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 Cybersecurity Awareness Month, The Great ShakeOut, Prepare for Flu Season

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Safeguarding the Nation's Critical Infrastructure

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)! October 22—26 focuses on awareness about protecting the Nation's critical infrastructure.

There are 16 critical infrastructure sectors that are important for the safety and security of the United States. These sectors rely on the Internet, and we all play a role in keeping the sectors safe. This week of National Cybersecurity Month focuses on awareness of these sectors and provides a look-ahead to November's Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month.

To learn more, visit . DHS encourages everyone to Stop.Think.Connect when you use the Internet. To get tips and resources to be safer online, visit .


Today is the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill!

At  10:18 a.m. local time today,  millions of people around the world practiced 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 takes place on the third Thursday of October every year. Whether you joined this morning's drill or not, visit to be prepared year-round.

Watch When the Earth Shakes to learn more about earthquake safety. The Earthquake Safety Video Series has more about staying safe in an earthquake, no matter where you are.


Are You Prepared for Flu Season?

Flu Season is just around the corner! Did you get your flu vaccine? The flu can affect people of all ages, even those in good health. Protect against the flu by getting a flu shot, and use these tips to stay healthy during flu season:

  • The CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine by the end of October.
  • Getting the flu vaccine can help you avoid missing work or school because of the virus.
  • It takes about two weeks after you get the vaccine to be fully protected. Get a flu vaccine before the virus spreads in your community.

For more information about staying healthy this flu season, visit .


Webinar: Vehicular Active Assailant Attacks

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 II 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 Devin Kerins, Community Preparedness Officer, Region II.

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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