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EDM Wednesday Briefing: Chicago, Body Cameras, Midwest Storms, AirAsia


Emergency and disaster management Wednesday Briefing for December 2, 2015: Chicago Police Superintendent fired, police body camera programs expand, Midwest winter storms wane, University of Chicago resumes classes, and Indonesian authorities complete AirAsia investigation.

  1. Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel asked for the resignation of Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy but skepticism lingers about the actions of the Mayor and some are calling for more action, including an Illinois Union.
  2. The Chicago Police Department will expand the use of body cameras on its officers in the wake of the Laquan McDonald shooting. Various other regions are also expanding or considering expanding the use of such cameras, including Washington, D.C., Idaho, and Minnesota.
  3. Winter Storm Delphi is winding down and warnings are waning. Upwards of a foot of snow accumulated in eastern South Dakota, northern Nebraska, southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa.
  4. Classes and events resumed at the University of Chicago on Tuesday after the FBI concluded its investigation into the threat. The local student reportedly behind the threat was released to his mother's custody. The suspect was allegedly threatening to avenge Laquan McDonald's death.
  5. Indonesia completed its investigation of an AirAsia disaster from last year, citing a faulty part and crew action as factors in the crash. Flight 8501 crashed into the Java Sea on December 28, 2014 en route to Singapore, killing all 162 passengers on board. Nearly a year after the crash, some say that the response from Indonesian authorities raises more questions than answers.
  6. Economists have put a price tag of $12 billion on the October 2015 South Carolina floods. This places the "two-day storm’s impact on the same magnitude of Hurricane Hugo in 1989," according to The State.
  7. FEMA extended South Carolina's disaster assistance application deadline, giving residents an additional 30 days to register for aid -- until January 3, 2016.
  8. New York asked for nearly $18 billion in additional funding to address housing, business and infrastructure damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, Tropical Storm Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee. Hurricane Sandy (2012) was the second-costliest hurricane in United States history.
  9. A George Washington University study found that support for ISIS is growing in the U.S. The report details online activity of reported ISIS sympathizers across the U.S.
  10. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission released a plan in late November after a series of small earthquakes shook the state that month. Some Oklahoma residents and policymakers are linking local oil and gas drilling to the quakes.
  11. Climate Central, a nonprofit New Jersey corporation, released a report that compared climate preparedness efforts of all 50 U.S. states. The study found that Arizona is not preparing enough for climate change, although some Arizona officials said that the report didn't give AZ enough credit for its current climate-related efforts.

Matt Mills Matt Mills has been involved in various aspects of online media, both on the editorial side and on the technology side, for more than 16 years. He holds a Master's Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and is currently involved in multiple projects focused on innovation journalism.