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Friday, September 2, 2011

First Aid Procedures for Trees Post-Storm Damages & Treatment

First Aid Procedures for Trees
Post-Storm Damages & Treatment
CHAMPAIGN, IL - The trail of damages after a major storm truly reveals the power of Mother Nature, and the remains can be devastating, especially for trees. Unprotected, trees are vulnerable to the storm's damages and the wounds might look fatal. However, even though major branches may be broken, foliage might be shredded, or the bark may be torn and gouged, trees have an amazing ability to recover from even the most severe cases.
First aid for damaged trees after a major storm can help trees recover, urges the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). Follow a few simple tree first aid procedures immediately after a major storm:
1. Do not try to do it all yourself. If large limbs are broken or hanging, or if ladder or overhead chain saw work is needed, it is a job for a professional arborist.
2. Take safety precautions. Look up and look down. Be on the alert and stay away from downed utility lines and dangerous hanging branches that look like they are ready to fall.
3. Assess the damages. Evaluate your trees carefully by asking the following questions: Other than the storm damage, is the tree basically healthy and vigorous? Are major limbs or the leader (the main upward-trending branch on most trees) branch still remaining? Is at least 50 percent of the tree's crown (branches and leaves) still intact? Are there remaining branches that can form a new branch structure? If you answered "yes" to the majority of these questions, there is a good chance for complete recovery. For assistance, hire an ISA Certified Arborist to determine the tree's conditions.
4. Remove any broken branches or stubs still attached to the tree.Removing the jagged remains of smaller sized broken limbs to minimize the risk of decay agents entering the wound. Smaller branches should be pruned at the point where they join larger ones. Follow the pruning guidelines shown for proper cuts to help the tree to recover faster. Making the cut illustrated with a handsaw is fine - with a chain saw it could create a hazard. For larger branches that are broken, a professional arborist who has the necessary equipment and knowledge needed to do the job safely should cut them back to the trunk or a main limb.

5. Resist the urge to over-prune (no longer recommended). Do not worry if the tree's appearance is not perfect. With branches gone, your trees may look unbalanced or naked. You will be surprised at how fast they will recover, grow new foliage, and return to their natural beauty.   Read more

Friday, July 22, 2011

PREPARE:It's Spring – Time to Prevent Lyme Disease

Photo: Parents with children outdoorsWhen you're outside this spring and summer, prevent tick bites and reduce your risk of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases by following these tips.
Map: Report cases of Lyme Diseasae, United States 2009
More cases of Lyme disease are reported than any other vector-borne disease in the United States. There were 29,959 confirmed cases and 8509 probable cases of Lyme disease in the United States in 2009; most of these cases are reported from the Northeast and upper Midwest.

WATER:Nanotechnology to Help Purify Water

Published 22 July 2011
Among many potential applications, carbon nanotubes are great candidate materials for cleaning polluted water; many water pollutants have very high affinity for carbon nanotubes and pollutants could be removed from contaminated water by filters made of this nanomaterial -- for example, water soluble drugs which can hardly be separated from water by activated carbon
Photomicrograph of carbon nanotubes // Source: nanowerk.com
Nanotechnology has developed rapidly in the past decade and was able to create many new materials with a vast range of potential applications.
Carbon nanotubes are an example of these new materials and consist of cylindrical molecules of carbon with diameters of a few nanometers – one nanometer is one millionth of a millimeter. Carbon nanotubes possess exceptional electronic, mechanical, and chemical properties, for example they can be used to clean polluted water. Scientists of the University of Vienna had recently published to this new research field in the journalEnvironmental Science & Technology.

