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EDM Friday Briefing: Skyscraper Fire; Air Quality Alerts; Wildfires


Emergency and disaster management briefing for August 4, 2017: Major disaster declaration issued for Michigan; fire erupts in one of the world's tallest buildings; and other news.

  1. Severe storms that led to flash flooding and damages in mid-Michigan from June 22-27, ”prompted, paving the way for federal assistance. The counties impacted by the storm and subsequent flash flooding include Bay, Gladwin, Isabella, and Midland, but also includes the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe within Isabella County. The request for a federal disaster declaration came from Gov. Rick Snyder following ”damage and it was determined that clean up and recovery would exceed local and state resources.
  2. Police are still searching for ”suspects at around 3:05 p.m. Thursday afternoon. At least one of the suspects, all of whom were allegedly wearing bandanas, opened fire in the park, striking three people before fleeing the scene. The three individuals that were shot were rushed to area hospitals, including ”one.
  3. Brent Witham, 29, an elite firefighter, ”was on Wednesday. Witham, a member of the Vista Grande Hotshots, was fighting the Lolo Peak Fire about 30 miles from Missoula when the tree fell on him. This is the ”second where a firefighter battling a wildfire was struck by a falling tree.
  4. In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, a fire broke out shortly after 1:00 a.m. in one of the world’s tallest residential structures, ”igniting. According to reports, the fire, which was burning on one side of the tower, sent chunks of debris falling to the ground below, while firefighters fought to control the blaze. In February of 2015, ”the, however, no major casualties were reported from that fire.
  5. Amid record-breaking heat, and hot, dry conditions in Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency on Wednesday. ”The and the high heat coupled with extremely dry conditions significantly increases the threat of fire danger throughout the state. The emergency declaration allowed Brown to ”activate to assist state fire fighting agencies.
  6. ”The until noon on Saturday including, among others, Gilliam, Grant, Morrow, Wallowa, and Wheeler counties. The air quality alert is due to smoke from actively burning wildfires in the Northwest and Canada including wildfires burning in Washington, British Colombia, and Montana that are impacting locations in north central and northeast Oregon. Depending on wind direction and time of day, ”the and officials are cautioning individuals to take necessary precautions to prevent illness or injury.
  7. The Glenville Air National Guard held ”a at the Stratton Air National Guard Base in Niskayuna, New York in conjunction with Nashville, Tennessee guard members and local firefighting and EMS agencies, along with members of the Navy, Coast Guard, and the New Jersey Department of Health. The two-day drill, which is held every two years, simulates a natural disaster where ”local. The goal is to become proficient at working with domestic partners, including civilian law enforcement and government agencies, during a natural disaster event.
  8. Another California wildfire broke out late Thursday afternoon, this one in ”the. Firefighters quickly began to attack the Rincon Fire with hose lines and water-dropping aircraft to help prevent the fire from spreading. The fire had already consumed at least 25 acres, and [link url=”http://www.sgvtribune.com/general-news/20170803/fire-ignites-in-angeles-national-forest-near-san-gabriel-canyon“ title=”CalFire worked to assist U.S. Forest Service members in fighting the fire. Several other wildfires also began on Thursday due to lightning strikes, but the cause of this fire is still under investigation.

Glynn Cosker Glynn Cosker is the Managing Editor of EDM Digest. Glynn has more than 20 years of writing experience, and he’s the Managing Editor of EDM Digest's sister blog site: In Homeland Security. Born and raised in the U.K., he began his career in government and spent 12 years working in the Consular Section of the British Embassy in Washington – attaining the rank of Vice Consul in the late 1990s. Glynn and his family live in New England.