Disaster planning and response

Kevin Tovornik exits his travel camper located in the back yard of his home damaged by flooding from Hurricane Florence near the Crabtree Swamp Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Conway, S.C. Tovornik lost his air conditioner and duct work in the 2016 flood. In 2018, he saved his furniture, but still ended up losing the house.
February 16, 2019 - 7:02 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — When he took the job 15 years ago, Horry County Emergency Manager Randy Webster figured his biggest disasters would be wind and surge rolling over his county's beaches, South Carolina's top tourist destination. Instead, his worries have shifted inland, where rivers overflowing...
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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk toward Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, to travel to Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
February 15, 2019 - 5:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and border security (all times local): 4:50 p.m. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler is calling for a hearing "in the coming days" on President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency. In a letter to Trump Friday,...
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Cars and a large tree are seen in a debris trail in the aftermath of a mudslide that destroyed three homes on a hillside in Sausalito, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. The National Weather Service says the atmospheric river sagged southward from Northern California overnight and is pointed at the southwestern corner of the state early Thursday. (AP Photo/Michael Short)
February 14, 2019 - 10:43 pm
SAUSALITO, Calif. (AP) — Waves of heavy rain pounded California on Thursday, trapping people in floodwaters, washing away a mountain highway, triggering a mudslide that destroyed homes and forcing residents to flee communities scorched by wildfires last year. At least two people died as the...
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FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, a vehicle rests in front of a home leveled by the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. Two statewide officials want California to take out insurance to help cover taxpayers' costs in bad wildfire seasons. Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and Treasurer Fiona Ma said Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, that California should follow the lead of Oregon and the federal government, after outspending its emergency fund in seven of the last 10 years. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
February 14, 2019 - 6:51 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California should get insurance to help cover taxpayers' costs in bad wildfire seasons, a solution that could help stem losses as climate change contributes to more destructive blazes, two state officials said Thursday. The most populous state should follow the lead of...
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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump listens as FEMA Administrator Brock Long, right, speaks while attending a briefing, after arriving at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point to visit areas impacted by Hurricane Florence in Havelock, N.C. Long resigned on Feb. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
February 13, 2019 - 3:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is resigning, months after an investigation found he misused government vehicles to travel to his home in North Carolina. Brock Long said in a letter Wednesday to agency employees that he was resigning to spend more time with his...
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Volunteers distribute donations to those affected by last week's tornado in El Roble, on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. More than a week after a rare tornado struck Havana, the worst-hit neighborhoods are filled with government crews restoring power and phone service and starting repairs to devastated homes. There are also hundreds of young people in jeans and designer t-shirts hauling black plastic bags full of clothes, food and water donated by entrepreneurs, artists and other members of Cuba's independent upper-middle class. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
February 07, 2019 - 1:26 pm
HAVANA (AP) — Nearly two weeks after a devastating tornado struck Havana, the worst-hit neighborhoods are filled with government crews restoring power and phone service and starting repairs to decimated homes. There's also a far rarer sight: Hundreds of young people in designer T-shirts and jeans...
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FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2017, file photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, flames burn near power lines in Sycamore Canyon near West Mountain Drive in Montecito, Calif. The nation's largest utility on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, promised to overhaul its wildfire-prevention measures in response to growing legal, financial and public pressure for its role in starting some of the most destructive blazes in California history. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP, File)
February 06, 2019 - 9:43 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Up to five million Northern California customers could temporarily lose power this year in the name of wildfire prevention if regulators approve Pacific Gas & Electric's $2.3 billion safety proposal submitted Wednesday. PG&E unveiled the preventive blackout strategy for...
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A Flint resident scrapes ice off of the windshield of another woman's car to help her as freezing rain covers the streets in ice on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 in Flint, Mich. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)
February 06, 2019 - 7:19 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Freezing rain left roads slippery, cut power to thousands of homes and businesses, and prompted officials to close hundreds of schools in parts of the Midwest on Wednesday, while flooding caused by ice jams prompted evacuations in Michigan and Illinois. The National Weather Service...
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Law enforcement and other emergency personnel salute at the scene of a fatal accident where a volunteer member of the Ventura County search and rescue team was killed along Interstate Highway 5 south of Pyramid Lake, Calif. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. The second in a string of powerful storms is battering California, bringing down trees, flooding roadways and prompting evacuations in wildfire burn areas where intense downpours could loosen bare hillsides and cause mudslides. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
February 02, 2019 - 9:20 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The second in a string of powerful storms battered California on Saturday, shutting key highways after water and mud rushed into lanes from bare hillsides in wildfire burn areas where thousands of residents were under evacuation orders. Flash flood warnings were issued for huge...
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A man walks past a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. entrance in Daly City, Calif., Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. spent nearly $10 million on California lobbying efforts in the year before the utility giant declared bankruptcy, spending more than any other entity seeking to influence California government in 2018. The majority of that money, more than $5 million, was spent lobbying on proposals around wildfire safety and response, including a discussion on whether to reduce the strict liability utilities face when their equipment sparks wildfires. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
February 01, 2019 - 6:47 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. spent nearly $10 million on California lobbying efforts in the year before the utility giant declared bankruptcy, spending more than any other entity seeking to influence California government in 2018. The majority of that money — more than...
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