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The new standard would require employers to remove workers who have COVID-19 from the workplace, notify workers of exposure at work and strengthen requirements for employers to report worker deaths or hospitalizations.

"These declarations follow the severe flooding that began over the Memorial Day weekend, and which continues to threaten public safety and critical infrastructure in these counties."

This hurricane season is forecast to be “well above average,” with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicting up to 20 named storms, including six to 10 that become hurricanes.
“One of the silver linings of the pandemic is that now everybody knows what public health does, and hopefully everybody sees the value and the relevance to their daily lives of public health.”
According to former New Bern City Manager Mark Stephens, there were approximately 290 claims for damages throughout the city following Hurricane Florence, many related to stormwater issues.
People who live in places without basements might consider going to a friend’s house, or checking with local schools and churches to see if they will open their storm shelters for community members.
Colorado State scientists predict a 45 percent chance a major hurricane will strike Florida or the east coast, and a 44 percent chance of landfall anywhere from the Florida Panhandle to Texas along the Gulf Coast.
Extended 48-hour shifts are the norm rather than the exception in Beaufort County, S.C., budget documents and schedules reviewed by The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette show.
The forecasters are predicting a likely range of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which six to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher).
Eddy County Fire Service (ECFS) Director Joshua Mack said the software would be utilized with Eddy County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) housed at the ECFS office south of Carlsbad.
The training covered a variety of emergency skills, such as how to prepare before a disaster strikes, fire safety, basic first aid, disaster psychology, hazardous materials and terrorism awareness.
If you plan to evacuate, know where you’re going to go. It doesn’t have to be far from home — just out of harm’s way and could include a county-run emergency shelter or the home of a friend or relative.
Vaccinating young people will decrease the disease’s transmission while protecting young people from rare but dangerous complications like multisystem inflammatory syndrome, a life-threatening inflammatory condition.

The hazard-mitigation program is a source of federal assistance for communities that have been declared major disaster areas. The intent is strengthening communities by improving buildings and critical infrastructure.
COVID-19 has taken a devastating toll on India’s 1.3 billion people since February. The country has reported 220,000 deaths and more than 20 million cases, with almost half of those reported in the last three months.
School officials desperate to calm worried parents bought these devices and others with a flood of federal funds, installing them in more than 2,000 schools across 44 states. They use a same technology deemed unproven.
For the first time, residents will be able to get alerts on their cellphones seconds before the ground under their feet starts shaking — enough time, hopefully, to get to a safe spot and avoid injury.
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When disaster strikes, all sectors of the community must come together to work on restoring the comfort, safety and community resiliency disrupted by the emergency.
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As millions of Americans enjoy the technological advances of the 21st Century, public safety professionals have been forced to work with the outdated system that they have inherited.
Hospital leaders are more stressed about trying to get people to wear masks and take other precautions than they are about dealing with the present surge, which includes having enough beds, protective equipment or staff.