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Wilson County, NC & Hurricane Matthew: The Aftermath

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By Olivia Neeley
The Wilson Daily Times

  • More than 530 Wilson County residents registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance after Hurricane Matthew
  • The 530-plus individuals FEMA assisted received more than $640,000 disbursement in funds countywide.
  • The 911 Communications Center received 2,500 calls for service over the three-day period during and after Hurricane Matthew.
  • There were roughly 230 water rescues performed during the height of the storm, most of which were vehicles rescues and getting people out of houses that were threatened by water.
  • Two people were also killed in Wilson County as a result of moving water in the roadways. Their vehicles were swept away.


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Italy: The First Responders

Protezione Civile

Terremoto Italia centrale: le forze in campo

August 28, 2016

Prosegue, nei territori colpiti dal terremoto, l’impegno del Servizio Nazionale della Protezione Civile: sono 6012 le forze dispiegate sul territorio tra gli appartenenti alle diverse strutture operative, ai centri di competenza tecnica scientifica e alle aziende erogatrici di servizi essenziali. A questi si aggiunge tutto il personale delle amministrazioni statali e di quelle delle aree colpite dal sisma, nonché quello delle colonne mobili attivate dalle altre regioni per portare aiuto.

In particolare,

1174 sono le unità dei Vigili del Fuoco,

794 gli appartenenti alle Forze Armate e

980 alle Forze di Polizia, a cui si aggiungono

197 unità di personale della Croce Rossa Italiana,

5 del Corpo Nazionale Soccorso Alpino e Speleologico e

339 uomini e donne delle organizzazioni di volontariato nazionale, nonché

817 del volontariato locale di Lazio, Marche e Umbria e

654 delle colonne mobili proventi da fuori dalle regioni colpite.

Ammonta a un totale di 41 il personale dei diversi centri di competenza tecnica e scientifica; circa 445 unità di personale in campo per le aziende erogatrici dei servizi di luce e gas; 303 per gli operatori di telefonia; circa 120 per la viabilità, 30 per le Ferrovie dello Stato; 15 per il Ministero delle Infrastrutture e Trasporti e 98 per il Dipartimento della Protezione civile. I mezzi di soccorso complessivamente impegnati sul territorio sono circa mille.


France: Almost every attack or attempted attack since the assault on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Jan. 7, 2015, produced local heroes.

NY Times

“…..There was also Gilles Thévenet, the owner of the High Club, a popular discothèque in Nice that faces the Promenade des Anglais, who swiftly turned his nightclub into a triage center for emergency workers.

Mr. Thévenet was sitting in his office in the back of the building, oblivious to the bloody chaos as the cargo truck careened by, until his security guards rushed in and he ran to the front door. “We heard the weeping, the cries, we saw the crowds,” he said.

“I understood I had to choose…..I decided the first priority was the wounded, to do as much as we could for the emergency responders who were trying to save whomever they could,” he said.

In minutes, the firefighters and first-aid workers began carrying the injured — and the dead — into the club to get them off the promenade, which was thick with running, stumbling, screaming people. Soon, two medical helicopters landed just in front of the disco, where the aid workers performed triage, with the most badly hurt airlifted to hospitals nearby.

Some of Mr. Thévenet’s security staff, who were trained in first aid, worked alongside the firefighters and emergency responders; a room in the club was set aside for the dead…..”



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