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Efforts to curb the disease are failing because many people still don’t understand Ebola and heavy-handed government-led measures have alienated communities.


A new FEMA Higher Education Program report says a better approach to preparedness is to develop individual cultures of preparedness from the bottom up.


The contents of this report have been summarized from FEMA’s Higher Education Program's 2-day workshop in May 2018.


Researchers will reinforce traditional medical preparedness by containing viral infectious diseases in animals before they can threaten humans.


CDC sent out a reminder for U.S. healthcare facilities to review their processes to safely identify and manage patients with potential infectious diseases.


NACCHO preparedness director Nick Boukas describes the particular vulnerability of older adults and people with disabilities during disasters.


After 6 months, the World Health Organization is expressing cautious optimism that it is making headway in controlling the spread of the deadly virus.


Strong winds and torrential rainfall battered parts of Cuba, including the capital city of Havana, on Sunday night.


It’s not every day that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues an advisory about pet hedgehogs, but here we are.


Dasep Habibi can't talk about last month's tsunami without breaking down.


On an August morning at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the medical treatment facility was holding a mass casualty drill.


A rash of bomb threats were emailed on Thursday to hundreds of businesses, public offices and schools across the United States and Canada....


A Southwest Airlines flight with 117 people aboard slid off a runway on Thursday at California's Hollywood Burbank Airport during heavy rain.


A Chicago police officer and two other people were killed in an attack at a South Side hospital Monday afternoon...


Authorities are reporting that there have been 77 fatalities due to the Camp Fire in Butte County...


The global Red Cross Red Crescent network’s 2018 World Disasters Report spotlights the challenges involved in delivering aid to the most vulnerable people.


In 2014, 71% of hospital reported being unprepared to receive and Ebola patient. In 2017, 14% reported being unprepared.


Most of the the money used nearly every year to pay for the nation’s natural disasters is not part of an annual budget - it just adds to the deficit.


FEMA embedded a small group of FEMA employees in state agencies full time to create a more seamless response.


As Ebola cases in the Congo increase, a humanitarian group yesterday added a new concern—the virus has now spread within a school.


Hurricane watches have been posted on the northeast Florida Gulf Coast ahead of a strengthening Tropical Storm Michael in the northwest Caribbean.


CONNEAUTVILLE, Pa.-- A wave of severe weather hit Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania Tuesday afternoon.


Deadly diseases like Ebola and the avian flu are only one flight away. The U.S. government must start taking preparedness seriously.


Research finds that community networks and better official communication could aid in response and resilience to disasters.


Authorities, including the FBI, are responding to reports of a shooter at a Middleton software company Wednesday morning, officials said.


Nursing homes are evacuating residents at historic clips or stockpiling supplies. Hospitals are bolstering staff and closely following disaster plans.


Staff at two senior care centers abandoned residents during an evacuation as wildfires swept through Northern California last October.


EBOLA has claimed the lives of four more victims as the death toll from the deadly disease hits 82 after another outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Ten people aboard an international flight that landed Wednesday at New York's JFK airport are being evaluated at a hospital and tested for respiratory illness.


As the federal government looks to manage the growing price tag of response, it is doing so without critical information about what states already invest.


More than 20 people have been treated for possible drug exposure at Ross Correctional Institution in Chillicothe, Ohio.


Two people were killed and 11 others injured when a gunman opened fire Sunday at a popular waterfront mall in Jacksonville, Florida...


The need for high-level leadership, coordination and a new strategy are essential to mitigate the threat of pandemics, but these elements are lacking in the US.


n ongoing Ebola outbreak is spreading across the Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province.


Protecting hospitals filled with the most sick and vulnerable individuals in the nation is a complex problem.


A motorway bridge has collapsed near the northwestern Italian city of Genoa, sending vehicles plummeting up to 90m (295ft) to the ground and killing at least 22


After Hurricane Maria, immediate concerns were physical – finding food and water – but bubbling below were anxieties and trauma that would endure for months.


Nine people were killed and 16 others injured in a fire that broke out at a government hospital in New Taipei City in the early hours of Monday.


Why not provide help before disaster strikes to prevent farmers from losing their most valuable assets (their animals) and mitigate costly response?


Advocates for low-income Texans say the fate of storm-ravaged, poor communities like Port Arthur depend on if officials have learned from previous mistakes.


Health ministry says up to 43 people may have contracted the Ebola virus since latest outbreak declared last week.


The U.S. government is better prepared to respond to health impacts of disasters, but Americans must keep pace with very real, unpredictable threats.


A report released last month says federal disaster funding does not encourage risk mitigation at the local level.


A training exercise at an Air Force base in Ohio caused an emergency active shooter response Thursday, prompting a lockdown...


Find out how urgent care centers can play a role in your facility’s disaster response plan and help with medical surge.


Twenty-seven people were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning at a weekend event in northern Colorado.


Three people were shot to death at a Texas nursing home on Friday night and two others were found dead at a nearby residence...


The day before this week’s catastrophic dam failure in Laos, the companies building the dam knew that it was deteriorating...


Fire officials in Greece say at least 74 people have died from surprisingly fast-moving wildfires that struck near Athens on Monday.


FEMA's public-relations problems are often really the product of failures by other parts of government, Administrator Brock Long argued.


For the first time, scientists have found evidence that a woman can harbor the Ebola virus for more than a year and then infect others.


The renowned cardiologist, who once treated former President George H.W. Bush, was fatally shot by another bicyclist on his way to work.


A sheriff in Missouri says a tourist boat has apparently capsized on a lake, leaving eight people dead and several others hospitalized.


Policy decisions affecting resilience to future disasters are made locally, but federal programs do not reward communities that adopt resilient practices.


FEMA admitted it drastically underestimated the devastation that Hurricane Maria would unleash on Puerto Rico in 2017, hampering the response to the island.


Twitter data could give disaster relief teams real-time information to provide aid and save lives.


New Yorkers were on edge Sunday as the number of people sickened with Legionnaire’s disease continued to grow.


Hundreds of visitors to Tennessee's CLIMB Works Zipline Canopy Tour are reporting E. coli infection after visiting the park.


A recent poll revealed that patients in many countries rely heavily on national and local governments to respond to disease outbreaks and natural disasters.


As Hurricane Harvey approached the Texas coast last August, it was clear the storm would be one for the ages.


One of the world’s deadliest diseases—tuberculosis—made a rare stateside appearance Thursday.


Michigan is operating without a state-appointed emergency manager in a single community for the first time in nearly 18 years.


Goats were put to work Saturday south of metro Denver.


One construction worker died and 12 others were injured in an explosion Tuesday afternoon.


Local police say the man shot himself with a handgun about 12:30 p.m. Thursday.


Microgrid hubs called “resilience nodes” improve the availability of essential services to nearby neighbors during electrical grid outages.


The head of FEMA stressed the role of local governments in preparing the U.S. to better withstand natural disasters.


FEMA's 2018 - 2022 Strategic Plan video.


Federal first responders are preparing ways to better respond to the kind of historic storms seen in last year’s record-setting season.


Verizon Wireless has a cave in Kansas City filled with crucial backup technology. It's the only cave Verizon uses in the entire country.


If the local and state governments are to be accountable, exactly what is FEMA's role?


The Ebola case count in the Congo is 60, and the WHO released its strategic plan for Ebola virus preparedness in 9 countries neighboring the Congo.


According to the study, people and companies change their purchasing, saving and investing behaviors following terror attacks.


FEMA will always work to support state, local, tribal and territorial partners to respond to and recover from disasters, but FEMA is not a first responder.


Ebola responders in Congo are revealing more about local practices and community mistrust, which in some instances are hampering containment actions.


NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a 75-percent chance that the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be near- or above-normal.


Dr. Robert Kadlec, the current U.S. ASPR, authored an article on the American Medical Association website on the need for a disaster health response system.


Purdue researchers have developed an online platform that enables first responders to monitor emergency situations using tweets and Instagram posts.


U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) took the lead to restructure the next phase of reauthorizing the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA).


There are misconceptions creeping into the debate that springs up whenever a mass shooting occurs. Here’s what the research actually shows.


