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Tokyo stages first missile evacuation drill

Government officials in Tokyo are conducting the city's first missile evacuation drill to counter the nuclear threat from North Korea. CNN's Will Ripley reports.

North Korea

All 50 states vote yes on AT&T’s $40 billion emergency response network FirstNet

From wildfires in California to hurricanes on the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, communications are the bedrock of emergency response and management. …

S.Korea confirms H5N6 bird flu at duck farm, raises bird flu alert level

SEOUL: South Korea on Sunday said it had confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu at a duck farm in the south west of the country and …

Bird Flu

Storms hit poorer people harder, from Superstorm Sandy to Hurricane Maria

The ferocious “frankenstorm” known as Sandy that ripped through greater New York City five years ago remains one for the record books. Like this …

Hamptons

How Tulsa Became A Model For Preventing Floods

If Houston's record deluge during Hurricane Harvey highlighted the dangers of unchecked, sprawling development, then Tulsa — another city built on oil — is a showcase for the opposite.<p>For decades it has planned carefully and imposed wide-ranging regulations that aim to prevent the kind of …

Hurricane Harvey

How Madagascar Took Control Of Its Plague Outbreak

In early autumn, it became clear that something was not right in Madagascar.<p>The country often sees small outbreaks of the bubonic plague, which comes from an infection spread by a flea bite. The disease is now easily treatable with antibiotics.<p>But this time, the number of cases was growing quickly, …

Disease

Two months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico struggles to regain electricity and thousands flee the island

The lights remain off in bustling cities and in small rural villages. Gas generators, the only alternative to the downed power lines that seem to be everywhere, continuously hum outside<p>hospitalsand bodegas. When night falls, it’s the glow of car lights, not streetlights, that helps break through …

Caribbean

Virulent hog virus outbreak may have been act of terrorism, says FBI

A 2013 outbreak of a virulent pig virus that crippled the American pork industry before infecting farms in Canada and Mexico may have been an act of …

California Wildfires Have Now Killed At Least 23 People; More High Winds Forecast

<b>Updated at 11:40 p.m. ET</b><p>In the outbreak of powerful and destructive fires that have struck California since Sunday, there are now 22 large wildfires burning in the state. They've caused at least 23 deaths and scorched nearly 170,000 acres, officials said Wednesday.<p>The fast-moving Tubbs Fire is now …

Greater Sacramento

Houston area flood maps based on outdated rainfall data

The flood maps that help determine where homes are built in Texas, how much insurance costs and which areas would benefit from flood control projects …

Extreme Weather

Tokyo Is Preparing for Floods ‘Beyond Anything We’ve Seen’

KASUKABE, Japan — The cavernous underground cisterns here north of Tokyo could hold the Statue of Liberty, a scale that underscores the site’s immense task: protecting the world’s most populous metropolis from flooding.<p>Linked by tunnels that divert water away from the region’s most vulnerable …

Puerto Rico’s Hospitals Running Out of Everything and Patients Running Out of Time

Electricity is on and off, drugs are depleted, and nurses can’t get to work while emergency rooms flood with people.<p>SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Mayor …

Caribbean

What Comes After Hurricane Harvey for People with Disabilities? Restoring, Recovering, and Rebuilding

<i>A Houston-area man is rescued by helicopter after Hurricane Harvey. ©Daniel Farrell, U.S. Air National Guard, 2017.</i><p>As Houston and the 58 …

America’s Natural Disaster Response Is Its Own Disaster

For two decades, the Pentagon operated under a simple doctrine: We must always be able to fight two wars at once. But in 2009, the Pentagon started …

National Flood Insurance Program

Amid Chaos of Storms, U.S. Shows It Has Improved Its Response

ATLANTA — The two massive storms brought death and suffering and damage that will be measured in the billions of dollars. They left millions of residents cowering in their homes to ride out pounding rains, and left evacuees — hundreds of thousands of them — scattered across Texas and the …

After a Dozen Hurricanes and 40 Years, Familiar Dangers With Higher Stakes

MIAMI — Every hurricane tells a story.<p>Hurricane Andrew in 1992, with a 17-foot storm surge and winds so intense that they destroyed the gauges meant to measure them, was the disaster that changed construction standards in Miami and much of the southeastern United States.<p>Katrina in New Orleans and …

INTERACTIVE: A Portrait Of Hurricane Irma, By The People Caught In It

Desperation Mounts in Caribbean Islands: ‘All the Food Is Gone’

MARIGOT, St. Martin — At dawn, people began to gather, quietly planning for survival after Hurricane Irma.<p>They started with the grocery stores, scavenging what they needed for sustenance: water, crackers, fruit.<p>But by nightfall on Thursday, what had been a search for food took a more menacing turn, …

Survival Tips: What NOT To Do Once Hurricane Irma Blows Over

Incredible view of #hurricaneirma from #ReserveCitizenAirmen Capt. Phil Blancher. @USAFReserve Hurricane Hunters will fly 'til landfall. https://t.co/Fi7ngJSjli

Hurricane warning: Five lessons for the South from Superstorm Sandy

What authorities dealing with Harvey and bracing for Irma can learn from New York City's experience<p>Hurricane Harvey will go down as one of the most …

What Goes Into Hurricane Forecasting? Satellites, Supercomputers And More

Where will it go? How strong will it be? When will it hit? Those are the answers everyone wants — not the least of which are the hurricane forecasters themselves.<p>To get those answers, hundreds of millions of data points — everything from wind speeds to sea temperatures — pouring in from satellites, …

Weather

What Houston's Mayor Got Right About Handling Disasters (and Why Florida Should Pay Attention)

Clear, effective communications are vital after a natural disaster.<p>As nearly nine trillion tons of water fell on the Houston area in the wake of Hurricane Harvey last week, emergency managers and officials at all levels of government scrambled to respond quickly and effectively. The flooding is …

Extreme Weather

Everything you need to know about Hurricane Irma

The latest<p>• The Tampa Bay Area felt Irma’s worst impacts overnight. As the storm moved north, winds shifted to come from the west, bringing a dangerous and storm surge with it.<p>• Hurricane-force winds extended up to 80 miles from its center, the NHC said. The size of the storm was such that the …

Rainfall

With Harvey And Now Irma, Federal Funds And FEMA Are Put To The Test

<b>Updated at 10:45 a.m. ET</b><p>The disaster relief bill given final approval by Congress on Friday can't come too soon for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Without a new injection of funds, officials said FEMA's cash box would be empty as early as this weekend, right around the time that Hurricane …

Extreme Weather

Seven Hard Lessons Federal Responders to Harvey Learned From Katrina

HOUSTON — During Hurricane Katrina, as residents of New Orleans were left stranded in the floodwaters, thousands of firefighters who had assembled to help rescue people instead spent days wading through paperwork and completing training on federal sexual harassment policies.<p>Disasters, of course, …

Hurricane Irma: how the storm got so big, intense, and scary

“You need a perfect recipe to get a storm like Irma.”<p>Hurricane Irma is an absolute monster of a storm. It made landfall in the Florida Keys Sunday as a Category 4 storm with 130 mph winds, and threatens much of the Florida peninsula with dangerous storm surge, high winds, and drenching rains.<p>And …

Hurricane Irma could be catastrophic. Here’s how officials are preparing