Disaster planning and response - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Disaster planning and response Wildfire Forces Evacuations SE of San Diego Firefighters reported making progress Sunday against a wildfire that forced hundreds of people to evacuate a popular campground and small community southeast... Mon, 22 May 2017 10:11:00 GMT 2017-05-22T10:11:00Z The Latest: Mattis 'not worried' about Trump sharing intel WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the report that President Donald Trump shared classified information with Russian officials (all times EDT): 5:15 p.m. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he is "not worried" that President Donald Trump disclosed classified information during discussions with senior Russian leaders. He sa... Wed, 17 May 2017 00:06:00 GMT 2017-05-17T00:06:00Z Jaskin, Schwartz score as Blues beat Predators 2-1 ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Blues needed a spark. Dmitrij Jaskin gave it to them. Jaskin scored in his first playoff game this season, Jaden Schwartz got the game-winner and the Blues topped the Nashville Predators 2-1 on Friday night to stay alive in their second-round series. Jaskin found out moments before the game he was in the l... Sat, 06 May 2017 04:24:00 GMT 2017-05-06T04:24:00Z Correction: Severe Weather story ST. LOUIS (AP) — In a story May 1 about severe weather, The Associated Press reported erroneously the circumstances of the death of a 7-year-old. The Rankin County coroner says the boy's death was not storm-related. A corrected version of the story is below: 15 dead after tornadoes, floods ravage Midwest, South Several southern states braced for more seve... Fri, 05 May 2017 19:44:00 GMT 2017-05-05T19:44:00Z APNewsBreak: US plan to improve firefighter shelters falters BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Crews who battle wildfires will have to wait at least another year before getting better fire shelters than those that failed to save 19 firefighters trapped by flames in Arizona four years ago, officials told The Associated Press on Thursday. The deaths pushed the U.S. Forest Service to speed up work to get an upgraded shelter in plac... Thu, 04 May 2017 22:57:00 GMT 2017-05-04T22:57:00Z Officials warn of floodwater risks in soaked Midwest states ST. LOUIS (AP) — Joseph Fiorilli is ready to go home, even though most everything he left behind when the flooded Meramec River inundated his eastern Missouri home will be a soggy, stinky mess. Fiorilli, his wife and their two dogs were forced to quickly leave when heavy rains pushed the river to near-record levels, some 18 feet above flood stage in Pacific, about 40 miles (... Thu, 04 May 2017 22:17:00 GMT 2017-05-04T22:17:00Z Levee breaks, river closure latest fallout from flooding ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities urged residents to evacuate a small Missouri River town and halted traffic along a busy section of the Mississippi River near St. Louis on Wednesday, as relentless rain and an ominous forecast hovered over parts of the flood-soaked Midwest. Heavy rains have swollen many rivers to record levels in parts of Missouri, Illinois, O... Wed, 03 May 2017 22:26:00 GMT 2017-05-03T22:26:00Z New rules or rain? Lake Ontario residents seethe over floods Four months after an international body approved a new plan for regulating Lake Ontario's water level, property owners who had claimed the rules favored muskrat lodges over lakeside homes are piling sandbags against just the kind of floodwaters they had feared. But a joint U.S.-Canadian commission says its new rules aren't to blame for the waves crashing ... Wed, 03 May 2017 17:29:00 GMT 2017-05-03T17:29:00Z Germany pledges 70 million euros to aid Somalia fight hunger MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Germany says it will double the 70 million euros ($76 million) it has already pledged to help Somalia cope with the severe drought and hunger that is threatening millions of people across this Horn of Africa nation. The promise was made during a surprise visit by Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel to the Somali capital, Mo... Mon, 01 May 2017 16:13:00 GMT 2017-05-01T16:13:00Z Nepal makes scant progress in rebuilding 2 years after quake SANKHU, Nepal (AP) — The paved alleys are still lined by the skeletons of homes once filled with families. Shop shelves are empty, and the water well in the center of town remains clogged by fallen debris. Children carefully side-step piles of broken brick on their way to school. This is life today in the tiny Nepalese farming town of Sankhu, once famed f... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:11:00 GMT 2017-04-25T10:11:00Z Drought-hit Somalia moves closer to famine, says aid group MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Life-threatening child malnutrition rates are rising to alarming levels in drought-hit Somalia, the international aid group Save the Children said Thursday. A new survey found "very critical" levels of severe malnutrition in two of six districts assessed in some of the worst affected parts of Somalia. "We are o... