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EDM Monday Briefing: Blizzard, Navajo Officer Shot, Deadly Fungus in US

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Emergency and disaster management briefing for March 13, 2017: The Northeast is bracing for yet another winter storm and a blizzard watch has been issued, a Navajo police officer is shot and killed when responding to a domestic violence call, a deadly fungal virus infects at least 30 in the United States, a hoverboard explodes in fire killing a toddler in Harrisburg, Penn., a fire fighter killed in vehicle crash while responding to the hoverboard fire, a landfill landslide in Ethiopia kills at least 50 with dozens more reported missing, a bus plows into a crowd of street musicians in Haiti, killing 34, Jewish community centers are the target of more bomb threats amid Sunday's religious holiday, Purim.

  1. Despite mild weather and unseasonably warm temperatures, winter has not ended as yet another winter storm threatens the East Coast. The Northeast is bracing for a strong winter storm set to blow in later today, and the National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch for New York City and portions of Connecticut and New Jersey from Monday night through Tuesday evening.  Anywhere from 12 to 18 inches of snow is expected to blanket the area, with winds gusting from 40 to 50 mph.
  2. In New Mexico, a Navajo Nation police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty on Sunday while responding to a domestic violence call. The police officer, Houston James Largo, 27, was airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque after being shot, where he died of his injuries.  The suspect is in custody, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the New Mexico State Police, and the McKinley County Sheriff's Office are all assisting with the investigation.
  3. Since June of 2016, more than 30 people in the United States have been diagnosed with a drug-resistant fungal infection that can be deadly. Identified as Candida auris and known to last for months on the skin, the fungal infection spreads through person to person contact, especially in healthcare settings, where it can also survive on hospital equipment, such as bedrails. Of the identified cases worldwide, 60 percent of them have been fatal.
  4. A hoverboard that was recharging sparked a deadly house fire in Harrisburg, Penn. on Friday, killing a 3-year-old toddler, Ashanti Hughes, and leaving two other girls in critical condition. Fire fighters stated that the hoverboard was plugged into a socket on the first floor of the family's three-story home, when they said it began to make popping and sizzling noises. Shortly after, the hoverboard exploded into flames. An investigation has been ongoing into hover boards after being linked to a series of fires, but the Harrisburg fire is the first time a fire caused by the boards has been lethal.
  5. The Harrisburg, Penn. house fire also claimed the life of a fire fighter who was on his was to the blaze. The vehicle Lt. Dennis DeVoe was driving on his way to the station was struck in an intersection by Khanyae Kendall, 18, who authorities later charged with driving under the influence. Officials say the vehicle Kendall was driving was also stolen. DeVoe died Saturday from the injuries he sustained in the crash.
  6. A trash dump landslide outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sunday has killed at least 50 people and injured dozens more. The incident occurred at the Koshe landfill, and authorities continue to search for people who have been reported missing. Family members were seen frantically searching for loved ones after the slide, and displaced families have been given temporary shelter at the youth center in Addis Ababa. In December of 2015, a similar landslide occurred that killed 58 in Shenzhen, China.
  7. A bus allegedly fleeing the scene of an earlier crash, plowed into a group of street musicians in Gonaives, Haiti during the Easter Rara festival celebration, killing at least 34 people and injuring 17 others. The earlier crash occurred at a bus stop where the bus driver struck two pedestrians, killing one. Victims were taken to the local hospital, about 60 miles outside of Port-au-Prince, and both crashes are currently under investigation.
  8. Sunday marked the Jewish holiday of Purim and with it came another rash of bomb threats. For the second time in just one week, the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center in Rochester, New York was evacuated for a bomb threat. These threats are just the latest in series of anti-Semitic incidents that have occurred across the nation and into Canada, some of which have included vandalism. The FBI continues to investigate, and the state of New York has increased its reward offering to $20,000 for information related to hate crimes.

Kimberly Arsenault Kimberly Arsenault serves as an intern at the Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency where she works on plan revisions and special projects. Previously, Kimberly spent 15 years in commercial and business aviation. Her positions included station manager at the former Midwest Express Airlines, as well as corporate flight attendant, inflight manager, and charter flight coordinator. Kimberly currently holds a master's degree in emergency and disaster management from American Public University.