The Fayetteville Observer – Cauley said city officials have also provided $87,000 from the Community Development Block Grant to nonprofits like the Salvation Army and Fayetteville Urban Ministry to help vulnerable households. Cauley said the city is looking to place case managers at the Cumberland County Courthouse to help facing eviction proceedings. The city and county partnered to create the Rental Assistance Program to help people in need by supplying rent and utility aid.
Beaumont Enterprise – AshBritt IEM Health set up the infusion center, as it has done with many others across the country, said Global Medical Director Dr. Rashid Chotani. “All the infusion centers that we put together have demonstrated clearly that getting the drug decreases the intensity of the disease,” Chotani said. “Regeneron and monoclonal antibodies were developed last year at the same time as the vaccines were being developed. The FDA, the CDC and the government have said that Regeneron is the best choice of monoclonal antibodies that we have at this time.”
The New York Times – One priority will be finding and examining any pieces of metal because of reports of rusting rebar within the structure, said Ms. Zimmerman, now a senior executive adviser at I.E.M., a global emergency management consulting firm based in North Carolina. The goal of investigators will be to identify precisely why the building went down and who was responsible. “It’s not going to be this week or this month, it’s going to be a matter of months or years,” she said.
NPR – FEMA discontinued use of that letter after the Oregon fire in September. Elizabeth Zimmerman, an associate administrator for FEMA during Barack Obama’s administration, says some of the language in the letters that the agency sends can “aggravate a lot of people on a good day — let alone the worst day of their lives.”
WRAL – June 19, or Juneteenth, marks the annual observance celebrating the date that Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing those who were still enslaved in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865. Effective this week, Juneteenth has been designated a federal holiday, as President Joe Biden signed a bill passed by both chambers of the United States Congress this week that will designate June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day. As a company, IEM is recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday, said a spokesperson for the company. The founder, CEO, and president, Madhu Beriwal, also sent a company-wide email yesterday, that was shared with WRAL TechWire and is quoted below.
Potomac Local News – The Stafford County Board of Supervisors has approved the use of funds obtained from the American Rescue Act, the latest round of federal stimulus money, to pay a consulting firm on how to better prepare for disasters such as the coronavirus pandemic in the future. The County’s approval of the use of these funds to pay IEM was also an official acceptance of the funds which will be received in two separate portions for a grand total of $28.7 million. The first portion was received in May 2021 totaling $14.9 million from which the payment to IEM will come.
Suffolk News-Herald – The Western Tidewater Free Clinic earlier this month took a donation of a video interpreter machine from AshBritt-IEM Health. This machine has a screen and uses video technology for clients to access more than 131 other languages so that clients and Western Tidewater Free Clinic staff can easily communicate.
Patch – As many people who wanted the COVID-19 vaccine have gotten it, the Tysons Community Vaccination Center will close near the end of June. The last day for walk-in or scheduled appointments at the vaccination center will be June 26. It is located at the former Lord & Taylor at 7950 Tysons Corner Center, accessible by the Tysons Corner Metro station on the Silver Line.
Mail Tribune – A consultant’s report on the official response to the Almeda and South Obenchain fires largely confirmed what everyone who lived through the disasters already knew: firefighters and other first responders did a tremendous job under trying circumstances, helping prevent loss of life and stopping the Almeda fire before it reached Medford. But the notification system, such as it was, failed residents of Phoenix and Talent. The report on the Sept. 8, 2020, fires is the result of months of work by Innovative Emergency Management, a North Carolina disaster and crisis management firm commissioned by Jackson County to evaluate the official response to the fires.