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Episode 139: When student athletes play hard, who gets paid?

Nov 12, 2019

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FEMA officials in the hot seat over disaster preparedness

by Andy Uhler Jun 12, 2019
The agency's acting chief and President Trump's nominee for the permanent job face questions as recovery from past disasters drags on.
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A worldwide earthquake drill may spur more homeowners to buy insurance

by Ben Bradford Oct 18, 2018
Do not be alarmed if, a bit later on Thursday, you turn to see a bunch of co-workers peering out from under their desks. It’s not an alien invasion or a spontaneous game of hide-and-seek. Nearly 60 million people around…

A worldwide earthquake drill may spur more homeowners to buy insurance

by Ben Bradford Oct 18, 2018
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Hurricane Florence is a big test for FEMA. Is it ready?

by Justin Ho Sep 11, 2018
Hurricane Florence is expected to hit several states along the Eastern Seaboard, including North and South Carolina, and Virginia, on Thursday. More than a million people have been ordered to evacuate. Federal agencies are scrambling to coordinate the relief supplies…
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Are we spending enough on disaster preparation?

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We spend a lot of money dealing with the disaster in front of us, but what about preparing for the next one?
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After a disaster, FEMA documents home damage, a former inspector explains

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His advice: Have your proof of ownership ready.
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Three ways to optimize tech for an emergency

by Molly Wood Sep 8, 2017
During a disaster, digital records, messaging, even social media are all pretty handy.
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