disasters

Philippines Refief
5:28 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Portland Relief Agency Dispatches Team to Philippines

Mercy Corps has dispatched a disaster response team to the Philippines. The Portland-based aid agency says it already has two workers there to help with typhoon relief, and more on the way. 

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NWPR Books
12:06 am
Mon August 12, 2013

For Disaster Preparedness: Pack A Library Card?

Volunteers at the Queens Library in the Far Rockaway section of Queens hand out coats to people affected by Hurricane Sandy.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 8:43 am

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, libraries in New York helped the storm's victims turn a new page. Librarians helped thousands of people fill out relief forms, connect to the Internet and make plans to rebuild.

The New Dorp branch of the New York Public Library in Staten Island wasn't damaged during Sandy. But just a few blocks away, houses were inundated with as much as 16 feet of water. And days after the storm, many of the library's patrons still lacked the most basic services.

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Canadian Oil Train
6:25 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Canadian Oil Train Tragedy Draws Attention To Rising Oil Train Traffic In Pacific Northwest

Aerial view of charred freight train in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada. The photo was taken Sunday, a day after the train of crude oil derailed. As of Monday the death toll had reached 13 and about 50 people remained missing and unaccounted for.
Credit Transportation Safety Board of Canada

A train loaded with oil exploded in Eastern Canada over the weekend. There are 13 confirmed deaths and dozens more missing. The train was carrying oil from the massive Bakken Oil Fields of North Dakota.

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Boston Explosion
4:40 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Runner Mourns Losses At Marathon

An estimated 300 Oregonians were registered to run the Boston Marathon Monday.

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Boston Explosion
4:21 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Portland Man Finishes Boston Marathon, Hears Explosion

When explosions rocked the Boston Marathon route today Monday hundreds of Oregonians were in the city for the race.  More than 300 people from Oregon were registered for the marathon, and Nike and Adidas both had staffs there.

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NW Firefighter's Death
5:25 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Feds Issue Citations On Northwest Firefighter’s Death

Anne Veseth
Credit Northwest News Network

A federal investigation into a firefighter's death last year in Idaho finds hazardous conditions that could have been prevented. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration, or OSHA , faults both the Forest Service and the private Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association for a number of workplace safety violations.

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Oregon Bus Crash
4:17 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

More Northeast Oregon Bus Crash Victims Identified

Emergency personnel at the scene of Sunday's fatal bush crash on Interstate 84 east of Pendleton.
Credit Oregon State Police

Two Korean tourists who were visiting family in Bothell, Wash., are the latest victims to be identified in that deadly bus crash in northeast Oregon. Police say Sunday’s accident east of Pendleton was Oregon’s deadliest crash since 1971. Among the dead were 67-year-old Jung Oun Hong and his 63-year-old wife, Kim Joong Wha of Korea.

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Titanic Anniversary
6:35 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Seattle Woman’s Great Aunt Faced Tough Decision On The Titanic

A postcard image of the Titanic.
Credit Photo courtesy George Behe's collection

This past year has marked some big milestones. The 150th anniversary of the University of Washington, the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair. Charles Dickens would have been 200. 2012 also marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. A majority of the people who boarded the luxury ocean liner didn’t survive the trip. For some, the only thing separating survival and drowning was a split-second decision. Now, a century after the tragedy, a Seattle woman wonders what she would do if she had been in her relative’s shoes on the night of the sinking. Sarah Waller has the story.

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Oregon School Safety
6:12 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Oregon Officials Review School Safety Policies

The head of Oregon’s Department of Education, Rob Saxton.
Credit Oregon Department of Education website

The shootings at a Connecticut elementary school have top Oregon officials taking stock of school policies and procedures. The head of Oregon’s Department of Education, Rob Saxton, says he's reviewing safety with school districts. In ordering flags in Oregon to half-staff, Gov. John Kitzhaber said he supports “the President’s call for meaningful action, regardless of politics.”

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Disaster Preparedness
5:41 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Five Ways To Recover Faster From 'The Big One'

Basic assumptions about how to prepare for disasters like an earthquake are now under scrutiny.
Credit Wash. Emergency Management Division website

For years, emergency managers have urged people to stockpile enough food, water and supplies to last 72 hours after a disaster. In the Northwest, basic assumptions like that are now under scrutiny, especially when it comes to the risk from a big earthquake. Two committees in Oregon and Washington have been working for more than a year to come up with wide-ranging recommendations to improve the region's disaster resilience.

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