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Trump says he’ll declare US opioid epidemic a national emergency
An emergency, after allNicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty ImagesBy Mallory LocklearPresident Trump said yesterday that he intends to declare the US opioid crisis a national emergency. The remark came just two days...
Nova Scotia RCMP launch investigation after drone interferes with emergency scene
Nova Scotia RCMP are investigating an incident involving a drone and an active emergency scene near Avonport, N.S.According to police, multiple emergency crews, including RCMP, EHS and multiple volunteer...
Your iPhone fingerprint sensor could save your life in the future
Apple may be working on a new way to use its Touch ID technology to make contacting emergency services faster and easier.A newly published patent file under Apple shows a method for using a biometric...
999: World's oldest emergency service turns 80
The service began following a fire at a London doctor's surgery in November 1935 that resulted in the deaths of five women.After the fire, a committee was set up to look at how telephone operators could...
Three fined £1.9m over 999 network failure
Ofcom said it found that the company broke a key rule designed to ensure everyone can contact 999 services at all times - a rule it said was "of utmost importance to public health and safety".The regulator...
These iPhone and Apple Watch tips might save your life
If you own an Apple Watch, there's an SOS feature you need to know about. It's kind of like the modern "I've fallen and I can't get up" alert that you can send out. So long as your iPhone is nearby (it...
Hackers attacked the Dallas emergency system and set off sirens, officials say
Officials in Dallas said the city's warning system was hacked late on Friday night, disrupting the city when all 156 of its emergency sirens sounded into the early hours of Saturday morning. The alarms,...
iPhone users, do not try this potentially dangerous Siri prank
A viral social media campaign encouraging iPhone users to say the number 108 to Siri as a “prank” are going viral, and police departments throughout the United States are not amused.Police say the scam...
Boy, 4, uses unconscious mom’s thumb to unlock cellphone, call police
London Metropolitan Police have released the dramatic audio of an emergency call made by a four-year-old boy after his mother had lost consciousness.According to a police statement, the boy grabbed his...
Drones Being Developed for Emergency Medical Deliveries
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, better known as drones, are increasingly being used in emergency situations. But safety concerns in a congested airspace prompted the Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA,...
WHO: Zika is no longer an emergency, it’s now a chronic threat
Enlarge / RECIFE, BRAZIL - JANUARY 27: Dr. Vanessa Van Der Linden, measures the head of a two-month-old baby with microcephaly.Getty | Mario Tama reader comments 5 Share this story On Friday, the World...
iPhone hack that threatened emergency 911 system lands teen in jail
Enlarge reader comments 29 Share this story Authorities said they arrested an 18-year-old iPhone app developer on charges of felony computer tampering after he unleashed code that threatened to take down...
Telstra spruiking new mobile service
Telstra is spruiking its news dedicated mobile service for emergency workers. AFTER years of testing Telstra is ready to roll out a mobile service dedicated to the use of Australia’s emergency services...
New York Employs Cell Phone Alert System in Bombing Suspect Manhunt
Once a suspect was identified in the New York and New Jersey bombings, officials in New York used a cell phone emergency alert system for the first time for a non weather or missing child situation. Monday...
Officials send mass cellphone alert in bomber manhunt
Millions of New Yorkers were jolted by the ringing of a mass alert sent to cellphones across the area Monday morning to notify the public of the suspect they were seeking in connection to the weekend bombing...
A Look at Apps, Gadgets Geared for Remote Worker Safety
Mobile workers today usually carry smartphones that allow them to get help in an emergency wherever they are working, but sometimes that may not be enough of a protective net, depending on their jobs....
Android now pinpoints your location when you call the emergency services
After you've placed a call to the emergency services, the way you describe your location can be the difference between life and death - but Google wants to take away human error and make it easier for...
Google Launches New Android Feature That Locates Mobile 911 Callers
Google has introduced a new optional Android feature designed to give first responders more accurate location data for Mobile users who report emergencies. One of the major drawbacks of using a mobile...
As fires rage, emergency responders rely on familiar apps to save lives
Fires rage in Fort McMurray, Alberta, on May 1.jasonwoodhead23Right now, wildfires are raging in Canada, forcing the evacuation of Fort McMurray, the nation's largest northern city. More than 80,000 people...
