Latest Emergency management News

House and Senate Democrats unveil COVID-19 relief bill

Jan. 22, 2021 7:36 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — House and Senate Democrats on Friday released a plan that looks to spend $2.2 billion in federal aid money on COVID-19 relief efforts in Washington state. The Seattle Times reported the plan includes $618 million to boost vaccination efforts and contact tracing. It also includes $668...

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2020, file photo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis asks Vera Leip, 88, how she feels after nurse Christine Philips, left, administered the Pfizer vaccine at John Knox Village, in Pompano Beach, Fla. DeSantis is walking back his claims that his state has now vaccinated 1 million seniors. State officials acknowledged that it could take a few more days to reach the milestone. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier, File)

Florida governor walks back claim over 1 millionth shot

Jan. 22, 2021 6:43 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had a made-for-TV moment: A 100-year-old World War II veteran getting a vaccine against the coronavirus. “An American hero,” the governor proclaimed Friday, would be the 1 millionth senior in his state to get a lifesaving shot in the arm. As...

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the economy in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

AP Explains: How is the Defense Production Act relevant?

Jan. 22, 2021 6:43 PM EST

Like his predecessor, President Joe Biden is invoking a 1950 law to boost production of supplies needed to confront the coronavirus pandemic. The Defense Production Act was signed by President Harry S. Truman during the Korean War. It gives the president broad authority to mobilize the resources and production...

Lawmakers speed bill to limit a governor's disaster powers

Jan. 22, 2021 5:54 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Legislature on Friday took another step in the drive to strip future governors of some of their constitutional authority under emergency declarations, and give lawmakers more control over the declarations. The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency...

Minnesota Senate Republicans release legislative priorities

Jan. 22, 2021 5:47 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Senate Republicans unveiled priorities for the new legislative session this week that include limiting the governor's peacetime emergency powers and avoiding tax increases to help with financial woes caused by the pandemic. The package includes legislation that would allow...

Biden ordering stopgap help as talks start on big aid plan

Jan. 22, 2021 5:46 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — President Joe Biden took executive action Friday to speed a stopgap measure of financial relief to millions of Americans affected by the coronavirus pandemic while Congress begins to consider his much larger $1.9 trillion package. The two executive orders that Biden signed would increase...

Nebraska lawmakers now accepting online comments about bills

Jan. 22, 2021 4:12 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers have created a new way for the public to comment on proposals without attending a hearing in person. The Legislature unveiled a new website feature Friday that will let people submit online comments at any stage in the process. It was introduced to help encourage...

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2020 file photo, a doctor takes a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19 at the Cocodrilos Sports Park in Caracas, Venezuela. PAHO, the regional office for the World Health Organization in the Americas, said the week of Jan. 22 2021 that only 3,000, or about 1%, of the 340,000 COVID antigen testing kits sent to the country have been used. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

Venezuela power struggle impedes delivery of COVID vaccine

Jan. 22, 2021 1:42 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s political conflict has claimed another casualty: relief from the coronavirus pandemic. The socialist government of Nicolás Maduro and the U.S.-backed opposition are accusing each other of playing politics with proposals to finance United Nations-supplied...

Governor names replacements for departing health secretary

Jan. 22, 2021 12:10 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday said he would elevate two officials involved in his administration's response to the coronavirus to replace the departing Dr. Rachel Levine as his health secretary and physician general. Wolf said he intends to nominate a deputy chief of staff, Alison Beam, to...

King joins push to use Defense Production Act against virus

Jan. 22, 2021 10:02 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's independent senator has joined a group of colleagues in support of President Joe Biden's plan to use the Defense Production Act to increase the production of medical supplies during the coronavirus pandemic. Sen. Angus King, who caucuses with Democrats, and 25 other senators...