Tests have confirmed an infection in a patient from Mbandaka, a metropolitan area that’s home to nearly 1.2 million people.


This fact sheet addresses several frequently asked questions regarding the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) and disasters.


Earthquakes east of the Rocky Mountains can cause noticeable ground shaking at much farther distances than comparably-sized earthquakes in the West.


To rebuild homes after the earthquake, the Red Cross suggested neighbors maximize their grants by helping one another rebuild their homes—not hiring workers.

Authorities say an explosion injured multiple people in Superior, Wisconsin.

Workplace violence is not just the violent events that make the news; it is also the everyday occurrences, such as verbal abuse, that are often overlooked.


The largest patient movement exercise in HHS history began today to test the nationwide ability to move highly infectious patients.


With the Atlantic hurricane season less than two months away, Colorado State University issued its preliminary seasonal forecast.


FEMA piloted in Texas, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico several ways to streamline its work and change its strategic plan for the next 4 years.


Now is the time to apply lessonsfrom Irma and proactively plan for the evolution of transportation we expect to see as we move further into the 21st Century.


CMS cited the University of Maryland Medical Center for violating the EMTALA for its handling of a mentally ill patient earlier this year.


The US is currently in the midst of a drastic skilled labor shortage and it's also causing major problems for communities that are recovering from disasters.


Hurricane-battered Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and other US Territories still struggle with crippled economies and exodus to the US mainland.


Britain is backing a hedge fund that aims to raise $200 million to give developing countries access to climate risk insurance.


U.S. healthcare systems perform well in smaller, localized disasters but respond poorly to larger-scale disasters and catastrophes.


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognized the 15 year anniversary of the start of its mission with a celebration event at the Ronald Reagan Building.


More than 12 years later, tidy brick houses in Gentilly are interspersed with empty lots while post-Katrina lives play out elsewhere.


A powerful undersea earthquake sent Alaskans fumbling for suitcases and racing to evacuation centers in the middle of the night.


Lessons learned about influenza preparation in the 100 years since then were discussed at a dinner session at the 2018 ASM Biothreats meeting.


PrepTalks are given by subject-matter experts and thoughts leaders to spread new ideas, spark conversation, and promote innovative leadership.


RUTLAND, VT "By the grace of God and the bravery of a courageous young woman did we avert disaster," said Gov. Phil Scott...


Robert Kadlec, MD, ASPR, discussed the idea of a regional disaster health system with colleagues at the University of Maryland Medical Center.


in an era when school shootings are no longer rare or even unexpected, teachers and students have become reluctant heroes and first responders.


Doctors and staff at the two Broward Health System hospitals were prepared because of other mass shootings.


“We are not out of the woods yet,” said Anne Schuchat, CDC Acting Director, as she described the rising influenza activity that’s swept across the US.


As Hurricane Harvey ripped through Houston last August, the trauma didn’t even spare those whose job is to help others cope.

The word is out: it’s an especially bad flu season.

State firefighters’ union and bipartisan group of legislators are supporting a pair of bills that provide workers compensation coverage for first responders.


Forecasters canceled tsunami warnings for Alaska and the US and Canadian west coasts after an earthquake in the Gulf of Alaska.


The recent shooting death of a Barnes-Jewish Hospital patient wielding knives has renewed a debate over armed guards in health care settings.


2017 was an expensive, deadly year of natural disasters on Earth.


Flu season arrived early in the US this year, and it's been deadly. The current vaccine isn't working very well against one of the most common virus strains.


Solid local leadership combined with the right outside partners can mitigate the fallout and save lives.


geophysicist Shimon Wdowinski believes there could be a correlation between hurricanes and the earthquakes that come much later.


The U.S. is facing a nationwide shortage of intravenous bags just as flu cases accelerate.


The CDC is holding a session January 16 to discuss personal safety measures and the training of response teams "to prepare for nuclear detonation."


A dreaded "bomb cyclone" is pounding the Northeast, dumping blinding snow hurled by wind gusts as strong as 60 mph.


As of October, NOAA had counted 15 disasters with damages topping $1 billion, tying 2017 with 2011 for the most billion-dollar disasters in a year to date.


A company’s efforts to develop a landfill in close proximity to a 100-year floodplain is drawing fresh concerns after Hurricane Harvey.


An Amtrak passenger train derailed and is now dangling onto Interstate 5 in Pierce County, Washington.


There were people still sleeping on the floor the day after a power outage shut down operations at the Atlanta airport.


New expert guidance for hospitals to use in preparing for and containing outbreaks was published by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.


The head of FEMA said the wave of recent U.S. disasters must redefine the agency's role and that localities must be more prepared to shoulder crises.


Tesla has used its solar panels and batteries to restore reliable electricity at San Juan's Hospital del Niño (Children's Hospital).


It could be several days before investigators can pick through the ruins of a Pennsylvania senior living home structure to ensure no one was trapped inside.


The Ugandan Ministry of Health confirmed that Marburg virus, similar to Ebola virus, already claimed three lives.


More than 33,000 people, which is over a third of the U.S. territory's population, are awaiting help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


A new study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine has found that nearly half of all medical care in the US happens in emergency rooms.


he Joint Commission is announcing updates to its emergency management requirements, effective November 15.


A portrait of Sunrise Hospital coping with the massacre is based on more than a dozen interviews with doctors, nurses, and other staff.


Sutter Hospital in Santa Rosa re-opened Tuesday morning at 7 a.m., according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.


Civilian rescue efforts took place before EMS could get to the site. When EMS arrived, all that remained were the dead.


"Didn’t lose an animal, didn’t lose a bird, didn’t lose a structure,” says Lang. “Did lose my home.”

An epidemic of the deadliest form of plague, pneumonic, has hit major cities and towns in Madagascar and is spreading fast.

At least 50 people were killed and more than 400 injured in a shooting on the Las Vegas Strip last night.

Hurricane Maria left a ruined island and 16 Puerto Rico residents dead. But public health experts worry that figure could climb higher in the coming weeks...

With 911 medical call volumes in Niagara soaring, the region’s paramedic service is looking at changing the way it responds to calls.

Hurricane Irma cleared out of South Florida on Sept. 10. In Orlando, University of Miami officials gathered in a hotel room...

A snowy winter across much of the West raised hopes that 2017 wouldn't be a dried-out, fire-prone year, but a hot, dry summer spoiled that.


In anticipation of Hurricane Irma, the state is working with Google’s emergency response team to mark closed roads closed in real time.


Disasters, of course, are never smooth. But at every level, the Harvey response is more robust and coordinated than Katrina.


The AAP asks members to take specific actions to promote? pediatric emergency readiness during September.


“For the most part our hospitals are all back up,” Pile says. “I would expect that 90% to 100% of our hospitals will be fully operational within another week."


Irma is on track to pass near or just north of the island later today.


After Hurricane Harvey spawned epic flooding along the Gulf Coast, insured flooding victims will be able to get financial relief a little bit faster.


At one Fresenius Kidney Care center, the clinic director noticed that a patient had an immediate need. The doctor brought the patient home with her.

Closures and evacuations increase strain on facilities still open; ‘We know what’s coming’

Houston’s world-renowned health care infrastructure found itself battered by Hurricane Harvey, struggling to treat storm victims while becoming a victim itself.

About 150 people have been treated in hospital and hundreds more affected by an unknown gas which hit the East Sussex coast.

Mayor Sylvester Turner defended his decision not to order evacuations before the city was hit by torrential rain from Hurricane Harvey.


Texans are filling sandbags, stocking up on water, and boarding up windows ahead of Tropical Storm Harvey, which could develop into a hurricane by Friday.


More targeted efforts are needed from public and private insurance sectors in order to encourage people to take action to reduce their risk of flood damage.


Disasters can strike at anytime, the best way to mitigate the threat is through training and exercises.


Trains falling into rivers and coaches catching fire will be common sights in the country's first 'railways disaster management village' expected soon.


Authorities say three nurses at an Ohio hospital had to be treated with an overdose reversal drug after being exposed to suspected fentanyl.


A portion of Exeter Hospital (the operating rooms and emergency room) was evacuated Friday morning after staff members complained of nausea.