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:50:00 GMT 2017-04-20T12:50:00Z Dozens still missing in Sri Lankan garbage collapse; 30 dead MEETOTAMULLA, Sri Lanka (AP) — Rescuers on Monday were digging through heaps of mud and trash that collapsed onto a clutch of homes near a garbage dump outside Sri Lanka's capital, killing at least 30 people and possibly burying dozens more. Hundreds of people had been living in the working-class neighborhood on the fringe of the towering dump in Meetotam... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 17:32:00 GMT 2017-04-17T17:32:00Z US senators say food aid constraints delay help amid famine BIDI BIDI CAMP, Uganda (AP) — As President Donald Trump seeks to cut foreign aid under the slogan of "America First," two U.S. senators are proposing making American food assistance more efficient after meeting with victims of South Sudan's famine and civil war. Following a visit to the world's largest refugee settlement in northern Uganda with the Republ... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 19:07:00 GMT 2017-04-15T19:07:00Z Early quake warning system expands to Oregon, Washington SEATTLE (AP) — An early warning system for earthquakes has been expanded to Oregon and Washington, joining California in testing a prototype that could give people seconds or up to a minute of warning before strong shaking begins. The system isn't ready to issue public quake warnings yet, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, which has been working wit... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 19:50:00 GMT 2017-04-10T19:50:00Z Tornados and apparent twisters, rain, hail across Southeast ATLANTA (AP) — Severe storms raking the Southeast unleashed one large tornado and more than a half-dozen apparent twisters Wednesday, toppling trees, roughing up South Carolina's "peach capital" and raining out golfers warming up for the Masters. A powerful tornado toppled trees and downed power lines in rural Georgia and similar scenes played out in spot... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 02:16:00 GMT 2017-04-06T02:16:00Z Bill to improve weather forecasts heads to president's desk WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Weather Service would have to boost research — including some from private companies — to improve forecasts and storm warnings under a bill headed to the president's desk. Lawmakers said the bill should save lives by giving residents more time to prepare for hurricanes, tornadoes and other deadly storms. The bill would requi... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 22:55:00 GMT 2017-04-04T22:55:00Z Flood-stricken city in Colombia mourns as death toll climbs MOCOA, Colombia (AP) — Lines of people quietly walked the streets of Mocoa, followed by hearses carrying coffins to a cemetery where open graves waited. The survivors of the deadly flood that washed through this city in southern Colombia were burying their loved ones Monday after authorities began to release the remains recovered from a disaster that has shaken the country. ... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 12:28:00 GMT 2017-04-04T12:28:00Z The Latest: Death toll rises to 193 in Colombia disaster BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the deadly river overflow in southern Colombia (all times local): 8 p.m. The number of people killed in Colombia after a surge of mud and water from three overflowing rivers swept through a small city has risen to 193. Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos announced the rising dea... Sun, 02 Apr 2017 04:30:00 GMT 2017-04-02T04:30:00Z Sockeye salmon removed from flood-threatened Idaho hatchery BOISE, Idaho (AP) — About 4,000 endangered Snake River sockeye salmon have been evacuated from a flood-threatened hatchery in southwestern Idaho. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game on Thursday loaded the fish at the Eagle Fish Hatchery west of Boise into four trucks for transportation to the Springfield Fish Hatchery in eastern Idaho. ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:08:00 GMT 2017-03-30T21:08:00Z Powerful winds, large hail take aim at Southern Plains TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Golf ball-sized hail and powerful winds are expected to roll through parts of the Southern Plains late Sunday, marking the latest round of turbulent weather across the Midwest and South, forecasters said. The National Weather Service said the storms are forecast in parts of northern Texas and central Oklahoma, including the Oklahoma Ci... