ACCO SUMMER & SAFETY CONFERENCE
July 30th & 31st
Embassy Suites Hotel, Norman
ACCO FALL CONFERENCE
November 12th & 13th
Embassy Suites Hotel, Norman
ACCO SAFETY CONFERENCES
Feb. 27th & 28th: ACCO Building
May 15th & 16th: ACCO Building
Dec. 4th & 5th: ACCO Building
Heartbleed Internet Virus
Commissioners, have you heard about the Heartbleed Internet Virus? If not please type in the website below and read up on it. Basically, Heartbleed exploits several online accounts that use what they call “OpenSSL.” You don’t really need to know what that is exactly, but just know that many of the top websites and email systems use OpenSSL.
What you should do:
Passwords need to be changed immediately or asap. The 2nd link below lists the websites that passwords should be changed on immediately. This includes Facebook pages and also Google and Yahoo email accounts. If a hacker has compromised your email systems then it could have affected your computers systems and network. So the changing of your office computer passwords is recommended. But please refer to your local Information Technology department/vendors before doing so.
If you do not use Google aka gmail or yahoo, you should contact your internet service providers and email service providers to make sure they have applied the Heartbleed Patch to their OpenSSL websites.
Here is the information about Heartbleed that we are recommending your read. This information is also on our website.
Info about Heartbleed:
Change these now or asap:
On April 3, NACo president Linda Langston, Supervisor, Linn County, Iowa testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management in a hearing titled Disaster Mitigation: Reducing Costs and Saving Lives. Langston's testimony focused on the important role of counties in disaster response and recovery and emphasized the many roles of counties in disaster mitigation.
The hearing, led by subcommittee Chairman Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) and Ranking Member Andre Carson (D-Ind.), focused on flood mitigation activity and methods for improving participation in the National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS). CRS is a voluntary incentive program that provides discounts on flood insurance premiums to policyholders in participating communities for conducting floodplain management activities that exceed minimum NFIP requirements. Langston was joined by David Miller, Associate Administrator for the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Bryan Koon of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) and Chad Berginnis of the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM).
Counties play a critical role in justice and public safety policy and services, with 3,105 county police and sheriff departments as well as 911 call centers, emergency management professionals, fire departments, public health officials, public records and code inspectors, among others. In fact, counties spend approximately $30.2 billion annually on police and sheriff's departments. Counties are also stewards of public property and finances and must proactively protect public assets against known risks. Langston's testimony also emphasized three types of flood mitigation activities taking place at the county-level: proactive county planning, participation in CRS and relationship building among key stakeholders.
As the president of NACo, Langston has implemented an initiative, Resilient Counties, focused on helping counties bolster their ability to thrive amid ever-shifting physical, social and economic conditions, including preparation for, and recovery from, natural or man-made disasters.
Counties are an essential part of the nation's transportation system. They are responsible for building and maintaining 45% of the public roads, 230,690 bridges and are involved in a third of the nation's transit and airport systems that connect residents, businesses and communities. The impending expiration of the federal surface transportation funding law, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), presents an opportunity for counties to discuss their role in the national transportation network.
An analysis of county transportation (roads and bridges only) funding sources, challenges and solutions across the 48 states with county governments shows that: