Disaster planning and response

Residents wade along a flooded village caused by typhoon Vongfong as it passed by Sorsogon province, eastern Philippines on Friday May 15, 2020. More than 150,000 people were riding out a weakening typhoon in emergency shelters in the Philippines on Friday after a mass evacuation that was complicated and slowed by the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Melchor Hilotin)
May 15, 2020 - 5:15 am
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Strong winds and rain from Typhoon Vongfong left at least one person dead and damaged hundreds of homes and coronavirus isolation facilities along with rice and corn fields in five hard-hit eastern towns, a governor said Friday. Gov. Ben Evardone of Eastern Samar province...
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President Donald Trump speaks after exiting Air Force One at Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown, Pa., Thursday, May 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
May 14, 2020 - 9:04 pm
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump says he intends to prepare for future pandemics by replenishing the national stockpile and bringing manufacturing of critical supplies and equipment back to the U.S. His comments came the same day a whistleblower told Congress the Trump administration...
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Employees wearing protective equipment work at a semiconductor production facility for Renesas Electronics during a government organized tour for journalists in Beijing, Thursday, May 14, 2020. China reported three new coronavirus cases Thursday while moving to reopen for business and schools. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
May 14, 2020 - 4:07 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Thursday the lifting of a coronavirus state of emergency ahead of schedule in most of the country except for eight high-risk areas. Abe lifted the measure in 39 of the country’s 47 prefectures. It remains in effect in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto...
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FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2015 file photo firefighters from the University of Alaska (Fairbanks) watch as a wildfire slowly creeps toward their fire break near Chelan, Wash. Newly released national plans for fighting wildfires during the coronavirus pandemic are hundreds of pages long but don't offer many details on how fire managers will get access to COVID-19 tests or exactly who will decide when a crew needs to enter quarantine. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson,File)
May 11, 2020 - 2:19 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — In new plans that offer a national reimagining of how to fight wildfires amid the risk of the coronavirus spreading through crews, it's not clear how officials will get the testing and equipment needed to keep firefighters safe in what’s expected to be a difficult fire season. A...
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In this Wednesday evening, May 6, 2020 photo, a Florida forestry tractor trailer is parked in Walton County, Fla., near a hot spot from a wildfire. Authorities say firefighters in the Florida Panhandle battled wildfires through the night that have forced hundreds of people to evacuate from their homes. The more than 575-acre fire in Walton County prompted about 500 people to evacuate. (Devon Ravine/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP)
May 07, 2020 - 1:49 pm
MILTON, Fla. (AP) — Firefighters in the Florida Panhandle continued battling an erratic fire Thursday that had scorched thousands of acres of woods, razed dozens of homes and forced some 1,600 people to evacuate from their neighborhoods. A stretch of Interstate 10, northern Florida's main...
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson shows thumbs up before he applauds on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street in London during the weekly "Clap for our Carers" Thursday, April 30, 2020. The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has prompted a public display of appreciation for care workers. The applause takes place across Britain every Thursday at 8pm local time to show appreciation for healthcare workers, emergency services, armed services, delivery drivers, shop workers, teachers, waste collectors, manufacturers, postal workers, cleaners, vets, engineers and all those helping people with coronavirus and keeping the country functioning while most people stay at home in the lockdown. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
May 04, 2020 - 10:32 am
LONDON (AP) — As the coronavirus continues to infect people across Britain in what will likely turn out to be Europe’s worst outbreak, the government has come under criticism from scientists, who say it has neglected the fundamentals of epidemic control. Hundreds of outbreak experts have questioned...
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This photo taken March 12, 2020, near Rock Port, Missouri, shows tenant farmer Phil Graves examining grain storage bins that were destroyed in a 2019 flood. Some of the land where Graves grows corn has been offered for sale to provide room for a levee to be rerouted so the Missouri River can roam more widely. Levee setbacks are among measures being taken in the U.S. heartland to control floods in ways that work with nature instead of trying to dominate it with concrete infrastructure. Graves says he'd prefer to keep cultivating the parcel but understands why the setback is needed. (AP Photo/John Flesher)
April 28, 2020 - 2:35 pm
Some communities in the U.S. heartland are taking a more natural approach to preventing the kinds of floods that have devastated the region in recent years. As climate change brings more extreme weather, the network of levees and walls that keeps rivers such as the Mississippi and the Missouri...
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This undated photo provided by Microsoft shows Microsoft chief technology officer Kevin Scott. Scott, oversees thousands of engineers and scientists working in artificial intelligence, computer science and other research. But right now he’s laser-focused on the COVID-19 pandemic. (Brian Smale/Microsoft via AP)
April 26, 2020 - 8:15 am
Microsoft's chief technology officer, Kevin Scott, oversees thousands of engineers and scientists working in artificial intelligence, computer science and other research. But right now he's laser-focused on the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest projects include setting up a chatbot for the Centers for...
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FILE - In this April 10, 2020, file photo, wearing protective masks ground crew at the Los Angeles International airport unload supplies of medical personal protective equipment from a China Southern Cargo plane. Before the coronavirus outbreak, many states had only a modest supply of medical equipment. An Associated Press review of more than 20 states found that many were still storing items that were left over from an influenza pandemic a decade ago and long since expired. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
April 23, 2020 - 2:36 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (AP) — Last autumn, when schools were in session, sports stadiums full and no one had even heard of the COVID-19 disease, the Missouri health department made an eerily foreshadowing request. It asked the state for $300,000 to buy supplies in case of a large-scale disease outbreak...
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Protesters drive by in a convertible car during a rally calling for an end to California Gov. Gavin Newsom's stay-at-home orders amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Wednesday, April 22, 2020, outside of City Hall in downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
April 23, 2020 - 5:26 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — For weeks, the Trump administration played up the dangers of the coronavirus as it sought to persuade Americans to disrupt their lives and stay home. Now, as President Donald Trump aims for a swift nationwide reopening, he faces a new challenge: convincing people it's safe to come...
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