EDM Tuesday Briefing: Cascadia Rising, Tropical Storm Colin, Oil Train Disaster
Emergency and disaster management briefing for June 7, 2016: FEMA kicks off Cascadia Rising 2016 today, Tropical Storm Colin makes landfall in Florida and heads northeast, Mosier, OR continues to clean up after an oil train derailment, and concerns over cyber attacks on the aviation industry grow.
- FEMA kicks off Cascadia Rising 2016 today in the Pacific Northwest -- a four-day training exercise involving members of various levels of government organizations and members of various private sector organizations that will test response to a massive earthquake and resulting tsunami. All told, the exercise, which will run June 7-10, is expected to involve more than 20,000 people.
- Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency yesterday in advance of Tropical Storm Colin hitting the state. Colin made landfall near midnight in Big Bend, FL with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. The tropical storm is expected to strengthen as it heads northeast in the Atlantic Ocean today, and warnings have been issued from Georgia to North Carolina.
- The town of Mosier, OR is still working to recover from the oil train derailment and resulting explosions that rocked the region late last week, but very little is back to normal -- and things will likely remain abnormal for some time. Mosier residents were told they could now flush their toilets, but the town's water treatment plant remained closed. It remains to be seen how long the cleanup will take or how much it will cost.
- Tony Tyler, CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently cautioned that protection against cyber attacks is becoming an increasing challenge in the aviation industry. With aviation still a large target for terrorists and criminals, cyber security within planes and airlines needs more attention. Tyler urged real-time collaboration and information exchange between both the aviation industry and global governments to combat the growing threat of cyber attacks.
- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently analyzed coastal flood risk in the U.S. and its island territories, and he results are in: Coastal flooding risk has risen in recent years and is still on the rise. According to the NOAA, due to the impacts of climate change and the variability in coastal areas, future flood risk must take sea level rise into account.
- Wyoming Governor Matt Mead announced that ten counties are designated as disaster areas due to drought that the state has been battling this spring, making farmers and ranchers eligible for federal disaster assistance. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering disaster assistance to agriculture producers in the ten impacted counties.
- The last known surviving 9/11 search and rescue dog was laid to rest this week. Bretagne, a Golden Retriever, was euthanized in Cypress, TX near Houston at a veterinary clinic. In addition to serving at Ground Zero, Bretagne also helped with search and rescue in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
- A car bombing in Istanbul near a central tourist district targeted a police vehicle on Tuesday, resulting in at least 11 deaths and at least 36 more injured. Turkish officials said that explosives in a parked car were detonated by remote control. Seven of the fatalities were police officers.
- More rain is expected in Germany over the next couple of days as the nation looks to escape for severe flooding. Floods from torrential rains in the past week already resulted in at least eight deaths. Heavy thunderstorms are expected today and tomorrow across Baden-Wurttemberg and Bavaria.