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More Than 236,238 Register for Statewide Tornado Drill on March 11

In just two weeks, more than 236,238 Virginians will participate in the Statewide Tornado Drill, March 11 at 9:45 a.m. With at least three tornadoes EF-O tornadoes in Virginia last month, there’s no better time to practice tornado safety. Register today at www.ReadyVirginia.gov, and share the infographic below to follow the three easy steps of a tornado drill.

In case of widespread inclement weather on the day of the drill, it will be rescheduled for Thursday, March 13.

Register Now for the Emergency Management Symposium, March 19-21

Only one month remains to register for the 2014 Emergency Management Symposium, set for March 19-21 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. Keynote speakers will include Michael Oppengaard, coordinator of Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management in New Jersey, sharing best practices during Superstorm Sandy, Massachusetts undersecretary of public safety Kurt Schwartz to discuss his experience managing the Boston Marathon event, and Caitria and Morgan O’Neill will share the resources available in their online crisis management software, Recovers.org. Register online at http://conta.cc/1eQDjI4 or receive a registration discount by becoming a Virginia Emergency Management Association member, at http://bit.ly/1dIGDyN.

Atlanta Volunteers Turn to Facebook to Organize Response

Civilian volunteers looking to help the thousands of stranded drivers in the Atlanta snow storm on January 29 turned to social media to organize their own response. The Facebook page “Snowed Out Atlanta” has gained more than 7,000 followers, with a tribute page “Heroes of Snowed Out Atlanta” attracting more than 6,000 followers. “Snowed Out Atlanta” contributes to a growing trend of “citizen crisis responders” creating Facebook pages to locate individuals in need and to provide assistance. During recovery from Hurricane Sandy in 2012, more than 33,000 Facebook users followed “Hurricane Sandy Lost and Found Pets,” a page created to reunite pets and owners by allowing followers to post pet photos.

Government agencies may benefit from monitoring and possibly participating on these pages as audiences migrate further toward social media for information and aid, especially as volunteers their own initiative to organize efforts on familiar and instantaneous platforms.

VDEM Prepares for Winter Storm, Offers Resources for Local Emergency Managers

While state agencies operate under Governor McAuliffe’s declaration of emergency, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management provides informational resources for local emergency managers as the storm begins its forecasted six- to twelve-inch snow accumulation in southwest, central and northern Virginia. VDEM has a storm blog with weather and response updates as well as safety resources at http://febwinterstorm2014.tumblr.com. A live interactive map of Virginia’s snow forecast is available at http://bit.ly/1ctxxWW, with data from the National Weather Service, attracting more than 378,000 views on VDEM’s Facebook page. The Ready Virginia app, free on the App Store and on Google Play, allows residents to make an emergency plan, use an emergency kit checklist, and receive alerts from the National Weather Service.

VDEM Training Calendar

For participants who feel comfortable using the Knowledge Center : access the Knowledge Center using the web address for the agency where your account resides. If your account is with VDEM, you will go to https://covkc.virginia.gov/vdem/external . The announcement section on VDEM’s login page provides an instruction sheet for first time users to register for an account and, once approved, enroll in the desired course(s).

For those who do not feel comfortable using the Knowledge Center for enrollment, there is a new enrollment method via submission of an online form. Each course description on VDEM’s website (www.vaemergency.gov) has a link to the form, and it is also linked on the VDEM Knowledge Center home page (https://covkc.virginia.gov/vdem/external). Our Help Desk will use the form to verify/create your account and enroll you in the course. If you still have difficulty, please contact the LMS Help Desk at 804-897-9995.

COURSE NAME

DATES

LOCATION

ENROLLMENT DEADLINE

G108: Community Mass Care and Emergency Assistance

Mar 5-6, 2014

Charlottesville

Feb 26, 2014 

G290: Basic Public Information Officer

Mar 5-6, 2014

Winchester

Feb 26, 2014 

**V410: Hampton Roads Regional Catastrophic Framework Training-Hurricane Incident

Mar 11, 2014 

Chesapeake

Mar 4, 2014 

V460: Social Media in Emergency Management and Disaster Response (VEM Symposium)

Mar 18, 2014 

Hampton

Mar 11, 2014 

*VEOC-101/201: Introduction to the VERT and VEOC Crisis Management Systems

Mar 21, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

Mar 14, 2014 

G290: Basic Public Information Officer

Apr 1-2, 2014

Alexandria

Mar 25, 2014 

G291: Joint Information System/Center Planning for Public Information Officers

Apr 3, 2014

Alexandria

Mar 27, 2014 

G775: Emergency Operations Center Management and Operations

Apr 7-9, 2014

Marion

Mar 31, 2014 

ICS 300: Intermediate ICS

Apr 7-9, 2014

Marion

Mar 31, 2014 

VEOC-100: WebEOC for Local Governments

Apr 8, 2014

Fairfax

Apr 1, 2014 

**V410: Hampton Roads Regional Catastrophic Framework Training-Hurricane Incident

Apr 9, 2014 

Hampton

Apr 2, 2014 

V510: Emergency Operations Planning: An Inclusive Approach

Apr 9-10, 2014 

Fairfax

Apr 2, 2014 

G191: Incident Command System/Emergency Operations Center Interface

Apr 10, 2014

Marion

Apr 3, 2014 

V475: EOC Position Specific: Planning (Pilot)

Apr 11, 2014 

Marion

Apr 4, 2014 

V840-EOC Workshop

Apr 10, 2014 

Culpeper

Apr 7, 2014 

AWR-167: Sport Event Risk Management

Apr 15-16, 2014

Richmond

Apr 8, 2014 

*VEOC-101/201: Introduction to the VERT and VEOC Crisis Management Systems

Apr 18, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

Apr 11, 2014 

L339: Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Core Concepts Course

Apr 22-23, 2014

Richmond

Apr 15, 2014 

Logistics 101: Logistical Awareness and Fundamentals

Apr 23, 2014

Culpeper

Apr 16, 2014 

Logistics 201: Mutual Aid in Virginia

Apr 24, 2014

Culpeper

Apr 17, 2014 

G393: Mitigation for Emergency Managers

May 6-8, 2014

Newport News

Apr 30, 2014 

*VEOC-101/201: Introduction to the VERT and VEOC Crisis Management Systems

May 9, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

May 2, 2014 

G108: Community Mass Care

May 12-13, 2014

Woodbridge

May 5, 2014 

L340: REP Plan Review Course

May 13-15, 2014

Richmond

May 6, 2014 

G386: Mass Fatalities Incident Response

May 14-15, 2014

Hampton

May 7, 2014 

G393: Mitigation for Emergency Managers

May 19-21, 2014

Woodbridge

May 12, 2014 

ICS 400: Advanced ICS

May 20-21, 2014

Richmond

May 13, 2014 

ICS 300: Intermediate ICS

Jun 3-5, 2014

Blacksburg

May 27, 2014 

*VEOC-101/201: Introduction to the VERT and VEOC Crisis Management Systems

Jun 6, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

May 30, 2014 

*VEOC-101/201: Introduction to the VERT and VEOC Crisis Management Systems

Jul 18, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

Jul 11, 2014 

*VEOC-101/201: Introduction to the VERT and VEOC Crisis Management Systems

Aug 15, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

Aug 8, 2014 

*VEOC-101/201: Introduction to the VERT and VEOC Crisis Management Systems

Sep 12, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

Sep 5, 2014 

*VEOC-101/201: Introduction to the VERT and VEOC Crisis Management Systems

Oct 17, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

Oct 10, 2014 

*VEOC-101/201: Introduction to the VERT and VEOC Crisis Management Systems

Nov 14, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

Nov 7, 2014 

*VEOC-101/201: Introduction to the VERT and VEOC Crisis Management Systems

Dec 12, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

Dec 5, 2014 

* Open to Virginia Emergency Response Team (VERT) and prospective VERT members only.

**These trainings are intended for members of the Hampton Roads Regional Catastrophic team and/or the greater Hampton Roads response community and their partners.

VDEM Sponsored Incident Command System (ICS) Courses

The courses below are local ICS classes taught by VDEM authorized instructors for their agencies or localities, free of charge, with limited administrative and logistical support from VDEM. Completion certificates are issued by VDEM, and recognition is granted nationwide. Enrollment is via the Knowledge Center (KC). Please see instructions below to enroll.

For participants who feel comfortable using the KC: access the KC using the web address for the agency where your account resides. If your account is with VDEM, you will go to https://covkc.virginia.gov/vdem/external . The announcement section on VDEM’s login page provides an instruction sheet for first time users to register for an account and, once approved, enroll in the desired course(s).

For those who do not feel comfortable using the Knowledge Center for enrollment, there is a new enrollment method via submission of an online form. The form may be found at this link . Our Help Desk will use the form to verify/create your account and enroll you in the course. If you still have difficulty, please contact the LMS Help Desk at 804-897-9995.

Enrollment Deadline is noon on the business day before the sponsored course start date.

