EDM Wednesday Briefing: Schools Targeted, Denver Fire Chief Stabbed, Michigan Governor Apologizes Over Flint
Emergency and disaster management Wednesday Briefing for January 20, 2016: More than 25 schools in New Jersey and schools across at least six other states were the targets of bomb or mass shooting threats, the Denver Fire Chief was attacked and stabbed and the Michigan governor apologizes for the Flint water crisis.
- More than 25 schools in New Jersey and dozens of other schools across more than 6 states were targets of bomb and mass shooting threats Tuesday. The threats forced lockdowns or evacuations and affected more than 10,000 students, but all schools were later deemed safe.
- Authorities believe the calls were routed through Bakersfield, California and may be automated. Reportedly hoaxes, the calls appeared to have used a robotic voice and local officials are working to follow all leads.
- The threats follow a series of warnings about bombs detonating 'soon' in more than half a dozen schools in Massachusetts on Friday, January 15 that prompted evacuations or safe modes while authorities conducted investigations.
- Authorities believe the threats may be similar to those made in December against the Los Angeles school district that prompted the closure of nearly 900 schools. New York schools received similar threats on the same day in December, but chose to remain open .
- Eric Tade, Denver's Fire Chief was stabbed multiple times in the arm and leg by a woman who jumped into his unmarked car late Tuesday afternoon while he was at a stoplight. The Denver Health Medical Center treated the fire chief and later discharged him with expectations of a full recovery. No additional security measures have been implemented by the department and a full investigation is underway by the local police.
- Marlene Zacevich-Rodriguez has been arrested for allegedly stabbing the fire chief after witnesses pointed her out. Investigators are trying to determine if there was any type of connection between the fire chief and the alleged attacker.
- The ongoing Flint, Michigan water crisis was the major topic during Governor Snyder's State of the State address on Tuesday. The Governor, who offered a timeline of the crisis, apologized and vowed to fix the situation.
- Some people argue that the Governor is trying to do something "too little too late" especially since reports reveal that the EPA knew about the high lead levels in Flint's water month before they alerted anyone.
- Militants allegedly attacked Bacha Khan University in Pakistan early Wednesday morning. Police and soldiers are now surrounding the campus. It is thought that there were at least 3,000 students and 600 visitors inside the buildings when the attack occurred around 9:30 am -- after the attackers set off an explosion. At least 19 were killed in the attack.