Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2022

Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2022 Theme

Since 2004, October is celebrated as cybersecurity Awareness Month, previously called National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Now in its 19th year, Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise cybersecurity awareness nationwide and help ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safe and secure online.

This year's focus is for everyone to implement these four action steps to increase online security:

  • Enable Multi-Factor Authentication: You need to make more than a password to protect your online accounts, and enabling MFA makes you significantly less likely to get hacked.
  • Use Strong Passwords: Use passwords that are long, unique, and randomly generated.
  • Recognize and Report Phishing: If a link looks a little off, think before you click. It could be an attempt to get sensitive information or install malware.
  • Update Your Software: Don't delay - if you see a software updated notification, act promptly. Better yet, turn on automatic updates.

Please contact the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) if you would like to report any issues, phishing attempts, malware, and vulnerabilities.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month Information and Resources


3D illustration of the novel coronavirus

For updated information from the City of Saint Paul, visit

Johns Hopkins University Global COVID-19 Dashboard


The mission of Emergency Management is to build, sustain and improve our community’s capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to and recover from threatened or actual disasters, whether natural or man-made and acts of terrorism.  We accomplish this by working with our partner agencies and organizations. 

The City’s emergency readiness planning efforts focus on all hazards: weather-related disasters, terrorism, and disease outbreaks. Emergency preparedness requires strong partnerships with other local, state and federal agencies. While these partnerships are essential to ensuring that we have the resources we need to handle such an emergency, it is important to realize that all of us play a part in being prepared and vigilant. 

Prepare yourself and family for when disaster strikes.  Have emergency kits for both your home and vehicle, emergency contact information, emergency plans such as fire escape routes or what to do for a tornado, know at least 2 ways out of your neighborhood, work location, and other frequently visited places.  Save important documents in a portable media device with redundancies.  You can also store documents, photos, video tours of your house highlighting your possessions, pictures of serial numbers, and other important items in a secure "cloud" storage service, many of which are low to no cost. 

More information can be found at



Information to help you be prepared

Health Preparedness Topics

  Outdoor Warning Sirens

Outdoor Warning Siren



Counties and cities own the sirens, and therefore decide how and when to activate them. The National Weather Service does not sound them.



Sirens are activated for: 

  • Monthly test (1st Wednesday of every month at 1 PM)
  • Tornado warnings
  • All severe thunderstorm warnings with winds in excess of 70 MPH
  • Sirens normally sound for about three minutes, and then go silent
  • There is no such thing as an "all-clear" for storms

What to do when sirens are activated:

  • When sirens are sounded they are to alert people outside of an impending severe weather event.
  • If you hear the sirens immediately stop what you are doing, go indoors and tune into your favorite radio or tv station for further details or seek shelter immediately.
  • To receive severe weather warnings indoors, Emergency Management and the National Weather Service recommend the purchase of a weather radio, which can be found on-line and can be purchased from local electronic stores. These radios can be programmed for your specific County and can sound for a variety of weather events.

The City of Saint Paul has completed its accreditation review and is compliant with all 64 Emergency Management industry standards. This is a great accomplishment by the city that only about a dozen other cities can claim! You can read more about this here.

Last Edited: October 3, 2022