De-energized Power Lines Can’t Spark Wildfires

It’s a simple strategy: Let technology tell you exactly when to cut power in weather conditions that can fuel a major blaze. But utilities and regulators still have to learn how to do it right.

Santa Ana Winds Fuel Quickly Moving Fire in Southern California

After an already difficult year across the West, dangerous fire weather conditions continue in parts of the Golden State.

The Vital Role of Social Media in the Eye of the Storm

Five communications lessons one hospital learned during Hurricane Harvey.

Top Emergency Management Official: Hit the ‘Reset Button’ on Disaster Recovery Roles

FEMA’s administrator envisions state and local governments taking control of reconstruction and resilience with federal support.

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.

Domestic Violence, Homelessness and Natural Disasters Show Need for Pet-Friendly Shelters

"If we can remove the barrier of leaving a pet behind by creating more pet-friendly domestic violence shelters, more lives can be saved," according to the president and CEO of nonprofit group Red Rover.

Public Health Emergency Declaration Extended in San Diego

While local officials think a deadly hepatitis A outbreak has eased somewhat, they’ve faced challenges in communicating the continuing risk.

Senate Homeland Security Chairman Questions State-Federal Balance in Disaster Response

“In these situations, it really should be the state and local governments that take charge and FEMA is really a subordinate,” Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson told Route Fifty.

Puerto Rico's Dire Health-Care Crisis

Over a month after Hurricane Maria, citizens are still facing limited access to medical help and the increasing threat of illness.

U.S. Senate Passes $36.5 Billion Disaster Aid Bill

The legislation will next go to the White House for President Trump's signature.

Rethinking Hazard Mapping After Wildfires Entered Urban Areas Thought to Be ‘Unburnable’

Local officials across the West should pay attention to what happened to one devastated neighborhood in Santa Rosa, California.

Two City Leaders Reflect on Hurricane Response and Recovery

“You can complain about government 364 days of the year,” according to Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said. “But on that one day that you need us to be at our best, we better be at our best.”

Why Sonoma County Decided Against Using Mass Alerts Ahead of Deadly Wildfires

Officials feared using the system would do more harm than good.

How Tech and Data Boosted Florida’s Response to Irma

Some of the tools and strategies the Sunshine State used to prepare for and recover from a big hurricane.

Diablo Winds Fuel Massive Wildfires in California Wine Country

An already bad wildfire season in Western states just got even worse.

Shannon Rahming, Nevada State CIO, On New Tech and Supporting First Responders

From purchasing and cybersecurity to critical communications for emergency response, Rahming and Nevada are pushing state IT forward on a number of fronts.

What's Happening With the Relief Effort in Puerto Rico?

A timeline of the unprecedented catastrophe of Hurricane Maria.