Emergency and disaster management briefing for February 28, 2018: Eleven people fall ill at a joint base in Virginia after opening a substance-containing letter, Indiana’s Governor makes disaster declaration for 11 counties, the Florida school shooting suspect refused continue mental health treatment at 18, Florida’s governor is proposing $500 million to help secure the state’s schools, a new United Nations report says that North Korean shipped supplies to support Syria’s chemical weapons program, at least 15 people are dead following a 7.5 earthquake in Papua New Guinea, IV fluids under scrutiny as shortage continues, and a Southwest Airlines flight experiencing engine trouble returns for an emergency landing at Salt Lake City.
- Eleven people began feeling ill, including some Marines, [link url=”http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/02/27/letter-opened-at-virginias-joint-base-myer-henderson-hall-triggers-hazmat-situation-11-fall-ill.html” title=”after opening a letter with an unknown substance”] at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Virginia Tuesday evening, which triggered a HAZMAT situation. The letter was opened in an administration building which was evacuated after the substance was discovered. The Arlington Fire Department stated that [link url=”https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/2018/02/27/two-patients-assessed-after-hazmat-incident-at-fort-myer-in-arlington/?utm_term=.1805b5c13d65″ title=”three people had been transported to the hospital”], where they were treated and released.
- The Governor of Indiana, Eric Holcomb, [link url=”http://fox59.com/2018/02/24/governor-declares-flooding-emergency-for-11-counties/” title=”has declared a disaster emergency for 11 counties in the state “]after heavy rainfall across the state led to significant flooding and infrastructure damage. The declaration paves the way for federal assistance, and is the first step in achieving a federal disaster declaration. [link url=”https://www.wthr.com/article/gov-holcomb-declares-disaster-emergency-for-11-indiana-counties” title=”The declaration may be expanded to include additional counties”] since more rain is predicted across the southern part of the state.
- New information has emerged about the school shooting suspect, Nikolas Cruz, 19, including [link url=”https://www.cbsnews.com/news/florida-school-shooting-suspect-nikolas-cruz-mental-health-services-schools/” title=”a refusal to continue mental health services once he turned 18 years old”]. Reports also indicate that in 2017, Cruz was removed from Marjory Stoneman Douglas School due to unspecified behavior issues. Police also discovered [link url=”https://www.cbsnews.com/news/swastikas-ammunition-magazines-parkland-florida-school-shooting-suspect-nikolas-cruz/” title=”swastikas ammunition magazines”] that he took with him into the building on February 14, and believe the suspected gunman may have stopped shooting because his gun jammed when he attempted to reload.
- Florida Governor, Rick Scott, stated that he wants the school shooting in Parkland, Florida to be the last, and is set to spend [link url=”http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/02/27/florida-gov-rick-scott-aims-to-spend-500m-on-law-enforcement-mental-health-counseling-after-massacre.html” title=”$500 million on increased law enforcement and mental health counselors at schools”]. Other measures that Scott wants to see implemented include increasing building security with metal detectors and opening an anonymous tip line. Other measures proposed by Gov. Scott include [link url=”http://miami.cbslocal.com/2018/02/27/gov-scott-plan-school-safety/” title=”installing bullet-proof glass, steel doors, and upgraded locks”].
- A new report from the United Nations indicates that [link url=”http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-43219614″ title=”North Korea has been supplying Syria with materials for their chemical weapons factories”]. The report, which has not yet been released, states that at least 40 unreported shipments were made from 2012 to 2017, and included items such as acid-resistant tiles, valves, and pipes, all of which appear to have been paid for by front companies. The findings follow new reports of [link url=”https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/28/north-korea-sent-syria-missile-and-chemical-weapon-items-says-un-report” title=”chlorine allegedly being used in attacks perpetrated by Syrian forces”], which has been denied by the government.
- [link url=”https://www.usgs.gov/news/magnitude-75-earthquake-papua-new-guinea” title=”A major 7.5 earthquake struck Papua New Guinea on Monday”], killing at least 15 people, injuring dozens more, and triggering massive landslides. The island also suffered damages to its mining and infrastructure, and the quake caused [link url=”http://www.businessinsider.com/death-toll-earthquake-papa-new-guinea-2018-2″ title=”the shutdown of a major ExxonMobile liquefied natural gas plant”]. Officials noted that the death toll is likely to rise, as access by emergency personnel to remote areas has been cut off by land slips and the disruption of services.
- A recent study conducted by Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, found that the saline used for intravenous fluid therapy (IV) has [link url=”https://www.newschannel5.com/news/vanderbilt-research-finds-that-saline-is-not-the-best-fluid-for-ivs” title=”a high concentration of sodium and chloride, and may cause kidney damage”]. Instead, a balanced solution, which includes [link url=”https://nypost.com/2018/02/27/the-saline-used-in-iv-bags-could-be-killing-you/” title=”components such as potassium, and more closely align with the blood’s natural plasma”], can reduce effects on the kidney, helping to prevent kidney damage and failure. [link url=”https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/news/20180227/how-much-salt-is-in-an-iv-more-than-you-may-need” title=”IV supplies have been in short supply”] since three of the major manufacturing facilities reside in Puerto Rico and were impacted by Hurricane Maria that devastated the island last September.
- A Southwest Airlines flight departing Salt Lake City for Los Angeles early Tuesday morning [link url=”http://abcnews.go.com/US/southwest-flight-makes-emergency-landing-salt-lake-city/story?id=53370803″ title=”was forced to turn back”] after the pilots received an engine performance indication in the cockpit. Shortly after the take-off of Flight 604, [link url=”http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2018/02/26/fire-in-sky-southwest-flight-makes-emergency-landing-after-engine-experiences-performance-issues.html” title=”one of the aircraft’s engines appeared to have caught fire”], forcing the pilots to return to Salt Lake City. [link url=”http://abcnews.go.com/US/southwest-flight-makes-emergency-landing-salt-lake-city/story?id=53370803″ title=”The pilots declared an emergency and were able to land the aircraft safely”], with no reported injuries as a result of the incident.
— ABC News (@ABC) February 28, 2018
Getting a sky view of the flooding in southern Indiana. pic.twitter.com/OL3SqLB82y
— Governor Eric Holcomb (@GovHolcomb) February 26, 2018
— EDM Digest (@EDMDigestCom) February 15, 2018
Today in Miami, I brought together leaders to speak about our major action plan to keep students safe in Florida schools, including a $500 million investment in school safety and mental health. https://t.co/MiF2e2STV2 pic.twitter.com/hvqmS0ozMa
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) February 27, 2018
UN experts found evidence that North Korea has supplied Syria with material that could be used for chemical weapons, evading sanctions https://t.co/t6y6aL9hgt
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 27, 2018
Helicopter footage shows the extent of the damage after a 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea, triggering landslides and damaging buildings. It could take days to confirm the death toll, the PNG disaster management office said. https://t.co/aQ7im4QZJN pic.twitter.com/e12QzdV9Ta
— ABC News (@ABC) February 27, 2018
“Where we are really feeling it, is with intravenous solutions. Saline IVs, dextrose IVs, any kind of iv solution, we’re feeling a definite shortage."https://t.co/nFcE1pjNAX
— Hawaii Public Radio (@wearehpr) February 26, 2018
A Southwest Airlines flight had to turn around and make an emergency landing shortly after takeoff due to an engine malfunction, according to an airport spokesperson. https://t.co/8mu8g13R29 pic.twitter.com/zUohmLY87O
— ABC News (@ABC) February 27, 2018