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

When a student turned in a backpack full of ammunition, the Hernando County School District used its new video surveillance system to find out where the backpack came from — and if there was a gun that went with it.
School leaders say the guidelines are designed to make schools more secure. For instance, visitors would be required to be accompanied to their destination by a staff member, and the principal may assign a person to be with them while they’re at the school.
When the Biden administration announced earlier this year that the national public health emergency would officially end May 11, North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services began making plans to change the way it manages and tracks the virus.
The cost-cutting maneuver spurred a public safety crisis across Wichita and surrounding areas, as reported in The Eagle's "Unresponsive" investigative series in 2021. That investigation spurred the resignation of two EMS leaders.
The selectmen unanimously approved school officials' request to use more than $355,000 awarded to Fairfield for its COVID response by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
With the press of a button, 911inform can lock down a school or other establishment, send a message to local police that includes maps of the subject buildings and live video feed to MDTs, and open up a chat for users.
Alaska's cutting-edge drone program will empower emergency responders to reach remote terrain, saving lives through the integration of aerial and geographic information systems.
State and local governments may not have a lot of money to spend on the personnel and expertise needed to combat the eventual attacks. Unfortunately, some agencies are lacking even when it comes to the basics of cyberdefense.
First responders' jobs are traumatic almost by definition. They run toward the danger. They go into the burning building. They put themselves on the line to help us. How could that not take an emotional toll on them?
One of the thousands of calls that flooded into Ingham's central dispatch on the night of Feb. 13 could lead to felony charges after a man claimed he was friends with the MSU shooter and had placed explosives on campus.