ENERGY:Mathematical Framework Converts Junk Energy Into Useful Power

Published 22 July 2011

Researchers have developed a mathematical framework that could one day form the basis of technologies that turn road vibrations, airport runway noise, and other "junk"energy into useful power;
Runway noise may be channeled to energy production // Source: a2bdistancetravel.com
A University at Buffalo-led research team has developed a mathematical framework that could one day form the basis of technologies that turn road vibrations, airport runway noise, and other “junk” energy into useful power.
The concept all begins with a granular system comprising a chain of equal-sized particles — spheres, for instance — that touch one another.
In a paper in Physical Review E this June, UB theoretical physicist Surajit Sen and colleagues describe how altering the shape of grain-to-grain contact areas between the particles dramatically changes how energy propagates through the system.   For more

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Twitter, Facebook, and Ten Red Balloons: Social Network Problem Solving and Homeland Security

Results of a Social Media type contest, with national security implications, great read, 15 mins read.

image coutesy of:  www.psfk.com
On December 6, 2009, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) held a competition designed to, in their words, “explore the role the Internet and social networking plays in the timely communication, wide area team-building and urgent mobilization required to solve broad scope, time-critical problems.” 1 The competition required participating teams/individuals to find “10 8-foot balloons moored at 10 fixed locations in the continental United States.” 2 Just before the competition opened, the balloons were surreptitiously floated at random locations in nine states, including: California, Tennessee, Florida, Delaware, Texas, Virginia, Arizona, Oregon, and Georgia. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Critical Infrastructure Protection > A Guide for Homeland Security Instructors Preparing Physical CIP Courses

If you are in to Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), you need to read this article. It is a very long read, but well worth it.  Give's a great indepth description of CIP and where it's headed.
The eighteen Critical Infrastructure and Key Resource (CIKR) sectors are defined as:
Agriculture and FoodWaterNuclear Reactors
Defense Industrial BaseChemicalInformation Technology
EnergyCommercial FacilitiesCommunications
Healthcare and Public HealthCritical ManufacturingPostal & Shipping
National Monuments & IconsDamsTransportation Systems
Banking and FinanceEmergency ServicesGovernment Facilities
The events of September 11, 2001 brought about a rapid expansion of critical infrastructure protection efforts. The first National Strategy for Homeland Security was published in 2002 and was followed by the National Strategy for the Physical Protection of Critical Infrastructures and Key Assets and Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7, which replaced PDD63, in 2003. These documents expanded critical infrastructure to thirteen sectors and added five key resources and led to the publication of the first National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) in 2006, with the second edition following in 2009. Currently, the NIPP defines Critical Infrastructure as:3
Systems and assets, whether physical or virtual, so vital that the incapacity or destruction of such may have a debilitating impact on the security, economy, public health or safety, environment, or any combination of these matters, across any Federal, State, regional, territorial, or local jurisdiction.


Table 1. Recommended Resources on the Whole Building Design Guide
General CategorySpecific Topics
Terrorist ThreatsBlast Safety of the Building Envelope
Designing Buildings to Resist Explosive Threats
Retrofitting Existing Buildings to Resist Explosive Threats
Landscape Architecture and the Site Security Design Process
The Site Security Design Process
Windows and Glazing
Earth Effects& Natural DisastersFlood Resistance of the Building Envelope
Seismic Design Principles
Seismic Safety of the Building Envelope
Wind Safety of the Building Envelope
PlanningBalancing Security/Safety and Sustainability Objectives
Cost Impact of the ISC Security Design Criteria
Threat/Vulnerability Assessments and Risk Analysis
UFC/ISC Security Design Criteria Overview and Comparison

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Dry Mouth? Don’t Delay Treatment

Dry mouth, known medically as xerostomia, occurs when you don’t have enough saliva, or spit, in your mouth.
Dry Mouth? Don’t Delay Treatment - Info Graphic

Almost everyone’s mouth is dry sometimes. But if you feel like you have cotton in your mouth constantly, it may be time for treatment.
Feeling stressed can trigger dry mouth temporarily. But a persistently dry mouth may signal an underlying disease or condition, so it’s important to see your doctor, says the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates products that relieve dry mouth.
And because dry mouth can lead to tooth decay, you should see your dentist, too, says John V. Kelsey, D.D.S., of FDA’s Division of Dermatology and Dental Products. Full article...

