California Utilities Feel Heat as State Burns

Fire investigators continue to look at the possible role power equipment may have played in starting the state’s deadliest wildfire on record.

Emergency Comms Survey Reveals Top Concerns for Public Sector Decision Makers

A good reminder for state and local governments: Is your employee contact information up to date?

Law Enforcement Stress Tests New Emergency Response Tech in Georgia

Verizon and Nokia hosted the second Operation Convergent Response with active shooter and disaster simulations and the gadgets to defuse them.

How North Carolina Kept 911 Up During Hurricane Florence

The Federal Communications Commission has since documented the effort’s success.

Tallahassee Tent City to Serve as Home Base for Hurricane Relief Efforts

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Portland mayor’s proposed emergency ordinance … state Supreme Court blocks Florida governor … and Chicago mayoral candidate targets Gary’s airport.

Taking Stock of Hurricane Michael’s Widespread Devastation

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Mass. mayor arrested … testing out a mass vaccination plan in Minnesota … and N.Y. comptroller’s dismal report on MTA finances.

San José and Airbnb Partner to Provide Emergency Temporary Housing

After severe flooding last year, the city hopes to have shelter lined up ahead of time for the next disaster.

Staggering Damage as Michael Plows Through Florida Communities

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Mass. governor: State Police shouldn’t destroy payroll documents … an ‘antsy-pantsy’ mayor in Vermont; and a Utah transit budget boost.

The Sudden, Shocking Growth of Hurricane Michael

In little more than a day, a Category 1 storm became a “worst-case scenario” Category 4.

Would the U.S. Tsunami Warning System Have Averted Indonesia’s Disaster?

Even the world’s best system “is really not a technological solution to the problem of a near-field tsunami.”

Using Alerts to Keep Residents Safe

Most large municipalities use messaging systems to push out emergency information, but getting people to register needs to be a priority.

Waiting for What Florence’s Floodwaters Will Bring Next in the Carolinas

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ohio’s background check difficulties … New York City’s open data updates … and Florida’s new fight against algae blooms.

Making Rescue Volunteers Part of the Official Response

A rescue website developed during Hurricane Harvey—and in use again during Hurricane Florence—wants to work more directly with local governments.

A N.C. City’s Last-Ditch Effort to Fill 5,000 Sand Bags in 5 Hours

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Michigan mayor wants state of emergency for traffic … Bay Area workers living in RVs get designated parking … and a Texas mayor kills alligator with one shot.

For Millions, Florence 'Has Never Been More Dangerous'

North Carolina's governor warned that inland residents now face life-threatening hazards.