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EDM Friday Briefing: Truck Plows Into Crowd in Sweden, Death Toll Rises in London Terror Attack

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Emergency and disaster management briefing for April 7, 2017: A truck plows into a crowd of people in a shopping district in Sweden, another victim succumbs to her injuries from the London terrorist attack, severe weather impacts on Wednesday included hail damage and multiple tornadoes, a high wind warning is in effect for areas from North Carolina to Virginia, nearly 600,000 albuterol inhalers are recalled due to defect, police in St. Paul, Minnesota search for missing toddler after a shooting kills three, frozen peas sold by Aldi chain are being recalled due to possible Listeria contamination, and Russian authorities arrest three individuals in connection with subway suicide bombing on Monday.

  1. Early Friday morning, shots fired were reported after a truck reportedly plowed into a crowd of people on Drottninggatan street in a central Stockholm, Sweden shopping center killing at least three people and injuring several others. A box truck smashed into a department store and photos show smoke coming from the store and people running down the street away from the scene. Reports indicate that ambulances have taken those injured to an area hospital, and police are not ruling out the possibility the attack was terror related.
  2. Another victim of the London terrorist attack on March 22 has died, increasing the number of those killed in the attack to five. Andreea Cristea was walking across the Westminster Bridge when Khalid Masood plowed into a group of pedestrians, plunging her into the River Thames. Cristea was alive when she was pulled from the river and rushed to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a blot clot on the brain. On Thursday, after two weeks of fighting for her life,  Cristea died when doctors withdrew life support.
  3. Severe weather across the Southern states moved up the East coast on Wednesday into Thursday leaving a trail of damage that spreads from Mississippi, Georgia, and South Carolina into Virginia and Washington, D.C.  The severe weather brought heavy rains, golf ball to baseball sized hail, and spawned multiple small tornadoes and one large twister that toppled trees and downed power lines, including a possible weak tornado in Virginia. It was the second round of severe weather to impact these states in just a few days.  A previous storm system moved through the same region on Sunday into Monday, killing five people.
  4. A high wind warning is in effect until 8:00 p.m. EDT on Friday in locations primarily along the Blue Ridge mountains, and from Boone, North Carolina, to Roanoke, Virginia. The high wind warning cautions individuals traveling along Interstates 81 and 77, along with any north/south bound roadways, especially those vehicles with high profiles (RVs, semi-trailers) to travel cautiously due to extremely strong cross winds. Sustained winds are likely to be 20-35 mph or above, with gusts of up to 65 mph and have the potential to down trees and power lines, possibly resulting in scattered power outages.
  5. A recall has been issued by GlaxoSmithKline for nearly 600,000 albuterol inhalers from three different lot numbers. The inhalers, under the brand name of Ventolin HFA 200D, were voluntarily recalled by the company due to a faulty delivery system that could possibly prevent patients from receiving the proper dose of medicine. The recall has been issued to hospitals, pharmacies, retailers, and wholesalers, but not to patients. 
  6. Early Friday morning, St. Paul, Minnesota police were called to the scene of an apartment building where reports of a missing toddler and shots fired were made. Upon entering the apartment building police found four victims, three which were pronounced dead on the scene and another individual who was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Authorities, including K-9 units, began searching for the missing toddler who was found a short time later with a man who was hiding in a shed.
  7. Lakeside Foods and Aldi have issued a recall for Season's Choice Frozen Sweet Peas due to the possibility of contamination from Listeria monocytogenes, although no illnesses have been reported to date. The product comes in a 16 oz. bag and contains one of eight packaging codes and best by dates under a single UPC code, 041498164294. Individuals in Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia, where the product was distributed, are urged to check packaging and return the product for a full refund or throw it away. 
  8. Russian authorities have arrested three people in connection with the subway terrorist bombing attack that occurred Monday in a St. Petersburg station that killed thirteen people. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack that was perpetrated by alleged suicide bomber, Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, 22, a former resident of Kyrgyzstan, but those arrested were also from the same former Soviet Central Asia region. Authorities also found an explosive device in the apartment of the three suspects and successfully deactivated the device.

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.