EDM Friday Briefing: Medivac Crash, More Weather for PNW, Lake Search in San Bernardino Shooting
Emergency and Disaster Management Briefing for December 11, 2015: Medivac crash, more weather for the Pacific Northwest, and a lake search in the San Bernardino shooting.
Medivac Helicopter Crashes En Route to Bakersfield
A Medivac helicopter flying from Porterfield Municipal Airport to Bakersfield, en route to the San Joaquin Community Hospital, crashed in Kern County, California last night. The search for the helicopter was made difficult by reduced visibility and rain, according to fire officials. Officials have confirmed that all 4 people on board were killed.
Weather Related Flooding, Mudslides, Tornado for the Pacific Northwest~With More to Come
- State of Oregon Governor, Kate Brown, has declared a state of emergency for 13 counties due to a winter weather storm that has unleashed torrential rainfalls, causing massive flooding and damaging landslides. Citizen evacuations and road closures are also resulting from the landslides and flooding. Warnings have been issued for coastal flooding as the next set of storms begin moving ashore.
- Already hard hit by soaking rainfalls resulting in widespread flooding, Battle Ground, Washington is hit by EF-1 tornado. Damages occurred to roofs, homes, and businesses, and snapped power poles and trees. No injuries have been reported.
- Weather reports indicate that storms are likely to continue through the weekend, including rains, wind, and snow. The National Weather Service indicates that this El Niño season is likely to be the strongest ever.
Lake Searched for Evidence, New Links, and First Victim's Funeral in San Bernardino Shooting
- Seccombe lake is the link in the San Bernardino Shooting. Officials are indicating that the alleged shooters were seen there after the attack, and prior to when they were killed in an exchange of gunfire with police.
- The first funeral was held from the victims of the San Bernardino Shooting. Yvette Velasco was to be awarded the role of health inspector for San Bernardino County when she was killed in what is being called an act of terrorism.
- The FBI is looking into any connections Farook, one of the alleged attackers in the San Bernardino shooting, had to a previous jihadists group from 2012.
Connecticut Set to Be First State To Ban Gun Sales to Those on Watchlist.
Reports indicate that the governor of Connecticut warns he intends to write an executive order to ban the sale of guns in the state to anyone on the federal terrorism watch list. The NRA indicates that it opposes the efforts to ban these gun sales because the reports have been wrong in the past. The guns used in the shootings were reportedly gotten legally.