Archives: July, 2007

Doug Bedell — July 31, 2007, 10:10 am

A Barrier Works, but What Then?

What do you do after a vehicle hits a barrier at your facility, should that unfortunate circumstance occur? On July 30, a man crashed a car into a barrier outside the Oak Ridge, TN, nuclear weapons plant and ran away. The errant driver first was stopped at a security checkpoint near the rear entrance to […]

Doug Bedell — July 26, 2007, 10:26 am

PRO Barrier to be at FPED, ASIS Shows

PRO Barrier Engineering will be displaying its family of vehicle access control barriers and discussing perimeter security with facility managers at the upcoming FPED and ASIS trade shows. At FPED – named for the U.S. Army’s Force Protection Equipment Demonstration – PRO Barrier’s booth will be 16 P-Q. This show will be held August 14-16 […]

Doug Bedell — July 23, 2007, 10:12 am

Funds for Communication Networks Announced

Comes a major opportunilty to practice the sort of regional communication link-ups we discussed in our last blog item. Security InfoUpdate advises that the Department of Homeland Security is distributing a new round of nearly $1 billion to states and cities to improve communication linkages. But the funds don’t guarantee that all security and emergency […]

Doug Bedell — July 20, 2007, 8:44 am

Florida Gets Together on Emergency Planning

Florida’s emergency management system is ranked as the nation’s best, largely because its officials have adopted a regional approach to emergency planning. An article in the current issue of the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management reports on Florida’s approach to emergency readiness. The article, “Designing Homeland Security Policy within a Regional Structure: A […]

Doug Bedell — July 18, 2007, 11:07 am

Blogs on Washington

One blogger doffs his cap to another: Government, itself the proprietor of the excellent FedBlog blog, notes that Robert O’Harrow, Jr., a financial reporter for The Washington Post, has launched a blog, Government, Inc., devoted entirely to procurement issues. Both these blogs are good listening posts on everything from twits to trends in federal […]

Doug Bedell — July 16, 2007, 10:53 am

Critical Collaboration Slow to Emerge

Not surprisingly, the congressionally-sponsored effort to assure protection of the nation’s critical infrastructure under the Department of Homeland Security is getting off to an uneven start. But it’s important for public and private organizations in each of the 17 infrastructure sectors to become familiar with what’s needed for successful planning. And to join in the […]

Doug Bedell — July 12, 2007, 8:49 am

For Facilities: Helpful Strategic Pointers

For an excellent overview of complexity trends in the security field, Today’s Facility Manager (TFM) magazine has a lengthy article, “The Emergence of the Electronic Security Age.” It’s top-of-the-list reading for security professionals and facility managers. TFM discusses convergence and interoperability trends in security equipment and adds, “Although the technological changes in products and systems […]

Doug Bedell — July 9, 2007, 9:47 am

Watch Those Checklists

Municipal water systems – and other sensitive public facilities, including schools and sports arenas – are being advised to make vulnerability assessments with a security specialist on hand – not simply to use a self-assessment checklist. There are a number of such checklists available. But managers can miss key insights by using them on their […]

Doug Bedell — July 6, 2007, 8:59 am

Katrina from Canada

Anticipating natural disasters of their own, Canadian officials waited until the lessons from Hurricane Katrina were clearly established, then sent a team to New Orleans. The result, of significance to emergency planners everywhere, is a report from the Conference Board of Canada, “Tough Times in the Big Easy, Lessons from a Catastrophe.” It’s the first […]

Doug Bedell — July 5, 2007, 11:23 am

Opportunity: Seeing Risk Whole

Companies with global ties increasingly are taking a wholistic, systems approach to internal and external security, under the unifying heading of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM). Ray O’Hara, CPP, senior vice president of Vance, a Garda Company, writes about this important convergence trend in the June, 2007 Security Technology & Design. He will be speaking on […]