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Resiliency Digest

October 2022

News & tips for being ready
before, during, and after emergencies.
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Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15

WOW! It's the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week™ (FPW). This year’s FPW theme is “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape™”.  FPW helps educate about simple but important actions that can be taken to keep everyone safe from home fires.


The National Fire Protection Association says: "Today’s homes burn faster than ever. You may have as little as two minutes (or even less time) to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Your ability to get out of a home during a fire depends on early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning."


Two minutes isn't much! Make sure you and your family know what to do - take advantage of NFPA's tools and fun activities for kids to plan your escape. 

Fire Prevention Resources

Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Threats to technology and confidential data are more commonplace than ever. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA) lead a collaborative effort each October to raise cybersecurity awareness nationally and internationally. 


This year's theme focuses on the “people” part of cybersecurity to ensure all individuals and organizations make smart decisions whether on the job, at home or at school – now and in the future. Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility. We each must do our part to keep the internet safe. When we all take simple steps to be safer online, it makes using the internet a more secure experience for everyone. 

4 Things You Can Do 


  • Enable Multi-Factor Authentication
  • Use Strong Passwords
  • Recognize and Report Phishing
  • Update Your Software
Stay Safe Online Resources

Creating Cybersafe Kids

  • Download activity sheets, books and other age-appropriate resources for preschool aged kids 3 to 7 years old on Savvy Cyber Kids.


  • Play games as you navigate through the islands of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Safe Online Surfing program for third- to eighth-grade students.



More Cybersafety Tips for Kids

Cybersecurity for Small Businesses

More Small Business Tips

The Great American Shakeout is October 20

The 2022 Great ShakeOut earthquake drill will be on Oct. 20 at 10:20 am (local time).


Why do earthquake drills in Virginia you ask? Since the early 1900s, there have been about 400 earthquakes in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. The 5.8 magnitude 2011 Mineral, Va., earthquake illustrated the fact that it is impossible to predict when or where an earthquake will occur, so it’s important that you and your family are prepared ahead of time. 


In an earthquake, you may only have seconds to protect yourself before strong shaking knocks you down or objects fall on you. If you practice often, you’ll be better prepared to respond.  

  • Most earthquake-related injuries and deaths are caused by collapsing walls and roofs, flying glass and falling objects. It is extremely important for a person to move as little as possible to reach the place of safety he or she has identified.
  • To prepare for an earthquake, identify safe places to go, such as under a sturdy piece of furniture or against an interior wall so when the shaking starts you can respond quickly. The safe place should be within a few steps to avoid injury from flying debris.

  • If you are inside a building, move no more than a few steps, then Drop, Cover and Hold On:
  • DROP to the ground,
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table or crouching against an interior wall, and
  • HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.
More Tips for Earthquake Safety

Halloween Safety

Halloween Safety- National Safety Council

Kids love the magic of Halloween, but costume and traffic safety are essential for trick-or-treaters. These tips can help make a safe and happy holiday for everyone. To help ensure adults and children have a safe holiday, fda.gov has compiled a list of Halloween safety tips.

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