Disaster planning and response

February 18, 2019 - 10:41 am
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's emergency agency is again nationally accredited. The South Carolina Emergency Management Division says the recognition extends the accreditation the agency first won in 2008 and had renewed in 2013. In the last five years, South Carolina emergency officials...
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February 18, 2019 - 10:30 am
GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) — Officials in a South Carolina county are asking the state to spend some of its disaster money on permanent gauges to measure river levels. Georgetown County Emergency Manager Sam Hodge says temporary gauges placed during Hurricane Florence's flooding last year were helpful...
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Kevin Tovornik exits his travel camper located in the back yard of his home damaged by flooding from Hurricane Florence near the Crabtree Swamp Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Conway, S.C. Tovornik lost his air conditioner and duct work in the 2016 flood. In 2018, he saved his furniture, but still ended up losing the house.
February 16, 2019 - 3:32 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — When he took the job 15 years ago, Horry County Emergency Manager Randy Webster figured his biggest disasters would be wind and surge rolling over his county's beaches, South Carolina's top tourist destination. Instead, his worries have shifted inland, where rivers overflowing...
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Survivors of artisanal miners sit in a tent after rains flooded mines on the outskirts of Kadoma, west of Harare, Zimbabwe, Saturday, Feb, 16, 2019. About 40 people were trapped underground, said a police spokesman. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
February 16, 2019 - 3:49 am
KADOMA, Zimbabwe (AP) — Eight artisanal miners who were trapped underground for several days after heavy flooding in Zimbabwe have been rescued, though some of their co-workers are still missing and feared dead. Rescuers on Saturday pulled the exhausted, muddied survivors from the ground and took...
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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk toward Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, to travel to Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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February 15, 2019 - 5:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and border security (all times local): 4:50 p.m. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler is calling for a hearing "in the coming days" on President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency. In a letter to Trump Friday,...
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Cars and a large tree are seen in a debris trail in the aftermath of a mudslide that destroyed three homes on a hillside in Sausalito, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. The National Weather Service says the atmospheric river sagged southward from Northern California overnight and is pointed at the southwestern corner of the state early Thursday. (AP Photo/Michael Short)
February 14, 2019 - 10:43 pm
SAUSALITO, Calif. (AP) — Waves of heavy rain pounded California on Thursday, trapping people in floodwaters, washing away a mountain highway, triggering a mudslide that destroyed homes and forcing residents to flee communities scorched by wildfires last year. At least two people died as the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump listens as FEMA Administrator Brock Long, right, speaks while attending a briefing, after arriving at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point to visit areas impacted by Hurricane Florence in Havelock, N.C. Long resigned on Feb. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
February 13, 2019 - 3:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is resigning, months after an investigation found he misused government vehicles to travel to his home in North Carolina. Brock Long said in a letter Wednesday to agency employees that he was resigning to spend more time with his...
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Volunteers distribute donations to those affected by last week's tornado in El Roble, on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. More than a week after a rare tornado struck Havana, the worst-hit neighborhoods are filled with government crews restoring power and phone service and starting repairs to devastated homes. There are also hundreds of young people in jeans and designer t-shirts hauling black plastic bags full of clothes, food and water donated by entrepreneurs, artists and other members of Cuba's independent upper-middle class. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
February 07, 2019 - 1:26 pm
HAVANA (AP) — Nearly two weeks after a devastating tornado struck Havana, the worst-hit neighborhoods are filled with government crews restoring power and phone service and starting repairs to decimated homes. There's also a far rarer sight: Hundreds of young people in designer T-shirts and jeans...
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FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2017, file photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, flames burn near power lines in Sycamore Canyon near West Mountain Drive in Montecito, Calif. The nation's largest utility on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, promised to overhaul its wildfire-prevention measures in response to growing legal, financial and public pressure for its role in starting some of the most destructive blazes in California history. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP, File)
February 06, 2019 - 9:59 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Up to 5 million California customers could temporarily lose power this year in the name of wildfire prevention if regulators approve Pacific Gas & Electric's $2.3 billion safety proposal submitted Wednesday. PG&E unveiled the preventive blackout strategy for the first...
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Law enforcement and other emergency personnel salute at the scene of a fatal accident where a volunteer member of the Ventura County search and rescue team was killed along Interstate Highway 5 south of Pyramid Lake, Calif. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. The second in a string of powerful storms is battering California, bringing down trees, flooding roadways and prompting evacuations in wildfire burn areas where intense downpours could loosen bare hillsides and cause mudslides. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
February 02, 2019 - 9:20 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The second in a string of powerful storms battered California on Saturday, shutting key highways after water and mud rushed into lanes from bare hillsides in wildfire burn areas where thousands of residents were under evacuation orders. Flash flood warnings were issued for huge...
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