Emergency and disaster management briefing for January 21, 2022: Yantian announces a new four-day container arrival rule; water contamination is ongoing at seven public schools on Hawaii Island; a dramatic spike in railroad freight theft may be from lax prosecution laws; Vale was ordered to repair 18 tailings dams after recent heavy rains in Brazil; the Army Corps of Engineers announced a new lock upgrade in Winfield; FEMA launched its new National Resource Hub; the U.S. Forest Service has a 10-year strategy plan for reducing wildfires and their impacts; and the application period for the FEMA Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Program is now open.
1. The largest port facility in Shenzhen, China, is restricting container entry to help ease congestion. Yantian, the world’s fourth largest port terminal, will now only allow full containers to be trucked in four days prior to a ships berthing. Ships are currently waiting about one week before they are able to berth, and the new ruling is meant to keep congestion and backlogs within the port at a minimum.
2. Water contamination is still an ongoing issue at seven public schools on Hawaii Island. The military began flushing water systems on Thursday at seven elementary schools serviced by the Red Hill Naval water lines. Tankers of potable water were placed at schools, and bottled water is being distributed to classrooms. In November, the water supply was contaminated by a fuel leak from the Navy’s Red Hill underground storage facility.
3. A dramatic spike in railroad freight theft has left piles of boxes, packaging material and other debris across train tracks in Los Angeles, California. Lax prosecution laws are being blamed for the thefts, which may cause some train systems, including Union Pacific, to avoid operating in the Los Angeles area. According to the railroad company, they have seen a 160% increase in thefts due to the lax prosecution of theft and trespassing laws in the county.
Rail thefts have witnessed a surge in Los Angeles County, with thieves climbing cargo trains, breaking into containers and stealing packages, according to one of the country's largest railroad companies https://t.co/ohfHUETMFQ— The Truth Is Out (@LotharJung5) January 21, 2022
4. There are 18 tailings dams in Minas Gerais, Brazil, that are in need of work to guarantee their continued safety after recent rains. Officials in the state announced Wednesday that Vale, SA has 10 days to submit a proposal for planned work to ensure the safety of the 18 dams. Vale has had two deadly tailing dam failures in the state, one as recent as 2019, that have caused widespread death and destruction.
Brazilian prosecutors in the state of Minas Gerais said on Wednesday that 18 tailings dams at mines run by Vale require some work to guarantee their safety following heavy rains in recent months. https://t.co/X719hcKvQV— Reuters Science News (@ReutersScience) January 19, 2022
5. The Army Corps of Engineers announced it will upgrade Lock 25 on the Mississippi River in Winfield, Missouri. Currently, the lock is only one 600-foot chamber, which requires large, 15-barge tows to disassemble before they can navigate the lock. The upgrade will consist of a new lock, built next to the existing lock, that will be a 1,200-foot chamber. The new lock will allow two-way traffic and an increase in capacity, while decreasing travel time through the lock for barges. The additional lock will also prevent the halting of river transit if one lock temporarily becomes inoperable. Construction is expected to take five to seven years to complete.
The U.S. Army Corps said it will spend $732 million to expand a lock and dam system to help barges more efficiently transport millions of tons of corn, soybeans and other goods along the Mississippi River. https://t.co/oyCEsY2wYx— heraldandreview (@heraldandreview) January 20, 2022
6. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched a new National Resource Hub this month as part of its Preparedness Toolkit. It is a consolidation of a suite of web-based tools, including an online library of all resource types and job titles/position qualification sheets that is consistent with the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Other features include the Resource Inventory System and One Responder, an online personnel and training qualifications management tool to help comply with the National Qualification System (NQS).
Earlier this month, FEMA announced the launch of the National Resource Hub to support the community in implementing the resource management preparedness process defined in NIMS and NQS. Learn more and sign up for upcoming webinars at https://t.co/BvxWYUJIYM.— NAPSG Foundation (@napsgfoundation) January 20, 2022
7. The U. S. Forest Service announced it has a 10-year strategy for increasing the scale of forest health treatments. The effort, “Confronting the Wildfire Crisis: A Strategy for Protecting Communities and Improving Resilience in America’s Forests,” will focus on eight areas, including fuel removal, mechanical thinning, timber harvesting, prescribed fires, and the construction of fuel breaks. Part of the initiative will also include pre-fire planning and the training of personnel for wildland firefighting and vegetation treatments.
BREAKING: @forestservice commits to a 10-year Wildfire Crisis Strategy to combat wildfire risk in the U.S. and support forest resilience. NASF is proud to have supported this effort and looks forward to accelerating its shared work with the Forest Service— State Foresters (@StateForesters) January 18, 2022
8. The application period for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Program is now open. There is $46 million available through the grant, which is focused on reducing injury and preventing death among high-risk populations. The grant money is awarded directly to eligible fire departments as well as national, regional, state, local, tribal, and non-profit organizations. It is intended for fire prevention programs and also supports firefighter safety and health research efforts. A series of upcoming webinars through FEMA offers assistance on how to navigate the grant application. The grant application period ends on February 18, 2022, at 5 p.m. ET.
The FEMA FY 2021 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grant Application period is now OPEN! Mobile Concepts offers a wide selection of Arson & Fire Prevention Trailers that are eligible. Visit our website at https://t.co/pBys8nu9hV or give us a call at 724-542-7640. pic.twitter.com/UULVcjZjlc— Mobile Concepts (@MobileConcepts) January 18, 2022