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EDM Wednesday Briefing: Shooting in Tennessee and Rat Lungworm Disease


Emergency and disaster management briefing for April 12, 2017: A women opened fire outside a manufacturing plant in Tennessee on Tuesday, Florida declares a state of emergency due to more than 100 ongoing wildfires, a couple honeymooning in Hawaii contracted rat lungworm disease, heavy rainfall across parts of Texas resulted in flash flooding and multiple water rescues on Tuesday, as Swan Lake levels continue to rise, long-term flood mitigation becomes county focus, initial investigation reveals the San Bernardino shooter had history of domestic abuse allegations, three pipe bombs explode near soccer team bus in Dortmund, Germany, and the FBI doubles the reward money as the manhunt for Joseph Jakubowski continues.

  1. On Tuesday, in Cookeville, Tennessee, a town about 80 miles southeast of Nashville, a woman opened fire outside an automotive parts plant, shooting two people before turning the gun on herself in an apparent suicide. The two people who were wounded were flown to an area hospital for treatment and are reportedly a male and a female, both of whom are in their 20's. Authorities believe the incident was a case of domestic violence.
  2. Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency on Tuesday as more than 100 wildfires continue to burn across the state. The largest blaze, the Parliament Fire, has scorched nearly 27,000 acres since it began on March 18, but is now 95 percent contained. The growing Cowbell fire has consumed at least 16,000 acres in the Big Cypress National Reserve, which began March 30, but is only 11 percent contained. Since February, nineteen homes have been lost and more than 70,000 acres have been burned across the state, making it the most active wildfire season since 2011.
  3. A newlywed couple honeymooning in Hawaii both contracted rat lungworm disease during their two week stay on Maui. Rat lungworm affects the brain and spinal cord and is caused by the Angiostgrongylus cantonensis parasite present in rat feces. It is usually contracted by eating raw or undercooked snails or slugs that eat rat feces infected with the parasite. Six cases of rat lungworm on Maui, and three cases on the Big Island over the past three months have been confirmed by Hawaii's State Department of Health.
  4. Torrential rains led to flash floods across parts of Texas on Tuesday, including Nolanville, Temple, and San Marcos on Tuesday, closing freeway sections and forcing people to abandon their vehicles.  In Killeen, Texas, rainfall amounts exceeded eight inches, resulting in at least 32 water rescues, while more than 50 people had to be rescued from high water in San Marcos. At Fort Hood, search and rescue teams are still looking for an individual whose car was swept away with the rapidly rising water.
  5. Residents of Lemmon Valley, Nevada are blaming increased development for the current flooding from Swan Lake, stating that water being displaced as land levels are built up for development forces more water into the lake. County officials disagree, indicating that storms raging since October have dumped copious amounts of water in the area, which flows into Swan Lake - the valley's lowest point - and has resulted in the flooding. According to the county, the increased lake levels and flooding have now heightened the need for long-term flood mitigation planning, but the county does not have the funding for such a program and would require federal assistance to implement any long-term plan.
  6. The gunman who shot and killed his estranged wife at an elementary school in San Bernardino on Monday reportedly had a history of domestic abuse allegations. Two other women made abuse allegations against Cedric Anderson, the gunman, including one former domestic partner who stated that he tried to suffocate her with a pillow. When Anderson opened fire at the school on Monday, he struck his wife and two students, killing his wife and fatally injuring one of the students, who died at the hospital, before turning the gun on himself. The other student that was struck was listed in serious condition at Loma Linda University Medical Center as of Tuesday.
  7. Three apparent pipe bomb explosions with a 100-meter range exploded near a Borussia Dortmund soccer team bus in Dortmund, Germany on Tuesday evening, injuring a police officer escorting the motorcade and one of the team's players. The explosion caused bus windows to break and lodged a metal part from one of the bombs in a headrest. Three letters found near the attack pointed to radical Islamists and requested, among other things, that the U.S. Ramstein military base in Germany be closed.
  8. The manhunt continues for Joseph Jakubowski, a Wisconsin man the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) say is suspected of stealing guns and threatening attacks in an anti-government manifest Jakubowski mailed to President Trump. The FBI has doubled the reward money being offered for any information leading to the arrest of Jakubowski and have released a mugshot of the man who they believe may have modified his appearance.


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.