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ANEW, NATIONAL

,

emergency

alert system is now in place with

the goal of alerting you immedi-

ately if a potentially life-threat-

ening event endangers your

community.

Alert Ready

delivers

public safety messages across the

country through local television

and radio broadcasters.

Developed in partnership with

federal, provincial and territorial

emergency management officials,

as well as Environment Canada

and the broadcast industry,

Alert

Ready

is operated byTheWeather

Network. The system delivers

critical warnings to residents

through television and radio, as

well as through their cable or

satellite service provider. Alert

Ready provides a simple, easily

accessible method to share alerts

immediately, so that you know

when to take action to keep safe.

“From more common alerts such

as tornados, floods and wildfires

to other less frequent, but equally

dangerous events like biohazards

or landslides, the Alert Ready

system is in place to keep audiences

informed of potential dangers,” says

Paul Temple, senior vice-president

of regulatory and strategic affairs

at The Weather Network. “The

system benefits all of us by giving

everyone immediate exposure to

important, life-saving information

allowing them to take action and

protect themselves, their families

and property.”

Canadians can expect the number

and type of public safety messages

to vary fromprovince to province.

Participating radio, television,

cable and satellite companies

will broadcast the alerts that are

most relevant to the communities

which they serve. The scope of

alerts covers the examples above,

as well as such things as train

derailments, industrial fires,

water contamination and missing

persons; even informational alerts

such as frost warnings. The list is

not limited to weather or environ-

mental warnings.

More information is available

online at

AlertReady.ca

, including

examples of the alert notifications,

links to provincial and territorial

emergency preparedness resour-

ces and helpful videos to assist

Canadians in being prepared for

emergencies.

Snowbird

Alert

When it comes to password pri-

vacy, Canadians aren’t private at

all. In fact, one-fifth of us have

shared a password with someone

else, and one in seven uses the

same passwords for work and per-

sonal accounts, according to recent

findings from a 2014 Canadian

Norton Cyber Security survey.

This makes us more vulnerable to

cyber-attacks.

Data breaches are happening

more and more, and individual

breaches in which cyber criminals

try to access your accounts also

continue to happen. According

to the country’s top experts, Can-

adians cannot sit idle…they must

take an active role in their security.

Here are five steps to increase

personal cyber security:

CANADIANS DON’T DO ENOUGH ABOUT

ONLINE PROTECTION

Create different passwords for

different accounts.

It’s tempting to use

one password, or a variation of one

password for many accounts, however

this behaviour leaves you vulnerable to

attacks. Be proactive and create unique

passwords for each online account.

Change your passwords

regularly.

People often change

their passwords after hearing

about a big breach in the news,

but it’s not good enough to do this

on an ad hoc basis. Set a time in

your calendar, about every three

months, to change your passwords.

Get a password manager.

Keeping

track of many passwords is difficult.

Using a password manager can

eliminate the stress and worry of

juggling multiple sign-ins.

Invest in Internet

security software.

The

Norton Cyber Security

survey found that almost

a third of Canadians do

have security software

on their home computer.

Installing comprehensive

Internet security software

is the first step to

protecting information.

And don’t forget your

mobile device – think

about the data which

you access on your

smartphone or tablet.

Avoid using public WiFi.

More than half

of survey respondents reported connecting

to public WiFi in the last 30 days. While it

is convenient, the open network leaves you

vulnerable to third parties spying on your data.

Go to the Doctor…

NOW!

Travel medical insurance plans

have strict time frames in their

policy wordings for pre-existing

medical conditions to be con-

sidered stable and controlled. This

includes treatment, diagnosis and

changes in medication. Get as far

ahead of your stability period as

you can by going to see your doctor

as soon as possible. This way, if you

receive a new diagnosis, need to be

referred to a specialist or need to

make adjustments to your medica-

tions or their dosage, you will have

ample time to fulfil the requirement

for your medical condition to be

deemed stable and controlled. This

is your best bet for avoiding a delay

in your departure date when you

head south in the fall.

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Source:

newscanada.com

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