COURSE NAME

DATES

LOCATION

ENROLLMENT DEADLINE

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

March 10-11, 2014 

Madison

March 7, 2014 

ICS-300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

March 11-13, 2014 

Cedar Bluff

March 10, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

March 12-13, 2014 

Fairfax

March 11, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

March 12-14, 2014 

Madison

March 11, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

March 25-26, 2014 

Manassas

March 24, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

March 31-April 1, 2014 

Fort Belvoir

March 28, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

April 9-11, 2014 

Fairfax

April 8, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

April 15-16, 2014 

Manassas Park

April 14, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

April 16-18, 2014 

Roanoke

April 15, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

April 23-24, 2014 

Chesapeake

April 22, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

April 28-29, 2014 

Stafford

April 25, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

May 2-5, 2014 

Fort Pickett

May 1, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

May 3-4, 2014 

Fort Pickett

May 1, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

June 9-10, 2014 

Chesapeake

June 6, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

June 25-26, 2014 

Chesapeake

June 24, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

July 16-17, 2014 

Fairfax

July 15, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

August 13-15, 2014 

Fairfax

August 12, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

August 27-28, 2014 

Chesapeake

August 26, 2014 

VDEM Prepares for Winter Storm, Offers Resources for Local Emergency Managers

As state agencies operate under a Governor’s declaration of emergency, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management provides informational resources for local emergency managers as the storm begins its forecasted six- to twelve-inch snow accumulation in southwest, central and northern Virginia. VDEM has a storm blog with storm news and safety resources at http://febwinterstorm2014.tumblr.com. A live interactive map of Virginia’s snow forecast is available at http://bit.ly/1ctxxWW, with updated data from the National Weather Service, attracting more than 378,000 views on VDEM’s Facebook page. The Ready Virginia app, free on the App Store and on Google Play, allows residents to make an emergency plan, use an emergency kit checklist, and receive alerts from the National Weather Service.

Register Now for the Emergency Management Symposium, March 19-21

Only one month remains to register for the 2014 Emergency Management Symposium, set for March 19-21 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. Keynote speakers will include Michael Oppengaard, coordinator of Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management in New Jersey, sharing best practices during Superstorm Sandy, Massachusetts undersecretary of public safety Kurt Schwartz to discuss his experience managing the Boston Marathon event, and Caitria and Morgan O’Neill will share the resources available in their online crisis management software, Recovers.org.

Register online at http://conta.cc/1eQDjI4 or receive a registration discount by becoming a Virginia Emergency Management Association member, at http://bit.ly/1dIGDyN.

Michael Cline Leaves VDEM After More Than 40 Years in Virginia Emergency Management

After serving as VDEM’s state coordinator since 1998, Michael Cline has begun a new venture into retirement. “Michael is a nationally recognized and respected leader in the Emergency Management community,” says Jack King, deputy state coordinator and colleague. “In addition to being a wealth of knowledge, Michael was an outstanding boss and mentor to many people throughout his career. Virginia was fortunate to have his services for over four decades.”

Michael joined VDEM in 1972, and worked with the Virginia Emergency Response Team on 47 presidentially declared disaster, serving as state coordinator for 27 disasters.

Report on Children in Disasters Prompts Initiatives

FEMA launched two new initiatives to increase aid for children in disasters to mitigate federal shortcomings cited in an Oct. 2010 report from the National Commission on Children and Disasters.

New Federal Committee for Helping Children in Disasters Seeks Nominations

Nominations to the National Committee on Children and Disasters will be accepted through Feb. 14. The committee will work to lessen the detrimental impact of disasters on children. Non-federal health care professionals and representatives from state and local health care offices named to the committee will advise the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to understand and address disaster issues affecting children.

To submit a nomination, go to www.phe.gov/naccd.

FEMA Adds Policy to Cover Child Care in Individual Assistance Program

Recipients of FEMA’s Individual Assistance and Households Program to recover from disasters now can receive help with child care, effective Jan. 17. Families in Virginia can be eligible for this type of assistance if both their residential locality and the Commonwealth are named in a FEMA Individual Assistance Declaration. Financial assistance for this category is limited to $4,400 per household and counts towards the overall limit of $32,900 set for the Individual and Households Program.

For more information on the policy addition, email larry.braja@vdem.virginia.gov.

New Virginia Population Data Shows Slowed Growth

Annual figures on the population growth and demographics in Virginia’s cities and counties are now available from the University of Virginia’s Weldon-Cooper Center. Population growth increased less than one percent between 2012 and 2013, although Virginia remains among the fastest-growing states in the nation. The Commonwealth has the seventh-largest numerical population gain and the 14th-highest growth rate in the country.

