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Tag Archives: Emergency Preparedness

Governor Inslee: Repair of collapsed I‑5 Skagit River Bridge is estimated at $15 million

Excerpt: It’s only been six­teen hours since a sec­tion of the bridge that car­ries Inter­state 5 over the Skag­it Riv­er col­lapsed, but already the Wash­ing­ton State Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion (WSDOT) is work­ing on a plan to put the span back togeth­er. Experts have esti­mat­ed the cost of a bridge repair at around $15 mil­lion, accord­ing to […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Monster tornado rips through Moore, Oklahoma, killing at least thirty-seven people

Excerpt: Dis­as­ter strikes again: A mas­sive tor­na­do roared through Moore and south Okla­homa City on Mon­day after­noon, grind­ing up neigh­bor­hoods and rav­aging at least one ele­men­tary school in its path. Ter­ror quick­ly spread as the Emer­gency Med­ical Ser­vices Author­i­ty rushed ambu­lances to Bri­ar­wood Ele­men­tary School in the Moore School Dis­trict and to sev­er­al homes, busi­ness­es and […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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President Obama to travel to New Jersey tomorrow, inspect damage with Chris Christie

Excerpt: Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma will trav­el to New Jer­sey tomor­row to inspect dam­age caused by Super­storm Sandy with Repub­li­can Gov­er­nor Chris Christie. The Pres­i­dent will spend his time “talk­ing with cit­i­zens who are recov­er­ing from the storm and thank­ing first respon­ders who put their lives at risk to pro­tect their com­mu­ni­ties”, White House Press Sec­re­tary Jay […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Hurricane Sandy barrels towards East Coast, bringing commerce and travel to a halt

Excerpt: One of the most destruc­tive storms ever to threat­en the Unit­ed States is hours away from slam­ming into the Atlantic seaboard, mete­o­rol­o­gists are warn­ing. Hur­ri­cane Sandy, which has already killed dozens of peo­ple in the Car­ribbean, is pro­ject­ed to make land­fall some­time tomor­row evening between the Chesa­peake and the mouth of the Hud­son Riv­er. The […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tsunami warning issued for Pacific Northwest as East Coast prepares for “Frankenstorm”

Excerpt: It’s turn­ing out to be a busy week­end for sci­en­tists at NOAA’s Nation­al Weath­er Ser­vice (NWS) and the U.S. Geo­log­i­cal Sur­vey (USGS). The Nation­al Weath­er Ser­vice has spent the last few days track­ing Hur­ri­cane Sandy, which is now pro­ject­ed to make land­fall some­where along the mid-Atlantic, per­haps off the coast of Vir­ginia or Delaware. Hur­ri­cane […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Conne family’s ordeal should serve as a reminder to all of us to be prepared

Excerpt: Some hap­py news this week­end: A fam­i­ly that had got­ten lost on the Ore­gon coast while out pick­ing mush­rooms were found alive (though hun­gry and with minor injuries) by search and res­cue teams, who pin­point­ed the fam­i­ly’s where­abouts after they were spot­ted from a heli­copter pilot­ed by Jack­son Coun­ty Com­mis­sion­er John Rachor, who was fly­ing […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Governor Gregoire declares state of emergency in response to winter storms

Excerpt: Gov­er­nor Chris Gre­goire pro­claimed a win­ter storm emer­gency this morn­ing, fol­low­ing a series of events that have forced schools and offices to shut their doors and made many roads impass­able. “This is pure­ly a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure,” Gre­goire said in a news release. “So far, we haven’t received any requests for state assis­tance – but we […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning, Unscheduled Programming
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Earthquake strikes near D.C.: Nation’s capital gets a taste of a major hazard we live with

Excerpt: An hour ago, a sig­nif­i­cant earth­quake struck near one of the Unit­ed States’ most pop­u­lat­ed areas, caus­ing minor dam­age, dis­rupt­ing trav­el, and prompt­ing evac­u­a­tions of build­ings. But unusu­al­ly, the pop­u­lat­ed area that this quake affect­ed was not in Cal­i­for­nia, or on the Left Coast, or even west of the Rocky Moun­tains, where earth­quakes are an […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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New coastal radar now online near Copalis Beach; local meteorologists thrilled

Excerpt: Thanks to the tire­less efforts of our two U.S. Sen­a­tors — par­tic­u­lar­ly our junior sen­a­tor, Maria Cantwell — the Pacif­ic North­west final­ly has a state-of-the-art Doppler radar sta­tion locat­ed on the coast, capa­ble of assist­ing mete­o­rol­o­gists in prepar­ing more accu­rate and use­ful fore­casts for our region. The radar sta­tion, which has been under­go­ing con­struc­tion since […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Republicans continue assault on emergency preparedness, even after Tohoku megaquake

Excerpt: Read­ers may recall our ire was raised dur­ing the Repub­li­can response to Pres­i­dent Oba­ma’s 2009 State of the Union Address, when Louisiana Gov­er­nor Bob­by Jin­dal dis­missed fund­ing for vol­cano mon­i­tor­ing as a triv­i­al­i­ty. As res­i­dents of the Pacif­ic North­west, we are all too aware of the pres­ence of vol­ca­noes in our region and the destruc­tion […]
Written by:Ken
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Aftermath of Tohoku megaquake demonstrates the folly of nuclear power

Excerpt: Two days have elapsed since Japan was pum­meled by one of the largest earth­quakes human­i­ty has ever doc­u­ment­ed. In that time, we’ve begun to see the trag­ic and painful extent of the dis­as­ter. The earth­quake (which reg­is­tered 8.9 on the moment mag­ni­tude scale) and the ensu­ing tsuna­mi it spawned have laid waste to sev­er­al pre­vi­ous­ly […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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