Disaster planning and response

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2018, file photo, Ramon Alicea Burgos walks past his palm tree, with its top broken off one year ago by Hurricane Maria one outside his partially rebuilt home in the mountain town of Barranquitas, Puerto Rico. A fight between President Donald Trump and Democrats over hurricane relief for Puerto Rico is imperiling a widely backed disaster aid bill that is a top priority for some of Trump’s southern GOP allies. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)
April 11, 2019 - 2:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Six months after hurricanes devastated the Southeast, infighting among Washington's tribes has shelved a widely backed disaster aid package that's desperately being sought by President Donald Trump's allies in Florida and Georgia. Trump's opposition to aid to Puerto Rico — slammed...
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FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2018, file photo, an installation of a dome-shaped rooftop cover housing key equipment is near completion at Unit 3 reactor of the Fukushima Dai-ich nuclear power plant ahead of a fuel removal from its storage pool in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, northeast Japan. Japan has partially lifted an evacuation order in one of the two hometowns of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant for the first time since the 2011 disaster. The action taken Wednesday, April 10, 2019, allows people to return about 40 percent of Okuma. The other hometown, Futaba, remains off-limits as are several other towns nearby.(AP Photo/Mari Yamaguchi, File)
April 09, 2019 - 10:25 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japan partially lifted an evacuation order in one of the two hometowns of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant on Wednesday for the first time since the 2011 disaster. Decontamination efforts have lowered radiation levels significantly in the area about 7 kilometers (4 miles)...
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Merdian Agustin family of a victim of the Lion Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea talks to journalists during a press conference in Jakarta, Monday, April 8, 2019. More families of victims of the Lion Air crash in Indonesia are suing Boeing Co. after its chief executive apologized last week and said a software update for the MAX 8 jet would prevent further disasters. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
April 08, 2019 - 7:53 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — More families of victims of the Lion Air crash in Indonesia are suing Boeing Co. after its chief executive apologized and said a software update for the MAX 8 jet would prevent further disasters. Family members and lawyers said Monday that CEO Dennis Muilenburg's comment...
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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, center, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, right, and Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, left, participate in a news conference in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Wednesday, April 3, 2019. The news conference took place after the governors of the flood-ravaged Midwestern states met with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials who are facing criticism for the management of the recent floods. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
April 03, 2019 - 8:33 pm
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Three Midwestern Republican governors of states ravaged by recent flooding on Wednesday demanded more authority over management of the Missouri River system. Following a meeting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts...
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2017 file photo, a Pacific Gas and Electric Company worker cuts back branches from a tree that fell across power lines in Felton, Calif. A federal judge said Tuesday, April 2, 2019, that he will closely monitor PG&E's tree-trimming in 2019 and barred the utility from paying out dividends to shareholders as part of a new, court-ordered wildfire prevention plan. (Kevin Johnson/The Santa Cruz Sentinel via AP, File)
April 02, 2019 - 6:41 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge said Tuesday he will closely monitor Pacific Gas & Electric's tree-trimming this year and barred the utility from paying out dividends to shareholders as part of a new, court-ordered wildfire prevention plan. U.S. District Judge William Alsup ordered the new...
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FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2018, file photo, Ramon Alicea Burgos walks past his palm tree, with its top broken off one year ago by Hurricane Maria one outside his partially rebuilt home in the mountain town of Barranquitas, Puerto Rico. A fight between President Donald Trump and Democrats over hurricane relief for Puerto Rico is imperiling a widely backed disaster aid bill that is a top priority for some of Trump’s southern GOP allies. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)
April 02, 2019 - 9:41 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats blocked a Republican disaster aid bill, saying more money is needed to help hurricane-torn Puerto Rico. But President Donald Trump opposes additional funding and says the U.S. territory is getting more disaster money than some states. The move tossed long-sought...
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The playground in Clarksville Riverfront Park is flooded in downtown Clarksville, Mo., Saturday, March 30, 2019. The Mississippi River reached 32.8 feet Saturday afternoon, entering major flood stage for the first time this spring. It is expected to crest late Sunday at 34.2 feet, more than three feet below the 37.7 foot record of 1993. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
April 01, 2019 - 2:35 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A wall of rocks and sandbags on Monday protected scenic Clarksville, Missouri, from the surging Mississippi River as spring flooding swamped fields, threatened homes and temporarily shut down a bridge connecting Missouri and Illinois. Heavy rain over much of the Midwest on Saturday...
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March 29, 2019 - 2:18 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Small signs of rebuilding the California town of Paradise after it was destroyed by wildfire are sprouting this spring, including the issuing of the first permits to rebuild two the 11,000 homes destroyed five months ago. The city issued the first permit Thursday to Jason and...
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In this Wednesday, March 27, 2019, photo, Daniel Barrett, right, of Red Lake, Minn., strikes a pose while he and Devan Keezer, of White Earth, Minn., fill sandbags in Fargo, N.D. Volunteers from around the region are coming to help the city fill bags to protect itself against possible major flooding from spring runoff in mid-April. The city wants to fill 1 million sandbags within the next two weeks. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack)
March 29, 2019 - 1:52 pm
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's largest city is back in the sandbag-filling business with a new crop of volunteers after a five-year break from warding off major Red River floods. Fargo officials this week reactivated Sandbag Central, converting a building that normally houses garbage trucks into...
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Three-year-old Ailianie Hernandez waits with her mother Julianna Ageljo to apply for the nutritional assistance program at the Department of Family Affairs, in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Friday, March 29, 2019. Hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans are feeling the sting of what the territorial government says are insufficient federal funds to help the island recover from the Category 4 storm amid a 12-year recession. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)
March 29, 2019 - 11:19 am
BAYAMON, Puerto Rico (AP) — Iraida Vargas can no longer afford the two kinds of insulin her aging mother needs and has stopped buying fresh fruit and vegetables as billions of dollars in federal funds that help Puerto Ricans buy food, get medical treatment and recover from Hurricane Maria dwindle...
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