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Mississippi Homeowners Urged to Numbers on Homes

Emergency officials say Diamondhead residents who fail to post their addresses on their homes and mail boxes are making it tough for first responders to find them during times of emergency. WLOX-TV in Biloxi reports Diamondhead’s unique street names compound …

Oklahoma Commissioner to Seek NAIC Investment in Emergency Response Vehicles

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak announced that he intends to ask the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) to invest in Shared Emergency Response Vehicles (SERVEs) for education and disaster response. “These vehicles are a great way for the …

Untrained Volunteers Risk Harm During Disasters: Study

In the immediate aftermath of hurricanes, floods and other disasters, it’s not uncommon for people to turn out in large numbers to assist victims, clear debris and chip in on dozens of other tasks to get a community back on …

Review Calls for Better Illinois Disaster Response

A review has found several shortfalls in Illinois’ readiness to respond to disasters and emergencies. The review concluded that there could be better coordination with local communities on things like identifying and pre-registering volunteer health professionals who could be called …

New Residential Earthquake Claim Program Introduced by American Claims Management and QBE

San Diego, CA, 06/18/13 – American Claims Management Inc. (ACM), a national third party administrator (TPA), is pleased to announce that it has been appointed as the TPA for a new residential earthquake claim program for QBE Insurance Corporation. This …

FEMA Coordinating Disaster Response in South Dakota

Federal officials have been meeting with state and local officials in South Dakota to coordinate the dispersal of emergency funding to help affected areas recover from a three-day snowstorm last month that caused millions of dollars in damage. President Barack …

China Disaster Response Improved in Latest Quake

The tent village that sprang up in two days to house quake survivors in mountain-flanked Lushan is no ordinary refugee camp. China’s full range of disaster response is on display: Trucks with x-ray equipment, phone-charging stations, bank tellers-on-wheels – even …

Museum Exhibit to Focus on Alabama Tornado

An oral history of the tornado that devastated Tuscaloosa and the surrounding area on April 27, 2011, will be exhibited later this month at the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum. The exhibit, “Listening to the Storm: A Natural Disaster in …

Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Form Disaster Medical Team

Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont have formed a specialized disaster medical assistance team to respond to disasters in the region. The 56-member team has expertise in emergency and wilderness medicine, toxicology, pharmacology, respiratory therapy, orthopedics and radiological protection, among other …

Be Ready to Help, Not Just Race After Tornadoes

Eighteen seconds. That’s how long it took storm chaser Jeff Piotrowski to stop and tell a law enforcement officer in Joplin, Mo., that a massive tornado was moments away from striking the eastern edge of the city. The report was …