Noem: South Dakota weather ‘slow-rolling natural disaster’
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem says the storms that have struck South Dakota this year are the "largest natural disaster" the state has ever seen.
California law exempts wildfire victims from solar rules
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California homeowners forced to rebuild because of a wildfire won't have to install solar panels under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
California wildfire victims could get solar exemption
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California homeowners forced to rebuild because of a wildfire or other natural disaster would not have to install solar panels under a bill that has cleared the state...
At least 201 killed in July-August China flooding
BEIJING (AP) — At least 201 people have been killed and 63 are missing following flooding across China in July and August, according to government rescue services.
GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted two Maryland men on charges they stole the identities of natural disaster victims and fraudulently registered for millions of dollars in...
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon state lawmakers abandoned a multimillion-dollar project to develop early warning systems for earthquakes and wildfires, and scientists warn that the funding shake-up...
NEW YORK (AP) — With earthquakes in California and Hurricane Barry striking states along the Gulf of Mexico and in the Midwest, small business owners should look at their insurance policies and...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A new program will give Missouri small business owners and farmers hit by tornadoes, storms and flooding this year access to low-interest loans.
KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh (AP) — Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern that monsoon floods could threaten the lives of Rohingya refugees in sprawling camps in...
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's disaster agency spokesman, who was respected for informing the public accurately and quickly about the country's frequent natural calamities, has died. He was...
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A study has found that Kansas saves more money, on average, than any other state that uses federal grants to mitigate natural disasters.
CHURCH POINT, La. (AP) — When today's technology fails in the path of natural disaster, Acadiana ham radio operators are ready to step up.
The Acadiana Amateur Radio Association hosted its...
DALLAS (AP) — A recent collaboration involving the Texas A&M Forest Service and NASA scientists could help urban planners in Texas more quickly coordinate recovery efforts following a natural...
Oregon Legislature repeals tsunami zone building law
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature has repealed a nearly 25-year-old law prohibiting new schools, hospitals, jails, and police and fire stations from being built in the state's tsunami...
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a $1.6 billion storm and flood resilience plan nearly two years after Hurricane Harvey battered parts of the state.
The Latest: O’Rourke tours Oklahoma flood damage
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on flooding in the U.S. (all times local):
TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics organizing committee said Saturday the torch relay next year would pass through major Japanese landmarks, including World Heritage sites and areas devastated by...
- Watertown Daily TimesAre You Prepared for the Next Natural Disaster?September 8, 2019
- Watertown Daily TimesResilience defines ag community in wake of natural disastersJuly 1, 2019
- The Journal GazetteLocal schools compete in regional Future City competitionJanuary 27, 2019
- WRAL-TVAfter hurricanes and legislative battles, Cooper glad to put 2018 behind himDecember 22, 2018
- The Herald-DispatchRed Cross: Blood, platelet donations needed in wake of Hurricane FlorenceSeptember 28, 2018
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Nearly two years after Hurricane Harvey battered Houston and the Texas coast, state lawmakers approved setting aside more than $3 billion to help pay for flood control...
HOUSTON (AP) — Lawmakers are considering a bill that could grant Texas homeowners a tax break when their property has been damaged by disasters such as Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Department of Agriculture says cattle losses in Nebraska from devastating March floods will be much lower than previously reported.
State house passes natural disaster preparedness bills
LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — The Washington House has passed two measures aimed at protecting state and local governments in the event of natural disasters.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and immigration (all times local):
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says in an emergency call with Cabinet...
Air Force says it needs $4.9 billion in disaster relief
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force said on Wednesday that it needs $4.9 billion in extra funding over the next three years to rebuild and repair two key bases heavily damaged by natural...
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Latest on Cyclone Idai and the flooding damage to Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi (all times local):
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A farm aid nonprofit is launching an effort to deliver donated hay to ranchers in flood-stricken Nebraska, resurrecting a program first used nearly two years ago to help...
Rescue crews didn't have to stumble through every destroyed building in their search for victims after a tornado ravaged a corner of Alabama this week: They used heat-seeking drones to let them...
- Business WireBuildFax U.S. Hurricane Recovery Report Reveals a Nearly 25 Percent Increase in Preventative Upgrades to Properties in 2018March 27, 2019
- Business WireClif Bar & Company Launches “CLIF Second Responder Fund” Assisting Communities Affected by Natural DisastersFebruary 27, 2019
- Globe NewswireFHLBank San Francisco Commits $250,000 in Matching Donations for Disaster Relief in Arizona, California, and NevadaDecember 11, 2018
- BusinessWirePatterson Companies Ready to Support Customers Impacted by California WildfiresNovember 13, 2018
- BusinessWirePatterson Companies Ready to Support Customers Impacted by California WildfiresNovember 13, 2018
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Residents across northeastern Mississippi are cleaning up and digging out after getting hit by both flooding and tornadoes last week.
Wildfire victims living in RVs ordered to leave properties
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of Northern California wildfire victims desperate for housing and living in recreational vehicles on their burned-out lots were ordered off their properties Monday...
Correction: AP Poll-Climate Change story
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Jan. 22 looking at public views on the impact of climate change, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of the group where climate scientist Heidi Roop works as the Climate Impact Group at the University of Washington. The correct name is the Climate Impacts Group.
A corrected version of the story is below:
AP-NORC Poll: Disasters influence thinking on climate change
Insurer: Calif. fire was costliest natural disaster in 2018
BERLIN (AP) — German insurance company Munich Re says the Northern California wildfire that killed dozens of people and burned down the town of Paradise was the world's costliest single natural disaster in 2018.
The reinsurance giant said on Tuesday that the November fire caused overall losses of $16.5 billion. The company said some $12.5 billion in losses were insured.
