Emergency and disaster management week in review for June 6, 2016: A weekly recap of handpicked emergency and disaster management news, along with analysis and interpretation from our team of experts.
On Tuesday, June 7th, FEMA began a combined multi-level government, tribal, and private sector training exercise to test response to a major earthquake and resulting tsunami in the Pacific Northwest. Named Cascadia Rising, the exercise includes the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and the Province of British Columbia in Canada. Why Idaho? Idaho likely would not feel the earthquake and definitely would not be hit by the tsunamis, however, the state would have a big support role in that disaster. The exercise is expected to involve more than 20,000 people, runs for a total of four days, ending on Friday, and will help train organizations using the whole community approach to foster teamwork.
Oil Train Derailment
Cleanup of the oil train derailment in Oregon continued this weekend after 16 train cars came off the tracks and three caught fire on Friday near Mosier, OR, which is about 70 miles east of Portland. Authorities said that the derailment and resulting fire has damaged essential city services in Mosier, as the town's wastewater treatment plant and sewer system have not been operational since the crash. The cause of the derailment is still under investigation.
A recent report by the World Bank found that immediate action is needed to reduce the impacts of climate change on water supplies across the globe. According to the report, implementing water conservation methods in the face of climate change stresses is key, as even a mere 25 percent increase in efficiency can prevent some of the more adverse impacts of water shortage, such as conflict.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report about the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and its screening practices at airports nationwide, which noted both positives and negatives with current procedures. While the TSA has taken steps to improve security effectiveness, the GAO said, more screener oversight needed to ensure that security is at the highest level.
News reports of Twitter being hacked and 32 million accounts being compromised may, in fact, be unfounded, as Twitter representatives wholeheartedly deny the claims. In response to the rumors, a Twitter spokesperson denied that its systems had been hacked and instead speculated that the accounts were probably acquired by malware that copied passwords and usernames entered while browsing the Web. Twitter did lock some accounts, but, at this point, remains steadfast that no hacking occurred.