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.Keep Reading
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.Keep Reading
Minutes before a deluge of rain and hail hit the south Decatur neighborhood of Oakhurst on Saturday, a siren sounded a steady wail.Keep Reading
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.Keep Reading
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.Keep Reading
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.
The United Nations' food agency says the battle to contain the lethal form of avian flu in Indonesia is failing. Keep Reading
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.Keep Reading
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 countersKeep Reading
Santa Barbara, California-based Direct Relief International today briefed members of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) about expansive emergency preparedness and response efforts that it has undertaken with safety-net clinics. Keep Reading
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.Keep Reading
A woman who was seriously injured in last month’s tornadoes has died, bringing the statewide death toll up to 33.
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.Keep Reading
China will enhance communication and cooperation with Norway on natural disaster reduction, a top official said here on Wednesday.Keep Reading
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."Keep Reading
The Beijing Olympics represents too good a target for hackers to pass up, according to the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau.Keep Reading
The Coast Guard is using a new weapon to fight illegal immigration: electronic fingerprinting.Keep Reading
Recent workshops in San Luis Obispo and on the South Coast may set
the standard for disaster preparation training that will target businesses
across the state.
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.”
Authorities fearing alleged Syrian links with terrorism are increasing security for ships sailing into US ports after making calls in Syria, an official said, as Washington raised pressure on Damascus.Keep Reading