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January 14, 2006 | From Reuters
The head of one of America's largest insurers called for a larger federal role in insurance by urging the government to start a fund to cover losses from natural disasters and to create a regulator to strip out some state oversight powers. Allstate Corp. Chief Executive Edward Liddy said the insurance industry did not have the capital to cover the multibillion-dollar losses from natural disasters, such as those from hurricanes Katrina and Rita last year.
February 5, 1998 | From Times Staff and wire reports
Earthquakes, floods and hurricanes cause suicide rates to climb among grieving and stressed survivors, researchers report in today's New England Journal of Medicine. "Overall, the suicide rate increased by 13.8% during the four years after a severe natural disaster," the research team led by Dr. Etienne G. Krug of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta found.
March 3, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The American Red Cross tested disaster readiness in a day of nationwide drills. Authorities in cities across the country simulated emergency conditions for natural disasters, terrorist bombings, fires, hazardous material spills and plane crashes that would require first aid, logistics and emergency shelter or evacuation. About 900 Red Cross chapters participated, said Don Jones, vice president for disaster services.
June 16, 1991 | Associated Press
Volcanoes, earthquakes and other natural disasters struck at week's end in Asia, South America, the Soviet Union and an island chain in the South Atlantic. Here is a rundown on the burst of activity: PHILIPPINES--A huge fissure cracked Mt. Pinatubo and scientists said the erupting volcano may be building up to a catastrophic blast. The region was also hit by winds and rains generated by a typhoon, and earthquakes triggered by the volcanic eruptions shook parts of Luzon Island.
September 16, 2005 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
In the wake of concerns about government response to Hurricane Katrina, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday that he will create an expert team to assess how prepared the city is to handle a disaster. The mayor offered few details about the group except to say that it will consist of experts from inside and outside local government.
The city is "on the cutting edge" of disaster preparedness, according to a commendation Santa Clarita received for a program that teaches residents how to be self-sufficient for up to three days after a major disaster. The Emergency Preparedness Commission for Los Angeles County and its cities recognized Santa Clarita this month for using volunteers and private companies to offer the disaster training at no cost to the public.
September 28, 1997 | IRENE LACHER
USA Today reported last week that El Nin~o fever has reached such levels of panic that Malibu-ians are sealing off their waterfront homes with sandbags. They don't know what panic is. In a truly Malibu-oid stroke of coping with the elements, a recent Giorgio Armani fashion show at Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks' airy Colony home was moved from the high-tide beach to the tennis court, natch. Beverly Hills Armani doyenne Wanda McDaniel made even disaster sound fashionable.
July 29, 1989 | LARRY GREEN, Times Staff Writer
Ambulance-chasing lawyers are finding the roads to major disasters increasingly blocked these days by state bar associations. For example, within hours of last week's deadly crash of a United Airlines DC-10 at Sioux City, the Iowa State Bar Assn. put up what amounted to a lawyers-not-welcome sign at the scene of the tragedy where 111 died. Another 185 passengers survived.
A fire raced through a building at the Universal Studios back lot Wednesday exactly one year after a wind-whipped blaze destroyed $25 million of the company's historic movie sets. But this time the fire was no more real than the New York street where smoke billowed from a movie-land facade. It was just the first act in a studio extravaganza. Universal Studios recreated the fire--and an explosion, an earthquake and a toxics spill--as part of a three-day seminar on how to deal with disasters.
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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