NOAA, USAF Reserve embark on Gulf Coast Hurricane Awareness Tour

Posted May 10, 2016

May 6, 2016As part of its efforts to build a Weather-Ready Nation, NOAA’s hurricane experts will tour five U.S. Gulf coastal cities to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for the upcoming hurricane season. The tour will include a U.S. Air Force Reserve WC-130J hurricane hunter aircraft and the NOAA G-IV aircraft, both of which are used in hurricane forecasting.

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Department Of Homeland Security: How To Build Resilient Networks

Posted Apr 26, 2016

Today’s global cybersecurity threats do not allow for any perfect solutions, security expert Juliette Kayyem tells business owners.

“You’re never going to get the risk to zero,” Kayyem said. ““The goal is to minimize the risk.”

Kayyem served as President Obama’s assistant secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security and now holds a faculty spot at the Harvard Kennedy School.

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Be Prepared Because Disasters Will Happen, Says 'Miracle' Pilot

Posted Apr 22, 2016

(TNS) - Disasters happen. What matters is how people respond.

That was one message of American Red Cross Serving Central Illinois' 23rd annual Evening of Stars on Thursday night.

Delivering that and other messages was featured speaker Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the pilot of the "Miracle on the Hudson."

"What I hope people glean from his story is that disasters do happen but here was someone who was as prepared as he could be and he managed it," said Lyn Hruska, Red Cross regional chief development officer.

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Would the United States Survive a Cyberattack-Induced Blackout?

Posted Apr 20, 2016

(TNS) -- U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton, recently examined how well prepared the United States is for a cyber-attack on the electrical grid.

The sub-committee heard testimony that states and localities should be prepared to face weeks, rather than days, of power outages following such an assault.

Barletta chaired a subcommittee hearing for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee titled: “Blackout! Are We Prepared to Manage the Aftermath of a Cyber-Attack or Other Failure of the Electrical Grid?”

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Tsunami Warning Issued After Japan Hit With Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake

Posted Apr 16, 2016

Tokyo -- Southern Japan was hit by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake early Saturday morning, just one day after a quake killed nine people in the region.
Japan has issued a tsunami advisory for the nearby coast.

The quake's epicentre was near Kyushu, 1 kilometre south-west of Kumamoto and 12 kilometres north-east of Uto, according to the US Geological Survey.

 

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Associates in Emergency Care 1st Annual Golf Outing

Posted Apr 16, 2016

Please join on June 25, 2016.  Attached you will find information on how to register your 4 person team, how to sponsor the event, and information on all the great prizes, food, drinks, and fun.  We hope to have every department and agency represented!  One individual will win a free spot in any of AEC's paramedic class of your choosing.

 

I look forward to it being a great day and hope to see you there!  Limited space so reserve your team's soon!

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City Council Considers Contractor for Disaster Prep

Posted Apr 14, 2016

(TNS) - The City Council has discussed paying a contractor to help the city prepare natural disaster response plans.
Such preparation services could cost the city as much as $19,000, but the contractor would bring valuable experience navigating FEMA regulations, officials said.

The contractor’s services could also help the city obtain more reimbursement money from FEMA in the event of a natural disaster, a council member noted.

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