Disaster planning and response

Employees wearing protective equipment work at a semiconductor production facility for Renesas Electronics during a government organized tour for journalists in Beijing, Thursday, May 14, 2020. China reported three new coronavirus cases Thursday while moving to reopen for business and schools. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
May 14, 2020 - 7:07 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Thursday the lifting of a coronavirus state of emergency ahead of schedule in most of the country except for eight high-risk areas. Abe lifted the measure in 39 of the country’s 47 prefectures. It remains in effect in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto...
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FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2015 file photo firefighters from the University of Alaska (Fairbanks) watch as a wildfire slowly creeps toward their fire break near Chelan, Wash. Newly released national plans for fighting wildfires during the coronavirus pandemic are hundreds of pages long but don't offer many details on how fire managers will get access to COVID-19 tests or exactly who will decide when a crew needs to enter quarantine. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson,File)
May 11, 2020 - 5:19 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — In new plans that offer a national reimagining of how to fight wildfires amid the risk of the coronavirus spreading through crews, it's not clear how officials will get the testing and equipment needed to keep firefighters safe in what’s expected to be a difficult fire season. A...
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In this Wednesday evening, May 6, 2020 photo, a Florida forestry tractor trailer is parked in Walton County, Fla., near a hot spot from a wildfire. Authorities say firefighters in the Florida Panhandle battled wildfires through the night that have forced hundreds of people to evacuate from their homes. The more than 575-acre fire in Walton County prompted about 500 people to evacuate. (Devon Ravine/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP)
May 07, 2020 - 4:49 pm
MILTON, Fla. (AP) — Firefighters in the Florida Panhandle continued battling an erratic fire Thursday that had scorched thousands of acres of woods, razed dozens of homes and forced some 1,600 people to evacuate from their neighborhoods. A stretch of Interstate 10, northern Florida's main...
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This photo taken March 12, 2020, near Rock Port, Missouri, shows tenant farmer Phil Graves examining grain storage bins that were destroyed in a 2019 flood. Some of the land where Graves grows corn has been offered for sale to provide room for a levee to be rerouted so the Missouri River can roam more widely. Levee setbacks are among measures being taken in the U.S. heartland to control floods in ways that work with nature instead of trying to dominate it with concrete infrastructure. Graves says he'd prefer to keep cultivating the parcel but understands why the setback is needed. (AP Photo/John Flesher)
April 28, 2020 - 5:35 pm
Some communities in the U.S. heartland are taking a more natural approach to preventing the kinds of floods that have devastated the region in recent years. As climate change brings more extreme weather, the network of levees and walls that keeps rivers such as the Mississippi and the Missouri...
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This undated photo provided by Microsoft shows Microsoft chief technology officer Kevin Scott. Scott, oversees thousands of engineers and scientists working in artificial intelligence, computer science and other research. But right now he’s laser-focused on the COVID-19 pandemic. (Brian Smale/Microsoft via AP)
April 26, 2020 - 11:15 am
Microsoft's chief technology officer, Kevin Scott, oversees thousands of engineers and scientists working in artificial intelligence, computer science and other research. But right now he's laser-focused on the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest projects include setting up a chatbot for the Centers for...
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FILE - In this April 10, 2020, file photo, wearing protective masks ground crew at the Los Angeles International airport unload supplies of medical personal protective equipment from a China Southern Cargo plane. Before the coronavirus outbreak, many states had only a modest supply of medical equipment. An Associated Press review of more than 20 states found that many were still storing items that were left over from an influenza pandemic a decade ago and long since expired. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
April 23, 2020 - 5:36 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (AP) — Last autumn, when schools were in session, sports stadiums full and no one had even heard of the COVID-19 disease, the Missouri health department made an eerily foreshadowing request. It asked the state for $300,000 to buy supplies in case of a large-scale disease outbreak...
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Protesters drive by in a convertible car during a rally calling for an end to California Gov. Gavin Newsom's stay-at-home orders amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Wednesday, April 22, 2020, outside of City Hall in downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
April 23, 2020 - 2:02 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — For weeks, the Trump administration played up the dangers of the coronavirus as it sought to persuade Americans to disrupt their lives and stay home. Now, as President Donald Trump aims for a swift nationwide reopening, he faces a new challenge: convincing people it's safe to come...
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A helicopter drops water in a wildfire at a national park at the Dutch-German border near Herkenbosch, Netherlands, Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Due to the long dryness the danger of forest fires increases all over Germany. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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April 22, 2020 - 10:23 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A village of 4,000 people in the southern Netherlands was evacuated Wednesday as smoke from a wildfire in a nearby national park drifted over homes, authorities said. Residents of Herkenbosch, a village close to the German border and 200 kilometers (124 miles)...
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A locked gate is seen by the Etihad Stadium where Manchester City was due to play Burnley in an English Premier League soccer match Saturday March 14, 2020, after all English soccer games were cancelled due to the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. For most people, the new COVID-19 coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, but for some it can cause more severe illness.(AP Photo/Jon Super)
April 20, 2020 - 4:35 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Kentucky coach John Calipari’s foundation helping charities provide COVID-19 pandemic relief has received a $1 million donation. The Hall of Fame coach recently began his “Coffee With Cal” video series on Facebook...
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A medical staffer gestures after performing swabs for coronavirus in the Santa Cecilia nursing home in Civitavecchia, near Rome, Saturday, April 17, 2020. A scandal over coronavirus infections and deaths in Italy’s nursing homes took on broader dimensions Friday, with the National Institutes of Health conservatively estimating that at least 6,773 residents had died since Feb. 1, 40% of them either infected with the virus or with COVID-19 symptoms. (Cecilia Fabiano/LaPresse via AP)
April 19, 2020 - 11:19 pm
The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Thousands of LA city workers must take 26 furlough...
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