May 16, 2015 |
The ER was already busy, close to full - gunshots, car wrecks, strokes - when the "get ready" call came in at 9:45 p.m. By 10:30, they began arriving by police car, ambulance, anything. By midnight, 54 had made it to Temple University Hospital, which treated more passengers from Amtrak's Tuesday night disaster than any other emergency room. The most critical patients were rushed into one of the three trauma bays just inside the ER door. Teams of doctors and nurses were assigned to each bay, responsible for stabilizing patients and moving them through with skill and speed, making room for the next.
January 5, 2015 |
Matt Jenkins is still thinking about last winter. The 26-year tree-service veteran saw crushed homes, smashed vehicles, and a lot of property damage after February's epic ice storm. "It seems like it took us all year to get everybody cleaned up that had damage in our specific area," said Jenkins, owner of Top Notch Tree Service in Downingtown, Chester County. For the rest of the year, he saw about a 20 percent hike in business from customers looking for preventive tree work, he said.
September 4, 2014 |
ALL ACROSS the country, National Preparedness Month is observed in September, and it's no different in Philly, where the city's Office of Emergency Management runs down its checklist in the untimely event of the "what if?" Mayor Nutter and city safety officials yesterday announced the launch of National Preparedness Month ahead of a preparedness fair outside City Hall. "This part of our effort is vital in increasing the city's response - not only in the city government, but for all our citizens," Nutter said.
August 14, 2013 |
Amid uncertainty over whether Philadelphia schools will open on time, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. urged principals Monday to prepare for the new school year. When it begins, he said, the district will focus on making sure schools are safe, provide high-quality instruction, nurture students' talents, and foster relationships with families and communities. "We want parents to continue to prepare students for school," Hite told administrators at the district's annual leadership conference, held at Fels High School in Crescentville.
February 8, 2013
Edith Lauterbach, 91, the last survivor among the quintet of female flight attendants who in the 1940s organized the first union to fight for equal rights in the sky, has died. She died Feb. 4, according to the Washington-based Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, the successor of that early union. She lived in San Francisco. A United Airlines flight attendant for more than four decades until her retirement in 1986, Ms. Lauterbach saw her profession evolve from one emphasizing youth and beauty to one recognized for its grueling schedule and emergency preparedness.
January 10, 2013 |
When it comes to student safety, the North Penn School District is cutting-edge, with security staff, emergency drills, camera surveillance, buzzer entry, radios integrated with county dispatch, and a full-time safety coordinator. But many of those measures were in place at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 children and six educators were gunned down in 10 minutes. "We certainly can do more and we are going to do more," said North Penn safe schools coordinator Ray Morris to about 250 parents gathered for a town hall forum Monday night.
December 25, 2012 |
The dozens of firefighters who arrived at a train derailment in Paulsboro on Nov. 30 knew the toxic chemical vinyl chloride had been released into the atmosphere. But some of the responders say they were equipped with inoperable monitoring devices unable to detect the extent of their chemical exposure. The faulty equipment, those firefighters say, reflected the county's years-long "lackadaisical commitment" to emergency preparedness and led them to resign from Gloucester County's hazardous-materials team days later.
October 31, 2012
RESCUE missions continued yesterday and power was restored to some of the millions who lost it during what was, according to several measures, an unprecedented storm. It was the kind of weather event, with its combination of rain, snow and wind, that isn't supposed to happen, according to scientists. October tropical-storm systems typically weaken as they move north over cold water and then bend out to sea. This storm was different, in part because the Atlantic Ocean is five degrees warmer than usual for this time of year, meaning that it got farther north than hurricanes usually do. While hurricanes per se aren't caused by global warming, the way Sandy blasted the Northeast and Midwest certainly could have been.
August 30, 2011 |
Mayor Nutter held a news conference Monday he described as sort of a post-Hurricane Irene wrap-up. He talked about river crests and road openings and the 182,000 Peco subscribers - 2,500 in Philly - still without power (90 percent of service should be restored by Wednesday, Nutter said). But it soon became clear that what the mayor really wanted to do was give his sleep-deprived preparedness team a proud, public, post-Irene pat on the back. From the Office of Emergency Management, police, fire, and the Red Cross all the way to Congress, FEMA, and President Obama, Nutter pointed out that the city's emergency plan was "a textbook example of what interagency coordination is all about.