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Make Halloween a Treat

Keep your costumes, decorations, and treats safe for a Happy Halloween.

Follow these tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission  and the U.S Fire Administration :

  • Look for flame-resistant costumes with bright colors or trimmed with reflective tape to make them more visible to drivers.
  • Carry brightly colored trick-or-treat bags or bags decorated with reflective tape. 
  • Use flameless candles or glow sticks for jack-o'-lanterns and other decorations.
  • Decorations like cornstalks and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep exits clear of these items.
  • Make sure children's masks include eyeholes big enough to see through to avoid injury and nose holes for proper breathing.

Find additional information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Halloween Safety page. 


The Internet Wants You: Consider a Career in Cybersecurity

The fourth week of  National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), October 23-27, encourages students and job seekers to explore cybersecurity careers. You can get started now with the resources below.

To learn more about cybersecurity education and career development, visit . To learn more about cybersecurity careers at DHS, visit .


Wildfires Can Happen Anywhere, Anytime

Wildfires  have hit the Western United States recently and may continue, so prepare yourself and your family.

Wildfires can occur anywhere, any time of the year. They destroy homes, businesses, and natural resources. Review the Prepareathon ™  How to Prepare for a Wildfire Guide to begin preparing for a wildfire.

  • Watch the Federal Emergency Management Agency's wildfire video – When the Fire Starts .
  • Determine if your insurance policy includes enough coverage for your property.
  • Remove flammable items, such as firewood piles and portable propane tanks, within 30 feet of all structures. Remove dry or dead vegetation from up to 100 feet around your home.
  • Learn and practice evacuation routes from your home or business to a safe area. Add these routes to your family emergency communication plan . The best action to protect yourself and your family is to evacuate early.

For more information, visit or the U. S. Fire Administration's Wildfire Page: .


Five Steps to Tsunami Safety

Even though tsunamis do not happen often, it remains important to prepare if you live, work, or plan to visit a coastal area.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), a tsunami is one of the most powerful and destructive natural forces. It consists of a series of waves that move outward in all directions and can travel across entire oceans. Large earthquakes below or near the ocean floor cause most tsunamis, but landslides, volcanic activity, certain types of weather, and near earth objects (e.g., asteroids, comets) can also cause tsunamis.

Follow these NWS tips to prepare for a tsunami:

For more information, visit the NWS Tsunami Safety page and the Tsunamis page.


Webinar: 2017 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards Recognition and Idea Sharing

On Tuesday, October 31 at 2 p.m. ET, join the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a webinar to honor the preparedness efforts of the 2017 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness (ICP) Award winners and learn about their programs.

FEMA will host the webinar with the awardees to generate conversation, share ideas, insights, and experiences. Winners will provide models of preparedness programs to help others take similar actions in their community.

The FEMA ICP Awards highlight innovative local practices and achievements of individuals, communities, and organizations throughout the country that made outstanding contributions to prepare their community. 

A list of the FEMA ICP Awards recipients and the honorable mentions for each category is available at .

How to Join the Webinar:

We hope that you will be able to join us on October 31!


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