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February 28, 2013

Excellent audio discussion of the report.
A Complete Analysis of Terrorism Offences
In recent years, several individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds have attempted to attack the United States on behalf of al-Qaeda. These individuals have defied easy categorization, creating challenges for intelligence, law enforcement, and other agencies tasked with countering their activities.

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February 11, 2013

SSI Active Shooter Webinar: Is there an answer?

With several tragedies claiming the nation’s attention is there any reasonable response to a  person who is either crazy or ideologically motivated or both and intent on killing and maiming people?


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February 07, 2013

Fire departments are an integral part of any mass-shooting response. As such, chiefs should partner with local law-enforcement agencies that can train firefighters to respond with a higher level of situational awareness.



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January 25, 2013

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) aims to enhance preparedness through a ”whole community” approach by providing training, products, and resources to a broad range of stakeholders on issues such as active shooter awareness, incident response, and workplace violence. In many cases, there is no pattern or method to the selection of victims by an active shooter, and these situations are by their very nature are unpredictable and evolve quickly. DHS offers free courses, materials, and workshops to better prepare you to deal with an active shooter situation and to raise awareness of behaviors that represent pre-incident indicators and characteristics of active shooters.


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January 24, 2013


WEBINAR DATE: February 13, 2013

1400 hrs. EST

This NTOA-sponsored webinar will help patrol officers respond to the next critical incident. During this webinar, NTOA Executive Director Mark Lomax will discuss training and information that NTOA offers to patrol officers, including:

  • The need for tactical skills and knowledge to prepare for the next critical incident
  • Tactical patrol officer training offered by NTOA
  • The importance of effective communications at critical incidents
  • The necessity to train patrol officers in Tactical Casualty Care (TCCC)
  • More information is coming soon!


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January 16, 2013

Workplace Violence Prevention Training Webinar Series


In the wake of the Newtown, CT school shooting tragedy in December 2012, there has been much discussion about legislation and security amongst schools, businesses and government.  However, the responsibility and capability of preventing another tragedy are mostly dependent on leaders and employees within these organizations. Workplace violence prevention and management must focus on likely risks and plausible interventions.

ePanic Button supports the goal of preventing and protecting employees, customers, students and staff by providing a free, three-part webinar series, Workplace Violence Prevention and Management.  These information and resource laden programs will provide administrators and stakeholders the tools to establish and augment their security programs.

Workplace Violence Prevention and Management Webinar Series:

Organizational Risk Assessment
January 30, 2013
2:00-3:00 p.m. EST
Speaker: Johnny Lee, ePanic Button
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This program demonstrates how to conduct an organizational review to determine vulnerabilities and opportunities for security improvement. Although this varies according to industry, common principles will be explored to help security officers, safety directors and managers, and administrators ensure the security of employees and customers.

Basic Threat Assessment
February 7, 2013
2:00-3:00 p.m. EST
Speaker: Johnny Lee, ePanic Button

Register Now»

Threat assessment is far from an exact science and this is by no means a comprehensive training workshop. The purpose of this program is to introduce principles of threat assessment, particularly how to identify and gather information that provides a rough framework for an initial determination of severity. It is vital to know when professional support is required to assist review of a case or incident and in establishing appropriate security measures.

Surviving an Active Shooter
February 13, 2013
2:00-3:00 p.m. EST
Speaker:  Johnny Lee, ePanic Button
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Surviving an active shooter requires extensive training, but this webinar will review basic techniques that prevent targets from becoming victims. When a threat is identified in the workplace, emergency preparedness should include these guidelines for employees. This program is only a supplement to the more important strategy of violence prevention.



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December 27, 2012


Had some more inquiries on this guide recently. Info on CIG below. There is a small section on "mass shootings/active shooters" and small section on "Continuing IED Incidents".




First Responder Critical Incident Guide identifies key functions that are essential for first responders (Fire, EMS, Law Enforcement, Special Teams, Military, etc.) during the first 10–30 minutes of a “critical incident”. It addresses recognition, identification and response issues that first responders must deal with prior to the arrival of those with specialized training and equipment.


Critical Incident Guide (323065) is extremely durable for field use. It is printed on synthetic paper that is tear proof and waterproof and has large readable type for low light and flashlight conditions.


In addition to a general overview of first responder responsibilities on the scene of a critical incident, it contains easy-to-follow response procedures for the following incidents. 


(2009) Red Hat Publishing, 36 pp. ISBN 1-932235-23-X 


• Bottle Bombs


• Improvised Explosive Devices


• Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED)


• Continued IED Threat / Attack


• Suspicious Letter / Package Indicators


• Suspicious Powders / Substances Indicators and Response


• Clandestine Drug Labs


• Indoor Marijuana Grow Operations


• Civil Unrest Planning and Response


• Mass Shooting / Active Shooter


• Fire/EMS Scene Safety at Scenes of Violence


• Suicide Bomber


• Bomb Threats


• Explosives Post-Blast Response




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December 17, 2012


In light of last week’s tragedy in Connecticut have moved up the schedule and have a course scheduled now for January 29th, 2013. Please share with appropriate staff/agencies/teams.



Mass Shootings: Threats, Planning and Response Considerations


4-Hour Session for Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, Emergency Management, School/College Officials and Public Safety Special Response/Operations Teams.


Session on critical incidents such as workplace violence, school shootings, mass shootings, domestic violence spill-over attacks and other incidents are occurring with alarming frequency. These events can occur in the workplace, business/industry, large occupancy facilities, college/university campuses, K-12 school grounds or other public locations. Course will cover the following topics:


  • Threats and Threat Assessments
  • Shooters (Schools, Workplace, Domestic Violence, Extremists, etc.)
  • Pre-Incident Planning
  • Multi-Agency Response Operations
  • Crisis Management and Communications  
  • Command Considerations
  •  “Lessons Learned” 

Date, Time and Location: Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 (0830-1230) West Campus, Forsyth Tech Community College, 1300 Bolton Street, Winston-Salem, NC

Registration: STUDENTS MUST PRE-REGISTER. To reserve a seat register at augustv@cityofwsfire.org no later than January 25th, 2013 with name, agency and e-mail. Please be seated no later than 0830.  No cost to attend.          


Audience: Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, Emergency Management, School/College Officials and Public Safety Special Response/Operations Teams.  



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December 06, 2012

DHS grant spending questioned amid budget woes

The Homeland Security Department paid for an underwater robot in a Midwest city with no major rivers or lakes nearby, a hog catcher in rural Texas and a fish tank in a small Texas town, according to a new congressional report highlighting what it described as wasteful spending of tax money intended for counterterrorism purposes.



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December 04, 2012

Lights out, Boeing creates the first working EMP bomb

It’s official now – Boeing and the US Air Force have successfully demonstrated a working electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) device over a military compound in the Utah desert.  A spokesperson for Boeing stated, "Today we turned science fiction into science fact.”

Read more:  http://vr-zone.com/articles/lights-out-boeing-creates-the-first-working-emp-bomb/18163.html#ixzz2E6QAEsF3


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