Homeland Security Wants Industry Input on Wearable Tech for First Responders

Wearables are great—but they can't get in the way when firefighters and paramedics do their jobs.

Homeland Security to Put First Responder Tech to the Test

Can commercial tech hold up in a mock disaster? The agency’s Science and Technology Directorate wants to find out.

Fire Escapes Are Evocative, But Mostly Useless

In the 19th century, fire escapes saved tenement dwellers from peril. Today they are more likely to cause harm than to prevent it.

Here’s How to Counter Fake News During a Disaster

A Homeland Security Department advisory group wants to help emergency responders control the social media conversation.

This Small California District Discovered Earthquake Risks It Never Knew It Had

One Concern is helping the Woodside Fire Protection District shore up disaster resilience with hazard modeling.

Kansas Firefighters Accused of Harassing Former Mayor

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Deadly Mudflows Tear Through Southern California Neighborhoods

Emergency managers and first responders anticipated dealing with a second disaster in and near areas recently burned in wildfires. But the destruction is worse than expected in some places.

Class-Action Lawsuits Could Pressure Utilities to Update Practices Following Wildfires

Southern California Edison faces litigation and is accused of negligence following the largest fire on record in the Golden State.

Mapping the Post-Wildfire Landslide Risk in California’s Burn Zones

With heavy rain predicted in some areas, this U.S. Geological Survey tool shows where the hazards of highest concern are located.

With California’s Largest Wildfire on Record Nearly Contained, Officials Warn of New Danger

The Thomas Fire has been winding down but the risk of mudslides has put state and local agencies on alert. “Every canyon within this burn zone is at risk.”

Homeland Security Test Reveals Flaws in Emergency Responder Apps

A pilot test found cyber vulnerabilities or privacy issues in 32 out of 33 apps.

In California’s Wildfires, a Looming Threat to Climate Goals

The state’s environmental regulations are known to be stringent, but they have limits: They apply only to human-caused emissions.

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.

Spending on State and Local Environment and Interior Programs Spared Big Cuts in Senate Plan

But there aren’t huge boosts in the appropriations proposal either for programs that are significant for states and localities.

California Wildfires Threaten Wine Industry

Businesses that account for the majority of Napa County’s economic output and employ almost half its workers by the thousands are at risk.

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.

FirstNet Seeks Disaster Response Apps

The goal is to “tap into the expertise and creativity of the developer community to drive innovation for public safety," according to the public safety telecommunications network's CEO.

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

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