How to remove your location data before sharing photos

The problem is you can’t rely on social media to automatically remove location data from photos you post online. Currently Facebook automatically strips out the EXIF information (that contains location coordinates) from uploaded photos. They do this for privacy reasons. They also strip out the IPTC information that professional photographers insert (eg on your wedding … Read more

Email Newsletter Design with ConvertKit and MailerLite

MailerLite has just launched a new editor for their Email Newsletters, so it’s timely to compare the editors for MailerLite and ConvertKit. The two services could not be more different in this area. So it is a crucial aspect to review. Choose the wrong service and you’re going to be frustrated and disappointed. Comparing ConvertKit and … Read more

Factors affecting First Responder Turnout in Disaster

The scale of the problem The extent to which first responders turn out in the event of an emergency is an important concern since significant failure to turn out and commit would have wide implications for successfully dealing with an emergency. One suggestion is that turn out failure by emergency personnel is more likely under … Read more

Psychological Effects of Wearing Protective Clothing in Disaster

Emergency services responding to CBRN-type incidents require personal protective clothing, or hazmat suits, and equipment including personal breathing apparatus to shield against harmful agents. However, cumbersome protective suits, gas masks, rubber gloves, and protective over-boots of the sort worn by emergency responders to protect against chemical and biological attack can interfere with individual and group … Read more

Social Media and Adoptive Family Birth Mother Contact (Video)

How to cope with unexpected birth mother contact Susan Ogden from Adoptions Together describes how her agency developed their response to help adoptive families and birth families navigate their relationships online, and the lessons that she and her agency have learned one family at a time. The presentation was given as part of the 5th Rudd … Read more

Health and Stress Reactions of First Responders

The scale of the problem There is a growing recognition that First Responders themselves can become psychological victims of a disaster (Alexander & Klein, 2003; R Wraith & Gordon, 2001?). Eighty percent of disaster workers experience emotional symptoms due to their experience of the events, and their role as help providers dealing with death and … Read more

Caveats for Research on Psychological Responses to CBRN Disasters

This set of articles attempt to provide a foundation for building resilience to future types of disasters by considering the psychological and behavioural responses to previous disasters as well as the conclusions from the wider literature on disaster psychology. Where possible we have tried to draw out the implications of the research for chemical, biological, … Read more

Panic in Disasters: Prevalence and Causes

This article discuses the common presumption about public panic in disasters, suggesting instead that panic is rarely observed, or that rational behaviour can be misinterpreted as panic. The belief that panic will occur may lead to potentially damaging decisions such as withholding of information by the authorities. Panic is likely to be fuelled to a … Read more

Evacuation from CBRN Disaster Areas

This article discusses the factors that impact upon evacuation behaviour. Social issues are crucial to this topic as individuals will want to coordinate with others, in particular their families before acting. Some individuals may also resist evacuation orders, whereas others may evacuate from unaffected areas (termed an ‘evacuation shadow’). The use of reception centres is … Read more

Disaster Communication: Tips for Effective Communication

This article discusses the crucial issue of communicating information to the public. Communication is a key influence on the psychological responses of the public to a disaster incident. The public require information that is clear, trusted and timely; rumours will fill an information vacuum. The tensions between the need to communicate information to the public … Read more

Mass Psychogenic Illness

This article discusses the tendency of non-exposed individuals to seek medical care following a chemical or biological disaster. Although the medical services need to identify those who need immediate treatment, those presenting with ‘psychogenic illness’ should not be dismissed. They may not be well in psychological terms and require empathy for their legitimate concerns. It … Read more

Community Role in Disaster Management

This article discusses the immediate social response to a disaster incident by the affected community. The literature suggests that victims respond in an active rather than passive manner following a disaster incident and that altruism and volunteer behaviour is generally found, which results in increased social cohesion. See also this article on The Public as … Read more


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Embedding a Responsive Vimeo Video without Plugins or Coding

By default a Vimeo embed in WordPress is not responsive. However there’s a way to tweak the iframe embed code with one click to make it responsive. There are several ways to embed Vimeo videos in wordPress. The simplest is to paste the URL of the video in your post. Or you can grab the … Read more

My Top 3 Adoption and Fostering Podcasts

Adoption Podcasts There are now over 20 podcasts focused on the topic of child adoption that provide information, education and support to adoptive parents and adoptees. I’ve listened to most of them and here I’ve picked three I found most interesting and useful and which illustrate the range that’s available. What are podcasts? If you’re … Read more