Disaster planning and response

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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February 23, 2019 - 8:10 am
BERLIN (AP) — Local media are reporting that an avalanche has likely buried several people in Austria near the German border. German public broadcaster BR reported the avalanche hit Saturday and a rescue mission was underway in the Austrian town of Reutte. BR reported that several roads were...
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Rescue crews work work at the site of an avalanche site in the ski resort of Crans-Montana, Switzerland, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. Swiss mountain rescue teams pulled out several people who were buried in a mid-afternoon avalanche Tuesday at the popular ski resort of Crans-Montana and were searching for others, police said. (Denis Mentha/Keystone via AP)
February 19, 2019 - 2:12 pm
GENEVA (AP) — An afternoon avalanche swept up skiers as it rumbled across a slope at a popular Swiss Alps ski resort Tuesday, sparking a hurried search that rescued four people and extended into the night for others who might still be buried, authorities said. Nearly 250 rescue workers, medical...
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