FEMA Official Preps Local Agencies for June Training

Posted Mar 17, 2016

(TNS) - Des Moines County officials have dealt with their share of emergencies during the past decade, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency saw potential for locals to benefit from a course at its training institute in Emmitsburg, Md.

The four-day Integrated Emergency Management Course is intended to prepare communities for large-scale disasters — from tornadoes to building collapses, airplane crashes and threats of terrorism.

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Service Allows Emergency Department Patients to Wait From Home

Posted Mar 15, 2016

(TNS) - One area hospital is now using an online service to help make the wait time a little less stressful for emergency department patients with non-life threatening conditions.

Beginning this week, patients can check in with the Emergency Department at Carteret Health Care in Morehead City via the InQuicker online service and wait to be seen from the comfort of their homes instead of in the waiting room. The service went live at the hospital on Tuesday.

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Officials Organize First Mine Rescue Team for Virginia

Posted Mar 15, 2016

The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy team will serve as backup emergency responders to company mine rescue teams at every coal mine site in the state.

Charles Boothe, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, W.Va. | March 14, 2016

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(TNS) - For the first time in the state’s history, Virginia now has its own mine rescue team.

The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) team will serve as backup emergency responders to company mine rescue teams at every coal mine site in the state.

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'No Price' to be Put on School Security

Posted Mar 8, 2016

The challenge for schools is how far to go on a continuum with tons of options. More locks? More cameras? More guards? More drills? Adding metal detectors? Arming school staff? There’s no way to make everyone happy.

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