Blaine Emergency Notifications
The City of Blaine uses the CivicReady platform to send emergency notifications to all those who opt in to receive them. The city has used the emergency notifications twice so far during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please register today to receive these important updates.
City of Blaine COVID-19 Information Portal
The city website has a lot of useful information about COVID-19, including how city operations are continuing during this time, resources for businesses, information on stay at home orders, and much more.
Scams involving COVID-19 have already started to occur. Here are a few things to remember in regards to scammers.
- With regards to the government stimulus check, no one from the government will call and ask for your account number to deposit the check.
- There is no miracle cure or test on the market to help you recover quicker from COVID-19.
- The Federal Trade Commission put out some new information about a new twist on the grandparent scam. www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/04/grandparent-scams-age-coronavirus.
- Our elderly friends and neighbors are isolated even more. Please take a few minutes to check on them by calling or texting to ask how they are.
Online Safety Tips
Now, more than ever, kids and adults are online much more than normal. Here are a few things to consider:
- When playing an online game with others, do not use your real name. Do not disclose where you live. Consider muting any conversations during the game.
- Parents, spend some time with your child when they are playing these games to see what they are like. How graphic is the violence and language?
- Talk to kids about not revealing personal information on any social platform. Encourage them to come to you if they receive a message that is hurtful or explicit.
- Evaluate all the passwords you use and consider changing and making them stronger.
- If you have not already done so, set alerts on your debit and or credit cards. Most now have a feature that allows you to lock your card until you use it.
- Organize your passwords and the sites they are used for.
Night to Unite Update
Night to Unite has been postponed until October 6, 2020. This great community event usually takes place the first Tuesday in August but due to the COVID-19 pandemic the event has been pushed back two months to October 6, 2020.
Do you have a doorbell camera? Consider being part of our crime fighting team by registering it with the City of Blaine camera registration program. You can opt out at anytime and registration is free. Depending on what brand you have, there is also an app with which to connect to others in your area to share footage or alerts.
Do not forget to fill out the census form, which can be done at my2020census.gov
. So far, Blaine has a near 70 percent response rate.