One of the most likely future dangers of my city Nuremberg is the outbreak of diseases due to contaminated food. This could appear in form of cattle diseases like BSE or food-and-mouth disease, but also in form of other viruses. It was only a year ago that the EHIC pathogen caused a lot of trouble in Germany. Especially the consequences for the agricultural sector were significant.
Near Nuremberg, one of the biggest connected area of cultivation of vegetables - the "Knoblauchsland" -…
In Arizona, especially the urban Phoenix area, a potential natural disaster is flash flooding. Due to the general lack of precipitation and the costs involved in engineering infrastructures to mitigate flooding risks, Phoenix and its surrounding areas are poorly equipped to face flash flooding. In the time that I have been here, what would seem to be light sprinkling rain in other parts of the U.S. has caused tremendous flooding problems here. Hence, if a genuinely large and unexpected storm… Continue
As Asheville residents learned a few years back, as a geographically isolated city we have a very tenuous supply of fuel. When hurricanes Gustav and Ike plowed through the southern coast, it shut down fuel deliveries to a bare trickle. And what's worse, most of the fuel trucks heading our way were emptied long before they got near us, and the high mountain pa**** cost so much more in transportation fuel costs that… Continue
Oil Spill Crisis Map highlights early impact of gulf crisis
Speckled with bright red dots, a new online map details first-person accounts of the oil spill's impact on the eastern Gulf Coast. Most of the reports are clustered along Louisiana and Mississippi's shores, and many involve chemical and oil smells hanging in the air. One report from Pass Christian, Miss., says…
The most likely social disruption to happen in Cochabamba city, which the third in importance of my home country Bolivia on upcoming months are urban riots that will give raise to police riots and all this violence in consequence, most probably will result in a siege. All the process can occur in matter of 3-5 days, whereas, the…
Right now I am living in Ludwigshafen, Germany. I think this is a reasonably safe place to live and there isn't anything obviously live-threatening going on.
The only thing I can think of right now would be large scale industrial accidents. There is a nuclear power plant in 30km distance (in Biblis) and the city hosts BASF, the worlds largest chemical company.
After having learned what Ushahidi is, it's interesting to see what would happen if Ushahidi would be toned down to things such as drug problems and not as radical as a hurricane or a tornado or any kind of large scale natural disaster.
My town, Welland, Ontario, is a plain town, but there isn't really any worry about large-scale disasters. The most recent one I can think of was 'White Death', or the enormous snow storm of 1977. The biggest problem in our town is drugs.…
In 2001 three miles from my city centre a fertilizer factory, part of the Total group, blew up. 30 people died, thousands were injured and a pall of fumes hung over the city.
There could have been many more fatalities. Directly across the river there was another… Continue
Ushahidi is an awsome example of how poeple are able to empower themselves making use of the new information technology, once they are aware of it and have access to it. I'll label this in the Empowering Women section for now, since Ushahidi was originally set up by a woman in a war torn region, seeking to distribute information.
The school that I attend in Boston MA, is a very friendly and peaceful--it is hard to image that anything like what happened at Columbine is even remotely possible. However, it is always better to be over prepared.
I could see Ushahidi being used to inform students of possible threats in a crisis situation. Imagine if during Columbine, students were able to inform each other and the police where the attackers where, many more lives would have been saved.
Just last night I was driving home and witnessed two cars crash – both ended up rolling over. After witnessing this, being in an accident myself, and also losing my brother in a car accident, I feel that maybe, in some way, Ushahidi can help. Maybe in the event of an…
Since my nearest metropolitan area is Washington, DC, there are many redundancies of infrastructure protection available and accessible to interested "first responders," community leaders, neighborhood watch coordinators, shelter and assistance organization heads, et cetera.
Duties in a crisis range from the unpleasant eventuality of preparing and staffing a temporary (mass) morturary, and attendant guidance for preserving any available identifying information, to national/federal…
(Sorry for my bad english, i hope you can understand it)
In my post i will focus on the usage of Ushahidi at a local crisis. I think every region should have a website (if it doesn't have one already) that shows what roads are blocked, and in case of an flu epedemic where people with flu are. This information all can be gathered with Ushahidi, people can sms if family members got a flu, or they pass a broken/closed road.
Ofcourse that are only two examples. There… Continue
Added by Jos Vlaar on April 17, 2010 at 2:47pm —
I choose a political issue known as the "green movement" in iran since it has happened and will happen again. Well, we all say plan for the worst hope for the best. the terms are: 1-phone lines are out in most regions 2-sattelite and tvs are out at least in well known channels (BBC, CSPAN, local etc) 3-military situation in announced usually at night 4-HAM Radios do work 5-electricity might be out a few hours per day 6-internet connection…Continue
Added by Soroush on April 17, 2010 at 2:07pm —
I foresee more ruinous floods to happen in Metro Manila, Philippines. The Philippines also has a bad waste disposal system because trash are not properly segregated - or worse, thrown into rivers, bays, or streets.
My city has a history of severe ice storms. Thankfully, these do not come often, but when they do come, they can range from serious to devastating.
The most insidious thing about an ice storm is that the damage builds slowly, and over a wide area. It often starts as rain or even mist. As the temperature drops, the rain and mist on the trees, power lines and structures slowly freezes. As more rain falls, it hits the ice buildup and instantly freezes, adding to the amount of…