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The Latest Ebola Outbreak Has Reached a Major African City
An ongoing outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in Africa has become much more worrying, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported Thursday. While previous cases of the often fatal viral disease had been found in rural areas during this most recent outbreak, the first urban case of Ebola was recently confirmed in Mbandaka, a city in the northwestern region of the DRC with 1.2 million residents.

That discovery raises the chances that this current outbreak could grow much larger, like the 2014-2016 outbreak in West Africa that ultimately claimed over 10,000 lives.

“This is a major development in the outbreak,” Peter Salama, the WHO’s Deputy Director-General of Emergency Preparedness and Response, told the BBC. “We have urban Ebola, which is a very different animal from rural Ebola. The potential for an explosive increase in cases is now there.”

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Supercomputers are driving a revolution in hurricane forecasting

Back in 1998, the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts housed the 27th most-powerful supercomputer in the world, with 116 cores providing a maximum performance of 213 gigaflops. Today, the ECMWF forecasting center has the world's 27th and 28th most powerful supercomputers, each with 126,000 cores and 20,000 times the computing power of its machine two decades ago.

This dramatic increase in computing power at the European center—as well as similar increases at US-based and other international numerical modeling centers—helps to explain the dramatic increase in hurricane-forecast accuracy over the same time period.

At times during Harvey, the European model outperformed humans
Based upon new data from the National Hurricane Center for hurricanes based in the Atlantic basin, the average track error for a five-day forecast fell to 155 nautical miles in 2017. That is, the location predicted by the hurricane center for a given storm was just 155 nautical miles away from the actual position of the storm five days later. What is incredible about this is that, back in 1998, this was the average error for a two-day track forecast.

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FEMA Give Your Pet a Preparedness Gift

The Ready Campaign offers some considerations to plan for your animals in an emergency. Plan ahead for everything you need to care for your pet now. 

Actions you can take include:

--Ensure your pet has a legible ID at all times. This includes making sure tags are up-to-date and securely fastened to your pet's collar. Microchipping your pet is painless and can ensure information is available even if a collar is lost.
--Keep a current photo of your pet for identification purposes.
--Prepare a pet emergency kit.
Download this pet owner’s fact sheet for a full list of items to include in your pet’s kit including food and medication.
--Identify shelters. For public health reasons, many emergency shelters cannot accept pets. Find pet friendly hotels and motels along your evacuation route well in advance of traveling.
--Have a secure pet carrier, leash, or harness for your pet, so they do not escape if they get scared.
 
Learn more about preparing your pets at Ready.gov/Animals. 

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FBI Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2016 and 2017
The FBI has designated 50 shootings in 2016 and 2017 as active shooter incidents. Twenty incidents
occurred in 2016, while 30 incidents occurred in 2017.

As with past FBI active shooter-related publications, this report does not encompass all gun-related
situations. Rather, it focuses on a specific type of shooting situation. The FBI defines an active shooter
as one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area.1
Implicit in this definition is the shooter’s use of one or more firearms. The active aspect of the definition inherently implies that both law enforcement personnel and citizens have the potential to affect the outcome of the event based upon their responses to the situation.

This report supplements two previous publications: A Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 and 2013 and Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2014 and 2015. The methodology articulated in the 2000-2013 study was applied to the 2016 and 2017 incidents to ensure consistency.

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