Data is available on the Center’s website in interactive maps to view local population growth, as well as ethnic demographics and poverty rates. This data may be useful for emergency managers to reference the changing status of their communities. To view the maps, go to http://www.coopercenter.org/demographics/interactive-map/citycounty/19920.

For additional data from the Weldon-Cooper Center report, visit http://www.coopercenter.org/demographics.

VDEM Sponsored Incident Command System (ICS) Courses

The courses below are local ICS classes taught by VDEM authorized instructors for their agencies or localities, free of charge, with limited administrative and logistical support from VDEM. Completion certificates are issued by VDEM, and recognition is granted nationwide. Enrollment is via the Knowledge Center (KC). Please see instructions below to enroll.

For participants who feel comfortable using the KC: access the KC using the web address for the agency where your account resides. If your account is with VDEM, you will go to https://covkc.virginia.gov/vdem/external . The announcement section on VDEM’s login page provides an instruction sheet for first time users to register for an account and, once approved, enroll in the desired course(s).

For those who do not feel comfortable using the Knowledge Center for enrollment, there is a new enrollment method via submission of an online form. The form may be found at this link . Our Help Desk will use the form to verify/create your account and enroll you in the course. If you still have difficulty, please contact the LMS Help Desk at 804-897-9995.

Enrollment Deadline is noon on the business day before the sponsored course start date.

COURSE NAME

DATES

LOCATION

ENROLLMENT DEADLINE

ICS-300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

February 3-5, 2014 

Fort Belvoir

January 31, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

February 10-12, 2014 

Stafford

February 7, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

February 15-16, 2014 

Staunton

February 14, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

February 19-20, 2014 

Chesapeake

February 18, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

March 10-11, 2014 

Madison

March 7, 2014 

ICS-300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

March 11-13, 2014 

Cedar Bluff

March 10, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

March 12-13, 2014 

Fairfax

March 11, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

March 12-14, 2014 

Madison

March 11, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

March 25-26, 2014 

Manassas

March 24, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

March 31-April 1, 2014 

Fort Belvoir

March 28, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

April 9-11, 2014 

Fairfax

April 8, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

April 23-24, 2014 

Chesapeake

April 22, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

April 28-29, 2014 

Stafford

April 25, 2014 

ICS 300-11 (B) Intermediate ICS

June 25-26, 2014 

Chesapeake

June 24, 2014 

ICS 400-11 (B) Advanced ICS

August 27-28, 2014 

Chesapeake

August 26, 2014 


VDEM Training Calendar

For participants who feel comfortable using the Knowledge Center : access the Knowledge Center using the web address for the agency where your account resides. If your account is with VDEM, you will go to https://covkc.virginia.gov/vdem/external . The announcement section on VDEM’s login page provides an instruction sheet for first time users to register for an account and, once approved, enroll in the desired course(s).

For those who do not feel comfortable using the Knowledge Center for enrollment, there is a new enrollment method via submission of an online form. Each course description on VDEM’s website (www.vaemergency.gov) has a link to the form, and it is also linked on the VDEM Knowledge Center home page (https://covkc.virginia.gov/vdem/external). Our Help Desk will use the form to verify/create your account and enroll you in the course. If you still have difficulty, please contact the LMS Help Desk at 804-897-9995.

COURSE NAME

DATES

LOCATION

ENROLLMENT DEADLINE

G270.4: Recovery from Disaster

Feb 5-6, 2014 

Woodstock

Jan 29, 2014 

**V410: Hampton Roads Regional Catastrophic Framework Training-Hurricane Incident

Feb 12, 2014 

Essex

Feb 5, 2014 

*VEOC-101/201: Introduction to the VERT and VEOC Crisis Management Systems

Feb 21, 2014 

Richmond – VEOC

Feb 14, 2014 

G366: Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters

Feb 25, 2014 

Rocky Mount

Feb 18, 2014 

**V411: Hampton Roads Regional Catastrophic Framework Training – Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Incident

Feb 25, 2014

Chesapeake

Feb 18, 2014 

G288: Volunteer and Donations Management

Feb 26-27, 2014 

Rocky Mount

Feb 19, 2014 

**V411: Hampton Roads Regional Catastrophic Framework Training – Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Incident

Feb 27, 2014

Tappahannock

Feb 20, 2014 

**V411: Hampton Roads Regional Catastrophic Framework Training – Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Incident

