It's been twenty years in the making and taken a year of concentrated effort, but now we're proud to present Disaster Recovery: A Survivor's Guide to Insurance. Writing a book is something we've always wanted to do so when the opportunity presented itself to us, we jumped on it.We’d like to thank the San Diego Foundation for major funding in support of this project, as well as the generous individuals [yes, that would be you] whose donations to CARe funded the balance of the project. We’d also...Read More
BASTROP, Texas – Residents left homeless by a massive Central Texas wildfire turned their attention Friday to what they need to move forward, with some voicing frustration over a perceived delay in federal response even as early signs of recovery appeared in reopened neighborhoods.
Firefighters focused on extinguishing hotspots and had isolated remaining flames from the blaze that has burned for almost a week in and around the city of Bastrop, destroying nearly 1,400 homes and sweeping across about 45 square miles of rain-starved landscape.
On August 26, 2009, the largest and deadliest wildfire in Los Angeles County, the Station Fire, burned over 160,000 acres and killed two heroic firefighters who were tasked with finding a safe escape zone for Fire Camp 16, which housed about 55 inmate workers and fire camp personnel.
On the fifth day of the fire, Sheriff’s Department personnel were notified by Los Angeles County Fire personnel that assistance was needed to respond to a fatal accident at Fire Camp 16. It was learned that two firefighters were presumed dead as a result of their vehicle going off a steep embankment. In addition, Fire Camp 16 was in the direct path of the fire and had been engulfed by flames. Fifty-five inmate workers and several Fire Department personnel were presumed to be seriously injured or dead as a result of the blaze
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nature is pummeling the United States this year with extremes.
Unprecedented triple-digit heat and devastating drought. Deadly tornadoes leveling towns. Massive rivers overflowing. A billion-dollar blizzard. And now, unusual hurricane-caused flooding in Vermont.
If what's falling from the sky isn't enough, the ground shook in places that normally seem stable: Colorado and the entire East Coast. On Friday, a strong quake triggered brief tsunami warnings in Alaska. Arizona and New Mexico have broken records for wildfires.
Federal investigators pinned blame Tuesday squarely on Pacific Gas and Electric Co. for the natural gas pipeline blast in San Bruno, condemning shoddy company safety practices for the devastation of a neighborhood and the deaths of eight people.
The National Transportation Safety Board, wrapping up a nearly yearlong investigation, also said federal and state pipeline regulatory efforts need to be overhauled to prevent another city from suffering such a disaster.
Homes in City Heights are being evacuated Monday due to a brush fire. The fire was reported about 2:15 p.m. on Manzanita Drive near Poppy Place, a dispatcher with the San Diego Fire-Rescue department said.
As Hurricane Irene barrels toward America’s East Coast, many people will be turning to Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks to communicate—and they expect nonprofits that provide disaster aid to do the same, according to a new survey by the American Red Cross.
Eighty percent of Americans said they expect national relief groups to monitor their own social-media feeds as well as the Web sites where disaster victims might make urgent requests for help. And they expect those groups to act quickly. About 35 percent of those surveyed said that it is reasonable to expect assistance to arrive within an hour after a request for help is posted online.
More than two years after the Jesusita Fire wreaked destruction in the hills of Santa Barbara, a group of homeowners and the California Department of Forestry have filed two separate lawsuits seeking reimbursement for property damage and suppression costs caused by the fire.
The Jesusita Fire — which investigators say was accidentally started on the morning of May 5, 2009, by two volunteer trail workers who were using a weed trimming tool to clear brush on the Jesusita Trail — burned over 8,700 acres above San Roque Road and Ontare Road before being contained in a firefighting effort that cost the county $17 million. In the two weeks that the fired burned, 85 homes were destroyed and 15 homes were damaged.