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emergency management officials offer up winter driving tips


chicago (ap) — with frigid below-normal temperatures in much of the country, emergency management officials are offering safety tips for winter driving.cook county emergency management officials are advising drivers to keep winter kits in their cars. the kits should include a shovel, water, snack food, extra clothing, a first aid kit, a flashlight with extra batteries and matches and small candles.they’re also advising motorists to make sure gas tanks always be kept at least half full and to tell someone where you’re going and the likely route you take.if you become stranded, stay with your vehicle and only run the engine for 10 minutes an hour to conserve gas.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






wind-driven flames race across northeast colorado, lead schools in logan, philli


high winds are whipping up chaos across northeastern colorado, with gusts of up to 60 mph blinding motorists with dust and pushing a prairie fire east across logan county that is threatening interstate 76 and led to the evacuation of three schools.so far, one structure has been destroyed by the fire, and several others are in danger, logan county emergency management office spokeswoman marilee johnson said monday afternoon.the emergency management office placed robo calls to 900 homes in rural logan county telling residents to be prepared to evacuate, johnson said. all of the homes are between county road 49 and the sedgwick county line to the east, she said.three schools that received the pre-evacuation notice decided to close as a precaution. johnson said the schools are: caliche, a pre-






douglas county added to national emergency alert system


gardnerville, nev. (ap) — douglas county has gained access to a national network for emergency alerts.the record-courier reported wednesday that the federal emergency management agency authorized douglas, lyon and storey counties and carson city to access the alert system as a unit.douglas county spokeswoman melissa blosser said the system is a major improvement to the county’s warning capabilities. she said authorities can now warn the public through commercial television and radio broadcasts, along with the wireless emergency alert program.the new program does not require residents to sign up or register because it is already active on smartphones.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.blosser said the system is only used for major events.___information from: gardnervi






32 illinois counties get grant money for emergency centers


springfield, ill. (ap) — emergency management agencies in 32 counties will be getting thousands of dollars each to beef up their emergency operations centers.in a news release, the illinois emergency management agency says the total of $500,000 in grant money it is awarding will be spent on personal computers, printers, radio base stations, furniture and other items for the emergency centers.the agency says that the money went to those counties that demonstrated the greatest need for basic technology and other equipment.the grants ranged from approximately $5,500 to $25,000.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






death toll from harvey rises to at least 60


dallas (ap) — officials now blame at least 60 deaths on harvey, the storm that dumped several feet of rain on southeast texas in a matter of days.many of those deaths confirmed in 11 texas counties happened when people were caught in quickly rising floodwaters or lost control on water-logged roads, emergency management officials said. six family members including four children were killed when a van they were riding in was swept into a bayou as floodwaters rose in harris county.of the counties confirming fatalities, harris county, which is home to houston and saw the worst flooding during the storm, still has the highest death toll with 30 confirmed harvey-related deaths as of about 5 p.m. monday.but county emergency management departments tell the associated press they are including peopl






cayuga county emo download


download download cayuga county new york, office of emergency services new mobile app has a lot to offer. with it you can gain access to important information regarding emergency situations, submit damage reports after emergency situations, submit storm reports, get up-to-date weather information, get preparedness information, keep up with you emergency kit, and more. in case of emergency please call 911.






colorado mountain college in leadville on lockout following bomb threat; suspect


colorado mountain college’s campus in leadville has been placed on lockout status monday morning following a bomb threat because of what officials say is an “active threat in the area.”the lake county office of emergency management said the bomb threat was made about 9:20 a.m. a suspect has been arrested.the school says it is in the process of being evacuated. authorities have requested help from the el paso county bomb squad and say the incident is under investigation.the emergency management office says students on campus will shelter in place in the residence hall or cafeteria.“if you are not on campus,” the college said in an alert posted about 10 a.m., “please stay away.”no injuries have been reported, according to a college spokeswoman.betty benson, a spokeswoman for the county, said






slower winds in forecast could aid crews battling wildfires


wichita, kan. — fire crews are expecting slower winds as they work to extinguish blazes that have scorched hundreds of square miles of land in four states and killed six people.most of the burned land is in kansas, where more than 1,000 square miles has been consumed in a series of fires. one that spans two counties along kansas' southern border with oklahoma is the largest in the state's recorded history.emergency officials in the two counties said thursday morning that the fire is largely contained, with crews working to monitor hot spots.comanche county emergency manager john lehman says the ground is "extremely dry," so it's possible the fire could re-ignite.in neighboring clark county, emergency management spokeswoman allison kuhns says "frankly there not much left to burn."






