EDM Friday Briefing: Officer Shot and Killed in Line of Duty in Arkansas
Emergency and disaster management briefing for July 19, 2019: A police officer was shot and wounded in Birmingham; the WHO has declared a PHEIC for the ongoing outbreak of Ebola in the DRC; residents in Fort Lauderdale are still under a boil water alert after a major water main break; an alleged arsonist set fire to an animation company in Tokyo, killing at least 33; an Arkansas sheriff's deputy died after being shot multiple times when responding to a call; monsoon rains in Bangladesh caused major flooding after a river breached embankments; experts are urging residents to include their property deeds in their hurricane emergency supply kit; and in central, western, and southern India, monsoon rains needed for crop growth have been down by at least 20 percent so far this season.
Start an Emergency & Disaster Management degree at American Military University.
1) A police officer responding to an alleged armed robbery was shot and wounded in Alabama on Wednesday evening. Officer Cullen Stafford, 36 -- a nine-year veteran of the Birmingham Police Department -- was shot multiple times when a suspect fleeing a crime scene pulled a gun, turned, and opened fire on the responding officers. Cullen was rushed to a nearby hospital while backup was called in. The alleged suspect engaged police officers in gunfire three more times before he was fatally shot by police.
Breaking Update from overnight in Birmingham. A Birmingham police officer is out of surgery after being shot while responding to robbery call. The suspect was shot and killed. Officer Cullen Stafford is now in stable condition. Today is his 36th birthday. https://t.co/jOatNWalTP pic.twitter.com/hmBvG63q4M
— Judd Davis (@BamaJD) July 18, 2019
2) The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared the ongoing Ebola outbreak that began in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). The decision to issue the declaration was partly due to increased violence against health workers and the spread of the disease to Goma, a large, international city in the DRC. The declaration will likely release additional funding and resources, including supplies and personnel, to help fight the outbreak.
To control #Ebola, health workers need to find infected people, track whomever they had contact with, deploy vaccines, & convince people to forgo deeply held burial practices. All of that becomes infinitely harder in regions plagued by armed conflict. https://t.co/WOoHGrZyvZ
— DisasterPhilanthropy (@funds4disaster) July 19, 2019
3) A contractor doing work near the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport in Florida struck a 42-inch water pipe that carries water to the Fiveash Water Treatment Plant. A state of emergency was declared after water services were cut off to nearly a quarter of a million people. City workers were able to patch the pipe on Thursday, but long term repairs are required. A boil water alert remains in place for those affected by the break.
— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) July 18, 2019
4) Thirty-three people are dead and another 36 were taken to the hospital -- including 10 who were in critical condition -- after an alleged arsonist set fire to an animation studio in Tokyo, Japan, with claims they had plagiarized him. The suspect, who suffered burns when starting the fire, used gasoline to soak the area before allegedly yelling "Die!" and setting the studio on fire. The building had no sprinklers and no indoor fire hydrants, although they were not required by current building codes.
A man suspected of torching an animation studio in Japan, killing 33 people in the country’s worst mass killing in two decades, planned the attack because he believed his novel had been plagiarised, media said on Friday https://t.co/aMOdPsxkgR
— Reuters India (@ReutersIndia) July 19, 2019
5) Stone County Sheriff's Department deputy Sergeant Mike Stephen, 56, was shot and killed in the line of duty in Arkansas on Thursday while responding to a domestic disturbance call. The deputy responded to a call located in a rural area about 77 miles north of Little Rock. He was speaking to a woman outside when gunfire erupted. A male suspect inside the home was also shot and killed, and the woman was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Tragic news from Stone County today. My thoughts & prayers are with the family of the deputy killed in the line of duty & all those responding to this incident. https://t.co/lXVhlGxYdU
— Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin (@LtGovTimGriffin) July 18, 2019
6) Heavy monsoon rains have inundated Bangladesh and caused the Jamuna River to break through several embankments Wednesday night. The breaches inundated at least 40 villages, displacing about 200,000 people as a result of the flooding. The death toll due to flooding from monsoon rains in India has reached 97, including 67 in Bihar, one of the poorest states in the country.
Rain-swollen rivers in Bangladesh broke through at least four embankments, submerging dozens of villages and doubling the number of people fleeing their homes overnight to 400,000 in one of the worst floods in recent years, officials said on Friday https://t.co/BJ1C8sNj6n
— Reuters India (@ReutersIndia) July 19, 2019
7) Hurricane season is in full swing, but the worst months of the season have yet to come so residents still have time to prepare. In addition to emergency supplies, experts are urging homeowners to be sure they include the deed to their property in their hurricane readiness kit. Proof of home ownership (clear title) is typically required to access aid following a disaster, including insurance and all federal and state assistance. Ensuring property owners have a clear title prior to a disaster is their key to accessing assistance when disasters do strike.
— Thomson Reuters Foundation News (@TRF_Stories) July 19, 2019
8) Summer monsoon rains have turned patchy over the central, western and southern parts of India, threatening crop plantings. According to reports, rainfall in the three regions is about 20 percent below average, with some crops in the central part only receiving 68 percent of the average rainfall that is normal for this time of year. Rainfall has wreaked havoc in northern India, Nepal and Bangladesh, where at least 153 people have been killed as a result of flooding from heavy monsoon rains.
— Reuters India (@ReutersIndia) July 18, 2019