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This blog is about the educational opportunities and benefits provided by colleges and universities for BCP and EM. Both practitioners and college students are invited to comment. Dr. Tom Phelan teaches at American Public Univeristy/American Military University, Elmira College and is President of Strategic Teaching Associates, Inc.
Oct 31
2013

The FEMA Private Sector Tip of the Week: Beware!

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The Tip of the Week: Private Sector Beware! By Dr. Tom Phelan Thursday, October 30, 2013, 8:07 a.m. EDT – This morning I received an e-mail from fema@service.govdelivery.com titled FEMA Private Sector Resilience Tip of the Week. I usually scan these, but today, attempted to follow the enticing title through the thread provided in the e-mail.

FEMA Private Sector Resilience Tip 10/28/13: Prevent cyber threats from impacting your business systems network. http://go.usa.gov/WrPP.

Oct 31
2013

VA TECH Vindicated!

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I have said from the start that notifying everyone in a community of a threat due to what appeared to be a domestic dispute is not a leadership or law enforcement responsibility. VA TECH has been vindicated. from the Huffington Post:
RICHMOND, Va. -- RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The state Supreme Court on Thursday reversed a jury's wrongful death verdict against the state stemming from the April 16, 2007, killing of 32 students and faculty at Virginia Tech in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
The justices wrote that the state had no duty to warn students of the potential acts of the case's lone gunman, who initially shot two in a dormitory. Hours later, he killed 30 more people, then himself.
The parents of Erin Nicole Peterson and Julia Kathleen Pryde sued the state for negligence, contending that university officials should have warned the Blacksburg campus of the first shootings before Seung-Hui Cho killed the others, including Pryde and Peterson, at the classroom building Norris Hall.
Jurors in Montgomery County ruled in March 2012 and agreed with the families, awarding each $4 million. A judge later reduced the award to the state cap of $100,000 for each family.
The state argued that law enforcement officials believed the first shootings were the result of a domestic dispute and they concluded the larger campus was not at risk, even though the gunman remained on large.
In the opinion, the justices agreed, writing, "it cannot be said that it was known or reasonably foreseeable that students in Norris Hall would fall victim to criminal harm."
Nov 07
2007

College Secuity

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Are we ever really safe from each other, from an insider, from one of our own? Colleges exist to educate people, and they must be open to their own students. Protecting all members of the college community from one of their own who "snaps" and decides to terrorize from the inside is next to impossible. One could easily bring a dozen Glock 19 pistols onto a college campus undetected inside a flat-top guitar case. A number of shots could be fired before anyone familiar with a crisis response plan could respond.