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Teach your staff to:
A) Stop and Look, Assess the Situation.
B) Then, Do Something.
Teach Your Staff: First Aid, and Teach Psychological First Aid.

Teach Respect, Tolerance, and Understanding.

In the end, it’s a sense of hope and optimism that people acknowledge, and which brings resilience.

USB Drives

posted Mar 13, 2015, 7:51 AM by Andrew Chadick   [ updated Mar 13, 2015, 7:55 AM ]

If you find a USB drive (thumb drive, memory stick, or pen drive) on the ground outside your office, or when you are out and about, please do NOT put it in your computer.  

There are so many hacks that can be executed from a found drive, that can do everything from auto installing malware, to quite literally causing physical damage to the circuitry in your computer.  Don't take the chance.

Bird Flu 2015

posted Mar 12, 2015, 11:33 AM by Andrew Chadick


03/11 Bird flu mutating in China



The H7N9 bird flu virus is being passed around from flock to flock of chickens and ducks, is mutating, and is now a bigger threat than ever to humanity, researchers reported Wednesday.


The virus, which was first reported in people just two years ago, has settled into southeastern China, Guan Yi of the University of Hong Kong and colleagues reported. Unless drastic measures are taken to eradicate it, the virus will continue to mutate, they warn in a report published in the journal Nature.


"H7N9 viruses have spread from eastern to southern China and become persistent in chickens," they wrote. It's also swapping genes with other types of flu viruses, giving rise to new strains. Any one of them could start a pandemic in time, they said.


"This expansion of the genetic diversity of influenza viruses in China means that unless effective control measures are in place, such as permanent closure of live poultry markets, central slaughtering and preventing inter-regional poultry transportation during disease outbreaks, and backed by systematic surveillance, it is reasonable to expect the H7N9 and other viruses to persist and cause a substantial number of severe human infections," they wrote.


They've found at least 48 different subtypes. H7N9 avian influenza has infected 622 people since 2013 and killed 227 of them.

Teaching Young Children to be SAFE

posted Mar 6, 2015, 8:25 AM by Andrew Chadick

The Red Cross has a new app for phones and tablets that is geared to helping young children learn the drills to be safe during emergencies like Earthquakes, Fire, Flood, and Severe Storms.  

Look for more information here:

Jewish Community Outreach - US Department of Homeland Security - Pacific NorthWest

posted Feb 26, 2015, 1:34 PM by Andrew Chadick

U.S. Department of Homeland Security / Secure Community Network

Jewish Community Outreach

Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle / SAFE Washington


DATE: March 1st 2015


LOCATION: (Will be announced with RSVP Confirmation)

This session will also be Broadcast on the SAFE Washington Network using GotoMeeting for those that cannot attend in person.


BACKGROUND:  In the past year, there have been multiple attacks against the Jewish community to include the January 2015 raid on a kosher food market in Porte de Vincennes, France where 19 Jewish patrons were held hostage and four of the patrons eventually murdered; the December 2014 stabbing attack at the Chabad-Lubavitch Headquarters in Brooklyn, NY; and the fatal shootings at the Kansas Jewish Centers in April 2014. 


In an effort to enhance security within the Jewish Community, the Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary conducted an initial call with senior Jewish community leaders on December 11, 2014, to coordinate heightened outreach. This Jewish Community Outreach will continue previous collaborative efforts.  

Who should attend? Leaders of an agency, synagogue, or those responsible for the safety and welfare of their constituents & staff members.

In order to attend in person, or attend via webinar, you must RSVP to: by no later than Friday, February 27th at 5pmAn RSVP response will go out with special instructions for attendance and confirmation.

When you RSVP for this Community Outreach, please include your name, the agency you represent, your title, and contact information including phone number.

Note: Only those on the visitor list will be allowed to enter the building, and webinar attendance will be limited to those that RSVP (there are some limits to the number of attendees that can sign in via the web, so please RSVP for webinar early if you cannot attend in person.

Wireless Emergency Alerts

posted Feb 26, 2015, 1:24 PM by Andrew Chadick

Have you noticed a unique sound and vibration coming from your cell phone?  You may have received a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) - a nationwide emergency alert system notifying you of a pending emergency in your area. These messages provide information about extreme weather warnings, local emergencies, AMBER Alerts™, and Presidential Alerts during a national emergency.

