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Emergency and disaster management briefing for March 9, 2020: The CDC says there have been nearly 20,000 flu-related deaths this season, 136 of whom have been children; American passengers on board the cruise ship off the coast of California will be quarantined for 14 days at three military bases in the U.S.; a fire at an apartment complex in Connecticut killed one and sent 31 others to area hospitals; an expedited Major Disaster Declaration has been approved for thee counties in Tennessee that were hit with major tornadoes; ten people are dead after a hotel collapsed in Quanzhou where quarantined coronavirus patients were being housed; U.S. airlines announce measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19; the new coronavirus may disrupt the nations highly integrated and complex sectors of critical infrastructure; and a wind-driven wildfire has forced evacuations, destroyed homes, and scorched nearly 30,000 acres in Oklahoma.

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1) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that around [link url=”” title=”20,000 people have died from the flu so far this season, including 136 children”]. A total of 34 million people have contracted the flu, with 350,000 of them requiring hospitalization. Information from the [link url=”” title=”CDC also noted that this season’s hospitalization rate for children”] has been the highest on record, surpassing the 2009 pandemic rates.

2) American passengers onboard the Princess Cruise ship that has been held off the coast of California [link url=”” title=”will be moved beginning on Monday to military bases for a 14-day quarantine”]. There are three locations that will be used to quarantine passengers who may have been infected with COVID-19, California, Texas, and Georgia. [link url=”” title=”Majority of those who tested positive on the cruise ship for the coronavirus were crew members (19)”], all of whom will remain on board the ship.

3) [link url=”” title=”A three-alarm fire that broke out in an apartment complex”] in Hartford, Connecticut, early Sunday morning killed one person. The fire initially broke out on the third flood at around 1:00 a.m., and then reached the fourth floor, where oxygen tanks sparked several explosions. Firefighters rescued a total of 41 people from the burning apartment building, [link url=”” title=”31 others, including children, were sent to area hospitals”].

4) [link url=”” title=”Three counties in Tennessee are set to receive federal aid”] following devastating tornadoes that touched down during the night on March 3. [link url=”–11—tennessee-tornadoes-and-severe-weather.html” title=”An expedited Major Disaster Declaration was approved and will now provide both Individual Assistance (IA) and Public Assistance (PA) programs”] through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to Davidson, Putnam, and Wilson counties. Damage assessments are ongoing, and the governor hopes to be able to add three additional counties to the Major Disaster Declaration: Benton, Carroll, and Gibson counties.

5) A hotel that was housing quarantined coronavirus patients in [link url=”” title=”Quanzhou, China has collapsed and killed at least ten people”]. More than 70 people were believed to have been trapped when the hotel collapsed Saturday night, and as of Sunday afternoon, twenty-three people remain trapped under the rubble. At least 1,000 rescue workers, including police, firefighters, and emergency responders, [link url=”” title=”were on scene working to free those trapped”].

6) U.S. airlines have announced [link url=”” title=”proactive measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus on board aircraft and throughout airport check-in stations and kiosks”]. The new measures include providing a new glass for drink refills, eliminating the self-serve snack and fruit baskets, and wearing gloves during cabin service. In addition, extra cabin and airport cleaning measures are being included, such as scrubbing ceilings and overhead bins, and regularly disinfecting common area surfaces, including kiosks and ticket counters. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also provides [link url=”” title=”recommendations for commercial cabin crews to prevent disease spread”].

7) Since the 1918 flu pandemic, critical infrastructure has become highly coupled and complex, and COVID-19 could disrupt these highly integrated sectors. According to reports, [link url=”” title=”the 1918 flu outbreak offers clues as to how the new coronavirus could potentially impact the 16 sectors of critical infrastructure, most likely through absenteeism”]. Information suggests that the disruptions would be cascading and escalating effects, that would likely occur in waves, with the second wave being the most disruptive.

8) A wildfire that swept through Beaver County, Oklahoma, began Saturday and scorched nearly 30,000 acres, destroyed homes, and prompted evacuations. [link url=”″ title=”Residents in Beaver and Forgan were urged to evacuate on Saturday”], after the wind-driven fire quickly moved 14 miles from where it originated. Emergency management officials noted that as of Sunday evening, [link url=”” title=”the fire was 50 percent contained, but multiple fire departments and Oklahoma and Kansas Forestry Services were still working to protect structures and construct fire-lines”].

Follow @AMUdisasterCREW on Twitter to get the latest COVID-19 updates from American Military University’s first-responder experts – bringing you emergency and disaster planning tips, pics, videos, news and a lot more.

Kimberly Arsenault serves as an intern at the Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency where she works on plan revisions and special projects. Previously, Kimberly spent 15 years in commercial and business aviation. Her positions included station manager at the former Midwest Express Airlines, as well as corporate flight attendant, inflight manager, and charter flight coordinator. Kimberly currently holds a master's degree in emergency and disaster management from American Public University.

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