The firestorm destroyed thousands of homes and other structures.
Eligible farmers can get loans to cover hurricane losses
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Some Georgia farmers are eligible for federal loans to help cover the costs of losses sustained because of Hurricane Michael.
The Augusta Chronicle reported Tuesday that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated several Georgia counties as primary natural disaster areas, allowing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to offer the loans.
Texas report says ‘changing climate’ intensifying disasters
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Powerful natural disasters in Texas on the scale of Hurricane Harvey's deadly destruction last year will become more frequent because of a changing climate, warned a new report Thursday ordered by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in a state where skepticism about climate change runs deep.
Oregon gets a new playbook for responding to an earthquake
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon has a new playbook for preparing and responding to a major earthquake that dictates what should be tackled over time versus a list of tasks to get done.
The playbook provides a two-week blueprint for the state's response and expectations for prioritizing Oregon's recovery from what would be the deadliest natural disaster in the U.S.
Report: Maria had $43B impact on Puerto Rico’s economy
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A report from Puerto Rico's government says Hurricane Maria had a $43 billion impact on the U.S. territory's economy, $1 billion more than originally estimated.
The Puerto Rico Planning Board's report says its calculations took into account millions of dollars received so far in federal hurricane recovery funds and insurance money.
George H.W. Bush guided by concern for humanity
DALLAS (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush teamed up with the man who ousted him from the White House to help victims of natural disasters. He created a program that has honored thousands of American volunteers. He also sent U.S. troops to Africa to help starving Somalis.
Trump rejects key conclusion of US government climate report
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has rejected a central conclusion of a dire report on the economic costs of climate change released by his own administration, but economists said the warning of hundreds of billions of dollars a year in global warming costs is pretty much on the money.
Trump: ‘I don’t believe’ government climate report finding
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday rejected a central conclusion of a dire report on the economic costs of climate change released by his own administration.
But economists said the National Climate Assessment's warning of hundreds of billions of dollars a year in global warming costs is pretty much on the money.
Natural disasters will be a priority for incoming governors
Governors have a wide range of priorities they want to tackle in the coming year, from tax reform to education. Yet it's a topic that receives less attention on the campaign trail and in their speeches that could determine their success — natural disasters.
In the last two years alone, storms and natural disasters have killed scores of people, damaged or destroyed tens of thousands of homes and cost tens of billions of dollars.
Japan exports up in October, but not enough to erase deficit
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's trade deficit grew to its largest since July 2015 in October as a gain in exports was outpaced by a nearly 20 percent jump in imports.
The Ministry of Finance said Monday that exports grew at an 8.2 percent annual pace. In September, exports had fallen 1.2 percent from the previous year in the first decline for the world's third largest economy since 2016, largely due to natural disasters.
Japan exports fall in September, first decline since 2016
TOKYO (AP) — Japan recorded a trade surplus for September of 139.6 billion yen ($1.2 billion), but exports fell 1.2 percent from the previous year in the first decline for the world's third largest economy since 2016.
Georgia editorial roundup
Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers:
Valdosta Daily Times on hurricane scammers:
Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr issued a statewide warning for residents to be on the lookout for the scams.
We join the AG in urging our readers to be skeptical, read the fine print and don't take everything at face value.
AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s tall tale on ‘record’ judges, income
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is exaggerating his record when it comes to federal judges and the economy.
With midterm elections three weeks away, he is claiming a "record" 84 judges confirmed to the federal bench and suggests he will fill 50 percent of the seats in the judiciary. It's not a record, and he's nowhere close to half.
On median income, Trump boasts to voters that they're making more money than ever before. His own Census Bureau disagrees.
AP FACT CHECK: Trump on hurricane and political winds
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hurricane Michael has shown that President Donald Trump can't always be counted on to give accurate information to the public when a natural disaster unfolds.
Trump wrongly stated that the hurricane moved across land with blazing speed, which stopped a terrible situation from becoming even worse because the storm didn't linger. He also at least mildly exaggerated the ferocity of the storm's winds.
His rhetorical record in times of calamity has been spotty.
Entergy crews to head to Georgia to help restore power
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas energy company says it will send relief crews to Georgia in the coming days to assist any areas which lose power in Hurricane Michael, which made landfall along the Florida Gulf Coast as a Category 4 storm.
Entergy Arkansas spokeswoman Kerri Jackson Case said Wednesday that 75 crew members, including line workers and support crews, will arrive Thursday and will be available to assist Georgia Power restore electricity.
UN: Losses from natural disasters surge over last 20 years
GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. office for disaster risk reduction said Wednesday that worldwide reported economic losses from earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, hurricanes and other climate-related disasters surged to total nearly $2.9 trillion over the past 20 years.
UNISDR, as the office is known, said the reported loss of resources and assets like homes, factories and farms due to more frequent and widespread climate-related disasters rose 151 percent compared to the previous 20-year period.
Senate passes aviation bill with $1.7B in disaster aid
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed legislation that would provide $1.7 billion to help residents of the Carolinas and elsewhere recover from recent natural disasters.
Lawmakers described the aid for those affected by Hurricane Florence as a down payment and said billions of additional dollars probably will be needed.
String of disasters exacts heavy damage, human toll in Asia
BANGKOK (AP) — A recent string of natural disasters, the latest a deadly earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia, have exacted a severe toll both in economic damage and human lives throughout Asia. The U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, or UNISDR, says up to 1.6 million people could be affected by the magnitude 7.5 earthquake and the tsunami it created Friday in a central region of Sulawesi island.
PALU, Indonesia (AP) — The powerful earthquake and tsunami that struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi left heart-wrenching scenes of destruction and human suffering.