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EDM Wednesday Briefing: Gunman Opens Fire in Reno

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Emergency and disaster management briefing for November 29, 2017: A hostage situation in Bradley County, Tennessee resulted in a seven-hour standoff with authorities, Indonesian president urges Bali residents to evacuate volcanic danger zones as Mount Agung continues to erupt, wind shifts amid Mount Agung's eruption permits Bali's international airport to open, the search for a missing 3-year-old child from North Carolina enters its second day, FEMA yanks a contract meant to supply tarps and plastic to Puerto Rico, Hawaii announces plans to resume testing of a cold-war era warning siren, a gunman opens fire from a high-rise luxury condominium in Reno, Nevada, and Tampa, Florida police have arrested a suspect in connection with the serial killings in its Seminole Heights neighborhood.

    1. A seven hour standoff that began with a stolen vehicle and a hostage situation ended after the Bradley County, Tennessee Sheriff's S.W.A.T team gained entry to a home and arrested the suspects. A report of a suspicious vehicle in a neighborhood led deputies to a truck that was reported stolen from Georgia. When a deputy approached a man and woman outside the vehicle, the alleged suspects, the man held a gun to the women's head and forced his way into the nearby home of an elderly woman, resulting in the 7-hour standoff.

    1. At least 100,000 people live within the evacuation zone of Mount Agung in Bali, yet authorities stated that only 43,000 people have evacuated to shelters, leaving more than half the residents at high risk. As the volcano continues to erupt, a fiery glow was observed at the peak, and ash coated cars, roofs, and roads. The president of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, is begging residents living within the volcano's danger zone to evacuate to emergency shelters without delay
    2. Mount Agung in Bali, Indonesia continues to erupt, spewing white and grey ash and smoke for miles, coating everything in its path. Favorable winds have finally cleared the air on Wednesday enough to allow the island's international airport to open and help evacuate stranded travelers and tourists. Emergency management officials warn however, that should the wind direction change or conditions deteriorate, the airport will be closed again with very little notice.

    1. A search for a missing three-year-old girl from Jacksonville, North Carolina, has entered its second day and authorities are desperate for a lead on her disappearance. On Tuesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigations' Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team (CARD) was deployed to assist with the search for the missing girl, who is described as having blond hair, blue eyes, and weighing about 30 pounds. An Amber Alert has been issued for the missing girl, and authorities are evaluating photos from a Walmart in Morehead, North Carolina to determine if the young girl in the pictures is the missing child.

    1. A little-known Florida company that won a $30 million FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) contract to provide emergency supplies to Puerto Rico never delivered the supplies to the island. The company, Bronze Star, LLC, was to provide 500,000 tarps and 60,000 rolls of plastic sheeting on October 10, but could not provide the materials as required on time. FEMA canceled the contract on Nov. 6, before paying out the $30 million, but questions remain as to how the new company, formed just a short time before the hurricane, was awarded such a large contract.
    2. In an effort to prepare its more than 1.4 million residents for a possible missile strike from North Korea, Hawaii announced on Tuesday that is was preparing to resume statewide testing of a cold-war nuclear siren warning system. Officials described the Attack Warning Tone as a "wailing sound" and noted that the tone will be tested on the first business day of every month for about 50 seconds. Hawaii unveiled its intentions to implement the cold-war era warning system before reports that North Korea launched another missile early Wednesday morning that officials state might be capable of reaching anywhere in the United States.
    3. On Tuesday evening, a gunman opened fire on the street below a downtown Reno, Nevada luxury high-rise condominium, the Montage, and a short time later, was allegedly killed in a police-involved shooting. The gunman, reportedly a young adult who has not been identified, used a shoulder-fired rifle to fire onto the street below, although no casualties have been reported. Police shut down the area and attempted to negotiate with the shooter before entering the room where the suspect was shot.
    4. Police in Tampa, Florida have arrested a man in connection with a series of murders that have occurred over the last 51 days in Tampa's Seminole Heights neighborhood. Howell Emanuel Donaldson III, 24, whose nickname is Trai, is facing four counts of first-degree murder. Police are still unsure of the motives for the serial killings and have indicated that the investigation into the murders and the suspect is still ongoing.


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.