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Title : Women accused of stealing home security cameras from Fort Myers Home Depot – NBC2 News
Description : FORT MYERS, Fla. – Deputies are searching for suspects accused of stealing RING brand video and doorbell cameras from a Home Depot in Fort Myers, SWFL Crime Stoppers reported. Two unidentified women were seen loading several cameras into their bags before leaving the store located on South Tamiami Trail. The pair drove off in a silver Acura sedan, according to officials. Anyone who can identify the women is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477.

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Post Date : 04/22/2021
Title : Tall Building Fire Safety training partnership improving standards and enabling compliance for safety professionals – IFSEC Global | Security and Fire News and Resources
Description : Fire safety training IFSEC Global With the proposed changes to fire and building safety regulations set to have a significant impact on those accountable for the management of residential tall buildings, a new partnership between Tall Building Fire Safety Limited and SFJ Awards is enabling stakeholders to remain compliant and competent, improving public safety for years to come. Last month, the Government moved closer to legislating through its newly introduced Fire Safety Bill (currently before Parliament) and the Building Safety Bill (due to come later this year) to strengthen the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO) in a number of key areas, by publishing their ‘Fire Safety Consultation’ response. A vital step in helping to ensure a tragedy like Grenfell never happens again. Widely welcomed, the planned overhaul of the statutory guidance provided under the FSO brings together local enforcement agencies and national regulators to work in a new system to oversee the performance of building and fire safety. This will enable a ‘golden thread’ of vital information to be gathered over a building’s lifetime, ensuring safety improvement into the future. Most notably, the reform imposes greater duties and accountability on the appointed Responsible Person (RP) for the safety of residents in multi-occupancy residential buildings. The RP will need to show competency in undertaking, recording, and sharing fire risk assessments to a high standard and be clearly identifiable, or Fire and Rescue Authorities will be able to take strong action against those who do not. With the consequences of getting it wrong so great, it is not only vital that these ‘duty holders’ have access to the right training, at the right time, to develop the skills they require, but that they are importantly able to evidence them. As a result, hundreds of employers and individuals will need certificated fire safety training when the changes come into force later this year, and echoing the sentiments of Dame Judith Hackett, the time for the industry to act and ‘raise the bar’ is now, not to wait for legislation to enforce competence. Russ Timpson, Director at Tall Building Fire Safety said: “The new UK regulatory frameworks present an immediate challenge to fire safety specialists, social and private landlords, construction companies, managing agents and even residents, who must swiftly acquire the competency to navigate them. As the UK’s leading network for tall building fire safety, we needed to ensure we were able to rapidly deliver fit for purpose fire safety training programmes to help stakeholders meet this need. “As the only fire safety training of its kind for tall building environments, our tailored ‘Tall Building Fire Safety Management Course’ is targeted at harnessing the skills learners require to take the appropriate steps and actions to mitigate and manage fire risks on an ongoing basis. This includes the need for employers to appoint a competent building safety manager, as well as create and maintain the ‘golden thread’ of building fire safety information in unique and complex tall building scenarios. The programme is recognised by the Institution of Fire Engineers, and is relevant for literally hundreds of individuals, employers and building managers today and into the future.” In order to provide assurance to both learners and their employers that they have developed the right skills and knowledge to perform their roles safely, Tall Building Fire Safety partnered with SFJ Awards, who’s newly launched Custom Certification service accredits bespoke learning programmes just like this one. John Clark, Head of Awards and Assurance Services at SFJ Awards said: “With the potentially catastrophic impact of tall building fires, the need for specific competencies to help prevent risk, tackle incidents and improve fire safety within them is immediate. The ‘Tall Building Safety Management Course’ is delivered by specialist tall building fire engineers, technical regulators, fire safety enforcers and firefighting operational commanders to provide learners working in the tall building environment with the skills, knowledge, and behaviours they need to manage fire risk.” Approved training course The programme was approved by SFJ Awards’ Custom Certification and Quality Assurance team in November 2020, in time for the training to be launched in December. Russ added: “Becoming an SFJ Awards approved centre means the subsequent certification and qualification for learners who may take the role of ‘Duty Holder’ is invaluable. Individuals with this SFJ Awards certificated training may be appointed as a competent building safety manager or be required to create or maintain a ‘golden thread’ of building safety information.” An initial cohort of 10 registered learners have already completed the programme, and a further 12 are due to start this month. Scott Kirkwood, a Fire Safety Advisor who undertook the training programme in the first cohort said: “The Tall Buildings Fire Safety training has definitely helped me get up to speed quickly