Latest Emergency management News

Critics blast Oregon repeal of tsunami-zone building ban

Aug. 16, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — With sunlight sparkling off surrounding Yaquina Bay, workers are putting up an ocean-studies building, smack in the middle of an area expected to one day be hit by a tsunami. Experts say it's only a matter of time before a shift in a major fault line off the Oregon coast causes a...

Italy's PM: Salvini 'obsessed' with blocking migrants at sea

Aug. 15, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A humanitarian boat carrying 147 migrants rescued at sea was eventually allowed to let nine persons disembark Thursday night on a tiny Italian island, but the others were stuck aboard for a 15th night, as the drama was swept up in Italy's rapidly worsening government crisis. With a political...

New Orleans Superdome to be renovated before 2024 Super Bowl

Aug. 15, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — New Orleans' iconic Superdome, home to the Saints football team and a symbol of the city's revival after Hurricane Katrina, will undergo a $450 million facelift, under a financing plan approved Thursday that is aimed at keeping the NFL team in Louisiana for decades. The 44-year-old...

Government delays border barrier construction in Arizona

Aug. 14, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The federal government is delaying construction on parts of the border fence in Arizona because it's still working on design plans. Attorneys said in a court filing late Tuesday that plans to replace waist-high barriers this month with taller fencing in a wildlife refuge, national monument...

The Latest: City to defend those sued in teen's death

Aug. 12, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit filed over the death of a teen who died trapped in his car (all times local): 7:35 p.m. The family of a teenager who died trapped in a vehicle despite making two 911 calls has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Cincinnati, which says it will defend...

Turmoil calms as Puerto Rico governor turns to policy

Aug. 12, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's political turmoil seemed to be at least temporarily easing on Monday with attention shifting from protests to policy following the replacement governor's move to suspend a hurricane recovery contract. In one of her first moves as governor, Wanda Vázquez...

AP: States brace for long-term flood fight as damages mount

Aug. 12, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — After devastating flooding this year, Iowa funneled $15 million into a special fund to help local governments recover and guard against future floods. Missouri budgeted more money to fight rising waters, including $2 million to help buy a moveable floodwall for a historic...

Storms, floods cause $1.2B damage to public infrastructure

Aug. 11, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

Storms and flooding have caused significant damage throughout the U.S. during the first half of 2019. The Associated Press tallied about $1.2 billion of damage in 24 states based on preliminary assessments of public infrastructure categories established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The tally...

AP: States boost flood prevention as damage costs soar

Aug. 11, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — After devastating flooding this year, Iowa put $15 million into a special fund to help local governments recover and guard against future floods. Missouri allotted more money to fight rising waters, including $2 million to help buy a moveable floodwall for a historic Mississippi...

Puerto Rico, with 3 governors in a week, considers a 4th

Aug. 8, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A day after Puerto Rico got its third governor in less than a week following angry street protests, top officials from new leader Wanda Vázquez's own party talked openly Thursday about their desire to see a fourth take over the position. Senate President Thomas Rivera...