Emergency and disaster management briefing for February 2, 2022: Several colleges and universities received bomb threats that led to shelter-in-place orders; a fierce winter storm is set to batter states from the Midwest to New England; renewables pose a dangerous fire hazard to recycling facilities; Tesla is recalling all of its full self-driving feature vehicles; CDOT is working to minimize power outages on the Eisenhower-Johnson Tunnel; an Alaska Airlines flight was part of an unspecified bomb threat at the San Diego International Airport; another round of heavy winds targets San Francisco’s Bay Area; and two campus police officers were shot and killed in the line of duty at Bridgewater College.
1. A total of at least six colleges and universities in the nation received bomb threats on Monday and Tuesday. Several colleges and universities in the Washington, DC, and Maryland areas were allegedly among those that received bomb threats. In the early morning hours on Tuesday, Howard University and Morgan State University, located in Maryland, were ordered to shelter-in-place. For the majority of the schools that were threatened, classes were either cancelled or moved online.
The Federal Bureau of Investigations and police at several historically Black colleges and universities are investigating bomb threats that resulted in campus lock-downs and 'shelter in place' orders.https://t.co/R16e9dN1tu— News 10 (@KTVL) February 2, 2022
2. As a fierce winter storm bears down on the Midwest, hundreds of schools were cancelled across the Detroit metro area. The storm is set to dump anywhere from 8-12+ inches of snow in affected areas, which includes large swaths of Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. In Illinois, the governor declared a state of emergency for the central portion of the state due to the storm and also activated the National Guard.
Airlines canceled hundreds of flights, governors urged residents to stay off roads and schools closed campuses as a huge swath of the U.S. braced for a major winter storm. https://t.co/ErregwETX7— WNCT (@wnct9) February 2, 2022
3. Renewables allegedly pose a dangerous fire threat to recycling facilities when those items are improperly recycled. According to reports, a lithium-ion battery sparked a 2016 fire at the Shoreway Environmental Center in San Carlos, California. Since that event, the facility has experienced at least 45 additional fires sparked by lithium-ion batteries. Shoreway is not alone, however. In a 2018 survey, a majority of recycling facilities noted that they had experienced at least one fire related to a lithium-ion battery over the last two years.
Lithium Battery Fires Are Threatening Recycling as We Know It – VICE https://t.co/ODH4DwGT3y— Donna Wheeler (@Adrian_Wheeler) February 2, 2022
4. Tesla is recalling all of its vehicles with the “full self-driving” feature, which equates to a total of 53,822 cars. The cars are currently programmed to allow the vehicle to roll through a stop sign once stringent criteria are met. Tesla made the decision to disable the feature after meeting with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in January.
5. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is working to eliminate Eisenhower-Johnson Tunnel closures due to power outages. The tunnel is powered from both sides of the Continental Divide, and switching power back and forth between the two sides was done manually until recently. The power grid system was recently upgraded from analog to digital, allowing automatic transfers of power from one side to the other.
I-70 Eisenhower Johnson Memorial Tunnel – Intermittent full tunnel closures tonight, 1/27, 11 p.m.- 4 a.m. Closures lasting up to 20 minutes will take place between the closure hours as a safety precaution for crews to wrap up a project upgrading the tunnel's power system.— Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) (@ColoradoDOT) January 28, 2022
6. An Alaska Airlines flight was evacuated for a bomb threat after landing at the San Diego International Airport on Monday evening. The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) stated it had received a non-specific bomb threat, which prompted a multi-agency response at the airport. Flight 3352, which originated in San Francisco, landed at the airport at 5:08 p.m. Passengers deplaned, and the aircraft was deemed all clear after no explosives were found.
The FBI said Monday evening the bomb threat made on an Alaska Airlines plane at San Diego International Airport is not credible and have cleared the area of danger.https://t.co/Ss83Jr2uWb— ABC 10News San Diego (@10News) February 1, 2022
7. Another round of heavy winds is set to impact California’s Bay Area between Tuesday and Thursday this week. Winds of up to 50 mph are forecast, which are likely to down trees and power lines, cutting power to area residents. CalFire also noted that the area is susceptible to wind-driven wildfires, even though it is still February. Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) noted that it had moved crews to the area most likely to be impacted.
Heads up Bay Area! It's going to be windy. Especially in the hills and mountains. Wind gusts of 45-60 mph are possible through Thursday so watch out for downed limbs and power lines. Please drive carefully and stay safe! #cawx pic.twitter.com/7xcq9KgwBo— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) February 1, 2022
8. Two campus police officers were shot and killed Tuesday on the campus of a private college in Virginia. Early afternoon on Tuesday, a lockdown was initiated by Bridgewater College officials due to a shooter on campus. State and local law enforcement officers searched for the gunman who had opened fire on the officers. The shooter was later apprehended on an island in the middle of a river.