by going into more detail about vast subjects that I already had knowledge of, however would not necessarily have been able to go into as much detail with, when discussing with a client why certain fire protection measures should be in place. Russ, and the guest speakers who delivered the training, who are all experts in their field were brilliant, and provided very interesting information.” More and more tall buildings are being built, and existing tall buildings modified and changed, as cities worldwide adopt ambitious building programmes. There are few specialists that work in the field and the course organisers highlight there is a lack of relevant or available qualifications for those looking to professionalise their skills. Russ said: “Our ‘Tall Building Safety Management Course’ has been running internationally since 2013, providing much needed support to the rapidly expanding tall building environment. With new building safety regulations in the UK demanding competence from duty holders we see this as a great opportunity to improve standards and drive safety in an area where it is sorely needed.” In addition to this management programme, Tall Building Fire Safety will also be delivering other bespoke, quality assured Tall High-Risk Building Level 3 certificates in the future, including: Fire Safety in High-Risk Residential Buildings Fire Safety in Tall Buildings under construction Building Safety Bill Higher-Risk Building (HRB) Duty Holder Awareness John concluded: “The Government’s reform, together with Tall Building Fire Safety’s training will help ensure greater accountability and responsibility for fire and structural safety issues throughout the lifecycle of all buildings regulated by the FSO. We’re honoured to be able to further enhance the quality of such vital learning through our Custom Certification Service and in turn ensure that the public feel safe and are safe from fire, regardless of where they live, stay or work.” Russ Timpson will be speaking at FIREX Connect in June as part of a series of thought leadership webinars in fire safety and evacuation management. Find out more about FIREX Connect here.  Fire Safety in 2020 Annual Report - A year of challenges and change Download the Fire Safety in 2020 eBook, as IFSEC Global and FIREX International keep you up to date with the biggest stories of the year, including new legislation, Grenfell Tower Inquiry revelations and how the COVID-19 pandemic affected professionals in the sector. The eBook also features a nine-point guide to firestopping, an exclusive foreword from the Fire Industry Association's Ian Moore, and a round-up of the biggest news and prosecution stories of the year. Related Topics Government appoints experts to review testing system for construction products Webinar: How a ‘Responsible Person’ selects competent fire risk assessors and management support The road to Grenfell: A disaster they knew would happen

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Post Date : 04/22/2021
Title : Sonoma County Starts New Programs To Prepare For Fire Season
Description : Sonoma County is getting ready in a few different ways.First, the county is starting a program that will assess more than 5,000 properties for wildfire safety. And, thanks to a grant from FEMA, it can help pay for the changes the assessments recommend. To see if your property is eligible for an assessment, go to SoCoAdapts.org.Second, the county is launching more public education programs in rural west Sonoma to help residents identify the dead trees and brush that help wildfires spread. If they’re found, the Department of Transportation can coordinate a chipper to come get rid of them. To learn more about the chipper program, go here. Third, the Department of Emergency Management is installing six new cameras that use new technology to automatically send alerts to emergency staff when fires are spotted.And finally, in the coming months the department will conduct practice evacuations with residents in two unincorporated areas of the county.These measures come shortly after the state passed a half-billion dollar wildfire resilience package to protect high-risk communities around the state.For more information on how to prepare for wildfires in Sonoma County, visit socoemergency.org.

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Post Date : 04/22/2021
Title : Minim and Irdeto Expand Trusted Home Platform in Europe, Deliver AI-Driven WiFi Security Services to Microimpuls
Description : OTT/IPTV solution provider Microimpuls will be the first to offer Trusted Home benefits to Russian operators and 10 million households now served MANCHESTER, NH, April 22, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NewMediaWire -- Zoom Telephonics Inc., doing business as “Minim" (OTCQB: MINM), the creator of innovative connectivity products, and Irdeto, the recognized leader in digital platform and cybersecurity, today announce the expansion of the AI-driven Trusted Home platform with new data centers in Amsterdam and Moscow. The expansion will deliver faster AI-driven services and improved reliability for Trusted Home, developed by Minim and Irdeto. The Russia addition was catalyzed by Irdeto’s partnership with Microimpuls, an established software developer for Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) and over-the-top (OTT) provider that serves Russian operators and 10 million subscribers.  Irdeto’s existing partnership with Microimpuls includes the setup of hosted Conditional Access (CA) for operators in Russia and the region, and this partnership is now expanding to the Trusted Home cloud in Russia. Trusted Home offers an intuitive subscriber mobile app and web portal for Communication Service Providers (CSPs) to improve customer satisfaction, retention, and operational cost.  "Trusted Home meets all modern requirements of working in a WiFi environment, both at home and in business,” explained Microimpuls CTO Konstantin Shpinev. “The constant monitoring of network events using artificial intelligence allows providers to detect and warn operators and users of all home network malfunctions – unmistakably and in the shortest time possible. That’s important because the less time it takes to find a problem and fix it, the higher users’ confidence in their operators.”  The Trusted Home data center expansion has demonstrated Minim’s multi-cloud capabilities with proven deployments in Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, and on-premise data centers. Now running services in Paris, two locations in the US, Amsterdam and available in Russia in Q2 2021, Minim reports the deployments will demonstrate that localized facilities dramatically improve the end-user experience and enable compliance with: Faster AI-driven learning. With closer proximity to end users, the platform reduces the time to connected device identification and performance analysis by up to 50%. Global reliability and an expanded DNS server network. The geographic distribution and cloud service distribution of Minim’s platform are resiliency measures. Minim’s DNS services are part of the deployments, enabling faster feature performance of ad block, parental controls, and security monitoring.  Faster mobile and web app performance. Local end users experience faster performance of applications powered by Minim.   Compliance capabilities. Minim continues to demonstrate its capabilities designed to comply with GDPR and other regulations with data storage and processing locality requirements.   “This is exciting platform growth that reminds us that secure and reliable connectivity is needed in homes everywhere,” said Minim CEO Gray Chynoweth. “I’m proud of our partnership with Irdeto and the modern, multi-cloud SaaS platform we’ve built. These ingredients have enabled Minim to activate new data centers in Europe—meeting end users in where they are.” The Trusted Home solution won Innovative Product of the Year for IoT for 2020 at Cyber Security Awards; Irdeto was named Most Innovative Cyber Security Company for 2021 at the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards. Microimpuls to Benefit Service Providers and End Users Russia’s Microimpuls, an innovative developer of technologies for IPTV and OTT content, will be the first to bring Trusted Home’s benefits to the country’s service providers and end users. The Trusted Home datacenter located in Moscow will be devoted to users in Russia, complying with the country’s data-protection and privacy laws and providing an improved customer experience. “For users, accessibility is first and foremost,” Konstantin Shpinev continued. “With Trusted Home, you don’t need to be a high-class technician to know how to set up parental control in a home network; you don’t need to call home support to set up a wireless network and connect it to dozens of modern and convenient devices; and you can use any popular network platform – including Motorola, MikroTik, Asus, D-Link, and TP-Link – in a simple and flexible way.” Microimpuls’ multiplatform, fault-tolerant middleware infrastructure has no limits on number of users and is already used in more than 10 million households. Microimpuls operates a proprietary subscriber network to communicate live with end users and manage end-user experiences. The company creates applications for devices including smart TVs, smartphones, set-top boxes, media players, HTML5-enabled browsers, and more.  “By adding Trusted Home to its existing security tools, Microimpuls can provide seamless smart home security to ISPs, creating business efficiencies that can generate additional revenue in the process. With the addition of a Moscow datacenter, Microimpuls and its customers can be confident that the country’s data-protection and privacy laws are addressed,” said Shane McCarthy, Chief Operating Officer of Video Entertainment at Irdeto.  Russia has ramped its Internet connections significantly in the last decade. A 2019 study on Russian media consumption by Deloitte found more than 50% of Russians have access to WiFi with more than 40% having a dedicated cable connection. For more information about Irdeto Trusted Home by Minim and Irdeto, visit https://irdeto.com/trusted-home. About Minim Zoom Telephonics Inc., doing business as “Minim" (OTCQB: MINM), is the creator of innovative internet access products that dependably connect people to the information they need and the people they love. Headquartered in Manchester, NH, the company delivers smart software-driven communications products under the globally recognized Motorola® brand. Minim end users benefit from a personalized and secure WiFi experience, leading to happy and safe homes where things just work. To learn more, visit www.minim.com. MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Motorola Trademark Holdings, LLC and are used under license. Media Contact:  Michele Clarke at (203) 912-0560 or michele.clarke@minim.com Investor Relations Contact:  James Carbonara, Hayden IR at (646) 755-7412 or james@haydenir.com

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Post Date : 04/22/2021
Title : Molly-Mae Hague hires 24-hour home security as she 'doesn't feel safe anywhere'
Description : Love Island star Molly-Mae Hague has revealed she has had to “fork out a lot of money” on security in a bid to feel safer. The influencer, 21, said she was shocked when a fan travelled five hours to turn up to her home in Cheshire. On a video on her YouTube channel, Molly-Mae admitted […]

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Post Date : 04/22/2021
Title : Home flood prevention checklist: Protect your house from broken pipes, floods and other water damage