At least 30 children died Thursday and into Friday at a hospital after its supply of liquid oxygen was disrupted oxygen was disrupted over an unpaid bill.
It is time for our emergency response planning and funding to match the reality of our situation.

Older adults may still be check into hospitals for weeks after a natural disaster (more than the expected 3 days), a new University of Michigan study shows.

NOAA has increased its forecast to 14-19 named storms, 5-9 hurricanes and 2-5 major hurricanes this season.
A large blaze has ripped through one of the largest residential buildings in the world, the Torch Tower in Dubai.

Dozens of children were taken to local hospitals after a chemical leak at a YMCA swimming pool in Durham, North Carolina.

A natural gas explosion late Wednesday morning rocked and set ablaze Minnehaha Academy’s upper school in Minneapolis, causing a partial building collapse.

North Korea's recent missile test shows the missiles could easily reach the U.S. West Coast and a number of major U.S. cities beyond the West Coast.


An estimated 10,000 tourists were evacuated from an island on North Carolina's Outer Banks on Thursday after a construction company caused a power outage.


A huge fire at a music festival in Spain forced the evacuation of over 20,000 attendees and incinerated the event's stage in Barcelona.


The area is due for a major hurricane, and it is not prepared. If a big one scores a direct hit, the damage would likely surpass Katrina.


The Fire Ball, an “aggressive thrill” carnival ride that swoops like a pendulum, turned lethal, killing one man and injuring seven others.


Relief groups found that 31% of survivors need a restroom within three hours of a disaster. An additional 36% need relief within four to six hours.


Hawaii's emergency management just released official guidelines on how to survive a nuclear detonation: take shelter and do it within minutes.


A track fire near the 145th Street station on the A line around 7:30 am halts service on several lines.


Police responded to a bomb threat at a UCLA recreation center Wednesday night and university officials evacuated several residence halls.


All agencies are preparing for the worst this August, as peak fire season coincides with one of the biggest tourist events Oregon has ever seen.


This resource can help EMS agencies develop/update policies regarding transport of patients suspected or known to have an infectious disease.


A 10-week cholera epidemic has now infected more than 300,000 people in Yemen.


ASPR TRACIE is hosting a series of webinars for HCCs interested in learning more about operationalizing coalitions. This webinar focuses on financial aspects.


You should create an emergency preparedness guide to keep your loved ones safe and accessible even as a crisis is unfolding.


The best way to keep your pets safe during an emergency is to keep them with you.


About 618 people in the US are killed by extreme heat every year. This website has helpful tips, information, and resources to help you stay safe this summer.


One person is dead and three people are injured after a home exploded in a fireball following a gas leak in central Pennsylvania on Sunday.


At least three doctors were shot inside Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in the Mount Hope neighborhood of the Bronx on Friday afternoon...


An inmate was fatally shot Wednesday after he tackled a deputy and stabbed him with a screwdriver at a Vanderbilt University Medical Center clinic.


Federal spending for response has ballooned over the years, but big savings could be achieved with more upfront spending to fortify vulnerable communities.


After a Senate confirmation vote of 95-4 earlier this week, Brock Long was officially sworn in as FEMA administrator.


Facebook will launch "disaster maps" that use aggregated, anonymized Facebook data in disaster areas to deliver crucial information to aid organizations.


Tropical Storm Cindy is churning slowly toward the Gulf Coast Wednesday, where millions of residents are bracing for heavy rain and potential flash flooding.

A train derailed just north of Arapahoe Avenue between 55th Street and 63rd Street in Boulder Tuesday afternoon.

When Hurricane Matthew threatened Florida last October, it provided a frighteningly realistic dress rehearsal for the hurricane season that begins Thursday.


Police said a hospital nurse was seriously injured by a patient with a knife, who then fled after the attack.


The rain-proof cladding was installed in May 2016 as part of a £10million refurbishment but claims say it helped the fire spread to the 27th floor.


CA earthquake experts believe what happens at the San Gorgonio Pass during a major rupture of the San Andreas fault could have wide-ranging implications.


British Prime Minister Theresa May called on countries to collaborate on internet regulation to prevent terrorism planning online.


FEMA says eligible homeowners and renters affected by the recent flooding could receive money for expenses not covered by insurance.


State Police say four people are dead in a murder-suicide in a northeast Pennsylvania supermarket.


The Ravenscroft Beauty College shooter reportedly wanted to be in a relationship with the victim.


As reports of stabbings in a popular London nightspot started flowing Saturday, police tweeted to people in the area to run, hide, then call the authorities.


Five people, including the shooter, are dead after a shooting at an Orlando, Florida business .


A man with a fake gun was taken into custody at the Orlando International Airport Tuesday night following a nearly three-hour standoff with police.


The Bogoslof Volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupted again on Sunday, sending a cloud of ash 35,000 feet into the air and prompting an aviation red alert.


Fire crews are on scene of a "significant spill" of a highly toxic chemical at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers.


The CMS finalized a rule requiring 17 types of healthcare providers to improve their emergency preparedness levels. Some will struggle with compliance.


At least 22 people were killed in a terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England on Monday night.


A driver with a history of drunken driving arrests plowed through crowds of pedestrians on packed sidewalks along three Times Square blocks Thursday, killing one person and injuring 22 others, officials said, touching off mayhem in one of the world’s most famous and busiest plazas.


Some icky news just in time for pool season: Reports of diarrhea outbreaks linked to cryptosporidiosis parasites in pools and water parks increased at least two-fold in two years, federal health officials reported Thursday.


A 7-year-old student was shot in a Louisiana elementary school’s classroom Monday. The student was taken to nearby Lafayette hospital and is listed in critical but stable condition after undergoing surgery.


A 22-year-old surfer from Britain’s south coast foiled a massive hacking attack on the U.K. National Health Service (NHS) from a small bedroom in his parents’ home, it has been revealed.


A shooting at a nursing home in Ohio left four people dead on Friday morning. The deceased included the Kirkersville police chief, two employees of the nursing home, and the suspected shooter.


West Chelsea was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. So was Lower Manhattan, where Savanna, the real estate investment concern behind the 26th Street building, owned two office towers that were knocked out by flooding. “We learned a lot firsthand during Superstorm Sandy,” said Peter Rosenthal, a principal at Savanna and its director of development.


It's been more than five weeks since Atlanta Police Sgt. Ryan Heald and Officer Tyler Thomas stared into a 40-foot wall of flame and thick black smoke that filled the five-lane interstate highway bridge in front of them. Somehow, in the middle of a Thursday rush hour on March 30, a critical transportation artery in one of America's most traffic-challenged cities had caught fire.


Nearly 80 patients were evacuated after a fire caused a small explosion at a hospital in Puerto Rico on Thursday, officials said. No one was injured. The fire occurred at Doctors' Center Hospital in the capital of San Juan, prompting medical staff to rush patients to other nearby hospitals.


Workplace violence against health care workers has caught the attention of federal and state safety regulators, particularly in California, which is requiring extensive incident reporting.


This publication aims to address the civil-military coordination mechanisms in the five priority countries and how these are activated during disaster response efforts in line with regional frameworks and guidance.


It’s no secret that the world can be volatile and violent. Shootings and bombings in public places. Floods, fires, droughts, and other dangers amid an uptick in severe-weather events. Any of these could be a threat to your organization, its people, its customers, and its suppliers. And although senior executives contemplate the likely impact of these phenomena in risk-analysis meetings, far fewer take the time to participate in real drills, instead designating someone else as a stand-in. After all, it’s tough to get an operational dry run on the calendar of a CEO, CFO, or other executive.


Verizon launched drones with emergency LTE capabilities which could provide the answer to a simple-yet-serious problem after a natural disaster: reestablishing communication.


Having greater access to healthcare data, which is common in larger hospitals and teaching-focused facilities, can create a higher data breach risk, according to a recent study published by JAMA Internal Medicine.


Hundreds of revelers were evacuated from Mangle E8 in Sidworth Street, Hackney, after police were called at about 01:10 BST. Officers believe a man threw acid at two men after a dispute between two groups inside the venue.


