Disaster planning and response

Smoke rises as a forest fire rages near Vielank, Germany, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Thousands of firefighters, soldiers and civil defense personnel are battling a large wildfire at an area used for military exercises in northern Germany. Officials said Tuesday that the blaze in Luebtheen, about 170 kilometers (106 miles) northwest of Berlin, is the biggest in the history of Mecklenburg Western Pomerania state. (Jens Buettner/dpa via AP)
July 02, 2019 - 3:03 am
BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of firefighters, soldiers and civil defense personnel are battling a large wildfire at an area used for military exercises in northern Germany after weeks of dry weather. Officials said Tuesday that the blaze in Luebtheen, about 170 kilometers (106 miles) northwest of Berlin...
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FILE - In this May 3, 2019 aerial file photo, the Modern Woodmen Park, top, and the surrounding of downtown Davenport, Iowa, are area covered by Mississippi River floodwaters. The prolonged flooding along the Mississippi River will cost more than $2 billion in repairs and cleanup, the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative, and advocacy group for river communities, said Tuesday, June 25, 2019. (Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad City Times via AP, File)
June 25, 2019 - 12:26 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Repairs and cleanup following the prolonged flooding along the Mississippi River will cost more than $2 billion, an advocacy group for river communities said Tuesday. Heavier than normal snow melt in the late winter and frequent and heavy rains through the spring led to flooding...
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In this photo taken Wednesday, April 17, 2019 town manager Glenn Spivey crosses Jones Street in Trenton, N.C. Eight months after Hurricane Florence inundated North Carolina, communities such as Trenton illustrate the slow and uneven pace of recovery. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
June 22, 2019 - 12:03 pm
TRENTON, N.C. (AP) — Nine months after Hurricane Florence inundated much of eastern North Carolina, the tiny town of Trenton is still struggling to rebuild as a new hurricane season begins. The Jones County courthouse and jail have yet to reopen. Judges hear cases in county office buildings and...
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FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2018, file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric lineman works to repair a power line in fire-ravaged Paradise, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric said Wednesday, June 19, 2019, that it discovered around 1,000 high-priority safety risks on its transmission lines and distribution poles over several months of inspections, though several have been fixed. A PG&E official said most of the problems have been fixed. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
June 19, 2019 - 7:57 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. officials said Wednesday its workers discovered more than 1,000 high-priority safety risks on its transmission lines and distribution poles over several months of inspections and almost all of them have been fixed. Some of the transmission...
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In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, rescue workers search for trapped people at a collapsed building after an earthquake in Shuanghe Town in Changning County of Yibin City, southwest China's Sichuan Province, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. The strong earthquake that hit Sichuan province in southern China late Monday night. (Zeng Lang/Xinhua via AP) NO SALES
June 18, 2019 - 3:37 am
BEIJING (AP) — Rescue efforts were underway Tuesday after an earthquake in southwestern China left 12 people dead and 135 others injured, authorities said. Hundreds of firefighters arrived early Tuesday and rescued at least eight trapped people, the Chinese Ministry of Emergency Management said...
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FILE - In this May 3, 2013, file photo, members of the militant Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) shout slogan during a demonstration in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Islamic Defenders Front, better known for vigilante actions against gays, Christmas decorations and prostitution, has over the past decade and a half repurposed its militia into a force that's as adept at searching for victims buried under earthquake rubble and distributing aid as it is at inspiring fear. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim, File)
June 11, 2019 - 1:34 am
PALU, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's Islamic Defenders Front is perhaps best known for its vigilante actions against gays, Christmas decorations and prostitution. But over the past 15 years it has repurposed its militia into a force that's as adept at searching for victims buried under earthquake...
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This photo provided by Ryan Reede shows smoke from a fast-moving brush fire that Reede took as he was riding on a roller coaster at Six Flags in Valencia, north of Los Angeles. The brush fire erupted near the huge amusement and water park in Southern California on Sunday, sending hundreds of visitors to the exit to escape clouds of smoke and ash before fire officials asked them to stay put while they worked to contain the blaze. (Ryan Reede via AP)
June 10, 2019 - 10:59 am
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — A fast-moving brush fire erupted near a huge amusement and water park in Southern California on Sunday, sending hundreds of visitors to the exit to escape clouds of smoke and ash before fire officials asked them to stay put while they worked to contain the blaze. Six...
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June 06, 2019 - 1:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill aimed at helping communities across the country bounce back from hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and fires. Trump tweeted a photo of himself holding the signed bill in what appeared to his office aboard Air Force...
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FILE - In this March 8, 2017, file photo, the carcass of a dead goat lies in the desert in a drought-stricken area near Bandar Beyla in Somalia. The United Nations' emergency relief coordinator said Tuesday, June 4, 2019, more than 2 million men, women and children could die of starvation in Somalia by summer's end if international aid is not sent quickly to the drought-stricken African country. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
June 05, 2019 - 7:42 am
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A United Nations emergency relief coordinator says more than 2 million men, women and children could die of starvation in Somalia by summer's end if international aid is not sent quickly to the drought-stricken African country. U.N. Undersecretary-General Mark Lowcock says...
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., attends a ceremonial swearing in outside the House chamber, Monday June 3, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington, just after the House voted to approve a $19 billion disaster aid bill, breaking a conservative blockade and sending the measure to President Trump, who is expected to sign it. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
June 04, 2019 - 4:29 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A long-delayed $19.1 billion disaster aid bill has sailed through the House and headed to President Donald Trump for his expected signature, overcoming months of infighting, misjudgment and a feud between Trump and congressional Democrats. Lawmakers gave the measure final...
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