Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed an executive order Thursday enabling further recovery efforts and beginning the process of declaring a federal disaster in response to February's record rainfall that caused damage statewide. "As waters recede and we are now able to fully review the extent of flooding damage across our state, I signed an executive order as a key step in working with the federal government for further recovery efforts," reads a statement from Lee. "We thank the first responders who are working diligently to keep citizens safe and deliver services." So far, 83 counties have reported damage. The Department of Agriculture, Department of Transportation and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) have been coordinating with local authorities to collect the necessary data for further recovery efforts. The governor's executive order suspends certain laws to enable smoother delivery of health care, insurance, relief supplies and personnel, and other recovery components. … [Read more...] about Tennessee governor signs emergency relief order in response to rains, flooding
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Áine Cain, provided by Published 8:05 am PST, Saturday, January 5, 2019 Courtesy of Lowe's Lowe's emergency command center is the hub from which the home-improvement retailer coordinates its disaster relief efforts. Business Insider spoke with Rick Neudorff, who leads the command center. He discussed what sort of strategies Lowe's uses to track and respond to natural and man-made emergencies. 2018 was a busy year for Rick Neudorff and his team at Lowe's emergency command center. Deadly wildfires, floods, and mudslides raged in California and other western states. Violent nor'easters kissed the East Coast. Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael slammed the Carolinas, Florida, and Georgia. There were also emergencies in both non-contiguous states, with Hawaii's volcanic eruption and Alaska's earthquake. Neudorff and the Lowe's employees at the emergency command center, located just down the road from the company's Wilkesboro, North Carolina, headquarters, … [Read more...] about A look inside Lowe’s emergency command center, where employees monitor natural disasters like hurricanes and deploy supplies to devastated parts of the country (LOW)
caption A volunteer worker rescues a child and her family during Hurricane Florence. source Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Hurricane Florence is sweeping the Carolinas, with some models anticipating more than 50 inches of rain and 80 mph winds in certain areas. The National Hurricane Center (NHC)’s predictions of both “catastrophic” flooding and “life-threatening” storm surges has kicked emergency relief efforts into high gear. Thus far, 1.7 million people have been required to leave their homes in the coastal areas of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, and millions of homes have been put under official watch or warnings for extreme weather conditions. Although its wind speed has weakened, the hurricane has increased in size, resulting in greater risk for a greater number of people. So far, floods as deep as 6.3 feet and wind gusts as fast as 105 mph have been recorded. For those looking to help, we’ve … [Read more...] about Hurricane Florence is bringing torrential rain, wind, and 6-foot floods to the Carolinas. Here’s how you can donate to relief efforts.
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Lisa Wangsness Globe Staff May 31, 2015 NASHUA — In a warehouse on a cold spring night, volunteers heaved boxes from a truck parked in one cargo bay to a 40-foot shipping container in the next.A woman in a sea-green hijab helped lug the last of the boxes out and swept the truck floor clean. Another truck, packed to the ceiling with boxes, was waiting to pull in.She hopped onto the platform, long skirt brushing the tops of her black Pumas, and called out to the crew to unload the next truck even faster. Advertisement “They need to leave in five minutes,” she said. “My God, this is a crazy house!” Get Fast Forward in your inbox: Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here Not long ago, Nadia Alawa spent her time home-schooling her … [Read more...] about From small-town New Hampshire, a stream of relief to Syria
Updated 1:06 am CDT, Wednesday, July 25, 2018 Photo: AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 A villager takes refuge on a rooftop above flood waters from a collapsed dam in the Attapeu district of southeastern Laos, Tuesday, July 24, 2018. The official Lao news agency KPL reported Tuesday that the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam in Attapeu province collapsed Monday evening, releasing large amounts of water that swept away houses and made more than 6,600 people homeless. (Attapeu Today via AP) less A villager takes refuge on a rooftop above flood waters from a collapsed dam in the Attapeu district of southeastern Laos, Tuesday, July 24, 2018. The official Lao news agency KPL reported Tuesday that the ... more Photo: AP The Latest: SKorea sending relief team to Lao dam disaster 1 / 1 Back to Gallery BANGKOK … [Read more...] about The Latest: SKorea sending relief team to Lao dam disaster