Disaster planning and response

A car sits stranded in flooded water on Highway 101 in Montecito, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. Dozens of homes were swept away or heavily damaged and several people were killed Tuesday as downpours sent mud and boulders roaring down hills stripped of vegetation by a gigantic wildfire that raged in Southern California last month. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
January 10, 2018 - 8:31 pm
Residents of the area hit the hardest by the deadly flash floods in Southern California didn't heed a voluntary evacuation. In Montecito, California, the vast majority of people under mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders early Tuesday stayed in their homes, 400 of which were either destroyed...
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Colorado Avalanche center Tyson Jost celebrates after scoring a goal against the Minnesota Wild during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in Denver. The Avalanche won 7-2. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
January 07, 2018 - 1:27 am
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche are playing with a swagger they didn't have while struggling last season. Carl Soderberg had two power-play goals, Nathan MacKinnon also scored with the man-advantage and added two assists, and the Avalanche beat the Minnesota Wild 7-2 Saturday night. Mikko...
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Tennessee Titans free safety Kevin Byard (31) celebrates with Wesley Woodyard (59) and Ben Jones (60) after Byard intercepted a pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars to stop their final drive in the last seconds of the fourth quarter in an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. The Titans won 15-10. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
December 31, 2017 - 9:38 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans linebackers Brian Orakpo and Wesley Woodyard had a little talk with Marcus Mariota, encouraging their quarterback to run whenever he had a chance. Mariota did just that Sunday. Mariota had his best game running since a broken right leg ended his season a year ago, and...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, file photo, Anna Ucheomumu, left, high fives Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt after loading a car with relief supplies to people impacted by Hurricane Harvey in Houston. Watt had a modest goal when he launched a fundraiser to benefit Harvey victims. The Texans' three-time Defensive Player of the Year said he hoped to raise $200,000 in a video he posted on Twitter after a preseason game on Aug. 26. It took less than two hours to reach that number. Donations poured in from all over the world with several professional athletes chipping in. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP, Pool, File)
December 30, 2017 - 2:22 pm
J.J. Watt had a modest goal when he launched a fundraiser to benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston. The Texans' three-time Defensive Player of the Year said he hoped to raise $200,000 in a video he posted on Twitter after a preseason game on Aug. 26. It took less than two hours to reach...
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People pose for photographs in front of a frozen water fountain at Bryant Park, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in New York. A large swath of northern New York is encased in ice and snow after days of lake-effect storms followed by an arctic cold front sending temperatures well below zero. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
December 29, 2017 - 12:20 am
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Latest on the bitter cold sweeping much of the country (all times local): 8:10 p.m. North Carolina's governor has signed an emergency declaration to allow heating fuel to be more easily distributed during a bitter cold snap gripping the U.S. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 file photo, a vehicle arrives at the abandoned Chilocco Indian School campus in Newkirk, Okla, Five American Indian tribes are opposing plans by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to conduct bioterrorism drills at a tribal burial ground and abandoned boarding school, saying the agency didn't tell them that "potentially dangerous substances" could be used there. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
December 16, 2017 - 11:48 am
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Five Native American tribes that own an Oklahoma site where the U.S. Department of Homeland Security intends to conduct bioterrorism drills next year now oppose the government's plan, saying the agency didn't inform them about chemicals it plans to release on grounds the tribes...
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A vehicle leaves the abandoned Chilocco Indian School campus in Newkirk, Okla., Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. The federal government plans to release what it calls inert chemicals into the atmosphere here and in nearby Arkansas City, Kan.,, to gauge how authorities might respond to a bioterror event. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
December 08, 2017 - 1:50 am
NEWKIRK, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announcement that it was conducting biosecurity drills in the Oklahoma farming town of Newkirk was tucked among the local weekly newspaper's classified ads. The notice mentioned a "low level outdoor release of inert chemical and...
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December 07, 2017 - 6:53 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — A judge on Thursday denied an emergency request for relief funds by three Texas churches damaged during Hurricane Harvey that are suing the federal government over how it offers disaster aid to houses of worship. The churches are suing the Federal Emergency Management Agency over a...
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Smoke rises behind a leveled apartment complex as a wildfire burns in Ventura, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. Over 100 structures have burned so far in Ventura County, officials said. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
December 05, 2017 - 4:57 pm
SANTA PAULA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in Southern California (all times local): 1:37 p.m. California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for Ventura County, location of the largest of wildfires currently burning in the state. The fire 60 miles (97 kilometers) northwest...
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December 05, 2017 - 1:49 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas had spent nearly $1.7 billion on Hurricane Harvey recovery through the end of October, with more than three-quarters of that coming from federal funds. The nonpartisan Legislative Budget Board told a state Senate committee on Tuesday that federal funding accounted for...
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