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EDM Friday Briefing: Bastille Day Attack, Police Shooting, U.S. Heat Wave, Federal Cyber Security

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Emergency and disaster management briefing for July 15, 2016: France mourns after an apparent terrorist attack, Fresno, CA police release body camera footage of a fatal police shooting, a heat wave is predicted for the majority of the U.S., and the Federal Government maintains a clear focus on cyber security.

  1. A [link url=”” title=”truck rammed into a Bastille Day crowd in France“] yesterday, killing at least 84. A truck driver ran over dozen during a celebration in the southern French city of Nice, and then allegedly [link url=”″ title=”opened fire with a handgun“] to add to the carnage. French President Francois Hollande [link url=”” title=”said the attack was a terrorist act,”] but no organizations have claimed responsibility as of yet.
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  3. Police in Fresno, CA [link url=”” title=”released video footage yesterday“] of the fatal shooting of a white, 19-year-old unarmed man in June. Fresno Police have now released body camera footage that shows the entire traffic stop. Before the release of the video, there had been [link url=”” title=”conflicting reports“] as to what exactly happened during the deadly interaction.
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  5. Hot temperatures in the U.S. this summer have already been deadly, and now the National Weather Service is [link url=”” title=”predicting a heat wave next week“] for the majority of the United States. Only the Pacific Northwest is excluded. Current models predict [link url=”” title=”temperatures to be above 90 degrees“] much of the week in many locations across the nation.
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  7. The White House laid out its first-ever [link url=”” title=”Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Strategy“] earlier this week, which outlined its commitment to hiring and retaining top cyber talent for federal agencies. The feds have [link url=”” title=”hired 3,000 new cyber security and IT professionals“] from the start of 2016 through June 2016, and have also stated a commitment to [link url=”” title=”hire 3,500 more cyber security pros“] by the beginning of 2017.
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  9. [link url=”” title=”Vermont is prepping for major mock disaster drill,”] which is scheduled to take place between July 25 and August 2. The drill, which will be located in several areas across the state, will involve members of the Vermont National Guard and [link url=”” title=”thousands of local and state officials.”] The drill has been in planning for several years.
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  11. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker [link url=”” title=”declared a state of emergency“] in eight counties after torrential rains hit the northern part of the state this week. [link url=”” title=”At least two people died“] in the severe storms, and some regions of the state received between 8 inches and 10 inches of rain.
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  13. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) [link url=”” title=”declared drought disaster areas“] in Alabama, as part of the state are experiencing the worst drought in four years. All told, [link url=”” title=”six counties“] in northern Alabama are now considered natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the recent drought.
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  15. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (U.S. GAO) reported that [link url=”” title=”better analysis of available data“] could potentially help improve background checks for attempted gun purchases by those with domestic violence records. According to the GAO, current efforts regarding the flagging of domestic violence offenders in potential gun purchases [link url=”” title=”vary widely by state,”] but those variations could be minimized with better utilization of available data and resources.
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  17. [link url=”” title=”The federal government sued a California homeowner“] for almost $25 million this week for his alleged role sparking a 2013 fire near Los Angeles that spread to more than 43 square miles. The fire occurred in in the mountains east of Los Angeles and forced at least 5,000 evacuations. The lawsuit blames a [link url=”” title=”poorly maintained electrical box“] caused the blaze and the homeowner is responsible due to negligence.
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  19. Ohio officials recently noted that [link url=”” title=”storm sirens can lose effectiveness,“] which can cause major issues when a severe storm does actually hit. Violent storms hit Hamilton, OH earlier this month, but some residents [link url=”” title=”never heard the sound of storm sirens“] until after the winds died down. After the storm, officials reminded residents [link url=”” title=”not to wait for sirens“] to take cover if/when a big storm hits.

Matt Mills has been involved in various aspects of online media, both on the editorial side and on the technology side, for more than 16 years. He holds a Master's Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and is currently involved in multiple projects focused on innovation journalism.

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