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Phishing emails disguised as WSUV Department Heads

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During the week of 10/21/19, a number of WSU Vancouver staff members have received emails addressed from their supervisor or department head. The emails ask the employee to purchase gift cards for the supervisor because the supervisor is in a meeting or having an emergency that requires the staff member's help.

Please know that WSU Vancouver Department heads would never contact you asking you to provide support in the form of money, gift cards, or loans. These emails have been reported to abuse@wsu.edu for internet security and WSU Vancouver IT security is aware of the issue and is investigating.

If you receive such an email, please forward the email to abuse@wsu.edu and to harrsch@wsu.edu at WSU Vancouver IT.

PREPARE NOW FOR WILDFIRE SMOKE, UNHEALTHY AIR QUALITY

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Vancouver, Wash. – With the warming weather and dry conditions, wildfire season is likely on its way and has already begun elsewhere in the state. Clark County Public Health is urging residents to take steps now to prepare for smoky days with unhealthy air quality.

Breathing smoke from wildfires isn’t healthy for anyone, but some people are more likely to have health problems when the air quality isn’t good. Those at risk for problems include children, adults older than 65, people with heart and lung diseases, people with respiratory infections and colds, anyone who has had a stroke, pregnant women and individuals who smoke.

The best way to protect your health when the air is smoky is to limit time outdoors and reduce physical activity. This is especially important for people at risk for health problems when air quality isn’t good.

Here are some steps to take now, before air quality worsens from wildfire smoke:

  • Know where to find information about local air quality. The Washington State Department of Ecology’s Air Quality Monitoring website has a map of air quality statewide. The map uses color-coded categories to report when air quality is good, moderate or unhealthy. The Southwest Clean Air Agency has current air quality information for Clark, Cowlitz and Lewis counties and may issue advisories when poor air quality is forecast.
  • If you or a family member has heart or lung disease, talk to your doctor about precautions to take when air quality is unhealthy. Make sure you have the necessary medications, and ask your doctor how to manage symptoms and when to seek medical care.
  • Develop a relocation plan in case you need to leave the area when air quality is hazardous.
  • Consider purchasing a portable air cleaner with a HEPA filter. Make sure your vehicle has a HEPA-equivalent air filter.
  • Know how to turn the air conditioner in your home and vehicle to recirculate to avoid bringing smoky outdoor air inside.
  • Create a plan for alternatives to outdoor family activities. If the air quality is unhealthy, you may need to exercise indoors, find alternatives to outdoor summer camps or change vacation arrangements.
  • Consider purchasing a respirator mask labeled N95 or N100 and learn how to properly wear it. People who must be outside for extended periods of time in smoky air may benefit from wearing one of these masks, if worn correctly. If the mask does not fit properly, it will provide little or no protection and may offer a false sense of security. These masks are not recommended for children or people with beards. People with lung disease, heart disease or who are chronically ill should consult a health care provider before using a mask.

When air is smoky, here are some additional steps to take to protect yourself and your family:

  • Limit time outdoors and avoid vigorous physical activity.
  • Keep windows and doors closed.
  • Turn the air conditioner in your home and vehicle to recirculate to avoid bringing smoky outdoor air inside.
  • Don’t pollute your indoor air. Avoid burning candles, using aerosol products, frying food and smoking.
  • Do not vacuum unless using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Vacuuming stirs up dust and smoke particles.
  • Use an air cleaner with a HEPA filter.

Additional information:

WSU Vancouver is OPEN

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WSU Vancouver is OPEN

It is rare that WSU Vancouver modifies operations for ANY weather conditions. Any closure or late opening announcements will be posted to major news and media outlets AND listed on the WSU Vancouver website home page and this web page.

If plowing and/or de-icing is in progress when you arrive on campus, certain parking lots and pathways may be closed. In that case, please park in open, plowed parking lots—regardless of parking permit type—and use pathways that are plowed and de-iced.

It is your responsibility to decide if you can safely commute to WSU Vancouver in the event of inclement weather while WSU Vancouver remains open for operations. Review FAQ: Inclement Weather for clarification on using leave during crummy weather.

Faculty members, if you cancel your class while WSU Vancouver remains open for operation, it is your responsibility to notify students of the cancellation.

The WSU Vancouver weather policy, along with instructional information and a list of closure notification websites can be found on the Emergency Closure webpage.

WSU Vancouver Closed today

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WSU Vancouver is closed today, Saturday 2/9/19 due to snow and ice. Review FAQ: Inclement Weather for clarification on using leave during crummy weather. The WSU Vancouver weather policy, along with instructional information and a list of closure notification websites can be found on the Emergency Closure webpage.

WSU Vancouver is OPEN

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WSU Vancouver is OPEN and operating on a normal schedule.

C-Tran Route 19 is on Snow Route as of 6:00 a.m.

It is rare that WSU Vancouver modifies operations for ANY weather conditions. Any closure or late opening announcements will be posted to major news and media outlets AND listed on the WSU Vancouver website home page and this web page.

If plowing and/or de-icing is in progress when you arrive on campus, certain parking lots and pathways may be closed. In that case, please park in open, plowed parking lots—regardless of parking permit type—and use pathways that are plowed and de-iced.

It is your responsibility to decide if you can safely commute to WSU Vancouver in the event of inclement weather while WSU Vancouver remains open for operations. Review FAQ: Inclement Weather for clarification on using leave during crummy weather.

Faculty members, if you cancel your class while WSU Vancouver remains open for operation, it is your responsibility to notify students of the cancellation.

The WSU Vancouver weather policy, along with instructional information and a list of closure notification websites can be found on the suspended operations and procedures page.