safety

School Safety
3:45 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

After Newtown Tragedy, Some Schools Are All But Bulletproof

Dara Van Antwerp, an armed school resource officer, will be permanently stationed at Panther Run Elementary School in Pembroke Pines, Fla. Across the country, schools have increased security after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn., last year.
Wilfredo Lee AP

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 3:05 pm

As parents send their kids off to school this fall, many are wondering what's been done since last year to make sure they're safe.

Many schools have embraced new security measures since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, from uniformed police on hallway patrol to shatterproof laminated windows.

'How Could This Have Happened?'

Bob Gay of Newtown, Conn., has a tattoo on his arm of his daughter Josephine's footprints as a baby and the number "2560," for the number of days she was alive.

Read more
Public Safety
10:47 am
Thu August 8, 2013

AMBER Alert Goes Cellular

  The AMBER alert system began in Texas in the mid 1990s and has grown from small town partnership to satellite system. According to the Office of Justice program website AMBER stands for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response. The acronym was created as a legacy to 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, who was kidnapped while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas, and then brutally murdered. 

The wireless AMBER alert system was introduced in December to send alerts automatically based on cell phone location. It is a nationwide program operated by FEMA, the FCC and commercial cellular companies. Last night some of you may have received an AMBER alert on your phone. The alert originated in California, then was sent out in Oregon and then statewide here in Washington, as they believed the suspect was heading up to Canada. Ross Reynolds talks with Washington State Patrol's program manager for the Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit, Carrie Gordon, about how the cellular alerts work. 

Outdoor Safety
11:43 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Wilderness Survival Guide

Flickr Photo/Dois Espressos

With the summer sun, more people are hitting the trails and enjoying the outdoors. But just because the weather is nicer doesn’t mean the wilderness is any safer. Lee Callahan shares what it was like to get lost in the woods at night. Then Jason Knight, co-founder of Alderleaf Wilderness College, talks to Ross Reynolds and callers about how to survive out in the wilderness.

Privacy
12:20 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Identity Theft: Protection In The Age Of Information

marc falardeau Flickr

The Federal Trade Commission reports that in 2011, there were 4,853 complaints of identity theft filed in Washington state. Some of the victims included elderly citizens, medical patients, and even foster children. And the FTC complaints don’t include online data theft.

Read more
Airplane Issues
12:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Will Grounded Dreamliners Be A Nightmare For Boeing?

All Nippon Airways planes including a Boeing 787, right, are parked at Haneda Airport in Tokyo Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 16, 2013.
AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi

Airlines around the world have grounded their Boeing 787 Dreamliners after yesterday’s emergency landing in Japan. Officials are looking into the cause of a battery malfunction that caused smoke to appear in the cabin of the aircraft. Ross Reynolds gets the latest news on Boeing from NPR reporter Wendy Kaufman.

Airplane Safety
12:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

What Happens To A Dreamliner Deferred?

A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet aircraft is surrounded by emergency vehicles while parked at a terminal E gate at Logan International Airport in Boston as a fire chief looks into the cargo hold Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. A small electrical fire filled the cabin of the JAL aircraft with smoke Monday morning about 15 minutes after it landed in Boston.
Credit AP Photo/Stephan Savoia / Associated Press

    

Two Japanese airlines have grounded their new Boeing Dreamliner 787s after smoke was detected in the cabin of one of the aircraft. Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines currently carry more 787s than any other airlines in the world, but Boeing has filled roughly 800 orders worldwide for the new Dreamliner.

Read more
School Design
11:53 am
Fri December 21, 2012

School Safety In The Age Of Gun Violence

It's counterintuitive, but transparency is the key to safety, says Architect Kevin Flanagan.
Credit NAC Architecture

Designing safer schools doesn't mean turning them into military bunkers. That might have been an easy remodel back when schools were built like jails, filled with "cells" and controlled by bells. Today's schools are open, flexible spaces that allow students to combine and recombine into groups that learn from each other as much as they learn from the teacher.

Read more
Pedestrian Safety
11:16 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Distracted Walking: How Your Smart Phone Could Be Your Literal Downfall

A woman walks down the street while enjoying a conversation on her phone. October 2011.
UltraSlo1 Flickr

According to a new study nearly 1 in 3 pedestrians is distracted by a mobile device like a smart phone when walking into high-risk intersections. Only 1 in 4 looked both ways before crossing the street.  

David Hyde talks with Dr. Beth Ebel who was the lead author on the study. She directs the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research center at the University of Washington.

Recreation
12:55 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Avalanche Deaths Inspire Safety Efforts In Backcountry Skiing And Snowboarding

Joel Hammond is the Northwest sales representative for Salomon Sports. He says his job comes with a responsibility: to educate consumers about the dangers in the backcountry.

As the slopes open, skiers’ and snowboarders’ giddy enthusiasm is overshadowed by an accident near Stevens Pass last season.  Three people were killed: Jim Jack, Johnny Brenan and Chris Rudolph.  They were caught in an avalanche in the nearby backcountry — the wilderness just outside the Stevens Pass ski resort, unmonitored by ski patrol.  Jack, Brennan and Rudolph were all well-known and experienced skiers in the Washington ski scene.

Read more