4/28/2011

Farmers in Illinois are being issued "emergency action tubes" -- small black boxes containing detailed computer-generated maps of their farm for use by emergency-response teams. The boxes are attached to prominent power poles on the farms, and contain vital information about the location of potentially dangerous fuel and chemical stores, power-breakers, grain bins and valuable livestock. This can help first-responders "identify where things are going to go up in flames," helping to prevent tragedies, says farm-safety specialist Amy Rademaker.

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