natural disaster http://wnpr.org en Debris From Sandy Targeted in Northeast Marshes http://wnpr.org/post/debris-sandy-targeted-northeast-marshes <p>Nearly two years after Superstorm Sandy pounded the northeast, communities in Connecticut, New York, and Rhode Island are preparing to track down and remove debris from marshland.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:33:37 +0000 Associated Press 25728 at http://wnpr.org Debris From Sandy Targeted in Northeast Marshes In Connecticut, a Crew to Respond to Wildfires Thousands of Miles Away http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-crew-respond-wildfires-thousands-miles-away <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One year ago, 19 firefighters from the Granite Mountain Hotshots died battling a wildfire. While Connecticut isn't known for its forest fires, it is known for a surprisingly elite group of firefighters: the Connecticut Wildfire Crew.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:08:51 +0000 Patrick Skahill 24574 at http://wnpr.org In Connecticut, a Crew to Respond to Wildfires Thousands of Miles Away Walking Into the Flames: Discussion With Connecticut Firefighters http://wnpr.org/post/walking-flames-discussion-connecticut-firefighters <p>One of the most basic functions of local government is to protect its citizens. We talk with a panel of local firefighters who do just that.</p><p>When a fire breaks out, many Connecticut towns have volunteer forces that go to the rescue. What draws firefighters to this profession that includes a lot more than just fighting fires? Some Connecticut firefighters are even taking it a step further, and are going out west to help fight forest fires.</p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 23174 at http://wnpr.org Walking Into the Flames: Discussion With Connecticut Firefighters Study: Americans Less Fearful Of Storms Named After Women http://wnpr.org/post/study-americans-less-fearful-storms-named-after-women A study published Monday suggests Americans are less afraid of hurricanes with female names.<p><a href="http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/05/29/1402786111.abstract?sid=79a9dd5a-51c7-4dfe-95b0-25c41fec04e9" target="_blank">This is a real study</a> in the <em>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</em> — not <em>The Onion</em>.<p>Researchers at the University of Illinois and Arizona State looked at deaths caused by hurricanes between 1950 — when storms were first named — and 2012.<p>Even after tossing out <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/125938823/hurricane-katrina" target="_blank" Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:36:54 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 22952 at http://wnpr.org Study: Americans Less Fearful Of Storms Named After Women Insurers Warn Against Complacency In Hurricane Season http://wnpr.org/post/insurers-warn-against-complacency-hurricane-season <p>Hurricane season has just begun, and insurers are gearing up to educate their customers on preparing for the storms ahead.</p><p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 13:17:22 +0000 Harriet Jones 22902 at http://wnpr.org Insurers Warn Against Complacency In Hurricane Season Climate Change Is Here; How Do We Adapt? http://wnpr.org/post/climate-change-here-how-do-we-adapt <p>The <a href="http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/">National Climate Assessment</a> released earlier this month paints a bleak picture of the effects of climate change on not only the world - but right here in the northeast.&nbsp;“Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present,” the report says.</p><p>We’re teaming up with <em>The Colin McEnroe&nbsp;Show</em> for a big discussion on climate change and how we’re adapting to a changing world.</p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 22245 at http://wnpr.org Climate Change Is Here; How Do We Adapt? Wildfires In San Diego County Continue To Rage Out Of Control http://wnpr.org/post/wildfires-san-diego-county-continue-rage-out-control <strong>Updated at 10:20 p.m. ET.:</strong><p>Authorities in San Diego County ordered additional evacuations Thursday afternoon as a wildfire began "making an extreme run," as one state fire captain <a href="http://www.kpbs.org/news/2014/may/14/cal-state-san-marcos-evacuated/" target="_blank">said</a>.<p>The Associated Press is reporting that a badly burned body found in a transient camp in Carlsbad is the first reported fatality from the wildfires. Thu, 15 May 2014 18:14:42 +0000 editor 21902 at http://wnpr.org Wildfires In San Diego County Continue To Rage Out Of Control Job Training Planned In Springfield Neighborhoods Hit By 2011 Tornado http://wnpr.org/post/job-training-planned-springfield-neighborhoods-hit-2011-tornado The city of Springfield, Massachusetts is soliciting bids from organizations to do workforce training in poor neighborhoods hit by the tornado three years ago.