IT’S A DISASTER! e-news 30-Sep-2011
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There are several national programs and events happening in October…
National Cyber Security Awareness Month
October 2011 marks the eighth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC).
Cybersecurity is our shared responsibility. That means everyone has the potential to make a difference and educate others. You can raise awareness within your community, no matter what your role is. The NCSA has developed a series of Get Involved sheets to provide suggestions on how you can participate and make an impact during National Cyber Security Awareness Month.
NCSA has many tools and materials available online for…
Consumers (tools to protect home computers, wireless devices & kids)
K-12 Educators (lessons & teaching materials, etc)
Higher Education (tips for college students and administrators)
Businesses (tools to protect your biz, employees and customers)
Learn more about National Cyber Security Awareness Month at www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam and get involved! (FedHealth is proud to be a NCSAM Champion)
National Fire Prevention Week is Oct 9 - 15
The National Fire Protection Association’s official theme for Fire Prevention Week (FPW) 2011 is “It’s Fire Prevention Week. Protect your Family from Fire!”
FPW is the perfect time to reach out to your community and empower people to have a hand in preventing home fires and protecting their families with life-saving technologies and planning.
According to NFPA’s latest report…
NFPA has many tools and materials available online for…
Agencies and safety advocates (media materials, guides, fundraising, etc)
Educators (Lesson plans, safety tips, family checklists, etc)
Kids and families (Safety tips, calendars, checklists, plans, etc)
To learn more visit www.firepreventionweek.org or NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week blog at http://nfpa.typepad.com/fpw/
Great California ShakeOut is Oct 20
On Thursday, October 20th at 10:20 a.m. millions of people will participate in the 2011 Great California ShakeOut! The purpose of ShakeOut is to help all Californians get ready for big earthquakes, practice how to protect themselves (Drop, Cover, and Hold On), and to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes. For more information and to register, visit www.shakeout.org
Note from Bill & j: ShakeOut will be featured “In the Spotlight” in our October enews but mentioning here as fyi.
FEMA, along with many other federal partners, has officially released the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF). The National Disaster Recovery Framework outlines how community recovery is supported and organized on a national level. It builds on scalable, flexible, and adaptable coordinating structures to align key roles and responsibilities, linking local, State, Tribal and Federal governments, the private sector, voluntary, faith-based and community organizations that all play vital roles in recovery. For more information, visit www.fema.gov/recoveryframework. Or download 116-pg PDF (10.5M)
Next Nationwide EAS Test Information Update: October 13, 2011: Test Preparations and Procedures. Want to contribute to the EAS Best Practices Guide and Nationwide EAS Test Informational Toolkit? Go to A National Dialogue on the Emergency Alert System to contribute ideas or follow us on Twitter for information updates and events.
For official information on the Nationwide EAS Test, visit the FEMA IPAWS website at www.fema.gov/emergency/ipaws/eas_info.shtm Also … check out a good EM blog post about the EAS Test Toolkit
On Sunday, October 16, 2011 those who died in the line of duty during the previous year will be honored during the 30th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in Emmitsburg, Maryland. For the first time the bells of the Chapel at the National Memorial will chime in honor of our fallen heroes. As part of this special remembrance, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is encouraging firefighters across the country to invite their places of worship to participate in Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters. Learn more at www.bellsacrossamerica.com
...an earthquake swarm is sparking fear of a volcanic eruption in the smallest Canary Island?! Experts recorded 150 tremors on El Hierro since yesterday - raising fears of an imminent eruption?! More than 8,000 tremors have been registered since July 19, but only 15 of them have been strong enough for people on the island to notice. Evacuations of some areas being done for fear of landslides. Source: Daily Mail
…Al Qaeda figure Anwar al-Awlaki, one of the most wanted terrorists on a U.S. target list, was killed in Yemen today by a drone?! Sources: GCIS and WSJ
…the remote-controlled model planes packed with explosives terrorism-suspect Rezwan Ferdaus planned to use against the Pentagon were not balsa-wood-and-rubber-band toys?! The FBI said Ferdaus hoped to use military-jet replicas, 5 to 7 1/2 feet long, guided by GPS devices and capable of speeds over 100 mph. Source: Washington Post
Follow @redcrossdog on Twitter for disaster preparedness and response information, seasonal tweets about pet safety, standard safety tips, and announcements about Red Cross classes in Pet First Aid and CPR. And visit the RedCrossDog blog at http://redcrossdog.wordpress.com
a.i. solutions has developed the iMPrepared app as part of an internal initiative to create an iPad application for NASA. It is available FREE on Apple’s iTunes App Store and is not specific to the space agency. The app offers checklists for emergency kits and forms for personal and contact information, as well as some bells and whistles such as bright screen flashlight, a compass, disaster RSS feeds and an SOS signal. Visit iTunes (hat tip to ICEPack EP Systems)
GoodGuide gives health, environmental and social responsibility ratings of hundreds of thousands of products. You can search or browse over 120,000 food, toys, personal care, and household products to easily learn about the best and worst products in a category, and rely on the scientific expertise and sophisticated rating system to simplify complex and confusing product information. And download a free iPhone or Android app that scans barcodes too. www.goodguide.com
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