Emergency and disaster management briefing for October 17, 2016: A strong storm slams the Pacific Northwest, damage from recent North Carolina flooding exceeds $1.5 billion, firefighters contain the Emerald Fire in California, the Little Valley Fire rages in Nevada, Hurricane Nicole produces large swells and dangerous surf conditions on the East Coast, a ferry capsizes near central Myanmar, graphic imagery shows dual typhoons churning in the Pacific Ocean, and a North Korea ballistic missile launch reportedly fails.
Emergency and disaster management briefing for August 19, 2016: California's Blue Cut Fire continues to burn, a new fire starts in rugged terrain near Santa Barbara, officials arrest three individuals in connection with the Blue Cut Fire, wildfire threat shifts eastward, Zika appears in Miami Beach, the Red Cross says flooding in Louisiana is the worst disaster since Superstorm Sandy, DHS offers to help ensure cybersecurity for elections, officers in Chicago may be fired over Laquan McDonald reports, Germany reports an earthquake near the Falkland Islands, and Tropical Storm Fiona forms in the Atlantic Ocean.
The 2016 wildfire season has begun with a vengeance. So far this year, more than 1.8 million acres have already burned, and summer heat is set to scorch the West this weekend. High temperatures are likely to break records and further dry out an already parched region.
The Fort McMurray fire in Central Canada has provided a shock to our ongoing illusion that we're prepared for any disaster. We're not. Not even close. So here are some suggestions about how to tie warning indicators together more effectively.