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Resiliency Digest
October 2019
News & tips for being ready
before, during, and after emergencies.
Home fire escape planning and drills are an essential part of fire safety, and this year’s Fire Prevention Week is geared to remind everyone about the small actions they can take to prevent fire tragedies. The “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance of having and practicing a home fire escape plan before a fire occurs.

The National Fire Protection Agency has a ton of fun activities for kids, from free downloadable activity sheets to videos to games and apps that make learning fire safety fun.

And Nationwide’s Make Safe Happen provides some really easy tips for getting the whole family involved in the planning. Visit their website for more information .
Great ShakeOut  Earthquake Drill October 19
Earthquakes may not seem like a big danger in Virginia, but according to the Virginia Tech Seismology Observatory ,Virginia has had over 160 earthquakes since 1977 of which 16% were felt. This equates to an average of one earthquake occurring every month with two felt each year.” The largest in recent history was a magnitude-5.8 earthquake on August 23, 2011. It was centered nine miles south of Mineral, VA. The earthquake was the strongest recorded east of the Rocky Mountains since 1944 and the strongest ever recorded in Central Virginia's seismic zone. 876 aftershock epicenters occurred from August 25, 2011 until January 1, 2012.
Eastern states will participate in the Great Southeast ShakeOut Earthquake Drill at 10:17am on October 17, 2019 and you can practice along at work, home, or school with the resources available on  
We often don’t think of internet security as a key element of preparedness, but protecting yourself online can be an important part of personal safety and prevention practices!

Follow these simple tips from the Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign:

Enable stronger authentication. Always enable stronger authentication for an extra layer of security beyond the password that is available on most major email, social media and financial accounts. Stronger authentication (e.g., multi-factor authentication that can use a one-time code texted to a mobile device) helps verify that a user has authorized access to an online account. For more information about authentication, visit the new Lock Down Your Login Campaign at .

Make your passwords long & strong. Use complex passwords with a combination of numbers, symbols, and letters. Use unique passwords for different accounts. Change your passwords regularly, especially if you believe they have been compromised.

Keep a clean machine. Update the security software, operating system, and web browser on all of your Internet-connected devices. Keeping your security software up to date will prevent attackers from taking advantage of known vulnerabilities.

When in doubt, throw it out. Links in email and online posts are often the way cyber criminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious (even if you know the source), delete it.

Share with care. Limit the amount of personal information you share online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely.
Community Resiliency Achievements & Announcements
We had a great response to the Fall CERT class registration and look forward to graduating a whole new cohort of CERT members in a few weeks! Stay tuned for what our volunteers are up to in coming months.

Live in the Rockbridge County area and want to take the CERT training? There's a session coming up!

Rockbridge CERT Training Course

October 15 - 31
Tues., Weds., and Thurs., 5:30 - 9pm

If interested in registering or need additional information please contact, Brandy Flint, Business Development Assistant, Rockbridge County at 540-464-9662 or at b

For additional resources to help protect yourself, loved ones, and property, visit the National Weather Service, , U.S. Fire Administration , and the National Safety Council .  
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