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EDM Friday Briefing: Officers Plowed Down by Vehicle, Beef and Tuna Recalled

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Emergency and disaster management briefing for June 9, 2017: Two police officers and one government employee struck by a speeding vehicle in Northwest Washington, DC, a deadly church charter bus crash kills one outside Atlanta's International Airport, the WHO reports that the cholera epidemic has reached unprecedented levels in Yemen, a grocery store worker in Pennsylvania shoots and kills co-workers after blocking store exits, a Kentucky-based beef distributor recalls over 22,000 pounds of beef over E. coli concerns, street drug overdoses continue to rise in Georgia, the Hilo Fish Company is voluntarily recalling varieties of frozen tuna for Hepatitis A, and Congolese officials are reporting the Ebola outbreak as being under control.

  1. On Thursday night in northwest Washington, DC, a speeding white pickup truck hit two police officers on bicycle patrol and a DC Department of Transportation traffic control aide, critically injuring at least one of the officers. The incident occurred just before 9:00 p.m. and ended after the vehicle continued through an intersection and slammed into a large dump truck that was unoccupied. The occupants of the vehicle were placed under arrest, but law enforcement officials do not yet have a motive for the attack. However, late Thursday night, several Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents were observed arriving at the scene.
  2. A charter bus carrying student missionaries that were bound for Africa from the Mount Zion Baptist Church in Hunstville, Alabama crashed and overturned just outside of Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Thursday afternoon. One person is dead, another is critically injured, and at least 38 other individuals that were hurt were transported to several local hospitals, some by helicopter. The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but according to officials, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will likely be investigating the incident. 
  3. New information from the World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that the number of cholera cases in Yemen has surpassed 100,000 since the outbreak began on April 27, calling the outbreak "unprecedented." Another charity organization, Oxfam, noted that the epidemic, which has killed at least 798 people since its outbreak, is now killing almost one person per hour. After more than two years of conflicts, Yemen's water, sanitation, and health systems are collapsing, and the United Nations says that delivering life-saving medicine to the outbreak areas has been a struggle due to the ongoing conflict.
  4. A grocery store worker shot and killed three of his coworkers after blocking all the exits from the store upon his arrival to work for the overnight shift late Wednesday. Randy Stair, 24, of Dallas, Pennsylvania, began his shooting rampage just after 1:00 a.m. Thursday morning, and after killing three of his co-workers, turned the gun on himself. A fourth co-worker was able to escape and called police. Law enforcement officials found a large online presence where the suspect praised the 1999 Columbine shooters and where he detailed his plans for the shooting at the grocery store where he worked.
  5. More than 22,000 pounds of beef have been recalled for the possible presence of E. coli by a Kentucky-based distributor after plant management noted positive E. coli test results on Monday. The distributor notified the Food and Drug Administration, who noted that the products, distributed under the Creation Gardens, Inc. name were shipped to food service locations in three states: Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee. The products being recalled include the "EST. 7914" in the USDA inspection mark
  6. In Macon, Georgia, the number of overdoses continue to rise from what authorities believe is likely related to a street drug version of Percocet that is potentially life-threatening. Six new overdose cases were identified late Wednesday that authorities believe are linked to the street drug, a drug which has already caused the death of four people and the overdoses of dozens of other individuals. The street drug, allegedly purchased by patients who believed they were buying Percocet, is highly potent and requires high doses of Narcan (naloxone) to reverse its effects.
  7. A recall has been issued on frozen tuna steaks that have tested positive for Hepatitis A. The recalled products include vacuum packed 8 oz. steaks and yellowfin tuna cubes that were packaged and shipped by the Hilo Fish Company to locations in Texas, Oklahoma, and California. No illnesses have been reported resulting from the recalled products, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising anyone who has been exposed to the product to take a post exposure preventative medication, especially those not vaccinated against the disease. 
  8. Officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have indicated that the Ebola outbreak is now under control since no newly reported cases of the virus have occurred in the last 21 days. The World Health Organization (WHO) has not yet supported this statement, however on Tuesday, WHO did note that a rapid and coordinated response was quickly organized to help contain the outbreak of the disease. The outbreak occurred in a remote area more than 300 miles from Kinshasa, the capital city of the DRC, making access to the location difficult due to limited roads and its remote location. 

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.