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EDM Friday Briefing: Multiple Casualties from Active Shooter at Texas School


Emergency and disaster management briefing for May 18, 2018: An active shooter incident at the Santa Fe High School in Galveston, Texas results in multiple casualties, USGS warns that additional and more volatile eruptions may occur at Mount Kilauea in Hawaii, Ebola spread sparks concerns of an international outbreak, the CDC says tainted romaine lettuce is likely out of circulation, a school bus crash in New Jersey kills 2, a police officer in Connecticut was stabbed multiple times in the neck on Thursday while responding to a call, flood watches have been issued for nine states in the Mid-Atlantic region, and the NWS confirms 9 tornadoes touched down as clean-up from Tuesday's deadly storms continues in the Mid-Atlantic region.

  1. The Santa Fe High School near Galveston, Texas was the scene of an active shooter early Friday morning. According to one report, fire alarms sounded and students were told by staff members to evacuate the building, run across the street, and hide. Multiple law enforcement agencies and individuals, including agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, converged on the scene. A recent statement from officials confirms that there are at least 9 dead, and the scene remains active, however, one suspect has been contained and law enforcement has secured the building.  
  2. Early Thursday morning, Hawaii's Mount Kilauea explosively erupted, sending a plume of ash and smoke 30,000 feet into the air. The eruption triggered an ash advisory until about noon and residents in the path of the ash plume, which moved to the northeast, were asked to shelter in place until the danger had passed. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) stated that additional, more volatile eruptions could occur, but recent eruptions have been steam driven due to water being superheated by lava, magma, or hot rocks. 
  3. Health officials confirmed on Thursday the spread of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo to a major city of more than one million people. It had only been identified in a rural village, but officials say that a single reported case has been identified in Mbandaka, a major city just 100 miles from the last reported case. Since its outbreak, the disease has affected 45: 14 confirmed cases, 21 probable, and 10 suspected, with only one of the 25 deaths so far confirmed as being from Ebola.  
  4. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has indicated that the tainted romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region, is likely not in circulation any longer. The E. coli outbreak sickened 172 people, affected 32 states, with the highest number of cases in California at 39, which also had the single reported death. A total of 72 people were hospitalized, with at least 20 people developing a type of kidney failure known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).  
  5. A school bus crash in New Jersey on Thursday killed two and injured at least 44 people--one who remains in critical condition at the hospital. The bus was carrying 38 fifth-graders and seven adults when it collided with a dump truck on I-80 West in Mount Olive Township. The students, from East Brook Middle School in Paramus, were on a field trip when the bus was hit from behind, was ripped from the frame, flipped onto its side, then slid into the center median--the front of the bus completely torn off. Medevac helicopters were unable to respond to the crash due to weather. 
  6. A Hartford, Connecticut police officer who was stabbed in the neck multiple times while responding to a call Thursday, is in the hospital fighting for her life. Two officers responded to a tenant-landlord dispute Thursday morning and when the one officer attempted to handcuff the suspect, the suspect knocked the officer to the ground, grabbed a kitchen knife, placed the officer in a choke hold, and stabbed her multiple times in the neck. The suspect, who has been charged with, among other things, attempted murder, was disarmed by maintenance workers in the building who heard the struggle.  
  7. As moistures continues to push up from the Gulf of Mexico, flood watches have been issued for nine states from Georgia to New Jersey. Numerous roads were shut down on Thursday in western Pennsylvania after more than 2 inches of rain fell across the area, causing widespread flash flooding. The Mid-Atlantic states, which are already saturated, are expected to receive additional rainfall amounts in excess of 2 to 4 inches through Saturday, which is likely to produce additional flooding throughout the area. Severe weather is also expected from Texas to the Dakotas, with damaging winds, large hail, and possible tornadoes being the largest potential threats.  
  8. Clean-up in the Hudson Valley region continues after Tuesday's deadly storms wreaked havoc across the area. A total of nine tornadoes have been confirmed by the National Weather Service to have touched down--4 in Connecticut, 4 in New York, and 1 in Pennsylvania, which caused widespread damage. The tornadoes were mostly categorized as EF-1s, with average wind speeds of between 95-100 mph. The severe weather that produced the tornadoes uprooted trees and downed power lines, cutting electricity to a large swath of homes and businesses in the region, much of which has been restored as of Friday.  

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.