Technology and Coping with Disaster

Written by John Savageau

Technology and Coping with Disaster

Natural disasters come in many shapes. Fromrepparttar incomprehensible carnage of last weekend’s tsunami inrepparttar 133394 Indian Ocean, to hurricanes and typhoons, to tornadoes and drought, our world deals withrepparttar 133395 horror of disaster as a normal part of our lives. Throw in a bit of human influence through wars, terrorism, orrepparttar 133396 threat of weapons of mass destruction, and our need to deal with and overcome calamity almost becomes routine.

Watching CNN andrepparttar 133397 news channels gives a near real-time view of disasters. While some may find this a bit macabre, it also shows our ability to quickly respond to major events, on a global scale. The same technologies that allow us to viewrepparttar 133398 aftermath of a tsunami also allow us to quickly gather factual data onrepparttar 133399 extent of a disaster, and use that for disaster planning and response.

Organizations such asrepparttar 133400 Pacific Disaster Center (,repparttar 133401 Asia Pacific Area Network (, try to assist regional nations to build better disaster planning models and response model through training and timely dissemination of critical information. Regional military organizations participate with each other on joint disaster planning (for other than wartime-related disaster) to organize their resources in response to a regional disaster, and can respond within hours to major problems.

While carnage onrepparttar 133402 scale ofrepparttar 133403 Indian Ocean tsunami cannot be controlled within a day or a few days,repparttar 133404 communications and real time information collection onrepparttar 133405 disaster will most certainly reducerepparttar 133406 level of misery experienced by victims at a level that would not have been possible even 40 years ago. As aircraft and on-site persons (using satellite phones or other powerful mobile communicators) collect information on areas of Sumatra, Thailand, and other affected areas,repparttar 133407 information is almost immediately being logged, evaluated, distributed, and prioritized among a number of emergency response centers operated by regional governments - as well as international relief agencies.

Fromrepparttar 133408 regional and international response centers coordination further occurs among members of organizations such asrepparttar 133409 Multinational Planning Augmentation Team ( ). MPAT holds frequent disaster response exercises among member nations to ensure coordination lines and pre-planned responses are quickly executed. All MPAT member nations have access to central databases of planning information, available resources, and a “command center” mobilized when a regional disaster occurs.

Top Ten Reasons to get Satellite Radio

Written by Reno Charlton

Overrepparttar years we’ve seen all areas of entertainment change and improve in many ways. We’ve seen more and more channels appear on satellite television, we’ve seenrepparttar 133393 appearance of CDs and DVDs, and now we have access to satellite radio to complement our AM/FM service. Satellite radio is available through two providers, Sirius and XM, both of which offer a range of subscription packages and programming choice.

Satellite radio is becoming more and more popular, both with discerning listeners that want more choice and better quality, and with those that have had to put up with a lot of static inrepparttar 133394 past and are unable to get a clear reception on AM/FM radio. You can get some really affordable deals on satellite radio these days, so enjoying crystal clear, uninterrupted, diverse entertainment has never been easier. You can get satellite radio installation for your car or your home, and by making some comparisons you can enjoy some excellent deals on satellite radio accessories. You will need a satellite radio antenna and a satellite radio receiver in order to enjoy this service, but again you get some excellent deals and offers when you go online.

There are many reasons why satellite radio is becoming more and more popular, and between them Sirius and XM already have around three million subscribers. So, why would you want to get satellite radio and pay a monthly subscription when you can get AM/FM radio for free? You’ll find a selection ofrepparttar 133395 most popular reasons for satellite radio purchase listed below:

Reasons for choosing satellite radio

More choice: satellite radio from Sirius or XM offers an incredible choice of channels. You can enjoy over one hundred channels of pure entertainment from these satellite radio providers, including music, sports, talk radio, news channels, and more. The choice of channels means that you can enjoy a wide range of niche programming as well, so whatever your taste or need you are almost certain to find something well suited to your requirements with satellite radio.

Excellent quality: With satellite radio you can enjoy CD quality in radio format. The digital quality of satellite radio means that you can enjoyrepparttar 133396 vast range of entertainment with crystal clear sound quality. You won’t have to put up with static and fading reception any longer, as is oftenrepparttar 133397 case with AM/FM radio. With satellite radio you can enjoy pure, high definition digital sound to accompanyrepparttar 133398 wide choice of quality entertainment.

Commercial-free channels: Unlike AM/FM radio, satellite radio offers some commercial-free channels, so you no longer have to put up with constant interruptions to your favourite music or show. With satellite radio, you can enjoy back to back entertainment without commercials and chat to interruptrepparttar 133399 flow and entertainment value.

Wider accessibility: Many of us take radio accessibility for granted, but not everyone can gain proper access to AM/FM radio. For example, those living in more rural areas may simply end up hearing static most ofrepparttar 133400 time. Since satellite radio is available all overrepparttar 133401 Continental United States, this means that even those in normally hard to reach areas can enjoy satellite entertainment and clear, defined, digital sound.

Choice of subscriptions: There are currently two main players inrepparttar 133402 satellite radio field, and these are Sirius and XM. With both of these satellite radio providers you can enjoy a wide choice of subscription packages, so whatever your budget you should be able to findrepparttar 133403 perfect deal enabling you to enjoy high definition digital radio at an affordable price. You can enjoy paying on a monthly, annual, two yearly, three yearly, four yearly, or five yearly basis with XM. And with Sirius you can pay on a monthly basis, annually, two yearly or you can even buy a lifetime subscription.

Multi location listening: With satellite radio you can listen to your favourite music and shows in more than one location, which means that you can quickly switchrepparttar 133404 satellite service from your car stereo to your home entertainment system. You will still pay just one satellite radio subscription fee – all you will need to do is buy a portable satellite receiver.

Easier entertainment access: With satellite radio you no longer have to worry about downloading songs and carrying around a whole stack of CDs in order to enjoy some entertainment when you are traveling – or even when you are at home. With so many channels and so much quality entertainment to choose from you will never be short of something to listen to and enjoy. Plus, you will still have access to your AM/FM radio service, so you won’t have to make any sacrifices in order to enjoyrepparttar 133405 high definition entertainment provided by satellite radio.

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