Four people, including an infant, were shot Saturday night at an Alabama church's Spring carnival, officials said. The shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. at Cathedral of the Cross in Center Point, Ala., located northeast of Birmingham.


Sixteen were injured at New York’s Penn Station during a stampede sparked when Amtrak police used a stun gun to subdue a disruptive man amid the disarray of a train with about 1,200 passengers stuck in a tunnel between New York and New Jersey for nearly three hours on Friday.


What started as an emergency training session at Waubonsee Community College eventually led 18 emergency response agencies to be dispatched to the college for a false alarm.


The roof of the famed Bellagio Hotel and Casino caught fire on Thursday night, prompting the closure of the Las Vegas Strip. The Clark County Fire Department responded to the blaze, which they said was difficult to access given its location, but that they had nonetheless managed to knock down the fire.


The sight of so many injured people lying on the dance floor after the Pulse nightclub attack in Orlando led one officer to ask patrons, "If you're alive, raise your hand," according to a new report from police.


Greenville Memorial Hospital's Medicare contract is in jeopardy after a federal review into the death of an emergency room patient turned up a variety of problems that hospital officials say they're working to correct before an April 16 deadline.


Dallas city officials said Saturday that a hacker is to blame for setting off all the city's 156 emergency outdoor sirens, which wailed for an hour and half overnight.


Two adults died in a shooting Monday in a classroom at San Bernardino, California's North Park Elementary School, in what is believed to be a murder-suicide, San Bernardino police said.

Multiple gunshot victims were reported Monday at a San Bernardino elementary school, authorities said.

A former employee at a Florida gym opened fire on former co-workers during a dispute Saturday, leaving two people dead, officials said.


Multiple children were injured during what witnesses described as a "freak accident" at the annual Spring Carnival at Springwell Church in Taylors on Saturday.


After utilizing the Run-Hide-Fight method during an active-shooter situation, there may be individuals who are injured. You should remember that initial responders like police and armed security will be extremely busy and focused on making sure that any continuing threat is neutralized. In the meantime, anyone hurt and in need of medical attention may be getting worse. If they are left unattended for too long, some of them could die.


The sudden appearance of Ebola virus disease (EVD, known previously as Ebola hemorrhagic fever) in America in 2014 touched off a nationwide firestorm of activity across all healthcare segments. For areas impacted by the few patients with active disease, there was no time to plan. For the rest of the country, EVD presented as a real-world threat with the relative luxury of at least some time to approach the problem.

GOODMAN, Missouri - An elementary school is the only school in Goodman, Missouri, and students and a teacher saw what was left of their school for the very first time Wednesday.

Within seconds of Wednesday’s terrorist attack, the Houses of Parliament went into lockdown. Doors were bolted shut by staff, and MPs were locked into the Chamber of Commons. Minutes later, militarized police from a response team set up in the wake of the Paris attacks spread through the surrounding streets. Doctors and nurses from St. Thomas’s Hospital, on the opposite bank of the Thames, ran to the aid of casualties lying on Westminster Bridge while a police boat plucked from the water an injured tourist who’d fallen from it. The speed of the response was striking.


For decades, New Orleans fought to keep water out of the city. In the city's new resilience district, with projects that will break ground later in 2017, the goal is to let water in—which paradoxically can reduce flooding.

Fire officials extinguished a massive fire on I-85 on Thursday night after it burned for more than an hour and led to the collapse of a bridge on the interstate, fire officials said.

A massive fire caused a bridge to collapse Thursday night on Interstate 85 in Atlanta, one of the busiest stretches of roadway in America, backing up rush hour traffic for several miles and creating what the mayor called a long-term "transportation crisis."


A New Braunfels church group returning from a choir retreat Wednesday afternoon was involved in a major collision near Garner State Park resulting in at least 13 confirmed fatalities.


evere thunderstorms and damaging winds in parts of Texas overnight left nearly 200,000 residents without power as of early Wednesday morning.


Two leading specialists in transportation services have joined forces to make it easier for hospitals, healthcare systems and managed care organizations to offer patients efficient transport services to and from hospital settings and medical appointments.


Emergency management leaders at hospitals and medical centers are grappling with a major rule change from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).


The Quebec government has apologized, sanctioned two employees and is investigating its mishandling of a winter storm this week that stranded hundreds of vehicles for more than 12 hours on a Montreal highway.


Uncertainty surrounding the Republican plan to replace Obamacare is forcing some U.S. hospitals to delay expansion plans, cut costs, or take on added risk to borrow money for capital investment projects, dealing an economic blow to these facilities and the towns they call home.


Just like many of our roads and bridges, America’s 9-1-1 system is showing its age. Its capabilities are stretched to the limit, answering more than 650,000 emergency calls each day. But the system requires urgent attention and investment if it is to meet our communities’ needs in the digital age.


Under President Donald Trump's 2018 budget blueprint, the program that put those dollars into local hands would be zeroed-out, raising questions about how readily the cash would be available when the next disaster strikes and what oversight would be in place to ensure it is not misused.


Learn more about the HPP Surge Test and how speakers from three states implemented it.


A Nor'easter is dumping snow and pushing winds up the US East Coast -- a monster storm that has placed about 18 million people under a blizzard warning.


Dr. Christopher Hunter was working the overnight shift at an emergency room north of Orlando on June 12 when he received a text message around 2 a.m. There had been a shooting with up to 20 patients.


Blizzard warnings have been issued for a part of the Northeast coast, including New York City, in advance of Winter Storm Stella which will hammer the Northeast with more than a foot of snow and strong winds Monday night-Tuesday. Stella will also deliver a swath of snow to the Midwest through Monday.


Severe thunderstorms are leaving swaths of destruction for a second straight day in parts of the Midwest and Southeast after a string of tornadoes ripped through several states. At least three people were killed in Illinois and Missouri in Tuesday's storms. Others were injured, and cars were left scattered on highways.


One person was killed in Ottawa and emergency crews are looking for people trapped in rubble in the neighboring town of Naplate in the wake of a string of severe, late-winter storms that raked across northern Illinois.


One man is in custody after an accident at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans injured at least 28 people, five seriously, officials said. Police Chief Michael Harrison said the suspect, who was driving a pickup truck that hit two cars before running into the crowd, appeared to be highly intoxicated. Among the injured, the youngest is 3 and the oldest are in their 40s.


It's not like marauding hordes of zombies are roaming the streets of Illinois, but state lawmakers think that's no reason not to be prepared. The legislature has declared October "Zombie Preparedness Month. "Why? Because, as House ResoIution 0030 says, "If the citizens of Illinois are prepared for zombies, than [sic] they are prepared for any natural disaster."


About 500 people were forced to evacuate their homes Monday night after a levee along the San Joaquin River near Manteca was breached, San Joaquin County officials said.


President Donald Trump has made national security a centerpiece of his agenda, justifying policies ranging from a travel ban to close relations with Russia. But the United States is now more vulnerable to attack than it was before Trump took office, according to the man who served as George W. Bush’s crisis manager on 9/11.


A tornado derails 12 cars of a freight train near Thrall in central Texas.


Bill Gates says he is hopeful that President Trump's administration will take the necessary steps to be able to respond to a global pandemic or act of bio-terrorism.


Moderate to heavy rain is developing in Southern California, as a powerful Pacific storm approaches the California coast. This major storm may bringing the heaviest two-day rain event the Los Angeles Basin has seen in over six years. Winds have already increased across much of California and trees and power lines are down near Salinas, as of early Friday morning. A wind gust of 81 mph was measured near Grapevine and a gust of 78 mph was recorded near Big Bear City.


New England drivers could be in for a dangerous Monday morning commute as a slushy mix of sleet, snow and freezing rain coats the roads ahead of yet another blizzard, officials said. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for nearly 12.5 million people Sunday evening stretching from Central New York to Maine.


At least 188,000 people have evacuated from several Northern California counties after damage to a spillway at the Oroville Dam. The dam, which is the nation's tallest, remains intact. But the emergency spillway, which guards against the overflow of the dam when water levels are high, was eroding Sunday.


A powerful magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the Philippines Friday night killing at least eight people and injuring over 200. According to the Associated Press, the earthquake struck 8 miles northwest of the provincial capital of Surigao at a shallow depth of 6 miles.


