One of the best ways to stay prepared in an emergency is to get to know your neighbors and develop a plan if disaster strikes. Experts also suggest storing at least two weeks' worth of supplies in your home. "A disaster is going to happen, it’s a matter of 'when' not 'if,'" said Maximilian Dixon, earthquake program manager at Washington State Military Department. "And preparedness is not just for earthquakes, and it's not just for tsunamis on the coast.
Seattle has nearly doubled the number of safe places residents can go during a disaster. The city's P-patch community gardens are now designated as emergency community hubs. "It just makes sense," said Debbie Goetz, planning coordinator with the city's Emergency Management Department. "Designating hub sites throughout the city like this, give people an opportunity to work together, organize together and decide what works better for their own neighborhood," she said.
Community Transit is looking to hire around 250 bus drivers and mechanics as it prepares to expand bus service in Snohomish County. The agency held a job fair Wednesday to attract talent. Positions start at $20/hour with benefits just to begin the 10-week training period. "With the unemployment rate being as low as it is, it's difficult," said Chris Beck, human resources manager with Community Transit. "We're holding events like this so people can come and find out about community transit."
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".