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EDM Wednesday Briefing: Del Monte Issues Voluntary Food Recall, Critical Fire Weather Returning to Utah, Colorado

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Emergency and disaster management briefing for June 20, 2018: Officials in Japan ordered emergency inspections of cinder block walls in schools after its deadly earthquake Monday, Del Monte issues a voluntary recall for veggie trays that may be linked to people sickened by the Cyclospora parasite, American Airlines is struggling to restore normal operations following two computer glitches, the Trail Mountain Fire in Utah grows to over 14,680 acres amid bug-killed trees, the Perry County Sheriff’s Office in Illinois received state grant money for vehicle cameras, family members impacted by the ferry sinking in Indonesia blame the government for failing to enact safety standards, a random attack by a knife-wielding man at a California Burger King critically injures one man, and fire officials are concerned that deteriorating fire weather conditions will again cause the expansion of the 416 Fire in Colorado.

  1. The death toll for the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that struck Japan on Monday [link url=”″ title=”has risen to 5″], after officials found a man covered by books and other objects in his home on Tuesday. Two people were also killed in the quake when they were crushed under cinder block walls that collapsed and fell on them. Concern over the cinder block walls, which often lack additional safety reinforcements, has caused officials in the country to order [link url=”″ title=”an emergency inspection of schools nationwide”] in order to help prevent more deaths.

  3. A recall for veggie trays with dip has been issued by Del Monte, a Florida based company, after reports that [link url=”” title=”at least 78 people have been sickened with a parasite”]. Concern that the veggie trays may be linked to the parasite Cyclospora, which causes the intestinal illness Cyclosporiasis, prompted the recall. The voluntary recall issued by the company is for [link url=”” title=”6 and 12 oz trays that contain broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, and a dill dip”] that were distributed in 6 states – Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
  4. A technical glitch that resulted in at least 2,500 flights being canceled at American Airlines was finally fixed Monday night, but the airlines said it will take until [link url=”″ title=”at least Thursday for operations to return to normal”]. The glitch stranded passengers at various airports, and affected an estimated 125,000 passengers systemwide. A spokesperson for the airline said that PSA Airlines, a regional carrier for American, suffered two computer hardware glitches last Thursday, impacting the airline’s ability [link url=”″ title=”to schedule flight movement and crew staffing”].
  5. The [link url=”” title=”Trail Mountain Fire burning near Orangeville, Utah”] has grown to more than 14,680 acres and was only 49 percent contained as of Wednesday morning. Over 580 personnel have been assigned to help fight the blaze, which began when a prescribed burn escaped due to high winds. Deteriorating weather conditions are likely to result in critical fire weather on Thursday, and significant burning is occurring due to [link url=”” title=”standing, bug-killed trees”] that are prevalent throughout the area.
  6. The Perry County Sheriff’s Office in Illinois has received [link url=”” title=”state grant funding for in-car video cameras”] and for training deputies in their use. The grant, which is from the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board, is for up to $42,800, and two cameras will be installed in each vehicle, one forward and one rear facing. The cameras are set to be installed by the end of June, and according to the sheriff, [link url=”” title=”will provide vital evidence for court purposes”] regarding, among other things, DUIs, search and seizures, and drug arrests.

  8. Officials say the number of people missing from the ferry boat that sank in a popular lake in Sumatra, Indonesia on Monday has [link url=”” title=”now risen to nearly 180 people”], with only 18 survivors having been found. The wooden ferry boat, which was allegedly designed to carry around 50 people, had at least 200 people on board and dozens of motorcycles, when it sank during inclement weather on Lake Toba, a popular tourist destination. Family members impacted by the ferry sinking [link url=”” title=”blame the Indonesian government for failing to enact stricter safety and security measures”] that would prevent such tragedies.
  9. In what appeared to be a random attack, a man in his 70s who was eating at a Burger King restaurant in Burbank, California Tuesday morning, [link url=”” title=”was brutally attacked by a knife-wielding man in his 30s”]. The suspect repeatedly stabbed the man in the face, critically injuring him, before another restaurant patron was able to get the suspect pinned to the ground, where he held him until police arrived. The man who was attacked was [link url=”” title=”transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries”] and the incident is currently under investigation.

  11. Rainy weather over the weekend into Monday helped halt the forward progression of the 416 Fire near Durango, Colorado, [link url=”” title=”but the relief may be short lived as dry conditions return to the drought stricken area”]. InciWeb indicates that fire weather conditions will deteriorate as the week progresses, and a decrease in relative humidity levels and breezy conditions are likely to be accompanied by the possibility of dry thunderstorms that prompt Red Flag Warnings on Thursday or Friday. Although fire officials have permitted residents to return home, pre-evacuation orders are still in place for the wildfire that has now consumed over 34,100 acres, is currently only 35 percent contained, and [link url=”” title=”is being managed by a Type 1 Incident Management Team that includes 678 personnel”].

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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