Center of Excellence – Homeland Security Emergency Management

November 10, 2012

Securitas USA – Advances in Technology Aid in Identifying Campus Threats

Securitas USA – Advances in Technology Aid in Identifying Campus Threats

Security on a college campus presents a unique set of challenges. A safe and secure campus is one of the highest priorities for administrators and parents, while students crave an open environment. Security officers must manage to observe not just outside threats, but also be aware of a young population living on their own

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for the first time. Technology and training are making a huge difference. Computing mobility changes the way security officers can report observations, and with advanced campus awareness training an officer can report an incident as it occurs by using a tablet. Securitas USA officers log daily activity reports through similar mobile technology, and through their observations, certain pre-incident indicators can be “red tagged.” Tagged data allows Campus Threat Assessment Teams – typically comprised of school administrators – to highlight perceived vulnerabilities and generate notifications as patterns emerge. Capturing consistent information is vital and without the ability to assess the data on a frequent basis, vulnerabilities and threats may go unnoticed. To learn more about how Securitas USA can assist your college or university in managing risk, please contact Barbara McCormack at (617) 568-8743.

November 9, 2012

FEI Crisis Management – 20 years of crisis management consultation

FEI Crisis Management – Providing the Help You Need, When You Need It Most

No campus wants to imagine the worst case scenario, yet the perception of your preparedness in the wake of a disaster will have a significant impact on your reputation and the continuity of your business.

The ultimate impact of a crisis is determined by how well that crisis was addressed before, during, and after an actual event.

With over 20 years of crisis management consultation, we operate a network of 20 call centers around the country to handle the extremely high volume of calls that an incident will generate. This will relieve the burden that those calls will place on your internal telecommunications system. In addition, we provide a network of trained, experienced on-site responders to assist your team in managing the crisis. In order to ensure the safety of your campus, contact FEI today for a complimentary review of our Crisis Management services.

For more information, please contact Diane Barbieri at (800) 782-1948, Ext. 6525, email at , or visit us at

November 5, 2012

Are you a college or university emergency management professional? If so, join the Disaster Resilient University (DRU) community

Are you a college or university emergency management professional? If so, join the Disaster Resilient University (DRU) community for the latest on campus emergency management.

From their page:

Disaster Resilient University (DRU) Network
The mission of the Disaster Resilient University (DRU) network is to facilitate open communication, discussion, and resource sharing between university/college emergency management practitioners charged with making our campuses more disaster resilient. The goal of the DRU network is to provide a simple resource that can increased communication, coordination, and collaboration between universities around the world that can be used to increase the capacity of our campuses to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, continue operations during, and recover from natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other human-caused crises or disasters.


  • The DRU Listserv Archive catalogues previous listserv communications so that individuals can quickly search for information that might have already been asked or contributed on the listserv. The DRU listserv started in Jan 2005 unfortunately; the archive does not have the full history of the list. The archive only goes back to Oct 11, 2007. The archive is password protected and hosted on the University of Oregon web server. The password is provide when you sign-up for the listserv. The archive is managed by Andre Le Duc.
  • Accessible at:


  • Shared resources for the DRU network through “First Responder Communities of Practice” . Communities of Practice is a prprofessional networking, collaboration and communication platform.Created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate. This vetted community of members focuses on emergency preparedness, response, recovery and other homeland security issues.

Disaster Resilient University (DRU) group has been established for university and/or college emergency management professionals to share information, technical resources (such as templates or examples, After Action reports, lessons learned, and best practices or case studies) and engage in discussions and dialogues related to the profession and emerging issues around campus emergency management.

On First Responder Communities of Practice you can also:

  • Join Communities that interest you
  • Collaborate on wikis, blogs and discussion boards
  • Find, share and store documents and best practices
  • Create and search profiles
  • Connect, chat, and email with other professionals

Who Can Join?

  • First responders
  • Members of the following groups, if engaged in homeland security:
  • Government employees
  • Government-sponsored academic professionals, contractors, and citizens

Experienced security company serving colleges and universities – G4S Secure Solutions USA

Filed under: Campus Safety,Emergency Preparedness,General Interest — coe at 7:57 am

G4S Secure Solutions USA

How do you know you’re really getting the best value in campus security and safety? Our customers say G4S officers are ranked #1 in reliability, ethics, speed of response and adherence to rules and procedures. G4S is the most experienced security company serving colleges and universities by providing specialized people, programs and technology designed to ensure the safety and security of students,

visitors, staff and faculty.
G4S Provides Safety and Security Solutions for:

Community Colleges
Private Colleges and Universities
State Universities
For-Profit Colleges and Universities
Supplementing Sworn Campus Forces

Campus administrators are turning to G4S Higher Education to supplement safety and security duties currently performed by sworn personnel. By engaging highly-trained G4S Custom Protection Officers®, campus public safety, officials are able to free-up their resources back into critical positions. As the demand for campus public safety services rises under the rapidly changing revenue landscapes, G4S offers professional solutions without compromising critical services to the education community.

Call us today for a private and confidential demo of RISK360™, a powerful records management tool providing insight and understanding about incidents causing the biggest risk to resources and budgets. The easy-to-use system with a Clery Act component has no software to buy, install or maintain and supports smart phones and tablets.

John Pack, Director – Higher Education Security, G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc., (800) 922-6488, (561) 691-6473 Direct, (561) 246-0975 Mobile, (561) 691-6794 Fax, ,

November 4, 2012

Campus Safety Notice – Personal Property Theft Awareness

Filed under: Campus Safety,General Interest,Washington State — coe at 11:51 am

Dear Colleagues
As the holiday season revs up, so do the local criminals. Here are some tips for keeping yourself and your property safe.

