Disaster planning and response

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 file photo, Joe Wilson pulls his generator out in the garage of his home, which is in an area that is expected to lose power in the East Foothills area of San Jose, Calif. Power shutdowns intended to prevent more devastating California wildfires are raising concerns about another environmental threat: air pollution. As utilities temporarily halted service to more than 2 million people this week, many fired up standby generators that spew toxic emissions. (Randy Vazquez/San Jose Mercury News via AP, File)
October 12, 2019 - 12:11 pm
Power shutdowns intended to prevent more devastating California wildfires are raising concerns about another environmental threat: air pollution. Utilities temporarily halted service to more than 2 million people this week, fearing high winds would knock down power lines and ignite infernos. That...
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Salvador Espinosa sweeps in the kitchen of a Mary's Pizza Shack restaurant during a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. power shutdown in Santa Rosa, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. More than 1.5 million people in Northern California were in the dark Thursday, most for a second day, after the state's biggest utility shut off electricity to many areas to prevent its equipment from sparking wildfires as strong winds sweep through the region. (Christopher Chung/The Press Democrat via AP)
October 11, 2019 - 10:25 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The lights were back on Friday for most of the nearly 2 million Northern California residents who lost electricity when the state's largest utility switched it off this week in an effort to prevent wildfires. The threat of widespread outages loomed in Southern California after...
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In this Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 photo, firefighters check on homes in smoke from the Saddleridge fire in Sylmar, Calif. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
October 11, 2019 - 9:54 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the power shutoff involving California wildfires (all times local): 6:50 p.m. An autopsy has concluded that a planned power shutdown did not cause the death of a Northern California man who depends on oxygen equipment. The El Dorado Count Sheriff's office said...
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Strong Santa Ana winds in Chatsworth, Calif., blew across power lines causing them to arc and transformers to explode. Power was out for street signs, businesses and residents along Devonshire St. from Topanga Canyon Blvd. to Variel Ave. on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (Dean Musgrove/The Orange County Register via AP)
October 10, 2019 - 11:18 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even as the winds gusted dangerously as forecast, California's biggest utility faced hostility and second-guessing Thursday for shutting off electricity to millions of people to prevent its equipment from sparking wildfires. Gov. Gavin Newsom criticized Pacific Gas & Electric...
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Crews work to connect generators in effort to keep the Caldecott Tunnel open to traffic during a possible power outage at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric has cut power to more than half a million customers in Northern California hoping to prevent wildfires during dry, windy weather throughout the region. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
October 10, 2019 - 2:35 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on power outages in California (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric has begun shutting off power to the San Francisco Bay area, adding more than 200,000 customers to a sweeping blackout that already has left a million people in the dark. The...
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Carlos Lama of Bayside Cafe, which was among businesses to lose power due to PG&E's public safety power shutoff, uses an LED lamp and light from his phone at the counter of the restaurant in Sausalito, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. More than a million people in California were without electricity Wednesday as the state's largest utility pulled the plug to prevent a repeat of the past two years when windblown power lines sparked deadly wildfires that destroyed thousands of homes. (Alan Dep/Marin Independent Journal via AP)
October 10, 2019 - 12:57 am
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — More than a million people in California were without electricity Wednesday as the state's largest utility pulled the plug to prevent a repeat of the past two years when windblown power lines sparked deadly wildfires that destroyed thousands of homes. The unpopular move that...
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FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2017, file photo, a neighborhood near Addicks Reservoir is flooded by rain from Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston. A new study finds that FEMA buys flood-prone homes more often in wealthy, populous counties than in poor, rural areas, even though lower-income rural areas may be more likely to flood frequently. Harris County, Texas, where Houston is located, which, according to its flood control district, undergoes a major flood about every two years, has used FEMA’s buyout programs more than any other county, the researchers said. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
October 09, 2019 - 2:30 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — FEMA buys flood-prone homes more often in wealthy, populous counties than in poor, rural areas, even though lower-income rural areas may be more likely to flood frequently, a new study finds. The reason is probably that better-off local governments have the resources to apply for...
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FILE- In this Oct. 11, 2018 file photo, rescue personnel perform a search in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla. A year after Hurricane Michael, Bay County, Florida, is still in crisis. Thousands are homeless, medical care and housing are at a premium, and domestic violence is increasing. Michael was among the strongest hurricanes ever to make landfall in the United States. This summer, county officials unveiled a blueprint to rebuild. Among their ideas: Use shipping containers and 3-D technology to build new houses and offer signing bonuses to lure new doctors. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
October 09, 2019 - 12:58 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A year after Hurricane Michael, the Florida county hardest hit by the Category 5 storm is still in crisis: Thousands in Bay County are homeless, medical care and housing are at a premium, domestic violence has become a problem and severely diminished mental health services are...
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October 09, 2019 - 10:58 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's governor says the federal government has denied individual assistance for residents in four counties hit by Hurricane Dorian. Gov. Roy Cooper had sought the federal help for households in Carteret, Dare, Hyde, and New Hanover counties. He said the assistance...
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FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric worker walks in front of a truck in San Francisco. Two years to the day after some of the deadliest wildfires tore through Northern California wine country, two of the state's largest utilities were poised Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, to shut off power to more than 700,000 customers in 37 counties, in what would be the largest preventive shut-off to date as utilities try to head off wildfires caused by faulty power lines. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
October 08, 2019 - 10:58 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on power shutoffs in California to prevent wildfires (all times local): 8 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric is defending its decision to shut off power to potentially millions of Californians to prevent deadly wildfires. PG&E wildfire safety expert Sumeet Singh...
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