Protecting Chemical Facilities Against Terrorist Attack

by Patrick Coyle -

The U.S. government's chemical security program helps to identify high-risk targets for terrorist attacks based on the type of chemical being manufactured or delivered and the physical location of the facility where it is stored.

The Local Imperative for Building and Sustaining National Resilience

by Marko Bourne -

Joplin High School and Sandy Hook Elementary School both suffered devastating disasters - one natural and one manmade. In both cases, the residents rallied behind their schools and their communities to rebuild and recover. Lesson learned: From unexpected events, unexpected leaders often emerge who are both willing and able to lead their communities back to some form of "normal."

National Special Security Events: Transportation Checklists

by Laurel J. Radow -

Transportation to and from any special event can be a challenge, but there are additional requirements that must be met for events of national significance with the highest level of security. In the United States, the Federal Highway Administration provides checklists, publications, and even peer-to-peer support for professionals tasked with planning such events.

Building a Bigger Better Buffer Zone Protection Plan

by Richard Morman -

Criticality, accessibility, recuperability, vulnerability, effect, and recognizability - all are essential elements that help identify risks and determine a course of action to protect potential targets of terrorist activity. By identifying risks and creating a "buffer zone" to protect valuable infrastructure, special events such as football games at The Ohio State University can continue to be as safe as possible.

Air, Sea, Land: No Detail Left Unplanned

by Scott L. Brillman -

As tall ships sailed into port, the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels flew overhead, and visitors filled the streets, the 2012 Sailabration in Baltimore, Maryland, became not only an official celebration but also a unique special event that required the collaboration, cooperation, and combined talents of hundreds of local volunteers and scores of senior officials.

Resilience Principles: The Search for Optimum Combinations

by Scott Jackson -

Decision makers cannot use a one-size-fits-all solution to build their resilience plans. Before choosing a single solution, light must be shed on some of the more complex aspects of resilience analysis as well as several issues relevant to the implementation of resilience principles - and various combinations thereof.

The Future of Data Clouds

by Marko Bourne -

In the current economy, there is a continuing need to find cost-effective solutions for responding to and dealing with future threats. Cloud computing provides an innovative and effective way to meet the information needs of decision makers by storing and analyzing vast amounts of real-time data when coping with major disasters and other emergencies.

Superstorm Amplifies Need for Power Grid Modernization

by J. Michael Barrett -

The cost of updating the U.S. electrical grid structure is high, but the cost of not updating it is even higher. When assessing risks and setting goals, leaders must make tough decisions in order to develop an efficient, cost-effective system with standardized and interchangeable parts that can be shared among and between jurisdictions.

Understanding the Mobile Detection Deployment Program

by The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office -

Terrorist threats of radiological/nuclear attacks continue to raise concern at all levels of government. To assist state and local responders during "surge" events, the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office maintains detection units that can be deployed, along with laboratory personnel, to supplement the jurisdictions' existing radiological and nuclear detection capabilities and resources.

Protecting Responders From the Known and Unknown

by John Lazier -

Law enforcement officers secure the scene, hazmat teams enter the hot zone, emergency medical technicians transport victims, and emergency room doctors and nurses receive patients following a radiological incident. Each responder plays an important role, but each requires a different level of protection, which is dictated by different standards. Resources are available to help determine the best protection.