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Daylight Saving Time Begins Sunday - Set Your Clock, Check Your Stock

Daylight Saving Time resumes on Sunday, March 12, 2017. That means we will turn our clocks forward one hour, or Spring Ahead! The semi-annual time change is also a great opportunity for valuable preparedness steps focused on checking your emergency preparedness supplies or stocks.

Change Your Clock, Check Your Stocks

This week as you prepare to change your clock, it's time to check the stock in your emergency preparedness kit for items that may be missing or expired. If you don't have a preparedness kit yes, you can create one that includes:

Cyber Security – Protect Yourself Against Ransonware

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CryptoWall is a nasty threat known as Ransomware.  You can't make this stuff up. Cybercriminals have figured out how to lock us out of our own computers, considering that some of us might pay a pretty penny to be able to get back in.

You might ask how they can keep you from getting to your files. Good question. It's kind of like when you were a kid and a much bigger kid took your lunch box and you knew there was no way you could take it back. It's the same thing here, but with no teacher to help.

Cybercriminals at Work

Frozen Pond and Lake Safety

Safe and Prepared - Helpful Tips

Each winter, after the ice forms on Colorado's waters, outdoor enthusiasts enjoy ice fishing, ice skating and other fun winter sports.  Before going out onto a frozen lake, pond or river, it's important to take safety precautions to reduce the risk of falling through the ice.  Knowing how to judge ice conditions will also help you make more informed decisions while enjoying winter.

Carefully Check Ice Conditions

Hazardous Materials and Household Chemical Safety

Safe and Prepared - Helpful Tips

Hazardous materials, more commonly referred to as chemicals, are used regularly in our daily lives.  A hazardous material is any solid, liquid, or gas that can cause harm to humans and other living organisms.  Many products containing hazardous chemicals are routinely used and stored in homes.  They are used to grow our food, clean our homes, fuel our cars, and purify our water, which means we have to be careful about how we use and store these chemicals. 

Safety Tips 

LEAP Offers Coloradans More Than Just Help with Home Heating Bills

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Weatherization and Crisis Intervention programs ensure efficient home heating 

The Low-income Energy Assistance Program's (LEAP) primary mission of helping Coloradans pay winter home heating costs is complemented by two crucial programs: the Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) and the Weatherization Assistance Program.

Computer Users Beware – Don't be Fooled by False Virus Infection Messages

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By Jeanne Sorensen, Plains Network Services

Recently, a large number of computer users are reporting a screen popup message that claims the computer is infected and you need to call Microsoft immediately. You may be redirected to a web page that indeed looks like a Microsoft web page with a phone number to call.

DO NOT CALL THE NUMBER! This is not Microsoft you are dealing with. Instead, you will be talking to a criminal who is attempting to gain access to your computer, and your personal information

Love is in the Air and so are the Scams

Safe and Prepared - Helpful Tips

by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, ID Theft & Fraud Unit

Romance scams affect thousands of people every year, but many victims do not believe they are victims and continue sending money.  The average loss per person is about $9,000-$10,000 and some have lost as much as $500,000, have mortgaged homes, sold vehicles, pawned family heirlooms, and taken out loans to send money.

Following a few simple steps can help reduce your risk of being scammed by a con artist Casanova.

Eat Healthier With Kiowa County Healthy Choices Program

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By Chelsea Davis

Kiowa County is proud to announce a fresh program promoting healthier eating!

Healthy Choices is a Kiowa County food voucher program designed to improve the diets of low-income families while providing an additional food supplement resource to the current programs currently offered by the Department of Social Services.