Description : Chris Monroe/CNET Flooding is one of the most common causes of damage in a home, and water damage makes up nearly a quarter of homeowners insurance claims, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Whether it's the result of a massive storm or faulty piping in your home, flooding can be disastrous. As a result, it's best to take steps now to ensure your home is protected from flooding and other types of water damage.In this guide, we're laying out a checklist of nine things you can do today to keep your home and belongings safer from water damage.Know your risk of floodingOne of the most important steps to prevent home flooding is to evaluate your flood risk. Certain parts of the country are at higher flood risk, and therefore must take extra precautions to keep their homes safe and dry. Any area with at least a one percent chance of flooding is considered a Special Flood Hazard Area by FEMA. People in those areas should take increased measures to prevent flooding in their homes. You can use FEMA's flood map to determine if your home is considered a high-risk area. Get more out of your tech Learn smart gadget and internet tips and tricks with CNET's How To newsletter. Seal your home's foundationIf there are cracks in your home's foundation, water can get in and cause damage. Water build-up can weaken the foundation of your home over time, too, leading to more serious problems. Use mortar or masonry caulk to seal any cracks and fill any gaps in your foundation. You can also seal your basement walls to help further waterproof them.Keep your gutters clearClogged rain gutters and storm drains can prevent the free flow of water, causing it to back up and pool around your home. When water pools, it's more likely to seep between shingles, behind siding and into other cracks. The best way to avoid this is to schedule regular maintenance of your gutters, spouts and storm drains. Also ensure that your downspouts are pointed away from the house.Install flood sensorsA flood sensor can help to ensure that if your home does start to flood, you'll be immediately alerted to it. These sensors are triggered when they come in contact with water, so place them behind toilets, under sinks, near appliances and in your basement. If they alert you to flooding in your home even a few minutes earlier, they could save you hundreds of dollars -- if not more.Flood sensors detect water when it makes contact with both metal probes on the device, allowing current to flow through it. Chris Monroe/CNET There are many types of flood sensors to choose from, with prices ranging from just $20 to nearly $100. Some home security companies also offer flood sensors as a part of their home security systems.Repair water leaksIf you have any leaks in your pipes or roof -- even minor ones -- get them fixed as soon as possible. Even if these leaks haven't caused problems before, they could indicate locations more likely to see problems in the future. The last thing you want is a huge rainstorm to show you just how serious that tiny leak was. Even if you haven't experienced problems with leaks, it's good practice to keep an eye on anything in your home that could leak so you catch it right away. That means checking ceilings for water stains, checking under bathroom and kitchen cabinets for water-swollen wood and checking around the base of your HVAC and water heater for evidence of pooling.Improve your yard's gradingGrading refers to the shape and angle of your yard. An effective way to prevent flooding is to have your grading checked to ensure the land around your house is level and that the lawn isn't graded toward your home. If it is, then water is likely to pool around your home when it rains, making it more likely to flood. Instead, your yard should be graded so that rainwater moves away from your home.Install a sump pumpA sump pump is a device designed to pump groundwater away from your home, directing it away from your pipes and foundation. These devices are installed in the sump pit at the lowest point of your home, usually in the basement. When there's heavy rain or moisture in the ground, the sump pump automatically activates and pumps the water away. These devices can help to keep your basement free of water and help prevent problems such as mold and mildew, foundation damage and other disasters.Elevate appliances and utilitiesIf you live in an area with frequent flooding -- or finding water in your basement is a seasonal occurrence -- make sure to protect your appliances, utilities and other electrical equipment around your home. You can raise electrical switches, circuit breakers, and switches at least one foot off the floor to prevent electrical damage. You can also elevate your HVAC system and other major appliances so they're off the lowest level and are less likely to be damaged in the event of a flood.Depending on how flood-prone your house is, you may consider elevating your appliances slightly so they don't get damaged in case of minor flooding. Chris Monroe/CNET Insure your homeIn a perfect world, you would never experience flooding in your home. That said, it's not a bad idea to plan for the worst-case scenario.Most home insurance plans cover sudden and unforeseen cases of broken pipes, and other reasons for flooding, such as sewer back-up, is often a fairly affordable add-on. If you neglect your pipes, though, and they burst due to rust and age, your insurance likely won't cover the damage.If you live in an area at high risk of flooding, you may be required to purchase flood insurance for your home. Even if it's not required for you, it's still something to consider, depending on where you live.The most important thing is to do your research: check your pipes for rust and damage, check the flood risk in the area and talk to neighbors about what issues they've experienced.What's next?Flooding and water damage are all too common problems for homeowners. But having the right precautions in place can help to ensure that in the case of a storm or other unforeseen event, your home is protected. Additionally, flooding isn't the only danger your home faces. Be sure to visit our home safety checklist with seven more steps you can take to keep your home and family safe and secure.

