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June 1, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Many people along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts still lack a hurricane survival plan and don't feel vulnerable to storms, despite Hurricane Katrina's dramatic damage and pleas from emergency officials for residents to prepare before the season starts, according to a poll released Thursday.
May 31, 2007 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
So much for the authority of local officials. Just half of Los Angeles County residents would immediately follow local government officials' instructions to evacuate if terrorists attacked, according to a report by the Department of Health Services to be released today. One-third of those surveyed said they would want more information before they complied with government orders to relocate to a nearby school during a terrorist attack.
May 28, 2007 | Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer
As California becomes increasingly reliant on oil from elsewhere, state and federal officials are trying to figure out how to get enough energy to the West Coast if disaster strikes. The need became clear in August, when corroded BP pipelines threatened to halt supplies from an Alaskan oil field that fed West Coast refineries.
May 22, 2007 | Walter Hamilton, Times Staff Writer
KYLE Brechtel thought he'd done everything necessary to protect his New Orleans sandwich shops to withstand a disaster. He bought insurance, backed up his computer files and had a long relationship with his bank. Then Hurricane Katrina pummeled the city in August 2005 and Brechtel suddenly realized he could have done even more. The wrong mix of insurance forced him to pay $60,000 in out-of-pocket repairs that Brechtel could have avoided.
May 10, 2007 | Rong-Gong Lin II and Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writers
L.A. officials want to ban grilling at parks and increase hillside fire watch patrols as agencies across Southern California study the Griffith Park blaze for clues on what more they can do to prepare for the fire season ahead. As the region endures what is expected to be the driest year on record, officials are considering some extra measures to protect homes.
April 29, 2007 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
With the frightening wail of air-raid sirens, routine duck-and-cover drills and fallout shelters, the government prepared Americans for Japanese bombs during World War II and nuclear attacks during the Cold War. In the wake of the recent killing rampage at Virginia Tech, governments and institutions are debating how to warn people of emergencies today.
April 28, 2007 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
Worried that first responders cannot connect with one another during a major disaster, local officials pushed federal lawmakers and the White House this week to fund upgrades to the patchwork of emergency communications systems across Los Angeles County. Sheriff Lee Baca and L.A. County Fire Chief P.
April 14, 2007 | Tami Abdollah and Tony Barboza, Times Staff Writers
Two brush fires in the densely populated hills of Los Angeles, including one Thursday that burned three homes, have raised questions about how prepared the city is for a major blaze during this season of unprecedented dryness. Both the fire near Franklin Canyon and the one two weeks ago in the Hollywood Hills burned largely on public land that was thick with vegetation.
April 10, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have depleted the equipment inventory of the National Guard, potentially hampering its response to the predicted heavy hurricane season, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) said Monday. The Florida National Guard has only 53% of the dual-use equipment it once had for responding to a storm or domestic disturbance, a recent analysis by the Government Accountability Office found.
April 3, 2007 | Ching-Ching Ni, Times Staff Writer
The accident happened in China's information capital, on a new subway line being built for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. But it took rescue workers at least eight hours last week to arrive on the scene where six migrant workers were trapped in a tunnel collapse. There were no survivors. The cave-in and delayed rescue Wednesday have the potential to seriously embarrass the Chinese government.
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