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VDOT Says It Bungled Response to Ice Storm

The Virginia Department of Transportation's response to an ice storm Feb. 12 that crippled the region was so mismanaged that anti-icing equipment sat unused, electronic warning signs remained dark and a motorist alert system was not updated for hours, according to a VDOT report released yesterday.

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US Spring Season Forecast: More Record Floods

Major floods across the central United States this week are a preview of the spring seasonal outlook, according to the National Weather Service. This week, more than 250 communities in a dozen states are experiencing flood conditions.

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A New Understanding for Handling Disaster

Following Hurricane Katrina, the AVMA Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams managed to treat thousands of animals, despite the lapse of a formal agreement between the AVMA and the federal government regarding disaster response.

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Entergy Announces Independent Safety Evaluation at Indian Point

In an effort to provide public assurances about the operation and protection of New York's largest nuclear power facility, Entergy Nuclear announced the start of an examination of safety, security and emergency preparedness at its Indian Point Energy Center (IPEC) in Buchanan.

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CDC Pandemic Sxercise Highlights Drug, Mitigation, Travel Issues

In the early stages of an influenza pandemic, cases are spreading among migrant workers in Michigan. The state's health department has a supply of antiviral drugs from the federal stockpile and is using them to treat the sick, but, concerned about breaking federal rules, is withholding them from others exposed to the virus - thereby missing a chance to help contain it.

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Atlanta Assesses Tornado’s Effects

Workers struggled to their offices Monday through debris and snarled traffic days after a tornado struck downtown, but no long-term effects on the city's lucrative convention and tourism industry were anticipated.

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Airlines Blast Plan to Fingerprint Foreign Fliers

Airlines are protesting a government plan that would require them to take fingerprints of foreign travelers as they fly out of the USA, saying it could create massive lines at airport check-in counters

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Anti Terror Rules for Trains Rapped

New anti-terrorism rules aimed at stopping companies from sending railway cars packed with toxic chemicals through cities may still leave large populations vulnerable, according to members of Congress and security experts.

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Documents Feed Debate on FEMA Trailers

Federal officials issued trailers to Hurricane Katrina victims even though some workplace safety tests detected high levels of formaldehyde at government staging areas for the structures just weeks after the storm, a lawyer for hundreds of occupants said Wednesday.

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State Posts Clips About Preparedness On YouTube

Hoping to grab an audience it might otherwise miss, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management has begun offering clips on YouTube, a Web site known for videos such as "Star Wars According to a 3 Year Old," "Snow Day in Fairfax Virginia Schools" and "1-900-NERD-GIRL."

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Fed Networks Increasingly Under Siege

Richard Westfield acknowledges his small agency, the National Labor Relations Board, doesn’t possess the most sought-after data in government. But that doesn’t mean his agency is not a target for hackers. The agency’s computers are linked to other networks. “Once they have access to the network,” Westfield said, “They can use that as a launch pad to other organizations.”
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