Emergency and disaster management briefing for Friday, Feb. 3, 2017: Paris Louvre attack, new superbugs threaten global health disaster, major winter storm expected next week, violent university protests, South Dakota receives disaster assistance, security officer shot dead, students threaten school shooting, one dead in prison riot.
- French police report that a soldier guard at the Louvre museum in Paris has shot a suspected attacker five times. The suspected attacker is reported to have shouted “Allahu Akbar” while brandishing a machete. He was trying to enter an underground shopping area outside the museum this morning.
- New research warns that drug-resistant malaria superbugs threaten a global public health disaster unless urgent action is taken to fight their spread in Southeast Asia. The mosquito-borne parasites that are resistant to current treatments artemisinin and piperaquine, have taken hold in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia and are threatening to expand unchecked into India and Africa.
- A major storm with drenching rain, ice, snow, gusty winds and the potential for severe weather is forecast next week in the central and eastern parts of the United States. The storm is first ex-pected to take shape over the southern Plains early next week then strengthen while traveling northeastward toward the Great Lakes. And if Punxsutawney Phil is to be believed, we are in for plenty more winter weather.
- The University of California at Berkeley has cancelled a talk by an editor of Breitbart News after violent protests involving hundreds of students on Wednesday night. At least one fire was started and riot police used tear gas as the campus was put on lockdown. Breitbart Editor Milo Yiannopoulos is an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump. President Trump has threatened to withdraw federal funding for the university as a result of the protest.
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of South Dakota to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe winter storm during the period of December 24-26, 2016. The funding will also be used for hazard mitigation projects to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life from natural or technological disasters.
- A transit security officer was shot and killed after a man came up from behind, stuck a handgun to the officer's neck and fired, according to Denver police. The shooting happened late Tuesday night near Union Station. Security camera footage helped police find and arrest the suspected gunman. Police said they were still looking for a motive for the unprovoked attack and warned that the suspect may have believed the victim to be a police officer.
- Two students at Troy High School in California were detained after allegedly threatening a school shooting, Fullerton police said Wednesday. A school official was told that the students were overheard at a campus sporting event talking about an attack “bigger than Columbine.” The students allegedly also spoke about what kinds of firearms they might use. Police said the pair had apparently looked up information about school shootings on the internet.
- Authorities broke through a barricade of footlockers at Delaware's largest prison early Thursday to end a nearly 24-hour hostage standoff involving inmates armed with homemade weapons. One hostage, a guard, was found dead. The uprising at 2,500-prisoner James T. Vaughn Correctional Center began Wednesday when inmates overpowered staff members, seized a building and took three guards and a counselor hostage.
— AustralianIndianMail (@indianmailAU) February 3, 2017