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Alaska Asking for Input on Updated Tsunami Guidelines

The University of Alaska Fairbanks and the state officials are seeking public input on new guidelines for how coastal communities should respond to tsunamis. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reported that new modeling shows the potential for extreme currents and flooding …

Michigan Breaks Ground on $22M Emergency Operations Center

The state of Michigan has broken ground on a new $22 million emergency operations center in the Lansing area. Officials expect the building to open in November 2015 and say it will be “hardened” to withstand natural disasters so response …

Emergency Responder Mobile App Could Aid Communications During Disasters

A mobile app from a law enforcement technology firm could soon allow emergency responders from different agencies to communicate seamlessly with each other in a crisis for the first time, sharing files and conducting impromptu conference calls. BlueLine Grid’s applications …

Preparis, Wells Fargo to Provide Emergency Preparedness Services to Businesses

Preparis, a web and mobile emergency preparedness services for businesses, has signed a strategic alliance with Wells Fargo Insurance. As a part of the alliance, Wells Fargo Insurance customers will have complimentary access to Preparis’ suite of emergency preparedness resources …

Fake Hurricane Helps Mississippi Responders Prepare for Real One

Hurricane Natasha was a fake storm, but Mississippi’s emergency responders treated it like it was the real thing. Natasha was a simulated Category 3 hurricane used Wednesday as part of a training exercise for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and …

Kentucky Officials Building Ambu-Buses for Disaster Recovery

Behold the ambu-bus. Authorities in Kentucky are making use of old school buses by turning them into ambulances. Each one can carry up to 18 patients, which officials say will be of great help in case of a major accident …

Los Angeles Fire Agency to Fix Emergency Dispatch Glitches

The Los Angeles Fire Commission has allocated emergency funds to fix glitches in the city’s emergency response system that are delaying the dispatch of firefighters and paramedics. The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday that a woman bled profusely for 45 …

Insurance Industry Mobilizes for Hurricane Irene Claims

In addition to advising their policyholders on what to do to protect against Hurricane Irene, property/casualty insurers and brokers are themselves taking precautions—and positioning their claims teams for the aftermath. Most are publicizing their toll-free claims numbers and online sites …