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EDM Wednesday Briefing: TSA Officers Attacked By Man At Airport Security

EDM Wednesday Briefing: TSA Officers Attacked By Man At Airport Security


Emergency and disaster management briefing for June 19, 2019: Multiple TSA officers were injured when a man rushed a checkpoint in Phoenix; PG&E settlements provide funds to local governments to rebuild and replace critical infrastructure; Phoenix-based Sprouts Farmers Market is recalling frozen spinach over concerns of listeria contamination; southwestern China was struck with a 6.0 magnitude earthquake late Monday that killed 12 people;  health officials in New Jersey warn of possible measles exposure at the Newark Liberty International Airport; a pipeline explosion injured one in Oklahoma; a United Airlines flight became disabled on the runway in Newark after it blew multiple tires on landing; and federal authorities seize 16.5 tons of cocaine from a ship in Philadelphia.

1. One Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer was transported to the hospital and four other TSA officers were injured when a man rushed a checkpoint in Phoenix and attacked them. Tyrese Garner, 19, rushed a checkpoint at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Tuesday, attacking and injuring five Transportation Security Officers (TSOs), but was later subdued by TSA agents and Phoenix police officers. The incident at the checkpoint in Terminal 4 is under investigation by authorities.

2. Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has settled claims with local governments for $1 billion for damages from two back-to-back years of deadly and destructive wildfire seasons. Paradise, California was among those local governments that settled with PG&E--for $270 million. The money paid by PG&E to local governments will help rebuild and replace infrastructure damaged by the wildfires, including bridges, roads, road signs, sidewalks, signals, water systems, and public landscaping.

3. A company in Phoenix is recalling frozen spinach over concerns the product may be contaminated with listeria. Two products are included in the recall from the company, the Sprouts Farmers Market--Sprouts Cut Leaf Spinach and Sprouts Frozen Organic Cut Leaf Spinach--both in 16 ounce bags. Random testing of the product by the company led to the discovery of the bacteria in tested samples, prompting the recall. The product was delivered to at least 19 states across the country, including Arizona, Montana, Tennessee, Georgia, and Virginia.


4. On Monday, southwestern China was struck by a 6.0 magnitude earthquake that killed 12 people and injured at least 135 others. The quake collapsed about 73 houses, and first responders had rescued at least eight people who were trapped inside, and continued the search for additional survivors. The 6.0 earthquake occurred in the Sichuan province late Monday night, and was followed shortly by another smaller aftershock of 5.1 magnitude.

5. Officials in New Jersey are warning that passengers traveling through Newark Liberty International Airport on May 29, could have been exposed to the measles. The alert came after an international passenger that traveled from Japan to Newark was confirmed to have the measles. Health officials stated that the likely exposure occurred between 5:00 p.m. on May 29 until about 3:30 p.m. on May 30, and anyone on the flight from Tokyo to Newark will be contacted by their local health departments.

6. An explosion occurred along a natural gas pipeline in Grady County, Oklahoma on Tuesday, injuring one person. According to Grady County Emergency Management, the incident occurred when an excavator digging for a new pipeline, hit an existing, active line, causing the explosion and prompting the shutdown of the pipeline. A spokesperson from the company, DCP Midstream, said the fire was put out, and the shutdown was only temporary.

7. A United Airlines plane became disabled on the runway after it blew multiple tires and suffered damage during a hard landing at the Newark Liberty International Airport on Saturday. Preliminary reports indicate that the tires on the left main landing gear blew out when United Flight 627--a Boeing 757 aircraft--made a hard landing in Newark at around 1:00 p.m., disabling the plane and blocking the runway. Officials stated that none of the 166 passengers onboard the aircraft were injured, but hundreds of flights were delayed or canceled due to the runway closure.

8. In one of the largest drug seizures in history, federal authorities seized 16.5 tons of cocaine from a ship in Philadelphia. The drugs, which had a value of at least $1 billion, were in seven containers loaded onto the ship, the MSC Gayane, owned by the Mediterranean Shipping Company. Authorities arrested two of the ships crew members, who allegedly admitted to loading the cocaine during the ships voyage--which, according to reports, had made stops in Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Panama.


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.