May 20, 2009 |
Federal officials on Tuesday announced a new national shelter system to help locate temporary housing for victims of hurricanes and other natural disasters. The shelter system is a key part of preparations for hurricane season, which begins June 1. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Craig Fugate, the new director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, called for the public to help prepare for storms, mostly by devising family evacuation plans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2006 |
More than two decades after toxic farm drainage emptying into a small wildlife refuge stilled the chatter of migrating waterfowl with death and deformity, the federal government is on the verge of deciding what to do with vast amounts of tainted irrigation water still produced by San Joaquin Valley croplands. The selenium-spiked flows that poisoned ponds at Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge were shut down long ago.
January 8, 2006 |
A national coalition dedicated to preparing Americans for natural disasters recently launched a California affiliate in Sherman Oaks, pledging to create a fund for people without enough insurance. James Lee Witt, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and retired Adm. James M. Loy, former deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, co-chair the national coalition ProtectingAmerica.org. The new affiliate, ProtectingCalifornia.
November 29, 2005 |
Subfreezing temperatures and the first snowfall in Kashmir claimed the life of an infant, the first reported victim of what officials fear will be a new disaster for millions of Pakistanis left homeless by the October earthquake. Waqar Mukhtar, 3 months, died of pneumonia, Dr. Abdul Hamid said. Quoting the Pakistani military, U.N. official Elisabeth Byrs said that at least 300,000 people remain inaccessible in remote Himalayan regions. None have tents, she added.
September 11, 2005 |
Airlines As of Tuesday, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International and the Gulfport-Biloxi International airports remained closed to all traffic, except relief and rescue flights. No reopening dates were announced. Airlines continued to divert hundreds of flights from the region each day and to divert aircraft to relief efforts. Many waived cancellation fees or other penalties for affected passengers. Each carrier had its own policy, updated frequently.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2000 |
As a wildfire destroyed homes in New Mexico two weeks ago, Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Joe Lindaman was getting ready to set a fire in the Malibu Hills. The manager of the county's controlled burn program, Lindaman had 150 firefighters, seven fire engines, weather monitors and a helicopter crew on hand to burn eight acres of brush.