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FEMA Daily Ops Briefing for March 26, 2020



















National Current Operations & Monitoring

Significant Incidents or Threats:

  • COVID-19
  • Freezing rain possible – Northern Plains
  • Critical fire weather – Southern/Central Plains

Declaration Activity:

  • Approval: Major Disaster Declaration – Texas, Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey
  • Request: Major Disaster Declaration – Illinois, Puerto Rico, Guam, Kentucky

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FEMA Daily Ops Briefing for March 25, 2020















National Current Operations & Monitoring

Significant Incidents or Threats:

  • COVID-19
  • Freezing rain possible – Northern Plains and Upper Mississippi Valley

Declaration Activity:

  • Approval: Major Disaster Declaration – Iowa and Louisiana
  • Request: Major Disaster Declaration –Missouri, Maryland, CNMI, South Carolina
  • Amendment No.1 for FEMA-4476-DR-TN

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United States COVID-19 Case Count Projection

As we’re seeing more COVID-19 reports and press releases that I can count, I have yet to see anything related to true projections. So I’ve been analyzing the current data for the United States and have created a spreadsheet to get a general idea of what we’re looking at.

Before I get to that, I have a few notes for you to keep in mind.

  • The numbers are based on reports at worldometers.info/coronavirus/.
  • The numbers are only based on tested and confirmed cases.
  • The first reported case in the United States was on January 21st.
  • Prior to Week 7 cases were slowly building up.
  • At the end of Week 6 (Mar 2, 2020) there were 100 confirmed cases in the United States.
  • Early reports said that COVID-19 cases double every three days.
  • For our estimated projections, we’re using a 25% increase per day, which is just shy of doubling every three days.
  • A 25% increase per day is actually a low estimate based on what we’ve actually seen in the past two weeks.
  • The estimates assume that no action is taken and COVID-19 is allowed to run its course.
  • We’re merely crunching numbers. We are not scientists and do not know how COVID-19 will behave over time.
  • We do not think the projections are what will actually happen in the long term.
  • The lines highlighted in gray represent Saturday & Sunday.

WEEKS 7-8 (ACTUAL STATS)

In the past two weeks, COVID-19 cases have skyrocketed. Each day cases have increased by between 24.0% and 44.3%.

WEEKS 9-10 [PROJECTION set at 25.00% increase per day]

Many locations throughout the United States have implemented restrictions on gatherings and have requested that everyone isolate in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Since symptoms show up in 3-14 days in most cases, the numbers below will probably be pretty close to what we see assuming that we average around 25%.

If the average increase is more than 25%, we’d see the following results by March 30th:

  • 27.5% = 138,007 cases
  • 30.0% = 181,119 cases
  • 32.5% = 236,472 cases
  • 35.0% = 307,207 cases

WEEKS 11-12 [PROJECTION set at 25.00% increase per day]

Assuming that social isolation works, new cases should start to decrease in weeks 11 & 12.

But sticking with a 25% increase per day here’s what we’re looking at.

As you can see, once the ball gets rolling, it picks up steam fast.

By Easter Sunday, we could be looking at MILLIONS of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States.

If the average increase is more than 25%, we’d see the following results by April 13th:

  • 27.5% = 4,140,407 cases
  • 30.0% = 7,131,349 cases
  • 32.5% = 12,156,328 cases
  • 35.0% = 20,516,504 cases

WEEKS 13-14 [PROJECTION set at 25.00% increase per day]

If COVID-19 is still going strong in weeks 13 & 14, things around here will not be pleasant.

Again, sticking with a 25% increase per day here’s what we’re looking at.

If the average increase is more than 25%, we’d see the following results by April 27th:

  • 27.5% = 124,218,303 cases
  • 30.0% = 280,788,055 cases

At 30.5% the entire population of the United States would be infected with COVID-19.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Please pay attention to suggestions made by local, state & federal government authorities. By doing so we can stop the spread of COVID-19 and get back to life as normal sooner rather than later.

Do not make the federal government to be forced into setting mandatory quarantines as other countries have done. That option is “on the table”, but please think of yourself AND others so that card doesn’t have to be played.

If you have anything to report or a concern to voice, please leave us a message on the Buzzline at 317-891-4627. Any messages might be played on a future episode of Naptown Buzz. And you can always contact us via our online form as well.

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White House Press Briefing: August 1, 2017

Watch the White House Press Briefing from August 1, 2017.

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White House Press Briefing: August 1, 2017

Watch the White House Press Briefing from August 1, 2017.

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Vice President Mike Pence Visits NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

Vice President Pence Arrives for Visit at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

Vice President Pence Visits NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

Vice President Mike Pence visited NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida today and addressed employees at the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building. The vice president also toured Kennedy to learn more about the center’s work as a multi-user spaceport for commercial and government clients, and he saw the agency’s progress toward launching from U.S. soil on spacecraft built by American companies. He visited the Neil Armstrong Operation’s and Checkout Building to see NASA’s Orion spacecraft that will travel past the moon, and eventually on to Mars atop the Space Launch System rocket.

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Vice President Mike Pence Visits NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

Vice President Pence Arrives for Visit at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

Vice President Pence Visits NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

Vice President Mike Pence visited NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida today and addressed employees at the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building. The vice president also toured Kennedy to learn more about the center’s work as a multi-user spaceport for commercial and government clients, and he saw the agency’s progress toward launching from U.S. soil on spacecraft built by American companies. He visited the Neil Armstrong Operation’s and Checkout Building to see NASA’s Orion spacecraft that will travel past the moon, and eventually on to Mars atop the Space Launch System rocket.

