Latest Emergency management News

National Guard helping with COVID-19 response to withdraw

Jun. 18, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The more than 1,500 Mississippi National Guard members who have been working throughout the state over the course of the coronavirus pandemic to help with COVID-19 testing, vaccinations and other initiatives are being withdrawn next month, Gov. Tate Reeves said Friday....

Top U.S. health official visits Colorado to promote vaccines

Jun. 18, 2021 15:41 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra met with Colorado Gov. Jared Polis Friday on a visit to Denver that is part of the Biden administration's effort to promote COVID-19 vaccines among hesitant minority communities that have some of the lowest inoculation...

Editorial Roundup: Idaho

Jun. 18, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Idaho newspapers: Cheers & Jeers: Irony is dead June 18 The Lewiston Tribune JEERS ... to U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho. Now that Joe Biden is president, Risch...

Maine's mobile vaccine unit ends run after 10,000 shots

Jun. 18, 2021 10:23 AM EDT

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (AP) — Maine's mobile vaccine unit reached the end of its run Friday after administering more than 10,000 coronavirus vaccinations. The state launched the mobile unit April 12 and has sent it all over the state, including to underserved and...

Germany's Lufthansa aims to pay back government aid quickly

Jun. 18, 2021 07:12 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Lufthansa's chief executive said Friday that the company aims to pay back billions of euros in aid provided to help the airline through the coronavirus pandemic before Germany's election in late September. Germany's biggest airline, which also owns...

Governor unveils plan to spend $2.8B in federal relief funds

Jun. 17, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

HAVERHILL, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday he hopes to use nearly $3 billion in federal pandemic-relief funds to support homeownership, economic development, job training, health care and infrastructure with a focus on populations and areas that suffered the most...

Nebraska to offer additional payments for 2019 flood relief

Jun. 17, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska will pay out public assistance beyond what it normally offers to local governments hit by the 2019 floods, a state agency announced Thursday. The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency said Gov. Pete Ricketts has approved the payments for the...

Republicans juggle deficit, pandemic and schools in budget

Jun. 17, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania are working to assemble a budget plan that would use billions in federal pandemic relief and surplus state tax dollars to help prop up existing programs, boost aid to public schools and inject cash into sectors hard-hit by the...

Arizona Legislature passes $100M fire funding plan

Jun. 17, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill creating a $100 million fund to respond to a wildfire emergency as fires continue to burn across the state. Despite the broad approval — the House vote was 56-2 and the Senate vote was...

Connecticut labor commissioner announces retirement

Jun. 17, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Labor Commissioner Kurt Westby announced his retirement Thursday after leading the department's response to a major spike in unemployment claims during the pandemic. Gov. Ned Lamont said Westby, who has served as commissioner for five...