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An emergency declaration authorizes state agencies to coordinate a response to the storm and pre-position personnel, vehicles and equipment for possible rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches through late Wednesday across a wide swath of the state.

After the Alameda Fire last year destroyed or damaged many homes and businesses, the Ashland, Ore., Chamber of Commerce went about deploying an online preparedness toolkit to help develop a more resilient community.
The state expects to receive $46 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency funding to bring in the supplemental health care workers via a contract with ProLink Healthcare in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Precise destruction tallies are not yet available due to dangerous conditions, Cal Fire says, but Sacramento Bee journalists observed many homes, a post office, an elementary school and a church all burned to the ground in Grizzly Flats.

More than 500 homes were destroyed by the Dixie fire as of Wednesday, according to Cal Fire. An estimated 557 single-family homes were reported destroyed alongside eight multi-family buildings.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Federal Communications Commission will test the Emergency Alert System on TVs and radios nationwide and the Wireless Emergency Alerts on some cellphones. Both tests will start at 2:20 p.m. ET.

The three categories the weather service developed, which are ranked from highest to lowest, are "destructive," "considerable" and "base." The tags and additional messages are designed to spur immediate action, based on the threats.

With a fuel load similar to California’s, Austin, Texas, firefighters are gearing up for the eventuality of a catastrophic wildfire that threatens the urban interface. They now are getting the tools they need for the battle.
At Kaiser Foundation Hospital Riverside, 29%. Officials said about 30% of employees at Los Angeles County hospitals — including "safety net" facilities that care for uninsured and underinsured patients — were still unvaccinated.

A report by The Nature Conservancy says investment over the next decade needs to be in the neighborhood of $5 billion to $6 billion to mitigate the effects of the number and intensity of wildfires across the country.
This comes as wait times in the Emergency Department extend for hours for the less sick and some patients are being sent to Memorial’s urgent cares; COVID patient rooms are being double-bedded.
FEMA’s update to the map may cause residents to see a change in their flood zone or base flood elevation, or both, which could affect existing policies and premiums or require more homeowners who don’t have flood insurance now to obtain coverage.
The lawsuit seeks compensation to cover damage to homes as well as infrastructure repairs to address the flooding and sewage issues that have plagued some Illinois neighborhoods for decades.
The COVID delta variant is twice as contagious as the alpha variant and makes up 83 percent of COVID cases. Many of the new cases are coming from Mississippi, Arkansas, Nevada and Florida, and infecting younger adults.
District officials last week touted the multimillion-dollar investment in air purifiers advertised to rid both air and surfaces of SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
There was no time. I figured whatever burned could be replaced and herded the kids, dog and cats out to the van. As we pulled out of the driveway, a fire truck with lights flashing and siren blaring pulled into our spot.
Eighty percent of calls made to 911 come from mobile phones but when 911 is dialed, dispatchers have very little information to help, only the phone number and a very general sense of the location.
People who donate blood by July 31 can receive $10 e-gift cards for Amazon. People also will be entered into a drawing for a Gas for a Year Giveaway prize of gift cards totaling $5,000 for a gas station vendor.

Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie and Miami-Dade Fire Chief Alan Cominsky have requested an additional search-and-rescue team to Surfside from FEMA.

San Francisco previously announced that it will require employees to be vaccinated in high-risk settings, including hospitals, nursing homes and jails, regardless of whether they work for the city.