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Oregon Disaster Agency Issues Revealed in Audit

Oregon’s emergency management agency may not be well equipped to recover from a major disaster because of a history of leadership problems and an incomplete plan to handle emergencies, according to an audit issued by the Secretary of State’s office. …

Illinois Cites Belleville For Flawed Emergency Plan

When a tornado siren went off during a meeting at Belleville’s City Hall and nobody took charge to move people to safety, it got the attention of Alderwoman Lillian Schneider. Her formal complaint to the Illinois Department of Labor led …

Nevada Senate Approves Cellphone Tracking Bill

The Nevada Senate has approved a bill designed to give law enforcement quicker access to cellphone locations in times of emergency. SB268 gives cellphone carriers protections for providing information during certain circumstances. The bill now goes to the Assembly. In …

Montana Counties Say DES Requirements Overly Burdensome

The troubled agency responsible for preparing Montana for emergencies has been beset by lawsuits by former employees, claims of a dysfunctional work environment and now complaints that overly burdensome and shifting regulations are causing headaches for several counties. Montana Disaster …

Los Angeles Fire Department Says Data On Response Times Is Misleading

Los Angeles Fire Department officials have for years released misleading data on the response times of firefighters, according to a report. LAFD brass made the admission Friday after mayoral candidate Austin Beutner cited fire department numbers in a Huffington Post …

Report: Emergency Preparedness Eroding in Montana

Montana is at risk of becoming less prepared to respond to disasters and public-health emergencies because of state and federal budget cuts. That’s according to a new report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health. …