Latest Emergency management News

Audit: Va. failed on earlier advice before I-95 gridlock

Aug. 13, 2022 14:36 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia government failed to carry out numerous lessons from a 2018 snowstorm that caused highway gridlock, as exhibited by a similar event along Interstate 95 in January that left hundreds of motorists stranded, a state watchdog office concluded. The Office...

Monkeypox? Climate? Deciding what's a national emergency

Aug. 13, 2022 09:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In November 1979, a little over a week after student militants seized control of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took 52 American citizens hostage, President Jimmy Carter issued Executive Order 12170 declaring a national emergency against Iran. That order remains...

FEMA faces criticism for response as flood death count grows

Aug. 12, 2022 09:45 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear called out the Federal Emergency Management Agency for denying too many requests for assistance in flood-ravaged eastern Kentucky, where the number of people who died as a result of the disaster has risen to 39. The official death count rose...

Timeline of events in Afghanistan since Taliban takeover

Aug. 12, 2022 02:25 AM EDT

The Taliban's capture of Kabul on Aug. 15, 2021 brought the hardline movement back into power in Afghanistan nearly 20 years after they were toppled by the U.S. invasion following the 9/11 attacks. The year since has been disastrous for the country. After the world cut off funding,...

WVa gov issues state of emergency over corrections staffing

Aug. 11, 2022 19:04 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — With staffing vacancies over 60% at two correctional facilities in West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice issued a state of emergency Thursday that would allow the National Guard to help with the shortages. “These are critical positions and if numbers continue...

Tips for saving on your commute amid high inflation

Aug. 11, 2022 10:09 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Gas prices are falling but still higher than they were a year ago. And inflation has made most everything else more expensive. If you're looking to save money on your commute, here are some tips: IF YOU HAVE A CAR: MAKE A DRIVING STRATEGY ...

Renters may also be eligible for flood disaster assistance

Aug. 11, 2022 04:12 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Federal assistance is available for renters whose homes and property were damaged by recent floods in eastern Kentucky. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said individual assistance is available to renters as well as homeowners and can help pay for...

Teen's death is latest tragedy in flood-ravaged Kentucky

Aug. 10, 2022 19:13 PM EDT

The mysterious death of a high school athlete who spent days helping his fellow eastern Kentuckians clean up from historic flooding has added a new layer of grief to the tragedy. On Wednesday, Aaron “Mick” Crawford was counted as the 38th person to die as a result of flash...

EXPLAINER: Mixed US inflation signs. Where are prices going?

Aug. 10, 2022 16:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers struggling with skyrocketing prices for food, gas, autos and rent got a tantalizing hint of relief last month, when prices didn't budge at all from June after 25 straight months of increases. With gas prices continuing to fall, inflation is probably slowing further...

EXPLAINER: Can the spread of monkeypox be stopped?

Aug. 10, 2022 15:06 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Since May, nearly 90 countries have reported more than 31,000 cases of monkeypox. The World Health Organization classified the escalating outbreak of the once-rare disease as an international emergency in July; the U.S. declared it a national emergency last week. ...