Tuesday, March 4, 2014
It’s National Severe Weather Preparedness Week!
Emergency Preparedness: Build a Kit
A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.
Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.
You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days.
Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages.
Learn more from ready.gov
P.S. don’t forget to pack supplies for your pets!

It’s National Severe Weather Preparedness Week!

Emergency Preparedness: Build a Kit

A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days.

Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages.

Learn more from ready.gov

P.S. don’t forget to pack supplies for your pets!

It is important to watch the ideological war playing out alongside the possibility of a military conflict. Mr. Putin wants Ukrainians and the world to believe that the eastern half of the country supports him. And, indeed, myths and stereotypes have a way of breeding along the country’s endless, poorly maintained roads. They are already deeply rooted in the Ukrainian mind: The myth of the aggressive nationalist from the west has long had as its counterpart the equally unfounded myth of the Russian-speaking easterner who, brainwashed by Russian propaganda, would take slavery in a totalitarian state over membership in NATO or the European Union.

These myths were most apparent during the Orange Revolution of 2004, and they have been used by both sides to gain power. In the east, people are terrified of the “Orange Plague”; in the west, people are terrified of “Donetsk criminals.” As long as these myths were believed, the political forces in question have been able to use power for their own gain, sustaining the people on political speculations and intimidation instead of enacting meaningful economic reforms.
The Myth of a Divided Ukraine

Confrontation in Crimea

At the Belbek military installation in Crimea, Ukrainian soldiers refuse to surrender to Russia troops and instead march, unarmed, to confront them in the face of warning shots.

Monday, March 3, 2014
At a Coast Guard base in Crimea, a soldier speaking to reporters said he was a contractor from Russia and that the surrender of the base had been emotional, not violent. Troops who supported Russia were seen hugging those who support Ukraine and were leaving. To add to the complex situation and emotions, one soldier standing out front, when asked whether he was Russian or Ukrainian, replied, “My grandfather used to say Ukraine is the best Russia has.” What’s Going On in Ukraine? An Up-to-Date Guide
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
'Deepening' medical crisis in Afghanistan
Despite years of aid, medical care in Afghanistan remains severely limited as casualty rates from violence climb, humanitarian organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) warns in a report.
Gaping holes in the war-torn country’s healthcare system are being obscured by misleading narratives of success, it says.
Reliable data is hard to come by, but MSF says patient testimonies paint a troubling picture.
Many struggle to access basic care.
Read more…
Read the report from Médecins Sans Frontières here (PDF).

'Deepening' medical crisis in Afghanistan

Despite years of aid, medical care in Afghanistan remains severely limited as casualty rates from violence climb, humanitarian organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) warns in a report.

Gaping holes in the war-torn country’s healthcare system are being obscured by misleading narratives of success, it says.

Reliable data is hard to come by, but MSF says patient testimonies paint a troubling picture.

Many struggle to access basic care.

Read more…

Read the report from Médecins Sans Frontières here (PDF).

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