April is Tornado Awareness Month

April is Tornado Awareness Month. Do you know where to seek shelter during a tornado? Learn what to do before, during & after one hits.

Image by Jonny Lindner from Pixabay
Image by Jonny Lindner from Pixabay

Tornadoes

Tornadoes can destroy your home, your business, buildings, flip cars, and create deadly flying debris. Tornadoes are violently rotating columns of air that extend from a thunderstorm to the ground. Tornadoes can:

  • Happen anytime and anywhere;
  • Bring intense winds, over 200 MPH; and
  • Look like funnels.

 IF YOU ARE UNDER A TORNADO WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY

  • If you can safely get to a sturdy building, then do so immediately.
  • Go to a safe room, basement, or storm cellar.
  • If you are in a building with no basement, then get to a small interior room on the lowest level.
  • Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls.
  • Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You’re safer in a low, flat location.
  • Watch out for flying debris that can cause injury or death.
  • Use your arms to protect your head and neck.

HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN A TORNADO THREATENS

Prepare NOW

  • Know your area’s tornado risk. In the U.S., the Midwest and the Southeast have a greater risk for tornadoes.
  • Know the signs of a tornado, including a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud; an approaching cloud of debris; or a loud roar—similar to a freight train.
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts. If your community has sirens, then become familiar with the warning tone.
  • Pay attention to weather reports. Meteorologists can predict when conditions might be right for a tornado.
  • Identify and practice going to a safe shelter in the event of high winds, such as a safe room built using FEMA criteria or a storm shelter built to ICC 500 standards. The next best protection is a small, interior, windowless room on the lowest level of a sturdy building.
  • Consider constructing your own safe room that meets FEMA or ICC 500 standards.

 Survive DURING

  • Immediately go to a safe location that you identified.
  • Take additional cover by shielding your head and neck with your arms and putting materials such as furniture and blankets around you.
  • Listen to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio, or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions.
  • Do not try to outrun a tornado in a vehicle.
  • If you are in a car or outdoors and cannot get to a building, cover your head and neck with your arms and cover your body with a coat or blanket, if possible.

Be Safe AFTER

  • Keep listening to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio, and local authorities for updated information.
  • If you are trapped, cover your mouth with a cloth or mask to avoid breathing dust. Try to send a text, bang on a pipe or wall, or use a whistle instead of shouting.
  • Stay clear of fallen power lines or broken utility lines.
  • Do not enter damaged buildings until you are told that they are safe.
  • Save your phone calls for emergencies. Phone systems are often down or busy after a disaster. Use text messaging or social media to communicate with family and friends.
  • Be careful during clean-up. Wear thick-soled shoes, long pants, and work gloves.

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IMPD to Host Community Listening Sessions As Part of Body Worn Camera Study

Beginning next week, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) will host a series of community listening sessions aimed at gathering feedback on a draft policy for body worn cameras. The listening sessions were first announced by Mayor Joe Hogsett and Chief Bryan Roach on February 4, when they laid out the community-and stakeholder-driven feasibility study that will seek input from both residents and rank-and-file officers in addition to a technology pilot period.

The feasibility study of body worn cameras will include an extensive community engagement process that kicks off with the community listening sessions and also includes a secure, web-based survey sponsored, created, and maintained by the IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). Residents can access the survey here, which will be used to garner the community’s opinions on body-worn cameras, the technology used during the study period, and other related factors. At a later date a second round of community listening sessions will be announced to allow IUPUI SPEA to share survey results directly with community members.

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The study will also include a pilot of body worn camera technology. Several vendor technologies will be tested by the officers who serve in the busies shift on the largest districts – all beat officers and supervisors on North, East, and Southeast District middle shift. This is a second, larger pilot of body worn camera technology in Indianapolis, but the first time the community will take part in the assessment.

