I interviewed a woman for MNN today whose nonprofit, Search Dog Foundation, has sent 11 search-and-rescue dogs and 11 volunteer firefighter/dog handlers to search for survivors in Oklahoma.
Why we turn to dogs when disaster strikes
From aiding search-and-rescue missions to lending a shoulder to cry on, man’s best friend can often be found at the site of tragedy.
Disaster relief is flooding into Moore, Okla., but along with volunteers and supplies, there are dogs.
Some, including the 11 canine disaster search teams trained by the Search Dog Foundation or SDF, are scouring tornado debris for survivors. Others are en route to comfort the devastated city’s residents. Lutheran Church Charities, whose therapy dogs have worked with victims of the Boston bombings and the Newtown, Conn., shootings, is sending six dogs from its Chicago headquarters.
When disaster strikes, man’s best friend is often there, working on the frontlines of rescue efforts, as well as behind the scenes, helping people cope with trauma and loss.
During a live TV interview, an elderly woman finds her missing dog under the rubble of her house, which was destroyed by a tornado.
Watch this CDC map change from 1985 to 2010 -and get more colorful along the way. It shows the percentage of people medically defined as obese. Obesity was once an odd condition, but for the U.S. it just gets more common every year. The Atlantic has a list of the metropolitan areas that have the lowest and highest rates of obesity. (However, moving to Colorado will only help if you are willing to climb mountains, hike, and ski.)
JUST looked at slides very similar to this in my medical sociology class
Sea Turtles on the South Texas Coast
20 sea turtle nests have so far been found on South Padre Island and Boca Chica Beach! The first nest is estimated to hatch the week of June 9th. For more information about attending a public sea turtle hatchling release…
visit: www.seaturtleinc.org or
(Photo: Kemp’s ridley sea turtle hatchlings released into the Gulf of Mexico, South Padre Island, summer of 2006)