Intelligence: Legal Issues
11/28/2007 - A headache and potential cause of liability for high-rise buildings, BASE jumping describes a practice in which parachutists leap from high fixed objects, such as Buildings, Antennas, Spans, and Earth (or cliffs). The practice, usually illegal, is recently on the rise according to a jumper who tracks such activity.
Intelligence: Public-Private Partnerships
11/28/2007 - The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Emergency Management Agency now have a real-time view of monitors at three state nuclear power plants, including Three Mile Island.
Intelligence: Contingency Planning \ Disaster Management
11/27/2007 - A survey of mid-size to large companies that are members of the American Management Association shows that fewer have emergency action plans in 2004, 61 percent, than had them in 2003, 64 percent. The number of groups that had a crisis management team also slipped in that same period, from 52 percent to 44 percent. Though part of the difference may be due to the margin of error, it suggests at the very least that the numbers are flat. @ Link via SM Online to a survey summary.
Case Study: Access Control
11/16/2007 - How one facility in New York City managed to stop its laptops from walking away by updating its access control system.
Legal Report: Physical Security
11/14/2007 - A new Florida law (formerly S.B. 124) requires that the state's chief of domestic security initiatives work with state agencies, universities, and community colleges to conduct security assessments for all of the buildings, facilities, and structures operated by these groups. With the assistance of employees within these groups, the chief will compile the assessments and present them to the governor and to lawmakers. The governor and lawmakers must also be informed if any state agency, university, or community college fails to cooperate with the assessment process. The law allows the chief to conduct follow-up assessments to ensure that the security assessments remain current.@ Under the law, the chief is also mandated to work with local governments and private industry to develop security assessments. The assessments are mandatory for state-funded agencies and organizations; however, private industry and local municipalities have the option of conducting assessments with the chief's help. The costs must be borne by the local government or the private company involved.
Facility Management: Contingency Planning \ Disaster Management
11/13/2007 - Three and a half years after 9-11, building codes are just starting to reflect lessons learned from the World Trade Center collapse
Beyond Print: Government Reports (GAO etc.)
11/09/2007 - The Government Accountability Office report questions the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to respond to indoor contamination in future disasters.
Book Reviews: How-to
11/07/2007 - Specific disasters including fires, bomb threats, and earthquakes receive individual attention. Probably to illustrate the extent and magnitude of disasters, Gustin includes lists of disaster and emergency declarations made in 2002 and 2003 that run for pages, from flooding in Arkansas to typhoons in the Federated States of Micronesia. The author’s good intentions aside, the lists don’t merit that much space.
11/06/2007 - Protecting the HVAC system from biological, chemical, and radiological weapons can be difficult. A paper by Michael MacDonald of Oak Ridge National Laboratory offers some guidance.The document helps security managers understand the various threats, pointing them to online sources for more detailed information. Also provided is an outline for performing vulnerability and threat assessments. In addition, the author explains how to reduce exposure to harmful agents and introduces readers to mitigation technologies and actions. The paper notes that no real-time biological sensor currently exists. Limited-efficacy chemical detectors and radiological sensors are available, but they are high in price.Also included is a fictitious case study that walks building managers through the process of securing a building’s HVAC system. Although targeted to managers in federal facilities, the guide is equally applicable to the private sector. Find the document online.
Case Study: Best Practices \ Case Studies
11/06/2007 - Mall security adopts software to view floor plans for safety purposes.
Beyond Print: Fire Safety
11/02/2007 - Shouting “fire” in a crowded theater is a no-no, but what’s worse is not having adequate fire protection in that same crowded theater. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center does not appear to comply with some fire-safety requirements. Auditors found, for instance, that there was no program for managing the storage of scenery, props, and other combustible materials. GAO testimony on the topic is at SM Online.
Intelligence: Physical Security
11/02/2007 - Incorporating more security into New York's Freedom Tower.
Facility Management: School Security
11/02/2007 - Security directors should take the lead in advocating for the development of standards for campus building projects.