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Facebook launching local alerts during emergencies, including severe weather

Severe weather, traffic incidents and crime disrupt routines and threaten lives. Facebook announced Tuesday it is arming state, city and local government emergency managers with the ability to issue local …


Pilot flying to Felts Field makes emergency landing on Idaho freeway with no damage to plane

A pilot flying a small plane was forced to make an emergency landing on Idaho State Highway 97 on Thursday.


Washington Legislature moves to address ‘surprise billing’ that affects 1 in 5 ER patients

Patients are showing up at emergency clinics with the expectation that their care will be covered by their health plan. But some of the ER doctors aren’t covered by the …


Richland nurse jumps into action during airplane emergency

Cathey’s actions on that Aug. 5 flight to Yakima put her in the spotlight Monday at an all-employee meeting for Energy Northwest in Richland.


Spokane City Council steps in to slow push toward combined 911 center

The unanimous panel granted themselves approval authority over any additional steps to combine dispatch duties for emergency responders. The council had previously grilled members of Mayor David Condon’s administration about …


Idaho plans meetings to address emergency medical concerns

Idaho officials are planning meetings across the state next month to discuss the problems facing many rural emergency medical agencies.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 11, 2017

JetBlue cuts short flight after crew members become ill

A JetBlue Airways plane made an emergency landing in Buffalo after three crew members became ill on a cross-country flight.


UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017

Brazil declares end to Zika emergency after fall in cases

Brazil declared an end to its public health emergency for the Zika virus on Thursday, 18 months after a surge in cases drew headlines around the world.


Hundreds evacuated from New Zealand town after levee fails

People used jet boats and tractors to help rescue about 2,000 residents of a New Zealand town after a river burst through a concrete levee Thursday, flooding hundreds of homes …


Massive fire crumbles Atlanta interstate bridge; none hurt

A massive fire caused an interstate bridge to collapse during rush hour Thursday in Atlanta, just minutes after witnesses said police halted traffic and turned cars away from the crumbling …


UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017

Flooding emergency declared as Spokane River reaches near-record highs

As the Spokane River continues to rise until its eventual cresting sometime late Tuesday or early Wednesday morning, residents in flood-prone areas are preparing for the worst.


UPDATED: Thu., March 16, 2017

Spokane leaders urge voters to extend sales tax funding 911 service

First responders and elected leaders in Spokane are urging voters to approve in April the extension of a sales tax they say will keep the emergency communication system from falling …


Spokane routing non-emergency medical calls away from ambulances, ERs

9-1-1 callers with medical problems that are not emergencies are being referred to driver services other than ambulances, and taken to urgent care centers rather than emergency rooms, under a …


Sue Lani Madsen: When the Big One hits, you better have a network of relationships

The report is in on a big earthquake-preparedness exercise from June, and the conclusion is that we’re not prepared. When the Big One hits, the key to survival will be …


Clark County text-to-911 program a success so far

Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency reported that so far, the text-to-911 program has gone well.


Washington officials prepare for massive earthquake drill

Though it’s still months away, officials in Washington are preparing for a massive, four-day earthquake and tsunami drill in June.


Regulators fine CenturyLink $2.85 million for 911 outage

State regulators have fined CenturyLink $2.85 million for a statewide 911 outage in April 2014.


Idaho declares disaster for windstorm damage repairs

Acting Idaho Gov. Brad Little this morning declared an emergency for Benewah, Bonner, Boundary and Kootenai counties in the wake of the disastrous Nov. 18 windstorm, paving the way for …


Medical Reserve Corps seeks volunteers

Volunteers − both medical and nonmedical − needed for local Medical Reserve Corps


Text 911 when calling isn’t an option in Spokane County

Starting today, Spokane County residents can reach 911 with a text message.


Trauma Plan Clears Hospitals For Treatment State Allows Sacred Heart And Deaconess To Both Offer Care To Seriously Injured Patients

People who are seriously injured in Spokane now are often treated at the hospital of their choice. Not for long. The city’s two largest hospitals received the blessing of state …


Sheriff’s Letter Asks 911 Merger Post Falls Center Duplicates Newer County Operation, Clegg Tells State

The state should shut down Post Falls’ 911 center now that the county’s version is running smoothly, sheriff’s officials said Monday. Kootenai County Sheriff Pierce Clegg contends the city’s emergency …


Paramedics Suggest Improved Response To Emergency Calls

Valley paramedics respond to a construction site accident. File photo/The Spokesman-Review


Prepare For Quakes, Other Emergencies

We’ve seen what earthquakes can do. And, as we know, like Japan, we’re earthquake-prone. But whether it’s potential earthquakes or simply because it’s a good safety procedure, homeowners should know …