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NASA Prepares for Aug. 21 Total Solar Eclipse

This image of the moon crossing in front of the sun was captured on Jan. 30, 2014, by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory observing an eclipse from its vantage point in space.
Credits: NASA

June 21, 2017
NASA RELEASE 17-058

For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will occur across the entire continental United States, and NASA is preparing to share this experience of a lifetime on Aug. 21.

Viewers around the world will be provided a wealth of images captured before, during, and after the eclipse by 11 spacecraft, at least three NASA aircraft, more than 50 high-altitude balloons, and the astronauts aboard the International Space Station – each offering a unique vantage point for the celestial event.

NASA Television will air a multi-hour show, Eclipse Across America: Through the Eyes of NASA, with unprecedented live video of the celestial event, along with coverage of activities in parks, libraries, stadiums, festivals and museums across the nation, and on social media.

Coast to coast, from Oregon to South Carolina, 14 states will – over a span of almost two hours – experience more than two minutes of darkness in the middle of the day. When the moon completely blocks the sun, day will turn into night and make visible the otherwise hidden solar corona, the sun’s atmosphere. Bright stars and planets also will become visible. Using specialized solar viewing glasses or other equipment, all of North America will be able to view at least a partial eclipse lasting two to four hours.

“Never before will a celestial event be viewed by so many and explored from so many vantage points – from space, from the air, and from the ground,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “With our fellow agencies and a host of scientific organizations, NASA will continue to amplify one key message: Take time to experience the Aug. 21eclipse, but experience it safely.”

Viewing Safety

The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. In the 70-mile-wide swath of the country that will experience a total eclipse, it’s safe to look at the total eclipse with your naked eyes only during the brief period of totality, which will last about two minutes, depending on your location.

An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially-eclipsed sun is with a pinhole projector. With this method, sunlight streams through a small hole – such as a pencil hole in a piece of paper, or even the space between your fingers – onto a makeshift screen, such as a piece of paper or the ground. It’s important to watch the screen, not the sun.

For more information on viewing safety, visit:

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

NASA and other agencies will provide vital information and updates on their respective websites that include viewing safety, activities across the country including at national parks, in addition to transportation preparations.

Studying Our Sun

Many researchers and citizen scientists will take advantage of this unique opportunity to study our sun, solar system, and Earth under rare circumstances. The sudden blocking of the sun during an eclipse reduces the light and changes the temperature on the ground, creating conditions that can affect local weather and animal behavior.

Understanding the sun has always been a top priority for space scientists. These scientists study how the sun affects space and the space environment of planets – a field known as heliophysics. As a source of light and heat for life on Earth, scientists want to understand how our sun works, why it changes, and how these changes influence life on Earth. The sun’s constant stream of solar material and radiation can impact spacecraft, communications systems, and orbiting astronauts.

“Eclipse 2017 provides an incredible opportunity to engage the entire nation and the world, inspiring learners of all ages who have looked to the sky with curiosity and wonder,” said Steven Clarke, director of NASA’s Heliophysics Division in Washington.

NASA spacecraft capturing the event include: NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which will turn toward Earth to track the shadow of the moon on our planet; a host of Earth-observing spacecraft, which can both observe the shadow of the moon and measure how it affects Earth’s weather; and a fleet of solar observing spacecraft. NASA images and data of the eclipse will complement that collected by other scientific organizations.

For more information on eclipse activities, observing assets, and viewing safety, visit:

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov

To watch the Aug. 21 NASA TV eclipse broadcast online and access interactive web content and views of the eclipse from more than 60 telescopes, aircraft and balloons, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive

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Vice President Pence to Visit NASA’s Kennedy Space Center July 6th

During his visit to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Vice President Mike Pence will tour the Vehicle Assembly Building, an enormous structure originally built for assembly of Apollo/Saturn vehicles, later modified to support Space Shuttle operations, and currently under modification to support Orion and Space Launch System operations.
Credits: NASA

Vice President Mike Pence will visit NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday, July 6.

NASA Television and the agency’s website will provide live coverage for parts of the visit starting at noon EDT with Air Force Two’s arrival at Kennedy’s Shuttle Landing Facility runway, as well as a special address to the center’s workforce at 12:50 p.m.

The Vice President will tour Kennedy and learn more about the center’s work as a multi-user spaceport for commercial and government clients, as well as see the agency’s progress toward launching from U.S. soil on spacecraft built by American companies, and traveling past the moon, and eventually on to Mars and beyond with the help of NASA’s new Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System rocket.

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US Border Patrol Discovers Cocaine & Heroin in Vehicle’s Gas Tank

SALTON CITY, Calif. (June 6, 2017) – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint, arrested a man suspected of smuggling heroin and cocaine Saturday afternoon.

The incident occurred at approximately 5 p.m., when a 22-year-old man approached the checkpoint in a white 1991 Chevrolet Pick-up. Prior to reaching primary inspection, a Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the driver’s side of the vehicle.

Agents referred the man to secondary inspection for further examination.

Upon further inspection, agents found concealed in the truck’s fuel tank. Twenty packages tested positive for cocaine, two packages tested positive for black tar heroin, and six packages tested positive for Mexican brown heroin.

The total weight of the cocaine was 25.39 pounds with an estimated street value of $380,850. The black tar heroin totaled 1.97 pounds in weight with an estimated street value of $21,670, while the total weight of the Mexican brown heroin was 3.45 pounds with an estimated street value of $32,775.

The man, a United States Citizen, vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

Since fiscal year 2017, which started Oct. 1, 2016, El Centro Sector has seized more than 140.29 pounds of heroin and 449.76 pounds of cocaine.

SOURCE: cbp.gov/newsroom/local-media-release/border-patrol-discovers-narcotics-vehicle-s-gas-tank-0

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