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October 2017

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Flagler County residents can discard unused or expired medications during the 2017 National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event scheduled for Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at four locations across the county. Law enforcement officers from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office will staff locations as part of event organized by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Residents can stop by any of the sites, empty the medication from its container into the collection box, and then drive away. No personal information is required. After the event, all medications are turned over to the DEA and properly disposed to avoid contaminating local landfills or the water supply.

Drop sites will accept any expired or unwanted prescription, over-the-counter medications, vitamins or herbal remedies as well as veterinary medications. However, hypodermic needles and syringes will not be accepted.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back sites will be at the following locations:

Flagler County Sheriff's Office Palm Coast District Office-City Market Place, 160 Cypress Point Parkway, Suite C-107, Palm Coast.

Belle Terre Crossings Shopping Plaza-parking lot, 4950 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast.

Palm Coast Town Center Shopping Plaza-parking lot, 800 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast.

Island Walk Shopping Plaza-parking lot, 250 Palm Coast Parkway N.E., Palm Coast.

Halloween Safety tips from the
Bunnell Police Department

Before Halloween:
Try to choose bright costumes, and have children carry flashlights or glow sticks so they are easily visible.
Plan a trick-or-treating route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets.
Make sure children know your cellphone number, their home phone number, and address in case you get separated.
Teach children how to call 911 in an emergency.
Teach children to say “NO!” in a loud voice if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept anything other than a treat or leave with them. Tell them to try everything to escape, including yelling, hitting, and kicking.

On Halloween:
Make sure older children take friends and stay together while trick-or-treating.
Never send younger children out alone- they should be with a parent, guardian, or another trusted adult.
Always walk younger children to the door to receive treats.
Don’t let children enter a home unless you’re with them.
Be sure children do no approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless you are with them.

Other Tips:
Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating. Make sure you’re walking and not running from house to house.
Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks.
Lower your risk of eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
Only walk on sidewalks. If not possible, walk along the far edge of the road facing traffic.
Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
EEat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame resistant costumes.

Cybersecurity in the Workplace is Everyone's Business

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about cybersecurity. Creating a culture of cybersecurity is critical for all organizations—large and small businesses, academic institutions, non-profits, and government agencies—and is a responsibility shared among all employees. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published resources including standards, guidelines, and best practices to help organizations of all sizes to strengthen cyber resilience.

Here are a few resources you are encouraged to review:

  1. National Institute of Standards and Technology - NIST Cybersecurity Framework
  2. Department of Homeland Security - DHS Stop.Think.Connect Toolkit
  3. National Cyber Security Alliance Workplace Tips
  4. US- Computer Emergency Response Team - CERT Home and Business Networks

Tragic Event Related Scams

In the wake of the recent tragic event in Las Vegas, US-CERT warns users to be watchful for various malicious cyber activity targeting both victims and potential donors. Users should exercise caution when handling emails that relate to the event, even if those emails appear to originate from trusted sources. Event-related phishing emails may trick users into sharing sensitive information. Such emails could also contain links or attachments directing users to malware-infected websites. In addition, users should be wary of social media pleas, calls, texts, fraudulent donation websites, and door-to-door solicitations relating to a recent tragic event.

To avoid becoming victims of fraudulent activity, users and administrators should consider taking the following preventive measures:

     Review information from the Federal Trade Commission on Charity Giving, which includes links to check if charity organizations are legitimate.

     Review information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Building a Digital Defense Against Charity Fraud

     Use caution when opening email attachments, and do not click on links in unsolicited email messages. Refer to the US-CERT Tip on Using Caution with Email Attachments.

     Refer to US-CERT's Tip on Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks.