph by: Stuart Gradon/Calgary Herald , Postmedia News

OTTAWA — Aside from the great support offered by Canadian Forces personnel, the federal government has done nothing but get in the way during the Alberta floods, the president of the Alberta Fire Chiefs Association said Friday.

In a candid interview with Postmedia News as he drove home to Lethbridge after a week in High River, where the worst of the flooding has occurred, Chief Brian Cornforth didn’t mince words as he slammed Public Safety Minister Vic Toews and his government’s response to the disaster, as well as its funding cuts to emergency preparedness.

“The federal government, they can just stay in Ottawa. They got in the way,” he said, singling out Towes, who visited High River on Wednesday.

“Coming into the site, it’s pretty hard to deal with those guys because they require a lot of resources to provide them security. Unless they’re directly in charge of the military and have a functional role, it’s really just posing.”

Cornforth said the federal government talks a good game on public safety but hasn’t been much of a partner. He said he’s sickened by near daily reports of misspending at the “highest levels of government” when funding is being cut for things like emergency preparedness and urban search and rescue.

Budget 2012 effectively slashed federal funding for the Joint Emergency Preparedness Program which has provided nearly $184 million to the provinces and territories for projects related to emergency preparedness, urban search and rescue and critical infrastructure protection since 1980.


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High River re-entry plan for residents to begin Saturday




HIGH RIVER, Alta. – Some residents of flood-ravaged High River, Alberta, will be allowed to return to their homes on Saturday while others could be waiting at least another month, officials announced Friday.


About 5,000 residents of the northwest part of town will be allowed to go back starting at noon, but Shane Schreiber of Alberta Emergency Management cautioned that not all of the 1,000 homes in the neighbourhood would be livable because of flood damage, and the phased re-entry of evacuees could take as long as five weeks for people from the most heavily devastated part of the town.


Rick Fraser, the associate minister of regional recovery and reconstruction for High River said that some residents of High River received the green light to return to their homes Saturday while others will be able to tour the community by bus.


“Our priority is to enable the return of residents to their homes in a safe and orderly fashion as quickly as possible, with a view to supporting further recovery and the long-term restoration of High River,” said Fraser.


Bus tours were to start Friday night for all residents so they could at least get an idea of the damage.


Also on Friday, the Alberta government declared a provincial state of emergency in High River and assumed responsibility for flood recovery and rebuilding operations, at the request of the town’s mayor.



READ MORE: Province takes over flood recovery, rebuilding in High River



Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths said there has been more significant infrastructure damage in the town than ever suffered anywhere else in the province in any kind of disaster.


Griffiths said power was starting to be restored, engineers were identifying which roads were safe and health and home inspectors were on the job.


Mayor Emile Blokland said the floods have been overwhelming and that it’s best if the province co-ordinates getting the community’s 13,000 people back into their homes.


“It’s become clear that the size and scope of this disaster is beyond anything we’ve ever seen before in Alberta,” Blokland said at the same update in High River.


Shreiber said it would be three to five days before the next group of homeowners would be allowed in, five to seven days for the group after that and three to five weeks for people from the hardest hit section.


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The Jamaica Plain New Economy transition town has found that pie parties are a good way to get more people interested in disaster preparedness.

In his forthcoming book, Prepared Neighborhoods, social entrepreneur Scott James writes, “the neighborhood is where sustainability meets preparedness. It is one step beyond caring for your own family, and one step back from what the emergency professional does best at a national level. Self-sufficiency for every citizen is not only unattainable but also undesirable. The answer is resilient community.”

How do we build resilient communities? Is there a way to organize around preparing for “short term emergencies” to build neighborly relations and also strengthens us for other systemic economic and ecological challenges ahead?

This summer, our local “transition town,” the Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition, is experimenting with “preparedness pie parties.” It may be a way to bridge some of the race, class, and political differences in our neighborhood.

Neighbors meet each other, share information, and identify elderly and disabled neighbors to check in with. Neighbors take a few minutes to look at an “emergency preparedness checklist,” like the one FEMA puts out. Maybe one subgroup volunteers to coordinate the bulk purchase of flashlights and supplies. Another puts together a simple contact list with everyone’s name and basic information.

If neighbors are motivated, they could look at the “Map Your Neighborhood” process, piloted in Washington State and now adopted in other states. They have a nine-step process for neighbors responding to disasters, including urging neighbors to put “OK” signs in their windows—and visiting neighbors who haven’t put up a sign.

Some people might dismiss such organizing as fear mongering, a local version of the National Geographic series “Doomsday Preppers.” This is why the tone of such organizing matters: respectful, informed, friendly and hopeful. The message is “our individual security is linked to the well-being of our neighbors.”

The history of recent northeast ice storms and hurricanes such as Sandy and Irene underscores that neighbors are our true “first responders,” and that a modest amount of networking and preparation makes a huge difference. Many of my neighbors view this as common sense.

Rebecca Solnit, in her remarkable book, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster, reminds us that adversity unleashes extraordinary community spirit and generosity among neighbors. The fearful images of looting and selfishness are well publicized, but they are not the norm.

Chuck Collins wrote this article for YES! Magazine, a national, nonprofit media organization that fuses powerful ideas with practical actions. Chuck is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies where he directs the Program on Inequality and the Common Good.

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The Oklahoman, NewsOk.com

A teacher hugs a child at Briarwood Elementary school after a tornado destroyed the school in south Oklahoma City, Monday, May 20, 2013.

By Suzanne Choney, Contributing Writer, NBC News

The loss of life and stunning devastation in Oklahoma City suburbs after a monster tornado ripped through the area are heart-wrenching. “The streets are just gone. The signs are just gone,” said Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, after she toured the area by helicopter Tuesday. And many, many relief organizations are getting the message out on how to help.

American Red Cross
The Red Cross has set up shelters in various communities. You can donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund here, and the organization also suggests giving blood at your local hospital or blood bank. Fundraising efforts were buoyed Tuesday by a $1 million pledge from Kevin Durant, of the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team, via his family foundation.

If you’re searching for a missing relative, check Red Cross Safe & Well’s site. And please register if you’re within the disaster region. The site is designed to make communication easier after a tragedy like this.

If you want to send a $10 donation to the Disaster Relief fund via text message, you can do so by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999. As in the case with other donations via mobile, the donation will show up on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your balance if you have a prepaid phone. You need to be 18 or older, or have parental permission, to donate this way. (If you change your mind, text the word STOP to 90999.)

The Red Cross also accepts frequent flier miles as donations. Delta, United Airlines and US Airways partner with the Red Cross throughout the year, which uses miles to help get volunteers and staff to key locations during disasters. (Note: The donation is not tax-deductible as the IRS considers it a gift.) For Delta, email: delta.bids@delta-air.com with your SkyMiles number, the number of miles you want to donate, and specify the Red Cross as the charity. You can donate miles online at United Airlines Donate Your Miles and US Airways Dividend Miles.

Phone: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767); for Spanish speakers, 1-800-257-7575; for TDD, 1-800-220-4095.

OK Strong Disaster Relief Fund
The state of Oklahoma, coordinating with the United Way of Central Oklahoma, on Tuesday established the OK Strong Disaster Relief Fund to help “with the long-term medical, emotional and educational needs of victims of the May 20 tornado in Moore and the May 19 tornado near Shawnee.”

Donations can be made online at UnitedWayOKC.org.

Phone: 1-405-236-8441.

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, working with the Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, is seeking monetary donations. To donate, visit the regional food bank’s website, or give $10 by texting the word FOOD to 32333.

Phone: 1-405-972-1111

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief
This organization says donations will “go straight to help those in need providing tree removal services, laundry services and meals to victims of disasters.”

It is requesting monetary donations (It says clothing is NOT needed). For more information, and to donate, visit Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief’s website.

You can send checks to: BGCO, Attn: Disaster Relief, 3800 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK., 73112.

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is organizing disaster response units to serve hard-hit areas in central Oklahoma, including Moore, where it is sending mobile kitchens that can serve meals to 2,500 people a day, and to South Oklahoma City.

In Little Axe, Okla., the organization said, the army’s Central Oklahoma Area Command Disaster Service Unit was busy feeding breakfast, lunch and dinner to people, “even as one of our Salvation Army family member’s home was destroyed.”

Supporters can donate online via the organization’s website, SalvationArmyUSA.org. You can also text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation via cellphone.

If you want to send a check, the Salvation Army asks that you put the words “Oklahoma Tornado Relief” on the check, and mail it to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK., 73157.

Phone:  1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Feed the Children
Feed the Children has set up five locations in Oklahoma City to accept donations to help victims of the Moore tornado. The organization is accepting items including diapers, canned goods, non-perishable food, snack items, water and sports drinks. The organization is also supporting mobile canteens in partnership with the Salvation Army and the Red Cross.

You can donate online, or make a $10 donation by texting the word DISASTER to 80888.

Phone:  1-800-627-4556

United Way of Central Oklahoma
A disaster relief fund is being activated as of May 21 so that individuals can specifically donate to tornado relief-and-recovery efforts, the organization says on its site.

“Financial contributions are the best way to help unless otherwise requested.” Donations can be made online at

United Way of Central Oklahoma’s Disaster Relief Fund is open.  Donations may be made online here. Checks, with a notation of “May Tornado Relief” can also be sent to the United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK , 73101.

Feeding America
Through its network of more than 200 food banks, Feeding America, whose mission is to “feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks,” says it will deliver truckloads of food, water and supplies to communities in need, in Oklahoma, and will also “set up additional emergency food and supply distribution sites as they are needed.” You can donate online here.

Phone: 1-800-910-5524.

Operation USA
The international relief group, based in Los Angeles, says it is “readying essential material aid — emergency, shelter and cleaning supplies” to help Oklahoma’s community health organizations and schools recover.

You can donate online here. You can also give a $10 donation by texting the word AID to 50555. Checks should be sent to: Operation USA, 7421 Beverly Blvd., PH, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Phone: 1-800-678-7255.

Convoy of Hope
The Missouri-based nonprofit organization has done work in other disasters, including the Haiti earthquake, with a mission of getting food and water to those after disaster strikes. Now it’s doing the same for Moore, Okla. You can donate online here. Convoy of Hope is also going the crowd-sourced route, using HopeMob, a site similar to Kickstarter but for raising money to help disaster victims and others in need, which charges no fees to the organizations that use it. Convoy of Hope’s goal on the site is to raise $15,000 in seven days to help Moore.

“Why 7 days? In these first 7 days the town of Moore, OK will be consumed with clearing out destruction and accessing their needs,” HopeMob says on its site. “Once those needs are known we want to be able to give them the funds to help them rebuild in the long term.”

Phone: 1-800-988-0664


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Oklahoma tornado: How to find people, pets


Google’s Crisis Response Center provides information and compiles resources to aid tornado survivors and their loved ones.

By Rosa Golijan

In the aftermath of one of the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history, many are desperately trying to reach loved ones in areas affected by the disastrous event. Google and the Red Cross are helping confirm the safety of tornado survivors, while the Oklahoma Humane Society and Reddit users band together to take care of missing pets.

Google Crisis Response Center and Person Finder
Google has set up a Crisis Response Center page on which it provides shelter information, weather reports, public alerts and links to a variety of resources to aid those in or around the towns of Moore, Newcastle and southern portions of Oklahoma City. The search giant has also enabled the Google Person Finder tool at a plain and simple-to-use site for sharing and gathering information about those missing after the tornado. The tool was originally created after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

 As with previous versions of the tool, all someone needs to do is enter as much of a person’s name as he or she knows and Google will provide any related information — including last known location, physical descriptions, last reported status and messages left by those searching for the individual.

Those seeking to add information to the database will need to provide the full name of the individual they’ve got information about, as well as their own names and e-mail addresses.


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Technological Disaster

http://c.o0bc.com/rf/image_539o215/Boston/2011-2020/Wires/2013/05/15/Boston.com/APOnlineImages/2013-05-15/d40f9a0d4d85ea10310f6a706700a8d5.jpg” width=”467″ height=”304″ border=”0″ /> Rescue workers wait to search the rubble by hand at sunrise following the completion of rescue work by heavy machinery, at the scene of a building collapse in the eastern district of Nyagatare, Rwanda Wednesday, May 15, 2013. A four-story building under construction collapsed late Tuesday afternoon, killing at least six workers and injuring dozens more people, Rwandan police said Wednesday, though It was not immediately clear what caused the collapse or even how many people are feared buried under the rubble. (AP Photo/Mark Darrough)

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15.05.2013 Technological Disaster Rwanda Eastern Province, Nyagatare Damage level Details


Technological Disaster in Rwanda on Tuesday, 14 May, 2013 at 18:52 (06:52 PM) UTC.

Around 100 people are feared trapped after a four-storey building under construction collapsed in northeastern Rwanda, the government said today. “So far, the tentative information we have indicates that debris fell on about 100 people, we are yet to come up with the exact figures,” Rwandan Minister of Disaster Management Seraphine Mukantabana said. Police spokesman Theos Badege said that three people were confirmed dead and 21 people had been taken to hospital. Those trapped are believed to include both construction workers on the building as well as passersby on the street. The building, on a roadside in the town of Nyagatare, some 100 kilometres northeast of the capital Kigali, collapsed this afternoon. “At the moment we are working with the police on a quick response,” Mukantabana added. “The building that collapsed was a four- storey located in Nyagatare district by the roadside, and that is why it affected many people.”


Technological Disaster in Rwanda on Tuesday, 14 May, 2013 at 18:52 (06:52 PM) UTC.


Updated: Wednesday, 15 May, 2013 at 12:59 UTC
Six people were killed and dozens more injured when a four-story building under construction collapsed in eastern Rwanda, police said Wednesday as the rescue effort ended. Christophe Semuhungu, the police spokesman for Rwanda’s Eastern Province, said rescue workers from the police and the military had found no more bodies after combing through the rubble of the building in the eastern Rwanda district of Nyagatare. He said at least 30 workers were injured in the Tuesday afternoon incident. Most were being treated for minor injuries at a nearby hospital, he said, but some were in critical condition. He said the construction site employed about 45 workers but some were not on duty when the building fell. In a statement police had earlier described the building collapse as “an unfolding tragedy.” It remained unclear what caused the collapse. In recent years building collapses have become frequent in East and Central African countries as some property developers bypass regulations to cut costs. In March, a building collapsed in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam, killing at least 30 people.


Rwanda building collapse kills 6, injures 30

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Associated Press /  May 15, 2013

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — At least six people were killed and dozens more injured when a four-story building under construction collapsed in eastern Rwanda, police said Wednesday, as the country’s military joined the police to search for survivors under the rubble.

In a statement police described the Tuesday afternoon incident in the eastern Rwanda district of Nyagatare as ‘‘an unfolding tragedy,’’ but it was not clear what caused the collapse or even how many people are feared buried under the rubble.

Christophe Semuhungu, the police spokesman for Rwanda’s Eastern province, said Wednesday that at least 30 workers were injured in the collapse. Most were being treated for minor injuries at a nearby hospital, he said, but some were in critical condition. He said the construction site employed about 45 workers although it was unlikely all of them were on duty when the building fell.

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Auto Emergency Prepardness Kit – Your Cars Very Own Get Home Bag!

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Published on Jun 21, 2012

Bridgestone Automotive Emergency Kit (A Get Home Bag For Your Car!)

This is a kit that I have added to my car and my wife’s car. I figured… If we have a Get Home Bag… Why shouldn’t our cars have one too!

Track: Impact Moderato
Artist: Kevin MacLeod (http://www.incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

What’s in the kit:
Air Compressor (12 Volt)
Booster Cable (8 Gauge, 12 Feet)
Tie Down Strap (Bungee)
Duct Tape (2″ /5 cm x 5 Yard/ 4.6m)
Electrical Tape (3/4″ / 1.9cm x 10 Yard / 9.15m)
10 Cable Ties
Tire Gauge
2-in1 Screwdriver
Utility Knife
Rubber Flashlight
2 Heavy Duty “D” Batteries
Window Mount Triangle
Fabric Blanket (100% Polyester)
Nitrile Gloves
Emergency Poncho
53 Piece First Aid Kit
First Aid Instruction Card
20 Large Adhesive Strips
15 Small Adhesive Strips
2 Gauze Pads
Adhesive Tape
10 Cotton Balls
4 Hand Wipe Towelettes

What I have added:
Waterproof Match Case & 25 Matches
Fire Steel
Emergency Space Blanket
4 Valve Stem Caps
Fix-A-Flat (1 Can)
Gerber Suspension Multi-Tool
Neon Glow Sticks (2 Qty)
Paracord (25 Foot Hank)
Adjustable Wrench
Roadside Flares (2 Qty)
Paper Map (Map of the area)

Earth Watch Report  –  Sinkholes

Giant sinkhole swallows nearly an acre of land overnight, Louisiana



Posted on March 18, 2013

Officials monitoring the giant sinkhole in Louisiana reported that massive slurry burped on Sunday morning, March 17, 2013. Last “burp” event was reported on January 19, 2013. Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness Director John Boudreau said nearly an acre of land fell off into the west side of the sinkhole. 1 acre = 4 046.86 m2 More debris and hydrocarbon appeared at the surface, Boudreau added. Assumpton Parish Blog reported yesterday that the Office of Conservation is advising the public that a large “burp” event is related to the recent period of elevated deep seismic activity around...
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Officials monitoring the giant sinkhole in Louisiana reported that massive slurry burped on Sunday morning, March 17, 2013. Last “burp” event was reported on January 19, 2013.

Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness Director John Boudreau said nearly an acre of land fell off into the west side of the sinkhole. 1 acre = 4 046.86 m2

More debris and hydrocarbon appeared at the surface, Boudreau added.

Assumpton Parish Blog reported yesterday that the Office of Conservation is advising the public that a large “burp” event is related to the recent period of elevated deep seismic activity around the failed Oxy 3 cavern and the sinkhole.

As has happened in past events, such as the period of elevated seismic activity that preceded the January 19th “burp” event, the recent period of elevated activity was observed for several days prior to a sinkhole event.

Though the deep subsurface activity appears to have calmed significantly, Conservation’s contracted experts continue to note shallower seismic activity likely related to slumping of the sinkhole sides and water movement in the sinkhole and immediately below it.

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Corne Bayou Salt Dome Collapse Update.

Published on Mar 18, 2013

1 Acre falls into the sink hole as petrochemicals rise.

~Erin Brockovich & Thomas Girardi Come to Bayou Corne~


By Dominic Rushe, The Guardian
Friday, March 1, 2013 15:47 EST
Via The Raw Story
Gov. Rick Snyder speaks to MSNBC

Emergency state ‘not hard to justify’ says Snyder when faced with recent damning report claiming Detroit close to collapse

The governor of Michigan declared the city of Detroit to be in a state of “financial emergency” Friday and said he would appoint an independent overseer in an attempt to save it from financial ruin.

A state report last week concluded the city was close to financial collapse and experts fear it could become the biggest municipal bankruptcy in US history.

“I believe it’s appropriate to declare the city of Detroit in financial emergency based on the review team report,” governor Rick Snyder said during a town hall meeting at Detroit’s Wayne State University. “It’s not hard to justify that conclusion.”

Under Michigan law, an outside manager could eventually lead the financially troubled city into bankruptcy, a proceeding that would make Detroit the most populous American city ever to do so. The emergency manager, once named, would have about 18 months to turn the city around before facing re-appointment.

A new law that goes into effect on 28 March means that the emergency manager would have the authority to break all the city’s labor contracts, which is sure to lead to lengthy and bruising political battles.

“There’s no precedent for a city this big,” said Alan Schankel, managing director of municipal research for Janney Capital Markets.

Snyder did not reveal the name of the candidate and the city has 10 days to appeal the decision. He said his choice has “strong legal knowledge and financial knowledge” and was a “great people person”. He said previous plans had collapsed. “We need someone who will make decisions too,” said Snyder.

The decision marks a significant turning point in Detroit’s collapse and comes ironically as parts of the city appear to be finally recovering from the recession and the collapse of the US auto industry.

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Michigan governor clears way for state takeover of Detroit

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder talks about the future of the city of Detroit during a news conference in Detroit, Michigan February 21, 2013. REUTERS/ Rebecca Cook

By Steve Neavling

DETROIT | Fri Mar 1, 2013 5:25pm EST

(Reuters) – Michigan Governor Rick Snyder cleared the way for a state takeover of Detroit, declaring that the birthplace of the U.S. automotive industry faces a fiscal emergency and that he has identified a top candidate to assume its management.

Friday’s declaration by the Republican governor virtually assures that the state of Michigan will assume control of Detroit’s books, and eventually decide whether the city should file the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

Detroit has faced the steepest population decline of any major American city in recent decades. Once the fifth largest U.S. city and springboard for music icons such as Michael Jackson and Diana Ross, it now ranks 18th in size with about 700,000 people.

“Its time to say we should stop going downhill,” Snyder told a forum of residents hand-picked by his office, at a Detroit public television station. “There have been many good people who have had many plans, many attempts to turn this around. They haven’t worked,” he said.

A report commissioned by Snyder has described what it called “operational dysfunction” in the city government, crushing debt of $14 billion and a current fiscal year budget deficit of $100 million.

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing did not attend the announcement, nor did city council members appear to be in the audience. Earlier on Friday, a majority of the council said they wanted to challenge Snyder’s decision but did not decide how to proceed.

While Snyder made his announcement on Wayne State University’s campus, a few dozen protesters gathered about two miles away at city hall, clutching signs that read “Snyder, Go Home!” and “This is a takeover!”


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