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links for 2010-02-24

February 24, 2010

  • I try to shy away from political sources on this blog, but this article (absent the political "fork sticks") is actually really interesting. The author talks about the delivery of medical countermeasures, specifically via the Strategic National Stockpile. In the past, I've talked about my preference for the so-called "postal option," but the author raises the idea of medkits — actually storing countermeasures in people's houses. I've only ever seen the St. Louis study, and wonder how replicable those results are. My main concern is the storage of medkits in poverty stricken areas and transient populations. When I moved lots in college, I can't tell you all of the things I lost. If I lose my medkit, am I out of luck?
    (tags: medication sns)
  • Super cool tool mentioned by Dr. Barbara Reynolds at a social media conference at Coca-Cola yesterday. Helps with tracking tweets about a subject. She mentioned that they used tools like this during the H1N1 influenza response (on a side note and following up on my point about how CDC should be teaching local HDs to do this kind of work — why is this the first we're hearing about this amazing tool?).
  • Really amazing video journal by Red Cross volunteer Bonnie Gillespie.
  • Pretty cool article about how @ushahidi used text messages during the Haitian earthquake response.
  • Another example of how rapid, unplanned reorganization takes a while to work. This article about a report due to be published by the Project on National Security Reform focuses on the relative toothlessness of the planning section of the National Counterterrorism Center. The problems end up being the same that necessitated the development of the Counterterrorism Center–intelligence agencies not talking to each other, or supporting the greater effort due to turf battles.
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