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Post Date : 04/22/2021
Title : Since Jan. 6 riot, Cruz has spent more campaign cash on private security than almost any in Congress
Description : WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz has spent more than almost any other member of Congress on private security since Election Day, drawing $126,000 from his campaign account for security systems and personnel.Only two senators have spent more, and Cruz’s total far eclipses the security outlays of any other Texan in Congress, including those who have stepped up spending on protective equipment and guards since the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.“Sen. Cruz receives a high volume of violent threats and will continue to protect his family,” said spokeswoman Erin Perrine.She declined to elaborate, or say what prompted the sudden investment in security after Election Day.The riot, followed weeks later by Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, have brought a windfall to the VIP protection industry. Lawmakers in both parties have tapped campaign funds to beef up security as passions ran high – nationwide and across the spectrum.Nearly all of Cruz’s security budget has gone to Houston-based Atlas Glinn, whose website features a photo of Cruz flashing a thumbs up during a parade. He’s in a convertible, flanked by two athletic men in suits with pins of some sort in their lapels. The photo blurs the face on one of them. The other, eyes hidden by sunglasses, has the stern, don’t-mess-with-me look a protectee wants in a bodyguard.“We employ experienced agents to protect individuals, celebrities, high-vis clients, diplomats, government officials and traveling clients who require added security and logistics,” Atlas Glinn boasts, adding that its staff includes exceptionally trained Agents, PPO’s (Personal Protection Officers), and Commissioned officers.”Cruz has spent $115,987 since Nov. 10 with Atlas Glinn, averaging $23,000 a month.The Dallas area has an unusually high concentration of Trump supporters arrested for invading the Capitol on Jan. 6, a deadly episode that left lawmakers in both parties shaken.Rep. Colin Allred, a Dallas Democrat elected to a second term last fall, has spent $11,900 on security since late January.Spokesman Josh Stewart declined to elaborate. “We do not comment on security,” he said.Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, right, standing with Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., left, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, center, talks about legislation to end Major League Baseball's special immunity from antitrust laws during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)(Susan Walsh)Rep. Sylvia Garcia, a Houston Democrat who won a second term last fall, served as one of the House prosecutors during Trump’s first impeachment trial in early 2020. In March, she paid $5,700 to Virginia-based Global Guardian, the first such outlay to show up on her campaign reports.“Global Guardian was contacted by several members of Congress to establish executive protection for themselves and their families” after the attack at the Capitol, the company says on its website. “Our locally-based security teams are comprised of former special forces agents and federal law enforcement.”The company has provided transportation to the Capitol “to ensure a smooth and safe commute” for elected officials.“From protesters heckling outside of their homes to threats surfacing online, individuals needed additional security support” since the Jan. 6 attack, the company says.That includes “static guards at the homes of the Congressmen and Congresswomen,” teams of agents providing round-the-clock protection for some clients, and monitoring of “online threats directed at them or their families.”Congressmen have spent campaign funds on home security since well before the Capitol riot.On Feb. 26, 2020, Dallas-area congressman John Ratcliffe spent $8,872 to install a home security system.Two days later, Trump nominated him to serve as director of national intelligence. Ratcliffe gave up his seat in May after winning confirmation.The Federal Election Commission has allowed such expenditures since 2017, when it ruled that using donations for home security systems needed because of their official duties did not amount to personal use.On March 25, the FEC issued a four page advisory opinion agreeing that it was also OK to spend campaign cash on bodyguards – which by then, many lawmakers were already doing.The Republican House and Senate campaign committees had sought the FEC opinion. Their Jan. 26 request alluded to the Capitol riot, saying that bodyguards were needed “in light of recent developments that have elevated the threat environment facing Members.”A footnote referred to the arrest two days after the riot of a New York man who, according to the FBI, posted a video titled “kill your senators” in which he urged armed insurrectionists to finish the job started on Jan. 6 because “we need to slaughter these [expletive]”.Cruz’s outlays are near the top of the list, though filings for the first quarter of 2021 show two newly elected Democratic senators have spent more on security since Election Day.Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, future Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly, leave the municipal center in Newtown, Conn., after meeting with families of victims in the Sandy Hook shootings.(Hartford Courant - MCT)Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly has spent a whopping $324,000, starting a few days after his narrow victory to fill the two years remaining on the late John McCain’s term.Kelly’s office didn’t respond to queries and he has not explained the outlays.But the former astronaut is acutely aware of the dangers of public office: In January 2011, a gunman shot his wife, Gabby Giffords, in the head as she met with constituents outside a Tucson-area supermarket.She has been a gun control activist since leaving Congress.Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock has paid $233,000 since Election Day to Executive Protection Agencies, an Atlanta-based firm whose website describes a range of services, from bodyguards to “search and eject teams” to help VIPs navigate crowds.Warnock is Georgia’s first black senator and longtime pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, the pulpit held by Martin Luther King Jr. before his assassination in 1968. Conservative media have mocked Warnock for hiring armed guards even as he demanded gun control after a rampage that left eight people dead last month at Atlanta-area spas.Sen. Mitt Romney speaks at Bears Ears National Monument on April 8, 2021, near Blanding, Utah. (Rick Bowmer)Higher profile lawmakers, like Cruz, are more likely to endure threats.Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. has spent $65,000 on security since Election Day. That includes $1,552 for protection during a Feb. 20 trip to Houston, when she delivered $4 million donated to help Texans reeling from the winter storm that knocked out power for several days.Much of the flurry in security spending is linked directly to the passions reflected in, and stirred by, the riot.Sen. Josh Hawley, the Missouri Republican who raised a fist to salute the mob that would soon invade the Capitol, spent $45,000 on security from his campaign account over the next three weeks.Two days before he led the effort to stymie President Joe Biden’s victory in the Electoral College, protesters gathered outside his home in suburban Vienna, Va.“Antifa scumbags came to our place in DC and threatened my wife and newborn daughter, who can’t travel,” Hawley wrote on Twitter. “They screamed threats, vandalized, and tried to pound open our door. Let me be clear: My family & I will not be intimidated by leftwing violence.”Anti-Trump Republicans have also faced threats.Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah spent $43,633 with Ambolt Security Group, a Utah company run by a former police officer and two former FBI agents.The expenditure is dated Feb. 11 – two days before he and six other GOP senators voted to convict Trump at his post-presidency impeachment trial, suggesting an inkling a backlash might ensue.Indeed, GOP activists in Utah circulated a petition asserting that Romney, the party’s 2012 presidential nominee, had “embarrassed” his state and “prioritized his personal and political vendetta” against Trump over his duties to the Constitution and the electorate.Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, who also voted to convict Trump, has spent $68,578 on firms that provide closed-circuit security monitoring, personnel and reinforced doors and windows.On Jan. 13, Rep. Liz Cheney was one of just 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 riot.“The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack,” she said in a statement at the time.As the No. 3 GOP leader, Cheney’s stance drew political and physical threats. Conservatives mustered 61 votes to oust her as conference chair and Trump vowed to help unseat her in next year’s Wyoming primary.Since Jan. 29 she’s spent $58,500 on security, including protection from three former Secret Service agents.Cruz’s beefed up security has been no secret.During his brief excursion to Cancun during the winter storm that knocked out power to millions of Texans, a security guard was spotted at his house, telling New York Magazine that he was caring for the family pooch, Snowflake.It’s unclear if that was an Atlas Glinn employee.Cruz’s office asked Houston police to escort the senator at the airport when he returned from Cancun.Apart from Atlas Glinn, Cruz spent $4,114 with Solar X Window Film Systems, a Houston company that installs “tear and penetration-resistant” film to protect against glass fragments in case of “accident, break-in or violent storm.”That was on Dec. 4, as he spearheaded Trump’s quixotic effort to overturn the defeat.But Cruz was a lightning rod since well before Trump’s defeat.In September 2018, a flash mob of protesters surrounded the senator and his wife, Heidi Cruz, as they were seated at Fiola, an upscale restaurant in Washington. They were protesting his support for Brett Kavanaugh’s soon to be consummated Supreme Court nomination.No other Texan in Congress has come close to Cruz’s level of spending for personal security.No such expenses appear on Sen. John Cornyn’s campaign finance reports.Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Laredo Democrat in his ninth term, has spent $18,600 on security since 2017, mostly for equipment. The current pace is about $86 a month, for monitoring, other than a $460 upgrade a month ago.Freshman Rep. Ronny Jackson of Amarillo, a Trump-backed Republican who served as the former president’s White House physician, took advantage of FEC rules just two weeks after taking office, spending $5,300 to install a home security system.That was in late January.Around the same time, the FEC gave El Paso Rep. Veronica Escobar, a Democrat, permission to tap her campaign account to upgrade the lighting and wiring around her home and detached garage, noting hat without those upgrades, security cameras recommended by the House Sergeant at Arms would not function properly.She paid $5,478 to ADT Security and Home Depot on security-related expenses.As the commission noted, “Since taking office, you have received numerous direct threats to your safety, which the Capitol Police have investigated.”

