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August 28
Vehicle and Personal Property Security

To All DMACC Students,

I want to extend a warm welcome to all new and returning students. I hope you will have a rewarding and successful academic year.

I am sending this email as a friendly reminder to please remember to secure your personal property, be it in your vehicle or while in other areas on campus. 

As in any largely populated area there are a few individuals who will take advantage of opportunities to steal items left unattended.

With that in mind I’d like to offer the following suggestions:

  1. Lock your car at all times and do not leave items in plain view; put them in your trunk.
  2. Close all windows.
  3. Activate any theft deterrent device you may have.
  4. Put packages or valuable out of sight; electronic devices/chargers and other expensive items in full view invite theft.
  5. Be aware of anyone suspiciously tampering with or looking into motor vehicles.
  6. Be aware of persons hanging around the parking lots.
  7. Be aware of persons quickly walking away from parked vehicles when they see you approaching.
  8. Do not leave personal items (backpacks, books, laptops, etc.) unattended in hallways, restrooms or cafeterias.  In the amount of time it takes you to walk 20 feet to throw away something in a trash can your items could disappear.

Immediately report all suspicious persons or vehicles around parking areas or on campus to the Campus Security at the Ankeny and Urban campus’s and to the Provost or Director at all other campus locations.

Thanks, have a successful and safe year!
Ned Miller
Director, Campus Safety and Emergency Management
Des Moines Area Community College
Ankeny, IA 50023-3993
Phone 515.964.6816, 1.800.362.2127, ext 6816

June 27
June 27, 2011

Congratulations to Rick Tomlinson for submitting the winning entry last week. Be the first to fax this week's puzzle to 515-965-6003 (fax only, that way I have a record of order received) and win a DMACC T-Shirt at the bookstore.

We conclude National Safety Month with "On the Road…Off the Phone".


Don't forget…. fax your correctly completed puzzle to 515-965-6003 for a chance to win a DMACC T-Shirt.

Have a Great and Safe June!

Ned Miller

June 21
June 21, 2011

Congratulations to Niki Beaird for submitting the first crossword puzzle last week. Be the first to fax this week's puzzle to 515-965-6003 (fax only, that way I have a record of order received) and win a DMACC T-Shirt at the bookstore.

This week's Safety Topic is Slips Trips and Falls. Anybody have a ladder at home?




Don't forget…. fax your correctly completed puzzle to 515-965-6003 for a chance to win a DMACC T-Shirt.

Have a Great and Safe June!

Ned Miller


June 13
National Safety Month Week 2

Congratulations to Hollie Coon for submitting the first crossword puzzle last week. Be the first to fax this week's puzzle to 515-965-6003 (fax only, that way I have a record of order received) and win a DMACC T-Shirt at the bookstore.

This week's Safety Topic is Teen Driving. Anybody know a teenage driver?



 Don't forget…. fax your correctly completed puzzle to 515-965-6003 for a chance to win a DMACC T-Shirt.

Have a Great and Safe June!


June 01
June Is National Safety Month

DMACC is joining the National Safety Council on their mission to prevent unintentional injury and death by educating and influencing people to adopt and maintain safe and healthy practices in the workplace, on our roads and highways, and in our homes and communities. Unintentional injuries and deaths in the United States are at unacceptable levels. Motor vehicle crashes, falls and overexertion remain leading causes of preventable death and injury.

Unintentional deaths reached an estimated 128,200 in 2009, compared with the revised 2008 estimate of 125,800. The 2009 estimate – the highest on record – is 47% greater than the 1992 total of 86,777 – the lowest annual total since 1924. 

The cost of unintentional injuries to Americans and their employers exceeds $693 billion nationally, or $5,900 per household, and causes great suffering among individuals and their families.

Each week in June, a different safety topic will be posted in this blog along with a Safety Crossword Puzzle. The first DMACC Employee or Student to fax the correctly completed puzzle to me at 515-965-6003 will win a DMACC T-Shirt at the bookstore.

This week's Safety Topic is Overexertion…


Don't forget…. fax your correctly completed puzzle to 515-965-6003 for a chance to win a DMACC T-Shirt.

Have a Great and Safe June!


May 05
Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

The article below is reprinted with permission from the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council, May Newsletter.


Motorcycles are vehicles with the same rights and privileges as any motor vehicle on the roadway. Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is a national initiative aimed at getting motorists and motorcyclists to "share the road" with each other.  


Motorcyclists are much more vulnerable to crashes than other drivers. Many crashes occur because motorcycles are hidden in a vehicle's blind spot. It is important that motorists always make a visual check for motorcyclists by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic.