Confirmed tornadoes and severe weather ripped through New Orleans and the surrounding area causing major damage to home and businesses.


Five people have been transported to the hospital following an electrical fire at a Fort Myers assisted living facility, according to fire officials. It happened at Calusa Harbour, located in downtown, just before 9 a.m.


Severe thunderstorms barreled through the Southeast on Tuesday, dropping multiple tornadoes in southern Louisiana, one of which did major damage to communities in east New Orleans — among the areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina.


The script seems distressingly familiar: A disaster — a hurricane, a flood, a tornado, an earthquake — causes billions of dollars in damage. After arguments about fairness and federal responsibility, the federal government comes up with money to help the affected communities recover.


The agriculture sector in the U.S. is a $1 trillion business and employs approximately 9.2 percent of American workers. In 2012, domestic animal agriculture – livestock and poultry production – generated approximately 1.8 million jobs, $346 billion in total economic output and $60 billion in household income. Experts are calling better understanding of the threats to agriculture posed by biological agents which can inflict catastrophic consequences on the U.S. population and economy.


MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The government will scrap its flagship disaster management initiative, the Department of Science and Technology's Project NOAH or Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards, starting March due to "lack of funds" for the program.


A luxury hotel in Austria recently had to pay hackers a ransom after they managed to access its electronic key system and lock all the hotel guests in their rooms. The cyber lock-in happened on the first day of the winter season at the Romantik Seehotel Jaegerwirt, a 111-year-old, four-star luxury hotel that has a pool, lake views, and a state-of-the-art electronic key system that turned out to be something hackers could exploit


Disasters are expensive and each year the price tag goes up. Last year, insurer payouts for natural disaster claims worldwide nearly doubled to $50 billion. The United States has averaged more than $27 billion a year in disaster assistance obligations over a ten-year period, and the National Flood Insurance Program is in debt to the tune of about $23 billion. There’s got to be a better way, right? That’s the question the Federal Emergency Management agency is asking—and the answer might lie, at least partially, in a plan to use a disaster deductible approach to coax U.S. states into investing in mitigation and resilience.


Two central Florida teens were arrested Thursday on suspicion of planning to commit a mass shooting at their middle school the next day -- an alleged plot that came to light through rumors circulating among students, authorities said.


The world remains “grossly underprepared” for outbreaks of infectious disease, which are likely to become more frequent in the coming decades, warn a team of international experts. They reviewed reports on the recent Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa and say better preparedness and a faster, more coordinated response could have prevented most of the 11,000 deaths directly attributed to Ebola and also the broader economic, social, and health crises that ensued. “We will not be ready for the next outbreak without deeper and more comprehensive change,” they conclude.


A flooded basement is every homeowner's worst nightmare. But having it happen over and over and consist of not just water, but city sewage, has amplified the problem for a Denver family and a nearby church.


Active members and pensioners of state-run pension fund Government Service Insurance System in seven Southern Luzon provinces, who were affected by the onslaught of typhoon “Nina” last December may apply for emergency loans until February.


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced several leadership changes that took place immediately following the Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20, to ensure that there is no interruption in the delivery of FEMA’s critical mission. Robert Fenton, who is serving as acting FEMA administrator, has had a significant role in numerous large-scale U.S. response and recovery operations since he joined FEMA in 1996. Fenton has served as deputy associate administrator in FEMA’s Office of Response and Recovery, as well as regional administrator for Region 9. David Grant, who is serving as acting FEMA deputy administrator, has served as FEMA associate administrator of mission support since 2015. Prior to joining FEMA, Grant was chief of agency-wide shared services for the Internal Revenue Service. A full list of new acting leadership at FEMA is available online here:


An enormous storm system that kicked up tornadoes, shredded homes and left other destruction scattered around the Southeast has claimed at least 19 lives after a two-day assault on the region. Authorities said at least 15 deaths occurred in south Georgia alone.


The Southeast picked up the pieces on Monday after deadly tornadoes tore through the region, killing more people in one weekend than in all of last year.


An Ohio teen has been arrested after he opened fire on classmates in the hallway of his high school Jan. 20. Two students were injured in the incident, although police say things could have been much worse if staff members at the school hadn’t acted quickly to detain the shooter, reports ABC News.


Nearly half of the August flood victims surveyed by Louisiana after they got help from Louisiana's house repair program said they didn't return home after the work was done, even though the goal of the effort was to get people back under their own roofs.


A historic high-rise in the heart of Tehran caught fire and collapsed Thursday in a giant cloud of smoke, killing dozens of firefighters who were battling the blaze, Iranian news media reported.


Winter Storm Kori has already iced up parts of the Northwest. Additional heavy snow is headed toward California's snow-weary Sierra. Heavy rain could also renew the risk of flooding in California.


It's a winter nightmare: being buried alive beneath the snow. It's been happening almost every week this winter - deadly avalanches claiming lives - and the season is far from over.

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A Nevada woman in her 70s who'd recently returned from India died in September from a "superbug" infection that resisted all antibiotics, according to a report released Friday.

When a disaster strikes, it can harm the health of anyone in your community. However, some people are less likely to weather the storm because they may have certain medical conditions, are not able to get the help they need, or because they rely on others for help.


This Concept of Operations plan (CONOPS) describes the conceptual framework and coordination for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) federal-level behavioral health preparedness, response, and recovery for disasters and public health emergencies. The plan describes how HHS prepares for the behavioral health effects of a public health and medical emergency or disaster and transitions from normal day-to-day operations to coordinated department-wide response and recovery activities.

A shooter opened fire Friday afternoon at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida, leaving "multiple people dead" and injuring several others as panicked travelers took cover, the Broward County sheriff said.

2016 really was the year of the flood in the U.S.: In total, 19 separate floods swamped the nation last year, the most in one single year since records began in 1980.


The United States continues to face a range of serious threats to its national health security from the deliberate use or accidental release of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) agents, as well as from naturally occurring and emerging infectious diseases (EID), including pandemic influenza. To ensure that our priorities reflect current scientific progress and fiscal capabilities, the PHEMCE annually assesses and updates a PHEMCE Strategy and Implementation Plan (SIP) to ensure optimal allocation of resources to address high-priority threats.


Officers respond to a shooting at North Cypress Medical Center on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, in Houston. The incident happened about after a suspect walked into an emergency room, pulled out a gun and fired at least one shot into the air. Deputies at the scene ordered the man to drop the weapon, but he refused. One deputy opened fire on the man, wounding him.


Winter Storm Helena is expected to bring feet of snow to portions of the West early this week and then may turn its snowy and icy sights on parts of the South late this week into the weekend.


The United State Department of Health and Human Services sent a letter to officials in the public health sector warning of potential terrorist attacks.


what3words, the multi-award winning addressing system, has been adopted by the Philippine Red Cross to coordinate aid in the heart of disaster zones. Used during its response to the devastating Typhoon Haima in October, the addressing system was used to help co-ordinate support for the 2.1 million people affected in its aftermath.


A hospital security officer in Ohio is being praised for helping evacuate patients and staff members after detecting a gas leak Wednesday.


The nation is frequently caught off guard when a new pathogenic threat emerges like Zika, the Ebola outbreak or a bioterrorist threat, “which then requires diverting attention and resources away from other priorities,” according to the annual Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) report, Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism, which found 26 states and Washington, DC scored a six or lower on 10 key indicators of public health preparedness.


The NFPA Standards Council is in receipt of a New Project Initiation Request for the development of an ANSI Accredited Standard addressing preparedness and response to active shooter scenarios and incidents. The request seeks an NFPA standard to address appropriate training, responder interagency coordination protocol, and the identification of minimal personal protective equipment appropriate for responders to active shooter incidents.


Three schools in Denver Public Schools were closed for two days, Tuesday and Wednesday, because of Norovirus. Students won’t return to class until Jan. 2017, after winter break.


Almost 10,000 first responders training at Anniston's Center for Domestic Preparedness unknowingly trained with a toxic form of ricin over the last four years.


