Safety & Security: Emergency Response
- Hermine Threatens College Football Games
by Harry Minium and David Hall September 2016
Although Hurricane Hermine hadn’t yet made landfall in Florida on Thursday afternoon, it could force both Old Dominion and Norfolk State to postpone their football home openers until Sunday.
- Town to Place AEDs at Parks, Beaches
by Rachel Uda September 2016
Fifty new defibrillators will be placed at parks, beaches and pools throughout the Town of Hempstead, officials announced Wednesday as they demonstrated how to use the potentially lifesaving devices. At Shell Creek Park in Island Park, Town Supervisor Anthony Santino knelt over a town employee laid out on the grass and placed electrode pads on the man's chest. The town's medical director sat nearby and simulated CPR before a fake shock from the device was delivered to the man.
- Dolphins Taking Proactive Approach to Combating Zika
by By Joe Schad Palm Beach Post Staff Writer August 2016
Even though there are 15 miles separating Zika hot zone Miami Beach and Miami Gardens, the Dolphins organization has taken proactive, aggressive steps to treat areas with EPA-approved chemicals designed to limit mosquitoes.
- High Heat Not Necessary for Heat Stroke
by Des Bieler August 2016
Summer may be entering its final stages, but that hardly means that those exercising outdoors are mere weeks away from not worrying about taking the proper precautions to avoid heatstroke. Doug Wetzel, 32 and in terrific shape at the time, was running in temperatures in the mid-70s last year for a triathlon when he veered off course and collapsed on a nearby house's front lawn, the victim of heatstroke. Actually, he was the victim of several catastrophic ailments, including compartment syndrome in his right leg, which led to rhabdomyolysis, which he thinks led to his heatstroke ("This weird, perfect storm," as he put it). From this "perfect storm," he would end up lying comatose at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, in desperate need of a new liver.
- Parasitic Disease Incidence Linked to Area Pools
by Mark Somerson August 2016
Cases of cryptosporidiosis linked to area swimming pools, splash pads and a water park in Columbus and Franklin and Delaware counties have jumped from 107 cases a week ago to at least 202.
- South Carolina Repays LSU's Flood-Relief Kindness
by email@example.com August 2016
South Carolina will collect items to assist the flood-ravaged residents of Baton Rouge, La., repaying efforts by LSU and the Louisiana capital city in the wake of devastating flooding in Columbia last fall. University president Harris Pastides announced Tuesday that USC s football equipment truck will be stationed at four different locations between Wednesday and Friday of this week to gather items to be transported to Baton Rouge. One of the locations is Williams-Brice Stadium, site of an open football practice beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. LSU was so gracious to assist us in our time of need, Pastides said in a release. Now it is our turn to help our SEC friends. I encourage all Gamecocks to drop off items needed for the Baton Rouge flood relief.
- SEAL Trainee's Family Wants Answers After His Death
by Ken Dilanian and Mike Hixenbaugh August 2016
From the moment Lynsi Price absorbed the crushing news that her younger brother had drowned while training to become a Navy SEAL, she struggled to understand how such a thing could happen. For two years, she had watched James “Derek” Lovelace prepare for the grueling SEALs basic training program – swimming, running and weightlifting in the Florida coastal town where they grew up. He was a great swimmer, a strong athlete. How could he have died in the first week of the course, during a pool drill designed to test basic swimming skills? “I knew in my heart that something wasn’t done right,” Price, 24, said in a tearful interview. “Because he would have made it.” Navy officials assured the family it was a freak accident, perhaps complicated by hidden medical issues, she said. Price and her father, James Lovelace, an Iraq War veteran, came to believe what they were told by men in uniform, she said.
- String of Drownings Impact Public Pools
by Jason Scott June 2016
Public pools around the country were dealing with drowning incidents over the past several days.
- Athletic Trainer, AED Save Athlete After Collapse
by Jason Scott March 2016
Caleb Perkins, an athlete at Revere High School in Ohio, collapsed and went into full cardiac arrest during track practice on Friday afternoon. The combined quick thinking by a coach and athletic trainer, and the use of an AED (automated external defibrillator) may have saved his life.
- High School Wrestlers Charged with Rape
by Jason Scott February 2016
Four wrestlers from Norman North High School in Oklahoma have been charged with rape, stemming from a January incident that took place on a team bus.