The nationwide "If You See Something, Say Something" public awareness campaign was created to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper local law enforcement authorities.
Colorado has had its share of natural disasters. In trying to become better prepared, you may discuss and create plans for yourselves and family, but there is one family member who is often overlooked - your pet. One of the reasons people are most likely to return to danger zones is to save their pets. Do you have a disaster plan in place for your pet(s)? They depend on us for their safety, and being prepared can make all the difference in a life threatening situation. Check out the pet preparedness tips below:
Beware of the Beltless Campaign Shows That Not Buckling Up Puts Others at Risk
When putting together your emergency food supplies:
Playing at a water park, by a lake, or in a pool are all popular summer activities, especially on a hot Colorado day. Swimming is a great recreational sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, but it's important to know how to be safe while you're in the water. The American Red Cross and Safe Kids Worldwide offers these important swimming safety tips you should take into consideration before you head out to the lake or pool:
A 2013 report indicated that 38 percent of smartphone users have been victims of cybercrime. This rate is expected to grow with mobile threats on the rise. To help fight this cybersecurity risk, the Department of Homeland Security developed the Stop.Think.Connect program. The following mobile tips are from their Mobile Security Tip Card.
My Aimee Voth Siebert, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Disasters overwhelm our city systems and infrastructure. The news often includes reports of damaged transformers or broken water lines. Because these systems are critical to a smoothly operating city, repairing those systems is a high priority.
Disasters also overwhelm people. We have our own inner systems, attention, energy, ability to organize, that get interrupted by emergency situations. These systems are equally critical to protect and repair as soon as possible.
By Betsy Markey, SBA Region VIII Administrator
One of this region's most expensive disasters unfolded the night of Sept. 9, 2013 when over 10 inches of rain fell in a 24-hour period, devastating Boulder, Colo. and several other communities with flash floods, inflicting damage on nearly 20,000 homes and hundreds of small businesses. Unfortunately, our region is prone to a variety of natural disasters such as flooding in North Dakota, tornadoes in South Dakota, and the 2012 Montana wildfires that scorched more than 1.1 million acres of land.
Have you experienced flood damage to your home or business as a result of Colorado rainstorms? There are always many questions from the community on what is covered by insurance companies or other programs. The first step is to meet with your insurance agent to review your policy. Flood damage is covered under a separate flood insurance policy and not under your general policy. Flood insurance is purchased directly from your insurance agent.
Officials Encourage Individuals to Register to Participate in an Exercise or Drill, Make a Family Communication Plan, Download Alerts and Know Local Hazards