sheriff: as many as 16 dead in military plane crash


mississippi emergency management agency director lee smithson said a c-130 plane crashed monday afternoon in leflore county.        






military plane crash kills 16


at least 16 people have died in a military plane crash in mississippi after a marine corps aircraft exploded in mid-air over leflore county, leaving no survivors. county emergency management agency (ema) director fred randle confirmed the death toll, according to cnn. the fbi was dispatched to the scene. aerial footage of the crash broadcast on…






officials say kansas wildfires are under control


topeka, kan. — officials say wildfires that have charred more than 1,100 square miles in kansas are under control, prompting the state to withdraw response teams from the firefighting effort.the kansas division of emergency management said friday that crews in clark county have a blaze there 70 percent contained. containment levels in kansas' comanche, ellis, reno and rooks counties exceed 90 percent.the blaze that encompassed comanche and clark counties along kansas' southern border with oklahoma is the biggest wildfire on record in kansas.since erupting last weekend, wildfires had been reported in 21 kansas counties.although kansas has no burn ban in effect, the state's emergency management agency warns there's still potential for grassfires because of dry conditions statewide.






eastbound turnpike closed in bayonne for emergency repairs


bayonne, n.j. (ap) — eastbound lanes have been closed for emergency repairs between interchanges 14 and 14-a on the new jersey turnpike’s newark bay-hudson county extension.in a facebook post, bayonne’s office of emergency management says the casciano bridge eastbound has been closed and that it involves a “critical structural issue” that is being addressed.the office says the closure will last for at least 24 hours.westbound traffic is unaffected.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the extension connects the turnpike to bayonne, jersey city and the holland tunnel.






avid cyclist fatally collapses making steep climb on north shore


a veteran cyclist making an ascent along a rigorous trail on the northeastern tip of the north shore collapsed and died, authorities said tuesday.robert hemsworth, 61, of the nearby ontario city of thunder bay, was stricken monday near grand portage while going up mount josephine, which rewards visitors who make the steep climb with a picturesque view of lake superior and its surroundings.hemsworth was riding from thunder bay to grand marais as a relative followed in a vehicle, according to the cook county office of emergency management.the relative, with the assistance of a county dispatch operator, initiated resuscitation efforts at the scene before paramedics took over, a statement from the emergency management office read.hemsworth was taken to cook count north shore hospital and prono






avid cyclist fatally collapses making steep climb on north shore


a veteran cyclist making an ascent along a rigorous trail on the northeastern tip of the north shore collapsed and died, authorities said tuesday.robert hemsworth, 61, of the nearby ontario city of thunder bay, was stricken monday near grand portage while going up mount josephine, which rewards visitors who make the steep climb with a picturesque view of lake superior and its surroundings.hemsworth was riding from thunder bay to grand marais as a relative followed in a vehicle, according to the cook county office of emergency management.the relative, with the assistance of a county dispatch operator, initiated resuscitation efforts at the scene before paramedics took over, a statement from the emergency management office read.hemsworth was taken to cook count north shore hospital and prono






avid cyclist fatally collapses making steep climb on north shore


a veteran cyclist making an ascent along a rigorous trail on the northeastern tip of the north shore collapsed and died, authorities said tuesday.robert hemsworth, 61, of the nearby ontario city of thunder bay, was stricken monday near grand portage while going up mount josephine, which rewards visitors who make the steep climb with a picturesque view of lake superior and its surroundings.hemsorth was riding from thunder bay to grand marais as a relative followed in a vehicle, according to the cook county office of emergency management.the relative, with the assistance of a county dispatch operator, initiated resuscitation efforts at the scene before paramedics took over, a statement from the emergency management office read.hemsworth was taken to cook count north shore hospital and pronou






