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Stories with subject: Disaster planning and response
  • Evacuations ordered as wildfire threatens Idaho town 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 2:20 pm

    BOISE, Idaho - Residents in west-central Idaho near the town of Riggins have been told to evacuate due to a wildfire that expanded to 40 square miles Thursday, an 11-square-mile jump.

  • More South Dakota firefighters help with Western wildfires 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 9:07 am

    RAPID CITY, South Dakota - More South Dakota firefighters are heading out to help fight wildfires in Western states.

  • Crowdfunding campaign for California drought relief 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 8:38 am

    FRESNO, California - A group of nonprofit organizations and businesses has started a crowdfunding campaign to assist families affected by the state's drought and wildfires.

  • Nebraska National Guard leaving HQ in test of disaster plan 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 8:28 am

    LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska National Guard officials say they're leaving their Lincoln headquarters as part of a disaster exercise that will continue through Sunday.

  • FEMA's Fugate tours school safe room while in Mississippi 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 8:12 am

    GULFPORT, Mississippi - The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency says the agency's greatest lessons since Hurricane Katrina have been in how to prepare and respond to the most severe emergencies.

  • Wildfire prompts some evacuations in Ferry County 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 12:15 pm

    REPUBLIC, Washington - Firefighters battling a 262-square mile wildfire near the town of Republic plan to ignite a back burn a couple of miles west of the Ferry County town to slow the advance of the flames.

  • A look at some Mississippi figures from Hurricane Katrina story has photos
    Updated: Aug-26-15 11:37 am

    - HALEY BARBOUR: The Mississippi governor was re-elected in 2007 and forced to focus on budget shortfalls during his second term. He was criticized as he left office for granting pardons, clemency or early release to about 200 convicted criminals. Barbour presided over a shift to Republican control of both houses of the Legislature, completed in the 2011 elections when the GOP took over the state House. The former chairman of the Republican National Committee has resumed work as a lobbyist, written a memoir about Katrina called "America's Great Storm" and promoted his Katrina legacy in recent months. "Our recovery from Katrina is also the story of strong, resilient, self-reliant people who were knocked flat but then got back on their feet, hitched up their britches, and went to work helping themselves and helping their neighbors," Barbour wrote.

  • Wildfire forces cabin evacuations near Augusta 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 9:50 am

    HELENA, Montana - A wildfire that started in the Benchmark area about 30 miles west of Augusta led to the evacuation of recreational cabins in the Lewis and Clark National Forest.

  • On Mississippi's shore, what Katrina erased not yet replaced story has photos
    Updated: Aug-26-15 5:16 am

    LONG BEACH, Mississippi - Between Mississippi's seashore and the railroad tracks a little ways inland, where Hurricane Katrina all but erased a neighborhood 10 years ago, Efrem Garza and a handful of other homeowners are still resettling a frontier.

  • Drought-plagued California readies for El Nino storms 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 2:09 am

    SANTA ANA, California - While drought-plagued California is eager for rain, the forecast of a potentially Godzilla-like El Nino event has communities clearing out debris basins, urging residents to stock up on emergency supplies and even talking about how a deluge could affect the 50th Super Bowl.

  • 7 disaster help centers from May storms to close in Texas 
    Updated: Aug-25-15 1:20 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - Seven federal disaster recovery centers in five Texas counties will close this week after providing assistance since deadly May storms.

  • Poland's govt to compensate farmers hit by drought, heat 
    Updated: Aug-25-15 12:46 pm

    WARSAW, Poland - Poland will pay more than 500 million zlotys ($135 million) in compensation to the thousands of farmers who have lost crops and fodder because of drought and unusually high temperatures, the agriculture minister said Tuesday.

  • Agencies to hold mock crash landing at Detroit airport 
    Updated: Aug-25-15 2:28 am

    DETROIT - Detroit agencies are conducting a disaster training exercise involving a mock crash landing at the city's municipal airport.

  • Record wildfire in Washington gets international, local help story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Aug-24-15 10:19 pm

    SPOKANE, Washington - As Washington state's wildfires burned into the record books Monday, calls for help were answered from far and near.

  • Utility managers push for conservation even as drought eases 
    Updated: Aug-24-15 5:16 pm

    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Water managers across New Mexico aren't giving up on their push for residents to conserve water even though severe drought has disappeared from the state.

  • Owners of property damaged by wildfires may get tax relief 
    Updated: Aug-24-15 1:46 pm

    HELENA, Montana - The state Department of Revenue is reminding owners of property or forest lands damaged by wildfire or other natural disasters that they may be eligible for property tax relief.

  • Evacuations lifted around northern Idaho wildfires 
    Updated: Aug-23-15 5:05 pm

    WEIPPE, Idaho - Officials in northern Idaho have lifted the mandatory evacuation notices for people living near a group of wildfires that has destroyed 42 homes.

  • Joplin man drowns after rescuing children from flooded ditch 
    Updated: Aug-23-15 2:25 pm

    JOPLIN, Missouri - A Joplin man has drowned after jumping into a drainage ditch to rescue his son and another child.

  • The National Guard and Katrina: Exhibit to open 
    Updated: Aug-22-15 2:50 pm

    JACKSON BARRACKS, Louisiana - The Louisiana National Guard is highlighting the military's contributions during the catastrophic days of Hurricane Katrina with an exhibit that contains a search-and-rescue UH-1 helicopter, soldiers' personal artifacts and a tattered U.S. flag that made it through the storm on a flagpole in front of City Hall in New Orleans.

  • Credit Union, Red Cross raising funds for wildfire victims 
    Updated: Aug-21-15 12:07 pm

    SEATAC, Washington - A credit union and the Red Cross are teaming up to raise funds to help victims of wildfires in Washington and Oregon.

  • Australia, New Zealand sending firefighters to US 
    Updated: Aug-20-15 6:31 pm

    BOISE, Idaho - Australia and New Zealand are sending firefighters to help battle wildfires burning in the western United States.

  • Pence, others seek USDA disaster aid for 8 more counties 
    Updated: Aug-20-15 5:58 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - Gov. Mike Pence and others have asked U.S. Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack to make a secretarial disaster declaration for eight additional counties hit by heavy rains and flooding since May 1.

  • Disaster recovery center opens in Carter County 
    Updated: Aug-20-15 4:06 am

    OLIVE HILL, Kentucky - A disaster recovery center has opened in northeastern Kentucky to help people affected by severe storms in July.

  • Michigan sends firefighters to help with western wildfires 
    Updated: Aug-20-15 3:11 am

    LANSING, Michigan - Seventeen firefighters have been sent by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to help battle wildfires in the western U.S.

  • Inslee asks for federal help for wildfire costs 
    Updated: Aug-19-15 9:32 pm

    OLYMPIA, Washington - Gov. Jay Inslee is requesting a federal emergency declaration to provide more help to pay for fighting the many wildfires burning in Washington state.