Latest Disaster planning and response News

Driver who killed Colorado trooper during blizzard gets jail

Dec. 5, 2019 10:30 AM EST

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — A man who lost control of his car and killed a Colorado state trooper helping a stranded driver during a blizzard will spend 90 days behind bars. In an unexpected move, a judge on Wednesday sentenced John Carpenter, 59, of Centennial to time in jail in the death of Cpl. Daniel Groves...

Cave explorer dubbed 'pedo guy' describes hurt, humiliation

Dec. 4, 2019 11:11 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A British cave explorer who helped rescue a dozen boys and their soccer coach from a flooded Thailand cave last year testified Wednesday that Elon Musk branded him a pedophile and sullied his reputation. Vernon Unsworth choked up as he described the effect of the “pedo guy" tweet...

Albania PM optimistic of world support on quake recovery

Dec. 4, 2019 1:11 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s prime minister said Wednesday he was pleased with the international support he secured at a NATO summit on dealing with the aftermath of a 6.4-magnitude earthquake that killed 51 people and injured more than 3,000 others. Edi Rama said before leaving the NATO summit...

Deadline approaching for storm, flooding disaster loans

Dec. 4, 2019 6:25 AM EST

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP) — Businesses in several Kentucky counties have a few more weeks to apply for loans to help with losses from severe storms and flooding earlier this year. Low-interest disaster loans are available in Breathitt, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Magoffin, Martin, Morgan and Wolfe...

The Latest: Elon Musk testifies British diver insulted him

Dec. 3, 2019 9:05 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a defamation lawsuit against Elon Musk (all times local): ___ 3:30 p.m. Elon Musk denied that he meant to call a British cave diver a pedophile when he dubbed him “pedo guy” on social media. Vernon Unsworth helped to rescue a dozen boys and their soccer coach...

$12.7M dam project aimed at protecting New Mexico village

Dec. 3, 2019 5:11 PM EST

In one southern New Mexico village, it’s like clockwork — the summer rains come and the floodwaters follow. Federal officials say storm runoff regularly causes significant damage to residential, commercial and agricultural areas in and around the village of Hatch, a farming community along the Rio...

Simulator replicates experience of being in an earthquake

Dec. 2, 2019 3:27 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri emergency management officials are buying a $200,000 machine that will simulate an earthquake to prepare residents for a big temblor in a region where one of the most powerful earthquakes east of the Rocky Mountains occurred in the 1800s. The simulator is built inside a...

Public Lands commissioner proposes fund to fight wildfires

Dec. 2, 2019 1:53 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state’s commissioner of Public Lands released a proposal Monday to raise some $63 million each year to fight wildfires and take steps to prevent them in the first place. Money for the fund will come from a surcharge of $5 per year on each policy sold by property and...

Tech aims to predict problems on power lines before disaster

Dec. 2, 2019 1:47 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — B. Don Russell wasn’t thinking about preventing a wildfire when he developed a tool to detect power line problems before they cause equipment failures, blackouts or even deadly accidents. The electrical engineering professor at Texas A&M University figured he might save a life...

Powerful typhoon nears Philippines, forcing evacuations

Dec. 2, 2019 10:31 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A powerful typhoon drew closer to the Philippines on Monday, forcing tens of thousands of villagers to flee to safety, knocking out power in entire provinces and prompting authorities to plan the closure of Manila’s international airport. Typhoon Kammuri was forecast to...