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Video > Tori loves Michigan!

This is the cutest little less abled dog!


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

ALERT > New National Terrorism Advisory System Replaces Color-Coded Alert System

Color coded Alert system gone! 30 second article

Video >Japan Earthquake 2011 Liquefaction Damage

Good article on liquefaction type earthquakes.  There are a few silver linings in the clouds above Japan...the Video is 9:27 and is visually powerful.

Technology > ORNL rifle sighting system uses sensors to score bull's-eye

Oak Ridge National Labs does it again!  This is an excellent article on rifle technology and how crosshairs automatically adjust for conditions in real time. 2 mins read.
photo courtey of ORNL and Ron Walli

JAPAN >Dust control steps up at Fukushima

Really good article on mitigation methods of controlling dust at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.  Read is only 1 mins long and discusses what the robots are doing also.
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Area being sprayed, photo courtesy of
Anti-scattering test at Fukushima Daiichi
A Tepco worker tests the anti scattering agent in a debris-strewn area near the shared used fuel pond

JAPAN > Fukushima Nuclear Accident Update Log 20APR2011

This is an update from International Atomic Energy Agency in ref to the 7APR earthquake that happened, post 11MAR earthquake and tsunami.  Good info, takes about 3 mins to read.
IAEA Incident Emergency Centre (IEC)
photo courtesy of iaea.org

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Video > Expiration Dates Matter

This is a very good video by the FDA on drug expiration dates. Emphasizes what and how the drugs may loose their efficacy and/or alter their chemical composition. Only 1:26 seconds long.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Cooking > How to boil an Egg

With Easter right around the corner, I thought this might be helpful.  New technique...learn something new everyday!
photo courtesy of cooking-questions.com
notice the nice yellow egg on left and the way over cooked egg on right

Kids and Emergency Preparedness > NYC OEM Website

Ready Schools
One of my favorite websites for emergency preparedness information.  There are many games for kids to play and yet it teaches preparedness while playing.  Can't think of a better, solid and safe method for teaching kids preparedness.  Enjoy!

Tornadoes > The Science of Tornadoes

Really good Scientific American article.
image courtesy of:  kidzworld.com

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Article > Spring Cleaning for Household Hazardous Waste

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[Good to know info. http://www.gov/ows/conserve/materials/hhw.htm 

EZ Facts > Mold Prevention, Remediation and PPE

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Lab Safety Supply has a library of free resources. It is a 3 minute read on; the anatomy and physiology, prevention, control, remediation (abatement), and further readings/resources on mold.  It's Spring; which means ice and snow are melting, causing flooding; and Hurricane Season is right around the corner!  Enjoy and be safe!

Monday, April 11, 2011

CDC> APRIL is Alcohol Awareness Month

April marks Alcohol Awareness Month. This year, CDC is drawing attention to the risks to women from binge drinking, a dangerous behavior that leads to many health and social problems for women, particularly if they are pregnant or may become pregnant.
Photo: A woman holding her head
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Friday, April 8, 2011

Earthquakes happening on New Madrid faultline...for the past 4 days

reference map to area of activity
? Interesting youtube video, 11 mins long, conspiracy theorist proves USGS censoring data:

Social Media saves a city > Japanese City’s Cry Resonates Around the World

Mayor of Minamisoma, Japan
posts a plea
 for assistance on youtube!!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Grant writing

Short, sweet and succinct grant writing information.
Will take 2 mins of our time.

FREE COURSE:IS-22 Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness

~This is a basic course to help citizen's prepare for the unexpected.  Even if you think you know a lot about disaster's, there is always more to learn.  About 60-90 minutes long.  Good information to know, great information to share.  The booklet is a 'nice to have' document to include in your disaster kit, and includes many more websites and resources.   Enjoy~