Since the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Federal and state funding, primarily from the National Bioterrorism Hospital Preparedness Program (NBHPP), has resulted in a surge of hospital activity to prepare for future natural or humancaused catastrophes. Trauma centers were integrally involved in the response to the 2001 attacks as First Receivers of patients, communication hubs, and as convergence sites for families, the worried well, volunteers and donors. After the Madrid train station terrorist attack, Congress identified the need to study trauma center preparedness as an essential part of the nation’s emergency management system.


Mass casualty incidents (MCIs) seem to strike at random. That is one reason why these incidents — particularly mass shootings — are so frightening. But while the timing and location of most MCIs are unpredictable, the way these events play out at a trauma center is not.


Police are praising the quick actions of hospital staff members and security officers who disarmed a man who fired a rifle inside a Florida Veteran Affairs facility Tuesday morning.


Firefighters have contained a two-alarm blaze that broke out at a building that’s under construction adjacent to the NYU Langone Medical Center in Manhattan.


In the next few years, an alert advising of a slight chance of earthquake might fly across your social media accounts in the same week an Amber Alert-like blast hits your cellphone, warning of an imminent temblor.


Stop by our vendor booth at the conference! We will be there starting tonight through the whole conference. And we have a special treat for those that stop by!


Michael Cheatham is reminded of that June 12 morning nearly every day: in the boarded-up nightclub he passes on his way to work, in the lectures he gives to other doctors about the incident, in the frequent therapy sessions he attends with other hospital staffers.


A fire at the main lodge at Boyne Highlands, a popular ski resort in northern Michigan, injured 12 people and forced the evacuation of dozens more early Sunday.


Trauma is the leading cause of death in the United States for those 46 and under. If trauma care were optimal, hundreds or more lives of our military service members could likely be saved in future wars. Those potential gains soar into the tens of thousands of lives saved if past and future improvements in military trauma care could be systematically translated into the civilian sector.


President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Gen. John F. Kelly, 66, a retired four-star Marine general whose son was killed in combat in Afghanistan, as his nominee for secretary of homeland security. Kelly led U.S. Southern Command, and served for forty years in the Marine Corps. He led troops through tough battles in western Iraq. In 2003 he was promoted to brigadier general while in active combat – the first Marine colonel since 1951 to be recognized this way.


A Pakistan International Airlines flight crashed Wednesday near Abbottabad, Pakistan, officials said.


Rescuers are still combing the rubble for survivors after an earthquake in Indonesia's Aceh province on Wednesday morning.


It's already one of the city's deadliest blazes, and Oakland authorities say casualties are expected to rise as they investigate a fire at the warehouse-turned-arts-space known as the Ghost Ship.


Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms kill people and damage property every year. Estimated U.S. insured losses due to severe thunderstorms in the first half of 2016 were $8.5 billion. The largest U.S. impacts of tornadoes result from tornado outbreaks, sequences of tornadoes that occur in close succession. New research shows that the average number of tornadoes during outbreaks—large-scale weather events that can last one to three days and span huge regions—has risen since 1954. But the researchers were not sure why.


Six years after the deadly cholera epidemic in Haiti began, outgoing United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized this week for how the U.N. responded to the crisis. But he did not acknowledge that U.N. peacekeepers started it.


Three more people have died in the ferocious wildfire that erupted across Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains National Park, authorities said Thursday, raising the death toll to 10 as officials continue to assess the damage.


Severe storms killed five people in Alabama and Tennessee overnight, and big parts of the Southeast were set to stay under a tornado watch until noon Wednesday.


Tennessee Ripley Attractions General Manager Ryan DeSear said he wasn't sure if flames reached Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. DeSear said the aquarium's live web camera was still active, and the building was still standing.


San Francisco Bay Area health officials were trying to determine if three people who died and five who were sickened after eating Thanksgiving dinner at a church event got sick there or at the assisted living facility where they all lived.


Run. Hide. Fight. Those three words were delivered in a startling text message to students at Ohio State University on Monday morning, warning them of an active threat to safety on campus. Eleven students and faculty members were injured by either a car or butcher knife wielded by Ohio State student Abdul Razak Ali Artan.


When the last remaining hospital in besieged eastern Aleppo crumbled under a wave of artillery strikes on Nov. 18, one of the casualties was 25-year-old nurse Kefah.


At least eight people were taken to hospitals after an active shooter was reported on the Ohio State University campus Monday, authorities said.


The number of people dying in the Australian city of Melbourne from a rare phenomenon called thunderstorm asthma has risen to six. Three others are in a critical condition.


When gunfire erupted on Bourbon Street early Sunday (Nov. 27), medical personnel were one block away. Paramedics had the first victim in the hospital within nine minutes and all victims there within 39 minutes, New Orleans Emergency Medical Services said.


For more than a week before Hurricane Matthew’s Oct. 8 arrival in Robeson County, staff at Southeastern Health were closely monitoring the storm’s uncertain path.


What I am interested in viewing, however, is the expanding role of emergency management professionals within all facets of government and business alike. I have witnessed an explosion of the profession over the last 10 years and it really does me proud to see such a growth in our discipline.


The Japanese authorities have lifted tsunami advisories issued after a powerful earthquake struck the northeast of the country early Tuesday, injuring twenty people.


Winter Storm Argos has now dumped over 30 inches of snow in parts of the interior Northeast and, along with strong winds, has produced whiteout conditions in parts of New York state and northern New England.


Multiple people were killed in a school bus crash in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Monday, Assistant Police Chief Tracy Arnold said. The bus was carrying 35 children ranging in age from kindergarten to fifth grade. It wasn't immediately clear if children were among the dead. Arnold could not provide a specific number of people killed, saying only "multiple fatalities" occurred.


A tsunami warning is in effect for Japan's Fukushima and Miyagi Prefectures after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck off Honshu at 5:59 a.m. Tuesday (3:59 p.m. Monday ET).


The Zika virus outbreak and related clusters of microcephaly are no longer a public health emergency of international concern, the World Health Organization said Friday. This ends the declaration made by the organization in February due to the simultaneous spread of the virus and "extraordinary clusters" of microcephaly among babies born in areas where the virus was spreading. At the time, it was not known that the virus was the cause of the neurological birth defect.


Winter Storm Argos, is already producing blizzard conditions in parts of the Northern Plains, and will spread heavy snow and strong winds into the Great Lakes and interior Northeast into this weekend.


Some of the world’s most popular travel destinations happen to be in earthquake-prone areas. New Zealand, for instance, just had a powerful 7.8-magnitude quake over the weekend, which, according to a recent article by CNN, resulted in aftershocks and tourists being evacuated from their hotels in the middle of the night. In the coastal town of Kaikoura, 1,200 tourists — as well as the town’s 2,000 residents — were left stranded after landslides closed all the roads in and out of town.


The water-borne disease has been around for centuries, and it remains a global health risk. According to the World Health Organization there are roughly 3 million cases a year and 90,000 deaths. The worst epidemic is now in Haiti, linked to cholera brought by U.N. peacekeepers and surging anew in parts of the country hard hit last month by Hurricane Matthew. There's another outbreak flaring in South Sudan. In countries that have long been grappling with cholera, such as Bangladesh, India and the Democratic Republic of Congo, tens of thousands of people are sickened every year.


Humanitarians provide a glimpse of the best of humanity in an often violent and distorted world. Yet despite their strength, studies suggest they experience more mental health issues than the average individual. So what accounts for this disparity? And what can be done about it?


One mutation. A simple tweak in the Ebola gene — a C got turned into a T. That's all it took to make Ebola more infectious during the West Africa epidemic, scientists report Thursday.


The coursework and its live-learning platform was designed by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Norwegian Red Cross and the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement’s Health Care in Danger initiative, in partnership with the Geneva Learning Foundation.


Mr. Feig owes his life and bright future to the forward thinking, planning and participation of fellow residents at Pine Lake Park, a bungalow colony in Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., where he and his family spend the summer. The moment he collapsed, fellow vacationers who had been trained at the colony in CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator, or A.E.D., sprung into action.


The fart-fire incident originally occurred all the way back in April, but a report was just released on October 28 by a committee of “outside experts” who looked at the case and determined there were no flammable materials in the operation room during the surgery, according to Japanese newspaper the Asahi Shimbun.


