emergency response News

Report Criticizes Virginia’s Response to Snowy I-95 Gridlock

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia state agencies collectively “lost situational awareness” and failed to keep up with growing gridlock during a January snowstorm that stranded hundreds of motorists along Interstate 95, a state-commissioned report released Friday said. While the 41-page …

Aging Oil-Storage Ships Pose Safety, Environmental Risks Around the World

The decades-old, oil-storage ship that blew up off the coast of Nigeria recently — killing some of its crew and spewing its contents into the Atlantic Ocean — is one of many vessels of similar vintage dotted across the globe. …

Viewpoint: A Resurgence in Catastrophes and COVID-19 Clash

Hurricane season has arrived. Although we’re still ahead of the historical September peak, PCS has already recorded two tropical events making landfall in the United States and notes outside forecasts of another busy year. Further, hot and dry conditions in …

Alphabet Jumps Into Drone Air-Traffic Control With Flight App

Alphabet Inc.’s drone-delivery venture, Wing, is releasing free software for U.S. drone users to get permission to fly near sensitive areas such as airports. The entry of Wing, which is using its corporate cousin Google’s mapping expertise, instantly makes it …

Keystone Pipeline Shut After Spilling 9,000 Barrels of Oil in N. Dakota

An estimated 9,120 barrels of oil have spilled from TC Energy Corp’s Keystone crude pipeline in North Dakota, state authorities said on Thursday, a major leak at a time of increased regulatory scrutiny of oil pipeline expansions. The initial estimate …

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 …

Ohio Fire Department Gets $8M to Hire Firefighters

Cincinnati’s fire department has received more than $8 million in federal funding to hire firefighters as part of a federal program aimed at improving emergency response. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says the funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is …

Kansas Air Guard Tests Tornado Response Skills

With vehicles strewn across roads, members of the Kansas Air National Guard turned Topeka’s Forbes Field into a disaster area to test emergency response skills. The four-hour exercise Tuesday was to see how well members of the 190th Air Refueling …

Study Surveys Impact of Leap Day IllinoisTornado

On Leap Day last year, the largest natural disaster in Illinois in 2012 devastated a small town in Southern Illinois. Since the Feb. 29 EF-4 level tornado that tore through Harrisburg one year ago—hitting the ground with a force of …

Florida Paramedics Rush to Emergencies on Bicycles

Some paramedics in South Florida say it’s faster to ride a bicycle than drive an ambulance in some emergencies. Boca Raton Fire-Rescue recently started a bike paramedic team to deploy into crowds at downtown events and football games. Dave Weyer …