State and Local Cyber Security Grant Program

Application Period Now Open for State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program

EMS and 911 leadership encouraged to
apply to bolster cybersecurity measures

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the establishment of the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program, made possible by funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. With $185 million available for fiscal year 2022, the program provides opportunities for state, local, and territorial (SLT) governments to mitigate risks of cyberattacks against their information systems and delivery of essential emergency services. SLT governments can use this funding to implement more resilient cybersecurity measures to protect their communities.

The Department of Homeland Security released the notice of funding opportunity application period on Sept. 16, 2022, and will remain open until Nov. 15, 2022. Applicants may propose to use the funding for new or existing cybersecurity programs.

For more information and to apply, visit: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=343579?

National Preparedness Month: Test Your Plan

 

Now that you have your all-hazards plan in place, it is important to get everyone involved in testing your plan.  Everyone from the most senior to the probationary member should participate in plan testing.  Everyone is at risk during an emergency or disaster! Get Connected… Stay informed!

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National Preparedness Month: Stay Informed

Being informed is an important way to help prepare for any disaster or emergency.  Signing up for weather alerts, jurisdictional notifications, or having contact numbers readily available can help reduce panic during a crisis.  Safety can increase with quick access to critical information.  Get Connected…Stay Informed!

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The 2022 Virginia EMS Provider Mental Health Survey Results

THE STATE OF MENTAL HEALTH AMONG VIRGINIA’S EMS PROVIDERS 2022. The results of the 2022 EMS Provider Mental Health Survey are officially posted on the VDH website! To view the results, visit bit.ly/EMSMHSurvey22. This survey is a follow-up to the 2019 Virginia EMS Provider Mental Health Survey. The goal of the survey was to assess the mental health status of Virginia’s EMS providers, as well as the perceived mental health culture and services within the providers’ agencies. Additionally, providers were asked questions regarding substance use as well as the impact of job satisfaction, the COVID-19 pandemic and workplace violence on provider mental health. Approximately 70% of EMS providers believed they experienced EMS related burnout, traumatic stress, PTSD, depression, suicidal thoughts or actions, or emotional or psychological harm from verbal abuse or physical assault at some point during the past 12 months. Our hope is to use this data to raise awareness and drive further action aimed at improving EMS provider mental health resources.

You are not alone. If you are struggling, call or text the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988. The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States. Visit bit.ly/FirstResponderMentalHealthVA for additional first responder specific mental health resources.

If you have additional questions about the survey or results, please contact Karen Owens, Emergency Operations Division Director, at Karen.Owens@vdh.virginia.gov.

National Preparedness Month: Build a Kit

Building a kit before an emergency will ensure your family is taken care of during and after an emergency or disaster.  Ensuring you have the essential items in place for your family can take worry off yourself when you begin to recover from the effects.  Planning ahead and being prepared prevents additional chaos when dealing with a natural or man-made crisis! #NPM2022 #BeReady

Learn more at:

https://www.ready.gov/kit

vaemergency.gov/prepare/emergency-kit/