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="The South End Community Center was destroyed by the tornado on June 1, 2011. Thu, 15 May 2014 14:37:11 +0000 Paul Tuthill 21884 at http://wnpr.org Job Training Planned In Springfield Neighborhoods Hit By 2011 Tornado To Survive A Tornado, First Run To Shelter, Then Grab A Helmet http://wnpr.org/post/survive-tornado-first-run-shelter-then-grab-helmet Deadly tornadoes have wreaked havoc in the South, leveling homes and claiming at least 28 lives in the past three days. And <a href="http://www.weather.com/newscenter/nationalforecast/">meteorologists say</a> the threat of more tornadoes won't ease up till Wednesday.<p>Getting to a safe place is the best thing that people can do to protect themselves and their families. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:51:00 +0000 editor 20989 at http://wnpr.org To Survive A Tornado, First Run To Shelter, Then Grab A Helmet Twisters In 3 States Kill More Than A Dozen People http://wnpr.org/post/nearly-dozen-dead-twisters-hit-3-states <strong>This post was updated at 6:15 p.m. ET.</strong><p>A second day of tornadoes has caused devastation in the South, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/28/307799646/another-round-of-tornadoes-rakes-through-the-south">killing more than a dozen people in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee</a>. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 11:26:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 20971 at http://wnpr.org Twisters In 3 States Kill More Than A Dozen People Killer Tornadoes Rip Through Arkansas, Oklahoma http://wnpr.org/post/tornadoes-rip-through-arkansas-oklahoma-killing-least-17 <strong><sub><em>This post was updated at 1:53 p.m. ET</em></sub></strong><p>Emergency officials were searching Monday for survivors after tornadoes tore through parts of Arkansas and Oklahoma overnight, killing at least 14 people and leveling entire neighborhoods.<p>"We don't have a count on injuries or missing. We're trying to get a handle on the missing part," Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said at a news conference Monday. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 10:35:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 20903 at http://wnpr.org Killer Tornadoes Rip Through Arkansas, Oklahoma Tense Hours, Then Sighs Of Relief After Huge Quake Off Chile http://wnpr.org/post/tense-hours-then-sighs-relief-after-huge-quake-chile The extent of the damage isn't yet clear and the <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/dead-residents-evacuated-quake-strikes-off-chiles-coast/story?id=23154182" target="_blank">six deaths</a> reported so far may be followed by news of other fatalities.<p>But on the morning after a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/01/297945381/massive-quake-off-northern-chile-triggers-tsunami-warning" target="_blank">massive, 8.2 magnitude earthquake</a> off the coast of northern Chile there are sighs of relief there and in neighboring Peru.<p>"At a time when horrific natural disaste Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:02:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 19444 at http://wnpr.org Tense Hours, Then Sighs Of Relief After Huge Quake Off Chile It's Hard Being Live On Air During an Earthquake http://wnpr.org/post/its-hard-being-live-air-during-earthquake <p>An earthquake in Southern California Monday morning rattled the usual calm demeanor of the live, on-air anchors at KTLA-TV.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fortunately, it doesn't look as though there's been much damage, and the anchors knew what to do: get under the desk.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:07:35 +0000 Heather Brandon & Tucker Ives 18568 at http://wnpr.org It's Hard Being Live On Air During an Earthquake State Seeks Input on Sandy Recovery Spending http://wnpr.org/post/state-seeks-input-sandy-recovery-spending <p>The state is seeking public comment on its latest plan for recovery from Superstorm Sandy. Connecticut is due for a second round of disaster funding from the federal government as it distributes aid to the communities worst affected. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:22:35 +0000 Associated Press 17135 at http://wnpr.org State Seeks Input on Sandy Recovery Spending FEMA Settlement To Be Announced http://wnpr.org/post/fema-settlement-be-announced Officials have scheduled an announcement Monday of a final settlement with FEMA for the tornado that devastated part of Springfield, Massachusetts two-and-a-half years ago<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="The June 1,2011 tornado tore the top floor off this apartment building in Springfield. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:15:15 +0000 Paul Tuthill 15358 at http://wnpr.org FEMA Settlement To Be Announced With National Treasures At Risk, D.C. Fights Against Flooding http://wnpr.org/post/national-treasures-risk-dc-fights-against-flooding The nation's capital is not exactly a beach town. But the cherry-tree-lined Tidal Basin, fed by the Potomac River, laps at the steps of the Jefferson Memorial. And, especially since Superstorm Sandy, officials in Washington have a clear idea of what would happen in a worst-case storm scenario.