Emergency and disaster management briefing for Dec. 8, 2017: A gunman opened fire in a New Mexico high school leaving three dead, a new wildfire broke out in San Diego forcing over 100,000 people to evacuate.
Emergency and disaster management briefing for November 16, 2016: A student stabs five classmates and himself in Utah; officials shut down the Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma after a shooting; a Pennsylvania traffic stop turns deadly; all 34,000 Houma, LA residents lose power suddenly; fire erupts at a refinery in California; North Las Vegas hosts mock training with the National Guard, two trains collide in Florida; and a fire erupts in a Tennessee movie theater.
Emergency and disaster management briefing for October 24, 2016: A tour bus crash in California leaves 13 dead, a suspect shoots two police officers in Oklahoma, a crippling cyber attack blocks access to popular websites, Tropical Storm Seymour churns off the coast of Mexico, a gas leak in Philadelphia prompts a neighborhood evacuation, the Red Cross trains volunteers to help in shelters in North Carolina, and police fire at a drone that places a law-enforcement helicopter and its passengers in danger.
Emergency and disaster management briefing for September 21, 2016: Protests erupt in Charlotte, NC after an officer-involved shooting, Tulsa, OK protestors call for the firing of a police officer involved in a fatal shooting, U.S. prosecutors file charges against Ahmad Rahami for the recent New York and New Jersey bombings, a California wildfire becomes the costliest fire in history to fight, smartphones may be vulnerable to hacking that affects critical infrastructure, at least 19 die in Indonesian flooding and landslides, Atlanta police investigate a suspicious package, and a U-2 spy plane crashes, killing one pilot.
What is an emergency? Well, an emergency SHOULD include threats to life, health, safety, security, maybe even the economy. But if we misuse the word, then we end up like Chicken Little or the boy who cried 'Wolf!' Let's not go there.
Severe weather impacts multiple states, spawns tornadoes and dumps large hail, scientists attribute the Fort McMurray wildfire to climate change impacts, a knife-wielding man causes issues in Taunton, MA, recent fires on the Washington, D.C. Metro prompt a strong statement from the DOT, five Solomon Islands have disappeared, Germany is on alert, the FTC and FCC have concerns over delays in security fixes for mobile devices, and the USAID says long-term planning is the key to ending Ethiopian drought.
Tornadoes sweep over the Plains as severe weather in the U.S. moves east, a group analyzes the role of social media in EDM, small quakes under Mount St. Helens put renewed focus on PNW volcanoes, and Fort McMurray damage reports start to emerge as firefighters continue to try to stop the wildfire.