NASA recovers prized Kepler space telescope after emergency
Has it run out of luck?NASAUpdate [11 April]: The Kepler mission operators have successfully recovered the spacecraft and cancelled the emergency. They will work to figure out what caused the issue and...
Drones may one day save your life: European responders to use drones for rescue missions
Drones are opening up a world of new possibilities for consumers. They may have started off as aerial cameras, but now, as the technology has matured, they're finding applications far outside the realm...
NASA Spacecraft Enters State Of Emergency
NASA scientists are scrambling to save the planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft after it slipped into a state of emergency. The ageing spacecraft - which has detected almost 5,000 planets - is around 75 million...
NASA scrambles to save planet-hunting spacecraft
The Keplar Spacecraft is in emergency mode. NASA is trying to resuscitate its planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft, in a state of emergency 75 million miles away. The treasured spacecraft — responsible for...
Drones to be used for mountain rescue missions in Ireland
First responders to emergency incidents in the EU are being trained to use drones to help their work.The world's largest commercial drone manufacturer, DJI, has partnered with the European Emergency Number...
FEMA App Reminds Users What Safety Steps to Take
The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has added new functionality to its smartphone app. The feature allows users to get push notifications “to remind them to take important steps to prepare...
Top iOS news of the week: Apple TV, Apple Watch as rescuer, next event all set
Apple event set for March 21March 21 has been set for the next Apple event. Expected are a new iPhone and iPad. Most likely we'll see other new products and updates from the folks in Cupertino.Source:...
The Backup Paycheck Fund: How to Beat the Freelance Feast or Famine Cycle
Several years ago, I got tired of the feast or famine cycle and not being able to predict my income from month-to-month. I couldn’t create a budget, couldn’t plan for retirement or large purchases, and...
Apple files patent for emergency detection system for Apple Watch
Apple WatchThe Apple Watch has a number of sensors that can monitor the wearer's environment. A patent application by Apple describes using the information from the sensors to determine when an emergency...
What to pack for the end of the world
What can you buy the survivalist on your holiday shopping list to help him or her prepare for a doomsday situation? WSJ's Jason Bellini has #TheShortAnswer. You got the Tim Tams, right? WHETHER it’s plagues...
For Workers in Danger, Personal Safety Apps Abound
Even workers using password-protected smartphones can get protection with an app that works without requiring the phone to be unlocked. It can be a scary world out there for employees who do their jobs...
Non-profit group produces dignified disaster shelter
There are all sorts of shelters available for use in emergencies or after disasters and, like many of them, the Hex House is aimed at being low cost, sustainable and rapidly deployable. It's also specifically...
SpareOne Emergency Phone (AT&T)
Between earthquakes, hurricanes, polar vortexes, superstorms, and any other number of potentially dangerous natural phenomena, it's always good to be prepared. The $59.99 SpareOne Emergency Phone for AT&T...
Livestream your gunshot wound? It may save your life - CNET
Enlarge ImageShow and tell: GoodSAM provides a secure video portal between an injured person and a medic. GoodSAM When rushing to the scene of a medical trauma, emergency caregivers rarely know exactly...
Zika outbreak is now a global emergency, says World Health Organisation - live
The World Health Organisation has declared the Zika outbreak to be a global health emergency, writes the Telegraph's Sarah Knapton. It is only the fourth time that the UN health body has used its powers...
Zika virus declared a global health emergency by WHO
Margaret Chan, director-general of the WHO, discusses Zika last week(Image: Martial Trezzini/AP/PA)It’s official: Zika is a global public health emergency, says the World Health Organization. The declaration...
Zika outbreak is now a global emergency, says World Health Organisation
Dr Margaret Chan Director of WHO said: “After a review of the evidence the committee advised that the causes of microcephaly constitute an extraordinary event, and a public health theat to other parts...
Emergency planners plan for deadly 'Big One' earthquake
In this July 15, 2015, photo provided by the Washington State Army National Guard, a Washington National Guard UH- 60 Black Hawk helicopter, right, lands next to a Snohomish County Sheriff's Department...
World's First Flying Taxi Drone Unveiled
The world's first flying drone taxi has been unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The EHang vehicle is held aloft by eight propellers and can travel autonomously meaning the passenger...
