Heat Alert: Heat Emergency Has Been Declared This Weekend!

Montgomery County has issued a Heat Emergency Alert beginning 12 p.m Saturday, 6/22 through 8 p.m Sunday, 6/23, 2024. Residents should prepare for heat index values to reach 105 degrees during the afternoon hours. To beat the heat, head to one of the open City Facilities!

Important Notice: Ongoing Water Leak in the 7600 block of Maple Avenue - WSSC is Scheduledfor Repairs either Tues, July 2 or Wed, July 3 - The Repair Will Shut Off Water for a Portion of the Day.

WSSC is scheduling repairs so it can provide more notice to impacted residents and avoid doing the work when the forecast calls for very hot days next week. The repair work will be done at night to reduce impacts.

Library Renovations: Update: June 5, 2024 - Summer Construction Timetable

The scheduling of demolition and construction timelines are pending weather.

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Protect Your Child's Privacy - Don't Use Yard Signs with Personal Information

We understand that showing pride in your children’s achievements and school affiliations is natural and heartwarming.  However, we’d like to draw your attention to a potential danger that comes with displaying yard signs featuring your children’s names and school names.

In today’s interconnected world, safeguarding your child’s privacy is of paramount importance.  Here’s why yard signs with personal information can pose a threat:

Easy Target for Strangers:  Displaying your child’s name and school name on a yard sign can inadvertently provide strangers with personal information about your family.  This information might be exploited by those with malicious intentions, as they could use it to approach your child or even track their daily routines.

Potential for Identity Theft:  Identity thieves are consistently seeking personal details to commit fraud and steal identities.  By sharing your children’s name and school information on a yard sign, you are potentially providing them with valuable information that can be used to gather more data for their sinister purposes.

School Security Concerns:  Displaying your child’s school name can raise security concerns for the school itself.  Unauthorized individuals could use this information to gain unauthorized access to school premises or target children who attend the same school.

Protecting Against Cybersecurity Risks:  In an age where information is shared online, cybercriminals can easily gather details about your child and your family from seemingly harmless sources.  By limiting the exposure of personal information, you are taking a step toward minimizing the risk of cyber threats.

Respecting Consent:  While you may have good intentions, it’s crucial to remember that your child might not want their personal information displayed publicly.  Respecting their privacy can foster trust and open communication within your family.

What can you do instead?

Opt for General Signs:  If you want to show school spirit or pride in your child’s achievements, consider using signs that don’t include personal information.  Use generic phrases or symbols that represent your child’s school or accomplishments without revealing specific names.

Be Mindful on Social Media:  Sharing pictures and personal information on social media can also compromise your child’s privacy.  Ensure your privacy settings are tight, and consider what you share before posting.

Educate your Child:  Teach your child about the importance of not sharing personal information with strangers and its potential risks.

Let’s work together to create a safe and secure environment for our children.  By being cautious about the information we share publicly, we can protect our loved ones from potential dangers.

Stay informed and put your child’s safety first.

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