Latest Emergency management News

The Latest: Pence views raging river, visits shelter

Mar. 19, 2019 8:59 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on flooding in the Midwest (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence took a look at the raging Elkhorn River at the small town of Waterloo, Nebraska, which found itself cut off from the outside world last week by floodwaters. Pence visited the flood disaster area...

US official declares drought plan done for Colorado River

Mar. 19, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Seven states that rely on a major waterway in the U.S. West have finished a yearslong effort to create a plan to protect the Colorado River amid a prolonged drought, the federal government declared Tuesday. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman commended Arizona,...

Nebraska files expedited request for disaster assistance

Mar. 19, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has submitted an expedited request to the federal government for disaster assistance in the wake of historic flooding in the state. Ricketts signed the request Tuesday during a meeting with Federal Emergency Management Agency Regional Director Paul Taylor....

The Latest: US official declares Colorado River plan done

Mar. 19, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on a Colorado River drought plan (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The U.S. government says seven Western states that rely on the Colorado River have completed their work on a plan to protect the waterway amid a prolonged drought. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda...

The Latest: UN allocates $20 million to aid cyclone victims

Mar. 19, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The latest on tropical cyclone (all times local): 12:10 a.m. Wednesday The United Nations has allocated $20 million from its emergency response fund for the humanitarian response to Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said Tuesday that...

AP Interview: Yemen's rebels say they won't give up port

Mar. 19, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A senior Houthi rebel leader in Yemen said Tuesday that his group will not give up the key port city of Hodeida, the focus of months of U.N.-brokered talks with the government. Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the head of the rebels' Supreme Revolutionary Committees, accused his rivals from the...

Emergency declared in part of Michigan due to flooding

Mar. 19, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency for Newaygo County in western Michigan after heavy rains and melting snow caused flooding. The declaration announced Tuesday makes available all state resources in cooperation with local efforts. A local disaster...

Homes flood as Missouri River overtops, breaches levees

Mar. 19, 2019 2:54 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds of homes flooded in several Midwestern states after rivers breached at least a dozen levees following heavy rain and snowmelt in the region, authorities said Monday while warning that the flooding was expected to linger. About 200 miles of levees were compromised —...

Pentagon lists possible project cuts to pay for wall

Mar. 18, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon sent a 20-page list of military construction projects to Congress on Monday that might be slashed to pay for President Donald Trump's wall along the Mexican border. Democrats expressed hope that by knowing which local projects could be targeted, lawmakers would be likelier to...

Walz signs bill to expand disaster aid for barn collapses

Mar. 18, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has signed a bill expanding a zero-interest disaster loan program to help farmers dealing with buildings damaged by heavy snow. Walz signed the bill Monday. The measure cleared both the state House and Senate without opposition last week. Walz says the bill is...