Lawmakers hear testimony on Pennsylvania’s urban search and rescue capabilities

BY: - August 2, 2023

After Pittsburgh’s Fern Hollow Bridge collapsed into a ravine one snowy morning in 2022, it took hours before authorities could confirm that no one had been killed or trapped beneath the rubble. Pennsylvania’s only urban search and rescue team with dogs trained to locate victims of structural collapses is based in Philadelphia, about five hours […]

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Shapiro’s nominees to public safety roles include the first woman to head the state Department of Corrections

BY: - January 17, 2023

Laurel Harry rose through the Department of Correction from drug and alcohol treatment specialist to prison superintendent.

Pandemic strains emergency responders with more disasters on horizon | Analysis

BY: - June 1, 2020

By Jacob Fischler Federal officials have more money than ever to respond to disasters, but some worry their focus on the pandemic could hamstring efforts to recover from other catastrophes in Iowa. Congressional Democrats, health experts and Iowa’s emergency management director have warned in recent weeks that the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s pandemic response could […]


With COVID-19, we failed a basic preparedness test. We can’t repeat that mistake | Opinion

BY: - April 1, 2020

You must take responsible action to protect you and your family should emergencies arise because your survival may depend upon it.