The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering camping and backpacking gear rental for state park visitors through a partnership with the company Arrive Outdoors. A portion of the proceeds goes to state parks.
The Rocky Hill, Conn., Parks and Recreation Department is hosting "Frisbee Golf UFO Night" several times this summer with the course lit with over 1,000 LEDs. The flying discs will be sanitized between uses.
The village of Great Neck, N.Y., agreed to pursue a pocket park on what is now public parking with a budget of under $35,000. The park could provide outdoor seating for the Pizza Roxx restaurant.
The Camdenton, Mo., Park and Recreation Department has installed a communication board that can be used by children with autism. The city has also added two swings that offer increased accessibility.
Slightly over half of older adults with coronavirus in King County, Wash., who called 9-1-1 for EMS had conventional symptoms of fever and trouble breathing, according to a new study. "EMS [needs] to be on alert and assure they are protected and that hospitals are prepared to test this group even when they do not have conventional symptoms," study co-author Dr. Tom Rea said.
9-1-1 dispatchers in Aurora, Colo., are receiving numerous threats from callers upset about the case of Elijah McClain, a young Black man who died last year after being restrained by police in the city. Many of the calls are coming to the city's nonemergency line and are slowing down response times, officials say.
The pandemic has left fewer people able to volunteer for search and rescue teams at a time when more people are venturing outdoors, often unprepared for the conditions they find. Lawmakers in several Western states are considering ways to financially support such teams.
National Emergency Number Association officials say they are pleased that funding for Next Generation 9-1-1 was included in the Moving Forward Act recently passed by the House of Representatives. "We call on the House and Senate to work together to send a strong NG9-1-1 bill supported by all 9-1-1 stakeholders to the president's desk as soon as possible," NENA President Gary Bell says.
The Clovis, Calif., Police Department is using Live 9-1-1 technology, which allows officers to hear 9-1-1 calls as soon as they are answered. Officials say the technology helps officers respond faster and get a better sense of callers' situations.