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A transportation guide for all-hazards emergency evacuation
from Transportation Research Board
TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program has issued a request for proposals to develop an all-hazards emergency evacuation guide for transportation and emergency management agencies that integrates the broad community of resources that are necessary to plan, train, exercise, and execute evacuations. Proposals are due Oct. 22.More
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Port city pushes back against Washington's tightening flood insurance definitions
from ClimateWire via The New York Times
The ocean is slowly rising to meet the wooden lobster wharfs in Portland, Maine. As area seas lick up the old log pilings, warming waters invite hurricanes and new predatory fish into the nation's northern gulf. More
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Tulare County seeks cheaper health insurance
from Visalia Times-Delta
The skyrocketing health insurance premiums that have been at the center of recent fights between the county and many of its unions may be a thing of the past if administrators have their way. Tulare County is dropping its benefits contract with the California State Association of Counties and will be teaming up with Fresno County in search of lower premiums. More
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Whatcom County, Wash. to pay more for new ferry insurance next year
from The Bellingham Herald
An insurance company has dropped much of the Whatcom County, Wash. coverage for its Whatcom Chief ferry to Lummi Island, and new insurance is going to cost more. The company, MOAC, which provided primary coverage of the vessel, dropped the county because claims have been higher than the premiums the county paid, according to a letter from the county insurance broker.
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Officials in Grand Forks County, N.D., look at new flood plain map
from Grand Forks Herald
City and county flood plain managers from Grand Forks, N.D., met with representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency this afternoon to discuss the preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map that will be Grand Forks County’s first substantial revision in more than two decades. More
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Workers in Myrtle Beach, S.C. learn to face phobias
from The Associated Press via Google News
Ken Alfieri, the curator of Alligator Adventure, talks about the snakes and insects a person might encounter in the area with Myrtle Beach employees in S.C. who work outdoors. Myrtle Beach's Risk Management Division sponsored the safety class called "Spiders, Snakes and Other Things That Make You Go Eeeeck" at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Alfieri brought along a number of different snakes for the workers to view up close, including the venomous copperhead, cottonmouth and king snakes. More
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Typhoon-hit Philippines: could more have been done?
from Reuters
As survivors of the worst flooding in 40 years in the Philippines begin to sift through the debris of their destroyed homes or mop up the thick mud caused by landslides, questions have been raised as to whether more could have been done to reduce the impact of the disaster that has killed hundreds.
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Lawsuits against southern California cities leading to settlements more often
from Pasadena Star-News
For a city that has settled three lawsuits against its police department over the last three years, litigation insurance may be a prudent investment. As a member of the Independent Cities Risk Management Authority, Monrovia is one of 22 southern California cities to pool their money to insure themselves against losses from litigation.
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Munich Reinsurance America’s Specialty Markets division recognizes that green building certification is important to public entities and nonprofits, and has developed a Green Property Endorsement that allows for green materials and additional costs associated with LEED certification in the event of a property loss.
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Swine flu blitz planned in Lee County, Fla.
from The News-Press
Lee County, Fla., will vaccinate 190,000 residents for free against the swine flu in 25 days, using 500 volunteers a week. The battle plan has been drawn up with military precision, nailing details like whether Daylight Saving Time will affect the vaccination schedule. Clinics will start Oct. 19 and conclude Nov. 21 at 12 area high schools.
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