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CI Boom 2014 Jan

CI Boom 2014 Jan

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Events in 2014 Jan time line were in: Australia; Britain; Canada; Russia; USA.
They include problems with: industry; natural gas; oil; pipelines; railroads; highway carelessness; and more.

Buildings need to be designed so that in the event of a power outage, people inside will not be in total darkness. Exit signs need to have batteries so they can be lit when power down. This is a best practice which may need to be mandated by law, and inspected by local fire departments, when they check to make sure that fire extinguishers and smoke alarms are working properly.

Construction crews need an advance map of where gas lines and other critical infrastructure exists, in areas where they are working, and have appropriate training so that they can avoid crashing into them. Almost every time line segment has incidents of them not knowing, leading to gas line rupture, and explosion, destroying one or more buildings.

Weather Forecasting has improved dramatically. It does an excellent job of letting us know how serious weather is going to be, and where it is going to be, with predictions getting better and better as bad weather approaches an area. Government leaders need to know that when there is a special word like blizzard, tornado, storm, it has special significance as to nature of severity, and what precautions ought to be taken. When the weather forecast says people should stay off the highways unless it is an emergency, then this is a good reason to close schools, offices, and other facilities. Unfortunately many government, and other, leaders are oblivious to what weather forecasts tell us.
Events in 2014 Jan time line were in: Australia; Britain; Canada; Russia; USA.
They include problems with: industry; natural gas; oil; pipelines; railroads; highway carelessness; and more.

Buildings need to be designed so that in the event of a power outage, people inside will not be in total darkness. Exit signs need to have batteries so they can be lit when power down. This is a best practice which may need to be mandated by law, and inspected by local fire departments, when they check to make sure that fire extinguishers and smoke alarms are working properly.

Construction crews need an advance map of where gas lines and other critical infrastructure exists, in areas where they are working, and have appropriate training so that they can avoid crashing into them. Almost every time line segment has incidents of them not knowing, leading to gas line rupture, and explosion, destroying one or more buildings.

Weather Forecasting has improved dramatically. It does an excellent job of letting us know how serious weather is going to be, and where it is going to be, with predictions getting better and better as bad weather approaches an area. Government leaders need to know that when there is a special word like blizzard, tornado, storm, it has special significance as to nature of severity, and what precautions ought to be taken. When the weather forecast says people should stay off the highways unless it is an emergency, then this is a good reason to close schools, offices, and other facilities. Unfortunately many government, and other, leaders are oblivious to what weather forecasts tell us.

