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California Receives Funding for Earthquake Early Warning System

December 16, 2014 9:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

California has received funding to help begin an earthquake warning system across the state next year.  Scientists have tried to make the public alert system available but funding has been a problem. But $5 million was allocated for the program in a major spending bill approved by Congress, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Some Sandy Victims Saddled with Huge Loan Payments

December 16, 2014 8:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Some of the thousands of Sandy victims who jumped...

California Begins Cleaning Up Storm Damage

December 16, 2014 8:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Californians cleaned up from a major storm that soaked...

Death Toll at 56 After More Bodies Recovered in Indonesia Mudslides

December 15, 2014 4:07 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll from a mudslide that flattened much of a...

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Residents to Receive Separate Storm Surge Alerts in 2015

December 11, 2014 2:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

If tropical weather approaches the U.S. next year, coastal residents will see new, separate warnings about storm surge in addition to those about winds, the National Hurricane Center said.  The separate storm-surge warnings will begin with the 2015 hurricane season and should provide emergency managers and the public with better information about tropical weather hazards.

Typhoon Weakens Into Tropical Storm After Killing at Least 21

December 8, 2014 3:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Typhoon Hagupit weakened into a tropical storm Monday after leaving at least 21 people dead and forcing more than a million into shelters, while sparing most of a central Philippine region still reeling from last year's monster Typhoon Haiyan.

Los Angeles Fires Shut Down Freeways, Destroy Construction Site

December 8, 2014 2:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Crews battled two large fires in Los Angeles early Monday, including a massive one downtown that closed portions of two major freeways and blanketed the area in ash and heavy smoke.  More than 250 firefighters fought the downtown blaze that was sparked at a construction site.

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Philippines Braces for Typhoon Hagupit

December 5, 2014 9:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Villagers in the central Philippines fled coastal homes and sparked panic-buying in grocery stores and gas stations as an approaching powerful storm brought back nightmares of last year's deadly onslaught from Typhoon Haiyan.  Government forecasters said Typhoon Hagupit was packing sustained winds of 127 miles per hour and gusts of up to 149 mph over the Pacific.

Deforestation Could be Contributing to Brazil Drought

December 5, 2014 8:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

For weeks, the taps in her home have run dry as Sao Paulo has suffered its worst drought in eight decades, with rainfall at one-third the normal level.  A growing consensus of scientists believes the answer to what is happening to Oliveria and her neighbors lies not in the sky above their heads but in decades of deforestation of Amazon rainforest hundreds of miles away.

Crews Rescue 14 People Stranded by Flash Flood

December 5, 2014 8:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say 14 people were rescued after their cars became stranded in a flash flood in a Southern California community during the third straight day of rain.According to reports, five vehicles got stuck  as several feet of mud and water roared over a rural road near Gilman Hot Springs in Riverside County.

Moderate Earthquake Strikes Arizona, No Injuries Reported

December 2, 2014 9:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 A moderate earthquake jostled residents of northern Arizona — a region where quakes are frequent but usually don't produce much damage or alarm.  The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-4.7 temblor that hit Sunday night was centered 7 miles north of Sedona and 6 miles underground. There were no immediate reports of injury or major damage.  Unknown for now is whether it is a precursor to a larger one yet to come,

Back-to-Back Storms Help Mitigate California Drought, but Mudslides a Concern

December 2, 2014 8:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Storm watches were posted for a large swath of the Sierra Nevada, where a huge amount of the state's water supply is normally stored as snowpack.  Any delight over the prospect of beneficial precipitation was tempered by concerns about the threat of debris flows from the many areas of California where wildfires have burned away vegetation that would keep soil stable.

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Speaker's Soapbox: William Marotz of Schneider National, Inc.

November 25, 2014 11:31 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

William Marotz,  Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity Coordinator for logistics company Schneider National, Inc., will give a presentation called "Orange Trucks and Wild Tornadoes - A Case Study."  His presentation will be a case study of an April, 2012 tornado that struck Schneider's operating center in Dallas, Texas focusing on the company's actions before and after the disaster.

Rain, Winter Weather Welcomed in California as Drought Continues

November 25, 2014 9:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hours of steady rain from northern California's third winter storm in a week raised hopes that the state was moving out of its driest three years in history - while still deeply locked in drought.  After last week's three back-to-back winter storms, much of the state was doing noticeably better for rain than last year, but still well below normal for this point in the year. 

Warm Weather After Snow Storm Has Buffalo Worried About Flooding

November 25, 2014 8:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Families in Buffalo rushed to pack up their valuables and schools closed in advance — not of snow but possible flooding.  Temperatures hit nearly 60 degrees on Monday, causing area residents to prepare for evacuations caused by runoff from melting snow, and overflowing creeks.

