Emergency and disaster management briefing for August 4, 2017: Major disaster declaration issued for Michigan; fire erupts in one of the world's tallest buildings; and other news.
Charges will be filed in the Flint, MI water crisis, the NOAA releases a global summary showing March as 11th straight month of record heat, a strong aftershock rocks Ecuador, the Texas flooding may not be over, and the FBI says access to terrorists phone has helped fill time gaps.
In a press release issued by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), there is a growing concern by emergency management professionals regarding how Michigan is inaccurately labeling financial managers as 'emergency managers'.
Apple battles the FBI over access to one of the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, the World Bank offers funding to those most affected by the Zika virus, the U.S. implements sanctions and shows South Korean support amid rising tensions over North Korea, Flint, MI receives funding from state and federal government for bills and testing, and President Obama signs a disaster declaration for an Alaskan village hit by what may be the most powerful storm ever in the Bering Sea.
California declares a state of emergency due to the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak, Michigan declares a state of emergency due to contaminated water in Flint, and wild El Nino storms strike the West Coast.
President Obama is set to unveil new actions aimed at reducing gun violence in the U.S., the FBI seeks a peaceful resolution to the Oregon standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, and Michigan considers making an official emergency declaration due to contaminated water in Flint.