Disaster planning and response

Stranded residents try to reach their cars in the flooded street, following heavy rain and snowfall in Fushe Kosove, Kosovo on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Many roads have been blocked and bridges damaged, according to the authorities. There have been no casualties or lost livestock so far. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
January 11, 2021 - 10:18 am
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Days of heavy rain and snow across the Balkans left homes and fields flooded Monday, disrupted traffic on highways and at ports and caused power outages. In Serbia, authorities on Monday started clearing up tons of garbage that was clogging a southwestern lake after it was...
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January 10, 2021 - 1:18 pm
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian authorities said Sunday that military troops have supplied food and water to families in the northwest isolated from the recent flooding following heavy rainfall in the last week. A Defense Ministry statement reported at least 36 families evacuated in Lezha and...
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Rescue crews work in the area at Ask in Gjerdrum, Saturday Jan. 2, 2021, after a massive landslide smashed into a residential area near the Norwegian capital on Wednesday. The landslide cut across a road through Ask, leaving a deep ravine that cars could not pass. (Tor Erik Schroeder/NTB via AP)
January 03, 2021 - 2:15 am
HELSINKI (AP) — Rescue teams searching for survivors four days after a landslide carried away homes in a Norwegian village found no signs of life Saturday amid the ruined buildings and debris. Three bodies have been recovered but searchers are still looking for seven more people believed to be...
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Cameron French, from White Pine Touring, wears an Ascent 40 AVABAG avalanche backpack on Dec. 18, 2020, in Park City, Utah. With another ski season getting underway, avalanche forecasters and search-and-rescue groups are concerned that large numbers of skiers and snowboarders will again turn to the backcountry to avoid crowds and reservation systems at resorts. The increased interest in the backcountry has been a lifeline for the outdoor retail industry amid the pandemic, but it has also renewed a push among gear manufacturers and stores to sell responsibly. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
January 02, 2021 - 11:20 am
DENVER (AP) — On March 14, Colorado's governor issued an executive order shutting down ski resorts across the state. The coronavirus had arrived and was spreading rapidly in small mountain communities that were attracting hordes of spring break revelers. The next day, with chairlifts and gondolas...
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FILE - In this Monday, June 20, 2016 file photo, smoke from wildfires burning in Angeles National Forest fills the sky behind the Los Angeles skyline. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has calculated the risk for every county in America for 18 types of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, volcanos and even tsunamis. And of the more than 3,000 counties,  Los Angeles County has the highest ranking in the National Risk Index. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
January 02, 2021 - 10:07 am
Spending her life in Los Angeles, Morgan Andersen knows natural disasters all too well. In college, an earthquake shook her home hard. Her grandfather was affected by recent wildfires in neighboring Orange County. “It’s just that constant reminder, ‘Oh yeah, we live somewhere where there’s natural...
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Katelyn Smith stands with her one year old son Ricky Trahan, III, as she prepares to change his clothes, as their family lives in a camper and tents where their home was destroyed, in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, in Lake Charles, La., Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
December 24, 2020 - 10:12 am
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — As southwest Louisiana recovers from the back-to-back hurricanes that hammered the region this year, signs of progress compete with lingering evidence of mass destruction. The fallen trees that carpeted neighborhoods have mostly been chopped up and hauled away, but the...
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In this Wednesday Dec.16 2020 photo, Kidrich Korok cries in the yard outside her house in Lekuangole, South Sudan, remembering her nine-year-old son Martin who she said starved to death in July. South Sudan is one of four countries with areas that could slip into famine, the United Nations has warned, along with Yemen, Burkina Faso and northeastern Nigeria.(AP Photo/Sam Mednick)
December 24, 2020 - 2:03 am
LEKUANGOLE, South Sudan (AP) — After nearly a week of hiding from conflict, Kallayn Keneng watched two of her young children die. “They cried and cried and said, ‘Mom, we need food,'" she said. But she had nothing to give. Too frail to bury her 5-year-old and 7-year-old after days without eating,...
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Francesco Zambon, lead author of a withdrawn WHO report into Italy's coronavirus response speaks with The Associated Press in Rome, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. Zambon warned his U.N. bosses in May of lost lives and "catastrophic" reputational damage if they allowed Italian political interests to suppress the document, according to emails obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
December 21, 2020 - 7:27 pm
ROME (AP) — The U.N. epidemiologist who denounced the World Health Organization’s withdrawal of a report on Italy’s coronavirus response says he is suffering retaliation for having spoken out and is calling for the agency to live up to its obligations to protect whistleblowers. Dr. Francesco Zambon...
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Francesco Zambon, lead author of a withdrawn WHO report into Italy's coronavirus response speaks with The Associated Press in Rome, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. Zambon warned his U.N. bosses in May of lost lives and "catastrophic" reputational damage if they allowed Italian political interests to suppress the document, according to emails obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
December 19, 2020 - 2:22 am
ROME (AP) — An author of a withdrawn World Health Organization report into Italy's coronavirus response warned his bosses in May that people could die and the U.N. agency could suffer “catastrophic” reputational damage if it allowed political concerns to suppress the document, according to emails...
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Dusk settles over the White House, Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
December 14, 2020 - 4:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior U.S. officials will begin receiving coronavirus vaccines this week as part of updated federal continuity of government plans that now include terrorism and pandemics as threats to the nation, and its leaders. The effort comes after President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday...
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