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EDM Wednesday Briefing: Chicago, Body Cameras, Midwest Storms, AirAsia

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Emergency and disaster management Wednesday Briefing for December 2, 2015: Chicago Police Superintendent fired, police body camera programs expand, Midwest winter storms wane, University of Chicago resumes classes, and Indonesian authorities complete AirAsia investigation.

  1. Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel [link url=”” title=”asked for the resignation of Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy“] but [link url=”” title=”skepticism lingers about the actions of the Mayor“] and some are calling for more action, [link url=”” title=”including an Illinois Union“].
  2. The Chicago Police Department will [link url=”” title=”expand the use of body cameras“] on its officers in the wake of the Laquan McDonald shooting. Various other regions are also expanding or considering expanding the use of such cameras, including [link url=”” title=”Washington, D.C.“], [link url=”” title=”Idaho“], and [link url=”” title=”Minnesota“].
  3. [link url=”″ title=”Winter Storm Delphi is winding down“] and warnings are waning. Upwards of a foot of snow accumulated in eastern South Dakota, northern Nebraska, southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa.
  4. [link url=”” title=”Classes and events resumed at the University of Chicago“] on Tuesday after the FBI concluded its investigation into the threat. The local student reportedly behind the threat was [link url=”” title=”released to his mother’s custody“]. The suspect was allegedly [link url=”” title=”threatening to avenge Laquan McDonald’s death“].
  5. Indonesia completed its investigation of an AirAsia disaster from last year, [link url=”″ title=”citing a faulty part and crew action as factors“] in the crash. Flight 8501 crashed into the Java Sea on December 28, 2014 en route to Singapore, killing all 162 passengers on board. Nearly a year after the crash, some say that the response from Indonesian authorities [link url=”” title=”raises more questions than answers“].
  6. Economists have put a [link url=”” title=”price tag of $12 billion on the October 2015 South Carolina floods“]. This places the “two-day storm’s impact on the same magnitude of Hurricane Hugo in 1989,” according to [link url=”” title=”The State“].
  7. FEMA [link url=”” title=”extended South Carolina’s disaster assistance application deadline“], giving residents an additional 30 days to register for aid — until January 3, 2016.
  8. New York asked for [link url=”″ title=”nearly $18 billion in additional funding“] to address housing, business and infrastructure damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, Tropical Storm Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee. Hurricane Sandy (2012) was the second-costliest hurricane in United States history.
  9. A [link url=”” title=”George Washington University study“] found that [link url=”” title=”support for ISIS is growing in the U.S.“] The report details online activity of reported ISIS sympathizers across the U.S.
  10. The [link url=”” title=”Oklahoma Corporation Commission released a plan“] in late November after a [link url=”” title=”series of small earthquakes“] shook the state that month. Some Oklahoma residents and policymakers are linking [link url=”” title=”local oil and gas drilling“] to the quakes.
  11. Climate Central, a nonprofit New Jersey corporation, released a report that compared climate preparedness efforts of all 50 U.S. states. The study found that [link url=”” title=”Arizona is not preparing enough for climate change“], although some Arizona officials said that the report [link url=”” title=”didn’t give AZ enough credit for its current climate-related efforts“].

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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