Los Angeles Seeks to Build—and Share—an Earthquake Early Warning App

The effort is part of a pledge by Mayor Eric Garcetti, as well as a broader push to bring an earthquake early warning system to the West Coast.

Getting Ahead of Hurricanes With Data-Driven Evacuation Planning

A growing number of cities are looking to do more with transportation data analytics before disasters strike.

West Coast Cities and States Should Be More Worried About the Crisis in Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria has cut off access to drinking water, sewage, electricity and telecommunications across the U.S. commonwealth. Here’s why Seattle or L.A. might end up being the next San Juan.

More Good News for a Promising Earthquake Early-Warning Tool

Here’s what’s planned for the next phase of the ShakeAlert system that’s been under development on the West Coast.

WATCH: This Is What a Megaquake Will Do to an Important Lifeline in Portland

Also in our Weekend State and Local Digest: Maine’s unvaccinated kindergartners; Sacramento seeks out Filipino teachers; and Alabama reverses its ban on margarita pitchers.

Case Study: Have You Found the Secret Key to Understanding Your Citizens?

“Human data” analysis unlocks true public representation.

When 100,000 People Suddenly Swarm a Rural City of 6,500 Residents

Oregon expects 1 million visitors for the highly anticipated solar eclipse in August and Madras will play a starring role in managing the influx of people.

How Western Washington’s Geographic Barriers Squeeze Lifelines During Emergencies

Mountainous, forested topography can squeeze—or cut off—the Pacific Northwest’s key transportation routes at the worst times. What happens when the Big One hits?

This Promising Tech Tool Can Save Lives Before a Major Earthquake Strikes

As the Trump administration preps to kill ShakeAlert, here's a scenario to demonstrate why funding its continued implementation is critical.

The Alaska Town That Sank and (Mostly) Disappeared

PHOTOS: The devastating Good Friday Earthquake nearly wiped this spot off the map in 1964. But not everything.

Nearly 2,000 San Francisco Apartment Buildings Don’t Meet Quake Codes

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Md. city council plan would neuter mayoral powers; hexavalent chromium emissions near L.A.; and Oregon town saved, strained by new data centers.

Seattle Sewage Disaster Raises Bigger Questions About Infrastructure Resilience

The hundreds of millions of gallons of untreated waste that poured into Puget Sound in recent weeks will likely be a “moot point” during an even larger catastrophic event. What can be done to mitigate the risk?

Don’t Overlook Resiliency Benefits When Touting Transportation Improvements

Yes, mobility is important, but every dollar invested to improve infrastructure is also a dollar invested in being better prepared for the next major disaster.

In a Decade, Oklahoma's Earthquakes Will Be Normal Again

Next year, though, the state faces a 40-percent risk of a major tremor.

This City in Oregon Will Be Mostly Destroyed in a Future Tsunami. But There's Some Good News.

In Seaside, a recently approved $99.7 million plan will relocate three schools out of the inundation zone.

What Keeps This FEMA Regional Administrator Up at Night?

When a disaster like a large earthquake strikes, government agencies will have to manage the public’s expectations for a quick response. And that’s not easy.

Navigator Award Finalists: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Team

Getting the nation’s second-largest city better prepared for its next seismic disaster.

Why Does Fracking (Sometimes) Trigger Earthquakes?

A new study proposes why fracking triggers some faults but leaves others dormant—and it suggests a possible method of earthquake prediction.

Okla. Shutters Disposal Wells Following Big Quake; Ill. Gov. Fires 29 State Transportation Employees

Also in our State and Local Labor Day Weekend Digest: Judges rule Mo. must reveal source of lethal injection drugs; Justice Department to decide whether to retry McDonnell; Scottsdale firefighters wrangle exotic snakes.