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News: Web 2.0 technologies inform those affected by California wildfires

Technology to the rescue! In the U.S., more than 500,000 people living on the California coastline between Santa Barbara and San Diego have been evacuated from their homes over the past 36 hours due to the threat from massive wildfires burning through an area of 490,000 acres in the Southern California coastal forests (see satellite image).


(Credit: Satellite map photo – NASA and National Oceanic & Atmospheric Agency)

Evacuees have relied on various Web 2.0 technologies – text messages, blog postings, streaming video, Podcasts, images from Google Maps, geographical information systems mapping the spread of the fires generated by NASA satellites or unmanned planes, an American Red Cross database that allows family members to communicate, and even Craigs List – to stay current with urgent public safety announcements.

Read the USA Today feature article dated Oct 23 2007 titled: “Technology’s Pipeline Becomes a Lifeline for Fires Victims“. It does pay to be a Techno-Geek!


One response to “News: Web 2.0 technologies inform those affected by California wildfires

  1. creaky15 November 1, 2007 at 7:43 PM

    National Library of Medicine has put up a new page about Health Effects
    and Toxicology regarding the 2007 California Wildfires, with
    many links to other agencies therein. See it at: http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/californiafires.html


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