2014 Hurricane Preparedness Week

June 1, 2014 Leave a comment

Sunday, June 1, marks the start of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season.

In an effort to raise awareness and prevention efforts for the season, which lasts through Nov. 30, the National Hurricane Center has declared this week Hurricane Preparedness Week.

[via NHC]:

History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.

Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents. The National Weather Service is responsible for protecting life and property through issuance of timely watches and warnings, but it is essential that your family be ready before a storm approaches. Furthermore, mariners should be aware of special safety precautions when confronted with a hurricane.

Download the Tropical Cyclone Preparedness Guide (PDF) or follow the links for more information. But remember, this is only a guide. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense.

National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2014 runs from May 25th through May 31st.


FBI Issues New Warning on Old Malware: Beta Bot

October 21, 2013 Leave a comment

“The FBI is aware of a new type of malware known as Beta Bot,” it warns in an Internet Crime Complaint Center intelligence note. In reality Beta Bot has been operating since at least March; but is clearly now sufficiently active to come to the FBI’s attention.

Beta Bot is used by criminals, says the intelligence note, “to target financial institutions, e-commerce sites, online payment platforms, and social networking sites to steal sensitive data such as log-in credentials and financial information.” It also blocks access to security websites and disables anti-virus programs.   Read more…

Categories: Security

IS-907: Active Shooter: What You Can Do

September 23, 2013 1 comment

Interactive Web Based Course

An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and other populated area. In most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly.      Read more…

It Can Wait

September 19, 2013 Leave a comment

DallasTexasMarch 28, 2013

More Than Teens…More Than They Used To…and Despite Knowing the Risks AT&T Calls on Employers to Help End What Has Become a Dangerous “Habit” for Many. 

Nearly half of commuters self-reported texting while driving in a recent poll, and 43% of those who did called it a “habit.” Commuters are texting and driving even more than teens – 49%, compared to 43%.  And the problem has gotten worse.  Six in 10 commuters say they never texted while driving three years ago.

So while efforts to raise awareness of the dangers of texting while driving are working – 98% of commuters surveyed said they know sending a text or email while driving isn’t safe – there’s clearly more work to be done to change behaviors.     Read more…

Categories: Safety, Training

Google publishes Crisis Response map for Boulder, Colorado

September 13, 2013 Leave a comment

Floods in Northern Colorado on 9/12/2013 disrupted or destroyed roads, closed schools and government offices, and inundated parts of the Boulder County and surrounding regions including in Boulder, Jamestown, Longmont, Lyons, and Nederland.

Similar to maps that Google has released in the past for places like Alberta and Moore, they’ve just published a Crisis Response map to assist with the flooding in Boulder, Colorado. The map includes information about area shelters, road closures, weather advisories and more.     Read more…

Training Opportunity – Virtual Tabletop Exercise Series (VTTX) – Winter Storm Focus

August 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Federal Emergency Management Agency

FEMA/EMI Course: V-0002 – Virtual Tabletop Exercise Series (VTTX) – Winter Storm Focus


Exercise Date & Location: October 22 and 23, 2013, Virtual Exercise – Multiple Locations  (Note: Two separate offerings to accommodate as many site applicants as possible; applicants should reserve both days initially; sites will be slated to a specific date 30 days prior to the event) Read more…

CDC: Lyme Disease 10x More Common than Previously Reported

August 21, 2013 Leave a comment

Lyme disease strikes about 300,000 people each year, according to new information released by federal health officials. The new estimates suggest the disease is 10 times more common than previously thought.

Lyme disease: What you need to know about ticks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the new estimates, which were also released Sunday night at the 2013 International Conference on Lyme Borreliosis and Other Tick-Borne Diseases in Boston.   Read more…

Categories: Health, Safety, Training