Fatalities involving motorists and motorcyclists increased 131 percent between 1998 and 2008. The mileage death rate for motorcyclists in 2007 was 37 times greater than for passenger car occupants.


Did you Know?

  • Motorcycle helmet use increased from 48% in 2005 to 67% in 2009.
  • Motorcycle helmets saved 1,829 motorcyclists' lives in 2008.
  • Motorcycle helmets do not interfere with the rider's vision or hearing.

Twenty states and the District of Columbia have motorcycle helmet laws that require all riders to wear a helmet.

Twenty-seven states have a motorcycle helmet law that only require some riders to wear a helmet. Three states (Illinois, Iowa, and New Hampshire) do not have a motorcycle helmet law.


To view the laws of motorcycle helmets in your state click here.

Share the Road with Motorcycles  


All motorists are reminded to safely "share the road" with motorcycles and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe. Motorcyclists are reminded to make themselves visible to other motorists.



April 21
New National Terrorism Advisory System

Secretary Napolitano Announces Implementation of National Terrorism Advisory System


Citizens can sign up for free updated alerts via email, cell and smart phones from The Emergency Email and Wireless Network

NEW YORK - Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced the implementation of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) - a robust terrorism advisory system that provides timely information to the public about credible terrorist threats and replaces the former color-coded alert system.

 The New System has only 2 levels and replaces the previous 5 color levels....

"Elevated Threat": Warns of a credible terrorist threat against the United States

"Imminent Threat": Warns of a credible, specific, and impending terrorist threat against the United States

As part of the announcement, Secretary Napolitano will release a public guide outlining the new system to the American public, along with an example of an NTAS Alert that would be issued to the public if the government were to receive information about a specific or credible terrorist threat.

"The terrorist threat facing our country has evolved significantly over the past ten years, and in today's environment - more than ever - we know that the best security strategy is one that counts on the American public as a key partner in securing our country," said Secretary Napolitano. "The National Terrorism Advisory System, which was developed in close collaboration with our federal, state, local, tribal and private sector partners, will provide the American public with information about credible threats so that they can better protect themselves, their families, and their communities."

Under NTAS, DHS will coordinate with other federal entities to issue detailed alerts to the public when the federal government receives information about a credible terrorist threat.
NTAS alerts provide a concise summary of the potential threat including geographic region, mode of transportation, or critical infrastructure potentially affected by the threat, actions being taken to ensure public safety, as well as recommended steps that individuals, communities, business and governments can take to help prevent, mitigate or respond to a threat. NTAS Alerts will include a clear statement on the nature of the threat, which will be defined in one of two ways:

Depending on the nature of the threat, alerts may be sent to law enforcement, distributed to affected areas of the private sector, or issued more broadly to the public through both official and social media channels.

DHS encourages citizens to follow NTAS Alerts for information about threats and take an active role in security by reporting suspicious activity to local law enforcement authorities through the "If You See Something, Say Something" public awareness campaign.

November 24
Internet Crime & Mass Marketing Fraud—Awareness & Prevention Tips

The following information is from the December issue of the FBI Omaha Division's Strategic Partnership Program Newsletter.





Complaints are on the Rise… Internet crime complaints rose 22.3 percent in 2009, according to the latest IC3 report.


Did you receive an e-mail that claimed to be from the FBI and asked for money or personal information? If you did, you're not alone—e-mail scams that misused the Bureau's name represented the highest percentage (16.6) of complaint types submitted last year to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), according to its latest annual report. All told, IC3 received 336,655 complaints during 2009, a hefty 22.3 percent increase from 2008.


In addition to the fake FBI e-mails, rounding out the top five complaint categories were:

• Non-delivered merchandise and or non-payment, in which either a seller didn't ship a promised item or a buyer didn't pay for an item (11.9 percent);

• Advance fee fraud, when a victim was asked to give money upfront, often for goods or services that never materialized (9.8 percent);

• Identity theft, when someone either stole or tried to steal a person's identity or some kind of identity information (8.2 percent); and

• Overpayment fraud, when a "buyer" sent a victim who was selling something a legitimate-looking check or money order (that turned out to be counterfeit) for an amount greater than the price of an item being sold, and then asked the seller to deposit the payment, deduct the actual sale price, and return the difference (7.3 percent).


Of the 336,655 complaints submitted to IC3 last year, just under half—146,663—were referred to local, state, or federal law enforcement agencies for further action. Most of those cases involved fraud and financial losses by the victims. The losses from the referred cases totaled $559.7 million. The complaints not referred to law enforcement generally had no financial losses—for example, a victim received a fraudulent unsolicited e-mail but didn't act on it—or involved victims and perpetrators who both lived outside the United States. But complaints not directly referred to law enforcement are still valuable—they're accessible by law enforcement and are used to analyze trends, gather intelligence, and educate the public. So if you feel you've been targeted, please submit a complaint to IC3 at: whether you lost money or not.


Some of the more popular e-mail scams during 2009 (and scams to watch out for during 2010) included:

A new spin on the "hit-man" scam , in which individuals received an e-mail from an "assassin" who claimed he was going to kill them, but who said they would be spared if they sent money because someone in his organization knew a member of their family and pled for their lives.

Spam or pop-ups offering free astrological readings, but only after birthdates and birth-places were provided. Victims were then enticed into purchasing a full-fledged reading with the promise they would find out something favorable was about to happen. Of course, they never received the reading.

Economic stimulus scams, where victims received a recorded phone message directing them to websites where they could apply for government stimulus money after first entering personal information and paying a small fee. Needless to say, no stimulus money was received.

Fake pop-up ads for anti-virus software: that warned of the existence of computer viruses but actually downloaded malicious code when clicked.


For more information on Internet crime, read the full report at:


Mass Marketing Fraud


Mass Marketing Frauds target individuals of all ages and walks of life. Victims are lured with false promises of significant cash prizes, goods, services, or good works, in exchange for up-front fees, taxes or donations. Mass Marketing Frauds victimize millions of Americans each year and generate losses in the hundreds of mil-lions of dollars.


The Top Schemes


Foreign Lotteries & Sweepstakes

Foreign lottery fraud is currently one of the most prevalent consumer frauds. Victims are told that they have won a lottery or sweepstakes in a foreign drawing. To collect the winnings, victims are told they must first pay various taxes and fees.

Nigerian Letter Scams

Victims are asked to help illegally transfer funds out of Nigeria in return for a share of the money. Perpetrators ask victims for their bank account information under the pretext that it is needed to complete the transaction. Victims may also be asked to pay money up-front to help defray the cost of taxes, legal fees, or bribes.

Credit & Loan Scams

Victims with poor or non-existent credit are offered credit cards/loans—for an advance fee. ―Credit repair services may offer to help those with poor credit improve their credit ratings—for an advance fee.

Overpayment Scams

The victim is advertising an item for sale. A buyer sends the seller a counterfeit check or money order for more than the cost of the item. The victim is asked to return the difference between the payment and the cost of the item. When the payment turns out to be counterfeit, the victim is held responsible by his or her financial institution.

Charity Scams

Con artists solicit donations in the name of non-existent or fraudulent charities. Most charity scams occur during the holidays or in the aftermath of disasters, when philanthropy is most common.


Protect Yourself—How You Can Avoid Becoming a Victim


The Hallmarks of Mass Marketing Fraud

Offers appear too good to be true.

• Payments for goods or services are required in advance.

• Personal information is requested over the telephone.

• Offers are unsolicited.

• Representatives use high pressure sales techniques, claiming that immediate action is required.


What You Can Do

Don't believe everything you are told. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

• Avoid being taken by high pressure sales. Take the time to research offers before deciding whether or not to participate.

• Don't do business with anyone who solicits your money in advance of awarding a prize.

• Inspect all representatives' credentials carefully.

• Get all offers in writing and keep a copy for your records.

• Don't deposit checks sent by companies that claim the check is being sent to pay fees or taxes on lottery winnings.

Report scams when they occur


Don't ever be embarrassed. These frauds are perpetrated by sophisticated con artists. File a claim with the appropriate entities listed at the end of this article. Report the crime promptly—you'll have a better chance of getting your money back and bringing the perpetrators to justice when you file a complaint soon after the crime.

Always be skeptical!


Make it a SAFE DAY!



September 15
September 15, 2010

Most people have come to expect that their workplace has an emergency plan in place. DMACC Safety and Emergency Procedures can be found at


My question to you today is: What have you done at home to be prepared in an emergency. September has been designated as National Preparedness Month by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and their partners.  Having an Emergency plan is important for your business as well as your family.  I found the following home Emergency plan at the website.

"Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed."
Get A Kit
In an emergency situation, it will be important to have supplies on hand for your family's survival.  Recommended Items for inclusion in a basic Emergency Kit include:

  • Water- One gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days
  • Food-  A 3 day supply of non-perishable food.  If in cans, make sure you have a manual can opener.
  • Battery or Hand crank powered radio and NOAA weather radio
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries for radios and flashlights
  • First Aid kit- include any prescription medications and extra glasses
  • Whistle or other noise maker to signal for help
  • Dust masks for each person plus extras
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to create shelter if needed           
  • Hand tools
  • Local maps
  • Supplies for infants and pets
  • Copies of family documents
  • Cash

