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

The Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program in Cheyenne, Wyo., connects people with substance use disorders with health-care workers so that police don’t have to continue to arrest the same subjects over and over.
The agency has refused to fund a stretch of the Cosumnes River for years, saying the barriers do not meet the criteria for intervention because they were not built to meet the agency’s standards.
Together, they worked on digging a trench from their backyard, which was already brimming with more than 2 feet of water, to their front yard to keep the house from flooding. They used an electric pump and managed to keep the water at bay.
The initial quake was reported at 2 a.m. A magnitude 3.5 struck just three minutes later, followed by a magnitude 2.8 at 2:22 a.m. and magnitude 2.6 at 2:38 a.m., the USGS said.
The 72-year-old man told police in Hemet, a small city east of Los Angeles where he lived in a trailer park, that family members had tried to poison him many years earlier. He also claimed to have been the victim of fraud and theft.
The researchers found, on average, participants correctly identified their codes 44% of the time. The best known codes were for fire, infant abduction and cardiact arrest.
It’s a common occurrence for the center’s clinician program, a pilot project that’s put licensed mental health clinicians alongside dispatchers to defuse and divert some of the area’s emergency calls.
The relatively new and potentially dangerous phenomenon of chemicals from wildfire smoke finding their way into water systems is occurring after ‘high severity’ fires, and scientists are just now learning about it.
South Dakota’s new Telemedicine in Motion program mitigates a critical shortage of experienced paramedics by connecting a doctor or nurse via video and audio to the paramedic in the back of the ambulance.
The dispatcher came home to the aftermath of the long-running dispute between her husband and suspected shooter Matthew Rushie, 46, who turned himself in to police at the 49th Precinct stationhouse accompanied by a lawyer after six days on the run.