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EDM Wednesday Briefing: School Stabbing, Airport Shooting, Refinery Blaze, Train Collision


Emergency and disaster management briefing for November 16, 2016

  1. A 16-year-old boy is now in custody following a stabbing in Orem, Utah at Mountain View High School on Tuesday morning. The stabbing injured five students and occurred just before 8 a.m. in the locker room before a physical education class. Staff members placed themselves in danger when they cornered the alleged suspect--who still had a knife--in the bathroom area of the locker room. A school resource officer arrived on the scene and used a Taser to subdue the suspect, who had also stabbed himself. The victims, who sustained stab wounds to the torso or neck, are listed in fair to critical condition, but none of the injuries are considered life threatening.
  2. Police shut down Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma City on Tuesday afternoon after a gunman shot one person who was walking from the crowded terminal to the employee parking area at the airport. The suspected gunman was later found dead in a pickup truck in a public parking garage, allegedly from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and the airport was reopened. Police later identified the victim as Michael Winchester, a Southwest Airlines employee and former player for the Oklahoma Sooners; police have not identified the alleged shooter. A press conference has been scheduled for 10 a.m.
  3. A Pennsylvania State Trooper shot the driver of a car that was dragging him after the suspect tried to flee from a traffic stop on I-83 in York County. The driver allegedly dragged the officer about three-tenths of a mile and attempted to slam him into the concrete median. Police are investigating the incident as the attempted murder of a state trooper. Despite attempts to save the driver, the man died at the scene.
  4. Residents in Houma, LA suddenly lost power on Tuesday evening when a marine vessel pulled down the main electrical line running from Entergy to the Houma power plant. The power plant services the towns 34,000 residents and crews were working on diverting power from the Coteau sub-station to restore service. About an hour later, the Terrebonne Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness reported that power was being restored.
  5. A blaze broke out at a former ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, California on Tuesday evening, injuring three employees of the refinery that is now owned by PBF Energy. The fire broke out in the alkylation unit and about 24 firefighters and police officials were on scene to help put out the blaze. Allegedly plagued by problems in recent months, the Torrance Refinery Co. has had multiple power outages and flaring events prompting a violation notice from air quality regulators.
  6. The City of North Las Vegas hosted a mock training exercise on Monday that included scenarios meant to test and improve emergency response in the area. The basic scenario included a 6.7 magnitude earthquake, a warehouse collapse possibly containing hazardous materials, and people trapped under mounds of concrete rubble and steel beams. The training exercise included North Las Vegas and the National Guard, along with federal and state agencies from across the western United States including Idaho, Colorado, Utah, California, Hawaii and Guam. Scenes involved training in search and extraction, hazmat, decontamination, and medical preparedness, including mass triage.
  7. Two trains collided early Wednesday morning in Marion County, Fl.  The collision derailed nearly a dozen rail cars and has resulted in an approximate 4,000-gallon fuel leak. The collision occurred in Citra, at the Northeast 175th Street Road train crossing. At this time, no injuries have been reported.

  8. A fire broke out in a Memphis movie theater, the Paradiso on Tuesday evening in the concession area. Moviegoers were evacuated as fire alarms went off and smoke filled the theater. The fire was allegedly caused by an electrical problem but swift action by the Memphis Fire Department prevented anything more than minor damages. The theater is expected to be open on Wednesday.

Kimberly Arsenault Kimberly Arsenault serves as an intern at the Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency where she works on plan revisions and special projects. Previously, Kimberly spent 15 years in commercial and business aviation. Her positions included station manager at the former Midwest Express Airlines, as well as corporate flight attendant, inflight manager, and charter flight coordinator. Kimberly currently holds a master's degree in emergency and disaster management from American Public University.