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These are stories documenting how communities and emergency officials respond to potentially disastrous situations, both natural and human-made.

“It’s gotten hotter now than it was in the past, but we’re not done with the increasing exposure to extreme heat. It’s going to continue to increase into the future.”
Des Moines Public Schools said it took immediate action to improve security. The breach was the third to occur in an Iowa school district in the last year, and 37 K-12 school districts in the United States have been hit this year.
While it has been uncommon for earthquakes to hit in other areas of the Palmetto State, there have been 50 confirmed earthquakes in Kershaw County since the end of June 2022, according to the South Carolina DNR.
Record-breaking rainfall in January and March caused extensive damage to California's coastal parks, according to a report submitted to FEMA seeking federal aid.
The crux of the issue is how to respond to growing youth gun violence in Denver and whether having police on campus would have prevented two high-profile shootings at East, the city’s largest high school, earlier this year.
Throughout Pennsylvania, there has been a shift away from state hospitals, and those individuals who were previously institutionalized are now in need of services provided by county-run agencies.
Seven escapees, ages 15 to 17, allegedly attacked a staff member and stole her keys, then took off in the stolen car. Three were apprehended in Burien, and the remaining four were taken into custody in Clark County, Wash., last week.
FEMA allotted St. Clair County more than $50 million to help it respond to and recover from COVID. The money came from the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds program authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
FEMA provided millions in relief for emergency rent, home repairs, hotel stays and other disaster-caused expenses, said Alberto Pillot, a spokesperson for the federal disaster-relief agency.
Comparing policy differences between Europe and the United States.