<p>"The water would go across the World War II memorial, come up 17th Street," says Tony Vidal of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "And there are actually three spots where the water would come up where we don't have ... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 21:33:47 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 14558 at http://wnpr.org With National Treasures At Risk, D.C. Fights Against Flooding Many Still Struggling in the Philippines http://wnpr.org/post/many-still-struggling-philippines <p>Stamford-based AmeriCares said it has shipped over $3 million in medical aid to the Philippines, with more to come.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 16:58:16 +0000 Ray Hardman 13464 at http://wnpr.org Many Still Struggling in the Philippines In Tornado-Ravaged Illinois 'War Zone,' Veterans Find A Mission http://wnpr.org/post/tornado-ravaged-illinois-war-zone-veterans-find-mission Lots of people in and around Washington, Ill., are referring to the areas devastated by Sunday's tornado as looking like a war zone.<p>David Casler is among them.<p>"Right here, right now, if you look around this street, this is a war zone, only no one's shooting at us," he says.<p>Casler knows the difference. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 13:41:00 +0000 editor 12770 at http://wnpr.org In Tornado-Ravaged Illinois 'War Zone,' Veterans Find A Mission Coming Home From Typhoon Haiyan http://wnpr.org/post/coming-home-typhoon-haiyan <p>Typhoon Haiyan reportedly killed more than 4,000 people and affected millions more when it struck the Philippines nearly two weeks ago. Among those touched by the storm were Jack and Fe Shanahan, a Connecticut couple with a home in one of the heavily affected towns.</p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:05:08 +0000 Jeff Cohen 12739 at http://wnpr.org Coming Home From Typhoon Haiyan AmeriCares Ships $1 Million in Medical Aid to the Philippines http://wnpr.org/post/americares-ships-1-million-medical-aid-philippines <p>Nearly two weeks ago Typhoon Haiyan, perhaps the strongest storm on record, ravaged the Philippines. Survivors in the hardest-hit parts of that island nation are still in need of the most basic supplies, like food, water and shelter. On Wednesday, Philippine officials estimated the death toll from the storm at 4,000.</p><p>Stamford, Connecticut-based AmeriCares has been in the Philippines since the day after the typhoon, delivering medical supplies, and helping to rebuild hospitals.</p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 18:25:11 +0000 Ray Hardman & Heather Brandon 12726 at http://wnpr.org AmeriCares Ships $1 Million in Medical Aid to the Philippines Disaster Assistance Centers Open in Two New Connecticut Locations http://wnpr.org/post/disaster-assistance-centers-open-two-new-connecticut-locations <p>The state is opening two new disaster assistance centers on Wednesday to help residents who suffered losses during Superstorm Sandy. One is a mobile center, serving Middlesex County. The other will be located at the Groton senior center.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 17:15:03 +0000 Harriet Jones 12721 at http://wnpr.org Disaster Assistance Centers Open in Two New Connecticut Locations How To Prepare For Climate Disasters? Artist Says Dehydrate Food http://wnpr.org/post/how-prepare-climate-disasters-artist-says-dehydrate-food Emergency aid workers are rushing this week to get <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/11/15/245181812/philippines-disaster-rekindles-fight-over-food-aid-reform">food aid</a> to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines — just the latest reminder of how vulnerable the food supply can be when disaster hits.<p>Artist <a href="http://tattfoo.com/cv_text.html">Tattfoo Tan</a> felt this acutely after Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York City in 2012. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 18:35:00 +0000 editor 12666 at http://wnpr.org How To Prepare For Climate Disasters? Artist Says Dehydrate Food How And Where Should We Rebuild After Natural Disasters? http://wnpr.org/post/how-and-where-should-we-rebuild-after-natural-disasters The physical damage from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines is catastrophic. Hundreds of thousands of people are now homeless.<p>Soon, though, people will start to rebuild, as they have after similar natural disasters.<p>How they do it, and where, is increasingly important in places like the Philippines. