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15 August 2021
Arizona, United States
The Grand Canyon National Park launched a “hike smart” campaign as a way to educate hikers about the risks of traversing in the canyon and to decrease the number of search and rescue incidents. While measuring the suc...
14 August 2021
New Hampshire, United States
Several years ago, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department created a form of insurance as a way to raise money for search and rescue operations for people hiking in the mountains. These voluntary insurance cards co...
5 August 2021
Arizona, United States
Three years after Arizona added people with intellectual or developmental disabilities to the list of people who can trigger a public alert when they go missing, advocates say the state enjoys better coordination from...
17 March 2021
Teton County, Wyoming, United States
First responders who face devastating emergency response outcomes in Wyoming are finding support through the Teton Interagency Peer Support group. The group anonymously connects the first responders with trauma-inform...
4 September 2020
Linn, Wisconsin, United States
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A drone program has helped the small town of Linn find missing people, rescue people in medical distress, and find multiple drowning victims in the town's lake. Police now spend less time conducting searches and have ...
3 March 2019
Winter Park, Colorado, United States
In Colorado, Winter Park ski patrollers are making an effort to utilize the most effective avalanche safety training in order to create a more efficient and successful search and rescue team. Colorado Rapid Avalanche...
23 November 2018
Denver, Colorado, United States
The same technology that helps companies like Uber find their customers is now available to public safety agencies to ensure accurate location detection from cell phone calls. Denver is among the first cities to imple...
18 September 2018
Nosara, Costa Rica
In Costa Rica, a group of volunteer firefighters use donated equipment, gear, and their own cell phones to fill in a big gap in emergency services. More residents are now accustomed to calling them directly for fires ...
19 July 2018
Los Angeles, California, United States
Los Angeles County is offering trackable bracelets in a voluntary program for people with conditions—such as autism and dementia—that can lead to wandering and becoming lost. In this way, people who may have difficult...
11 June 2018
Unmanned drones are increasingly providing valuable services in non-military situations such as rescue operations. In one city in Mexico, just one drone prompted 500 arrests and a drop in the crime rate of 10 percent...
17 April 2018
Houston, Texas, United States
After Hurricane Harvey, it was hard to locate people amidst the swaths of water covering the city. Two Houstonians developed a “web-based geolocation service” that used data from social media to locate and visualize p...
14 November 2016
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Faced with insufficient revenue to fund key services like fire departments thanks to state laws limiting tax rates, two communities in Southeast Michigan used another state law to form a regional services authority th...
26 August 2015
Aleppo, Aleppo Governorate, Syria
In war zones, people have a difficult time finding clean water and safe areas to inhabit. Social media, smart phones, and technology applications are aiding in people’s survival. In Aleppo, Syria, the International C...
19 June 2015
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When disaster strikes, ordinary citizens are often the first people on the scene. Bangladesh is helping people prepare for emergencies by offering free three-day trainings in search and rescue techniques, first aid, a...
13 November 2013
After typhoon Haiyan, the devastation to the Philippines was hard to locate and track. The Red Cross staffed volunteers to sort through crowd-sourced data to create maps. The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap software applic...
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