Personal Property Theft Prevention

  • Keep your purse, wallet, and all other valuable items with you or locked in a drawer, closet, or locker at all times.
  • Lock your office or area when it is not attended.
  • Do not place keys to offices, desks or file cabinets in unsecured locations.
  • Check the identity of strangers in your work area. Ask if they are looking for someone or something, or if they need help. If this makes you uncomfortable, contact Campus Safety for assistance.

Vehicle Theft Prevention

  • Do not leave valuables in plain sight. This includes gifts, electronics, cell phones, purses, etc.
  • Always lock your doors.
  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • Never leave the motor running when your car is unattended.

Alert Campus Safety of all suspicious persons on campus

  • Report any crimes in progress to 911 first and then to Campus Safety.
  • Be prepared to report a physical description of the person. Example: white male, 30 years old, 6 feet tall, short red hair, wearing blue jeans, red shirt, carrying a black jacket
  • If it is safe to do so, get their license plate and vehicle information.  Example: 1998 Blue Toyota Corolla, Washington license ABC123, “Go Huskies” bumper sticker on back bumper, and damage to right front fender.

For more information, please contact Campus Safety at either campus or visit our website at:

Fort Steilacoom Campus Safety: (253) 964-6751

Puyallup Campus Safety: (253) 840-8481

School Security Solutions from the Most Trusted Leader in Security

School Security Solutions from the Most Trusted Leader in Security

The most trusted name in security just got a new name. ADT has separated into two new companies, and ADT Commercial Security is now Tyco Integrated Security.

We’re focusing on what we do best. Many things won’t change… but what does will only get better. Business security needs are different from residential security needs. By concentrating our attention, we’ll better serve our commercial, education and government customers. We’re committed to providing security solutions that are specifically designed to help you protect what matters most.

Managed video solutions are designed to help increase campus safety and decrease the impact of campus violence. Through digital video and IP video systems that can be accessed remotely via the Internet, law enforcement can be

provided with a real time view into a school’s security system, making it possible to know more specifics about a situation and respond accordingly.

Contact us today for a comprehensive risk assessment which can pinpoint critical areas of vulnerability in your campus safety program. Tyco Integrated Security has the expertise and resources of experienced, specially trained security professionals to design, install, service and manage systems of virtually any size. For more information. contact Remo Patitucci at (215) 573-7808 or

November 3, 2012

“Stay Safe at College” video and training program – 360° Stay Safe

360° Stay Safe

Providing effective personal safety and crime prevention training for your students is our passion! Our “Stay Safe at College” video and training program is being used by campuses around North America, to equip students with Innovative, Engaging, and Practical personal safety and crime prevention training.

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This program was developed specifically with today’s generation of college students in mind, featuring fast-moving vignettes, realistic scenarios, students sharing their experiences, and deeply researched and relevant content. You can access video previews and learn more about “Stay Safe at College” by visiting

Contact us at for more details.

November 1, 2012

Security Products 2012 New Product of the Year Award – emergency phone tower

Filed under: Campus Safety,Emergency Preparedness,General Interest — coe at 1:14 pm

Talk-A-Phone’s ECO TOWER™ has won the Security Products 2012 New Product of the Year Award.
The Security Products New Product of the Year Award honors the outstanding product development achievements of security equipment manufacturers

whose products are considered to be particularly noteworthy in their ability to improve security.

“This is a well-deserved honor for Talk A Phone,” said Ralph C. Jensen, Security Products editor-in-chief. “Talk-A-Phone has proven to be a true innovator in the security industry. We look forward to more excellent products in years to come.”

Weighing in at 45 pounds, the ECO TOWER™ emergency phone tower offers substantial transportation and installation savings. Designed from a durable yet lightweight aluminum, the ECO TOWER™ reduces the ecological footprint and enables one-person installation.

We have our demo vans driving throughout North America, which are fully equipped with our Emergency Communications and Mass Notification systems. We look forward to visiting your campus sometime soon! For more information please visit our web site at or call us to schedule a visit at (773) 520-8255.

October 31, 2012

Good Example – Clark College’s Emergency Preparedness video

Here’s a nice example of a resource created for use within a campus community:

Clark College’s Emergency Preparedness video


If you have questions, contact Marilyn Westlake,

RESCHEDULED – Program – Mass Shootings

Filed under: Campus Safety,Education,General Interest,Training — coe at 3:26 pm

RESCHEDULED — Program, November 12, 12:00 Noon Eastern — Mass Shootings: Attacker Types and Threat Assessment

Due to Hurricane Sandy, we are rescheduling our program. Our thoughts are with everyone impacted by the storm, and our good wishes to the men and women in the emergency management community as they respond and recover from this event.

November 12, 2012 — 12:00 Noon Eastern Time is pleased to host a one hour presentation and interactive discussion Monday, November 12, 2012, beginning at 12:00 Noon Eastern time (please convert to your local time). In follow up to a previous EMForum program, this session will focus on various types of attackers and threat assessment of advance warnings and indicators. Our guest will be August Vernon, instructor, author, and Operations Officer for the Forsyth County, NC Office of Emergency Management.

Please make plans to join us, and see the Background Page for links to related resources and participant Instructions. On the day

of the program, use the Webinar Login link not more than 30 minutes before the scheduled time. The password is attend. As always, please feel free to extend this invitation to your colleagues.

In partnership with Jacksonville State University, EIIP offers CEUs for attending Webinars. See for details.

Is your organization interested in becoming an EIIP Partner? Click here to review our Mission, Vision, and Guiding Principles and access the Memorandum of Partnership.

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