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Post Date : 04/22/2021
Title : Rich People’s Problems: Home insecurity
Description : Since my London home was broken into last year, I have become even more security conscious. But is the money I’m spending to protect my properties well spent? According to the stats (which seem rather vague) there are on average 300,000 burglaries every year in the UK. However, 95 per cent of all break-ins remain unresolved — mine being one of them. Luckily, my insurer paid up, but that was the only good thing about the whole sorry experience. Since then, I have spent thousands beefing up our home security systems in the hope of avoiding a repeat visit. Then there’s the kerfuffle of looking after all of these devices, remembering all the codes and keeping track of the keys and fobs. It’s not as if you bung on a window lock and you’re done. There are cameras to think about, alarm systems to be fitted and monitoring and service contracts to be put in place. And then there’s the option of security gates. The problem with having electric security gates at the end of your drive is that most people will think you’re a bit of a male chicken for having them. On both my London property and my seaside residence, electric gates were already installed when I purchased (that’s my excuse). Honestly? They have been nothing but trouble. The remotes use batteries that are impossible to find in most high street shops (12-volt camera ones if you’re interested). If they run out — as they frequently do — you had better remember the manual override code. And you will need a PhD in computer science if you want to “pair” them with your car. How can I do my Batman impersonation if the gates won’t open automatically on arrival?The problem last weekend was more basic. I had thought the whole point of security gates was to keep people out — not to keep them in. I was in a bit of a rush; the car was ready to go; the dog was settled in the back of the electric SUV; and a sushi lunch for four was neatly packed into a cool bag for the 90-minute drive to Frinton-on-Sea. It’s a long story as to why I have turned into a Deliveroo driver, but the short answer is that despite having zillions of riders in town, neither they (nor sushi) have yet reached the coast. This was deemed the best food choice for an al fresco lunch to celebrate the move from total to partial lockdown with our neighbours — along with a few bottles of English fizz, of course. Anyway, press as I might on the remote, there was no sign of life from the gates. It wasn’t the battery, the power was on and they definitely worked the other day. So now what? No amount of fiddling would get them to budge. With visions of the sushi slowly cooking in the boot, I took a bit of a liberty. The former owner of our London home was most receptive when I telephoned for help. Apparently, there’s a bespoke sprocket key that unlatches the gate from the mechanism, which he had very kindly left for us inside the house. Marvellous — but when I went to fetch it, it wasn’t there. Of course, the other third (I am still on a diet trying to become the other half) had moved it to a “safe place”. After scouring the house I found a whole host of things I’d been missing for ages, and made a mental note of the new “safe place” location. The gates unbolted, I was free to escape, but now had to find someone to fix them. Meanwhile, at the other end of my journey, the security gates in Frinton haven’t worked since lockdown began. Should I get them fixed too? It’s just one bill after another!A few days later, a technician someone had recommended turned up to fix my London gates. He diagnosed the problem as a slug that had made its way into the mechanism housing and slimed on to the circuit board, causing an electrical short (ugh). The slug frazzled and the board was blown. One circuit board and £150 later (plus VAT) and the gates are working again — unofficially. I’m told that my electric gates are not health and safety compliant and need a more thorough overhaul. Due to some rather nasty accidents involving children, such devices are a risk and new rules apply. It’s incumbent upon fitters and suppliers to ensure they comply, and they won’t work on your gates again if they aren’t upgraded. Gates must stop if pressure is applied on them should something get in the way. They need two sets of sensors either side that stop the gates from opening if blocked, and rubberised protectors around the hinges to prevent hands or small arms being trapped. That will be £1,750 (plus VAT) to get them serviced and HSE ready. As for the other, somewhat older, set in Frinton, I was quoted £4,500 plus VAT to fix them. Is it really worth it? I think it’s time to go “gates to manual” and use the money for some lovely new garden furniture instead. According to no one but electric gate manufacturers, security gates add value to a property. Five per cent, they say — but I don’t buy it. As a security measure, given that cars are so easy to steal these days, they’re probably a good thing to have, at least in an urban location.But my security expenditure is getting out of control. After the burglary last year, I spent over £8,500 on new security measures. That included a monitored alarm system, new locks and access system, better security cameras and a monitoring service. Will any of this expenditure, let alone the ongoing monitoring costs at well over £1,000 a year (plus servicing) stop us being burgled again? Most modifications we can make to our ivory towers don’t resolve the problem — they just make it more difficult to break in and, as I have experienced, a determined burglar will get in anyway. But it does give you peace of mind. And you know what else is worth every penny? The security cameras. Not so I can see who burgled my house but so I could prove beyond doubt to a delivery company that their driver threw a “missing” parcel over the garden gate.James Max is a radio presenter and property expert. The views expressed are personal. Twitter: @thejamesmax

