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Jackson Hole News & Guide

Emily Mieure

Tom Hallberg

17 March 2021

Teton County, Wyoming, United States

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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...

Government Technology (GovTech)

Jed Pressgrove

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 ...

Sky-Hi News

Lance Maggart

3 March 2019

Winter Park, Colorado, United States

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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...

The Colorado Sun

Jesse Paul

23 November 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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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...

La Voz de Guanacaste

Noelia Esquivel

18 September 2018

Nosara, Costa Rica

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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 ...

U.S. News & World Report

Katelyn Newman

19 July 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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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...

Wired

Jack Stewart

11 June 2018

Ensenada, Mexico

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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...

The Verge

Ryan Duffy

17 April 2018

Houston, Texas, United States

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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...

Model D

Ellen Vial

14 November 2016

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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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...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Joyce Hackel

26 August 2015

Aleppo, Aleppo Governorate, Syria

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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...

NPR

Amy Yee

19 June 2015

Dhaka, Bangladesh

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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...

The Atlantic

Robinson Meyer

13 November 2013

Port-au-Prince, Philippines

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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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