In the USA, the leading cause of death in those younger than 45 years is trauma, accounting for over half of deaths in that age group. Trauma costs the USA up to US$600 billion each year and yet despite these sobering figures this epidemic goes largely unrecognised. Last week, at their 2016 Clinical Congress, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) announced a commitment to achieving zero preventable deaths from trauma. If realised, this goal would save one in five civilians and a quarter of military personnel currently killed by trauma, an estimated 30?000 lives per year in the USA alone.


Terrified passengers aboard an American Airlines 767 that aborted takeoff on a runway at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport scrambled to safety Friday afternoon after huge flames erupted on the right side of the plane.


A 14-year-old was taken into police custody after authorities say he shot another teen outside of a Sandy, Utah school Tuesday.


A bomb threat that spurred the evacuation of a high school on the grounds of Naval Hospital Guam turned out to be a false alarm, officials said. Security forces and military working dog teams scoured Guam High School after a handwritten note was found at about 11:30 a.m. Monday in a women’s restroom, said a Navy statement, which did not specify exactly what the note said.


Tropical Storm Seymour continues to gain strength well off the coast of Mexico and is expected to become a hurricane soon. Seymour is the 18th-named storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane season.


A tour bus returning from a casino crashed into the rear of a semi-tractor trailer on Sunday near Palm Springs, California, killing 13 people and injuring 31 others, according to state police.


FEMA has announced three more Florida counties will be assisted financially to help cover disaster-related expenses and the repair or rebuilding of critical infrastructure.


At least 19 people were killed by a hospital fire in Bhubaneswar, the capital of the Indian state of Odisha, Arti Ahuja, the state's health secretary, told CNN.


Mercy Hospital wants to provide better care for its patients -- by making sure they don't come to the hospital. Instead, 330 staffers at Mercy's Virtual Care Center, located just outside of St. Louis, place video calls to patients using highly sensitive two-way cameras -- and monitor their vital signs in real time through tools like pulse oximeters that plug into an iPad.


Typhoon Haima has rapidly intensified in the western Pacific Ocean and may reach super typhoon status by Tuesday. By mid to late week, Haima will threaten the northern Philippines and then eastern China.


While floodwaters are beginning to recede in North Carolina, it could be another week before rivers return to below flood stage. The flooding that crippled the state last week came in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, which barrelled up the eastern seaboard earlier in the month, left at least 25 dead in North Carolina and caused upwards of $1.5 billion in damage to at least 100,000 homes, businesses and government buildings in the state, according to the Associated Press.


The weather is picture-perfect nearly a week after Hurricane Matthew unleashed winds and torrential rain on North Carolina's eastern flatlands -- but Princeville still is under water. "This is a disaster area. It's not going to recover in 24 hours, and it's still going on as we speak, not only in Princeville but 150 miles from here," Gov. Pat McCrory said.


A Nebraska man called a Papa John’s in Palm Coast, Florida, and asked them to deliver a pizza to his grandmother, and also make sure she survived Hurricane Matthew.


Five people were injured – and firefighters rescued between 15 and 20 people who were trapped on balconies – when a fire broke out at a senior housing facility in Orange, officials reported.


Matthew's wrath is finally over, but what the storm left behind is causing widespread misery. About 500,000 customers are still without power in North Carolina, where record-breaking flooding led to 1,000 emergency rescues over the weekend -- including some in chest-deep water


The Mayaro virus was first identified in forest workers in Mayaro, Trinidad, in 1954 and has since caused small outbreaks in South America. It shows up most often in Brazil near the Amazon, where it is spread by a tree-dwelling species of mosquito that feeds mostly on monkeys, says Robert Tesh, professor of pathology at the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.


Floods cause more damage each year in the United States than any other kind of natural disaster — so much more, in fact, that most private insurance companies stopped offering flood insurance decades ago. In 1968, the federal government stepped in, creating the National Flood Insurance Program. The program is run today by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


A New Jersey Transit train that crashed into Hoboken’s terminal last week, killing one person and injuring more than 100 others, was going twice the speed limit at the moment of impact, and the train’s engineer hit the emergency brake less than a second before the crash, federal investigators said Thursday.


An Ohio-based bridal shop is suing a Texas hospital company for more than $1 million after a Dallas nurse who ordered dresses from the store two years ago contracted Ebola shortly after visiting.


From the increasingly sophisticated equipment they carry and the new lifesaving techniques they use, to the changing roles they play in some communities—providing preventive care and monitoring patients at home—ambulance crews today are hardly recognizable from their origins as “horizontal taxicabs.”


Hurricane Matthew pounded western Haiti Tuesday morning, packing powerful winds and heavy rain as it crossed the country. The "extremely dangerous" storm has already killed at least three people, caused cruise ships to change course and prompted officials to declare states of emergency.


Figures from a new study show an increase in the number of shootings on or near college campuses over the last 15 years. The study, conducted by the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, looked at 190 incidents where at least one person was shot at 142 colleges from the 2001-2002 school year to the 2015-2016 school year.

California State University, Northridge’s Emergency Preparedness Manager Jenny Novak has ensured that the university is prepared for all sorts of emergencies — including a zombie apocalypse.

In the wake of the historic flooding in Baton Rouge this summer, locals blamed the Red Cross charity for a variety of shortcomings, from refusing food and donations to lacking appropriate medical staff. A new report by the nonprofit news site ProPublica builds on those claims, citing "widespread mismanagement and understaffing at Red Cross shelters" in the city.


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded cooperative agreements totaling $350,000 to strengthen the ability of health care and public health sector partners to respond to cybersecurity threats. The agreements will foster the development of a more vibrant cyber information sharing ecosystem within the health care and public health sector.


Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful Atlantic tropical storm since 2007, continued on a path to land a heavy punch to Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba, forecasters said early Monday.


Over 3,000 volunteers and staff of the Red Cross in Haiti are on the ground working to help communities prepare for Hurricane Matthew. Red Cross teams in Jamaica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas are on standby ready to assist. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is dispatching health, sanitation and emergency response experts to the region to support local Red Cross teams.


The Engineer of the NJ Transit train that crashed into the Hoboken terminal on Thursday, killing one person and injuring hundreds during a busy commute, felt well rested and was unaware of any mechanical issues in the moments before the accident, Federal official report.


Last week, Congress finally provided $1.1 billion to battle Zika, less than what Mr. Obama requested, but, mercifully, not by much. The funds are part of a larger, short-term funding bill to keep the government operating until Dec. 9.


A New Jersey Transit train plowed through a major station in Hoboken during Thursday morning's rush-hour commute, killing at least one person and injuring more than 100 others, some seriously, local officials said.


The soon-to-be-released thriller “Deepwater Horizon,” which opens in theaters 30 September, promises moviegoers a chilling reenactment of one of history’s worst oil rig disasters. One scholar of societal collapse will enter the theater with a big-picture view of the perfect storm of factors that led to the explosion and oil spill that killed eleven people and sent more than 200 million gallons of crude oil spewing toward the nation’s southern coastline for eighty-seven days.


A gunman who died in a shootout with officers in Houston Monday morning was a lawyer who lived in the neighborhood and left a car full of weapons near the scene, the city's police chief said.


Evacuations and curfews have been enacted in parts of Iowa and Wisconsin as flood threats from swollen rivers and creeks continue to cause panic.


Winter 2016-17 may be colder in the East, but leftover warmth from the recent El Niño may dominate elsewhere in the U.S., according to an outlook released Friday by The Weather Company, an IBM Business.


Whether distracted by the latest cell phone game, driving while intoxicated, driving carelessly, or in low-visibility scenarios, the trend of first responder roadside strikes unfortunately looks likely to continue. DHS S&T has chosen Applied Research Associates, Inc. of Albuquerque, New Mexico, to develop technology that aims to reduce dangerous vehicle strikes on first responders. The project will integrate several existing technologies into a system that can be easily deployed.


The FBI has identified the suspect behind Saturday Manhattan blast – and the explosive device which was found before it exploded in another Manhattan location – as Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28 — a naturalized American living in New Jersey. He is originally from Afghanistan.


