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EDM Monday Briefing: Recent Workplace Vaccinations Caused Infection

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Emergency and disaster management briefing for February 4, 2019: Five people are dead after a small plane crashed into a house near Anaheim, California; multiple reports of infection are being received after people in several states received workplace vaccinations; back to back storms wreaked havoc in California over the weekend; India suffers another deadly train derailment on its Seemanchal Express; over 58,000 pounds of uncooked chicken are recalled by Pilgrim's Pride; a thirteen-year-old boy is in juvenile detention after telling SIRI he was going to shoot up a school; a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent was killed while responding to a call for assistance in Texas; and law enforcement officials in New York City are looking for an alleged member of the MS-13 gang after a deadly shooting on a NYC subway platform.

  1. Five people are dead and two are injured after a small plane crashed into a home in Yorba Linda, California, on Sunday. The Cessna 414A had a single male pilot who took off from Fullerton Municipal Airport, and climbed to about 7,800 feet--before it began a rapid descent, started coming apart, then burst into flames--just before it crashed into the home. There were no reports of any distress calls made by the male pilot, who, along with four people in the home--two males and two females--were killed in the incident.  
  2. Back to back storms have wreaked havoc in California as heavy rainfalls sparked heavy snow, avalanches, mudslides, flash floods, and closed roads and caused power outages, including in San Luis Obispo County. Residents in Santa Barbara County were ordered to evacuate on Saturday, after heavy rainfalls and high winds threatened mud and debris flows in burn scar areas. The rain is expected to taper off Tuesday throughout most of southern and central California, but there will still be a high risk of debris flows and flash flooding in burn scar areas due to the high levels of ground saturation from the extended period of rainfall.   
  3. Seven passengers were killed in another deadly train derailment in eastern India, on a rail system that allegedly lacks modern signaling and communication equipment, and has poor maintenance practices. The train, which was bound for Delhi, derailed in the eastern state of Bihar, when eleven coaches on the Seemanchal Express left the tracks just outside the Sahadai Buzurg railway station which is located about 20 miles north of the state capital, Patna. Rescue teams scrambled to find survivors of the incident, which occurred early in the morning while many passengers were asleep on the train.  
  4. Pilgrim's Pride has issued a recall for one of its not-ready-to-eat breaded chicken products due to possible foreign matter contamination. The product, Uncooked Popcorn Style Chicken Breast Chunk Fritters with Rib Meat, were distributed to Publix Super Markets in Florida for in-store use in deli departments, and an approximate total of more than 58,000 pounds of meat has been recalled. A consumer complaint received by Publix employees stated that white rubber was found in the product, and once Pilgrim's Pride was notified of the concern on January 30, the recall was issued by the company.  
  5. A thirteen-year-old boy was arrested after telling Siri he was "going to shoot up a school" while he was visiting family in the Valparaiso area in Indiana. The boy, identified only as a Chesterton Middle School student, allegedly screenshot his interaction with Siri, which had identified several schools in the area, then posted it to social media on Thursday. The post was seen by the boy's social media friends, who reported it to Chesterton Police, who passed on the information immediately to Valparaiso authorities, who arrested the boy.  
  6. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent (CBP) assisting state police in Abilene, Texas was struck and killed on Saturday. Donna Doss, 49, was responding to a call for assistance near Interstate 20, when she was struck by a passing vehicle and died at the scene. Doss was going to assist with an immigration status check of a driver during a traffic stop, when she was struck by another vehicle while crossing the road.   
  7. People who received vaccinations at several businesses in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana have reported the development of infections after receiving the inoculations. Multiple reports of redness, pain, tenderness, and swelling at the injection sites, along with hard lumps or nodules forming, have been received at the Department of Public Health in Kentucky from the vaccinations administered by Location Vaccination. Public health officials stated that it is likely the vaccines were stored and handled improperly, and cautioned that infection development is still possible up to 12 weeks after receiving the vaccination, and medical attention should be sought if anyone develops an infection at the injection site.  
  8. Law enforcement officials in New York allegedly stated that a gunman who is wanted for shooting and killing another man on a New York City subway platform, is reportedly a member of the MS-13 Gang. The victim has allegedly been identified as a member of the rival 18th Street gang, and was shot after an argument between him and two other males erupted on a train, then spilled over onto a platform. Video shows that the shooter reportedly pulled out a small handgun and fired at least six rounds at the victim as he was laying on the platform, which sent other subway passengers fleeing for their lives

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.