EDM Friday Briefing: Bastille Day Attack, Police Shooting, U.S. Heat Wave, Federal Cyber Security
Emergency and disaster management briefing for July 15, 2016: France mourns after an apparent terrorist attack, Fresno, CA police release body camera footage of a fatal police shooting, a heat wave is predicted for the majority of the U.S., and the Federal Government maintains a clear focus on cyber security.
- A truck rammed into a Bastille Day crowd in France yesterday, killing at least 84. A truck driver ran over dozen during a celebration in the southern French city of Nice, and then allegedly opened fire with a handgun to add to the carnage. French President Francois Hollande said the attack was a terrorist act, but no organizations have claimed responsibility as of yet.
- Police in Fresno, CA released video footage yesterday of the fatal shooting of a white, 19-year-old unarmed man in June. Fresno Police have now released body camera footage that shows the entire traffic stop. Before the release of the video, there had been conflicting reports as to what exactly happened during the deadly interaction.
- Hot temperatures in the U.S. this summer have already been deadly, and now the National Weather Service is predicting a heat wave next week for the majority of the United States. Only the Pacific Northwest is excluded. Current models predict temperatures to be above 90 degrees much of the week in many locations across the nation.
- The White House laid out its first-ever Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Strategy earlier this week, which outlined its commitment to hiring and retaining top cyber talent for federal agencies. The feds have hired 3,000 new cyber security and IT professionals from the start of 2016 through June 2016, and have also stated a commitment to hire 3,500 more cyber security pros by the beginning of 2017.
- Vermont is prepping for major mock disaster drill, which is scheduled to take place between July 25 and August 2. The drill, which will be located in several areas across the state, will involve members of the Vermont National Guard and thousands of local and state officials. The drill has been in planning for several years.
- Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker declared a state of emergency in eight counties after torrential rains hit the northern part of the state this week. At least two people died in the severe storms, and some regions of the state received between 8 inches and 10 inches of rain.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) declared drought disaster areas in Alabama, as part of the state are experiencing the worst drought in four years. All told, six counties in northern Alabama are now considered natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the recent drought.
- The U.S. Government Accountability Office (U.S. GAO) reported that better analysis of available data could potentially help improve background checks for attempted gun purchases by those with domestic violence records. According to the GAO, current efforts regarding the flagging of domestic violence offenders in potential gun purchases vary widely by state, but those variations could be minimized with better utilization of available data and resources.
- The federal government sued a California homeowner for almost $25 million this week for his alleged role sparking a 2013 fire near Los Angeles that spread to more than 43 square miles. The fire occurred in in the mountains east of Los Angeles and forced at least 5,000 evacuations. The lawsuit blames a poorly maintained electrical box caused the blaze and the homeowner is responsible due to negligence.
- Ohio officials recently noted that storm sirens can lose effectiveness, which can cause major issues when a severe storm does actually hit. Violent storms hit Hamilton, OH earlier this month, but some residents never heard the sound of storm sirens until after the winds died down. After the storm, officials reminded residents not to wait for sirens to take cover if/when a big storm hits.