public safety

'Without Warning'
9:21 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Comic Book Aims To Boost Earthquake Preparedness

Dark Horse Comics produced a 12-page booklet to educate the public about earthquake preparedness.

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 3:35 pm

Emergency managers in Oregon have a new tool to educate the public about earthquake preparedness. It's a comic book. And it's co-produced by one of the nation's top comic book publishers.

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White Pass
8:17 am
Fri August 15, 2014

U.S. Highway 12 Through Washington's Cascades Reopened After Mudslide

Slides happen nearly every year on this highway known as 'White Pass.'

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 2:47 pm

A section of U.S. Highway 12 in Washington state has reopened after a large mudslide hit Wednesday. But state workers are concerned about more possible slides there.

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Big Game
2:40 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Dangerous Olympic Goats May Face Eviction

A mountain goat in the Robin Lakes Wilderness in the Cascade Mountains.
KUOW Photo/Derek Wang

They may be beautiful to look at in the wild, but with their sharp horns, mountain goats have been a cause of concern in the Olympic National Park, especially since a goat fatally gored a 63-year-old hiker in 2010.

As part of their mountain goat action plan, the National Parks Service is considering a change of scenery for the animals. The goats may be moved to another mountain range in Washington that has seen a decline in the goat population, according to Parks spokeswoman Barb Maynes.

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Work Safety
9:20 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Feds Ban Free Climbing By Electric Utility Workers

Seattle City Light lineworkers 180 feet above the Seattle Ship Canal in 2011.
Credit KUOW Photo/John Ryan

The Obama Administration is putting an end to the common practice of "free climbing" by electrical lineworkers. Seattle City Light and other electric utilities let their lineworkers climb transmission towers without using safety harnesses.

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Washington Wildfires
3:15 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Updates On The Carlton Complex Fire

The Washington National Guard continues to provide support to the people of North Central Washington who have been affected by the Carlton Complex Fire.
Flickr Photo/The National Guard (SFC Jason Kriess) (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Paul Gibbs, media information officer on location at the Carlton Complex Fire camp, where emergency and firefighting efforts are based. In addition, Brewster resident Jessica Mae Periman talks about losing her house to the fire.

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Wildfires
8:25 am
Tue July 22, 2014

I Watched My Church Burn: Washington Man Faces Down Wildfires

According to one resident, the Pateros fire burned up everything that could be burned in the Eastern Washington town.
Courtesy of Terry Craven

UPDATE 7/22/2014, 9:44 a.m.

KUOW's Lisa Brooks checked back in with Bruce Craven Tuesday morning to get an update on how his town was faring after the Carlton Complex fire ripped through Thursday evening.

He said the fire he witnessed in Pateros burned up the vegetation all around his church, but the structure itself is intact, albeit with char marks on the outside and broken windows.

Residents including Craven were able to attend services there on Sunday. Craven said many congregants had lost everything in the fire.

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Carlton Complex Fire
7:45 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Wildfire Season Starts Early And With A Vengeance

Fires have scorched thousands of acres of ranchland in southeast Oregon.

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 4:26 pm

So far, more than 150 homes in Washington state have been destroyed in what veteran firefighters are calling the worst fire season in decades. 

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Carlton Complex Fire
7:45 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Wildfire Town Meeting Grows Tense Over Missed Evacuation Notices

Community members file in Sunday night to a town meeting in Brewster, Washington.

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 10:28 am

In north-central Washington, fire crews aided by cooler temperatures and calmer winds are going on the offensive against several sprawling wildfires. Incident commanders of the region’s biggest and most destructive wildfire briefed residents in Omak and Brewster Sunday night.

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Washington Wildfires
3:31 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

One Wildfire Victim Never Got An Evacuation Notice, Here's Why

The Washington National Guard continues to provide support to the people of North Central Washington who have been affected by the Carlton Complex Fire.
Flickr Photo/The National Guard (SFC Jason Kriess) (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Bill Radke speaks with Brenda Riggan of Brewster, Washington, about coming back to her home after the Carlton Complex wildfire tore through the area and her frustration over never having received an evacuation notice in the first place. Then, Ross Reynolds talks with Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers about why people like Riggan didn't receive the same notices that other residents did.

Summer Danger
2:01 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Why Hot Cars Are So Deadly

National Highway Transportation Safety Administration officials demonstrate how hot it can get inside a parked car with a demonstration outside of the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, Georgia. (Adam Ragusea)

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 5:22 am

It’s an annual summer tragedy. So far this year, 17 children in the U.S. have died of heat stroke inside a parked car. Some of those cases have been getting extra attention this summer, but that number is not unusual. Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Adam Ragusea looked into the science that explains how a parked car can get so hot, so fast.

It’s a sunny, summer day in Macon, Georgia. I’m standing with Matt Marone outside his truck, and the A.C. is on full blast.

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Emergency Declarations
8:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Wildfires Blaze Their Way Across The Northwest

US Highway 26 near Mitchell, Oregon has been closed much of this week due to a wildfire.

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 8:53 am

As wildfires continue to blaze around the Northwest, both Oregon and Washington have issued emergency declarations for fire-ravaged portions of their state. Affected are 20 of Washington's eastern counties and central Oregon, where most of the state's 13 active fires are burning.

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Fire Season
3:12 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Hot Weather Increasing Wildfires In Eastern Washington

Firefighters battling a wildfire in Washington last year.
Flickr Photo/US Department of Agriculture (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks to Janet Pearce about recent wildfires in the state. Pearce does community outreach and environmental education for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources about the wildfires in Eastern Washington.

Then, Reynolds interviews Michael Fishbaugher, who was evacuated from his home last week as a wildfire swept within half a mile of his house.

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Public Safety
3:28 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

How Safe Are Escalators In Washington?

Flickr Photo/Vicki (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Tacoma News Tribune reporter Melissa Santos about her investigation into escalator safety in Washington state.

Summer Of Safety
2:31 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

How Do We Prevent Gun Violence?

Marcie Sillman talks with Jeffrey Swanson about which public policies are effective in reducing gun violence. Swanson is a professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University School of Medicine.

Investigative Report
3:26 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Rural Americans Waiting On Police In Emergencies

Flickr Photo/John Russell (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Les Zaitz, investigative reporter with The Oregonian, about his series on rural policing in Oregon.

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