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EDM Wednesday Briefing: YouTube Headquarters Shooting, Moscow Shopping Center Fire


Emergency and disaster management briefing for April 4, 2018: A woman opened fire and shot three people at the YouTube headquarters in California on Tuesday, a man in Colorado was arrested after he attempted to enter a naval base with propane tanks strapped to his car, Indonesia has declared a state of emergency over an oil spill that is now on fire, a bus crash in Mexico leaves one dead and 15 others injured, FEMA awards Collier County $10.6 million for Hurricane Irma debris cleanup and removal, a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter crash during routine exercises near the U.S.-Mexican border kills four, a subway train collision in Germany injures at least 23 people, and a fire at a Moscow shopping center leaves one dead.

  1. Three people were shot and another person was injured when a female suspect opened fire at the YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California on Tuesday. The suspect, identified as Nasim Najafi Aghdam, allegedly in her late 30s, shot three people before turning the gun on herself and dying from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The shooting victims include one male in critical condition, and two females in serious and fair condition, along with another female who suffered an ankle injury.  
  2. A man in Colorado was arrested after attempting to enter a military base in a minivan loaded with propane tanks. After the man was denied entry to the military base, he drove to the nearby Colorado Military Academy, where he was told the police would be called if he did not leave. The man stated he was trying to reach NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command), a joint US-Canadian command established to ensure the defense of the skies over both countries, but sped away and was later apprehended by police.  
  3. Indonesia has declared a state of emergency over an oil spill located off the coast of the island of Borneo. The oil spill ignited over the weekend, causing the deaths of at least four fisherman in Balikpapan, and authorities have warned residents of the dangers of engaging in any activities that could spark additional fires. Officials are unclear how the oil spilled, but the spill continues to grow, threatening to further contaminate fishing waters in the area. 
  4. A bus traveling from Houston, Texas, to the Mexican city of Monterrey, crashed in Mexico, killing one person and injuring 15 other people. Approximately 40 people were on the bus, operated by the Pegasso bus line, when it crashed in the northern Mexican border state of Nuevo Leon. Officials are unsure of what caused the crash that resulted in the bus landing on its side in a ditch along the Reynosa-Monterrey Highway on Monday. 
  5. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded Collier County, Florida $10.6 million to reimburse the cost of debris clean up and removal resulting from Hurricane Irma in September of 2017. The money covers 90 percent of the cost associated with the cleanup and removal of debris--which was completed in December across the county. FEMA also awarded the Lee County Sheriff's Office $3.1 million for Hurricane Irma-related costs on March 21.  
  6. A U.S. Marine Corps helicopter crashed near El Centro, Mexico, north of Plaster City, California, along the U.S.-Mexico border on Tuesday, killing all four crew members on board. The helicopter, a CH-53E Super Stallion of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing in San Diego, California, was conducting routine training exercises when it crashed. It is unknown what caused the aircraft to crash, but it is the deadliest since the Mississippi Delta crash that killed 16 Marines last July.  
  7. A subway collision in Duisburg, Germany on Tuesday resulted in 23 people being injured, two seriously, after one subway train ran into the back of another subway train inside a tunnel. The incident occurred in a tunnel near the Auf dem Damm stop in the Meiderich quarter of Duisburg--a city in western Germany--when one train rear-ended another train, which resulted in at least 80 emergency workers being mobilized. Authorities investigating the incident are unsure if the accident was human-caused or due to technical problems or failures.   
  8. A fire at a shopping center in eastern Moscow on Wednesday has killed at least one person and injured six firefighters. Officials say the fire began in a top floor storage unit of the Persei shopping center, but Emergency Ministry officials noted that all smoke protection, evacuation systems, and automatic fire extinguishing systems appeared to be in good working order. Visitors to the center were being evacuated by rescue ladders and helicopters were in place to extinguish the fire.  

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.