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The Last Samurai Star, Shin Koyamada, to Aid His Hometown Victims of Japan's Worst Flooding in Decades

Due to the June 28-July 9, 2018 devastating rain and floods that battered mostly Southwestern Japan, the KIF (Koyamada International Foundation), a Los Angeles- and Tokyo-based nonprofit organization founded by Shin Koyamada (The Last Samurai) and his wife Nia Lyte…

First Responders Resiliency Wraps Up Their First Training Conference

​​First Responders Resiliency, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to training first responders to cope with the emotional trauma of their job, brought their their first training conference to a close in Sonoma, CA at Westerbeke Ranch earlier this week. The conference…

Built to Last? Documentary Premier Heralds Role of 'Resilient-Smart Consumer' in the Age of Disasters

​​Today at the London School of Economics the one-hour independent documentary ‘BUILT TO LAST? – Saving our Homes in the Age of Disasters’ held its European Premier Event. Produced by U.K.-based award-winning Rockhopper Media, it is inspired by the book…

Help Carries on at the Foot of the Fuego Volcano

The Fuego Volcano search and rescue effort ended this week—110 died and 197 are still reported missing. The volcano continues to emit four or five minor explosions daily, shooting columns of ash up to 15,420 feet (4,700 meters) above sea…

City of Portsmouth Selects ASTRO 25 Radio System

The city of Portsmouth will deploy a state-of-the-art public safety communications system in 2019. The city will implement Motorola Solutions’ ASTRO 25 Radio system, which uses communications technology and interoperable coverage that are both mission-critical for the city’s first responders.…

Alertsense Announces Company Name Change to Konexus

Alertsense Announces Company Name Change to Konexus

AlertSense, the company known for its world-class alerting platform that enables government entities to keep their citizens safe, is changing its name to KONEXUS to better reflect its focus in helping all types of organizations, public and private, more effectively…

AlertSense Announces Appointment of David R. Smith as President and CEO

AlertSense Announces Appointment of David R. Smith as President and CEO

​David R. Smith, a proven senior-level executive with more than 25 years of experience successfully growing organizations of all sizes and leading publicly traded companies, is the new chief executive officer at AlertSense.  In the past 15 years, Mr. Smith…

Happy to Help Puerto Rico in Its Time of Need

Happy to Help Puerto Rico in Its Time of Need

Scientology Volunteer Ministers Mark Ruff and Trish Williams returned to Clearwater this month after providing disaster relief in Puerto Rico in December and January. The couple traveled throughout the island, even up into the mountains where the roads were almost impassable,…

Jose Andres and World Central Kitchen Bring Dine-N-Dash Back to Washington, DC – June 6th

José Andrés is bringing back D.C.’s favorite culinary tour, Dine-N-Dash. Dine-N-Dash is hosted by World Central Kitchen, an NGO of chefs creating smart solutions to hunger and poverty across the globe, which was founded by Andres in 2010. José will…

History Made: AlertSense Becomes First Company to Broadcast Emergency Alert System Messages in Spanish

History Made: AlertSense Becomes First Company to Broadcast Emergency Alert System Messages in Spanish

AlertSense made Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) history on Dec. 27, 2017, when it delivered the first Emergency Alert System (EAS) test message broadcast in Spanish. AlertSense is an alert-origination provider that equips states and local government authorities with technology…

Portsmouth, VA Fire Department Upgrades Mobile Communication

Portsmouth, VA Fire Department Upgrades Mobile Communication

The Portsmouth, Virginia Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services Department has purchased new high-performance radios designed to work under the most extreme conditions including fires, hurricanes and floods. Designed by Motorola Solutions, the APX-XE 500 Remote Speaker and Microphone (RSM) system…

LA Scientology Volunteer Ministers Respond to Disasters

LA Scientology Volunteer Ministers Respond to Disasters

Southern California Scientology Volunteer Ministers were alerted over the weekend to be on call. The National Weather Service warned that Santa Ana winds gusting to 55 mph in the mountains could set off a new round of fires in the beleaguered…

Volunteer Ministers Help Neighbors Contend With Devastating Mudslides

Volunteer Ministers Help Neighbors Contend With Devastating Mudslides

Hillsides burned by the massive La Tuna Canyon Fire in Burbank, California, three months ago, were pummeled by heavy rainfall last week. The downfall saturated the scorched and loosened soil, creating rivers of mud that cascaded down on the communities…

GSH of Alabama, LLC Announces New Partnership With Skyline Corporation

GSH of Alabama, LLC Announces New Partnership With Skyline Corporation

Barbara Stokes, CEO, and Scott Stokes, COO, of Green Structure Homes of Alabama, LLC (GSH), a Huntsville-based Disaster Relief Construction Contractor, announce a new strategic partnership with Skyline Corporation, parent of Skyline Homes. This agreement will enable GSH to expand…

SunnyCal Solar Introduces Collapsible Solar Off-Grid Array for Disaster Events

SunnyCal Solar Introduces Collapsible Solar Off-Grid Array for Disaster Events

Today SunnyCal Solar, Inc., a solar products company specializing in “personal solar” products, announced the first in a series of new products that enable grid-free power.  Collapsible solar arrays can be shipped fully assembled, and can be unfolded to an…

Schneider Electric is Working to Restore Power to Puerto Rico With a Unique Off-Grid Solution

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, is providing critical disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico markets, leveraging their massive global infrastructure and local support. Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico over 90 days ago and many…

Dr. Noman Quintero to Distribute 2,500 Grocery Boxes to the Homeless in Time for Christmas

Dr. Noman Quintero to Distribute 2,500 Grocery Boxes to the Homeless in Time for Christmas

Dr. Norman Quintero and NQR, Inc. in collaboration with The Community Action Partnership of Orange County, and the Pimco Foundation are making a distribution of 2,500 grocery boxes to the homeless and those in need in Orange County, California. CHRISTMAS…

The Vanderpump Dog Foundation Takes in Hurricane Harvey Dogs

The Vanderpump Dog Foundation Takes in Hurricane Harvey Dogs

On Dec. 9, 2017, The Vanderpump Dog Foundation partnered with The Lucy Pet Foundation to help rescue and house dogs that were affected by Hurricane Harvey earlier the year.  An abandoned grocery store (which had flooded during the storm) was turned…

In the Face of Fire, Bringing Indiscriminate Help

In the Face of Fire, Bringing Indiscriminate Help

The beginning of December ushered in more than just the holiday season this year. With extreme dry winds, wildfire season has exploded in flame. Multiple fires blazed through the region including the Thomas Fire in Ventura County, the Creek Fire north of Sylmar…

Dr. Norman Quintero Announces the Success of the First Toy Drive to Help the Governor of Puerto Rico and the First Lady Bring Thousands of Toys to the Children in Puerto Rico

Dr. Norman Quintero Announces the Success of the First Toy Drive to Help the Governor of Puerto Rico and the First Lady Bring Thousands of Toys to the Children in Puerto Rico

​​Dr. Norman Quintero announces the success of the first toy drive which was held at the NQR Corporate office, in Tustin, California, which collected thousands of toys for the children of Puerto Rico. “On behalf of the Governor and the…

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