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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1991 | CAROL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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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.
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?"
BUSINESS
November 1, 2007 | Cyndia Zwahlen, Special to The Times
Taxes may be the last thing on the minds of small-business owners affected by the Southern California wildfires, but a delay in tackling the issue could mean missing out on important fire-related tax help. Some of the benefits unveiled this week for eligible taxpayers include extensions to file and pay taxes, relief from penalties and interest, free copies of tax records and reduced property taxes. On top of that, there's a way to turn back time -- at least as far as your taxes are concerned.
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.
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