Disaster planning and response

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2018 file photo, Oprah Winfrey smiles during a tribute to Nelson Mandela and promoting gender equality event at University of Johannesburg in Soweto, South Africa. Winfrey surprised the Maui Humane Society with a visit to thank the organization for evacuating animals during a wildfire. The Maui News reported Saturday, July 13, 2019, that Winfrey is a part-time Maui resident who only visited briefly Saturday, thanking a volunteer and taking a photo outside with the organization’s sign. A Maui Humane Society official says Winfrey is a society supporter. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)
July 14, 2019 - 5:51 pm
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Oprah Winfrey surprised the Maui Humane Society with a visit to thank the organization for evacuating animals during a wildfire. The Maui News reported Saturday that Winfrey is a part-time Maui resident who visited briefly Saturday, thanking a volunteer and taking a photo...
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St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office inmate workers move free sandbags for residents in Chalmette, La., Thursday, July 11, 2019 ahead of ahead of Tropical Storm Barry from the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)
July 11, 2019 - 10:18 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tropical Storm Barry's wind and rain were starting to lash Louisiana early Friday as New Orleans and coastal communities braced for a drenching from what's expected to be the first hurricane of the season. A hurricane warning was in effect along the Louisiana coast, and...
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A visitor takes a photo of a crack on the ground following recent earthquakes Sunday, July 7, 2019, outside of Ridgecrest, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
July 09, 2019 - 6:18 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A sprawling Navy base in the Southern California desert is still closed to nonessential personnel Tuesday as the military works to determine the damage from two powerful earthquakes last week. Teams have so far surveyed just 10% of the 1,200 facilities at Naval Air Weapons...
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Members of the National Guard load water onto an SUV in the aftermath of an earthquake Sunday, July 7, 2019, outside Trona High School in Trona, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
July 08, 2019 - 12:59 am
RIDGECREST, Calif. (AP) — Shaken residents are cleaning up from two of the biggest earthquakes to rattle California in decades as scientists warn that both should serve as a wake-up call to be ready when the long-dreaded "Big One" strikes. California is spending more than $16 million to install...
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Ron Mikulaco, right, and his nephew, Brad Fernandez, examine a crack caused by an earthquake on Highway 178, Saturday, July 6, 2019, outside of Ridgecrest, Calif. Crews in Southern California assessed damage to cracked and burned buildings, broken roads, leaking water and gas lines and other infrastructure Saturday after the largest earthquake the region has seen in nearly 20 years jolted an area from Sacramento to Las Vegas to Mexico. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
July 06, 2019 - 9:38 pm
RIDGECREST, Calif. (AP) — The two major earthquakes that hit Southern California should alert people across the nation of the need to be prepared for the natural disasters, the state's governor said as officials expressed relief that the damages weren't worse. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Saturday that...
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A water canon of the federal police splashes extinguishing water near the village Alt Jabel into a burnt down forest with glowing nests on Friday, July 5, 2019. Because of the extensive forest fire near Luebtheen, hundreds of people had to leave their homes. (Bodo Marks/dpa via AP)
July 05, 2019 - 7:28 am
BERLIN (AP) — German officials say they are close to extinguishing a large wildfire at a former military exercise area in northern Germany. Stefan Sternberg, who heads the district administration, said Friday that firefighters are winning the "war" against the blaze. The fire in Luebtheen, about...
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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 - 10:26 am
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 - 6:45 am
TRENTON, N.C. (AP) — Nine months after Hurricane Florence inundated North Carolina, communities such as Trenton illustrate the slow and uneven pace of recovery. With hurricane season starting June 1, the courthouse and jail have yet to reopen as judges hear cases in an office building and inmates...
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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 - 5:57 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 17, 2019 - 10:47 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Rescue efforts are underway after an earthquake in southwestern China that has left 12 people dead and 134 others injured. The Yibin city press office said on its social media account that 73 houses had collapsed. The Chinese Ministry of Emergency Management said hundreds of...
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