Health and Environmental Hazards Mount After Hurricane Harvey
September 2, 2017
Between August 27th and Sept 1st, the following related Flash messages were sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:
9/1 – Large fire now burning at Arkema chemical facility, Crosby, TX. Those in the area should monitor local news for official guidance. Add’l alerts as warranted.
9/1 – Arkema Inc warns of threat of add’l “explosions” and chemical fires at Crosby, TX facility. 1.5 mile evac perimeter remains in effect. AlertsUSA monitoring…
8/31 – EPA & TX Comm on Enviro Quality warn floodwaters may contain biohazards including bacteria & other disease agents. Precautions advised. Full stmt via email.
8/30 – TX HAZMAT officials stressing reports of “explosions” at Arkema plant incorrect. Chem containers “popped” from overpressure. Smoke not life-threatening.
8/30 – Explosions reported at Arkema Inc. chemical plant, Crosby, TX. At least 10 injuries. Add’l alerts as warranted.
8/29 – CEO of Arkema Inc: No way to prevent explosion at Crosby, TX chemical plant due to flooding. Fire / explosion within 6 days. AlertsUSA Monitoring…
8/29 – Arkema Chemical Plant, Crosby, TX (NW Houston) at risk of fire/explosion due to damage by TS Harvey. Local area under evac orders. AlertsUSA monitoring…
8/29 – Shelters are open across the affected areas of TX and LA. Get the FEMA app (Playstore & iTunes) for shelter info, resources, weather alerts, etc. in Eng/Span.
8/29 – Columbia Lakes Levee, Brazoria County, TX has been breached. This is located SW of Houston. RED NOTICE ISSUED. LOCAL RESIDENTS GET OUT NOW.
8/28 – Tropical Storm Harvey Situation Update – August 28, 2017 – sent via email.
8/27 – Addicks Reservoir / Barker Dam near Houston nearing capacity. Army Corps of Engineers plan emergency water release. Area residents should tune to local media.
8/27 – USCG: Widening USCG communications for Harvey rescue ops in Houston: Call 281-464-(4851)(4852)(4853)(4854)(4855). Keep calling. Get on roofs. Mark locl w/SOS.
8/27 – NWS warns TX residents: “Weather event unprecedented, all impacts unknown & beyond anything experienced. Follow orders from officials to ensure safety.”
What You Need To Know
Eastern Texas is slowly beginning recovery efforts following Hurricane Harvey, which dumped an estimated 20 trillion gallons of rain on Texas and Louisiana over a six-day period. Moody’s Analytics estimates the combination of property damage to homes, cars, commercial buildings and infrastructure, as well as losses from paused production at oil refineries and other businesses, will reach well above 100 billion dollars, making this one of the costliest natural disasters in the history of the country.
On Thursday, President Trump’s Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert stated that approximately 100,000 homes were damaged by the storm, though this number is expected to climb significantly as flood waters recede and inspections begin. Many towns outside of the Houston remain flooded.
About 40 percent of the buildings estimated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to have been flooded in Harris County, Tex., are in areas considered to be “of minimal flood hazard.”
FEMA and its federal partners continue to mobilize personnel and resources to support state, local and tribal efforts throughout Texas and Louisiana. As of August 1, more than 21,000 federal staff were deployed in support of the storm response. A staggering 364,000 individuals have registered for assistance, the largest number after any single disaster event.
Two US Navy warships, the USS Kearsarge and the USS Oak Hill, are being deployed to Texas bringing supplies, heavy lift capabilities, as well as additional medical personnel who will join others from across the country to head off a looming public health crisis that extends far beyond the Houston metro area.
On Thursday, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of a statement issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality warning that floodwaters may contain bacteria and other disease agents from sewage, chemicals and the need for precautions and safety measures for anyone involved in cleanup activities or who may otherwise be exposed to floodwaters. There is also the long-term threat of different a variety of different types of dangerous molds, mosquito-borne viruses and more.
Of particular concern is the health of those displaced by the storm and living in crowded shelters as respiratory and intestinal illnesses are extremely contagious in close quarters, particularly when proper hygiene is impossible.
OTHER ALERTS FROM THIS WEEK
NOT DETAILED IN THIS NEWSLETTER ISSUE
9/1 – AlertsUSA monitoring unspecified security incident at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Area being evacuated and sealed. Add’l alerts as warranted.
8/31 – USGOV issues new Europe Travel Alert warning of the continued threat of terrorist attacks. Read the full alert here: http://bit.ly/2xBqE8u
8/29 – AlertsUSA monitoring evac of London’s Euston Station flwg reports of smoke coming from a bag on train platform and sound of blast. Add’l alerts as warranted.
8/28 – AlertsUSA monitoring mass casualty shooting incident, Clovis-Carver Public Library, Clovis, NM. Multiple fatalities and injuries rptd. Shooter rptd in custody.
