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The disaster management resource page covers a range of news and information on how fire departments respond to major disasters. Features tackle topics like how to lead during times of crisis, incident communications and interoperability, preparation for active shooter events, and response efforts to natural disasters, such as earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes and other significant weather events. Use this page to find resources, articles and tips to help aid your department in responding to disasters, as well as details on FEMA and USAR responses to recent incidents.

LAFD firefighters used pumps to remove water from a swimming pool to remove additional weight and stress from the hillside
Firefighters describe their actions 30 years ago during the earthquake that claimed 72 lives
Four adults and two children were killed in severe storms that hit in Montgomery County and north of Nashville
82% of U.S. fire departments are all or mostly volunteer and, often, their funding depends on people stepping up to help
Miami Beach officials approved the deployment of 12 firefighters overseas
Officials in Leominster said residents near a dam should “immediately evacuate” as a precaution
The test will run Oct. 4 at 2:20 p.m. ET to TVs, radios and cell phones
Lessons learned from past storms and preparations for Hurricane Hilary played a part in having zero fatalities
Why technology is the key to avoiding the next 9/11 and MCI preparedness
Idalia made landfall as a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 125 mph
Idalia is expected to make landfall Wednesday bringing storm surge and flooding
The emergence of unconventional chemical threats
Pressure is on the dogs and handlers to find the remains of victims and provide closure
Hawaiian-led fundraiser has been launched for Maui County first responders to assist with housing, medical expenses, and replacement of lost items
President Joe Biden met with officials and first responders in the aftermath of a wildfire that killed at least 115 people
Emergency Management Agency Administrator Herman Andaya said he had no regrets for not activating emergency sirens
Officials say the wildfire that destroyed Lahaina and killed 96 people is 85% contained
Maui County officials sent alerts to cellphones, television and radio stations, but it is unclear if it was before widespread power, cellular outages
While no fire department is ever fully prepared for such extreme conditions, we must constantly review and practice our response efforts
Amid the flames, first responders are working to rescue and evacuate stranded tourists and residents from the island of Maui
SAR crews from North Carolina, Michigan and Connecticut were among those helping to get to towns that have been unreachable
What public safety can learn from the Titan submersible disaster
“We have seen somewhere between 50 and 100 patients,” Ochiltree General Hospital CEO Kelly Judice said
The Norfolk Southern safety train will make 15 stops this year training some 5,000 first responders across the country
The simulations at the site in Lincoln tested the team’s abilities in concrete breaching, breaking, shoring, lifting and rigging
Federal, state and local agencies trained on how to handle thousands of evacuees in the event of a reactor meltdown at a Connecticut plant
Over 50 gathered to discuss disaster response and recovery options
At the scene, it starts with patient tracking – and Texas has a new approach