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Louisiana to Include Sinkholes in Disaster Planning

Sinkholes will be recognized as threats in the state’s updated hazard mitigation plan. The Daily Comet reports the state is working on a five-year update to its hazard mitigation plan, which must be in place to receive federal money after …

Bell and Smith Top Allstate’s List of Stormiest Texas Counties

Texas storms affected more Allstate insured homes and cars in Bell county than any other part of the state over the past five years, while Smith county saw the highest frequency of lightning. Allstate tallied the top 25 Texas counties …

Louisiana Hurricane Museum Received $1M Donation

The National Hurricane Museum and Science Center has received a financial shot in the arm, with a $1 million donation by the Stream family. Gray Stream, the center’s board chairman, told the American Press on Monday that the donation brings …

Oklahoma Bill Could Hinder State From Receiving Federal Flood Insurance

A group responsible for managing Oklahoma’s floodplains says bills moving through the Legislature that prohibit cities from regulating oil and natural gas drilling operations could prevent the state from participating in the National Flood Insurance Program. The Oklahoma Floodplain Managers …

Oklahoma City Releases Preliminary Tornado Damage Survey

The Oklahoma City Emergency Management office has released its preliminary survey of damage caused by a March 25 tornado. The city reports 89 homes with minimal damage and 50 homes – including 43 mobile homes – with minor damage. Twenty …

More Counties Added to Oklahoma Earthquake List

Oklahoma officials are expanding the number of counties that are included in earthquake “areas of interest,” and asking nearly 100 companies to prove their oil and gas wastewater disposal wells are not too deep. The Tulsa World reports that the …

New Earthquake Hazard Maps for Oklahoma

The U.S. Geological Survey is expected to release a new hazard map for earthquakes in Oklahoma. The Oklahoman reports that data collection has continued with the help of the Oklahoma Geological Survey after the state recorded more earthquakes of a …

Sedgwick Chosen to Handle Louisiana’s Self-Insurance Program

A new private contractor is being hired to oversee claims processing and loss prevention services for Louisiana’s self-insurance program. The Office of Risk Management announced Friday that Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc. was awarded a three-year contract that begins July …

Oilfield Safety a Concern as Companies Cut Costs During Downturn

A deadly oil well explosion in Texas’s Permian Basin this week offers a cautionary note of the industry’s challenges as companies cut costs during a market downturn. Even as deaths in the industry have climbed much less than the breakneck …

Houston Ship Channel Chemical Spill Cleanup Will Take Several Days

Efforts to clean up one of the nation’s busiest seaports after a collision between two vessels on the Houston Ship Channel spilled a flammable chemical were expected to take at least several days, U.S. Coast Guard officials said Tuesday. About …

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