EDM Wednesday Briefing: New Technology Detects Electrical Utility Issues Before Disasters Can Occur
Emergency and disaster management briefing for December 4, 2019: Disaster officials in the Philippines credit mandatory evacuations and preparedness efforts for a low death toll from Typhoon Kammuri; a recall has been issued for ready-to-eat sushi, salads, and spring rolls due to possible Listeria contamination; a new report issued by California state regulators cited PG&E with violating safety rules which led to the deadly Camp Fire in 2018; the CDC confirmed 16 cases of hepatitis A and its spread to Wisconsin; the LAPD is set to test a new Batman-like device meant to detain people from over 20 feet away; New Jersey confirms more than 140 cases of Candida auris, a drug-resistant fungal infection; a school officer and a student were injured after the student stabbed the officer in a confrontation at a Wisconsin school; and new technology detects issues with electrical utilities and could help prevent disasters.
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1) Flights were cancelled and events for the Southeast Asian Games were disrupted when Typhoon Kammuri hit the Philippines on Monday--the 20th storm to hit the island nation this year. Disaster officials are crediting mandatory evacuations and preparedness for the low death toll from Typhoon Kammuri. Ten deaths are being attributed to the storm, which also downed trees and power lines, damaged roads and at least eight bridges, and tore off roofs.
Strong winds and heavy rain battered the coast of eastern Philippines as Typhoon Kammuri produced gusts of up to 74.5 mph ahead of landfall.
— ABC News (@ABC) December 2, 2019
2) Ready-to-eat sushi, salads, and spring rolls produced by Fuji Food Products have been recalled due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The product was sold at multiple retailers, including Trader Joe's, Food Lion, and Giant Eagle Supermarkets, across 31 states. A routine inspection conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed the contamination at the Brockton, Massachusetts facility.
Trader Joe's recalls ready-to-eat sushi amid Listeria concern: A list of 10 refrigerated products sold in NJ stores is part of a Fuji Foods recall announced by the FDA. Continue reading… https://t.co/7cxfnPiUto pic.twitter.com/ScGBjvdyjl
— 94.3 The Point (@943thePoint) December 4, 2019
3) State regulators issued a new report that cites Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) with violating 12 state safety rules, which resulted in faulty equipment sparking the deadly Camp Fire in 2018. Specifically, the report identifies where the company neglected to conduct a climbing inspection on an aging tower where a worn hook broke and helped ignite the wildfire. In May, a CalFire investigation determined that faulty PG&E equipment ignited two wildfires in Paradise, with the first one overtaking the other, resulting in the Camp Fire--the state's deadliest and most destructive wildfire ever to occur.
A recent investigation shows PG&E violated several state regulations with equipment that sparked the Camp Fire. The utility also faces regulators this week over the massive power shut offs, @ZavalaA reports. https://t.co/Az64b6Rlr7
— KRON4 News (@kron4news) December 4, 2019
4) The hepatitis A outbreak from tainted berries has now spread to another state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that there are now 16 confirmed cases of hepatitis A, including seven in Nebraska, with the remaining cases spread between Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, and now, Wisconsin. A recall of blackberries sold in Fresh Thyme markets has been linked to the 16 cases across six states.
A hepatitis A outbreak tied to blackberries sold in Fresh Thyme grocery stores now includes 16 confirmed cases in six states.https://t.co/yjXTS2n1Aj
— FOX59 News (@FOX59) December 3, 2019
5) A new device is set to be tested by the Los Angeles Police Department, a Batman-like tether tool that allegedly can detain a person from up to 25 feet away. The device, the BolaWrap 100, emits a gunfire-type noise when it fires a Kevlar cord that wraps around a persons legs or torso from up to 25 feet away. Deputies with the Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office are among those law enforcement officers who have adopted the new technology.
The tool, called the BolaWrap 100, fires a Kevlar cord that ensnares an individual’s body to restrict mobility, giving officers seconds to swarm the person without using more drastic measures such as a Taser or gun. https://t.co/gg1VAVTQVl
— Mark Puente (@MarkPuente) December 3, 2019
6) There are more than 140 confirmed cases of Candida auris in New Jersey, a fungus that can cause serious infections--and is often drug-resistant. There are another 22 probable cases, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that one in three patients that contract the invasive C. auris infection die. There are a total of 806 cases nationwide, and the CDC has stated that the fungus, which can colonize, especially in nursing homes and hospitals, is a serious global health threat.
There are a total of 141 confirmed cases in New Jersey. https://t.co/Ud4XmdiYNR
— Asbury Park Press (@AsburyParkPress) December 3, 2019
7) A student confronted a school officer in Wisconsin and stabbed him with a knife, then the officer shot the student. Both the officer and the student were injured and transported to a local hospital where they were listed in stable condition. The confrontation occurred at the Oshkosh West High School in Winnebago County, and it was the second incident of a similar nature to occur in just two days at schools about 80 miles apart.
Here's what we know so far. https://t.co/TY0VW8WYt2
— Oshkosh Northwestern (@onwnews) December 4, 2019
8) New technology developed by an electrical engineering professor at Texas A&M might help prevent wildfires--and save lives. The new tool, the Distribution Fault Anticipation, detects variations in electrical currents--caused by deteriorating conditions or equipment--then notifies utility operators. The new technology anticipates issues in the early stages, allowing utilities to send crews to fix the problem before a disaster--such as an electrocution, power outage, or wildfire--occurs.
(AUDIO) - Pat talks with B. Don Russell, Engineering Research Chair Professor at Texas A&M, about their new "Distribution Fault Anticipation" system and how it could be used to prevent disasters: https://t.co/JFEhVHnff3 pic.twitter.com/sO6bYNCVZZ
— KSRO (@KSRO) December 3, 2019