PRIMA RiskWatch
Dec. 18, 2014

County jails across nation at risk in disasters
Claims Journal
When record-breaking floodwaters inundated a Florida jail, sending clothes dryers floating and natural gas seeping into the building that was running on generator power, no outside agency had the authority to force county officials to move the 600 men and women locked inside. “All day people were telling the (corrections officers) that they were smelling gas. People were drowsy and getting sick, throwing up from the heat and the gas and the smell from the restrooms,” inmate Samuel McCreary told The Associated Press in a recent telephone interview. Hours later, an explosion ripped through bottom floor of the Escambia County jail, killing two inmates, injuring more than 200 and leaving a corrections officer paralyzed. More

Study: Only 20 percent of student rape victims go to the police
A Department of Justice study found that student victims of sexual assault are far less likely to report instances of rape to police than nonstudents and that one in five victims fear reprisal if they report the attack. The data, which was compiled by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and based on information collected through the National Crime Victimization Survey, focused on 100,000 sexual assault victims between the ages of 18 and 24 who were attacked between 1995 and 2013.More

Reno, Nevada, 'Santa Pub Crawl' changes designed to increase safety
The City of Reno and the Reno Police Department announced a few changes to the annual Santa Pub Crawl. The changes are meant to keep the event safe for everyone. One of the changes involves the 50 participating bars in this year's event. "We know we are going to have thousands of people," said Reno Code Enforcement Manage Alex Woodley. "It's been increasing every year by the thousands. Last report, we had at City Council was it's a positive economic impact of millions of dollars,so it's a good event. It's a positive event and we want to keep it positive."More

Controller for the emergency power grid is coming
Emergency Management
Clarkson University announced that it and several energy groups are designing a controller for the emergency grid that someday will keep the power flowing during a severe weather outage. The Enhanced Microgrid Control System (eMCS) is understood to be the brains of the planned grid, and will increase its efficiency and flexibility. The eMCS is important to keeping the local power grid running for days if it gets disconnected from the main state grid, and the grid it controls will connect approximately 12 entities to include emergency service providers, utilities, power generation sources, and staging areas, along with providers of housing, fuel and food, according to a college release.More

Too many pedestrians injured by looking at their phones
They walk in front of cars, and into tree limbs and street signs. They fall off curbs and bridges into wet cement and creek beds. They are distracted walkers who, while calling or texting on mobile phones, have suffered cuts and bruises, sustained serious head injuries or even been killed. As many cities and states promote walkable neighborhoods, in part to attract more young people, some also are levying fines on distracted walkers and lowering speed limits to make streets gentler for the inattentive.More

Had 1 too many? App from Uncle Sam aims to stop drunk driving
Tech Times
Not sure if you've had too many drinks to get home safely or not? A new app funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can help determine if you need to find a ride home instead of getting behind the wheel. Users enter sex, height, weight and the number of drinks consumed and the app will tell them approximately what their blood-alcohol level is. The app, called ENDUI, and pronounced "End DUI," was announced by Maryland officials and is available on both iOS and Android. More

Santa Fe, New Mexico, judge declines to shut down Lyft
Government Technology
hief First District Judge Raymond Ortiz of Santa Fe declined Thursday to enforce the state Public Regulation Commission’s cease-and-desist order against upstart transportation company Lyft Inc. The Public Regulation Commission’s staff attorney, Michael C. Smith, had encouraged the judge to enforce the 6-month-old order telling Lyft to cease operations in New Mexico. Lyft threatens public safety because it has not established that it has proper insurance coverage and thorough background checks of drivers it deploys, Smith said.More