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Louisianans Get Tax Holiday to Prep for Hurricane Season

This weekend, Louisiana residents looking to begin preparing for the 2014 hurricane season can store up emergency supplies with a little gift from the state. Flashlights, batteries, portable generators and other supplies are free from the 4 percent state sales …

Disaster Preparedness Focus of Oklahoma City Store

Scott Harper’s hobby is insurance, but not the kind that protects your home, car or health. His insurance is emergency preparedness. And he’s found an opportunity to help other Oklahomans in the metro area get prepared for disasters. “I was …

Long Island, N.Y., Residents Asked to Take Disaster Survey

A Long Island, N.Y., politician is asking residents to take an online survey to help officials update their plans for dealing with storms and other natural disasters. Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone sent a request out Monday. Huntington is working …

Survey: Many Hoosiers Ill-Prepared For Disasters

A survey by a state agency has found that a majority of Indiana residents aren’t prepared to survive on their own in the aftermath of a tornado, blizzard or other disaster. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security surveyed more than …

N.Y. Announces Protocol for Insurers to Follow During Future Severe Storms

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that his administration has established a new emergency disaster protocol that insurers should expect to follow in the event of future severe storms and other natural disasters. The emergency disaster protocol includes a …

Survey: Many Sandy-Impacted Small Biz in N.Y. Unprepared for Another Storm

A year after Superstorm Sandy, a new survey of small business owners and managers in the metropolitan New York City area found that nearly 30 percent of respondents affected by the storm would be forced to make staffing cuts in …

Many New Yorkers Say City’s Storm Risk Rising: Swiss Re Survey

With Superstorm Sandy’s one-year anniversary approaching, 51 percent of New Yorkers believe that the risk of their city being hit by another powerful storm will increase over the next two decades, according to a recent survey. The survey, from global …

New Maps Show Less High Ground In Oregon Tsunami

New tsunami maps being reviewed in northwest Oregon show there’s less high ground than previously thought if residents have to flee the most serious earthquake and tsunami projected. The Daily Astorian reported that Oregon officials have been showing them to …

Report Finds Indiana Average In Crisis Readiness

Deadly disease outbreaks, vaccination shortages and massive tornadoes are all scary thoughts. The question is: Is Indiana prepared for them? Yes – but only to a point. The state scores a 5 out of 10 on a preparedness scale for …

South Carolina Emergency Officials Study Sandy for Lessons

Emergency officials on the South Carolina coast are looking at Superstorm Sandy to try to learn ways to better prepare for future storms. Horry County emergency management director Randy Webster has been looking at the impact of Sandy, The Sun …