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Critical Infrastructure Disasters 2014 Jan
News etc. digested by
 Alister William Macintyre
CI Boom2014 Jan
 describes critical infrastructure disasters. What can be done to mitigatesuch incidents are in my main analysis document.
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Summary.........................................................................................................................2Tags.........................................................................................................................3USA cities...................................................................................................................3Grand 2013 Disaster Totals................................................................................................3Cyber Security................................................................................................................6NY Energy Conversion...................................................................................................6ACEP 2014 Report Card.....................................................................................................6Disaster Preparedness C- for USA overall..................................................................7CI disaster stories 2014 January.........................................................................................92014 Jan-5 Mn Propane Explosion...........................................................................102014 Jan-6 Fire Storm in Australia...........................................................................102014 Jan-7 Canada Oil Derailment...........................................................................102014 Jan-9 W Va chemical spill contaminates water...............................................102014 Jan-10 Erika NC Gas Line leak then explosion...................................................112014 Feb-13 Erika NC investigation results.........................................................112014 Jan-11 Pipeline disaster drill............................................................................112014 Jan-12 plane lands at wrong airport.................................................................112014 Jan-12 Sewer Pipe busts in Hollywood Ca......................................................112014 Jan 13 CRS report on US response to Oil and Chemical spills.......................112014 Jan 13 NTSB preliminary report on ND train boom........................................122014 Jan 14 NTSB preliminary report on Bronx derailment....................................122014 Jan 16 Methane Leaks in Washington DC and Boston MA............................132014 Jan 17 NTSB report on plane landing wrong airport.......................................132014 Jan-20 PA Oil Derailment................................................................................142014 Jan-20 Omaha NE factory explosion...................................................................14Jan-21 Omaha NE factory explosion summary via FEMA..................................152014 Jan 20 Madill Ok steel plant explosion............................................................162014 Jan 22 New Albany Ms bio-diesel explosion..................................................162014 Jan 22 Russia coal mine explosion..................................................................162014 Jan 23.......................................................................................................................17Jan 23 Quebec Senior Home Fire.............................................................................17Jan 23 Ohio Gas Wellexplosion...............................................................................17Jan 23 I-94 pile-up Indiana.......................................................................................17Jan 23 NTSB and TSB want higher standards for oil via rail.......................................172014 Jan 24 Alaska Avalanches...................................................................................17
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http://www.scribd.com/doc/114094060/CI-Boom-AnalysisJan-28 Alaska Avalanches summary per FEMA..................................................172014 Jan 25 Canada Pipeline Explosion.......................................................................18Jan-27 Canada Pipeline summary per FEMA.......................................................182014 Jan 26 Guardian on Cities at the Brink............................................................192014 Jan 27 GAO on Critical Infrastructure Protection...........................................192014 Jan 28.......................................................................................................................20Jan 28 druggies @ VT critical infrastructure............................................................20Jan 28 CRS on CI recovery.......................................................................................20Jan 28 UK Fire Response Statistics..........................................................................21Jan 28 Next Chemical Incident.................................................................................22Jan 28 Gas Drilling can cause Birth Defects?...........................................................22Jan 28 Snow in South East USA...................................................................................222014 Jan Atlanta Weather forecast day and ½ before storm................................24Lessons Atlanta needs to learn from this stupidity...............................................252014 Jan 29 St Louis MO Explosion........................................................................27a familiar story......................................................................................................272014 Jan 30 CSB Report on 2010 WA Refinery Disaster........................................282014 Jan 31 Keystone Update...................................................................................28Continued in more documents..........................................................................................29
Summary 
The following is also description in Scribd upload, of what is relevant to this time linesegment.Events in 2014 Jan time line were in: Australia; Britain; Canada; Russia; USA.They include problems with:industry; natural gas; oil; pipelines; railroads; highwaycarelessness; and more.
Buildings
 need to be designed so that in the event of a power outage, people inside willnot be in total darkness. Exit signs need to have batteries so they can be lit when powerdown. This is a best practice which may need to be mandated by law, and inspected bylocal fire departments, when they check to make sure that fire extinguishers and smokealarms are working properly.
Construction crews
 need an advance map of where gas lines and other criticalinfrastructure exists, in areas where they are working,and have appropriate trainingsothat they can avoid crashing into them. Almost every time line segment has incidents of them not knowing, leading to gas line rupture,and explosion, destroying one or morebuildings.
Weather Forecasting
 has improved dramatically. It does an excellent job of lettingus know how serious weather is going to be, and where it is going to be, with predictionsgetting better and better as bad weather approaches an area. Government leaders need toknow that when there is a special word like blizzard, tornado, storm, it has special
 
3CriticalInfrastructureDisasters 2014 Jan
3/6/201411:39:32 AM3Critical Infrastructure disasters 2014 Jan
Here is the main document:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/114094060/CI-Boom-Analysissignificance as to nature of severity, and what precautions ought to be taken. When theweather forecast says people should stay off the highways unless it is an emergency, thenthis is a good reason to close schools, offices, and other facilities. Unfortunately manygovernment, and other, leaders are oblivious to what weather forecasts tell us.
Tags
12TagsFire, explosion, gas leak,train wrecks, keystone,Atlanta, ACEP, DC, Disasterpreparedness, Winter Weather drivers, statistics, NTSB
USA cities
The following is an effort to:
Identify cities which belong in the tags;
Identify “worst” stories in this segment, t
o be incorporated in overall big picture.USA cities, in this time line segment, where the incidents were rather severe, in terms of 
Disaster preparedness is very poor;
numbers of people inconvenienced, hurt or killed;
property damage.Atlanta GA = 6+ million people cars stuck in traffic jam for a day or more.Australia = hundreds of homes on fireBoston MA has 3,300+ gas leaks, but at concentrations less than in DCMinneapolis MN = 400-500 evacuatedQuebec Canada Senior Home fireWashington DC has 5,900+ methane and gas leaksWinter Weather driversUS States with F grade forDisaster Preparedness:DE HI ID IL IN ME MT OH SC UT VT WA WI WYOther localities, which may belong in tags, in this time line segment include:.Canada oil derailments, and pipeline mishapsCharleston WV incident moved to separate segment. 300,000 people without safe water.KeystoneStatistics
Grand 2013 Disaster Totals
Usually it is not until early the next year that we hear of totals from prior year, of disasterrecovery expenses, weather and climate change severity, and other topics. Costs riseeach year, not necessarily due to greater severity of weather, but because more and morepeople are living in dangerous areas, and building more and more expensive structures,so fragilethat the predictable natural disasters will seriously damage them.

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