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April 8th, 2013
06:04 AM ET

Official: Approx. 75 rescuers actively working in NC in search for two kids missing in wall collapse


(CNN) - Despite hours of feverish digging, their bare hands clawing at the dirt, rescue workers could not help free two young children who were buried underground when a wall of dirt collapsed on top of them at a North Carolina home construction site.

By early Monday morning, officials had determined it was too late for the trapped 6-year-old girl and the 7-year-old boy. Deprived of oxygen, it was unlikely they were still alive.

And so, the frantic search and rescue effort, which began shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday, is now a recovery one.

This morning on "Early Start," Lincoln County Emergency Management PIO Dion Burleson shares the latest details on the search and recovery efforts.

READ MORE: Rescuers try to save two children buried at construction site – but it's too late

Filed under: Missing children • Recovery
December 17th, 2012
07:21 AM ET

Preventing future tragedies; Dr. Irwin Redlener shares his advice

Newtown, Connecticut is a community in the prayers of the entire country today. As the nation grieves the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School, experts are examining how it could have been prevented. Dr. Irwin Redlener is the Head of Columbia University National Center for Disaster Preparedness. He joins Soledad O’Brien live in Newtown this morning with his advice. Dr. Redlener is also the President and Co-Founder of the Children's Health Fund.

Dr. Redlener reflects on the response the administrators and students had during the tragedy. He says the Sandy Hook Elementary School faculty was actually very prepared and had trained for emergencies. Dr. Redlener says there was “heroism and a really defined plan of action” here.

He stresses the need for schools all over the country to be prepared for all kinds of emergencies. “It is very important that people are keeping their heads, they’re following a plan, they know what to do and they’re keeping things under as much control as possible under the worst possible circumstances.”

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Filed under: Recovery • Sandy Hook • School shooting • Shooting