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Each week, FDNY subject matter experts from the Department's Center for Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness (CTDP) offer subscribers insight and analysis of current events and perspective on health issues, public safety and emergency response from across the globe.

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July 18, 2019

Blackout Darkens West Side of Manhattan

A burning 13,000-volt electrical line led to a massive outage that cut power to more than 72,000 customers, leaving one of the nation’s most densely-populated neighborhoods in darkness for five hours. A utility official said Monday that a “routine” manhole fire preceded an “extremely unique” failure […]
July 11, 2019

Japanese Authorities Direct 1.1 Million to Evacuate

The threat of torrential rains last weekend, with 13 inches expected, prompted Japanese authorities to issue a directive advising residents of southern Japan to move to designated shelters to avoid landslides and dangerous flooding conditions. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency reported that 820 shelters had […]
July 4, 2019

Sarin Scare at Facebook Facility

A Facebook mail facility in Menlo Park, Ca. was evacuated and placed under quarantine Monday, when a machine processing and scanning mail detected sarin in a package. Hazardous materials specialists and the FBI responded to the scene to evaluate the threat. Further tests for the nerve […]


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