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EDM Friday Briefing: Tropical Storm Nate, $29 Billion Aid Request

EDM Friday Briefing: Tropical Storm Nate, $29 Billion Aid Request

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Emergency and disaster management briefing for October 6, 2017: Tropical Storm Nate slams Nicaragua and Costa Rica with heavy rains and flash flooding, residents along the Gulf Coast prepare for the likely impact of at least a Category 1 Nate, police struggle to find a motive for the mass shooting in Las Vegas, President Trump requests a $29 billion aid package from Congress for disaster relief and recovery, the Tulsa, Oklahoma fire department receives four new ladder trucks, a joint counter-terrorism mock attack is held between Scotland and England, Massachusetts develops a mass casualty state-operated family assistance plan, and a man is injured in his home when a CSX train derails outside of Atlanta.

  1. Tropical Storm Nate formed just off the coast of Central America on Thursday, impacting Costa Rica and Nicaragua with heavy rains that led to flash flooding and mudslides. More than 5,000 people were forced into shelters in Costa Rica due to flooding, 15 remain missing, and seven people have died according to the nation’s president, Luis Guillermo Solis. Nicaraguan’s Vice President, Rosario Murillo, said 15 deaths are being attributed to Nate, including three Health Ministry employees swept away in a flooded canal. Nate is predicted to strengthen over the warm waters of the Caribbean and come close to Cancún and Cozumel on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula sometime tonight.
  2. Residents of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, along with those in Florida’s panhandle, are keeping a wary eye on Tropical Storm Nate as they prepare to be impacted by at least a Category 1 hurricane sometime late Saturday or early Sunday. Forecasters predict that Nate will bring heavy amounts of rain along the Gulf Coast regions, up into the Appalachians, and possibly impact parts of the northeast United States. Various watches and warnings have been issued from the Mississippi/Alabama border to areas just beyond Pensacola, Florida. Officials are urging residents to listen to local emergency management personnel and to be aware of updates and changes to watches and warnings as the storm continues to develop.
  3.  The investigation into the gunman, Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, in the Las Vegas mass shooting continues as police focus on four locations, the shooters hotel room at Mandalay Bay, the concert venue, a house in northern Nevada breached by SWAT, and his residence in a retirement community in Mesquite, Nevada. Police stated that they have yet to find a motive for the shooting, and any ties to extreme ideologies or religions is largely absent. Law enforcement officials are combing through electronic devices and evidence retrieved from the shooters hotel room and other locations, including surveillance cameras that had been set up inside and outside his room at the hotel.
  4. In the wake of the major disasters that have affected the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, President Trump has requested $29 billion in aid from Congress to continue with ongoing hurricane relief and recovery efforts and to pay for federal flood insurance claims. In the wake of Hurricane’s Harvey, Irma, and Maria, government response efforts are nearly $200 million a day, and reports indicate that the federal flood insurance fund will run out of money by October 23. The funding request would be dispersed between flood claims – $16 billion, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – $13 billion, and federal firefighting accounts – $577 million, to replenish them in the wake of this seasons disastrous and costly wildfire season.
  5.  The Tulsa, Oklahoma Fire Department has received four new ladder trucks to replace aging equipment that was difficult to use and frequently needed repair. The new ladder trucks will be positioned at locations that have high rise buildings, including near Oral Roberts University and the airport. The new trucks cost the Tulsa Fire Department $4.78 million dollars and firefighter training on the trucks will be completed this week and the units placed into service next week.
  6. A mock terror-attack joint exercise was conducted in Edinburgh, Scotland, to enhance cross border cooperation between England and Scotland in the event of an actual attack. The training was based on recent real life events so the mock drill included a vehicle attack in which a “terrorist” drove a truck into a bank then “attacked” people with automatic weapons and knives to inflict mass casualties. The mock attack also expanded to other locations and involved different scenarios throughout the three-day training exercise that was designed to test and enhance responses by police and emergency services.
  7. Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency officials state that they are now prepared to rapidly assist families in the event of a mass casualty incident in their state. A cooperative plan developed across multiple state agencies and with the Red Cross is in the final stages and would allow a rapid implementation of a formal state-operated family and survivor assistance service. Even though the plan will not be formally finalized until the end of the year, officials state that should an incident occur, an assistance center could still be quickly activated. http://edmdigest.com/preparedness/using-lenses-to-tighten-emergency-management-plans/” url2=”http://edmdigest.com/news/emergency-management-plans-for-hospitals-participating-in-medicare-flawed-policy/” url3=”http://edmdigest.com/preparedness/importance-versatility-emergency-management/”]
  8. One man suffered minor injuries in Atlanta when a freight train derailed early Thursday morning and about 14 cars jumped the tracks, sending one slamming into the man’s home. The train, operated by CSX, was hauling bulk material, including sand, rocks, and dirt, but most of the cars were empty when it derailed. The train was not carrying any hazardous material, but the derailment was expected to keep roads closed throughout the day as the wreckage was cleared.

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.


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