Disaster planning and response

June 06, 2019 - 11:31 am
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 - 5:42 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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Water from the Mississippi River floods Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard, Saturday, June 1, 2019, in St. Louis. The Mississippi River is expected to rise several more feet by midweek. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
June 03, 2019 - 4:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A long-delayed $19.1 billion disaster aid bill sailed through the House on Monday 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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California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at the California for All Emergency Management Preparedness Summit, Monday, June 3, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom said Monday that the Defense Department as agreed to provide information from a Cold War-era military satellite to help spot wildfires, while the defense secretary also gave the California National Guard blanket approval through the year's end to use unmanned drones to map fires, count destroyed houses and spot survivors. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
June 03, 2019 - 4:16 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has a new level of cooperation with the Pentagon as it tries to avoid another deadly, destructive fire season, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday, downplaying friction with President Donald Trump's administration. The Defense Department has agreed to provide...
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Emily Kientzel empties the water out of her grandmother Joan FitzGerald's boot that filled with floodwater from the Mississippi River, as they check on the home of a friend outside of Portage des Sioux, Mo., Sunday, June 2, 2019. The pair are standing on the second story balcony of the home that has more than a foot of water in it. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
June 03, 2019 - 1:25 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The swollen Mississippi River is straining levees, snarling traffic and forcing people from their homes as it approaches record levels set during devastating flooding in 1993. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson was touring flooded areas Monday in the northeast part of the state,...
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Traffic moves over the I-540 bridge as the Arkansas River floods along Adams Street Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Van Buren, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
May 31, 2019 - 8:52 am
DARDANELLE, Ark. (AP) — A levee breached Friday along the Arkansas River, prompting a flash flood warning and evacuation of a rural area in western Arkansas. Officials said the levee breached at Dardanelle, about 60 miles (95 kilometers) northwest of Little Rock. Yell County officials had...
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May 30, 2019 - 1:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A $19 billion disaster aid bill that's still crawling through Congress highlights the inconsistency of lawmakers, mostly conservatives, who stood resolute against such aid six years ago but demand it now that their states are under water. Then, relative GOP newcomers like Sens...
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Flood waters surround homes in Fort Smith, Ark. Wednesday, May 29, 2019 as water from the Arkansas River continue to rise. (AP Photo/Hannah Grabenstein)
May 30, 2019 - 6:06 am
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas River held steady at record levels Thursday morning, putting enormous pressure on aging levees and offering little relief to areas enduring historic flooding. In Fort Smith, Arkansas' second-largest city, officials expected hundreds of homes to flood , while in...
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The U.S. Capitol dome is seen between a water fountain on Capitol Hill, Saturday, May 25, 2019 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
May 28, 2019 - 11:17 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and a $19 billion disaster aid bill (all times local): 2:10 p.m. Another conservative Republican has once again blocked efforts by House leaders to speed a $19 billion disaster aid bill to President Donald Trump's desk. Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie objected...
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May 28, 2019 - 7:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats appear likely to try again to pass a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill that's a top priority for some of President Donald Trump's most loyal allies on Capitol Hill. A GOP conservative blocked an attempt late last week to pass the measure under fast-track...
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