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EDM Monday Briefing: US Naval Ship Collides with Tanker, Two Police Officers Shot and Killed

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Emergency and disaster management briefing for August 21, 2017: Ten soldiers are missing after a collision involving a U.S. Naval ship and a commercial tanker, two police officers in Kissimmee are dead and four others are injured following police shootings in Florida and Pennsylvania, as people prepare to view the solar eclipse, officials urge caution regarding eye damage, Spanish authorities expand the search into France for a suspect involved in Thursday's terror attack, a free speech rally was cut short Saturday by counter-protestors who clashed with police, the Philippines has identified the H5 strain of the avian bird flu in another province, Hurricane Kenneth forms and rapidly strengthens into a Category 4 storm, and seven people were injured when a Washington, DC metro bus crashed on Sunday.

  1. A massive search-and-rescue operation is underway for ten soldiers missing after a U.S. Naval ship collided with a tanker in Asian waters off the coast of Singapore. Five soldiers sustained non-life threatening injuries, although four of them were transported by helicopter to a hospital in Singapore. The search-and-rescue mission includes Singaporean helicopters, ships, and tugs, along with U.S. Navy aircraft, and although the tanker sustained some damage, no oil spill occurred. 
  2. On Friday night, two police officers in Kissimmee, Florida were fatally shot responding to a call of suspicious activity in what officials believe might have been an ambush. It was one of three cases on Friday night in Florida and Pennsylvania in which a total of six law enforcement officers were shot. The other Florida shooting occurred in Jacksonville, where two officers were shot by a man making threats that he would hurt himself and others. The third shooting incident occurred in Fairchance, Pennsylvania, where two state troopers in plainclothes were shot during a burglary investigation.
  3. Americans are gearing up for the solar eclipse, which is set to begin today at 9:05 a.m. Pacific Time in Oregon, with the last viewing at 4:10 p.m. in Charleston, South Carolina. As many as 2 million visitors are expected in South Carolina, and around 1 million in Oregon for the viewing of the eclipse as authorities and emergency management personnel prepare for congested towns and clogged roadways throughout the path of the eclipse. Officials are also cautioning gazers about the dangers of viewing the eclipse without the proper eye protection, which can quickly lead to permanent eye damage, including partial or total blindness. 
  4. Authorities in Spain have expanded the search into neighboring France for the driver of the van involved in the terror attack in Barcelona on Thursday. Authorities found three vans in relation to the Spanish attacks that were rented using the name of Moroccan-born Younes Abouyaaquoub, 22, who officials allege is the suspected driver of the van that killed 13 people and injured 120 others. Twelve people have been identified by police as members of an extremist cell that allegedly coordinated the attacks that occurred last Thursday in Barcelona and Cambrils.
  5. A free speech rally in Boston was cut short by counter-protestors on Saturday who clashed with police outfitted in riot gear when they attempted to keep them away from the area. Counter-protestors, some of whom were dressed entirely in black and had their faces covered with bandanas, also allegedly threw rocks at police during the clash. Boston police allegedly deployed some 500 police officers to keep the groups separated, but at least 33 people were arrested, the majority of them for disorderly conduct.
  6. Just seven days after authorities confirmed the presence of the H5 strain of the bird flu in Pampanga, another province in the Philippines has been found to have the same strain. The H5 strain has been found in at least two towns in Nueva Ecija, about 32 kilometers away, and affected more than 307,000 chickens, ducks, and quail. In Pampanga, a 7 kilometer quarantine zone and surveillance area were established, while officials ordered the culling of 200,000 birds within one kilometer of the farm where the disease was identified in order to avoid spreading the virus. 
  7. Hurricane Kenneth has formed far out in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Mexico, and has rapidly grown into a Category 4 storm traveling west-northwest at about 10 mph. Its central pressure was 952 mb and the hurricane had sustained winds of at least 130 mph early Monday, which could increase further before possibly weakening toward the end of the day. The hurricane currently poses no threat to land.
  8. At least seven people were injured when a crash involving a Washington, DC double-length metro bus occurred on Sunday afternoon after the bus drove over a steel construction plate that allegedly gave way. This reportedly caused the driver to lose control of the bus and strike several parked vehicles in the area. The seven people injured were transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. 

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.