Safety & Loss Control News

FEMA Denies Request for Levee Repairs in Grand Isle, Louisiana

Grand Isle, La., officials have been met with another setback as they try to determine how to rebuild their first-line storm defense. The town’s levees were torn up again by heavy storms three weeks ago. WVUE reports the Federal Emergency …

Minot Acquiring Flood Protection Properties

Minot, N.D., has acquired more than 60 percent of the properties needed for a flood protection project that will begin construction next year. Finance Director Cindy Hemphill tells the Minot Daily News that the city has bought out 99 properties …

Fire Warning Covers more than Half of Oklahoma’s Counties

More than half the counties in Oklahoma are under a red flag warning as extreme fire conditions are expected through today. Oklahoma Forestry Services officials say the warning affects 44 counties — particularly in northwestern Oklahoma, where some wind gusts …

Groups Push for Texting-While-Driving Ban in Missouri

Law enforcement, health care, insurance and transportation groups are urging Missouri lawmakers to ban texting while driving. A House panel heard testimony on three bills that would make it an infraction for a driver to read or send text messages …

5th Annual National Tornado Summit Turning into an International Event

With registered attendees from as far away as Nepal and as nearby as Canada, the 2016 National Tornado Summit to be held next week in Oklahoma City has become an international event. The Oklahoma Department of Insurance, one of the …

Purdue Univ.: U.S. Grain Bin Entrapments Fall to Lowest Level in Decade

Grain bin entrapments and other confined space accidents on the nation’s farms fell to their lowest level in a decade last year, a Purdue University study has found. The U.S. had 47 accidents in grain bins or other confined spaces …

Missouri Senators Debate Government Role in Road Safety

Bills governing seat belt use, texting while driving and helmet requirements for motorcyclists prompted debate in a Missouri Senate committee over whether the government should play a larger role in road safety. Two bills — one sponsored by Republican Sen. …

Arkansas Aims to Cut Wrong-Way Crashes with $2.8M in Improvements

Arkansas highway officials have initiated $2.8 million in improvements with a focus on reducing wrong-way crashes on the state freeway system. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the effort is designed to address the problem of motorists entering freeways in the …

Fire Danger Elevated in Southern California

Southern California is in for another day of increased fire danger as gusty Santa Ana winds and unseasonably warm temperatures bring down humidity levels. The National Weather Service issued red flag warnings for large swaths of Los Angeles and Ventura …

Lawmakers Seek Ways to Improve Amish Safety on Wisconsin Roads

Amish safety on Wisconsin roads needs to be addressed in the wake of recent fatal buggy crashes, according to a state lawmaker. Republican State Rep. Bob Kulp of Stratford hopes the Amish communities in Wisconsin would be open to a …