Cities' emergency sirens will play anything you send them over an unencrypted radio protocol

It's been a year since someone hacked all 156 of Dallas's emergency tornado sirens, setting them off in the middle of the night, and the security picture for cities' emergency PA systems keeps getting uglier. Read the rest

Ambulance arrives quickly after accident

Emergency response times in Zalgo county are superlative! [via] Read the rest

In backup generators we trust?

It's normal for backup generators to fail. If we want a more reliable system, we'll have to change the way the grid works.

As seen on TV

Despite what you may have seen in popular network dramas, it's actually rather difficult to perform a tracheotomy with a ballpoint pen. In fact, according to a 2010 study, only two specific brands of pens were able to properly do the job of emergency airway puncture. Visit NCBI ROFL to learn which two. The life you save may be your own. Read the rest