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

Roughly 2,000 Ameren Illinois customers in the metro-east were still without power as of 9:30 a.m. Friday , said Brian Bretsch , a spokesperson for the utility company.

Evacuation zones are determined based on the potential for storm surge to flood a neighborhood. They should not be confused with flood zones, which dictate insurance requirements and are set by FEMA.
The Baltimore Police Department will also expand its telephone reporting unit, which allows people to report certain crimes over the phone or online, instead of having an officer dispatched to the scene.
Records obtained by The Chronicle show that from Jan. 1 through Nov. 23 last year, there were 115 instances in which Oakland's communications center got so overburdened with 911 calls that dispatchers had to triage.
The law requires drivers approaching an emergency response area to either move into the left lane away from where emergency responders are present, or to significantly slow their speed if switching lanes is not possible.
The 7.3-magnitude earthquake that struck Charleston on Aug. 31, 1886, was one of the most powerful ever recorded in the state. The quake killed 60 people and was felt for more than 2.5 million square miles away.
A couple hours before a sometimes-grim Sunday night briefing in Las Vegas, N.M., National Weather Service officials released a map of winds in New Mexico that put the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon blaze at 176,000 acres.
Besides flooding on the Tanana River, there was an above average flood potential in other parts of the state, including Sleetmute, Red Devil and Georgetown on the Kuskokwim River and Circle on the Yukon River.
While few are calling for mask mandates and other extreme measures — yet — health experts wonder if it's just a matter of time before the country struggles with how to handle another new wave of infections.

The drill will simulate an aircraft mishap with "mass casualties," the base said in a notice on its website. First responders will immediately head to the exercise location, and an 88th Air Base Wing inspection team will evaluate response across the base.