tulsa ready download


download download using the tulsa ready, ok app, you will be able to: share your status with your selected contacts with the push of a button. receive critical emergency alerts via push notification. locate tulsa county's emergency shelters. display up-to-date evacuation route maps. get the latest news and weather for the tulsa county area. create a personalized emergency preparedness plan by answering five basic questions. once your plan is generated, it is stored on your smartphone and can easily be shared with family members and friends. your plan comprises: an emergency supply kit checklist tailored to your needs. a customized emergency food supply shopping list. an emergency communications plan to notify your loved ones of your status. critical information to prepare your home for imp






texas emergency management officials say at least 60 deaths now attributed to ha


share storyby the associated pressthe associated pressdallas (ap) — texas emergency management officials say at least 60 deaths now attributed to harvey.the associated press






animal advocates urge people who evacuate for wildfires to take their animals


as wildfires burn across the state, animal advocates are urging coloradans to remember their animals as they make emergency preparations.the summit county animal control and shelter is on-call for those affected by the peak 2 fire in the breckenridge area, where 450 homes have been evacuated and many more are on high-alert under pre-evacuation notice. the shelter can take small pets and has arranged safe zones with local livestock owners and ranchers north of silverthorne for large animals such as cows and horses, said lesley hall, the county’s animal control director.so far the shelter has only received one cat and one dog due to evacuations, but if necessary, the county will use the additional animal shelter located next to the evacuation center at summit middle school in frisco.colorado






military plane crashes in mississippi; 5 dead


mississippi emergency management agency director lee smithson said a c-130 plane crashed monday afternoon in leflore county.        






military plane crashes in mississippi; 5 dead


mississippi emergency management agency director lee smithson said a c-130 plane crashed monday afternoon in leflore county.        






military plane crashes in mississippi; 5 dead


mississippi emergency management agency director lee smithson said a c-130 plane crashed monday afternoon in leflore county.        






'something is changing': lake county residents bring concerns to floodproofing e


paul siwinski left the homeowners floodproofing expo and workshop thursday with some new knowledge — and a decision."you can purchase flood insurance from the private market, and it will save you money," said siwinski. and, he found out, you don't have to live in a high-risk area.the libertyville resident experienced flooding for the first time in his garage after storms on july 12 dumped more than 6 inches of rain in fewer than 24 hours in some lake county communities. the result was major flooding even in areas not typically associated with yards turning into lakes and basements filling with water to the ceiling.that storm incident is what prompted the lake county stormwater management commission to host the free floodproofing expo and workshop in libertyville.within an hour of opening,






'something is changing': lake county residents bring concerns to floodproofing e


paul siwinski left the homeowners floodproofing expo and workshop thursday with some new knowledge — and a decision."you can purchase flood insurance from the private market, and it will save you money," said siwinski. and, he found out, you don't have to live in a high-risk area.the libertyville resident experienced flooding for the first time in his garage after storms on july 12 dumped more than 6 inches of rain in fewer than 24 hours in some lake county communities. the result was major flooding even in areas not typically associated with yards turning into lakes and basements filling with water to the ceiling.that storm incident is what prompted the lake county stormwater management commission to host the free floodproofing expo and workshop in libertyville.within an hour of opening,






management employee ranks increase in suffolk county


advertisement | advertise on newsdaysuffolk county executive steve bellone in his hauppauge office on feb. 1, 2017. (credit: ed betz) the number of suffolk county management employees, some with political ties and most exempt from competitive civil service tests, has climbed over the past four years while the rank-and-file county workforce has shrunk.as of december, there were 145 nonunion employees under county executive steve bellone, compared with 122 in december 2012 at the end of his first year in office, according...






