Disaster planning and response

Mary Roncka and her husband Gene Roncka, right, accompanied by neighbor Kevin Mandina are evacuated as floodwaters rise Thursday, March 13, 2019, in Ashland, Neb. Evacuations forced by flooding have occurred in several eastern Nebraska communities, as western Nebraska residents struggled with blizzardlike conditions. (Brendan Sullivan/Omaha World-Herald via AP)
March 14, 2019 - 6:13 pm
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A blizzard that paralyzed parts of Colorado and Wyoming barreled into the Midwest on Thursday, bringing whiteout conditions to western Nebraska and dumping heavy rain that prompted evacuations in communities farther east. Emergency crews responded after a vehicle was swept off a...
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Stephanie Dunson, right, rests her head on the shoulder of her daughter, Jesi, Sunday, March 10, 2019, at Providence Baptist Church in Beauregard, Ala. Sunday church services were a step towards normalcy as the community continues to recover following deadly tornados that hit the area last week. The Dunsons sought shelter at the church in the storm, and avoided weather that damaged their home. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)
March 10, 2019 - 12:55 pm
BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — The pastor of a church that became a center for shelter, help and grieving when a tornado killed 23 people in eastern Alabama said in his first Sunday service after the storm that the Lord has reached out his hand to the community. Imperfect things like tornadoes and other...
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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visit crosses at Providence Baptist Church in Smiths Station, Ala., Friday, March 8, 2019, as they travel to tour areas where tornados killed 23 people in Lee County, Ala. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
March 08, 2019 - 4:24 pm
BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — Standing near the slab that's all that is left of one family's garage, President Donald Trump on Friday surveyed the devastation wrought by a powerful tornado that ripped through a rural Alabama town, uprooting trees, tearing homes from their foundations and killing nearly...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, July 24, 2018 file photo, people stand amid the charred remains of burned-out cars in Mati east of Athens. Greek prosecutors are criticizing the authorities who handled the country’s deadliest wildfire in decades last summer. Extracts of a report into the fire shown to reporters by prosecutors Thursday, March 7, 2019 catalogued a lack of planning and coordination that combined with fire service and police blunders, led to 100 deaths. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)
March 07, 2019 - 1:32 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek prosecutors have concluded that public safety and government officials made grave errors in responding to a wildfire outside Athens last summer that left 100 people dead and dozens injured, according to parts of an investigation report shown to journalists Thursday. The...
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This 2018 photo provided by the Menlo Fire UAS shows a DJI drone with a thermal-imaging camera designed by FLIR Systems in Menlo Park, Calif. Law enforcement officers used heat-seeking drones like this to search for victims of the tornadoes that ravaged a rural corner of Alabama on Sunday, March 3, 2019. (Menlo Fire UAS/Drone Program via AP)
March 06, 2019 - 4:33 pm
Rescue crews didn't have to stumble through every destroyed building in their search for victims after a tornado ravaged a corner of Alabama this week: They used heat-seeking drones to let them know whether there was anyone beneath the ruins. In so doing, they joined the increasing ranks of public...
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This time exposure photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department shows a series of lightning strikes over Santa Barbara, Calif., seen from Stearns Wharf in the city's harbor, Tuesday evening, March 5, 2019. A storm soaking California on Wednesday could trigger mudslides in wildfire burn areas where thousands of residents are under evacuation orders, authorities warned. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)
March 05, 2019 - 9:24 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A storm soaking California on Wednesday could trigger mudslides in wildfire burn areas where thousands of residents are under evacuation orders, authorities warned. Up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain is expected along the Central Coast, and amounts could be higher in areas...
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Carol Dean, right, cries while embraced by Megan Anderson and her 18-month-old daughter Madilyn, as Dean sifts through the debris of the home she shared with her husband, David Wayne Dean, who died when a tornado destroyed the house in Beauregard, Ala., Monday, March 4, 2019. "He was my wedding gift," said Dean of her husband whom she married three years ago. "He was one in a million. He'd send me flowers to work just to let me know he loved me. He'd send me some of the biggest strawberries in the world. I'm not going to be the same." (AP Photo/David Goldman)
March 04, 2019 - 5:57 pm
BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — Rescue crews using dogs and drones searched for victims amid splintered lumber and twisted metal Monday after the deadliest U.S. tornado in nearly six years ripped through a rural Alabama community. At least 23 people were killed, some of them children. Dozens were missing...
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People walk amid debris in Lee County, Ala., after what appeared to be a tornado struck in the area Sunday, March 3, 2019. Severe storms destroyed mobile homes, snapped trees and left a trail of destruction amid weather warnings extending into Georgia, Florida and South Carolina, authorities said. (WKRG-TV via AP)
March 03, 2019 - 8:52 pm
The Latest on Deep South storms (all times local): 10:25 p.m. The National Weather Service says a tornado with at least an F3 rating and a track at least half a mile (.8 kilometers) wide caused the deadly destruction in Alabama. Meteorologist Chris Darden in Alabama traveled to the scene and...
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Farmhand Deli co-owner Jason Flint surveys the damage inside his restaurant along River Road as flood waters from the Russian River continue to recede in Guerneville, Calif., on Friday, March 1, 2019. Authorities have reopened the roads into two towns cut off for days by a rain-swollen river and residents and work crews have started cleaning up the muck that flooding left behind. (AP Photo/Josh Edelson)
March 01, 2019 - 4:48 pm
GUERNEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Jason Flint prepared for flooding in Northern California by putting his deli's valuable equipment on pallets and milk crates stacked several feet above the ground. It wasn't enough, as he found out Friday when he returned to Guerneville after two days of flooding in...
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February 23, 2019 - 8:21 pm
COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A tornado smashed into a commercial district in the small Mississippi city of Columbus on Saturday afternoon, shattering businesses as severe storms raked the South amid days of drenching rains and a rising flood threat. The tornado struck about 5 p.m. in the east Mississippi...
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