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

Gary Peters, D- Bloomfield Township, introduced The Disclosing All Spending That Ensures Relief, or "Disaster" Act in the Senate Wednesday, Dec. 1. The bill would require federal agencies to track spending and relief expenditures on disasters.

The Star compared Tucson's 911 "ring times" to a standard set by the National Emergency Numbers Association, which requires 95% of 911 calls to be answered within 20 seconds of receiving a call.
Omicron has spread to several regions, including Australia, Belgium, Britain, Hong Kong, Israel and Italy. Some cases have no connection to South Africa, suggesting the variant may already be spreading locally.
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.

A marching band was playing “Jingle Bells” and the crowd was jovial as the parade wound through downtown Waukesha, Wis., when a red SUV barreled through, according to a social media video from the city’s feed.
Maury County, Tenn., Mayor Andy Ogles issued the order Thursday afternoon in response to a federal mandate requiring health care providers that receive federal Medicare and Medicaid funding to have all staff members vaccinated for COVID-19.
The CRASE program is conducted by the Odessa Police Department for groups and businesses seeking more knowledge about how to prepare for an active shooter situation or a safety assessment of their establishment.
More than 40 cases of physical and verbal abuse against staff have been reported over the past year at Oneida Health, a 101-bed hospital in Oneida, N.Y. The number of cases is probably higher than that because many incidents go unreported.
The new computer-aided dispatch, or CAD, system replaces technology that has been in use for more than 20 years. The upgraded system will provide new services to officers and first responders, while making it easier for officers to file reports.
"When you look at FEMA , it really revolves around East Coast and Midwestern disasters — it's floods, it's hurricanes, it's tornadoes," Santa Rosa Fire Chief Scott Westrope said.