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EDM Monday Briefing: Four Children Held Hostage in Orlando, Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Pre-Cut Melon


Emergency and disaster management briefing for June 11, 2018: A man is holding 4 children hostage in an apartment in Florida, Hurricane Bud upgrades to a Category 3 Hurricane as tropical storm watches are issued for parts of the Mexican coastline, the 416 Fire in Colorado continues to grow amid critical fire weather conditions, the State of Hawaii releases $12 million to the county to assist with the ongoing Kilauea eruption, ash spewing from another eruption at Kilauea's summit impacts driving conditions on the Big Island, a Santa Clarita brush fire that forced evacuations is now 50 percent contained, a multi-state outbreak of salmonella has been linked to pre-cut melons, and a magnitude 4.4 earthquake rattled northern Oklahoma and parts of Kansas on Saturday.

  1. A man barricaded himself inside an apartment in Orlando, Florida late Sunday, after battering his girlfriend, wounding a police officer, and taking her four children hostage. After the woman escaped, she alerted police about the assault, and an officer responding to the domestic violence call was shot by the suspect. As of Monday morning, the hostage situation was still ongoing, and police were seeking a peaceful resolution to ensure the safety of the four children.  
  2. A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for parts of Mexico's Southwestern Coast, from Puerto Vallarta to Manzanillo, as Hurricane Bud becomes the second named storm in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The storm is not predicted to make landfall, but its outer bands are likely to impact the watch area bringing anywhere from 3 to 6 inches of rain, rip currents, gusty winds and high surf. Heavy rainfall, up to 10 inches, is possible in some areas, which may cause life-threatening flash-flooding and landslides.  
  3.  The 416 Fire in Colorado doubled in size on Saturday due to severe weather behavior, including dry and windy conditions--and has continued to grow. The wildfire is being managed by a Type I Incident Management Team, and has now consumed nearly 19,500 acres, forced 859 additional homes to be evacuated in the area, closed portions of Highway 550, and is only 10 percent contained. Critical fire weather behavior is predicted for Monday, and about 813 personnel are fighting the blaze, that so far, has not destroyed any structures. 
  4. Hawaii's Governor David Ige and Mayor Harry Kim signed a letter releasing $12 million in funding assistance to the Big Island to support the county's response to the continued eruption of the Kilauea volcano. The funds will help cover costs such as overtime pay of civil defense, police, fire, and public works personnel who have been working overtime to protect residents and assist with evacuations. The money will also help with the high cost of heavy equipment and materials, and could be used for temporary shelter-related or emergency supplies needed to continue to "protect the health, safety, and welfare of area residents," stated Gov. Ige. 
  5. Another eruption at the summit of Kilauea on Sunday sent ash spewing into the air and created a driving hazard for some parts of the Big Island. Seismic activity has again increased at the summit, prompting officials to caution that another eruption could occur soon. Vigorous lava eruptions also continue out of Fissure 8 in the lower East Rift Zone (LERZ), and lava flows have created about a mile of new land.  
  6. A brush fire in Santa Clarita, California spread rapidly on Saturday, consuming 175 acres as firefighters worked diligently to contain the blaze. The rapid spread of the fire threatened nearly 200 homes and prompted evacuations in surrounding hillside communities on Saturday that were lifted around 8:00 p.m. that evening. Nearly 300 firefighters were being assisted by air tankers and helicopters, although winds of 30 mph helped spread the fire and hampered water drops by helicopters. 
  7. A multi-state outbreak of salmonella that has sickened at least 60 people has been linked to pre-cut melons. At least 31 of the people sickened in the outbreak have been hospitalized, although there have been no deaths reported. The pre-cut melons were traced to a facility in Indiana--Caito Foods--who distributed the product to Walmart, Kroger, Costco, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods and others in at least eight states. A recall notice has been issued for the products in the eight states which include Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio.  
  8. A magnitude 4.4 earthquake rattled northern Oklahoma and parts of Kansas early Saturday, with shaking felt as far away as Wichita, Kansas--about 75 miles north of the epicenter. The U.S. Geological Survey noted that the quake occurred around 8:59 a.m. Saturday, had a depth of 5 miles, and was centered about 16 miles from Cherokee, Oklahoma. Oklahoma has been plagued with thousands of earthquakes in recent years which have been linked to hydraulic fracturing (fracking) methods for oil and gas production.  

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.