Archive | February 2014

Stevens Institute of Technology Leads Project Disaster Preparedness

Stevens Institute of Technology Leads Project Disaster Preparedness (via PRWeb)

Faculty at the School of Systems and Enterprises receives research funding from the city of New York. A city’s ability to respond to deadly emergencies is based on the efficiency and functioning of its critical systems. Hoboken, NJ (PRWEB) February…

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Apps for emergency preparedness

iPhone cartoon image courtesy of Pixabay at:

Emergency responders now have a large menu of options when choosing smart phone and tablet apps to help them do their jobs.

I did a little research and found three organizations that create apps that can help first responders do their jobs better. Four apps that stand out are Safe School Initiative, DragonForce, EMCAPS 2.0, and FluCast.

Drakontas LLC

Drakontas is an emergency technology provider with offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Two of their apps caught my attention.

  • Safe School Initiative is a communication software system for smartphones, tablets, and mobile devices. The app sends alert to emergency personnel to notify them as soon as an emergency strikes.
  • DragonForce is a “team collaboration” system that uses instant messaging, location, photos and document sharing.

    See DragonForce at Verizon booth 701 at @CalChiefs California Police Chief’s Association (CPCA) Annual Training Symposium Monterey CA Feb 25

    — Drakontas LLC (@Drakontas) February 17, 2014

Dragonforce demo by James Sim


PACER: National Center for the Study of Preparedness & Catastrophic Event Response is a division of The Johns Hopkins University. PACER focuses heavy on research.

One of their products is called EMCAPS 2.0, which stands for “Electronic Mass Casualty Assessment and Planning Scenarios”. Personnel can use EMCAPS for disaster planning and to get casualty estimates. EMCAPS is a part of a “Disaster App Suite”.


Out of all the apps I’m writing about here, I found FluCast to be the most interesting.

Google Flu Trends teamed up with the CDC to help FluCast (the name of the company and the app) make this service. The app pings Google Flu Trends, which aggregates Google search information and estimates flu activity, with geographic maps and charts. What’s great is anyone can use Google Flu Trends for free. Emergency planners can plan for flu outbreaks by searching for countries, U.S. states and cities.

A lecture at the New America Foundation about Google and the flu:

The Red Cross has a video about their first aid app for iPhone and Android:

Please leave comments if you hear of any other apps that you think are worth mentioning here!

– Henry

Additional resources:

Salt Lake Drones

The AP wrote a story saying the legislature in Utah is trying to figure out what to do about drones. There is a bill that seems to put some restrictions on what government and police can do with using drones.

I’m following this story with interest.

Did the Nazis use mosquitoes to plan biological attacks?

Tiger mosquito. Source: Pixabay (

I read on National Geographic and a recent BioPrepWatch article that the Nazis tinkered with mosquitoes, to possibly use as biological weapons, back during their famous rein of terror experiments. A scientist named Klaus Reinhardt at the University of Tübingen made the discovery.

Tiger mosquito. Source: Pixabay (

There was a Nazi scientist named Kurt Blome who had been a part of using bubonic plague and sarin gas experiments on prisoners at Auschwitz. The U.S. brought Blome in to help the Pentagon (Army chemical group) with biological warfare projects.

After watching the horrors in Syria last summer, I hope that these awful weapons go extinct sometime soon.

science v. god

bill nye is gonna duke it out with a bible guy. noah’s ark vs. noah-is-alive-because-his-ancestors-evolved!

anthrax scare in south africa

south africa found this guy that they thought was messing around with anthrax according to BioPrepWatch.


white powder anthrax