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:05:00 +0000 Christopher Joyce 12611 at http://wnpr.org How And Where Should We Rebuild After Natural Disasters? Philippine Groups in Connecticut Pitch in to Recovery Efforts http://wnpr.org/post/philippine-groups-connecticut-pitch-recovery-efforts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Filipino organizations in Connecticut are working hard to help their home country recover from the devastation of Typhoon </span>Haiyan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>According to the 2010 U.S. Census report, there are 16,402 Filipinos living in Connecticut. In the hours after the storm hit, they anxiously waited for word on whether their loved ones survived. "I have a brother that's in Cebu, and they are okay," said Cecilia Rogayan, president of the <a href="http://paacinc.org/">Philippine-American Association of Connecticut</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 21:47:41 +0000 Ray Hardman 12271 at http://wnpr.org Philippine Groups in Connecticut Pitch in to Recovery Efforts Stamford-Based Americares on the Ground in the Philippines http://wnpr.org/post/stamford-based-americares-ground-philippines <p></p><p>Stamford-based Americares has sent a relief team to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. The non-profit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization said days before the typhoon reached landfall, Americares stockpiled relief supplies in the Philippines in anticipation.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 04:38:00 +0000 Ray Hardman 12037 at http://wnpr.org Stamford-Based Americares on the Ground in the Philippines Aid Groups Struggle To Reach Survivors Of Typhoon Haiyan http://wnpr.org/post/aid-groups-struggle-reach-survivors-typhoon-haiyan Aid agencies are scrambling to try to get water and food to people in the Philippines who've been left homeless or injured by Typhoon Haiyan.<p>But reaching some of the areas ravaged by the intense storm is proving difficult. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 00:40:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 12212 at http://wnpr.org Aid Groups Struggle To Reach Survivors Of Typhoon Haiyan 'Absolute Bedlam' In The Philippines After Typhoon Haiyan http://wnpr.org/post/absolute-bedlam-philippines-after-typhoon-haiyan <em>(</em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/11/11/244494448/absolute-bedlam-in-the-philippines-after-typhoon-haiyan/#0001" target="_self">Click here</a><em> for related updates.)</em><p>The news from the Philippines, where it's feared <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/11/10/244247662/thousands-feared-dead-after-typhoon-haiyan" target="_blank">that last week's powerful Typhoon Haiyan killed more than 10,000 people</a>, isn't getting better as hundreds of thousands of people struggle to survive and authorities struggle to get help to them.<p>"It's absolute bedlam Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:11:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 11736 at http://wnpr.org 'Absolute Bedlam' In The Philippines After Typhoon Haiyan U.S. Forest Service Studies Springfield Reforestation Effort http://wnpr.org/post/us-forest-service-studies-springfield-reforestation-effort In the two years since a tornado tore through Springfield, Massachusetts a volunteer effort has spearheaded the planting of thousands of new trees.&#160; The work is being done as the U.S. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:46:29 +0000 Paul Tuthill 10469 at http://wnpr.org U.S. Forest Service Studies Springfield Reforestation Effort Connecticut National Guard Impacted by Federal Shutdown http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-national-guard-impacted-federal-shutdown <p>Congress has passed a bill to ensure active duty military are paid during the federal government shutdown, but what about the National Guard? There are direct impacts on the families of 5,000 Connecticut&nbsp;guard members who respond to both federal and state missions.</p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:47:00 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 9107 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut National Guard Impacted by Federal Shutdown Fire Sweeps Through Businesses Along Jersey's Seaside Boardwalk http://wnpr.org/post/fire-sweeps-through-businesses-along-jerseys-seaside-boardwalk A fire that started in an ice cream shop is spreading elsewhere along New Jersey's famous boardwalk in Seaside Park.<p>News video shows the boardwalk — located in an area that had just been rebuilt after it was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy nearly a year ago — clouded by thick smoke.<p>Seaside Heights Police Chief Thomas Boyd tells <a href="http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2013/09/seaside_heights_boardwalk_fire_kohrs_ice_cream_stand_ablaze.html"><em>The Star-Ledger</em></a> the fire spread to adjacent structures around 2:30 p.m.<p>By 4:30 p.m., firefighters were ordered to pull back because of Thu, 12 Sep 2013 21:39:43 +0000 Scott Neuman 4043 at http://wnpr.org Fire Sweeps Through Businesses Along Jersey's Seaside Boardwalk