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Largest Earthquake Drill in US History

To help prepare Angelenos for a major earthquake likely to occur within the next 30 years, the Great Southern California ShakeOut campaign was launched a few days ago. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined local safety officials, community and business leaders, and emergency managers to announce the launch of the largest earthquake drill in American history. ShakeOut will take place in November in eight southern California counties – in preparation of a major earthquake likely to occur within the next 30 years. 

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Experts Warned of Quake Risk in China

Chinese scientists say that even before a final accounting can be made in last month’s earthquake in Sichuan Province, one thing is painfully evident: The huge death toll stems partly from a failure to heed clear warnings of a devastating earthquake in the area. 

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Small Town Turns to Cameras to Combat Crime

A network of surveillance cameras watches residents and passersby in this small town, from high in the sky next to the water tower, in parks and schools, and even in some residential neighborhoods. 

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Miss. Makes Post-Katrina Strides in Preparedness

Despite predictions of active storm seasons for nearly three years, the Mississippi Gulf Coast has not had any major weather problems, giving officials a chance to recuperate and rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. 

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Emergency Drill Tests Response

A school bus accident is bad enough but add to the mix a tanker truck full of hazardous chemicals well outside of the city but in an area with large numbers of workers and parked cars. Keep Reading

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The Local Role in Disaster Response

The increasing tendency since 9/11 to look to Washington for every answer regarding disaster response is troubling. The insistence that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) play an ever-expanding role in addressing day-to-day emer¬gency responses is hindering, not strengthening, the agency’s ability to prepare for the next national cata¬strophic disaster. Even worse, as the federal govern¬ment pledges to improve its response, state and local governments are getting a false sense of security, rely¬ing on Washington rather than preparing proper emergency responses themselves. 

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A New Spin on Hurricane Forecasting

As coastal residents from the Caribbean to Canada brace for as many as 16 named storms, including two to five major hurricanes, predicted for the 2008 Atlantic season, the science of hurricane tracking is expected to improve this year. The human factor, however, has some ground to make up. 

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