Disaster planning and response

September 12, 2018 - 8:37 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Like many Puerto Ricans who fled to the mainland after Hurricane Maria, Jose Santiago has been scrambling to find a place to live. The federal vouchers that pay for his hotel room near the Orlando airport expire at checkout time Friday. He has visited apartment complexes, but...
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A lady walks under a pier while the surf rises Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
September 12, 2018 - 5:43 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Florence (all times local): 8:40 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence has canceled his planned trip to Georgia on Thursday because of the updated track of Hurricane Florence. The vice president's office says Pence will remain in Washington to monitor the...
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President Donald Trump, left, listens to a reporters question as FEMA Administrator Brock Long, center, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, right, listen during a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
September 12, 2018 - 12:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration officials pushed back Wednesday against a Democratic senator's claim that nearly $10 million from the government's disaster relief agency was transferred to immigration enforcement. Sen. Jeff Merkley's claim, which came as a monster hurricane barreled toward...
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President Donald Trump, left, listens as FEMA Administrator Brock Long, center, talks about Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen listens at right. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
September 12, 2018 - 5:49 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's view of the government's response to hurricanes (all times local): 7:30 a.m. President Donald Trump says the U.S. government is ready for Hurricane Florence and he's rejecting criticism of the response to last year's Hurricane Maria in Puerto...
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Nick Hobbs, of Marine Warehouse Center, removes a customer's boat from the water in advance of Hurricane Florence in Wrightsville Beach, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. Florence exploded into a potentially catastrophic hurricane Monday as it closed in on North and South Carolina, carrying winds up to 140 mph (220 kph) and water that could wreak havoc over a wide stretch of the eastern United States later this week. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
September 11, 2018 - 4:39 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Florence (all times local): 7:30 p.m. The National Weather Service says more than 5.4 million people live in areas now under hurricane warnings or watches on the U.S. East Coast. Another 4 million people are under a tropical storm watch. Assorted bad...
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President Donald Trump talks about Hurricane Florence following a briefing in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
September 11, 2018 - 2:50 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — With a powerful hurricane bearing down on the southeast coast, President Donald Trump on Tuesday turned attention back to the federal government's response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico a year ago, deeming it "incredibly successful" even though a recent federal report found...
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September 10, 2018 - 4:00 pm
A California utility plans to replace 3,400 miles of overhead power lines with insulated wire to reduce the risk of them sparking when hit by tree limbs or other objects, the company announced Monday. Southern California Edison aims to replace the lines by 2025 to align itself with legislation that...
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A fire rages as motorists travel on Interstate 5 near Lake Shasta, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. (Jerri Tubbs via AP)
September 05, 2018 - 8:23 pm
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Both directions of a major highway connecting California and Oregon were closed and evacuations were ordered Wednesday when a fast-moving wildfire swept through a wilderness area. The blaze in Shasta County was reported during the afternoon and within hours had charred 3...
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This photo taken Aug. 6, 2018, shows a helicopters returning from performing an air operation on the Coal Hollow Fire near U.S. Highway 6. An Idaho prisoner sent to help fight a wildfire in Utah raped a woman who also was working to support firefighters, prosecutors said Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. The woman had rejected several advances from Ruben Hernandez, 27, in the days before the Aug. 29 assault at the base camp, Sanpete County attorney Kevin Daniels said. Hernandez has been charged with felony rape. (Evan Cobb/The Daily Herald via AP)
September 05, 2018 - 4:06 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A rape case against an Idaho prison inmate working at a Utah wildfire base camp raises safety questions for vulnerable crews who spend long days on the front lines, the head of a firefighting nonprofit said Wednesday. "It's going to put a chill through fire camps across the...
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This Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, aerial photo taken with a drone and provided by the Riley County Department shows flooding near a residential area in Manhattan, Kan. Heavy rain caused a creek to burst its banks and flood the Kansas college town, forcing more than 300 people to evacuate their homes, including some who were ferried to dry land in boats. (Doug Wood/Riley County Police Department via AP)
September 04, 2018 - 3:58 pm
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Residents in five Kansas counties were recovering after heavy rain hit the area during the Labor Day holiday weekend, as forecasters call for more rain this week. The heavy rains caused Wildcat Creek to burst its banks and flood the Kansas college town of Manhattan, forcing...
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