Mar 4, 2014

Hampton

Feb 25, 2014 

G557: Rapid Needs Assessment

Mar 4, 2014

Charlottesville

Feb 25, 2014 

G108: Community Mass Care and Emergency Assistance

Mar 5-6, 2014

Charlottesville

Feb 26, 2014 

**V410: Hampton Roads Regional Catastrophic Framework Training-Hurricane Incident

Mar 11, 2014 

Chesapeake

Mar 4, 2014 

V460: Social Media in Emergency Management and Disaster Response (VEMA Symposium)

Mar 18, 2014 

Hampton

Mar 11, 2014 

*VEOC-101/201: Introduction to the VERT and VEOC Crisis Management Systems

Mar 21, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

Mar 14, 2014 

**V410: Hampton Roads Regional Catastrophic Framework Training-Hurricane Incident

Apr 9, 2014 

Hampton

Apr 2, 2014 

AWR-167: Sport Event Risk Management

Apr 15-16, 2014

Richmond

Apr 8, 2014 

*VEOC-101/201: Introduction to the VERT and VEOC Crisis Management Systems

Apr 18, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

Apr 11, 2014 

*VEOC-101/201: Introduction to the VERT and VEOC Crisis Management Systems

May 9, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

May 2, 2014 

ICS-400: Advanced ICS

May 20-21, 2014

Richmond

May 13, 2014 

*VEOC-101/201: Introduction to the VERT and VEOC Crisis Management Systems

Jun 6, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

May 30, 2014 

*VEOC-101/201: Introduction to the VERT and VEOC Crisis Management Systems

Jul 18, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

Jul 11, 2014 

*VEOC-101/201: Introduction to the VERT and VEOC Crisis Management Systems

Aug 15, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

Aug 8, 2014 

*VEOC-101/201: Introduction to the VERT and VEOC Crisis Management Systems

Sep 12, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

Sep 5, 2014 

*VEOC-101/201: Introduction to the VERT and VEOC Crisis Management Systems

Oct 17, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

Oct 10, 2014 

*VEOC-101/201: Introduction to the VERT and VEOC Crisis Management Systems

Nov 14, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

Nov 7, 2014 

*VEOC-101/201: Introduction to the VERT and VEOC Crisis Management Systems

Dec 12, 2014

Richmond – VEOC

Dec 5, 2014 

* Open to Virginia Emergency Response Team (VERT) and prospective VERT members only.

**These trainings are intended for members of the Hampton Roads Regional Catastrophic team and/or the greater Hampton Roads response community and their partners

Virginia Emergency Management Symposium Hosts Sandy and Boston Marathon Experts, Recovers.org

(From left: Kurt Schwartz, Massachusetts undersecretary of Public Safety; Morgan O’Neill and Caitria O’Neill, co-founders of Recovers.org)

The 2014 Virginia Emergency Management Symposium, set for March 19-21 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, welcomes emergency management experts from across the nation to share best practices in recent disasters. Keynote speaker Michael Oppegaard, coordinator of the Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management in New Jersey, will present lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy. Kurt Schwartz, undersecretary of public safety for Massachusetts, will cover his experience managing the Boston Marathon event, and Caitria and Morgan O’Neill will delve into their online crisis software for managing emergencies, Recovers.org. “We hope that all emergency managers in Virginia will join us for what is going to be another wonderful year of incredible speakers and networking experiences,” says Sara Ruch, Virginia Emergency Management Association president.

For registration and details, go to http://www.vemaweb.org/content/symposium2014.

Eischen joins VDEM as public affairs director

Dawn Eischen has been selected as public affairs director for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. She joins VDEM following more than eight years as communications manager for the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Richmond District.

“We are fortunate and happy to welcome Dawn back to VDEM following her stellar tenure with VDOT and her extensive experience with the American Red Cross during high profile national disasters,” said Michael Cline, state coordinator of emergency management. “Her breadth of knowledge in state and federal emergency management and her skill in leading award-winning communications projects will benefit Virginia citizens as well as the state agencies that have emergency responsibilities.”

Read more at http://www.vaemergency.gov/news/news-releases/2014/eichen.

It’s Time to Register for the 2014 Statewide Tornado Drill

Three EF-O tornadoes struck southeastern Virginia Saturday, Jan. 11, reminding us that tornadoes can happen any time of the year. It’s important that residents know what to do when a tornado warning is issued. Helpful instructions are available at http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/stayinformed/tornadoes. It’s also important to practice, and the Statewide Tornado Drill is set for Tuesday, March 11, at 9:45 a.m. Sign up now for the drill at www.ReadyVirginia.gov. In case of widespread inclement weather on the day of the drill, it will be rescheduled for Thursday, March 13.

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