EDM Wednesday Briefing: Las Vegas Police Release Video of Mass Shooting, Yahoo Security Breach
Emergency and disaster management briefing for October 4, 2017: Las Vegas police release video of mass shooting, Verizon announces increase in users affected by 2013 Yahoo security breach, weather forecasters cast a wary eye on a tropical disturbance off Central America, an internal audit reveals EPA awarded contracts without ensuring security of sensitive information, the lack of bottled oxygen may have contributed to the death toll in Puerto Rico, La Niña is set to impact weather patterns across the United States, the last known body has been pulled from the rubble in Mexico City, and the DC Metro problems continue to vex riders.
- Las Vegas Police released video of the shooting that took place on Sunday night as officers tried to protect people and determine from where the shots were being fired. Police estimate that from the first report of shots fired at 10:08 p.m., the barrage of bullets lasted on and off for 9 to 11 minutes, until 10:19 p.m. and took the lives of 58 people. An additional 500 people were also injured, either by gunshot wounds or in their scramble to safety, and police stated that they have recovered a total of 47 guns from three locations along with thousands of rounds of ammunition owned by the shooter, Stephen Paddock.
- Verizon Communications announced Tuesday that a 2013 breach at Yahoo affected all three billion users, not the one billion previously stated by Yahoo. The cyber attack netted the thieves names, birth dates, phone numbers, and passwords, as well as security questions and account reset information, such as other email addresses of Yahoo account holders. Experts fear an escalation in email fraud, bank account access, and account take overs so they are cautioning anyone affected by the security breach to closely monitor their accounts and personal information.
- Forecasters are watching a tropical disturbance located off the coast of Central America for its development into a tropical depression later on Wednesday. The system is predicted to have a 90 percent chance of development but its unclear where the system may head once it emerges into the Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is urging residents of Honduras, Nicaragua, and Western Cuba to be alert to the system's development and direction.
- The deaths in Puerto Rico attributed to Hurricane Maria have risen to 34 and reports indicate that most victims died from flooding, flying debris, and mudslides. Other reported deaths may have been caused by a loss of oxygen, including individuals who lost power in their home and and were reliant on oxygen tanks. The Governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Russell, also believes damages across the island from the hurricane to be at least $90 billion.
- An internal audit report of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed that during 2015 and 2016, the agency awarded $540 million in sensitive information security contracts--without verifying the companies had conducted appropriate training and employed enough safeguards to protect the sensitive information. The agency also failed to report those training lapses to the White House Office of Management and Budget as is required. Internal administrative guidelines and legal requirements require the agency to ensure that contractors handling sensitive information undergo appropriate role-based training and have significant ability to prevent the mishandling of sensitive information and avoid security breaches.
- La Niña is predicted to fuel an abundance of snow in the Rocky Mountains and bring bitter cold air to the northern Plains in the United States over the 2017-2018 winter. Forecasters are also predicting a cold winter filled with high totals of snow and ice in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, while the Southeast and the Tennessee Valley may face particularly severe weather, including an increased chance of tornadoes over the winter months. The West Coast will see a bit less snow than last year, and Florida will be staying mostly dry--welcome news after a particularly wet summer and Hurricane Irma.
- Officials in Mexico stated that the last known body to be trapped amidst the rubble from the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck the nation two weeks ago, has been recovered. The last known active recovery site was a collapsed office building in central Mexico City where a total of 49 bodies were recovered from the rubble, including 19 women and 30 men. Of the 366 people who died during the Sept. 19 disaster, 225 of those were in Mexico City.
- The most recent incident on the Washington DC Metro occurred on Oct. 3 when passengers on the orange line had to be offloaded due to smoke at the Rosslyn station. Once touted the most advanced and efficient public transit system, the aging infrastructure of the DC Metro has fallen into disrepair and been plagued by multiple issues, including a fire at L'Enfant Plaza station in 2015 that killed one person. Attempts to upgrade and repair the aging and decrepit system include reducing the number of trains, closing tracks for repairs, increasing fares, and decreasing service times, all of which have frustrated commuters throughout the city.
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