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Red Cross prepares Chicago for mass exodus during NATO Summit?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 30, 2012

A view of the Chicago skyline (Reuters / John Gress)

A view of the Chicago skyline (Reuters / John Gress)

Chicago, Illinois is expected to swell with armed security forces during next month’s NATO Summit, but will that be enough to keep the Windy City under control? Officials are now readying a massive exit strategy to vacate the entire metropolis.

A memo has been sent out of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Red Cross office that confirms that officials are already taking measures to handle an emergency of epic proportions during the upcoming NATO Summit, scheduled for the week of May 20 in the city of Chicago, 70 miles to the south. In addition to armed security forces expected to begin patrolling Chicago as early as this week, authorities are now making plans to usher residents up to Milwaukee in case the planned NATO protests cause an emergency that warrants an immediate evacuation of the city.

“The American Red Cross in southeastern Wisconsin has been asked to place a number of shelters on standby in the event of evacuation of Chicago,” reads a recent email sent out to Milwaukee-area volunteers of the emergency assistance organization. Chicago’s WLS News reports that the email states that the reason for stand-by is that the NATO Summit “may create unrest or another national security incident.” Read the rest of this entry »

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NEPAL: Training schoolchildren in earthquake preparedness |

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 17, 2011

BHAKTAPUR, 17 August 2011 (IRIN) – For schoolboy Sabin Dulal knowing



what to do in the event of an earthquake is more than practical, it is life-saving.

“If there is a disaster, I can immediately help myself and those around me,” the 15-year-old said, applying a tourniquet to a fellow student’s leg. He was attending an earthquake simulation exercise outside Panchakanya Secondary School in Nepal’s Bhaktapur District, 30km outside Kathmandu.

“Now I know I can make a difference,” he said.

Sabin is one of a small, but growing number of students aged 11-16 being trained by the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) in first aid, triage, light search and rescue, and basic disaster management planning.

Undertaken in consultation with the National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET), the initial one-year pilot programme launched in 2010 has already made a difference.

“Students feel empowered by this,” Santa Ram Dulal, the school’s headmaster and a Red Cross volunteer, told IRIN. “They now have real life-saving skills – skills they can then take back to their homes and communities.”

To date more than 20,000 students, teachers and residents have benefited from the effort, which has targeted 50 schools in the districts of Bhaktapur and Nuwakot.  IRIN Asia | NEPAL: Training schoolchildren in earthquake preparedness | Nepal | Education | Natural Disasters.

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