Emergency and disaster management briefing for October 30, 2017: Strong winds and heavy rains slam the Northeast, a horse-drawn buggy accident leaves 3 children dead, a father and son die in a double opioid overdose, a boy jumping from an interstate bridge kills a woman in her SUV, Tennessee White Lives Matter protests fall flat in face of strong community and counter-protestors, a police chase ends with an officer shot and the suspect killed, two EF0 tornadoes touched down in West Palm Beach on Saturday, and police in New York seize more than 1 million street doses of fentanyl in a joint drug bust.
In recent months, many hurricanes and other storms have produced widespread floods and flash flooding. However, many communities are not ready for floods.
As we watched Harvey, we can stand proud of local, state, and federal response teams, as well as community citizens who rescued others in need.
Emergency and disaster briefing for September 11, 2017: A live power pole and electrical lines trap first responders in their vehicle in Florida - and other news.
Retirement used to begin at an age when your first responder body was beat up, but you still had time to enjoy your retirement. Things are different now.
Energy drinks: Hospital visits and deaths continue to rise as more and more people become reliant on energy drinks to make it through a busy day.
First responders are being called to beaches from Florida to Massachusetts to rescue manatees, also known as sea cows.
Emergency and disaster management briefing for April 10, 2017: Two church bombings in Egypt kill 76, injure dozens of others, Norway raises its terror threat level after discovery of a suspicious device in central Oslo and more news.
Start gathering your data and prepare emails, phone calls and talking points. A political process may be needed to ensure we do not lose our abilities to meet tomorrow’s first responder demands.
President Trump has ironed out the notion that he will support first responders in many of their policy initiatives. For many advocates of first responders, this may prove to be the time for emergency management policy initiatives.