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EDM Friday Briefing: Cannabis Ingredient Found In School Food That Sent 28 To Hospital

EDM Friday Briefing: Cannabis Ingredient Found In School Food That Sent 28 To Hospital

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Emergency and disaster management briefing for February 22, 2019: Authorities have confirmed the identity of another victim in the deadly Camp Fire; Typhoon Wutip developed less than five degrees north of the equator; hackers posted bomb threats after hacking the Tampa mayor's Twitter account; THC was found in at least one food tested after an incident that sent 28 students in an Atlanta school to the hospital; a Coast Guard lieutenant was arrested and allegedly accused of being a domestic terrorist; a major 7.5 earthquake struck on the Ecuador-Peru border early Friday morning; New York City reaches a settlement with the federal government for an alleged false claim to FEMA after Superstorm Sandy; and the world's largest iron ore mining company--Vale SA--is under intense scrutiny following its second major dam disaster in just four years.

  1. Authorities named another victim from the deadly wildfire that devastated the Northern California town of Paradise in 2018. The Butte County Sheriff's Office stated that Dorothy Lee-Herrera, 93, died in the Camp Fire, a wildfire that began on November 8, destroyed 14,000 homes and killed a total of 85 people. Authorities have now officially identified 74 of the 85 victims killed in the fire, but the cause of the deadly blaze has yet to be determined.   
  2. Typhoon warnings have been issued for the Federated States of Micronesia and Guam as Typhoon Wutip continues to gain strength in the Pacific Ocean. The U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) in Guam stated that the storm was packing 100 mph winds on Friday, with typhoon-force winds extending 35 miles from the center, and tropical storm-force winds extending out about 150 miles. The rare winter storm formed in a very unusual spot--only 3.5 degrees north of the equator--likely from a Westerly wind burst, a phenomena often associated with El Niño weather patterns.  
  3. Hackers took control of the Tampa, Florida mayor's Twitter account early Thursday morning and made bomb threats against Tampa International Airport (TPA). The hackers also made additional threats against city employees, and the local VA office, in an attack that began around 4:00 a.m. on the 21. Investigations into all the alleged threats were conducted, and authorities stated that there were no known credible threats.  
  4. Multiple students from a school in Atlanta were taken to the hospital after complaining of shortness of breath, nausea, and disorientation. The incident occurred on Valentine's Day at the Sandtown Middle School, and the 28 students were transported three area hospitals. A total of 46 samples of foods were taken by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and analyzed, and tests conducted confirmed the presence of THC, the main psychoactive component in marijuana, in one of the samples.  
  5. A Coast Guard lieutenant was arrested and jailed after allegations that he is a domestic terrorist. Authorities arrested Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson, 49, with 28 years of service, last Friday, on drug and gun charges, in the parking garage of the Coast Guard headquarters building in Washington, DC. Hasson came under investigation last fall after the Coast Guard Insider Threat Program identified concerns about him, which prompted the Coast Guard Investigative Service to began looking into the lieutenant.   
  6. A major 7.5 earthquake struck near the border of Ecuador and Peru, at around 5:15 a.m. Friday, although no major damage or injuries have been reported. The quake, which was at a depth of about 82 miles, sent shock waves as far away as Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, and was felt in the coastal city of Guayaquil. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) noted that the quake was centered in the Morona Santiago province, about 71 miles southeast of Palora, and in just 30 minutes after the first quake, two strong aftershocks--6.0 and 6.6 magnitude--also occurred.   
  7. Nearly seven years after New York City was slammed by Superstorm Sandy, a settlement has been reached to resolve allegations the city falsely charged the U.S. government for damage to city vehicles. The city allegedly certified to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in May of 2014 that 132 Department of Transportation vehicles were beyond repair--due to Superstorm Sandy--vehicles which the federal government alleges were inoperable long before the storm. New York City admitted and accepted responsibility for the alleged false claim to FEMA, and the settlement calls for the city to pay the federal government $4.3 million and possibly lose up to an additional $1.8 million in reimbursement. 
  8.  Vale SA, the world's largest iron ore miner, is under scrutiny after its second tailings-mine dam failure in just four years. In the wake of the recent mine-tailings dam collapse in Brazil, authorities are seeking the arrest of a senior Vale executive, and the German dam inspection firm TÜV SÜD, has stated that it will no longer certify tailings dams owned by the company. The most recent dam collapse occurred in January in Brumadinho, which killed at least 169 and has left another 141 people still missing. 

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.