Book Reviews: Fire Safety
12/12/2007 - 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.
News & Trends: Risk Management
12/11/2007 - 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"
Facility Management: Physical Security
12/05/2007 - 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.
Facility Management: Special Event Security
11/29/2007 - What companies need to know to protect their facilities when they lie in the path of protests.
Facility Management: Special Event Security
11/29/2007 - How the professionals protected the Democratic National Convention and lessons for the future.
News & Trends: 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.
News & Trends: 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.
News & Trends: 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
SM Online: 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.