Floods Leave More Than 30 Dead in Morocco

November 25, 2014 8:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Days of unusually heavy rain pounded Morocco's south and unleashed deadly floods that killed more than 30 people, the Interior Ministry said Monday.  Near the southern city of Guelmim alone, 24 people died, including 11 bodies that were recovered from the Oued Talmaadart, which is normally a dry riverbed but the flooding turned it into a raging torrent.

Three Killed in Albania Floods

November 19, 2014 3:49 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Flooding in Albania has killed three people, after torrential rain caused power and water supply cuts in the western part of the country, authorities said.  The government said the army was on standby to help emergency service workers with evacuation efforts, as more heavy rain was expected.

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Top Five: 2014 Extreme Weather Events

November 18, 2014 10:06 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Few things can shut down business operations like an extreme weather event.  They are unpredictable, dangerous and very, very difficult to plan for.  Here are a few of the more unique and dangerous extreme weather events the world has seen in 2014. 

Schools Closed, Crops at Risk After Snow Storm

November 14, 2014 8:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents across the Rockies and Upper Midwest dug out from under a foot or more of snow, after waking up to frigid temperatures that plunged as much as 50 degrees overnight. The rest of the Midwest and the East are expecting a dose of the icy weather later this week thanks to a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend.

Hackers Breach Computer Systems at National Weather Service

November 13, 2014 2:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hackers from China were able to breach government computer systems at the agency that oversees the National Weather Service, according to the chairman of a Congressional subcommittee that oversees the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency's budget.

Water Issues Slowing Fukushima Cleanup

November 12, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More than three years into the massive cleanup of Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant, only a tiny fraction of the workers are focused on key tasks such as preparing for the dismantling of the broken reactors and removing radioactive fuel rods due to another ongoing issue. 

Top Five: Reasons to Prepare for Winter Weather Right Now

November 11, 2014 10:41 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

As temperatures begin to drop, winter weather will soon be upon us.  Snow, ice, hail and “wintery mix” can bring a host of problems for business continuity professionals and their teams.  Here are five reasons you should begin making preparations for winter weather right now.

BP's $17 Million Rock Pile Repairs Island Sliced in Two by Katrina

November 11, 2014 8:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Katrina swamped Alabama's narrow Dauphin Island in 2005, creating a pass that grew from a few dozen feet to about 1.5 miles wide by the time the oil spill occurred in 2010. The cut left more than 7 miles of pristine beach inaccessible by foot on the island's uninhabited western end.  But then BP's Macondo well blew off the coast of Louisiana and spewed oil — and cash — into the Gulf region.

Summer Fires Have Having Lingering Effect on Tourism

November 10, 2014 4:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shortly after a wildfire blew up in north-central Washington in July, cancellations started pouring in to Sun Mountain Lodge.  In short order, the resort had 800 cancellations - not only for the summer months, but for the fall, too.  

Adult Home Residents Asked to Repay FEMA Aid

November 10, 2014 3:38 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The residents of Belle Harbor Manor spent four miserable months in emergency shelters after Superstorm Sandy's floodwaters surged through their assisted-living center on New York City's Rockaway peninsula.  Now, the home's disabled, elderly and mostly poor residents have a new headache: The Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked at least a dozen of them to pay back thousands of dollars in disaster aid.

First Winter Storms Causing Trouble in Midwest

November 10, 2014 3:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The first real punch of winter ranged across the Upper Midwest on Monday, bringing heavy snow in some areas and plunging temperatures across the region.  The frigid air was pushed in by a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend, and threatened to bury several states in snow and send temperatures as much as 40 degrees below average.

New York City Gets At Leas $1.6 Billion in FEMA Aid

November 7, 2014 9:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

New York City is getting at least $1.6 billion in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds to help public hospitals install floodwalls, flood proof elevators and otherwise become more storm-resilient, officials said.  About $65 million will reimburse repairs and improvements already made after Superstorm Sandy in 2012; the rest is for projects yet to be completed.

Cluster of Storms Causes Eight Deaths in Haiti

November 6, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Twelve people have died in Haiti as a result of heavy rains unleashed by a cluster of storms in the northern Caribbean, authorities said.  Cap-Haitien Mayor Yvon Alteon said four more bodies had been found, in addition to the eight deaths reported earlier. He said that some 5,000 people were in shelters and that flooding at the airport forced the cancellation of several flights

Storm a Mixed Bag for California

November 4, 2014 10:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A California storm dropped about half an inch of rain on Los Angeles, causing a troublesome mudslide in the region but bringing a good start to a much needed wet season amid the state's drought, forecasters said.  The storm that started in Northern California on Friday and moved south is typical for November, the start to California's wet season.

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