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Anyone using the Norfolk Southern Railroad crossings in Ashtabula, Ohio, is urged to proceed with caution and maybe have an alternate route in mind, the emergency management director said.
In August 2023, FEMA’s cash stockpile for disaster response ran out, right as Hurricane Idalia hit as a Category 4 hurricane. It caused $3.6 billion in damages throughout Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.
If approved by the full county board in June, the project will bring together dozens of local law enforcement and fire agencies at a new $53.8 million Regional Operations and Communications Facility.
The software immerses first responders in various high-stress scenarios, including terrorist attacks, shootings and protests. The user knows, of course, it’s all fake, but it doesn’t feel fake. It often feels eerily real.
The goal is to train 1 million in bystander CPR by getting the public so excited about the effort that enrollment in CPR training programs increases rapidly. So far, 25 organizations are participating.
The county tried to earn a $1 million grant from FEMA that would have funded the sirens but was unsuccessful. FEMA would have covered $750,000 and the county would have covered the remaining $250,000.
Lexington and Central Kentucky dodged the worst of the violent storms, experiencing some power outages, downed branches and pounding rain, but residents there missed much of the destruction seen around the commonwealth.
The one-stop shop will help prepare Californians for the snowmelt that is making the state's rivers and streams dangerous and for a summer of potentially extreme heat.
The guide details FirstNet processes from activation to response to how to integrate it into a jurisdiction’s protocols. The Spanish translation will help those who would feel more comfortable using their own language.
School administrators are being inundated with offers of the latest technology to help keep their schools safe. A panel of experts discussed the first steps to acquiring grants and using them for the right purpose.
Experts have predicted that as the century progresses, the state will see 90-degree days occurring earlier and more often. Last June, because of the Canadian wildfires, smog smothered New York City, stunning the U.S.
The EOC will be a stand-alone building along with the regional communications center, the jail and the Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office will move into the new building once it is constructed.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expects a very active season that brings 23 named storms and 11 hurricanes — five of which could develop into major storms.
"You just pray your entire livelihood doesn't float off. The anxiety of that day is coming back. It was a very frightening thing to watch. We had just rebuilt our wharf, raising it over a foot.”
Leah Sautelet, emergency services manager in Northern California's Lake County, discusses what it takes to be an emergency manager, her biggest fears, and how young women and girls can get into the profession.