Technology and Coping with Disaster

Written by John Savageau

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Telecommunications and information technology are key components in our ability to respond to disaster. As real time information is collected, it is available immediately to all participants inrepparttar relief effort. Other technology – in particular military technology, can easily serve a duel use purpose in a disaster. The same troop transports designed to carry soldiers to war can carry refugees from a disaster. The same photo reconnaissance aircraft used to spy on enemies can provide a clear view ofrepparttar 133394 extent of damage. The same technology used to collect electronic intelligence can locate attempts to use mobile phones, radios, and even audio signals of people stranded in remote areas. Infrared scanning used to identify enemy soldiers in a bunker or building can just as easily locate a family stranded in a jungle.

If you comparerepparttar 133395 current response torepparttar 133396 Indian Ocean tsunami torepparttar 133397 effects of tsunami damage following eruption ofrepparttar 133398 Krakatoa volcano in 1883 ( ), you can seerepparttar 133399 extent of damage from that disaster was not even known for several decades.

In most cases disaster cannot be predicted. We are making progress predicting earthquakes, hurricanes, and eruptions – however science is no closer to effective disaster prediction than we are in fully understandingrepparttar 133400 human genome. Through effective use of communications, information technology, and duel use military/civilian technology transfer, we are getting much closer to reducingrepparttar 133401 level of pain following an event.

2005 will be a big year in further exploitingrepparttar 133402 potential of Internet and communications-related technology. Givenrepparttar 133403 positive moves toward regional cooperation in activities such as MPAT, we should be encouraged our governments understandrepparttar 133404 need and role of technology in planning – was well as responding – to regional disaster.

John Savageau is a managing director at CRG-West, responsible for managing operations and architecture for several of the largest telecommunications interconnect facilities in the US, including One Wilshire in Los Angeles

Top Ten Reasons to get Satellite Radio

Written by Reno Charlton

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Impressive features: With satellite radio you can enjoy a range of impressive features and additional benefits that will make listening torepparttar radio allrepparttar 133393 more enjoyable, and will offer even more choice. You can get parental block controls in order to allow parents to stop their kids from listening to explicit programming. You can also enjoy receiving music track information with digital radio, so you can instantly find out details about which artist or song is playing. This information is actually displayed via satellite transmission onrepparttar 133394 actual controller.

Unique programming: With satellite radio you can enjoy access to programming that is not available on regular AM/FM radio. For example, due torepparttar 133395 lack of FCC regulations you can access racier or more controversial content, which on AM/FM radio may be prohibited. The child control features ensure that this content is only accessed byrepparttar 133396 person in control ofrepparttar 133397 satellite radio and not byrepparttar 133398 kids or any other unauthorized listener. Satellite radio also offers some exclusive interviews with celebrities, so you could find yourself listening to an exclusive in-studio interview with your favorite star.

Perfect for driving: One pet peeve with many drivers is that when they are listening torepparttar 133399 radio,repparttar 133400 signal fades intermittently as they drive to and from different areas. This means that whether you are listening to your favorite show or your favorite music, you can loserepparttar 133401 signal. You then have to spend time looking for an alternative channel – which can be difficult and even dangerous when you are driving. With satellite radio, you can enjoy uninterrupted, crystal clear sound without loss of signal and withoutrepparttar 133402 need to keep changing channels.

Satellite radio:repparttar 133403 affordable choice ofrepparttar 133404 next generation

Just asrepparttar 133405 kids of today don’t remember life without CD players and satellite television,repparttar 133406 new generation will become totally accustomed to satellite radio, which is already becoming more and more popular. Again, just likerepparttar 133407 local and terrestrial channels on television, you will still be able to enjoy AM/FM radio inrepparttar 133408 future, but as time goes on more and more households and drivers will be enjoyingrepparttar 133409 benefits of satellite.

Whether you enjoy listening torepparttar 133410 radio inrepparttar 133411 house or whether you like to have on some funky tunes as you drive, you will enjoyrepparttar 133412 ultimate in radio entertainment with satellite radio. You can enjoy all sorts of entertainment, from news and sports to music and talk radio. Just like regular radio, you can ring in and enter competitions or simply to express opinions. Andrepparttar 133413 super quality available with satellite radio will ensure that you get to enjoy your favorite music and shows with minimal disruption and high definition sound.

The choice of subscription packages available fromrepparttar 133414 two main satellite radio providers also makes it easy and affordable to enjoy satellite radio. Whether you want to pay on a monthly basis or whether you want to subscribe for one year or more, you can enjoy low prices. You can even subscribe for a lifetime with Sirius, andrepparttar 133415 longer you subscribe forrepparttar 133416 cheaper your subscription works out. So, high quality radio entertainment could cost even less than you imagine.

If you have had satellite or cable television in your home for a while,repparttar 133417 chances are that you can barely remember what television entertainment was like before you had satellite or cable. You probably can’t imagine television entertainment withoutrepparttar 133418 choice and quality that you now have. Well,repparttar 133419 same can be said of satellite radio. In a few years, many households and drivers will have forgotten what radio entertainment was like beforerepparttar 133420 crystal clear quality and excellent choice of satellite radio came along.

Reno Charlton is an experienced freelance copywriter and an award-winning children’s author from the United Kingdom. You can read more of her informative articles on satellite radio at

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