Latest Disaster planning and response News

The Latest: Tropical Storm Kirk moving west across Atlantic

Sep. 22, 2018 11:00 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of Hurricane Florence (all times local): 11 p.m. Forecasters say Tropical Storm Kirk is continuing to move west across the eastern Atlantic but does not currently pose any threat to land. In a Saturday night update, the National Hurricane Center said Kirk...

Travel still dangerous in flooded areas of North Carolina

Sep. 22, 2018 4:30 PM EDT

BLADENBORO, N.C. (AP) — Travel remained dangerous Saturday in southeastern North Carolina, where the governor warned of "treacherous" floodwaters more than a week after Hurricane Florence made landfall, and urged residents to stay alert for flood warnings and evacuation orders. Gov. Roy Cooper said nine of...

Maria's death toll climbed long after rain stopped

Sep. 22, 2018 4:11 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Disabled and elderly people were discharged from overwhelmed hospitals with bedsores that led to fatal infections. Medical oxygen ran out. People caught lung infections in sweltering private nursing homes and state facilities. Kidney patients got abbreviated treatments from...

DHS secretary: FEMA chief misused cars, but won't lose job

Sep. 22, 2018 4:06 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the federal disaster response agency used government vehicles without proper authorization, but will not lose his job over it, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Friday. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator William "Brock" Long had been under...

AP NewsBreak: DHS secretary says FEMA chief won't lose job

Sep. 21, 2018 10:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the federal disaster response agency used government vehicles without proper authorization, but will not lose his job over it, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Friday. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator William "Brock" Long had been under...

When will it end? Florence's floodwaters rising in Carolinas

Sep. 21, 2018 9:46 PM EDT

GALIVANTS FERRY, S.C. (AP) — With muddy river water still washing over entire communities on Friday, eight days after Hurricane Florence slammed into land with nearly 3 feet of rain, new evacuation orders forced residents to flee to higher ground amid a sprawling disaster that's beginning to feel like it...

The Latest: Death toll rises to 43 in aftermath of Florence

Sep. 21, 2018 9:21 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of Hurricane Florence (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Authorities say the death toll has now risen to 43 dead in the aftermath of former Hurricane Florence. A statement released by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's office said Friday evening that there are now 32 confirmed dead in that...

UN aid chief: Fight against famine is being lost in Yemen

Sep. 21, 2018 7:17 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Friday that the fight against famine is being lost in Yemen, which is already facing the world's worst humanitarian crisis with 75 percent of its 29 million people in need of assistance. Mark Lowcock called the situation "bleak" and told the Security...

Jordan, Hornets pack food boxes for hurricane relief

Sep. 21, 2018 6:28 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Michael Jordan, Charlotte Hornets players and members of the organization spent the day packing 5,000 food boxes that will be sent to those impacted by Hurricane Florence. Jordan said the food boxes will be shipped to Wilmington and Fayetteville, North Carolina and Myrtle Beach,...

Philippine villages at risk of landslides forcibly evacuated

Sep. 21, 2018 8:02 AM EDT

NAGA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops and police forcibly evacuated residents of five villages vulnerable to landslides after the collapse of a mountainside buried dozens of homes and killed at least 29 people in a central region. Some residents left on their own, but most of the more than 1,200...