Special eBrief

This Citizen Corps News Digest is provided by FEMA's Individual & Community Preparedness Division to highlight community preparedness and resilience resources and activities recently announced by federal agencies and Citizen Corps partners.

National Cyber Security Month, Fire Prevention Week, Register to ShakeOut, and Upcoming Vehicular Attacks Webinar

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It's Everyone's Job to Ensure Online Safety at Work

Our work and daily lives are becoming more and more connected. It is now more important than ever for online safety to carry over between the two. We're all responsible for online security at work.

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)! The third week of the month, October 15-19, highlights cybersecurity education, training, and awareness for online safety.

Many people use the Internet at work. To learn more about online safety at work, check out CyberSecure My Business . This is a campaign by The National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCSA). CyberSecure My Business helps businesses to protect themselves, their customers, and their employees online.

The Department of Homeland Security encourages everyone to Stop. Think. Connect whenever they use the Internet. To get tips and resources on how to be safer online, visit .


Essential Fire Prevention Tips to Share With Your Family

This week is Fire Prevention Week ! This year's theme is LOOK. LEARN. LISTEN. Many deaths and injuries from fires happen in homes, but fires can happen anywhere. Use these fire safety tips to help prevent and respond to a fire in your home:

  • Make sure your smoke alarms work. Choose interconnected alarms so when one sounds, they all sound.
  • Don't be caught off guard. Place smoke alarms inside and outside every bedroom. Make sure everyone in your home knows how the alarms sound.
  • Smoke alarms don't last forever. Test alarms every month. If your alarms are 10 years old or older, it's time to replace them.
  • When you hear a smoke alarm, you may have less than two minutes to get everyone outside and safe. Identify a safe meeting place near your home. Make sure that everyone in your family knows where to go when they hear the alarm.

Saturday, October 13, 2018, is the last day of National Fire Prevention Week. The Ready Campaign is partnering with Nationwide's Make Safe Happen to support Home Fire Drill Day . Home Fire Drill Day encourages everyone to practice a fire drill and know what to do in the event of a home fire.

This week and throughout the year, spread the word by using Fire Prevention Hashtags and Social Media Materials from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). Visit the USFA Fire Prevention Week page to learn more about essential fire safety tips.


Register for the Great ShakeOut Earthquake DrillClick to edit this heading.

At  10:18 a.m. local time on  October 18, 2018,  millions of people will practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On during the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills. Drop, Cover, and Hold On is the best way to protect yourself during an earthquake. The ShakeOut is your chance to practice and prepare!

Last year, more than 55 million people worldwide joined in ShakeOut drills. The ShakeOut takes place on the third Thursday of October every year.

Visit  to learn more and  register  today!

Watch this video  to learn more about earthquake safety or visit . Go to the Earthquake Safety Video Series to learn how to stay safe from shaking in a variety of situations.


Vehicular Attacks Webinar

Join a FEMA webinar on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 12 p.m. EST to learn about vehicular active assailant attacks. Attacks carried out with vehicles have been increasing over the past few years. This webinar, from FEMA Region 2 and the FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Division, will feature speaker Steven Crimando. Mr. Crimando is the Director of Training for the Disaster & Terrorism Branch, New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health & Addiction Services. The webinar will be moderated by David Kerins from FEMA Region 2.

A vehicular attack can be easy to carry out. Law enforcement and emergency management officials often face challenges detecting these attacks. Join this webinar to learn how to stay safe and find out how your organization and community can help.

Sign up now using the Adobe Connect link. Before the webinar, you can test your Adobe Connect here.


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