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Kilroy Has Left the Building

- CCTV has driven away graffiti and bogus slip-and-fall claims at one Manhattan building.

High-Rise Security and Fire Life Safety, Second Edition.

- Highly acclaimed in its first edition, the update of Geoff Craighead's High-Rise Security and Fire Life Safety manages to outdo the original. The thoroughly referenced work picks up where the last edition left off, detailing advances in practices and technology as well as discussing the impact of the destruction of the Twin Towers. It's destined to be a bible to building security professionals, an in-depth overview for other security professionals, and an engaging read for laypersons.

A Model of Cost-Effectiveness

- Building owners and managers can always make their facilities safer, but at what cost? Three years after the United States learned how vulnerable its landmark facilities were, a new software tool is being released that can help building owners and managers calculate and compare life-cycle costs of various methods used to reduce terrorist risk at buildings. Due out in beta version in September, with version 1.0 promised for March 2005 and a final version a year after that, the software "will allow building owners and managers to make comparisons among several alternative risk mitigation measures under different user-defined disaster scenarios," according to a recent report by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Read "Cost-Effective Responses to Terrorist Risks in Constructed Facilities"

From Jericho to Jersey Barrier

- To ensure that security barriers won't fall if subjected to a car-bomb attack, businesses must properly assess the risk and select the right barrier for the job.

Preparing for Protests

- What companies need to know to protect their facilities when they lie in the path of protests.

Conventional Protection

- How the professionals protected the Democratic National Convention and lessons for the future.

BASE jumping:

- 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.

Nuclear Power Plants Connect to State Agencies

- 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.

Did You Know That?

- 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.

Laptops Don't Have Legs

- How one facility in New York City managed to stop its laptops from walking away by updating its access control system.

Physical security

- 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.

The Challenge of Making Safer Structures

- Three and a half years after 9-11, building codes are just starting to reflect lessons learned from the World Trade Center collapse

EPA Response

- The Government Accountability Office report questions the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to respond to indoor contamination in future disasters.
 




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