Make A Plan
Knowing which hazards could happen in your particular area can help you create a plan that is relevant and useful.  Make sure your family or employees know the emergency plan.
1. Involve those affected in the creation of your plan.
Giving employees and children the opportunity to participate in creating the plan will make it less threatening and easier for them to recall when the need arises.  Among the pieces of your plan you need to establish:

  • A meeting location outside the home or facility for an emergency evacuation
  • For families: A meeting location outside the neighborhood in case you are away from home when an emergency happens and cannot return home & an out-of-state contact as a "family check-in contact"

2. Implement your plan.
Take steps to make emergency use of your plan more feasible.  Make sure you have a well-stocked emergency kit and post important phone numbers.
3. Practice and maintain your plan.
Stage drills and ask questions about the emergency plan to make sure children or employees remember what to do in case of an emergency.  Also, verify that emergency contact information has not changed.  If your out-of-state contact has a new phone number, make sure all family members know the new information.
Be Informed
Be aware of the different emergencies which could happen in your area and what plans have been developed by area authorities.  As a business, know what emergencies might be specific to your industry and plan accordingly.
Compiled from and additional information available at  


Make it a SAFE DAY!

Ned Miller
Safety Officer
Des Moines Area Community College
2006 S. Ankeny Boulevard
Ankeny, IA 50023-3993
Phone 515.964.6816, 1.800.362.2127, ext 6816
Fax 515.965.6003


"Life's Calling™"

August 27
August 27, 2010… DMACC Alert Information

All DMACC Students, Faculty and Staff:

DMACC uses several methods to alert students, faculty and staff in the event of an emergency.  One method is called "DMACC ALERT".  DMACC ALERT will send a text, voice message and/or e-mail to phone numbers or email addresses designated by you.  DMACC ALERT's main purpose is for emergency messages, although DMACC will also alert you to college closings in the event of severe weather. 

If you included a cell phone or land line number when you registered for DMACC classes, or in your employment information, we will automatically upload that information to the DMACC ALERT system.  If you would like to change that number or add additional information (i.e.: land line or e-mail), or if you did NOT include cell or land line numbers and would like to receive DMACC Alerts, follow the steps below. 

1. Log on to

2. The Rave username is your full DMACC email address.  Forgot your password?  Select "Forgot username or password" and enter your DMACC email address, an email will be sent to your DMACC email address with instructions.  Note: the password is NOT automatically set to your regular DMACC password, if you are a new student or can't remember your password; click the "Forgot username or password" line.   

3. Once you are logged in, you can add your cell and landline numbers and additional email addresses (up to three each).


For further DMACC Alert information go to; or call Ned Miller, DMACC Safety Officer at 515-964-6816.

Questions?  Give me a call and I'll be glad to help.

Have a Great and Safe semester!


safety equipment

Emergency Numbers:

Ankeny Campus:

Police/Ambulance/Fire: 9-911
Campus Security: 515-964-6500
Campus Nurse: 515-964-6352
Cell: 515-577-0080
Fall/Spring hours: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Summer hours: 8-Noon on student contact days
Evening/Weekend Office: 515-964-6286

Boone Campus:

Police/Ambulance/Fire: 9-911
Provost: 515-433-5020
Cell: 515-979-5388
Supervisor of Bldgs. & Grounds: 515-433-5052
Cell: 515-290-0553
Boone Hospital: 515-432-3140

Carroll Campus:

Police/Ambulance/Fire: 9-911
Provost: 712-792-8308
Cell # 712-830-5331
Supervisor Bldgs & Grounds: 712-792-8312
Cell: 712-830-3072)
DMACC Evening Services: 712-792-1755
Employee/Student Assistance: 712-792-1755
St. Anthony Hospital: 712-792-3581

Newton Campus:

Police/Ambulance/Fire: 9-911
Provost: 641-791-1721
Cell: 515-249-5537
Supervisor Bldgs & Grounds: 641-791-1795
Cell: 641-831-7037
Skiff Medical Center (24 hr) Emergency: 641-791-4300

Urban Campus:

Police/Ambulance/Fire: 9-911
Security: 515-248-7200
Provost: 515-248-7206
Building & Grounds Supervisor: 515-248-7215
Cell: 515-249-8269
Employee/Student Assistance: 515-244-6090

West Campus:

Police/Ambulance/Fire: 9-911
Provost: 515-633-2439
Cell: 515-554-8900
Building & Grounds Supervisor: 515-633-2400
Cell: 515-249-1579 or 515-633-2401

Career Academy/Hunziker Center:

Police/Ambulance/Fire: 9-911
Site Director: 515-663-6706
Cell: 515-238-7906
Ames Police: 515-239-5130
Ames Fire: 515-239-5108

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