Disaster planning and response

Rescue crew work on the avalanche site, at the ski resort of Crans-Montana, Switzerland, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. Swiss response teams rescued at least a few people among those swept up and buried in a mid-afternoon avalanche Tuesday at the popular ski resort of Crans-Montana, police said. A frenzied search involving helicopters and rescuers “saved several people,” said spokesman Steve Leger of the Valais police, but the state of their injuries was not immediately known. (Anthony Anex/Keystone via AP)
February 19, 2019 - 12:38 pm
GENEVA (AP) — 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. Rescuers using helicopters "saved several people" after a search involving helicopters,...
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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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Survivors of artisanal miners sit in a tent after rains flooded mines on the outskirts of Kadoma, west of Harare, Zimbabwe, Saturday, Feb, 16, 2019. About 40 people were trapped underground, said a police spokesman. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
February 16, 2019 - 3:49 am
KADOMA, Zimbabwe (AP) — Eight artisanal miners who were trapped underground for several days after heavy flooding in Zimbabwe have been rescued, though some of their co-workers are still missing and feared dead. Rescuers on Saturday pulled the exhausted, muddied survivors from the ground and took...
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President Donald Trump speaks during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
February 15, 2019 - 2:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and border security (all times local): 2:50 p.m. The American Civil Liberties Union says it will file a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border. The Friday announcement came...
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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 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 - 9:59 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Up to 5 million 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 the first...
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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 - 1:51 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Freezing rain left roads slippery, cut power to thousands of homes and businesses, and prompted officials to closed 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 - 11:32 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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