Thursday, April 26, 2018

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5 Spring Safety Tips

1. Stay informed – get a weather radio.

The National Weather Service continuously broadcasts warnings and forecasts that can be received by NOAAweather radios.

Know what to Listen For!

  • Tornado Watch: Tornadoes are possible in your area. Remain alert for approaching storms.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Tells you when and where severe thunderstorms are likely to occur. Watch the sky and stay tuned to know when warnings are issued.
  • Tornado Warning: A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning:  Issued when severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar.

2. When thunder roars, go indoors.

Take thunderstorms seriously. Lightning strikes may be rare, but they still happen and the risk of serious injury or death is severe.

  • If there are storms in your area, find a safe, enclosed shelter.
  • The main lightning safety guide is the 30-30 rule. After you see lightning, start counting to 30. If you hear thunder before you reach 30, go indoors. Suspend activities for at least 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder.
  • If no shelter is available, crouch low, with as little of your body touching the ground as possible. Lightning causes electric currents along the top of the ground that can be deadly over 100 feet away.

3. Turn around, don’t drown®

Don’t underestimate the power and force of water. Remember, it’s never safe to drive or walk into any kind of flood waters.

  • Just six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off your feet. If flowing water is above your ankles, stop, turn around, and go another way.
  • If you’re caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Danger can lurk in the water: downed power lines or other debris may not be easily visible. If you see a downed power line, move at least ten feet away from it – or anything touching it. If you’re driving and your car comes in contact with a downed power line, stay in your car.

4. Beware of flying objects.

Falling and flying debris causes most deaths and injuries during a tornado.

  • Go to the basement or an inside room without windows on the lowest floor (bathroom, closet, center hallway).
  • Avoid windows.
  • For added protection get under something sturdy (a heavy table or workbench). Cover your body with a blanket, sleeping bag or mattress. Protect your head with anything available.

5. Prepare for everywhere.

Make a kit for home, and one for the road.

  • For home, keep a three day supply of food and water:
    • One gallon of water per person per day (a family of four should keep 12 gallons of water).
    • Foods that are easy to make and won’t spoil, like canned soup, dry pasta, and powdered milk.
    • Don’t forget a manual can opener and basic utensils to prepare and serve meals!
  • For your car:
    • Personal items like medications and emergency phone numbers.
    • Check the kit regularly. Make sure the flashlight batteries work.
    • Check expiration dates and replace any used or out-of-date items.





April 17, 2018
How Prepared Is Illinois To Manage Health Emergencies?
When it comes to dealing with natural disasters, disease outbreaks and other large-scale emergencies, Illinois is among the most prepared states in the nation, according to the latest edition of an annual report. The 2018 National Health Security Preparedness Index gives Illinois an overall score of 7.3 on a 10-point scale for 2017. The U.S. scored a 7.1, a nearly 3-percent improvement over 2016 (6.9) and a nearly 11-percent improvement since 2013 (6.4). “Threats to America’s health security are on the rise, but so is our nation’s preparedness to deal with these emergencies,” said Alonzo Plough, vice president of research-evaluation-learning and chief science officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which released the report. Findings show improvements in two-thirds of states, with 18—including Illinois—ranking higher than the national average. Maryland had the highest score: 8.0. “Illinois did particularly well in the coordination and timely response for first responders to emergencies,” said Plough. Illinois notched a 9.2 score in the incident and information management category, exceeding the national average of 8.8. “Like a lot of other states, Illinois could work better at coordinating within and between components of the health care delivery system,” he said. Illinois’ lowest health security rank for 2017 was in health care delivery with a score of 5.5. “Like other parts of the country, there could be more improvement in engaging community members (in Illinois) before a disaster, so they have knowledge of what it means to be prepared (and) know where to get trusted information,” Plough said. “Every community must be equipped to prepare for, respond to, and recover from any health emergency,” said Stephen C. Redd, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, in a statement. “The index helps pinpoint where cross-sector investments are paying off and how the nation can increase resilience.”


April 17, 2018
The Dirty Work Of Keeping The Chicago River Clean
Cech is the pilot of Skim Pickens, one of two skimmer boats operated by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District that act as the Chicago River’s floating garbage trucks. Monday through Friday, the two boats – the other one is named Skimmy Dipper – cruise the river scooping up the cans, cups, wrappers and bottles that, one way or another, wind up in the water. They’ve been patrolling the river since 2015, and MWRD principal engineer Brian Levy says the boats were custom-made to efficiently sift and lift debris from the river’s surface.  “There's a basket that's in between the two hulls that actually collects the debris from the water. The basket lowers, it skims the water, and any sort of floating debris that’s right in front of the basket, it collects it,” Levy says. In addition to pilot Cech, deckhand Sean Kingsley is aboard the Skim Pickens to get into the odd corners the boat can’t reac


April 17, 2018
Federal, State Officials Investigate Theft Of Explosives From Pipeline Worksite In Marietta
PHILADELPHIA — Federal and state officials are investigating the recent theft of explosives from a pipeline worksite located in Marietta. Approximately 640 pounds of dynamite and 400 blasting caps were stolen from a locked, truck trailer that was left on site Friday, according to a release from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The worksite security company did not discover the theft until Monday, after noticing the trailer door was ajar with the locks missing, the release adds. “The ATF, along with our law enforcement partners are committed to ensuring that our communities are safe and that those who violate federal explosive laws are held accountable,” said Donald Robinson, Special Agent in Charge. “We are asking for the public’s help in our effort to apprehend and convict those responsible.” ATF is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the recovery of the stolen explosives and/or the arrest and conviction of those responsible, the release states. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the ATF hotline at 1-888-ATF-BOMB (1-888-283-2662). Tips can also be submitted by using the Reportit® app, available from both Google Play and the Apple App store, or by visiting (link is external). All tips will be kept confidential. Pennsylvania State Police and the Susquehanna Regional Police Department are also involved with the investigation.


April 17, 2018
Hackers Stole Las Vegas Casino High-Roller Database Via Its Fish Tank
Hackers are gravitating from phishing to fish tanks, according to a cybersecurity expert, who related this week how criminals were able to steal a casino’s high-roller database by gaining access to its computer network via a smart thermostat in its tropical aquarium. Speaking at the WSJ CEO Council Conference in London, Nicole Eagan, the CEO of cyber defense company Darktrace, said that once the hackers had breached the system of the unnamed Las Vegas casino they were able to “pull [the database] back across the network, out the thermostat, and up to the cloud.” News of the casino fish tank heist came amid warnings that hackers are increasingly targeting “internet of things” (IOT) devices to find their way into corporate networks. As internet-connected smart gadgets and appliances become more common, they are creating more weak links in corporate security, said Egan.



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