8/27 – Clashes breaking out between demonstrators and police in Civic Center Plaza area of Berkeley, CA. Avoid the area. AlertsUSA monitoring…
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N. Korea Launches Missile Over Japan
Oct 26, 2013
On August 28th, the following related Flash messages were
sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:
8/28(a) – BREAKING: Japanese gov warns residents of Northern Japan to take precautions against possible missile strike flwg DPRK launch. Monitoring….
8/28(b) – NHK reports DPRK missile has overflown Japan. Highly provocative move. AlertsUSA monitoring…
8/28(c) – DoD confirms DPRK missile flight over N. Japan. Missile flew ~2,700 km w apogee of ~550 km. S. Korea intel rpts activity at DPRK nuclear test site. Monitoring.
What You Need To Know
On Monday evening, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices that Japan’s government had just warned its citizens of a North Korean missile was headed their way. Overflying Hokkaido Island, the intermediate-range Hwasong-12 missile ultimately broke into three pieces and fell into the Pacific Ocean approximately 575 miles east of Cape Erimo.Residents of Northern Japan were advised to seek refuge, and local and bullet train services were immediately halted.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has called the country’s latest missile test over Japan “a meaningful prelude to containing Guam” and said his country should conduct more missile tests into the Pacific Ocean.
President Trump, who has vowed not to let North Korea develop nuclear missiles that can hit the mainland United States, warned on Tuesday that all options are on the table for the United States to respond.
Additionally, U.S. and foreign intelligence agencies have also detected increased activity at North Korea’s main underground nuclear testing facility, signaling preparations for a sixth underground test blast.
As previously reported by AlertsUSA, when the cloudy historical and political narrative is removed, the world is now faced with the following realities:
- N. Korea now possesses miniaturized nuclear weapons.
- N. Korea now possesses the means to deliver those nuclear weapons.
- Now that N. Korea is in possession of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them, it is highly likely their close ally, Iran, will also soon possess them.
- The N. Korean regime fully realizes that their survival is based on the continued development of this nuclear deterrent meaning they are highly unlikely to willingly end their program.
Given these realities, restraint and the quest for diplomatic solutions virtually assures continued proliferation into the hands of rogue nations and those private individuals and groups with deep enough pockets.
AlertsUSA continues to monitor the overall domestic and international threat environment, and will immediately notify service subscribers via SMS messages of new alerts, warnings and advisories or any developments which signal a change the overall threat picture for American citizens as events warrant.
World News Roundup
September 2, 2017
Other Developments We Are Following
Canada preparing winter shelters as migrant wave continues
Trump to host Sept. 18 meeting of world leaders on U.N. reform
Top CEOs warn Trump on ending migrant amnesty
White House weighing a tax on remittances to Mexico to fund border wall
Obesity epidemic at new high, costs $150B a year, hurts military recruiting
Stingray Unmanned Tanker Could Almost Double Strike Range of Air Wing
As it looks to fill capabilities gaps, the U.S. Navy is keeps an eye overseas
Talk of Assange pardon worries intelligence community
US warned Spain of Barcelona attack risk: report
Barcelona: US, CIA did not warn about terror attack, despite report
Russia and America’s Tit For Tat Continues
Lavrov: Russia will ‘respond harshly’ to ‘damaging’ sanctions
Bad blood between France and Italy undermines EU unity
Germans in Aachen get free iodine amid Belgium nuclear fears
Military Exercises Are Tearing Up Russia’s Infrastructure
The Russian Missile Program has Raised Concerns Among NATO Countries
‘We’ll just try to kill him’: US vows to hunt Isis leader Baghdadi to the death
Al Qaeda affiliate mining uranium for Iran, Somali official warns US
Trump keeps world guessing on Iran deal’s future
Last Isis stronghold in Syria could fall by October, says UN envoy
Kuwait’s ruler, mediating Qatar crisis, heads to Washington
Shock as Kenya court cancels election result, demands re-run
France: N. Korea within months of nuke-capable rockets
Allies discuss redeployment of nuclear weapons
North Korea threat: Will Europe help S. Korea, Japan militarily?
The aircraft Kim Jong-un fears most. Or ought to
USS Wasp departs to join 7th Fleet forces in Japan
Putin warns North Korea situation on verge of ‘large-scale conflict’
North Korea threatens to turn South into ‘field of ruin’
Trump, Moon agree to boost S.Korean missile capabilities
US, allies conduct drills over Korean peninsula after latest missile launch
North Korea tourism: US travel ban takes effect
Travel Security Update
The U.S. Dept. of State is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide. With tensions rapidly increasing in most regions, readers planning on international travel, even to such common destinations as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, are strongly encouraged to do a little research on the security situation prior to departure.
Latest USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings
Additional Sources of Travel Guidance
Canada Dept. of Foreign Affairs
Australia Dept. of Foreign Affairs
UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office
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