WEAs look like a text message and show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert. If you receive a WEA, follow any directions advised by the message and seek additional information from local media or authorities.

WEAs are sent by authorized government agencies through your mobile carrier. Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the Federal Communications Commission, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service.

WEA messages can save lives! To learn more check, out FEMA’s WEA Public Service Announcements and the Be Smart. Know Your Alerts and Warnings guide from America’s PrepareAthon!

Food Safety During Blackouts

posted Feb 26, 2015, 1:20 PM by Andrew Chadick

Loss of power can jeopardize the safety of the food stored in your home refrigerator or freezer. In the event of a blackout, do you know how to determine if your food is safe to eat? The U.S. Department of Agriculture(USDA) offers tips to minimize the potential loss of food and lower the risk of foodborne illness.

Before a blackout:

  • Gather an emergency supply of shelf-stable food, packaged foods, boxed or canned milk, bottle water, and canned goods;
  • Have coolers and frozen gel packs on hand to keep refrigerated food cold if the power goes out longer than four hours; and
  • Keep freezer items close together—this helps the food stay cold longer.

Bacteria in food grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. The USDA instructs setting your refrigerator at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. If the power is out for less than four hours and the refrigerator door is kept closed, your food should be safe.

Following a blackout:

  • Discard any perishable food items such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers that have been exposed to temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours or more;
  • Use a food thermometer to test the temperature of food – never taste it!  You can’t rely on appearance and odor to determine whether food is safe; and
  • Discard any items in the refrigerator that have come into contact with raw meat, seafood, or poultry juices.

Power outages can occur anywhere at any time of the year. Make sure you and your family are prepared and know what to do to avoid getting sick.

CPR and First Aid Training Opportunity

posted Mar 18, 2014, 7:50 AM by Andrew Chadick

How to Protect the Information on Your SmartPhone

posted Mar 18, 2013, 10:31 AM by Andrew Chadick

We've come to depend on our smartphones so heavily it is hard to remember what we did before we had them.
If you have a smartphone, you now carry a fully functional computer in your pocket or purse.
That's a tremendous amount of information at your fingertips. Therefore, it is paramount that you safeguard your smartphone.

Common Risks for Smartphones

Take a moment to consider each of these areas:

• Loss of device and information theft. Smartphones are small and can easily be lost or stolen.
Unauthorized users may access your accounts, address lists, photos, and more to scam, harm or
Embarrass you or your friends; they may leverage stored passwords to access your bank and credit card
Accounts, steal your money or make credit card charges; gain access to sensitive material, and more.

• Social Engineering. A common mobile threat is social engineering. Whether via text message, image, or
Application to download, an incoming communication may be an attempt to gain access to your information.
A current example consists of a text message that comes from an unknown number, telling you that if you
Click on the link provided, you'll have access to thousands of free ringtones. If this sounds too good to be
True, that's because it is. The link is in fact a malicious link. Clicking on it will compromise the security of
Your smartphone.

• TMI (Too Much Information). Guidelines for protecting privacy, safety, and reputation when sharing via
Computers also apply when sharing via smartphones. Mobile devices enable instantaneous capturing,
Posting and distribution of images, videos, and information. They may also broadcast location information.

• Public Wi-Fi. Smartphones are susceptible to malware and hacking when leveraging unsecured public

• Bluetooth and Near Field Communications (NFC). Bluetooth is a wireless network technology that uses
Short-wave radio transmissions to transmit voice and data. NFC allows for smartphones to communicate
With each other by simply touching another smartphone, or being in proximity to another smartphone with
NFC capabilities or a NFC device. Risks with using NFC and Bluetooth include eavesdropping, through
Which the cyber-criminal can intercept data transmission, such as credit card numbers. NFC also has the
Risk of transferring viruses or other malware from one NFC-enabled device to another.

