Emergency and disaster management briefing for September 30, 2016: A commuter train crashes into a Hoboken, NJ terminal, a school shooting occurs in Anderson County, SC, police have a 14-year old suspect in custody over the Anderson County shooting, Tropical Storm Matthew becomes a category 2 hurricane, protests in El Cajon turn violent, the Paris Agreement is close to being entered into force, the CDC issues a travel advisory regarding Southeast Asia, and Congress passes a funding bill that includes money for Zika.
Emergency and disaster management briefing for September 19, 2016: A suspicious backpack containing five pipe bombs is found in Elizabeth, NJ, a bomb explodes in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood, another bomb detonates in Seaside, NJ, officials release a photo of person wanted in connection with the Chelsea bombing, a St. Cloud, MN mall is the scene of multiple stabbings, a gunman shoots police and civilians in Philadelphia, and a gun-wielding man on an Amtrak train in California is charged with terrorist threats.
Two rail tunnels that run underneath the Hudson River are 105 years old, badly deteriorated, and were damaged in 2012 by Superstorm Sandy. The tunnels are in desperate need of replacement before something catastrophic occurs.
In the United States, ports facilitate the import and export of goods, allowing access to global markets, making them a major part of the nation's economy. Due to the upcoming expansion of the Panama Canal, commercial harbors must be at least 50 feet deeper to accommodate larger post-Panamax ships.
Hawaii declares an emergency over mosquito-borne illnesses, Oklahoma gets hit with its third-strongest earthquake ever, and an arctic freeze blankets the Northeast, as well as parts of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic.