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Public Safety has an entire kit, infographics, tools etc to support October’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month. check it out. Public Safety’Canada main Cyber Page.

Toolkits: or main resource page:

Free individual cybersecurity awareness training available through Serene Risc in partnership with the Government of Canada. See Serene Risc:

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Be Prepared –  Emergency Preparedness Week     May 1 to 7, 2016

Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is an annual event that takes place each year during the first full week of May. This national event is coordinated by Public Safety Canada, in close collaboration with the provinces and territories and partners.

This year, the theme is Plan. Prepare. Be Aware. It is meant to help Canadians take action to protect themselves and their families during emergencies.

Through the Get Prepared campaign, Canadians have learned to know the risks, make a plan, and get an emergency kit. This year’s theme highlights the importance of having these measures in place but specifically emphasizes the need to keep up to date on current conditions, like the weather, that might impact you. Working together with community leaders, first responders, non-government organizations and all levels of government, we are building a more resilient and safer Canada.

Emergency Preparedness Week Resources

Examples of Resources:
Emergency Preparedness Week Toolkit
Alert Ready
For more information, please contact [email protected] or call 1.800.830.3118.


Security professionals have a number of free resources for Emergency Preparedness Week May 1 – 7th available to share with their employees and organizations. This year’s theme is “Plan.  Prepare.  Be Aware”.

Emergency Kit List

Water – at least 2 litres per person per day
Food that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods
Manual can opener
Crank or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries)
Crank or battery-powered radio (and extra batteries)
First aid kit
Extra keys (vehicle and home)
Cash in smaller bills, and change for payphones
A copy of your emergency plan and contact information
Special items such as prescription medication, infant formula, and equipment for people with disabilities
My emergency kit is located:
Next update (one year from now):


Close to Home – Chapter Letter


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April 15, 2016 Update

Dear Ottawa Chapter members and Security Professionals,

We continue to be saddened by the violent and senseless attacks in many countries, the most recent incidents being in France, Pakistan, Turkey, Iraq and Belgium. The incidents in Paris and Brussels are personally poignant for me. Having worked in Belgium and France for over ten years, I have been to most of those places targeted, and have many colleagues in the private sector and in law enforcement in those countries. Several of our own chapter colleagues have recently visited those countries. I am certain that some of you have been in these places and know people there.

“ASIS International extends heartfelt condolences. The ASIS International Society stands with them and is ready to provide support during this uncertain time,” says our letters of support to our Benelux, Turkish and Pakistani Chapter colleagues. We here in Ottawa stridently echo that support.

The following ASIS curated resources have been made available to help security professionals worldwide protect their communities, as well as those entrusted in their care. Please free to review this material and use it to educate yourself and support your organizations.

We are dedicated locally and internationally to making a positive difference in the security profession. There is no doubt that our international security colleagues assisted many people during these horrible events. If our Chapter or our Society can be of assistance or if you have any questions, please contact us via our website at [email protected].

Sincerely yours,


Susan E. Munn, CPP
(Board Certified in Security Management)
Chapter 140 Ottawa Chair
ARVP Group6 Women in Security (Canada)
Vice Chair – Physical Security Council


The Zika Virus

The Zika Virus and the potential health consequences are a current news topic. This may be of interest to our membership for travel health and security. This is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice and if you are concerned, you should contact your doctor and Health Canada.

Zika virus infection in the Americas | Updated: April 16, 2016

Health Canada Travel Health Notice Excerpt:

In 2015, Zika virus was reported for the first time in a number of countries in Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean and Mexico. Past outbreaks of Zika virus infection have been reported in Africa, Asia and the Oceanic Pacific region.

There have been travel-related cases of Zika virus reported in Canada in returned travellers from countries where the virus is known to circulate.  There have been no reported cases of locally acquired Zika virus in Canada.

Read more: Health Canada

Likelihood of exposure to ZIKV for travellers – Excerpt from Health Canada website. 

At the time of writing, over 20 countries have reported recent, locally acquired ZIKV cases. Additional spread and transmission in neighbouring countries is expected Reference 37. Given (i) global travel, (ii) evidence that the outbreak continues to expand to new countries and regions, (iii) the broad availability of competent vectors in temperate regions, and (iv) the challenges of early detection of a ZIKV incursion, it is assumed that ZIKV could already be circulating in other countries where ZIKV has not yet been reported. Based on the frequency of Canadian travel, the expectation of continued spread of ZIKV in the Americas, and the number of observed ZIKV cases to date, we estimate the likelihood that Canadians travelling to epidemic regions will be exposed to ZIKV as Medium (with medium confidence).

For the most recent information: See Health Canada’s website



“Spain has just confirmed that a pregnant woman has been diagnosed with the Zika virus, marking the first such case in Europe. Other European countries including Ireland and Denmark have reported infections but Spain’s is the first case involving a pregnant woman.

The Zika virus has been around for over 60 years but it has gone global over the past few weeks with the World Health Organisation warning that it has “explosive pandemic potential”. It is a mosquito-borne disease that has symptoms similar to the dengue and chikungunya viruses. Transmission is currently active in several countries across the Americas, Pacific islands and Cape Verde. ”