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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.  

Intensive care units, where the sickest patients get the highest level of care, were also full at Oneida, Community General and Oswego Health. Upstate’s downtown Syracuse hospital, the region’s largest, was 97% full for both acute care and ICU beds.
The plans include new steps to ensure almost 100 million vaccinated Americans can quickly get booster shots, including expanded capacity at pharmacies, education and outreach among Medicare beneficiaries, and rides to booster sites by AARP.
On Tuesday, Jefferson County, N.Y also reported 165 positive tests. That's not a single-day record for the .county, but it represented 35% of all tests conducted that day, a record-high percentage.

A growing body of research shows that storms are growing stronger faster, a trend that will challenge coastal cities’ ability to safely move residents out of danger zones — and climate change may be a factor.
Researchers are feverishly working to better understand the variant, which reportedly has more than 30 mutations in the spike protein that is pivotal in gaining access to healthy cells, top scientists said on Sunday.

In Washington, which long has lagged behind the rest of the West Coast in school seismic safety and earthquake preparedness, the idea of raising the construction bar for schools has yet to catch on.
An honors seminar at Iowa State University takes some of the top students on campus through emergency response training that includes a realistic simulation of a tornado hitting campus.
Pandemic inpatient counts were up to 123 on Wednesday, 24 more than the network's previous high during a spring 2021 spike of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Munson Healthcare numbers show.

These dilemmas are often unpredictable, but you can prepare for them ahead of time. One of the best ways to do that is to build an emergency kit of necessities: food, water, first aid and other survival gear.
As of Monday, the departments with the most employees on leave were the Seattle Police Department with 100; Seattle City Light with 82, Seattle Public Utilities with 70, and the Seattle Fire Department with 55.