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Preparedness

The act of taking steps to ensure that if and when disaster strikes a community, family, business, etc., has done something to help respond to the hazard.  

The Huron County Emergency Management Agency will test its alert system on March 19 to check its compatibility with the solar eclipse in April, as well as to ensure officials are trained for a future emergency event.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and officials from the Colorado Rockies are planning to practice responding to a simulated active shooter scenario during a baseball game at Coors Field in Denver.
Residents of New Baltimore, Mich., have long complained of flooding in their neighborhoods after major storms. The City Council has approved a proposal to complete a topographic survey of the area to improve the drainage plan.
Law enforcement agencies across the country are amping up their efforts to train for the chaos of a mass shooting event, mimicking the stress responders will encounter in real time.
The new machine learning method can produce in 21 hours what existing wildfire prediction models do in months and forecast where fires are likely to strike weeks further in advance.
The continual maintenance of roadways, culverts, and dams, as well as the enforcement of building and floodplain management codes, are some of the public safety measures included in Warren County's Hazard Mitigation Plan.

In the eight Southern California counties that were under a state of emergency during the recent storm, only 52,820 homes and businesses were covered by flood policies, according to the National Flood Insurance Program.
The new law empowers school boards to issue bonds to make repairs after a natural disaster without having to follow the usual procedures that require approval from voters in the school district.
FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell said that federal funding means the agency has “more resources than ever to help communities prepare for and mitigate the impacts of disasters.”
While local school districts follow and utilize state-mandated emergency response plans, training and drills, many implement additional safety features or frameworks.