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Children Are Swallowing Foreign Objects More Frequently, Study Finds

By CHRISTINA CARON

According to a new study in the journal Pediatrics, the rate of foreign-body ingestions among children under age 6 nearly doubled in the two decades after 1995.

Children Are Swallowing Foreign Objects More Frequently, Study Finds

By CHRISTINA CARON

According to a new study in the journal Pediatrics, the rate of foreign-body ingestions among children under age 6 nearly doubled in the two decades after 1995.

Four Bees Living in Her Eye, Feeding on Her Tears

By TIFFANY MAY

An ophthalmologist in Taiwan plucked four live sweat bees from beneath a woman’s swollen eyelid. The tiny insects feed off human sweat and tears.

Four Bees Living in Her Eye, Feeding on Her Tears

By TIFFANY MAY

An ophthalmologist in Taiwan plucked four live sweat bees from beneath a woman’s swollen eyelid. The tiny insects feed off human sweat and tears.

House Adds Lawsuit to Challenges Against Trump’s Emergency Declaration

By EMILY COCHRANE and CHARLIE SAVAGE

The House will formally file a lawsuit challenging President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southwestern border, joining several others.

The New Old Age: Where There’s Rarely a Doctor in the House: Assisted Living

By PAULA SPAN

As residents become older and more frail, some facilities are bringing in doctors and nurses instead of relying on 911.

The New Old Age: Where There’s Rarely a Doctor in the House: Assisted Living

By PAULA SPAN

As residents become older and more frail, some facilities are bringing in doctors and nurses instead of relying on 911.

Marijuana Edibles May Pose Special Risks

By RONI CARYN RABIN

Edibles induced a disproportionate number of pot-related medical crises, an analysis of emergency room admissions in Colorado found.

Want to Reduce Opioid Deaths? Get People the Medications They Need

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Drugs like buprenorphine could sharply curb the nation’s opioid overdose crisis. But federal laws make it difficult for people who need such medications to get them.

Our Constitutional Emergency

By GREG WEINER

As the House attempts to override President Trump’s first veto, we the people aren’t holding up our end of the bargain, either.

Marijuana Edibles May Pose Special Risks

By RONI CARYN RABIN

Edibles induced a disproportionate number of pot-related medical crises, an analysis of emergency room admissions in Colorado found.

Doctors: How One Woman Changed What Doctors Know About Heart Attacks

By HAIDER WARRAICH, M.D.

The story of SCAD underscores how much doctors still don’t understand, including about heart disease in women.

Emergency communications in the era of social media

Hurricane Harvey was the first major Atlantic hurricane to make landfall in the United States in 12 years. Since Wilma in 2005, no hurricanes have made landfall with such destructive power.

Harvey was the wettest tropical hurricane on record in the United States to date. In the four-day period it struck, it dropped more than 40 inches of rain in many places in the eastern Texas region.

Soon after Harvey, Irma, a second major Atlantic hurricane, caused widespread and catastrophic damage throughout parts of the northeastern Caribbean and the Florida Keys. The Cape Verde type hurricane was typed as the most intense since Dean in 2005.

Emergency communications go social

In order to be prepared for an emergency -- whether it is a fire, natural disaster or any other event -- many organizations have an emergency communications plan that often times does not yet include social channels.

Yet, according to CNN, hundreds of stranded Texans sought help by posting on Facebook and Twitter. They organized rescue missions through Facebook groups. And they posted harrowing pictures to emphasize just how high the flood waters were.

The Wall Street Journal reports on incidents of users taking the unusual step of sharing their full names and addresses across public channels like Facebook and Twitter. Even going as far as tagging news outlets, journalists and other prominent individuals in their social-media posts in hopes their messages would be shared widely and eventually answered.

Need Rescue 17611 Magnolia Circle, Richmond TX 77407 - 2 Adults 2 Children @CajunNavy2016 @USCG

— Rockabye Baby Rental (@RockabyeAnnie) August 28, 2017

Countering misinformation

However well-intentioned the social posts of people in distress and citizen journalists might be, sometimes they can be factually incorrect. Miami International Airport had to deal with a video of Mexico City's airport that on social was claimed to be at Miami International.

Mashable reported the misappropriated video was even retweeted by President Donald Trump's director of social media, Dan Scavino Jr.

The newsroom as emergency hub

At PressPage (provider of social newsrooms) we also noted a steep rise in emergency traffic on newsrooms of companies in the affected areas. Most of the traffic coming from mobile devices by means of social channels.

A social newsroom can play a key role in coherent and effective emergency communications. The visitor statistics above clearly indicate the spike in traffic to a newsroom as the winds and rains from Irma came to Georgia.

Pre- and post emergency communications

The statistics below clearly indicate the pre-hurricane pro-active communications efforts of an organization in the aviation industry, and how it picked up post-storm disaster recovery messaging to stakeholders.

The difference between unique and total amount of visitors indicates there is a large audience that frequently returns to the website looking for the latest updates.

Platform and channel agnostic publishing

A key aspect for successful communications during a crisis situation is the ability to publish single origin news messaging that stands out and catches attention on the main social channels. Additionally, the destination link should take readers to a platform agnostic page that renders well on mobile devices, (desktop) computers, and in all major browsers.

“Can’t connect to server”

So what happens when a crisis hits? Traffic to your newsroom is great, but a sudden influx of traffic that is too large, could crash your site.

An important aspect of newsroom infrastructure during an emergency is auto scaling. Auto scaling allows better availability of your newsroom during sudden spike traffic incidents. If configured correctly, it will launch instances in new geographical Availability Zones. In other words, if one physical server park is compromised, it will automatically switch to servers in a different geographical location. Additionally, and more commonly known, auto scaling ensures that your newsroom always has the right amount of capacity to handle the current traffic demands.

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail"

When a natural disaster occurs, organizations can build lasting trust with communities by being reliable purveyors of information, to warn, reassure and sometimes rescue their audiences in affected areas.

Yet many well-intentioned organizations miss this critical opportunity through the ‘that won’t happen to us’ mindset. If you wait until a crisis hits to ask whether your newsroom auto-scales, whether your audience knows where to reach you, or who makes up your crisis communication team, it is usually already too late.

Ultimately, whether you are a large organization in a metropolitan city, or a small mom and pop store in a rural area, the key difference between an effective and ineffective response to crises, usually ends up being the preparation you put in beforehand.

Download our white paper on how to prepare your newsroom for a crisis; presenting a systematic approach to a seamless and smarter crisis management, specified per phase:

  1. Pre-crisis: How to prepare for when the unexpected happens.
  2. During: How to systematically use your newsroom and leverage social channels to get the message out.
  3. Post-crisis: the importance of SEO in the aftermath of a crisis.

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