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Stories with subject: Disaster planning and response
  • Snyder: Counties getting help after harsh weather 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 6:37 pm
  • LANSING, Michigan - Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday declared a state of emergency for Marquette County following widespread, severe damage to water and sewer lines caused by this winter's extreme cold.

  • Restoration of historic building steps completed 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 6:13 pm
  • SHAWNEE, Oklahoma - St. Gregory's University in Shawnee says it has completed restoration work on the front steps of its historic Benedictine Hall, which was damaged by an earthquake in 2011.

  • Snyder declares disasters in 2 Michigan counties 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 5:44 pm
  • LANSING, Michigan - Gov. Rick Snyder has declared a state of disaster in two northern Michigan counties grappling with widespread flooding and wind damage.

  • Ala seeks federal aid after flooding 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 2:22 pm
  • CLANTON, Alabama - The state of Alabama is seeking federal aid following last week's flooding across central Alabama.

  • Little government response to bombing a year later 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 3:11 am
  • BOSTON - A year after homemade bombs ripped through the Boston Marathon, state and federal officials have enacted virtually no policy changes in response to the attack, a dramatic departure from previous acts of terrorism that prompted waves of government action.

  • Heavy rain floods northern New England, 1 dead 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 12:44 am
  • PORTLAND, Maine - Heavy flooding throughout northern New England was blamed for at least one fatality as officials on Wednesday urged residents in all three states to avoid water-covered roadways and watch out for overflowing rivers.

  • Flooding persists along rivers in western Michigan 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 6:50 pm
  • EVART, Michigan - Authorities warned residents of Osceola and Newaygo counties to be vigilant Wednesday as the Muskegon River reached what forecasters predicted would be its peak overflow, though floodwaters were easing in other sections of Michigan.

  • Emergency managers challenged to educate public 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 2:42 pm
  • ORLANDO, Florida - Two of the country's top disaster experts have challenged emergency managers and forecasters from Texas to Maine to help educate coastal residents and developers about hurricane hazards.

  • Cold slows floods, but some areas still underwater 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 2:37 pm
  • WATERBURY, Vermont - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says damage from recent flooding has been wide-ranging and warns that Lake Champlain is nearing flood stage.

  • Cool, wet spring may ease western Plains drought 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:29 pm
  • PIERRE, South Dakota - A spring forecast of above-average rainfall in parts of the Plains region is raising hopes for a break in drought conditions plaguing much of the area.

  • SBA offers disaster help to Miss, La residents 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 5:49 am
  • JACKSON, Mississippi - Southwest Mississippi residents and businesses affected by severe weather and flooding that occurred on March 28-29 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

  • Fires prompt restrictions, pre-evacuation notices 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:50 pm
  • FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - Authorities in southeastern Arizona put residents on notice Tuesday that they might have to evacuate because of a wildfire burning in the Huachuca Mountains. Meanwhile, officials in northern Arizona were preparing to enact fire restrictions about a month earlier than normal.

  • Colorado Editorial Roundup 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 2:44 pm
  • A sampling of recent editorials from Colorado newspapers:

  • Army Corps beach erosion fix would cost $43.4M 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 12:40 pm
  • FLAGLER BEACH, Florida - The Army Corps of Engineers says it will be expensive to fix beach erosion problems along Flagler County's shoreline.

  • Opening of nursing home part of Joplin recovery 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 11:17 am
  • JOPLIN, Missouri - Gladys Dutton has done a lot of things in her life, but Monday's dedication of the Communities at Wildwood Ranch nursing home marked a first.

  • Officials ready for ranchers seeking federal aid 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 11:08 am
  • BISMARCK, North Dakota - Ranchers in the Dakotas are starting to sign up for federal disaster aid to help them recover after an early October blizzard killed tens of thousands of animals, and government officials say they are ready.

  • NY updates oil spill preparedness plans 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 3:04 am
  • ALBANY, New York - State and federal environmental officials in New York are changing the way they prepare for oil spills.

  • Evacuations at Croton Dam as Muskegon River floods 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 1:50 pm
  • CROTON TOWNSHIP, Michigan - Several Michigan rivers are over their banks after three days of storms dropped as much of 5.5 inches of rain, forcing some flood plain residents from their homes.

  • Court says utilities can be charged for storm fund 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 1:25 pm
  • BOSTON - The state's highest court has upheld a law that allows Massachusetts utility regulators to charge electric companies for the costs of investigating major outages after storms.

  • Chris Wondolowski helps Earthquakes tie Crew 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 5:20 pm
  • SANTA CLARA, California - Chris Wondolowski scored on a header in the 51st minute to help the San Jose Earthquakes tie the Columbus Crew 1-1 on Sunday.

  • No US tsunami threat after 7.6 quake in Pacific 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 6:07 pm
  • HONOLULU - U.S. officials say there is no threat of a tsunami to the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii or Alaska after a magnitude-7.6 earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean near the Solomon Islands.

  • Inslee seeks farm disaster aid for mudslide 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 12:20 pm
  • OLYMPIA, Washington - Gov. Jay Inslee has asked the federal government to declare Snohomish County as a farm disaster area so farmers and ranchers affected by the deadly Oso mudslide could seek financial and other help.

  • Michigan village hopes construction curbs flooding 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 10:52 am
  • GARDEN, Michigan - There's hope in a village in Michigan's Upper Peninsula that a construction project will help prevent flooding that's become an annual sign of spring.

  • More state aid sought for Minot flood control 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 9:37 am
  • MINOT, North Dakota - Officials in the Minot area say more state aid will be needed for an $820 million flood protection project for the Souris River Basin unless federal funds materialize.

  • Fremont County opts against pre-filling sandbags 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 9:13 am
  • RIVERTON, Wyoming - Fremont County officials have decided not to fill sandbags right now as they prepare for possible flooding.