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EDM Friday Briefing: Flint Stabbing Terror Attack; Tropical Storm Cindy; Heat Wave

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Emergency and disaster management briefing for June 23, 2017: The FBI investigates Flint airport stabbing as a terror attack, Cindy makes landfall on the Texas-Louisiana border amid heavy rains and tornadoes, a wildfire near the Brian Head ski town in Utah forces evacuation of homes and vacation areas as it rages out of control, a large earthquake strikes just off the coast of Guatemala, police reveal the cause of the Grenfell Tower fire in London, multiple deaths are being blamed on a heat wave gripping the western United States, a hummus recall has been issued due to concerns of listeria contamination, and excessive heat warnings for the west have been extended through Monday.

  1. The stabbing of an airport police officer on Wednesday at the Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan is being investigated as an act of terror according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Lt. Jeff Neville was stabbed in the neck by Amor Ftouhi, 49, a Canadian man who legally entered the United States in Lake Champlain, New York on June 16, then traveled to Flint at a later date. Ftouhi had not passed through airport security screening prior to the attack, which occurred just outside a public restroom in the airport. 
  2. Officials have evacuated at least 400 additional homes in a ski town in southern Utah as a nearby wildfire rapidly doubled in size due to high winds. The fire was allegedly started by an individual using a torch to burn weeds near the Brian Head Resort and close to parks and several monuments. The fire has consumed more than 17 square miles, destroyed at least one home, and damaged a Boy Scout camp. The extreme heat affecting most of the west is hampering fire fighter efforts to contain the fire, which as of late Thursday night was only 5 percent contained
  3. Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall Thursday morning around 3:00 a.m. CDT near the Texas-Louisiana border and was downgraded a short time later to a tropical depression. The storm resulted in the death of 10-year-old boy, downed trees, and flooded roadways in the Deep South, including Mobile, Alabama and several counties in Mississippi. An EF-2 tornado spawned by the storm also destroyed several businesses in Fairfield, Alabama, and injured four people, although none of the injuries were life-threatening. 
  4. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, at around 6:30 a.m. local time, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck just off the coast of Guatemala. The quake occurred about 14 miles south of the city of Puerto San José but minor shaking was felt as far away as Tuxtla Gutiérrez in Mexico. The national disaster agency in Guatemala indicated that only minor damage occurred and there were no reported injuries due to the earthquake.
  5. Police in London have confirmed that a faulty wire on a Hotpoint refrigerator caused the Grenfell Tower high rise fire that has resulted in the deaths of 79 people. Officials also indicated that in safety tests carried out by the Building Research Establishment, insulation and cladding used in a recent upgrade of the building's exterior had failed those tests. Metropolitan Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack stated that as part of the investigation, manslaughter charges will be considered. 
  6. The heat wave gripping most of the western United States is being blamed for multiple deaths across the area following week long temperatures that have surpassed 110 degrees in many locations, including Glendale, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada. According to the coroner's office in Clark County, Nevada, the excessive heat has contributed to the deaths of at least four people and fire officials indicated that they responded to almost two dozen calls for people in distress due to the heat. Two elderly individuals also died in San Jose in Santa Clara County, California on Monday, and search and rescuers found the bodies of a father and son from Corpus Christi, Texas who were on hiking trip in the Carlsbad Caverns National Park on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.
  7. A recall has been issued for select hummus products due to the possibility of listeria contamination that were sold by a Tennessee company, the House of Thaller, that were distributed in both the United States and Canada. The recalled products are marketed under three brands, all of which contain pine nuts, with various use by dates. The company is urging consumers to avoid eating the products, most of which were sold at Target and Walmart stores, and to contact its customer service center. 
  8. The National Weather Service has extended the excessive heat warning for much of the west and southwest until Monday at 9:00 p.m. PDT/ 9:00 p.m. MST. Temperatures are expected to reach varying daytime highs of 111-115 degrees Fahrenheit in the Las Vegas Valley and 123-125 degrees Fahrenheit for Death Valley, with nighttime temperatures only dropping into the high 80s to mid 90. The continued extreme temperatures pose dangerous heat illness threats to vulnerable populations including the elderly, children, homeless individuals. 

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.