Disaster planning and response

Bobby Smith boards up the windows at Jani's Ceramics in Panama City, Fla., on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Michael. (Patti Blake/News Herald via AP)
October 08, 2018 - 7:10 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Residents of Florida's Panhandle frantically filled sandbags, boarded up homes and secured boats Monday as they anxiously awaited Hurricane Michael, which forecasters warned could smash into the state's Gulf Coast as a dangerous major hurricane within days. Fueled by warm tropical...
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Indonesian military and police personnel carry relief aid from a Japan Air Force cargo plane at the Mutiara Sis Al-Jufri airport in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. A 7.5 magnitude earthquake rocked the city on Sept. 28, triggering a tsunami and mud slides that killed a large number of people and displaced tens of thousands others. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
October 06, 2018 - 5:12 am
PALU, Indonesia (AP) — Search teams pulled bodies from obliterated neighborhoods in the disaster-stricken Indonesian city of Palu on Saturday as more aid rolled in and the government said it was considering making devastated areas into mass graves. Indonesia's disaster agency said the death toll...
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Filipinos stand beside the heavily damaged Mercure hotel after a massive earthquake and tsunami hit Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. Life is on hold for thousands living in tents and shelters in the Indonesian city hit by a powerful earthquake and tsunami, unsure when they'll be able to rebuild and spending hours each day often futilely trying to secure necessities such as fuel for generators. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
October 04, 2018 - 10:22 am
PALU, Indonesia (AP) — A French rescue team said Thursday it has detected a person believed to still be alive under the rubble of a hotel in Indonesia's central Sulawesi, nearly a week after it was hit by a powerful earthquake and tsunami. Philip Besson, a member of the French organization Pompiers...
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FILE - In this May 24, 2011, file photo, a woman makes her way into the main entrance of Joplin High School in Joplin, Mo., that was destroyed by a tornado. An Associated Press analysis has found that tardiness in filing appeals to be reimbursed by the federal government after disasters has been the top reason why Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters has denied appeals from cities, schools and other entities over the past year. The denied appeals include a total of $67 million sought by the tornado-ravaged schools of Joplin. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
October 03, 2018 - 9:01 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — As the floodwaters recede and the recovery begins, communities swamped by Hurricane Florence soon will be facing deadlines to document the billions of dollars in damage it caused if they want to be reimbursed by the federal government. A missed deadline could be costly,...
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A giant plume of volcanic ash rises from Mount Soputan, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, in the town of Tomohon, Northern Sulawesi, Indonesia. The volcano erupted Wednesday morning on the same central Indonesian island as an earlier earthquake and authorities warned planes about volcanic ash in the air. (AP Photo/Hetty Andih)
October 03, 2018 - 6:03 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano erupted Wednesday on the same central Indonesian island struck last week by a powerful earthquake and tsunami, and authorities warned planes about volcanic ash in the air. Mount Soputan on Sulawesi island spewed a massive column of ash more than 6,000 meters (19,...
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In this photo taken taken Thursday Sept. 27, 2018, the Finnish icebreaker Polaris is moored in Helsinki after an oil spill response drill testing an in-built recovery system, a first for an icebreaker. The vessel can collect 1,400 cubic meters (49,000 cubic feet) of oil, even in harsh and icy weather conditions. (AP Photo/David Keyton)
October 03, 2018 - 3:53 am
HELSINKI (AP) — A Finnish icebreaker has conducted an oil spill response exercise in the Baltic Sea, testing a new, inbuilt oil recovery system — a first for an icebreaker. The vessel, Polaris, can collect 1,400 cubic meters (49,000 cubic feet) of oil, even in harsh and icy weather conditions. The...
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A driver waits to get towed out of flooded street during a flash flood as a result of heavy rains from tropical storm Rosa Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
October 02, 2018 - 6:44 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Remnants of a tropical storm drenched parts of the desert Southwest on Tuesday, trapping some drivers on swamped Phoenix streets as authorities prepared for possible flash flooding in Arizona, central Utah and elsewhere. Rosa, a hurricane that was downgraded to a tropical storm and...
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A woman makes her way through the rubble of houses in Balaroa neighborhood in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. Home to hundreds of families, the neighborhood was once a patchwork of asphalted streets and tidy houses. Now it looks as if it was picked up and thrown back to earth with vicious force. Four days after the earthquake and tsunami hit the Indonesian city of Palu, this devastated neighborhood has received no government help and anger is simmering among its residents. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
October 02, 2018 - 3:14 am
PALU, Indonesia (AP) — Home to hundreds of families, the Balaroa section of Indonesia's Palu city was once a patchwork of asphalted streets and tidy houses dominated by a golden domed mosque. Now it looks as if it was picked up and thrown back to earth with vicious force. Four days after a powerful...
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Indonesian red cross team carry the body of a tsunami victim following a massive earthquake and tsunami at Talise beach in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. Bright-colored body bags were placed side-by-side in a freshly dug mass grave Monday, as a hard-hit Indonesian city began burying its dead from the devastating earthquake and tsunami. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
October 01, 2018 - 1:14 pm
PALU, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on a powerful earthquake and tsunami that hit part of central Indonesia (all times local): 12:04 a.m. President Donald Trump is sending his "warmest condolences" to the country of Indonesia following a devastating earthquake and tsunami that killed hundreds. Trump...
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People survey the damage following a massive earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. Rescuers were scrambling Sunday to try to find trapped victims in collapsed buildings where voices could be heard screaming for help after a massive earthquake in Indonesia spawned a deadly tsunami two days ago. (AP Photo/Rifki)
September 30, 2018 - 7:35 pm
MAKASSAR, Indonesia (AP) — An early warning system that might have prevented some deaths in the tsunami that hit an Indonesian island on Friday has been stalled in the testing phase for years. The high-tech system of seafloor sensors, data-laden sound waves and fiber-optic cable was meant to...
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