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EDM Monday Briefing: Long-dormant Volcano Erupts on Kadovar Island


Emergency and disaster management briefing for January 8, 2018: A pipe burst at JFK airport further snarled air travel for passengers, a dormant volcano erupts for the first time on Kadovar Island, police shoot and kill a man who hit a police officer with his car, U.S. Naval planes joined the search for 32 missing Iranian tanker crew members, the CDC is set to brief the public on preparations and precautions in the unlikely event of a nuclear detonation, California faces a severe flu outbreak amid a medicine shortage, two students who shot up an elementary school in Washington state were arrested, and a woman delivering meals to the homeless in Vermont was attacked by a machete-wielding man.

  1. A strong winter storm, followed by frigid temperatures caused a frozen pipe to burst at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, flooding the arrivals area in one of the privately operated terminals. At least three inches of water flooded JFKs Terminal 4 on Saturday before cascading onto the roadway where it froze. The flooding impacted the baggage claim area, required a partial evacuation of the terminal, affected all international arrivals, and further delayed flights for passengers already impacted by the winter storm.  
  2. The long-dormant volcano on Kadovar Island in Papua New Guinea rumbled to life for the first time in recorded history last Friday, spewing thick ash into the sky. Officials warned residents that a strong eruption could trigger a tsunami and urged residents to prepare for the worst. At least 700 people have evacuated the island since the eruption began.
  3. A man in Pennsylvania was shot and killed after a confrontation occurred in a church parking lot with police early Saturday morning. The incident occurred after police found Gregory Stough, 27, parked in the church lot at about 3:00 a.m. prompting police to investigate where they found that Stough had a suspended driver's license and outstanding traffic warrants. When they attempted to take him into custody, the suspect hit one police officer with his car and tried to run over the other officer who had drawn his weapon and was firing at Stough. 
  4. U.S. Navy planes have joined the search for 32 sailors who went missing on Saturday when an Iranian tanker collided with a Chinese freighter off the eastern coast of China. The missing crew members are all from the Iranian tanker, which was carrying about 1 million gallons of condensate--an ultra-light oil--that when the ships collided, caught fire and sent black smoke into the air and spilled oil into the ocean. By Sunday, Chinese officials had sent at least four rescue ships and three cleaning ships to the scene of the collision.
  5. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is holding an online briefing on January 16, to educate the public on safety precautions they can take in the unlikely event of a nuclear detonation. The online briefing is also slated to cover preparations already made at the local, state, and federal level. The goal of the briefing is to help inform the public of the measures that can be taken to lessen illnesses and deaths, such as sheltering in place for 24 hours after a nuclear event.
  6. Officials are stating that at least 36 states have already reported widespread influenza activity so far this year, noting that the early outbreak is likely due to the low efficacy of the flu vaccine. California has been especially hard hit as state officials are reporting at least 27 deaths since October of people under the age of 65. Officials are also reporting overcrowded and overwhelmed emergency rooms, with pharmacies throughout the state reporting a shortage of medicine that helps treat flu symptoms. 
  7. Two students have been arrested in Washington state after allegedly opening fire on an empty elementary school in the middle of the night. Police in Marysville stated that at least 60 rounds had been fired into the Pinewood Elementary School, causing up to $55,000 in damages. The teens, Teven Callan, 18, and Samuel Olson, 19, were allegedly intoxicated when they shot up the school and have been arrested and charged with first-degree malicious mischief.
  8. A woman in her 70s was delivering meals to a temporary emergency housing facility for the homeless in Shelburne, Vermont, when she was attacked by a man wielding a machete. The man, Abukar Ibrahim, 32, attacked the woman, causing her to sustain multiple injuries and she was transported to a local hospital. Authorities are unclear what provoked the attack and stated that after the attack, Ibrahim locked himself in a room for two hours before surrendering to police.

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.