This Week in Emergency & Disaster Management: January 18, 2016
A weekly recap of handpicked emergency and disaster management news, along with analysis and interpretation from our team of experts.
The Flint Water Crisis Continues Amid Apologies, Resignations
President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in Flint, MI and visited the city as it deals with its serious drinking water crisis. Meanwhile, the Governor of Michigan apologized for the crisis, during his State of the State address, and a second Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official, Susan Hedman, resigned amid the Flint water crisis.
DHS Warns United States Infrastructure at Risk of Cyber Attacks
The Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a warning regarding power grid cyber attacks as the Ukraine blames Russia for another cyber attack, this time at its main international airport.
Gas Leak Prompting Questions of Federal Regulations
The massive natural gas leak in Porter Ranch, CA, is still an ongoing crisis, California officials proposed new emergency regulations for natural gas storage while questions emerge regarding the need for federal regulations across the nation. Concern is spreading over the nation's aging infrastructure, with focus on Michigan's vast, aging underground infrastructure, and Ohio's minimal checks for gas leaks.
East Coast Bracing for Winter Storm Jonas
Approximately one in every four Americans was part of a major weather-related warning or watch as Winter Storm Jonas bears down on the East Coast. Many of the cities and states likely to be impacted have declared a state of emergency in preparation for the storm, including, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Washington, DC. The same system is spawning severe weather, including tornadoes, across the deep south and Florida.