Public Safety

Preparedness Kits
4:00 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Readying for Emergencies

As Virginia heads into winter, officials in Albemarle County are trying to figure out what problems residents will face if snow or ice knocks out power and closes roads.

Back in October, employees of various government agencies went door to door in and around Charlottesville, asking a series of questions.

“How well prepared is your household to handle an emergency?  Not well. “

The idea was to find out if people could take care of themselves after a disaster.  Ryan McKay is an emergency planner.

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Policy Recommendations
4:27 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Lawmakers Tackle Flooding Issues

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State lawmakers concerned about the effects of rising seas on the Tidewater region and recurrent flooding elsewhere across Virginia have rolled out a package of policy recommendations to begin tackling the problem. 

The proposals aim to improve comprehensive planning efforts, standardize the state’s flood-zone maps, and better protect property-owners.

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Role of the Media
5:04 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Crime Is Down, Fear Is Up

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Violent crime has been dropping for decades, but you wouldn’t know it to judge from what some call ‘the culture of fear’ that surrounds us.  Virginia's crime rate has shown the same decline and remains lower than the national average.  So why is fear on the rise? 

Even though statistics show you’re far more likely to be the victim of an accident than a crime, especially a violent crime, perception of the pervasiveness of crime is on the rise.

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Reporters May Be Targets
2:34 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

FBI Warns Media About ISIS Threats

There have been rumors, grumblings, and conspiracy theories about planned attacks by ISIS or ISIL militants on American soil—but nothing credible.

A recent FBI bulletin sent to media outlets warns that the terror organization is trying to persuade noncombatant sympathizers to execute or kidnap specific groups of American citizens.

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Real-Time Monitoring
11:47 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Third World Medical Records

The outbreak of ebola in Africa is a nightmare, but for one Virginia man it’s an opportunity to launch the software he’s been working on for ten years – a program he believes could help to prevent future epidemics that begin in poor countries. 

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