March 8,

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Learn more about IMPACT.
Incident Management Preparedness and Coordination Toolkit for First Responders
Since 2009, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), a Department of Energy facility, has been involved in a project sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and aimed at improving preparedness against improvised explosive devices (IEDs) at large sporting events. DHS announced in December 2016 that the S&T Explosives Division funded research at the ORNL to continue development of the Incident Management Preparedness and Coordination Toolkit (IMPACT).

IMPACT is a free tool for first responders, emergency managers, and other security professionals to use for planning, situational awareness, communication, and response to natural and man-made disasters. IMPACT combines simulation, visualization, and mapping into an integrated user interface similar to a smartphone or tablet and uses common data formats to exchange information with other map-based tools.
Examples of how IMPACT might be used to enhance emergency preparedness and response include:
  • Asset and personnel tracking
  • Collecting damage information
  • Hazard impacts to population using built-in population database
  • IED, evacuation, and shooter line-of-sight tabletop exercises
  • Plume modeling
  • Radio communications tower placement
  • Search and rescue operations
  • Severe weather monitoring and alerting using geofences
  • Sharing geotagged cell phone photos in real time
  • Special event and shelter placement planning
  • Tracking health issues over time
  • Traffic and security webcam monitoring
Although many free and commercial geographic information system packages are available for incident management and emergency preparedness, IMPACT attempts to address issues of cost, complexity, and connectivity. The goal is for IMPACT to augment existing systems, not replace them. ORNL provides an IMPACT demo video as well as resources (PDFs) available for download: a fact sheet on the operations software; a paper written by Daniel B. Koch, Ph.D. and Patricia W. Payne, MSP; and presentation slides that provide an overview and examples of IMPACT.
IMPACT is currently being used and evaluated by more than 400 agencies at the federal, state, and local levels including the Transportation Security Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and police departments. IMPACT is free and available to federal, state, and local government agencies. Non-governmental organizations may obtain a copy if they are sponsored by a government agency. Visit the IMPACT website or contact ORNL for additional information. 

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Continuity Planning at Institutions of Higher Education
How will your institution continue or quickly resume essential functions following a disruptive event? Join us on  Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 2:00PM ET as we welcome Krista M. Dillon (PDF) to discuss the definition, benefits, and basics of continuity planning in higher education. Krista serves as the Director of Operations for Safety and Risk Services at the  University of Oregon .
As discussed in our  January 2017  Campus Public Safety Online  webinar, only 36% of institutions of higher education surveyed in the  National Higher Education Emergency Management Program Needs Assessment  (PDF) currently have business continuity plans in place. These plans help minimize the negative effects of an emergency incident and expedite the restoration of functions on campus. In Business Continuity: Getting Your Ducks in a Row , Krista will discuss the on-the-fly business continuity planning that took place following the active shooter incident at Umpqua Community College and also incorporate several examples of how the University of Oregon implemented various continuity plans for planned and unplanned disruptions. Please register by  Friday, March 17, 2017 to take part in this discussion.  

DHS Support for Jewish Community Centers
In the past two months, Jewish community centers and schools in more than 15 states have been the target of at least five waves of bomb threats from real people or robocalls. Simultaneously, two incidents of Jewish cemetery desecration occurred; the first incident happened mid-February in St. Louis where 150 tombstones were vandalized, followed by a second incident in Pennsylvania, a week later, when approximately 100 headstones were damaged.
On March 1, 2017, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly released a statement on new support measures for Jewish community centers in the wake of escalating bomb threats. DHS has offered the support of Protective Security Advisors (PSAs), who serve as liaisons to government, industry, and community leaders in all 50 states, and provide expertise on protective measures, threat reporting, and security awareness. PSAs are available to assist more than 150 community-based Jewish federations in the U.S. that are affiliated with the Jewish Community Center Association of North America with training, protective measures, exercises, information sharing, and other assistance.
Secretary Kelly noted, "Over the past 18 months, we've held active shooter preparedness workshops with Jewish Community Centers in San Francisco, Richmond, Va., Cherry Hill, N.J., and Miami, with more sessions planned in Columbus, Ohio, Wilmington, N.C. and Philadelphia." DHS provides these types of workshops as well as contingency planning and response exercises to houses of worship, schools (K-12 and higher education institutions), and community centers upon request
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) recently held joint security briefings with the FBI, and continues to coordinate with them, local law enforcement, and Jewish groups to expand its security training programs. The ADL is tracking 2017 bomb threats to Jewish institutions on their website and has information for campuses as incidents of bias and harassment increase.

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Professional Development Opportunities:

Title: Midwest Campus Safety Summit
Organization: Ball State University and Jana's Campaign, Inc.
Dates: April 5-6, 2017
Location: Muncie, IN
Fee: Registration Fee
Title: Meeting of the Minds
Organization: Missouri Partners in Prevention
Dates: April 6-8, 2017
Location: Kansas City, MO
Fee: Registration fee
*NOTE: On Friday, April 7th from 3:00 - 4:00PM, NCCPS Director Kim Richmond will present  Emerging Issues in Campus Safety as part of the concurrent educational sessions. Kim will provide an overview and summary recommendations from recent emerging issues forums including marijuana legalization and decriminalization and the impact of campus carry legislation on campus public safety, police, and community relations.
Title: Critical Decision Making for Complex Coordinated Attacks (PER-335)
Organization: National Center for Biomedical Research and Training
Dates: April 24-25, 2017
Location: Williamsport, MD
Fee: Free

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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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