Maggie aimed at offering refugees a better shelter
Humanitarian disasters like the ongoing Syrian crisis prove the widespread need for emergency shelters isn't disappearing anytime soon, so potential improvements in the field are always welcome. Belgian...
Bushfire threatens homes in WA, north of Perth
A bushfire is threatening homes and lives in Moore River, north of Perth. Picture: Marie Nirme AN emergency warning has been issued as an out-of-control bushfire approaches homes in Moore River and Guilderton....
Drunk people account for 70% of weekend emergency room visits in UK city
The lads from the film World's End know when to start drinking.Universal PicturesA study conducted in the city of Newcastle, UK, has revealed what you always suspected. Over two-thirds of emergency room...
First amateur radio in geosynchronous orbit will aid disaster communications
Hume Center Director of Research Robert McGwier (right) and research associate Zachary Lefke are building radio antennas that will be used in the Virginia Tech Ground Station. Researchers at the Ted and...
Three in four people in A&E at weekend are there because of alcohol
Dr Jim Connolly of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle carried out breath testing of A&E attendees during four weeks in 2012-13. The alcohol-related attendance...
Flint Mayor Declares State Of Emergency Over Water Problems
Flint's mayor has declared a state of emergency due to problems with the city's water system caused by using water from the Flint River, saying the city needs more federal help. Karen Weaver announced...
France won’t block public Wi-Fi or ban Tor after all
Martin CrockettPublic Wi-Fi networks and Tor won't be blocked or forbidden in France in the near future, even during a state of emergency, despite the country's Ministry of Interior reportedly considering it....
Disaster by design: Innovative emergency relief shelters
When people find themselves in dire straits due to natural disaster or displacement through conflict, a well designed and rapidly delivered emergency relief shelter can make the difference between life...
Car calls 911 after alleged hit-and-run, driver arrested
A driver allegedly involved in two hit-and-run incidents was tracked down after her car alerted the police. As reported by local news outlets, an unusual 911 call to emergency services took place on Friday...
Airwaves sells up to Motorola Solutions for £700m
Motorola Solutions is to buy Airwaves, the private operator of public safety networks for £700m. Airwaves delivers voice and data communications to more than 300 emergency and public service agencies in...
Bloodborne servers taken down for 'emergency maintenance' - CNET
Bloodborne's servers have been taken down for "emergency maintenance," Sony Japan has announced. The game remains playable offline, but the online modes will be unavailable for "a few days." "We are currently...
French 'state of emergency' includes website bans, social media blocks
The French government will be able toÂ block websites and social media accounts for up to three months, after its legislature passed new and extended emergency powers in the wake of the Paris attacks.By:...
By extending state of emergency, France can now block websites
(Image via Salon/Twitter)France will be in a nationwide state of emergency for the next three months, bringing powers of internet censorship to the state. The French parliament voted Thursday to extend...
'Uber for fire engines' to speed up emergency response in London
"It is incredible how far technology has come since the 999 system was first set up in 1937. Back then operators were alerted to an incoming 999 call by a flashing red light and a klaxon," said London...
Brazil declares emergency after mine waste spill
Mud-covered Paracatu de Baixo, buried by an avalanche of mud and mining sludge, is seen in Minas Gerais, Brazil, on November 9, 2015 Brazilian authorities declared a state of emergency Tuesday in more...
Emergency response system for blood formation identified inside body
Scientists have determined how the body responds during times of emergency when it needs more blood cells. When tissue damage occurs, in times of excessive bleeding, or during pregnancy, a secondary, emergency...
Smartphone app launched for medical emergencies
Comments Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad | Published:November 12, 2015 3:52 pm CallAmbulance, an emergency mobile application integrated with 108 GVK ambulance service has been launched in Hyderabad...
Thirty percent of 911 calls in SF are butt-dials, Google report finds
Technically Incorrect: A research paper from the Web giant and the San Francisco Division of Emergency Communications shows that accidental butt-dials are becoming a huge problem for emergency service...
Telecom department gives nod to single emergency number 112
NEW DELHI: A single emergency number will soon be a reality in India as the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has approved the proposal of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India in this regard....
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