Disaster planning and response

In this image made from video, an aerial scene shows wildfires burning in the Adelaide Hills, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation via AP)
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December 24, 2019 - 3:59 am
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Australia’s beleaguered prime minister announced Tuesday that volunteer firefighters from the federal public sector will receive paid leave entitlements in a move to help contain wildfires that have ravaged parts of the country. About 5 million hectares (12.35 million acres...
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FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2017, file photo, a firefighter walks near a flaming house in Santa Rosa, Calif. An Associated Press review shows widespread problems with the four “public safety power shutoffs” the utility started rolling out in 2018, a year before massive blackouts paralyzed much of California in recent months. Interviews and documents obtained under public records requests reveal persistent failures and broken promises that in some cases compromised public safety. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
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December 20, 2019 - 3:14 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The state senators grilling the CEO of Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. were upset — like millions of other Californians, some spent days in the dark when the nation’s largest utility shut off power during windstorms this fall. The lawmakers demanded that the executive explain...
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In this May 10, 2019 photo, grain bins belonging to Brett Adams are surrounded by flood waters, in Peru, Neb. Adams had thousands of acres under water, about 80 percent of his land, this year. The water split open his grain bins and submerged his parents' house and other buildings when the levee protecting the farm broke. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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December 11, 2019 - 1:24 pm
CRESCENT, Iowa (AP) — Frogs, carp and bugs thrived all summer in murky floodwaters where Gene Walter should have planted corn and soybeans. Last year’s ruined crop spilled from metal storage bins that burst nine months ago when the Missouri River surged through two levees near his southwest Iowa...
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December 09, 2019 - 5:07 am
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — At least 26 people have been killed in floods unleashed by heavy rains in different parts of Uganda, the Red Cross said on Monday as authorities urged people in affected areas to relocate. Seventeen flooding deaths have been confirmed in the western district of Bundibugyo...
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The Albanian army uses a remote-controlled explosion to demolish a building in the western port city of Durres, Albania, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. A remote-controlled explosion has demolished the six-storied building considered threatening after being damaged from the 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Albania. A quake a week ago killed 51 persons, injured more than 3,000 people, and damaged more than 11,000 buildings. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)
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December 04, 2019 - 1:10 pm
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s prime minister said Wednesday he was pleased with the international support he secured at a NATO summit on dealing with the aftermath of a 6.4-magnitude earthquake that killed 51 people and injured more than 3,000 others. Edi Rama said before leaving the NATO summit...
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FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2019, file photo, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, workers bury utility lines in Paradise, Calif. A new technology being tested by California utilities, such as Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Edison, is aimed at diagnosing problems before they could cause power outages or spark wildfires. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
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December 02, 2019 - 1:47 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — B. Don Russell wasn’t thinking about preventing a wildfire when he developed a tool to detect power line problems before they cause equipment failures, blackouts or even deadly accidents. The electrical engineering professor at Texas A&M University figured he might save a...
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In this Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019 photo, laundry hangs on a line from a damaged building in Thumane, western Albania following a deadly earthquake. A handbag dangles from a coat-hanger, gleaming saucepans sit stacked in a kitchen cabinet, sheets and duvets lie neatly folded in a bedroom cupboard. All scenes of ordinary domesticity, except for one detail: the rest of the homes these ordinary items were part of have vanished, crumpling in the devastating force of an earthquake that struck Albania earlier this week.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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December 02, 2019 - 8:27 am
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The European Union and the United Nations are coordinating the international efforts to assist Albania after the 6.4-magnitude earthquake that killed 51 people and left thousands homeless. Luigi Soreca, EU ambassador to Albania, said Monday that Brussels mobilized the Civil...
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In this photo taken on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, rescuers from Romania operate at a collapsed building after the 6.4-magnitude earthquake in Durres, western Albania. In the initial hours after a deadly pre-dawn earthquake struck Albania, pancaking buildings and trapping dozens of sleeping people beneath the rubble, the country’s neighbors sprang into action. Offers of help flooded in from across Europe and beyond, with even traditional foes setting aside their differences in the face of the natural disaster. The 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck Albania on Tuesday killed at least 49 people, injured 2,000 and left at least 4,000 homeless. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
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November 29, 2019 - 11:13 am
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — In the initial hours after a deadly pre-dawn earthquake struck Albania, pancaking buildings and trapping dozens of sleeping people beneath the rubble, the country’s neighbors sprang into action. Offers of help flooded in from across Europe and beyond, with even traditional...
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People carry clothes and other supplies distributed by authorities in Thumane, western Albania, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. The operation to find survivors and recover bodies from Albania's deadly earthquake was winding down Friday as the death toll climbed to 49. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
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November 29, 2019 - 9:42 am
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The operation to find survivors and recover bodies from Albania's deadly earthquake was winding down Friday, with rescue crews limiting their efforts to a collapsed beachfront hotel in the port town of Durres as the death toll climbed to 49. Albanian, Serb and Montenegrin...
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Turkish rescuers search at a collapsed building in Durres, western Albania, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. Hopes were fading Thursday of finding anyone else alive beneath the rubble of collapsed buildings in Albania two days after a deadly quake struck the country's Adriatic coast, with the death toll increasing to 40 after more bodies were pulled from the ruins. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
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November 28, 2019 - 1:17 pm
DURRES, Albania (AP) — Hopes were fading Thursday of finding anyone else alive beneath the rubble of collapsed buildings in Albania, two days after a deadly quake struck the country's Adriatic coast killing at least 46 people and injuring more than 2,000. By Thursday afternoon, search operations...
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