Emergency Management News

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This annual initiative sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is designed to educate the public and raise awareness about cybersecurity and increase the resiliency of the nation for cyber incidents.
Whether we use the Internet at home, work or school, there is a risk of abuse, fraud or identity theft. Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility in which we all have a role. DHS has developed a series of events and activities to engage the public on this important topic.
Participating in National Cyber Security Awareness Month is easy. Here are some things you can do to stay safe:
  • Set strong passwords and don’t share them with anyone;
  • Keep your operating system, browser and other critical software optimized by installing updates;
  • Maintain an open dialogue with your family, friends and community about Internet safety; and
  • Limit the amount of personal information you post online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely.
For resources you can use or share throughout the year, download the DHSStop.Think.Connect.  Toolkit. If you have a Twitter account, join Stop.Think.Connect. for a series of weekly Twitter Chats throughout the month of October. Use the hashtag #ChatSTC to follow along.

Thanks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for this information.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

CERT Competitive Events Webinar #OKready #AltusOK

The CERT National Program Office is pleased to announce a can’t-miss event! On Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (EDT) we will be hosting the first of six annual CERT webinars, each of which will focus on a different topic. Last month, one of our stories in the National CERT E-Brief profiled three programs that have planned and organized competitive events (often referred to as CERT Rodeos/Games/Olympics) for their CERT volunteers. As a follow-up to that story, this month our webinar will feature the organizers of the Northern Nevada Regional CERT Rodeo, the Mississippi CERT Olympics, and the Kansas City CERT Rodeo.  Presenters will share their experiences and insights from developing and hosting competitive events. Speakers will discuss how they planned and organized their events, lessons learned, and how their events benefitted their programs and communities. The webinar will last one hour, with the final 15 minutes reserved for a Q&A session.
We hope that you will be able to join us on October 22 to learn how you can organize your own competitive event for your CERT program!
  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
  • 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) / 12:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)
Join the Webinar
  • Click here for the Adobe Connect Registration Web Link.
  • Please register for the event.  Be sure to test your Adobe Connect connection prior to the meeting by clicking here.
  • This webinar will offer closed captioning.
Presenters will include representatives from:
  • State of Mississippi
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Carson City, Nevada
  • Washoe County, Nevada

Monday, October 13, 2014

Storm Damage in #AltusOK

Emergency Management volunteers surveyed storm damage in Altus from the 12 October storm that produced measured 76-mile-per-hour winds in Altus and 75-MPH winds on the Air Force Base.

Of most importance, there was damage to a local motel and a home damaged in the Elmer area.  

Three vehicles had tree damage caused by dead trees falling on them.  While likely a casualty of the lingering drought in southwest Oklahoma, this kind of damage could be mitigated if home owners would cut down the trees before the wind falls on them.

Speaking of the drought, the image at left shows our recent rainfall.  It's welcome but not enough to get out out of the drought.

One of three vehicles damaged by falling trees
Damage to a motel roof in Altus.

The second vehicle with tree damage

The final tree-damaged vehicle.

City Employees worked clearing debris

Damage to the roof of the former lumber yard

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