Emergency and disaster management briefing for August 30, 2021: Hurricane Ida made landfall in southwestern Louisiana as a powerful Category 4 hurricane; a 20-story building in Milan was completely destroyed by fire on Sunday; despite samples testing positive for Listeria monocytogenes, Felix Custom Smoking in Washington has not issued a recall for their products; an Entergy transmission tower collapsed into the Mississippi River during Hurricane Ida, cutting power to New Orleans and Jefferson parishes; mandatory evacuation orders were issued for residents near southern Lake Tahoe as the Caldor Fire rapidly expanded; the submarine volcano Fukutoku-Okanoba erupted and sent a plume 11 miles into the sky; FEMA release two new EOC toolkits under its NIMS guidance; the U.S. Forest Service announced the temporary closures of nine national forests; and the Dixie, Caldor, and Monument Fires account for the majority of acres burned in California this wildfire season.

1. Hurricane Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, as a strong Category 4 hurricane. The hurricane’s powerful 150-mph winds caused at least 22 barges to break loose of their moorings. One barge struck the Kerner Swing Bridge in Lafitte, likely causing structural damage. Officials have warned residents to avoid using the damaged bridge.

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