Residents can access the survey here: Survey

A community listening session will be held in each IMPD district during the first half of March. The schedule can be found below:

Southeast District March 4 at 6:00 pm Southeast Community Services 901 Shelby

Downtown District March 5 at 5:30 pm City Way YMCA 430 S. Alabama

Northwest District March 7 at 6:00 pm International Market Coalition 3685 Commercial

Southwest District March 11 at 6:00 pm Friendship Missionary Baptist Church 1301 Goodlet

North District March 12 at 7:00 pm Zion Hope Baptist Church 5950 E 46th

East District March 14 at 6:00 pm Eastern Star Baptist Church, J229 – 2nd Floor of Jewel Conference Center, use north entrance 5750 E 30th

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Veterans Chamber of Commerce

I am a Veteran and a Small Business Owner. I am constantly searching for ideas and better ways of growing my business.

Today I was searching one of my favorite blogs Veneran Owned Business and ran across the Veterans Chamber of Commerce. This site is packed with programs and assistance for Veterans and Active Duty Military in helping them start their own business.

Here is an over view about them in their own words:

Everything we do is in support of veterans and their families.

Our Mission is clear: We Empower Individuals and Organizations who have ideas or programs that impact the lives of veterans and their families.
Our Message is Simple!:  We believe in establishing strong bonds of collaboration with like-minded individuals and organizations who have a passion for helping veterans.
What We Believe:
We believe in working together as “One-Unit” – We believe in Promoting and Supporting all veterans. 

​What we do:
We help Veterans advance into their next stage in life in three areas:

  1. Entrepreneurship – provide support with training on how to start a business
  2. Business Growth – Provide strategies and business advice
  3. Organizations – Help organizations that serve veterans, expand their reach to the veteran community

On the Service side of the Chamber;
We Empower 
individuals and organizations who have ideas for programs that impact the lives of veterans and their families, in three areas:

  1. Employment 
  2. Education
  3. Family & Wellness”

I signed up today, it was free. I look foward to exploring their programs and will report back what I find in the future.

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How secure is Nest Secure?

 Avast Security News Team, 20 February 2019 Original Article

Nest Secure users got a surprise when Google revealed a secret microphone on the device.
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Earlier this month, Google pushed an update for Nest Secure that enabled it to function as a Google Assistant smart speaker. The announcement surprised users not just because of the new feature, but because the news came with the revelation that a microphone has existed on the hardware all along.

Until then, Nest Secure never had a feature that allowed voice commands, so users who placed the security system in their home had no cause to think a microphone was on the hardware. Moreover, the microphone is not listed in any of the product descriptions or instructions. But this month users learned that their Nest Guard device — the keypad component of the Nest Secure system — has a microphone that this newest update would enable.

In a climate of rampant information collection, a secret microphone naturally makes a person suspicious. A representative for Google comments, “The on-device microphone was never intended to be a secret and should have been listed in the tech specs…That was an error on our part.” The company claims the microphone had been installed for future features, such as this.

Avast expert Luis Corrons believes that Nest Secure owners may be able to rest easy. “It is important to note,” he says, “that the microphone is disabled by default in all Nest devices. To enable it, the users have to do it themselves via the Nest app. This means that at no moment was it possible for the device to be listening.”

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Learn more about products that protect your digital life at avast.com. And get all the latest news on today’s cyberthreats and how to beat them at blog.avast.com.

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Please remember those deployed this holiday season.

This holiday season, please remember those deployed who will not be with their families.

Thank you to Local 440 Plumbers, Steamfitters, and Hvacr Service Technicians for their packages that they put together 12/1/2018. My Wife and Son had a blast helping you guys and I know my deployed Son will enjoy the package. The Local sent hundreds of packages to those deployed this year – support your Local 440 members!🇺🇲️ Full story #local440 @UALocal440

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“Few People Know That Indiana Is Home To The Only Superhero And Comic Book Museum In The World”

Posted in Indiana November 21, 2018 by 

“The Hall of Heroes Superhero Museum in northern Indiana preserves and celebrates the more than 80-year history of comic books and comic book characters. The building itself is a replica of The Hall of Justice from the Super Friends cartoon.”

Read the full article here: Only in Your State