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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1989 | DOUG SMITH, Times Staff Writer
When a fireworks cache exploded in a Koreatown apartment last month, Scott Underwood heard the news over AM radio. He took that as a personal defeat. As vice chairman of emergency operations for the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Red Cross, Underwood goes to some trouble to stay in tune with disaster. He listens to Fire Department calls on a scanner most of the day. He has one at his home, one in his car and one in the office of his printing shop.
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NEWS
February 16, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The United States has declared Lebanon a disaster area after fighting that has claimed more than 500 lives. The U.S. State Department said $250,000 in emergency medical aid will be sent. Spokesman Richard Boucher said the disaster declaration follows two weeks of fierce fighting in Christian East Beirut. The emergency aid is in addition to the regular U.S. humanitarian program for Lebanon, which amounts to $23 million for fiscal 1990, he said.
WORLD
May 29, 2008 | Mark Magnier, Times Staff Writer
Images run through my mind when I'm brave enough to let them in like the click-click of an old slide projector. The body of the security guard five days after the quake, his keys still on his belt, his uniform and badge struggling to lend some dignity to his bloated corpse. The body of the student, a boy slightly older than my son, his sneakers battered, his shirttail out. Like most people, I move through life clinging to a few assumptions that give me a modest sense of control.
NATIONAL
August 28, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Gov. Tom Vilsack declared three Iowa counties disaster areas after storms with high wind and heavy rain knocked down a nursing home's wall in Hiawatha and dropped softball-size hail north of Des Moines that damaged crops. Residents in Leon cleaned up branches, limbs and other debris, and crews repaired cable connections and power lines ripped from homes by the storm. "It was terrible. Oh, that noise!
NEWS
January 7, 1988 | Associated Press
Gov. John Waihee has asked President Reagan to declare the island of Oahu a major disaster area as the result of recent flooding that caused an estimated $35 million in damage. Waihee signed the formal request, which would authorize federal assistance for eligible victims, after meeting Tuesday night with officials who surveyed the damage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 1998 | GREGORY MENA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Glorria Morrison began a campaign 10 years ago to persuade teachers, building managers and administrators to learn how to rescue people in a natural disaster, few were interested. The problem, Morrison said, was that they didn't realize how long it could take for trained rescuers to arrive. "They were shocked that the fire department was not going to take care of them," said Morrison, Huntington Beach emergency services coordinator.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1995 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They see you are interested. So before they ever ask your name, Bob and Carol Grise draw you aside with a whisper and a quick toss of the head to pop a crucial question: "Do you have an agenda?"
NEWS
June 25, 1991 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.N. officials are studying the possibility of creating an international rapid deployment corps to provide humanitarian relief to any part of the world within 24 hours of a natural or man-made disaster. Under the proposal, all governments would be invited to participate in the U.N. Humanitarian Assistance Teams by earmarking specially trained, unarmed military personnel or search and rescue forces.
MAGAZINE
October 20, 1991 | RUSTY WESTON, San Francisco-based Rusty Weston writes about crime, technology and pop culture
ROGER L. MCCARTHY WAS STUCK IN FRIDAY-afternoon traffic on July 17, 1981, when he heard the first radio reports of a catastrophe at the Kansas City Hyatt Regency. In the middle of the hotel's afternoon tea dance, about 1,500 people had been listening to an orchestra play "Satin Doll" when a walkway that spanned the lobby collapsed onto another walkway; both crashed to the lobby floor. As his Buick Centurion inched along U.S. 101 through Silicon Valley, bulletins updated the story.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1998 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From the outside, the plain stucco building on Douglas Road offers no clue to the machinations within. But every time disaster strikes, including fires, earthquakes and, in this El Nino year, rainstorms, county officials open the emergency operations center here. It's only a small room, a sanctum for officials who coordinate the county's elaborate system of flood control channels, pumping stations and strike teams. It's also where Bill Reiter, the county's flood control czar, takes charge.
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