Disaster (Flood News

Colorado Woman Invents Cardboard Shelters For Disaster Areas

Darla Skolnekovich’s business ambitions are made of cardboard. Reinforced, waterproof, fire-resistant cardboard – the type that, Skolnekovich says, could make a difference in disaster-ridden areas around the world. The married Colorado Springs mother of two recently created the SadieShelter, a Lego-like …

Arkansas Adds 11 Counties To Disaster Relief Declaration

Arkansas’ congressional delegation says Gov. Mike Beebe has added 11 counties to the state’s major disaster declaration request to help in the recovery from last month’s deadly storm. The two senators and four U.S. House members say in a news …

Competing Bills to Address Safety of Oil Transport In Washington

Washington state lawmakers are considering competing measures that try to address potential risks as more crude oil is shipped by rail into the state. The Senate Ways and Means Committee heard testimony on a mostly Republican-backed bill that would study …

Twenty Years Later Big Lesson From Northridge Quake Lost

Twenty years ago today a big one hit the Los Angeles area, killing several people and injuring thousands, damaging tens of thousands of properties, shutting down businesses, putting out of operation some of the nation’s busiest freeways and radically changing …

Alaskan Mayor Signs Local Disaster Declaration

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre has signed a local disaster emergency declaration due to the unseasonably heavy rains that have flooded many homes and roads. KSRM reports that the declaration signed Tuesday has been sent to the Alaska Department …

North Dakota Ranchers Urged to Record Livestock Losses

The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association is urging ranchers who lost cattle in last weekend’s snowstorm to keep detailed records of their losses. Ranchers and industry officials in the Dakotas have said the losses are aggravated by the fact that a …

Webinar: 75% of U.S. Workers Say Employer Unprepared for Disaster

Driving home the notion that most U.S. employees believe their employers aren’t prepared for a disaster or a major crisis may be one of the best way to get people to take notice that September is National Preparedness Month. That …

EQECAT: Colorado Floods $2B in Economic Losses and Climbing

The floods in Colorado caused an estimated $2 billion in economic losses, according to a report from catastrophe modeling firm EQECAT. The flooding has been blamed for multiple fatalities, it’s estimated 1,500 homes have been destroyed, and some 20,000 homes …

Webinar: Lessons to be Learned from Colorado Flood, D.C. Shootings

Drawing off the massive flooding in Colorado and Naval shipyard shootings in Washington, D.C., the second in a series of webinars being put on for National Preparedness Month focused on unforeseen crises as examples of the need for organizations to …

Tropical Storm Flossie May Become First to Hit Hawaii Since 1992

Tropical Storm Flossie, which may become the first such system to hit Hawaii in 21 years, closed ports as it pounded parts of the state with “dangerous” surf. The storm, with top sustained winds of 50 miles (80 kilometers) per …