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Oregon Gets $350K For Coastal Community Tsunami Preparedness

OPB | Oct. 6, 2017 11:02 a.m. | Portland

Oregon’s been awarded $350,000 by the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program to increase resilience in coastal communities.

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Immigrant Army Recruit | Amazon Organics | Puerto Rico | Mental Health Shelter

OPB | Oct. 5, 2017 noon

We hear about a troubled Army immigrant recruitment program, Amazon’s impact on organic produce prices, Mercy Corps efforts in Puerto Rico and a new mental health center for African-American women.

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Harvey Weakened Fast, But Destruction Just Beginning For Texas

AP | Aug. 27, 2017 7:32 a.m.

Don't be fooled by Hurricane Harvey's quick, eight-hour transition from a Category 4 monster to a Category 1. Experts say the storm's destruction is probably just beginning.

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Trees Cleared As Seaside Schools Eye Move Out Of Tsunami Zone

Daily Astorian | July 5, 2017 2:45 p.m. | Seaside, Oregon

The breathtaking view from the new campus is not only a reminder of life on the coast, but the earthquake and tsunami danger that prompted the move to higher ground.

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Colombia Flood Kills Nearly 200, Launches Desperate Search For Survivors

AP | April 1, 2017 9:55 p.m. | Bogota, Colombia

With no electricity to light Mocoa, authorities were forced to suspend the search Saturday night almost a day after heavy rains caused the rivers to overflow.

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Death Toll In Peru Climbs As Historic El Nino Rains, Floods Continue

AP | March 20, 2017 10:42 a.m. | Lima, Peru

The number of people killed in Peru following intense rains and mudslides wreaking havoc around the Andean nation climbed to 67 Friday, with thousands more displaced from destroyed homes and others waiting on rooftops for rescue.

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Wendell Pierce Talks About Acting, Art, And New Orleans

OPB | Nov. 16, 2015 12:15 p.m.

Wendell Pierce is best known for his role as Detective William "Bunk" Moreland on "The Wire." We spoke to him at Wordstock about his memoir "The Wind in the Reeds."

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Do Firearms Belong In Emergency Preparedness Kits?

OPB | Aug. 14, 2015 12:30 p.m.

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News Roundtable: July 18, 2014

OPB | July 18, 2014 12:06 p.m.

FRIDAY: We review some of the biggest news stories of the week.

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Rescue And Recovery Continues In Washington's Deadly Mudslide

OPB | March 26, 2014 12:06 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: We'll get the latest on the rescue and recovery efforts in rural Washington state where a mudslide has left 14 dead and more than 176 as yet unaccounted for.

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Natural Disasters Tarnish Pacific Northwest's History

OPB | March 25, 2014 3:19 p.m. | Portland

The mudslide in Washington this weekend reminds us of the natural disasters that threaten much of the Northwest.

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108 Unaccounted For In Washington Landslide

OPB | March 24, 2014 12:06 p.m.

The number of people unaccounted for in the Snohomish County landslide is described as "soft" but the situation is grim.

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Audit Finds Problems In Office Of Emergency Management

OPB | Feb. 11, 2014 12:06 p.m.

TUESDAY: An audit released Monday by the Oregon Secretary of State's office suggests that the state's Office of Emergency Management faces internal challenges that could hamper disaster response.

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New Flood Insurance Maps Impact Northwest Residents

OPB | Oct. 23, 2013 12:45 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: Residents in Oregon and Washington have had mixed reactions to new flood plain maps that could dramatically change their flood insurance rates.

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Getting Prepared

OPB | Oct. 30, 2012 12:50 p.m.

If an earthquake or a huge storm struck the Pacific Northwest, how would you cope?

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Columbus Day Storm: 50 Years Later

OPB | Oct. 12, 2012 12:25 p.m.

We remember the Columbus Day Storm, which hit the Northwest 50 years ago today.

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Rebuilding Vernonia's School

OPB | Aug. 21, 2012 12:06 p.m.

The city of Vernonia has completely rebuilt its schools after a 2007 flood wreaked havoc on the district.

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Back to Life

OPB | Aug. 11, 2011 9:20 a.m.

Photographer Damian Mulnix shares his experience capturing the rescue of a 12-year-old boy from the Pacific Ocean.

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Oregon's Japanese Community

OPB | March 21, 2011 9 a.m.

We're talking to people in the Northwest who have deep connections to Japanese residents. What insight can they provide about news, needs and the human side of this natural disaster?

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Home from Haiti

OPB | Feb. 2, 2010 9 a.m.

Northwesterners return from Haiti with stories of the aftermath.