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.
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.
“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…
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…
Dallas, Texas, March 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.
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…
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…
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…