Simple Steps to Protect Your Smartphone:

1. Update the operating system. Smartphones are computing devices that need to be updated. Updates
Often provide you with enhanced functionality and enriched features, as well as fixes to critical security
Vulnerabilities. Your smartphone manufacturer should notify you whenever an update is available.

2. Use of security software is a must. As the smartphone market is increasing, so too is the amount of
Malware designed to attack smartphones. The software security solutions that are available for desktops
And laptops are not as widely available for smartphones. A key protection is to use mobile security software
And keep it up-to-date. Many of these programs can also locate a missing or stolen phone, will back up
Your data, and even remotely wipe all data from the phone if it is reported stolen.

3. Password-protect your device. Enable strong password protection on your device and include a timeout
Requiring authentication after a period of inactivity. Secure the smartphone with a unique password - not the
Default one it came with. Do not share your password with others.

4. Think before you click, download, forward, or open. Before responding, registering, downloading or
Providing information, get the facts. No matter how tempting the text, image, or application is, if the
Download isn't from a legitimate app store or the site of a trusted company, don't engage with the message.

5. Understand the terms of use. Some applications claim extensive rights to accessing and leveraging your
Personal information. If the app requires more access to your account and/or device than is needed to run
The service, do not continue. In addition, be aware that terms can change over time. Review your terms of
Use often.

6. Be cautious with public Wi-Fi. Many smartphone users use free Wi-Fi hotspots to access data (and keep
Their phone plan costs down). There are numerous threats associated with Wi-Fi hotspots. To be safe, avoid
Logging into accounts, especially financial accounts, when using public wireless networks.

7. Disable Bluetooth and Near Field Communication (NFC) capabilities when not in use. Capabilities
Such as Bluetooth and NFC can provide ease and convenience in using your smartphone. They can also
Provide an easy way for a nearby, unauthorized user to gain access to your data. Tum these features off
When they are not required.

8. Enable encryption. Enabling encryption on your smartphone is one of the best ways to safeguard
Information stored on the device, thwarting unauthorized access.

9. Securely dispose of your device. With the constant changes and upgrades in the smartphone market,
Many are upgrading their devices on a regular basis. It is important that you wipe the information from your
Smartphone before disposal. Additionally, make sure any SD cards are removed and erased. If you are not
Redeploying the SIM card to another device, then make sure your personal information stored on the SIM
Card is erased or destroyed.

Public Information in a Terrorism Incident

posted Oct 3, 2012, 11:53 AM by Andrew Chadick

January 29th & 30th.  This two day course examines the role of public information in managing a terrorism incident and provides practical training in crisis communication techniques.

In such an incident, it is imperative that community leaders, incident managers, and public information officers are prepared to communicate with the public through the news media. The course focuses on the role of public information in incident management, the information needs of the public in a crisis, and the various means of effectively communicating through the news media. Upon completion of the course, participants will understand the role of public information in a terrorism incident, and be prepared to plan and execute public information actions in the event of such an incident.

Target Audience: 
Agency partners that will have public information officer responsibilities during such an event.
Recommended Prerequisites: 
ICS-100, ICS-200, IS-700, and IS-800.  It is also recommended that participants take the IS-29 (PIO Awareness Training). Courses can be found here:

Due to Safety and Security, you must register for this event by January 15th, 2013 or you will not be permitted to enter.  

You must have a confirmation email of successful registration with you in order to attend.  

Please contact SAFE Washington with your name, agency name, and title when inquiring about this event.

Cyber Event Workshop & Cyber Event Tabletop Exercise

posted Jun 28, 2012, 9:56 AM by Andrew Chadick   [ updated Jun 28, 2012, 9:58 AM ]

Save the Date - Sept 5, 2012 Cyber Event Workshop    &     Sept 6, 2012 Cyber Event Tabletop Exercise

Emerald Down 2 - All are welcome to participate.

The workshop on 9/5 will be aimed at executive level personnel and will feature speakers who will describe and ennumerate the likely consequences of a large cyber event on organizations in our region.

During the tabletop exercise on 9/6 participant organizations will consider several scenarios and discuss interdependencies, response, recovery and collaboration.

Please see the attached flyer for details and registration.
Sent at: 12:08p PST
Please see the attached document: emerald_down_2_invite.pdf


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