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EDM Monday Briefing: London Downgrades Terror Alert Level, St. Louis Protests Turn Violent

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Emergency and disaster briefing for September 18, 2017: London has downgraded its terror alert level following the arrests of two individuals believed linked to Friday's attack, police arrest 80 after the third night of protests in St. Louis turn violent, Rome, Italy halts blood donations to prevent larger Chikungunya outbreak, four American student tourists were attacked with acid in France, residents of the Florida Keys were finally allowed to return home on Sunday, Caribbean islands hard hit by Irma warily eye strengthening Hurricane Maria, Vietnam is still reeling from a direct hit by Typhoon Doksuri, San Diego implements a new measure to combat its Hepatitis A outbreak.

  1. London has downgraded their terrorist alert level to severe following the arrest of a second individual on Sunday in Hounslow. Earlier in the day, police arrested a man at the port of Dover, a ferry location for trips to France. Thirty people were injured during the terrorist attack that occurred Friday in the London Underground when an improvised explosive device (IED) partially exploded in a train departing the station at the height of the morning commute.
  2. A third night of protests in St. Louis, Missouri on Sunday ended with police arresting at least 80 people after largely peaceful demonstrations turned violent by agitators, according to the city's mayor. One officer had an unidentified chemical thrown on him, while a bicycle officer was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The protests erupted as a result of the acquittal of former police officer, Jason Stockley, who was charged in the death of Anthony Lamar Smith, 24, in 2011.
  3. In Rome, Italy, health officials have suspended blood donations due to an outbreak of a mosquito-borne illness, Chikungunya, that has infected at least 17 people, in order to prevent the accidental spread of the virus. The ban includes about 1.2 million people and officials urge anyone who has visited the area to avoid donating blood for at least 28 days. Symptoms appear three to seven days after being bit, and include high fever, joint and muscular pain, severe headache, nausea and rash, and while the virus is not deadly, no vaccine currently exists. 
  4. Four students studying abroad were the victims of an acid attack during a tourist visit to Marseille in France. The incident occurred at the main train station--the Gare de Marseille-Saint Charles--and involved a women spraying corrosive acid onto the students. The acid was sprayed into the face of two of the women, with one sustaining a possible eye injury. 
  5. Residents of the Florida Keys were finally able to return to their homes on Sunday, a week after Hurricane Irma struck the state, but officials warn that residents must be able to sustain themselves for a long period since few services are available. Almost the entire state was impacted by the storm, with many locations still without electricity, water, cable, or internet service. Cell service also remains spotty and crews and working diligently to repair cell towers across portions of south Florida.
  6. As residents across the Caribbean have begun clean up and recovery from Hurricane Irma, a new threat looms in the Atlantic. The National Hurricane Center upgraded Tropical Storm Maria to a Category 1 Hurricane on Sunday, which became a Category 2 storm early Monday. Officials are warning that Maria is rapidly strengthening, and as of Monday afternoon, will likely become a major storm making it a Category 3 or 4 when it impacts the Leeward Islands. Hurricane warnings have already been issued for areas hard hit from Irma including St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, and Dominica. 
  7.  At least nine people have died in Vietnam as a result of Typhoon Doksuri, which made landfall in the Ha Tinh province on September 14. Nearly 80,000 people were evacuated ahead of the storm, but at least four remain missing and at least 112 individuals were injured. The storm knocked out power across the area and as of Sunday, about 528,000 people were still without electricity. The storm damaged nearly 150,000 homes, destroyed infrastructure, and had severe impacts on area agriculture and fisheries. 
  8. San Diego officials struggling to combat its public health emergency caused by a massive Hepatitis A outbreak have taken various measures to help prevent the spread of the disease, including power-washing the streets with a bleach solution and vaccinating at least 19,000 people. The city has added a new measure to help stop the disease from spreading--four new portable restrooms and hand washing stations in an area that has a heavy homeless population. The facilities will have 24-hour security and be cleaned at least twice each day, and join 16 other public restroom facilities available throughout the city.

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.