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Post Date : 04/22/2021
Title : Virtual fire safety course available through the Red Cross – Washington Daily News
Description : The American Red Cross responds to aid, on an average 8 families a day, who lose their homes fires every day in North Carolina. This spring, Red Cross volunteers will “Sound the Alarm” by educating 100,000 people nationwide about home fire safety.  “Home fires remain the most frequent disaster during COVID-19, yet most of us don’t realize we have just two minutes to safely escape,” said Barry Porter, Regional CEO of the Red Cross of Eastern North Carolina. “As families spend more time at home during the pandemic, it’s critical that we help our vulnerable neighbors protect themselves from these everyday disasters.” The Red Cross is preparing families to act quickly through its year-round Home Fire Campaign and springtime Sound the Alarm efforts. Since the launch of the national Home Fire Campaign in 2014, the Red Cross and our partners have helped save at least 33 lives in North Carolina by helping families create escape plans and installing free smoke alarms. This critical work is made possible with regional partners, who have helped make more than 23,000 households safer statewide in at-risk communities.  During Sound the Alarm, volunteers will meet virtually with families by appointment to review fire safety for their household and practice their two-minute fire drill.  Families can request a virtual appointment at redcross.org/enc by calling 1-833-244-0724 (toll-free). HOW TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE Help protect your family against home fires by taking two simple steps: Practice your two-minute escape drill and test your smoke alarms monthly. Visit SoundTheAlarm.org/enc for more information and to pledge to prepare your family against home fires. Create an escape plan with at least two ways to exit every room in your home. Select a meeting spot at a safe distance away from your home. Practice your escape plan until everyone in your household can get out in less than two minutes. Place smoke alarms on each level of your home. Change the batteries at least once a year if your model requires it. Check the manufacturer’s date of your smoke alarms. If they’re 10 years or older, they likely need to be replaced.  The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign is made possible with generous financial donations from our national partners Delta Air Lines and Lowe’s and North Carolina’s statewide presenting Sound the Alarm sponsor Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

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Post Date : 04/22/2021
Title : Effingham Fire Department enlists students to perform home safety checks
Description : The Effingham Fire Department Community Risk Reduction Strategy, “Take a Break for Safety” program, has once again returned some positive results for the Effingham community and local school children.Under the Take a Break for Safety program, the fire department, in cooperation with local Effingham city public and private elementary schools, enlisted grade school students as Fire Safety Ambassadors to perform Fire and Life Safety Inspections of their homes, with the help of their parents during the recent spring break. As an incentive, Public Education Coordinator Firefighter Kenneth Hayes partnered with Chris Debolt, owner of the Effingham Culver's Restaurant, to offer free ice cream to the winning classroom at each school that returned the most home safety checks.According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), residential home fires are the leading property type for fire deaths (73.2%), fire injuries (76.5%) and fire loss (54.7%). Fire Chief Bob Tutko said while the fire department can’t ignore these figures, it does not have the authority to inspect single-family properties in an effort to reduce these numbers. While the department does perform fire-life safety inspections in apartment buildings, it can legally only conduct inspections of the common areas and not the individual units.The department's strategy then was to engage the school children it teaches fire safety to during the school year and make them community Fire Safety Ambassadors, who take the lessons learned in school back home to their families. In the Take a Break for Safety initiative, the department asked the students to take time during their spring break to perform fire and life safety inspections of their homes, with the aid of their parents, to check the operation of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, develop a home safety plan, and ensure combustible materials were moved away from heating systems such as furnaces, stoves and water heaters. As a result, Hayes, who also happens to be a certified school teacher, distributed and collected the Take a Break for Safety surveys and announced that 387 safety surveys were returned from local students.“That translates to a considerable number of single-family homes that have been inspected by residents to ensure smoke alarms and CO alarms are working properly, a fire safety plan has been developed, and in turn reduced the likelihood of a fire,” said Hayes.“We would like to extend a big thank you to our school kids, and the Effingham public and private schools for their participation in helping to keep our community safe. Not only has the community benefited from this program, but our school kids get a treat as well," said Hayes.Tutko said this year’s program saw an increase participation of 114 more students than the previous year. The fire department will continue to explore initiatives that are designed to keep the residents and the community safe and prevent those mishaps that can have a devastating effect on the community. The department will also involve private and public partners in these initiatives.

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Post Date : 04/22/2021

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