August 7, 2019

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Important Resources Following El Paso and Dayton Tragedies and HSIN Access

On Sunday, August 4 th, the FBI held a phone call with federal, state, and local partners discussing the mass casualty incidents that happened over the weekend in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. As a follow up, the Office for State and Local Law Enforcement, which is responsible for providing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with primary coordination, liaison, and advocacy for state, local, tribal, territorial, and campus law enforcement agencies, emailed a compilation of law enforcement sensitive (LES) information from both incidents and a suite of products and services made available by federal partners. In order to access these LES and/or For Official Use Only (FOUO) materials, law enforcement officials are encouraged to join the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN). Many applicants are sworn police officers; however, non-sworn campus safety officers who are sponsored by their local municipal police department may be eligible for access to specific communities. Campus safety and police officers are strongly encouraged to apply for HSIN access and membership to the appropriate HSIN community.  
HSIN is DHS's official system for trusted sharing of Sensitive But Unclassified information between federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, international, and private sector partners. Mission operators use HSIN to access Homeland Security data, send requests securely between agencies, manage operations, coordinate planned event safety and security, respond to incidents, and share the information they need to fulfill their missions and help keep their communities safe. The HSIN Basics Fact Sheet   (PDF) highlights more uses for HSIN and the  HSIN Features Fact Sheet   (PDF) outlines the benefits and capabilities HSIN provides to support your mission from daily operations to emergency response.
A sample of the LES/FOUO materials shared include (please note, you will not be able to access these resources without a HSIN login): 
Additional accessible resources included:
Visit the  HSIN webpage  to learn more about how to join the network. You may also contact  HSIN Outreach  to ask any questions about the program.

Make a Difference for Campus Fire Safety Month

September is National Campus Fire Safety Month (NCSFM), a time to raise awareness among parents, students, administrators, and legislators about the importance of fire safety. Now in its fifteenth year, and  proclaimed annually by several states, NCFSM is coordinated each year by Massachusetts-based  Campus Firewatch on behalf of parents who have lost children in college-related fires.
Campus Firewatch recently announced that a resolution was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representatives Bill Pascrell (NJ) and Peter King (NY),co-chairs of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, to officially recognize September as NCFSM. In addition to educating students, the resolution calls for increasing the level of fire safety in both on- and off-campus housing through the installation of smoke alarms, fire alarm systems and sprinkler systems.
"As millions of students are preparing to return to school, now is the ideal time to reiterate our commitment to educating young people about fire safety," said Rep. Pascrell. "Safety is paramount, but without education on the matter, safety is lost. This resolution highlights the need for students, parents, and educators to understand the risks of campus fires as well as the measures they can take to both prevent and escape a dangerous situation if one should arise. While this resolution is just a start, it speaks to our larger safety initiative and our commitment to saving lives through education wherever possible."
Since Campus Firewatch began collecting data on college-related fires in 2000, there have been a total of 175 fire-related deaths, most recently off-campus at Texas State University in July 2018. Since 2005, every campus-related fire death has occurred in off-campus housing where a majority of the students live, making off-campus housing an at-risk environment for students. Given this, and other compelling statistics, a greater emphasis has been placed on reaching out to students who reside off-campus. Educating these students about common factors in off-campus fires is key to reducing deaths.
In addition to NCSFM, Campus Firewatch partners with FirstAlert, the  Michael H. Minger Foundation, and fire departments and universities across the country on the  Town/Gown Fire Safety Community Service Project. Now in its third year, the project's goal is to bring students together with fire fighters as they perform home safety visits and install smoke alarms donated by First Alert. By conducting these home safety visits, students help make their communities safer and learn fire safety at the same time. Twenty-five communities were selected for 2019.
To learn more about other leading organizations working to provide education and awareness about campus fire safety, please read some of our previous Weekly Snapshot issues on this topic from August 22, 2018, September 13, 2017, August 24, 2016, and August 26, 2015. Resources are also available on our website by searching "fire safety."

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Remaining Trauma-Informed in an Era of Changing Title IX Regulations 
Organization: National Center for Campus Public Safety 
Date: August 20, 2019 
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: Managing Critical Incidents for Institutions of Higher Education: A Whole Community Approach (MGT-361) 
Organization: Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA)
Dates: September 10-12, 2019
Location: Santa Barbara, CA 
Fee: Free
Title: IAEM 67th Annual Conference 
Organization: International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) 
Dates: November 15-20, 2019  
Location: Savannah, GA   
Fee: Registration fee

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.
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