hawaii officials say missile alert was a mistake


hawaii gov. david ige said he was meeting with state officials saturday morning to find out how an alert was mistakenly sent to residents warning that a ballistic missile was bound for hawaii.the missile warning, broadcast to hawaiians’ cellphones, was a false alarm.ige said he was meeting with defense and emergency management officials to not only find out how the false alarm occurred, but also to make sure it doesn't happen again."the public must have confidence in our emergency alert system," ige said.hawaii sen. brian schatz said the false alarm was caused by "human error" and was "totally inexcusable."schatz took to twitter after emergency management officials confirmed that the alert was a mistake, calling for accountability and an alert process that is foolproof.the alert warned of






anoka county seeks disaster aid for more than $600k in uninsured damage from sto


anoka county is seeking state assistance for damage dealt by a powerful june hailstorm that pummeled the north metro and left at least one city clearing away heaps of ice with a snowplow.the county board approved a resolution tuesday declaring a state of emergency, a step required to apply for state aid to repair damage done to public property and infrastructure.early estimates from the june 11 storm place uninsured damage about $650,000, with much of the cost incurred at the state-owned national sports center campus in blaine, according to terry stoltzman, the county’s emergency management director.each county has a different threshold to qualify for the state’s emergency assistance funds. anoka county’s threshold is just over $595,000.“we’re looking at uninsured loss,” stoltzman said the






erie smashes snowfall record with flakes still falling


erie, pa. — snow continues to fall in erie, pennsylvania, and surrounding areas that already have seen a record amount of snow over the past few days, prompting a disaster emergency declaration.erie county executive kathy dahlkemper signed a declaration of disaster emergency which she said would allow "needed resources to be obtained."emergency management coordinator dale robinson says that will allow officials to bring in some national guard resources with forecasters predicting more snow wednesday.the storm brought 34 inches of snow on christmas day, an all-time daily snowfall record for erie. another 24.5 inches fell by tuesday night, bringing the total since dec. 23 to more than 62.9 inches.erie has issued a snow emergency, citing "dangerous and impassable" roads. officials urged peopl






colorado wildfire burns 30,000 acres, destroys homes


a wind-driven wildfire erupted on the eastern plains of colorado on monday, scorching 30,000 acres of grassland, prompting the temporary evacuation of a small farming town and destroying at least three homes, emergency officials said.the fire erupted around midday east of the town of sterling and quickly grew out of control as gale-force winds fanned the flames, said marilee johnson, spokeswoman for the logan county office of emergency management.mandatory evacuations were lifted for the town of haxtun late in the afternoon but some 900 homes remain threatened and those residents have been warned to prepare to flee should shifting winds drive flames their way, she said.the 30,000-acre fire was 50 percent contained, the logan county office of emergency management said in a statement.no inju






anoka co. seeks disaster aid for $600k+ in uninsured storm damage


anoka county is seeking state assistance for damage dealt by a powerful june hailstorm that pummeled the north metro and left at least one city clearing away heaps of ice with a snowplow.the county board approved a resolution tuesday declaring a state of emergency, a step required to apply for state aid to repair damage done to public property and infrastructure.early estimates from the june 11 storm place uninsured damage about $650,000, with much of the cost incurred at the state-owned national sports center campus in blaine, according to terry stoltzman, the county’s emergency management director.each county has a different threshold to qualify for the state’s emergency assistance funds. anoka county’s threshold is just over $595,000.“we’re looking at uninsured loss,” stoltzman said the






emergency alerts available via landline, cellphone, email


alertsandiego is an emergency alert service that sends notifications to residents and businesses in san diego county that are in danger of being affected by an emergency or disaster. to receive alerts on your voice over ip (voip) or cellphone — listed and unlisted landline phone numbers are already included in the database — sign up at http://www.readysandiego.org/alertsandiego/#register. alerts can also be sent to email addresses, and alertsandiego is also available in accessible american sign language. the system is tty/tdd capable. questions? email [email protected] county is also encouraging people to download the sd emergency app, created by the county’s office of emergency services. the app contains disaster preparedness information, such as checklists to help create your e






mistaken missile warning panics hawaii


saturday’s false alert, sent out when a state worker “pressed the wrong button,” was a reminder of what happens when the old realities of the nuclear age collide with the speed — and the potential for error — inherent in the internet age.an emergency alert mistakenly warning of an incoming ballistic-missile attack was dispatched to cellphones across hawaii on saturday, setting off widespread panic in a state already on edge because of escalating tensions between the united states and north korea.the alert, sent by the hawaii emergency management agency, was revoked nearly 40 minutes after it was issued, prompting confusion over why it was released — and why it took so long to rescind. state officials and residents of a normally tranquil part of the pacific, and tourists swept up in the pan






