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EDM Monday Briefing: Terrorist Attacks in Egypt, NH Fire, Norway Bomb Scare

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Emergency and disaster management briefing for April 10, 2017: Two church bombings in Egypt kill 76, injure dozens of others, Norway raises its terror threat level after discovery of a suspicious device in central Oslo, Swedish authorities have arrested two suspects in connection with Friday's alleged terrorist attack, Fresh Express recalls salad mix for decomposed animal matter, Ford, NYPD, and LAPD debut new hybrid 'pursuit-rated' vehicle, a building collapses in Portsmouth, New Hampshire during a massive fire, gunfire is exchanged at an immigration inspection station in New Mexico, and a hacker sets of the siren warning system in Dallas, Texas on Friday night.

  1. ISIS has taken credit for two bombing attacks on Palm Sunday in Egypt at separate Christian churches.  The twin bombings, carried out just hours apart, killed at least 49 and injured nearly 100 people, including four police officers. In the first blast that occurred, a bomb was placed under a pew in the main prayer room, killing 27 people and injuring more than 70 others. The second detonation occurred when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside an Orthodox Cathedral after police stopped the individual from entering the building.
  2. The terror threat level has been raised in Norway following the discovery and destruction of a device that resembled a bomb on Saturday. The device was discovered in central Oslo, in the Grønland area, and police deployed the bomb squad to inspect and then detonate the object that was about one foot wide. Norwegian authorities have been on a heightened alert due to the recent suspected terrorist attack in Sweden last Friday.
  3. An individual is in custody following a suspected terrorist attack in a popular shopping district on Friday in Sweden. Rakhmat Akilov, a 39 year-old Uzbek man, is in custody and police believe he was the driver of the truck that killed four people and injured another 15 individuals. Another person was also arrested for lesser charges following an initial investigation, and authorities warn that the full investigation into the incident will take at least one year. 
  4. A recall has been issued for Fresh Express bagged salad mixed marketed as Organic Marketside Spring Mix from Wal-Mart after decomposed animal matter was discovered in the mix. Two individuals in Florida had already eaten some of the salad before finding the bat in the mix, but both are reportedly in good health. The mix has been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for testing even though authorities believe it is an isolated incident.
  5. A new "pursuit-rated" hybrid patrol car with additional safety features is set to debut in press conferences early Monday morning by the Ford Motor Company, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), and the New York City Police Department (NYPD). The vehicle, a Ford Fusion engineered for law enforcement, includes upgrades and enhancements involving the suspension, brakes, and altered seats to accommodate police utility belts, will get an estimated 38-mpg, more than doubling the current Interceptor's gas mileage. Production begins next year and the LAPD will likely have them in service sometime in 2018.
  6. Fire fighters were battling a massive multi-building fire in Portsmouth, New Hampshire early Monday morning that caused at least one building to collapse. The fire is believed to have started in the kitchen of the State Street Saloon and quickly spread to other adjacent buildings, including residences. Fire fighters reportedly used a ladder to rescue residents from one building before its collapse and at least one fire fighter was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
  7. The driver of a vehicle being inspected at the Interstate 25 immigration checkpoint in Las Cruces, New Mexico on Sunday evening has been taken to the hospital after an exchange of gunfire with Custom and Border Patrol (CBP) agents. The incident occurred when the vehicle was sent to a secondary inspection and agents started questioning the driver. The male driver began brandishing a handgun, then fired a single shot toward the agents, who then returned fire. The incident is under investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), state authorities, and CBP's Office of Professional Responsibility.
  8. The 911 center in Dallas, Texas was flooded with calls late Friday after all 156 of its warning sirens began blaring across the city after a hacker allegedly accessed the system and set them off. Residents were awakened by the noise around 11:40 p.m. on Friday night while authorities struggled to keep the sirens turned off amid repeated successful hacking attempts, which eventually led to them shutting down the entire system. The city's mayor said the attack on the emergency notification system provided clear evidence that the city needed to upgrade safeguards to protect its infrastructure.

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.