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:47:00 GMT 2017-03-26T23:47:00Z UK anti-terror police simulate Thames tourist boat hijacking LONDON (AP) — British police in inflatable powerboats stormed a River Thames cruise boat Sunday as part of an exercise simulating the hijacking of a tourist vessel in London. The Metropolitan Police force said Sunday's training exercise involving more than 200 officers was designed to test the emergency services' response to "a marauding terrorist attack." ... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 13:42:00 GMT 2017-03-19T13:42:00Z Death toll in Peru climbs to 67 from El Nino rains, floods LIMA, Peru (AP) — The number of people killed in Peru following intense rains and mudslides wreaking havoc around the Andean nation climbed to 67 Friday, with thousands more displaced from destroyed homes and others waiting on rooftops for rescue. Across the country overflowing rivers caused by El Nino rains damaged 115,000 homes, collapsed 117 bridges an... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 23:00:00 GMT 2017-03-17T23:00:00Z WFP seeks $460 million more for Yemen to prevent famine AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The head of the World Food Program says the agency is racing against time to prevent famine in war-scarred Yemen. Ertharin Cousin said Monday that 7 million people face severe food shortages. She says that without increased international funding and more access to the hungry, "we will see famine-like conditions" and... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 18:47:00 GMT 2017-03-13T18:47:00Z The Latest: Wildfires prompt Oklahoma emergency declaration OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on wildfires burning across the country's midsection (all times local): 9:20 p.m. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency in 22 counties due to wildfires. The order issued Tuesday allows state agencies to make emergency purchases needed to deliver necessary resources... Wed, 08 Mar 2017 03:36:00 GMT 2017-03-08T03:36:00Z Vietnamese families forced out by San Jose floods SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — When the floodwaters rushed in last month in San Jose, a firefighter hauled Hien Nguyen to safety. She left behind the two-bedroom apartment she shared with a roommate for $1,000 a month, managing only to take her identification and her phone. "Everything is destroyed," the 70-year-old said, surveying her home last week, where she ... Tue, 07 Mar 2017 08:30:00 GMT 2017-03-07T08:30:00Z Somalia: 110 dead from hunger in past 48 hours in drought MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's prime minister said Saturday that 110 people have died from hunger in the past 48 hours in a single region — the first death toll announced in a severe drought threatening millions of people across the country. Somalia's government declared the drought a national disaster on Tuesday. The United Nations estimates that 5 ... Sat, 04 Mar 2017 21:30:00 GMT 2017-03-04T21:30:00Z US and Canadian scientists to study cross-border flooding MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — U.S. and Canadian scientists are planning to spend the next five years studying flooding on Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River, which drains the lake north into Quebec, and whether methods can be developed to control future flooding. Besides studying the causes of past floods, particularly the historic floods in 2011, the scient... Sat, 04 Mar 2017 15:46:00 GMT 2017-03-04T15:46:00Z Rene Preval, who led Haiti amid catastrophe, dies at 74 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Rene Preval, a low-key technocrat who led Haiti as president during the devastating January 2010 earthquake and a messy and prolonged recovery, has died. He was 74. Preval, who had the distinction of being the only democratically elected president to win and complete two terms in a country notorious for political upheaval, died Friday, according ... Fri, 03 Mar 2017 20:56:00 GMT 2017-03-03T20:56:00Z The Latest: 2 Arkansas twisters had winds of 110-115 mph OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on severe weather affecting a large swath of the central U.S. (all times local): 10:25 p.m. The National Weather Service has determined a tornado that struck Higginson, Arkansas, injuring four people, was an EF-1 storm with winds of up to 110 mph. A weather service survey team checking d... Thu, 02 Mar 2017 04:32:00 GMT 2017-03-02T04:32:00Z Official: Calif. faces $50B price tag for flood control WASHINGTON (AP) — California faces an estimated $50 billion price tag for roads, dams and other infrastructure threatened by floods such as the one that severely damaged Oroville Dam last month, the state's natural resources secretary said Wednesday. Nearly 200,000 people living near the country's tallest dam were evacuated three weeks ago amid fears of a... Wed, 01 Mar 2017 22:44:00 GMT 2017-03-01T22:44:00Z