Tropical Storm Karl is still battling wind shear and dry air, but is then expected to find a more favorable environment to intensify into a hurricane later this week.


This document has been developed to assist with planning and response efforts related to shelter operations in a radiation emergency. The following chapters provide information and guidance about screening for radioactive contamination, decontamination, radiation monitoring, registration, health surveillance, and communications.

A suspect in a series of stabbing attacks at a St. Cloud shopping mall Saturday night was killed inside the mall by an off-duty officer, according to St. Cloud police.
An improvised device exploded in a garbage receptacle near the course of a charity race that was about to begin in a small town on the Jersey Shore on Saturday, law enforcement officials said.

An “automatic assumption” to link terrorist acts with mental illness unfairly stigmatizes the millions of people with mental health problems and impedes prevention efforts, psychiatry experts warn. They explain that terrorist groups and networks seem to avoid recruiting people with mental health problems, “probably because they share some of the same stigmatized views as the rest of society and see people with mental health conditions as unreliable, difficult to train, and a security threat.”


As the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approach, the United States has spent or taken on obligations to spend more than $3.6 trillion in current dollars on the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Syria and on the Department of Homeland Security.


Tropical Storm Julia is crawling northeastward along coast near the Georgia/South Carolina border. The main concern from Julia will be heavy rain along the immediate Southeast coast through late week, which could result in flooding.


A 77-year-old man living at a senior citizen apartment complex shot three people at the complex Wednesday, killing one of them, and then killed himself nearby as officers closed in on him, police said.


Taiwan and mainland China are bracing for the approach of Super Typhoon Meranti, which is forecast to bring torrential rains and damaging winds on Wednesday.

Smoke from the 200-acre Snake Fire burning on the Medicine Bow National Forest in the southern Sierra Madre Range spread across southeastern Wyoming over the weekend, making for particularly hazy skies in the Laramie Valley.
Livingston Parish students will regain a sense of routine Monday, returning to classes for the first time since nearly a month ago when floodwaters ravaged a third of the district’s campuses and displaced thousands of families. But with six of the hardest-hit schools still closed for untold repairs, the district’s long-term plan for recovery remains unclear.

A previously undisclosed report chronicles in vivid detail of the December 2 terrorist attack in San Bernadino, Calif. that killed 14 people and wounded 24 others.


The new course, Barrier Precautions and Controls for Highly Infectious Diseases (HID), was developed to provide a robust training experience to healthcare professionals, surpassing the complexity of the CDP’s Personal Protective Measures for Biological Events (PPMB) course that was developed in the wake of the introduction and subsequent spread of the Ebola virus in the U.S. in 2014.


Qualitative research project leads to four recommendations for healthier first responders in EMS, police and fire departments.


The second day of school began Wednesday morning with shots fired at a Detroit principal's car as he was pulling into school.


Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a rule to establish consistent emergency preparedness requirements for health care providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid, increase patient safety during emergencies, and establish a more coordinated response to natural and man-made disasters.


Hermine's stiff winds and dangerous rip currents threatened eastern Massachusetts Monday, while cruise ship passengers were reeling from a wild ride in rough seas.


The top Republican and Democratic Senate leaders returned from their seven-week summer recess Tuesday and picked up where they left off in July -- harshly blaming the other's party for inaction on critical bills to battle Zika and fund the government.


Within every continuity plan is an area specific for teams. Each plan needs to have at least five teams: executive leader’s team, planning team, support team, relocation team, and reconstitution team. The sixth one I highly recommend is devolution team.

Americans have been tested by trial and tragedy since our earliest days -- but year after year, no matter the hardship, we pull through and forge ahead....During National Preparedness Month, we emphasize the importance of readying ourselves and our communities to be resilient in the face of any emergency we may encounter.

Zika is one of the world's most hot-button issues right now, and it may actually affect your travel plans. Cases of the virus have already been confirmed in South Florida, and a large portion of South and Latin America continue to battle with it.


A massive fire Monday morning gutted a century-old Overbrook church that has been both a place of worship and a community center.


Operations returned to normal Monday morning at Los Angeles International Airport after reports of a shooting sent panicked travelers sprinting through terminals and onto the tarmac, authorities said.


An animal rescue non-profit is stepping in to help pets who have been misplaced by the devastating floods in Louisiana.


Paramedics must be trained to respond in dangerous environments, and they should be given the tools they need to stay safe. With the uptick in mass shootings across the country, we can’t afford to keep them on the sidelines.


Paramedics must be trained to respond in dangerous environments, and they should be given the tools they need to stay safe. With the uptick in mass shootings across the country, we can’t afford to keep them on the sidelines.


What would you classify as basic human needs? Food, water and shelter. At least, that’s what Maslow tells us. But what if we were to change the context? Would these three still be the basic needs? Or will something else take their precedence?


A strong aftershock jolted the Italian town of Amatrice Thursday, making an already arduous rescue operation even more difficult, as the clock ticks down to find survivors of the earthquake that authorities say has left at least 250 people dead.


Orlando Regional Medical Center, where a majority of the Pulse survivors were treated, and Florida Hospital announced Wednesday that they would waive any of the out-of-pocket costs for the victims’ medical bills.


The White House has placed the Justice Department squarely in charge of responding to cyberthreats against the United States, under a presidential directive issued Tuesday.

At least 159 people have been killed and 368 injured in an earthquake that hit a mountainous area of central Italy, civil protection officials say.

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake has hit central Myanmar, damaging pagodas in the ancient city of Bagan and killing at least one person.

A fire that burned through 58 square miles and destroyed 103 residences in southern California last week is now 83 percent contained, even as six other wildfires continue burning around the state. The NewsHour Weekend's Mori Rothman reports the toll that the constant alarms are taking a toll on firefighters.

The catastrophic flood devastating Louisiana is now the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy four years ago, the Red Cross said.

Local transmission of the Zika virus has occurred in Miami Beach, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Friday. It is the second area in Miami-Dade County to report a local outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease, which can cause birth defects.

Across southern Louisiana Sunday, residents scrambled to get to safety as rivers and creeks burst their banks, swollen from days of heavy rain that in some areas came close to two feet over a 48-hour period.


Eyeing fast-growing urban and suburban markets where demand for health care services is outstripping supply, some health care systems are opening tiny, full-service hospitals with comprehensive emergency services but often fewer than a dozen inpatient beds.


The federal government declared a major disaster in Louisiana Sunday after torrential rain inundated the state killing at least seven people, flooding thousands of homes and prompting thousands of water rescues.


Police have given the all-clear at John F. Kennedy International Airport after reports of shots fired Sunday night inside Terminal 8, a New York law enforcement official told CNN.


A small chemical leak caused a portion of Hogle Zoo to close Sunday morning, and a Hazardous materials team neutralized the product later Sunday afternoon.


I've argued that such lone wolf" attacks are deadly but often fail in the long-term. Part of the reason is that historically many are poorly prepared and incompetent, bungling the attack or at least not killing as many as a more skilled and trained individual might.


As the boomer generation ages, there is growing concern there won’t be enough doctors to meet their developing medical needs. As more and more people qualify for and transition to Medicare coverage and national insurance, the physician shortage could get worse and worse.

The 2012 Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities: National Guidance for Healthcare System Preparedness (HPP Capabilities), is slated to be updated and rebranded as the Health Care Preparedness and Response Capabilities (HPCR Capabilities) in 2017.

Our culture of fear has changed the role of architecture in the United States. In just 2016 alone, the country has seen 221 mass shootings, and we struggle to keep up with the stream of international terrorism attacks by groups like ISIS and Boko Haram. If you listen to the news for too long, every building we enter seems compromised, from malls and movie theaters to schools. So while legislators falter over gun control laws, architects and building designers are working to rethink the concept of a safe space.


Here's a selection of the Best TED Talks for Emergency Managers, highlighting new technologies to aid in response.


Four individuals in Miami-Dade and Broward counties have been infected with the Zika virus by local mosquitoes, Florida health officials said Friday.


An Oregon community college security officer has been arrested and charged with murder after police say he ran over a woman on campus then fled the area.

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