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1 year 7 months ago

Disaster ready child-care

DENVER (AP) - Colorado State University is leading a study on whether child-care centers in the state are prepared for disasters. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Monday it is funding the two-year study with a $30,000 grant. FEMA says it's the first of its kind in the nation. Lori...

1 year 11 months ago

Emergency exercise planned for Wednesday

Every year emergency workers in Pueblo County run a large emergency drill to test readiness in case of a disaster. The scope is large because of the proximity of the Pueblo Chemical Depot, where thousands of obsolete chemical weapons are stored. This year the drill is scheduled for Wednesday....

3 years 1 week ago

CO snowpack sampled after Japan disaster

DENVER (AP) - Officials have stored samples of Colorado mountain snowpack just in case they're needed to measure any fallout from Japan's nuclear disaster. Denver's KCNC-TV reports that collectors took samples at 10 locations, from Cameron Pass to the north to La Veta Pass in the south. Officials stress...

3 years 3 months ago

Disaster training offered

The City of Colorado Springs is offering training for citizens who want to be prepared for an emergency. A series of classes are planned this year. The first happens January 22 and 23 at the Fire Department Complex on Printers Parkway. The class provides training in disaster preparedness...

3 years 6 months ago

Federal disaster declared for farmers

Fremont County farmers should be harvesting a huge crop of apples right now, but a late freeze damaged the crop. On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture declared Fremont County a natural disaster area. The freeze occurred between April 30 and May 3. Also included in the disaster...

3 years 7 months ago

Otero County gets disaster designation

Gov. Bill Ritter announced Tuesday that Otero and Montrose counties have been designated primary federal disaster areas due to severe frost, freezing temperatures, and high winds that caused significant damage to melon and cherry crops. Ten other counties were designated contiguous disaster areas. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack approved the disaster...

3 years 9 months ago

Haiti, 6 months later

Six months after a devastating earthquake rocked Haiti, there's still a lot of work to be done. "People think the worst is over in Haiti, but it's really not." explains Katherine Redmond of Colorado Springs bases Compassion International. The already poor country is struggling to get back on its feet...

3 years 10 months ago

Disaster drill planned in El Paso County

More than two dozen agencies will run a disaster exercise Saturday in El Paso County. The exercise, referred to as NOAA's Ark, is sponsored by the South Central Homeland Security Region and Pikes Peak Metropolitan Medical Response System. The event is designed to simulate a weather emergency, in this...

3 years 10 months ago

Anniversary of Pueblo's "Great Flood of 1921"

It's the 89th anniversary of the worst natural disaster in the history of Pueblo. We're talking about the Great Flood of 1921. "It was so devastating," said Deborah Espinosa, Director of El Pueblo Museum. It happened on June 3, 1921. Streets in downtown Pueblo were flooded. The Arkansas River overflowed,...

3 years 10 months ago

Hispanic ranchers lawsuit drags on

U.S. Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet say they want a resolution soon on a 2000 federal lawsuit filed by Hispanic farmers and ranchers who allege unfair treatment during the distribution of disaster loans. The senators' statements Friday came during the week the government began discussions to resolve the...

4 years 1 month ago

5 CU students accounted for in Chile

Five University of Colorado students studying in Chile have been accounted for following Saturday's magnitude 8.8 earthquake. University officials say three students are in Santiago and two are in Valparaiso. A sixth student who planned to travel to Chile on Sunday will wait until officials review the study program in...

4 years 1 month ago

US offers help to Chile

The U.S. pledged to help Chile after a powerful earthquake struck Saturday and kept watch on a tsunami heading for Hawaii. All 118 employees of the U.S. Embassy in Chile were accounted for, State Department spokeswoman Megan Mattson said. She had no immediate information on the status of other...

4 years 1 month ago

Update: Death toll over 200

A devastating earthquake has struck Chile, killing at least 214 people. The magnitude-8.8 quake has collapsed buildings and bridges and sent a tsunami racing across the Pacific Ocean. Roads have been destroyed, and electricity, water and phone lines have been cut to many areas. In the town of Talca,...

4 years 1 month ago

Handful of troops contract malaria

A U.S. military spokesman in Haiti says six American soldiers involved in the aid mission have come down with malaria. The illness is transmitted by mosquitoes An Army spokesman says one of the soldiers was evacuated for treatment. The soldier is said to be improving. The other five soldiers are...

4 years 1 month ago

Local filmmaker returns from Haiti

Robbie Repola, a Colorado Springs filmmaker just returned from the earthquake torn country of Haiti where he spent a week capturing images from the ravaged nation. He tells us it's a trip he won't ever forget. "You go into one neighborhood and you look at it and it's bombed out....

4 years 1 month ago

Study: Haiti quake may have caused $14B in damage

The main development bank for Latin America says the Jan. 12 earthquake that ravaged Haiti's capital might have caused nearly $14 billion in damage. The preliminary study released Tuesday says the magnitude-7 earthquake could be the deadliest and costliest disaster on a list that dates back four decades. Economists with...

4 years 2 months ago

Haiti workers hand out 'women-only' aid coupons

Officials say they are still far short of reaching all Haiti earthquake victims who need food, but relief workers are changing the distribution method in hopes it'll be less cutthroat. Relief workers are handing out women-only food coupons to ensure that families and the weak get supplies following Haiti's devastating...

4 years 2 months ago

Haiti from eyes of local relief workers

Each day gets a little better, but the scope of the devastation in Haiti remains too massive to describe. That's the word from a local doctor and a missionary who have joined the ongoing relief efforts there. Dr. Tiffany Willard and a team of surgeons from Memorial Hospital are...

4 years 2 months ago

Celebrities unite to help Haiti in telethon

Grim-faced celebrities and musicians with mournful tunes set the tone for the all-star, international "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon, which featured two hours of desperate pleas for an even more-desperate nation. But it ended on a hopeful note, with a buoyant call for Haiti's revival by native son, Wyclef Jean....

4 years 2 months ago

Haiti gov't says rescue phase over

The United Nations says Haiti's government has declared the search and rescue phase for survivors of the earthquake over. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says 132 people were pulled from the rubble alive by international search and rescue teams. Spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs said Saturday that humanitarian relief...

4 years 2 months ago

Magnitude 6.1 aftershock hits Haiti

A strong aftershock hit Haiti on Wednesday morning, shaking buildings and sending people running into the streets. The 6.1 magnitude quake hit at 6:03 a.m., about 35 miles northwest of the capital of Port-au-Prince, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake struck at a depth of 13.7 miles. The...

4 years 3 months ago

U.S. scrambling to help Haiti after quake

The U.S. is gearing up to help Haiti in the aftermath of its 7.0 earthquake. The U.S. Agency for International Development says it's sending a disaster assistance response team, and is activating its search and rescue partners in Virginia and Los Angeles. The State Department and the U.S. Southern Command...

4 years 3 months ago

1,000 people homeless on Solomons after tsunami

A disaster management official says an earthquake and a tsunami have destroyed 200 homes on one island in the Solomons leaving about one-third of the population homeless. Disaster management office director Loti Yates says visual assessments from the air Tuesday show extensive damage after a 7.2-magnitude temblor struck. No injuries...

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