Latest Disaster planning and response News

The Latest: Crews battling fire moving away from structures

Jul. 20, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on Arizona wildfires (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Crews aided by air tankers are battling a wildfire that is moving away from structures on the far northern outskirts of metro Phoenix. Arizona State Forestry said the fire started Saturday on the Tonto National Forest, was...

California town leveled by wildfire reopens its public pool

Jul. 20, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The public swimming pool in Paradise, California, is reopening for the first time since a catastrophic wildfire destroyed much of the town. CBS13 in Sacramento reports state firefighters used their hoses last week to refill the pool with clean water after the fire left the pool...

Official: $10.8 million in disaster loans made in Arkansas

Jul. 20, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The U.S. Small Business Administration says $10.8 million in disaster assistance loans have been made in Arkansas. SBA director Tanya Garfield in Sacramento, California, said Friday that the loans are to businesses and residents to help rebuild and recover from severe storms and...

Michigan officials deny to pay for Portland flood damages

Jul. 20, 2019 9:29 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Mich. (AP) — Portland city officials are asking Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration to clarify or reconsider its decision to deny aid to communities hurt by severe flooding early in the year. Ice jams in the Grand River caused severe flooding in February that closed three bridges,...

Plan to slow Western wildfires would clear strips of land

Jul. 19, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Trump administration is proposing an ambitious plan to slow Western wildfires by bulldozing, mowing or revegetating large swaths of land along 11,000 miles (17,700 kilometers) of terrain in the West. The plan that was announced this summer and presented at public open houses,...

New York state pools open more hours during heat wave

Jul. 19, 2019 4:10 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state parks are keeping their pools open longer to help people deal with the heat wave. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the extended hours will begin Friday and continue through Sunday at more than 30 parks statewide. Temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s around much of the...

New Missouri program offers loans for disaster recovery

Jul. 18, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A new program will give Missouri small business owners and farmers hit by tornadoes, storms and flooding this year access to low-interest loans. Missouri Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick announced the program Thursday. It allows linked-deposit loans of up to $2 million for borrowers...

FEMA to help 4 Ohio counties hit by storms, tornadoes in May

Jul. 18, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor says the Federal Emergency Management Agency will help four counties and the state cover some of the costs of responding to tornadoes and severe storms that struck in late May. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine says FEMA has opened its Public Assistance program to the state...

Data show many companies contributed to US opioid crisis

Jul. 17, 2019 7:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The maker of OxyContin has been cast as the chief villain in the nation's opioid crisis. But newly released government figures suggest Purdue Pharma had plenty of help in flooding the U.S. with billions of pills even as overdose deaths were accelerating. Records kept by the federal Drug...

Disaster flooding aid approved for 41 Oklahoma counties

Jul. 17, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Kevin Stitt says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved disaster assistance for 41 Oklahoma counties as a result of spring flooding and severe weather in the state. The storms produced historic flooding throughout the northern half of the state and spawned a tornado...