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Why is maintaining a school safety plan so hard?
Education Week
Ohio's top legal expert has some dismaying news: His state's school district safety plans need a lot of work. Attorney General Mike DeWine said at a conference recently that while all schools meet the minimum obligation to have a safety plan, many of those plans don't amount to much, according to the Columbus Dispatch. DeWine said 180 school buildings haven't updated their plans in at least three years, and 56 others are incomplete. Others are so long as to be cumbersome and effectively useless. He also said the state can't really do anything about it.
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Flooding the biggest risk to cities worldwide
Business Insurance
Flooding is the biggest risk to city dwellers around the world, according to a study by Swiss Re Ltd. The study, published Sept. 18, ranks the human and economic exposure to natural catastrophes in 616 cities around the globe. The study, “Mind the Risk: A Global Ranking of Cities Under Threat from Natural Disasters,” examined the risk that floods, storms, storm surges, earthquakes or tsunamis pose to urban centers.
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Misinformation about vaccines places kids at risk
MedCity News
Most healthcare professionals regret that some parents don't vaccinate children because of now-debunked reports of vaccines causing autism. Measles should have been wiped out in the United States by now, but unfounded fears of vaccinations and increasing world travel have translated into a resurgence, officials with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said recently.
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The rising tide of water risk
Live Mint
Water is never far from the news these days. This summer, northern India experienced one of its heaviest monsoon seasons in 80 years, leaving more than 800 people dead and forcing another 100,000 from their homes. Meanwhile, Central Europe faced its worst flooding in decades after heavy rains swelled major rivers like the Elbe and the Danube. In the U.S., nearly half the country continues to suffer from drought, while heavy rainfall has broken records in the north-east, devastated crops in the south, and is now inundating Colorado. Businesses are starting to wake up to the mounting risks that water—whether in overabundance or scarcity—can pose to their operations and bottom line.
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Johns Hopkins lands FEMA contract to enhance preparedness at houses of worship
Government Security News
FEMA awarded on Sept. 16 a contract worth more than $300,000 to Johns Hopkins University, of Baltimore, to provide technical assistance to a federal effort to produce a guide for high-quality emergency planning for houses of worship. The initiative would be part of a broader effort by the Department of Homeland Security to co-sponsor joint training and technical assistance efforts with local, state and federal government agencies to help faith-based and community organizations participate in DHS-related activities.
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NASA and Homeland Security to demonstrate FINDER disaster rescue tool
Government Security News
NASA and the Department of Homeland Security are collaborating on a new radar device that detects heartbeats of victims trapped in wreckage. The agencies will demonstrate and discuss the device on Sept. 25 at the Virginia Task Force 1 Training Facility in Lorton, Va. The device, known as the Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response (FINDER), can locate individuals buried under as much as 30 feet of crushed materials, hidden behind 20 feet of solid concrete, or from a distance of 100 feet in open spaces, says a news release issued by NASA on Sept. 17.
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Augusta, Maine puts safety codes in rental units under the microscope for receivers of state aid
Kennebec Journal
Concern that Augusta, Maine could be subsidizing the rent of tenants living in dangerous, unsanitary apartment buildings has city councilors considering setting minimum standards and requiring inspections to ensure compliance with safety codes in rental units for those who receive General Assistance housing money from the city.
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Work by Albuquerque, NM lowers flood insurance costs
Albuquerque Business First
Albuquerque, N.M. residents who have to buy flood insurance could get a 10 percent discount on their policies because of improvements the city has to its flood prevention and preparedness efforts, Mayor Richard Berry said. The insurance discounts are a result of favorable rating given to the city’s efforts by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Berry said.
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