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EDM Wednesday Briefing: Hawaii Seeks Federal Assistance, Delta Flight Evacuated in Denver

EDM Wednesday Briefing: Hawaii Seeks Federal Assistance, Delta Flight Evacuated in Denver

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Emergency and disaster management briefing for May 9, 2018: Authorities evacuate stragglers in a Hawaiian neighborhood as new lava-erupting fissures open, E. coli infections from contaminated romaine lettuce have now reached Minnesota, a Delta flight that landed in Denver underwent an emergency evacuation on Tuesday evening, criminals using drones have hindered recent FBI operations, London police tactics are under scrutiny following six stabbings around the city, the WHO has confirmed an Ebola outbreak in Congo, severe weather is set to impact the Great Lakes region today, and officials resume excavation operations outside Detroit, Michigan in search of the remains of a 12-year-old girl.

  1. Two more actively erupting fissures from the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii have opened near Lanipuna, a neighboring community to Leilani Estates, causing first responders to go door to door to ensure everyone in the community was safely evacuated. At least 14 fissures are now open, with some releasing toxic gases and others spewing lava–at times, at least 200 feet into the air. Hawaii’s Governor, David Ige, has requested assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, citing the unpredictable nature of the volcano, the number of structures destroyed, and the fact that residents may be unable to return to their homes for an undetermined amount of time. 
  2. People across the nation are still being warned that they should not eat romaine lettuce unless they can confirm it was grown somewhere other than the Yuma, Arizona growing region. Over 120 people have been reported ill after being infected with the E. coli bacteria, and an additional 10 cases were recently identified and are now now being reported in Minnesota. Health officials noted that of the 10 cases, three were hospitalized, and two had developed HUS–hemolytic uremic syndrome–a type of kidney failure.  
  3. Passengers onboard a Delta flight were forced to evacuate from their plane onto a taxiway after it landed at Denver International Airport (DIA) on Tuesday evening. Flight 1854, carrying 153 passengers, landed safely, but smoke filled the plane, causing passengers to be evacuated via aircraft slides and over-wing emergency exits while on the taxiway, before being transported to the terminal by buses. An official statement from Delta noted that Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) personnel and vehicles met the airplane out of an abundance of caution.  
  4. Criminals are increasingly using drones for malicious purposes, such as to smuggle drugs, be outfitted with weapons and explosives and more recently, to disrupt an FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) hostage rescue team effort. Criminals sent a swarm of drones in to flush out federal agents during the rescue mission, and to provide counter-surveillance through videos uploaded to YouTube.  The incident caused the federal agents involved in the rescue to lose situational awareness as the drones continued making “high speed, low passes” at agents. 
  5. Police in London, and the tactics they use to fight crime, have now come under scrutiny as the city struggles to keep its residents safe after a surge in violence. Monday night into Tuesday saw 6 more stabbings across the London metropolis, and although some of the individuals were seriously injured, none of the wounds were life threatening. An official spokesperson for London’s Mayor stated that London’s police service is overstretched and lacks sufficient resources, especially after experiencing funding cuts of nearly 1 billion pounds since 2014, which they believe has contributed to the increase in crime.  
  6. Another Ebola outbreak has occurred in the African nation of Congo, where there have been at least 17 deaths and at least two confirmed cases. The World Health Organization stated that medical teams were already dispatched to the village of Ikoko Impenge, near the town of Bikoro, where a total of 21 people were reported ill by local health officials. The most deadly outbreak of Ebola ended in 2016 after killing more than 11,300 people.  
  7. The threat of severe weather is set to impact the Great Lakes region today, affecting the Mid-to-Upper Mississippi River Valley, and includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and parts of Michigan and Wisconsin. The primary threats as the system moves through the region include large hail and damaging winds, with isolated tornadoes being a possibility, so residents should remain alert for changing weather conditions. On Thursday, the threat of severe weather shifts to South Dakota. 
  8. Authorities in Macomb Township, Michigan are set to resume excavating a wooded area northeast of Detroit for the remains of a 12-year-old girl missing since 1979. Kimberly King was last seen in Warren, Michigan and authorities strongly believe her remains–along with the remains of four to six other girls–are located in the area. Officials began excavating the site after speaking with Arthur Ream, a man already serving life in prison for the killing of Cindy Zarzycki, 13, in 1986.  
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.

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