tick tock of terror: timeline of hawaii missile alert snafu


honolulu — the missile threat mistakenly sent saturday by hawaii officials came just a few minutes after a shift change at state emergency operations center in diamond head crater. here's a timeline of what happened:8:05 a.m. — workers initiate routine test of the emergency alert system.8:07 a.m. — a worker mistakenly hits the button to send the emergency warning reading: "ballistic missile threat inbound to hawaii. seek immediate shelter. this is not a drill."8:10 a.m. — the head of the emergency management agency, state adjutant general maj. gen. joe logan, confirms with u.s. pacific command that there was no missile launch. honolulu police are notified of the false alarm.8:13 a.m. — the state issues a cancellation that prevents the message from being sent to phones that hadn't previousl






fire destroys nearly century-old church in north carolina


rose hill, n.c. (ap) — a nearly century-old church in north carolina has been destroyed by a fire.area news outlets report that multiple crews responded to the rose hill united methodist church around 8 a.m. monday.duplin county emergency management director matt barwick said the roof collapsed as firefighters entered the doorway, forcing them back outside. he said low temperatures turned any water that didn’t hit the fire into ice. the fire was controlled within an hour, but crews were still working hours later.members of the state bureau of investigation and bureau of alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives were on site to investigate the fire’s cause, and declared the sanctuary a loss. emergency management officials say the fellowship hall might be salvageable.most read storiesunlimit






anoka co. seeks disaster aid for $600k+ in uninsured storm damage


anoka county is seeking state assistance for damage dealt by a powerful june hailstorm that pummeled the north metro and left at least one city clearing away heaps of ice with a snowplow.the county board approved a resolution tuesday declaring a state of emergency, a step required to apply for state aid to repair damage done to public property and infrastructure.early estimates from the june 11 storm place uninsured damage about $650,000, with much of the cost incurred at the state-owned national sports center campus in blaine, according to terry stoltzman, the county’s emergency management director.each county has a different threshold to qualify for the state’s emergency assistance funds. anoka county’s threshold is just over $595,000.“we’re looking at uninsured loss,” stoltzman said the






man caught on tape slashing tires of 19 maui county vehicles


wailuku, hawaii (ap) — maui officials say someone has slashed the tires of at least 19 county vehicles.security video shows the man slashing the tires on thursday in the parking lot of the kalana o maui county building.maui county communication director rod antone said it was pouring rain as the man ran around in a raincoat puncturing tires.antone said the county has never seen something like this. he says on some of the vehicles, the man slashed all four tires.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.officials patched the tires they could, but will need to replace others. antone said it could cost anywhere between $75 and $200 to replace each tire.the vehicles belong to different departments, such as the prosecuting attorney, public works, water supply, and maui emergency






harvey death toll is at least 60


associated pressdallas — officials now blame at least 60 deaths on harvey, after the storm dumped many feet of rain on several counties in a matter of days.many of those deaths confirmed in 11 counties across south texas happened when people were caught in quickly rising floodwaters or lost control on water-logged roads, emergency management officials said. of those counties, harris county, which is home to houston and saw the worst flooding during the storm, still has the highest death toll with 30 confirmed harvey-related deaths as of about 5 p.m. monday.but county emergency management departments tell the associated press they are including people in their storm-related death totals who died from indirect complications of harvey.the huge dump of water loosened the ground around trees th






white house defends immigration order in face of protests


washington (ap) — the white house is vigorously defending president donald trump’s immigration restrictions, as protests spread throughout the country. some republicans in congress urged caution amid legal challenges to the order banning travelers from seven predominantly muslim countries, though top congressional republicans remain largely behind the new president.in a background call with reporters sunday, a senior administration official declared the order’s implementation “a m ive success story,” claiming it had been done “seamlessly and with extraordinary professionalism.”that, despite widespread confusion and an apparent walk-back about how the order, which temporarily bars the citizens of seven majority muslim nations from entering the u.s., would be applied to certain groups, like