How to prepare your home, your workplace, and yourself for a pandemic

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Stock up on food, work from home, and make it clear workers who are sick will be supported—not fired. Roughly a month after China launched the largest quarantine in human history, with more than 700 million people under full or partial lockdown as of last week, in an attempt at containment of the new coronavirus, the virus is now quickly spreading in other countries, including South Korea and Italy. On Tuesday, federal officials in the U.S. said that it’s not a matter of if the coronavirus will begin to spread in American communities, but when. San Francisco declared a state of emergency . No one knows, yet, how bad it might get. But here’s what individuals and companies can do to prepare. Read Full Story

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This California fire chief is building a satellite system to detect wildfires as soon as they start

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Could low-Earth-orbit satellites, working with software and sensors, alert firefighters to new fires before they grow out of control? When thousands of lightning strikes hit Northern California in late August, the fires that sparked in remote areas weren’t detected until they had already grown. The tiny bit of rain that arrived with the storm kept much of the smoldering low at first. “It was only a couple of days later, as things dried out, that those fires really exploded into life,” says Dave Winnacker, fire chief of the Moraga-Orinda Fire District in the Bay Area. Read Full Story

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