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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).
Cyberattacks pose a significant threat to our critical infrastructure and national security. Our Nation’s critical infrastructure systems—including transportation, communication, and power grids—all rely heavily on online networks that are vulnerable to cyber threats. Many of the defenses critical infrastructure owners and operators use to protect their systems are outdated or ineffective, making it imperative that we prioritize improving the resiliency of our essential systems. Throughout NCSAM in October and into Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month in November, DHS is committed to raising awareness for the importance of strengthening our Nation’s critical infrastructure from cyberattacks.
The unique characteristics of children dictate the need for school-based all-hazards response plans during natural disasters, emerging infectious diseases, and terrorism. Schools are a critical community institution serving a vulnerable population that must be accounted for in public health preparedness plans; prepared schools are adopting policies and plans for crisis preparedness, response, and recovery. The importance of having such plans in place is underscored by the development of a new Healthy People 2020 objective (PREP-5) to “increase the percentage of school districts that require schools to include specific topics in their crisis preparedness, response, and recovery plans”. Because decisions about such plans are usually made at the school district level, it is important to examine district-level policies and practices.
New health preparedness rule means withstanding the storm - which means better care for patients and better business for health care providers
Due to recent weather events and impact those storms have had on communities, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has collaborated with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) to improve crisis response within the healthcare sector. To do this, various types of healthcare organizations will be included in this new CMS preparedness rule.
This year’s CDC National Preparedness Month (NPM) theme is "The Power of Preparedness." Each week will focus on a different area including preparing globally, locally, and individually. Visit the Michigan Prepares website for additional information. For health departments interested in content to share, @MIPrepares and @MichEMHS will be promoting NPM on Twitter throughout the month. Use the official NPM hashtag #NatlPrep. Agencies nationwide are uniting under the banner “Don’t Wait. Communicate.” to encourage everyone to create a family communications plan https://www.ready.gov/september.
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