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Disaster Planning And Response

Tornadoes, damaging storms sweep through Midwest

Tornadoes, damaging storms sweep through Midwest

East Peoria resident Billy Vestal evacuates with his daughter, Lillian Vestal, 3, after a tornado damaged the area near Chestnut Road in East Peoria, Il.,Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest on Sunday, causing extensive damage in several central…

November 17, 2013 3:06 pm
Water released from Isaac-stressed dam

Water released from Isaac-stressed dam

A sherriff's vehicle sits Thursday in flood waters caused by Isaac, north of LaPlace, La, off Lake Pontchartrain. The National Hurricane Center said Isaac was expected to become a tropical depression by Thursday night.

August 30, 2012 3:13 pm
Charlie Sheen donates $25K to Alabama tornado relief

Charlie Sheen donates $25K to Alabama tornado relief

Actor Charlie Sheen quietly donated $25,000 to help tornado relief in Alabama, making good on a pledge to help survivors of the deadly twisters even though some had doubted his promises.

January 09, 2012 12:00 am
Survival app aims to help drivers in winter storms

Survival app aims to help drivers in winter storms

When a powerful blizzard ripped through North Dakota last winter, hundreds of drivers were stranded as white-out conditions shuttered interstates spanning the state. Snow whipped up by wind marred the lines between pavement and grassy drop-offs, leaving some scared motorists unsure what to do.

January 08, 2012 12:00 am

Help America be prepared by giving blood

MERRILLVILLE | America's blood supply is an important piece of the country's ability to respond to disasters. By donating blood, people can help prepare for the unexpected and help ensure blood is available when and where it's needed.

July 16, 2011 12:00 am

For battered Japan, a new threat: nuclear meltdown

IWAKI, Japan | An explosion at a nuclear power plant on Japan's devastated coast destroyed a building Saturday and made leaking radiation, or even outright meltdown, the central threat menacing a nation just beginning to grasp the scale of a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami.

March 12, 2011 3:50 pm

FEMA grants for flooding total $23M

CHICAGO | Federal authorities say so far they've approved more than $23 million in individual aid for people in seven Illinois counties after flooding in July.

August 26, 2010 12:55 pm

American Red Cross offers help, online flood cleanup guide

CHICAGO | Illinois residents affected by weekend flooding can find resources from the American Red Cross, which has posted an online flood cleanup guide at

July 28, 2010 12:00 am
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