El Niño Has Californians Buying Flood Insurance In Record NumbersThe Federal Emergency Management Agency reports a large increase in the number of flood insurance policies purchased in California in response to a rainy El Niño winter.
FEMA Urges Californians To Buy Flood Insurance Now To Get Head Start On El NiñoFederal emergency officials are urging Californians to buy flood insurance -- even those who don't live near creeks or rivers.
5 Things You Should Do Now To Prepare For A Strong, Rainy El NiñoThe National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center is warning that this year's El Niño could be as costly and devastating as the one that drenched California in 1997-98. Be prepared.
City Council Approves Hotly Contested $4M FEMA Grant To Cut Trees In Oakland HillsCity officials accepted a $4 million federal grant to chop down trees in the ritzy Oakland hills, a decision that ignited debate over how best to prevent deadly wildfires in the affluent Northern California region.
FEMA Workers Already In Hawaii To Assist As Tropical Storm Iselle Reaches Land Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall Friday in the Hawaiian Islands with Hurricane Julio still approaching. FEMA personnel is already in place to assist with whatever relief efforts may be necessary.
Twitter Launches Emergency Alerts For PhonesAlerts are available from the American Red Cross, the Centers for Disease Control, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal and local groups. If users sign up to receive Twitter alerts from one of these groups, they will get a text message notification whenever the group sends a tweet marked as an alert.
San Jose Fire Department Welcomes 33 New RecruitsThe San Jose Fire Department welcomed 33 new recruits Friday, one of its largest recruitment classes ever.
Contra Costa Fire District Receives Major Federal GrantThe financially-strapped Contra Costa Fire Protection District has received a major grant from a federal agency.