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EDM Friday Briefing: Three Infants Stabbed at Overnight Daycare; Beef Recall


Emergency and disaster management briefing for September 21, 2018: Cargill recalled 132,000 lbs. of beef likely contaminated with E. coli, a suspect who jumped an airport fence and allegedly tried to steal a commercial airliner in Florida is in custody, three infants are among those stabbed at an overnight day-care center in New York, a Virginia poultry farm is being investigated after 50 workers are sickened with a rare disease, a workplace shooting in Aberdeen, Maryland leaves four dead and others wounded, the death toll rises as flooding continues to plague North and South Carolina in the wake of Hurricane Florence, more than 100 people are dead after a ferry capsized and sank on Lake Victoria, and farmers woes are just beginning after Florence damages multiple crops across the Carolina's.

  1. Cargill has recalled 132,000 pounds of ground beef following a determination by the Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS), a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that the meat likely is contaminated with E. coli. The determination was made after an investigation into a possible E. coli outbreak that killed one person and sickened 17 others in July. The recalled meat has a use or freeze by date of July 11, 2018, and was sold in 3, 10, and 20 lb. chubs labeled as fine ground beef, ground chuck, or certified Angus beef chuck ground, or classic ground beef under various labels.  
  2. A suspect is in custody after jumping over a fence and allegedly trying to steal a commercial aircraft at the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport in Florida in the early hours of Thursday morning. Nishal Sankat, 22, was charged with criminal attempt to steal an airplane after two airport police officers arrested the man they saw jump the fence and board an American Airlines A321 jetliner on the field near a maintenance facility. The suspect is studying aviation management at the nearby Florida Institute of Technology, and reportedly had previously completed some flight training, and allegedly held a multi-engine pilot's license
  3. A total of five people, including three infants and two adults, were stabbed at an overnight day-care center in Flushing, Queens, New York in the early hours of Friday morning. One of the adults that was stabbed was the father of an infant at the center, the other individual was identified as one of the daycare workers, and of the three infants that were stabbed, all were expected to survive, but one was listed in serious condition. The suspect, a 52-year-old female, was found in the basement of the house and taken to an area hospital for treatment of self-inflicted, non-life threatening wounds on her wrists.  
  4. Health officials in Virginia are investigating a poultry farm, New Market Poultry, after 50 workers were found sickened with the infectious Psittacosis virus. Humans contract the rare virus through contact with infected birds, such as by caring for or cleaning up after them, and health officials pointed out that the virus can be present in fine dust particles that become airborne after bird droppings dry. The virus is contracted by humans when they breathe in the dust from the dried secretions, which then causes an infection in the respiratory tract, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), can lead to pneumonia.  
  5. Four people are dead and several others are wounded following a shooting in Aberdeen, Maryland at a Rite Aid distribution center. The shooting occurred Thursday morning and the suspect, identified as Snochia Moseley, 26--who was a temporary staff member at the facility--began her shooting spree outside the building at around 9:00 a.m. The lone shooter, who later died at an area hospital from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, used a handgun and shot multiple people outside and inside the facility, before shooting herself in the head.  
  6. Flooding continues to plague North and South Carolina in the wake of Hurricane Florence and damages from rising floodwaters is expected to be in the billions of dollars. There were 24 school districts still closed as of Thursday, and the total number of deaths attributed to the hurricane has reached 42, with 31 deaths in North Carolina, nine in South Carolina, and two in Virginia. Officials are cautioning residents that the contamination of floodwaters from human, hog, and other animal waste has also occurred, and impacts to the environment have yet to be determined.  
  7. Officials report that the death toll from the ferry that capsized and sank on Lake Victoria, which is bordered by Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, has now risen to more than 100 people. It is not clear how many people were onboard the MV Nyere ferry traveling between Ukara and Bugolora when it sank, but rescuers saved 37 people before suspending their rescue mission overnight. Officials in the Mwanza region, where the incident occurred, believe the death toll will rise as rescue operations resumed Friday morning.
  8. Farmers in North Carolina are facing billions of dollars in losses from Hurricane Florence that left crops battered and fields too soggy to be harvested. Current losses are estimated by South Carolina state agriculture officials to be over $125 million, although that number is likely to rise as flooding still continues in areas of the state. The crop that was likely most affected by the storm was tobacco, as farmers estimate that at least 40 percent of it was still in the field when the hurricane hit, but cotton and corn crops were also heavily damaged or destroyed, and the damages to sweet potatoes and peanuts has not yet been determined. 

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.