Tuesday, October 13, 2015

National Cyber Security Awareness Month- Stay Safe Online

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Practice good online safety habits with these tips and advice:

Keep a Clean Machine

  • Keep security software current: Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats.
  • Automate software updates: Many software programs will automatically connect and update to defend against known risks. Turn on automatic updates if that’s an available option.
  • Protect all devices that connect to the Internet: Along with computers, smart phones, gaming systems, and other web-enabled devices also need protection from viruses and malware.
  • Plug & scan: “USBs” and other external devices can be infected by viruses and malware. Use your security software to scan them.

Protect Your Personal Information

  • Secure your accounts: Ask for protection beyond passwords. Many account providers now offer additional ways for you verify who you are before you conduct business on that site.
  • Make passwords long and strong: Combine capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols to create a more secure password.
  • Unique account, unique password: Separate passwords for every account helps to thwart cybercriminals.
  • Write it down and keep it safe: Everyone can forget a password. Keep a list that’s stored in a safe, secure place away from your computer.
  • Own your online presence: When available, set the privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing. It’s ok to limit who you share information with.
Connect With Care
  • When in doubt, throw it out: Links in email, tweets, posts, and online advertising are often the way cybercriminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best to delete or if appropriate, mark as junk email.
  • Get savvy about Wi-Fi hotspots: Limit the type of business you conduct and adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your machine.
  • Protect your $$: When banking and shopping, check to be sure the sites is security enabled. Look for web addresses with “https://” or “shttp://”, which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information. “Http://” is not secure.
Be Web Wise
  • Stay current. Keep pace with new ways to stay safe online: Check trusted websites for the latest information, and share with friends, family, and colleagues and encourage them to be web wise.
  • Think before you act: Be wary of communications that implores you to act immediately, offers something that sounds too good to be true, or asks for personal information.
  • Back it up: Protect your valuable work, music, photos, and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely.
Be a Good Online Citizen
  • Safer for me more secure for all: What you do online has the potential to affect everyone – at home, at work and around the world. Practicing good online habits benefits the global digital community.
  • Post only about others as you have them post about you.
  • Help the authorities fight cyber crime: Report stolen finances or identities and other cybercrime to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov) and to your local law enforcement or state attorney general as appropriate.
For more information, visit www.staysafeonline.org and www.phila.gov/ready

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre Create Video for Deaf Community About Pope Francis Visit.

September 15, 2015

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Persons with Disabilities and the Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre (DHCC) have created an American Sign Language (ASL) video providing some details to the Deaf community about the Papal visit.

Sister Kathleen Schipani, IHM, Director of the Office for Persons with Disabilities and Neil McDevitt, Executive Director of the Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre, created the video.

You can access the Archdiocese and DHCC video online at:

Philadelphia's Office of Emergency Management has press conferences with the City regarding World Meeting of families and Pope Francis' visit closed-captioned and with an ASL interpreter. To view those videos, visit OEM's YouTube channel:

For information regarding the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis' visit, go to:      

To get emergency or weather alerts from the Office of Emergency Management, visit www.phila.gov/ready and click on "Sign Up For Alerts".

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Papal Visit Playbook Released by City, State and World Meeting of Families. Outlines Events and Provides Residents with Useful Information for WMOF and Pope Francis Visit

August 24, 2015

The City of Philadelphia, along with the State of Pennsylvania and the World Meeting of Families, launched the "Papal Visit Playbook" today.

The online guide, which can be found here or on the WMOF website at www.worldmeeting2015.orghttp://www.worldmeeting2015.org/, is a comprehensive online guide for residents of Philadelphia as well as the surrounding counties and states.

The Papal Playbook provides people with a broad overview of information related to the World Meeting of Families Congress and Pope Francis's visit.

The guide includes a complete outline of the event itself, recommendations on how residents can participate, transportation information, special events for residents prior too the pope's arrival, emergency notification information, pet care considerations, city service information, and additional resources to support residents.

The City of Philadelphia created a special section on its website that contains the latest information released by the mayor's office, including resources for residents and business owners along with maps of Center City Philadelphia that will be affected by Pope Francis' visit.

To sign up for City of Philadelphia OEM alerts regarding emergency or weather information, go to www.phila.gov/ready and click on the "ReadyPhiladelphia" icon.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Deadline Approaching July 31st For ReadyPhiladelphia Emergency Alert Enrollment.

Those who were registered under ReadyNotifyPA have three weeks to sign up for OEM’s new system to continue receiving important information.
           One of the alerts sent out during last night’s thunderstorm warning of flooding

By Jeffrey D. Kolakowski July 10, 2015 @PhilaOEM

Last night, thunderstorms rolled through Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. If you signed up for alerts though Philadelphia's Office of Emergency Management, you received real time texts, calls or emails warning you of severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings.

Important as there was heavy rain and lightning over a prolonged period. Philadelphia Police also reported road closures due to street flooding.

Recently, ReadyNotifyPA transitioned to ReadyPhiladelphia, an important service providing emergency alerts from the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management.

The safety of our neighbors in the city is our biggest concern, and being prepared is a huge part of being safe.

That is why we want to call attention to those who were registered previously with ReadyNotifyPA. You must create a new account with ReadyPhiladelphia in the coming weeks to continue receiving alerts.

If you do not do so by July 31, 2015, you will not receive important information that is valuable to you.

We ask that you please register at www.phila.gov/ready and click on “Sign Up For Alerts”. There you will have options to sign up for any or all of email, text, voice call or a mobile app with push notifications.

With ReadyPhiladelphia, you can sign up to get alerts about disasters, local emergencies, weather issues, and other important information. Some alerts may include evacuations and shelter in place instructions, and the locations of emergency evacuation shelters for the public.

We can send alerts to multiple devices: your home, business phone, smartphones and other mobile devices.  

You will be able to get notifications for up to five addresses, such as home, work, and schools in Philadelphia that are important locations to you.

The time to prepare for an emergency is not in the middle of one. In an emergency, you’re either ready or not.

Enrolling in ReadyPhiladelphia is an important step that takes minutes.

If you were not a customer of ReadyNotifyPA, we love seeing new names. Please go to www.phila.gov/ready and click “Sign Up For Alerts” as well.

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