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The challenges posed by the virus and evacuation centers in Japan could be instructive for other places. For example, some evacuees are choosing to remain in their cars rather than go to a shelter and risk catching the virus. But the government has asked the car-bound evacuees to register with an evacuation center so that they can be accounted for, and have been instructed on how to avoid developing blood clots from staying in the same position for a long time. And evacuees are also having their temperatures taken and any showing symptoms are being sent to another center where they can self-isolate. The government had also been warning residents since June (it is the rainy season in Japan) to make evacuation plans that involve evacuating to a family or friend’s home rather than to a shelter if possible to reduce the risk of infection. One other action that will be launched by the Japanese government in August is to stand up an emergency website where citizens can post photos and video clips taken on their smartphones in times of major disasters, so that first responders and other authorities can better respond. The government will ask citizens to post images of things such as damaged roads, collapsed buildings, and landslides on the website, which will only work when activated at the time of a major disaster.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Extreme weather and permanent droughts are sweeping across the Western U.S., and with them comes an increasing demand for A/C and power. But cooling buildings through increasingly severe heatwaves takes a significant toll on power grids, and a new study has found that a significant heatwave blackout in three major American cities […]
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer As summer approaches, the Northern Plains of the United States and the Canadian Prairies, which are the world’s key growing regions for canola and spring wheat, are experiencing a record-breaking drought. Now, farmers fear that these parched fields won’t yield enough crop to satisfy unusually high demand. This fear […]
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