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Millions Evacuated From India, Bangladesh as Cyclone Nears Making Landfall

Authorities along India’s east coast and neighboring Bangladesh evacuated millions to safer places and shut some factories as the biggest cyclonic storm in two decades makes landfall, causing heavy rain and strong winds in the region. Amphan, now equivalent of …

As Thousands Join, Few Rules for California Health Corps

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As tens of thousands of retired health care workers and medical and nursing students sign up for the newly established California Health Corps, almost nothing is known about how it will operate, how much it will cost …

CEO Walks Back Pledge to Fix Homes Damaged in Houston Blast

HOUSTON — The head of a company involved in a massive explosion in Houston that killed two workers and injured 20 others on Tuesday backtracked on a pledge he had made earlier in the day to fix the hundreds of …

Community Helps Nebraska Hotel Owner Recover From Flood

KEARNEY, Neb. — Last July 9, after floodwaters wrecked the interior of his 42-room Western Inn South, Bhikhabhai Chaudhari struggled to smile. Now, thanks to assistance from Kearney businesses and individuals, Chaudhari is beaming. He reopened his motel late this …

Volunteers Sought for Central Illinois Disaster Drill

Authorities in east-central Illinois are looking for a few hundred volunteers to play the part of victims and bystanders in a disaster drill. The exercise is scheduled to take place July 27 in Atwood and Garrett. The Douglas County Emergency …

Virginia Zoo Bars Volunteer Access to Exotic Animals

Volunteers at the Virginia Zoo can no longer work with exotic animals. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the zoo in Norfolk recently dropped its Keeper Aide program. The program allowed volunteers to help prepare meals and feed tigers, bears and other …

Ohio Fire Agencies Say Law Costs Them Volunteers

Small fire departments in Ohio say they’re losing volunteers because it’s difficult to keep up with a state law that took effect in 2008 requiring firefighters to be recertified on a regular basis. “People work 40 to 50 hours a …

Tennessee Fire Departments Lacking in Volunteers

While calls to volunteer fire departments are on the rise, the ranks of these volunteers are dwindling in Middle Tennessee and officials hope a younger generation will step up to the service. Volunteer fire departments account for about 80 percent …

Disaster Onslaught: Relief Groups Scramble to Cope

Confronted with an unprecedented string of tornadoes, floods and wildfires, the American Red Cross and other relief groups are scrambling to raise money fast enough to meet the demand for help. “The disasters just keep coming,” said Red Cross spokesman …