Disaster

A screenshot of an earthquake early warning system. (CBS)

6 Ingenious Earthquake Safety Tools To Emerge 1 Year After Napa Quake

From early warning systems that provide a 30-second countdown to robots that search for heartbeats above the rubble, here are six of the most innovative tools changing the way we think about earthquake safety.

08/24/2015

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Residents Of Central Valley Farm Community Lose Water As Surrounding Orchards Bloom

Families in one Central Valley farming community are coping with a lack of running water as the drought deepens and their remaining wells run dry.

05/08/2015

A damaged building is seen in Napa, California after earthquake struck the area in the early hours of August 24, 2014. California's governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Sunday following a strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake that seriously injured three people including a child and ignited fires in the scenic Napa valley wine region. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

Five Ways To Be Disaster Ready In The Bay Area

It is never too soon to prepare for a disaster. Fortunately, San Francisco Bay Area emergency preparedness resources offer numerous opportunities to plan ahead for disasters or emergencies of any kind.

01/16/2015

A pedestrian walks by a mobile home that shifted off of its foundation at a mobile home park following a reported 6.0 earthquake on August 24, 2014 in Napa. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

North Bay Residents Have Until Monday To Apply For Quake Disaster Assistance

Residents and businesses in Napa and Solano counties who had damage or losses from the August earthquake have until Monday to register for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

12/26/2014

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Bay Area School Teaches Lessons In Escaping From A Kidnapper

Some experts estimate a person can be bound, blindfolded, thrown into the back of a car and taken away, all in less than a minute. How would you get out of that kind of situation? If you can’t answer that question, you may need Eric Michaud.

11/13/2014

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Martinez Animal Shelter Recognized For Disaster Relief Program That Meets Federal Guidelines

An animal shelter program in Contra Costa County is getting recognition from supervisors in Martinez for their preparedness in the event of a disaster.

10/07/2014

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Strong Quake In Southern China Topples Thousands Of Homes, 367 Dead

A strong earthquake in southern China’s Yunnan province toppled thousands of homes on Sunday,killing at least 367 people and injuring more than 1,800.

08/03/2014

A United Airlines 757 in flight after takeoff from San Francisco International Airport. (AP file photo)

Feds Probe Claim Of Near-Miss Between Passenger Jets; Could Have Been Worst-Ever Air Disaster

The Federal Aviation Administration is checking the story of a writer who claims his flight from Hawaii to Los Angeles was nearly involved in a mid-air collision with another passenger jet last month.

05/15/2014

Aftermath of avalanche on Mt Everest.  Photo courtesy of Roger Philipp

American Climber Survives Deadly Avalanche On Mount Everest; Shares Photos Of Aftermath

KCBS has obtained photos from an American who was on the mountain when the deadly avalanche happened Friday. At least 12 of the guides were killed, and four others are missing. Several more were hurt.

04/18/2014

Women walk past fallen trees and destroyed houses in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, eastern island of Leyte on November 9, 2013. (Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images)

Experts: Man, Nature Share Typhoon Tragedy Blame

Geography, meteorology, poverty, shoddy construction, a booming population, and, to a much lesser degree, climate change combine to make the Philippines the nation most vulnerable to killer typhoons, according to several scientific studies.

11/11/2013

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