Article Courtesy of Fort Worth Community Engagement Office
It’s spring in North Central Texas, and that means residents should be ready for strong thunderstorms, tornadoes, flash floods, wind damage and hail.
If Mother Nature turns extremely violent and causes massive damage, you might be isolated while first responders work their way to your area. Are you prepared to spend three or more days on your own with no water, power, transportation, medical help, or communication with the outside world?
Being prepared for any type of local hazard is beneficial and might determine how well you and your family fare if a natural or manmade disaster were to strike in Fort Worth. You can improve your odds by building a 72-hour emergency kit and creating communication and evacuation plans now.
For more information about how to build your kit, please visit: http://fortworthtexas.gov/news/2018/04/oem-kit/
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Are you informed?
We’ve recently seen an increase in phishing and email spoofing attempts. Unfortunately, many of these impersonation email attacks are not detectable by existing security solutions. The best protection is to be aware and prepared. Here are a couple of helpful tips to avert an attack:
- Think before you click! Your first instinct is right 90% of the time. If it isn’t a sender you recognize or something you are not expecting, question it.
- Before clicking on ANY link, hover over it with your mouse and the web address will pop up. If it’s a scam, it will be a random URL or name, instead of the legitimate name of the organization they are pretending to be.
- Never reply to the email asking if it is legitimate. The hackers often have access to this email and will respond and tell you it’s real. Call the person the email says it’s from, and ask them directly over the phone.
- If you’ve opened it by mistake, contact us right away! Microsoft Office 365 will never ask for your login information by email. Call us if you have any questions or concerns about an email in your inbox.
Below you will find a basic guide that showcases symptoms of a phishing attempt: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/safety/online-privacy/phishing-symptoms.aspx
M3 Networks, where your cyber-safety is our top priority.
The Chamber is pleased to recognize two Members in April
The Member of the Month for March is Russell Taylor. He has been a member for a few years, but he has gotten really involved lately. He recently became a Chamber Ambassador, attending many of our events. He also helped at Member Appreciation Day last year. Being so active in the Chamber, he must be a very smart businessman. And it’s true – in fact, his business is named Smart Realty. So congratulations to Russell – a smart guy and a great Chamber member.
The Ambassador of the First Quarter is Deb Ferguson with Century 21 Mike Bowman. She has been a real powerhouse for the Chamber. For example, she serves as captain for the Member Relations Team, helping create a lot of enthusiasm among the Ambassadors. She encourages them to put a personal touch on their contacts with members, and does the same when she makes her own contacts. Congratulations to Deb for all her great work supporting both our members and her fellow Ambassadors.