Category: Facility Security

Every organization has its own unique facility security needs, but the basics of gatekeeping are nearly universal. We take a look at all levels of facility security, including building access, protocol and procedures, visitors, security staffing, the common challenges for specific types of facilities, and much more.

School classroom

Attack-Resistant Doors and Hardware Could Help Slow or Deter Attackers

Thinking about school safety requires more prescience than ever before, as the first 6 months of 2018 have proven. While some of the more public discussions have focused on the controversial political issues of gun control and arming teachers, there are other, more immediate stop-gap measures to employ in the interim. One move school districts […]

Keeping Security Officers in ‘Professional Mode’ at Your Facility

Security officers can and should play many roles during their guard shifts, including providing information; good customer service to employees, vendors, and visitors; and remaining vigilant, especially when they have not encountered past crime or violence problems on the site. It’s important that they not get distracted from their security duties by employees or supervisors […]

Evaluating Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment

Hurricane season is underway, and with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicting an average to above average year for tropical storm activity, the time to prepare is now. The impacts of Hurricanes Harvey,  Irma and particularly Maria were catastrophic when it came to electrically powered equipment and appliances. It is always best to […]

Memorial Hall and W.E.B. DuBois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst

How IP Technology Can Streamline Multi-System Communications

Joseph Priestly, an 18th-century theologian, once said “The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.” I wondered what he would make of today’s world where social media, texting, Voice over IP, two-way radios, mobile phones, Wi-Fi, mass notification and more stream across our airwaves. Nowadays, our ability to instantly communicate with one […]

Lava flow

Lava Flow from Mount Kilauea Is Now Threatening Critical Infrastructure

It’s been difficult to avoid the coverage of the steady build of volcanic activity coming from Mount Kilauea since it started erupting at the beginning of May. What began as a few fissures located near a suburban community has turned into 23 active fissures (as of May 23, 2018) threatening a large part of the […]

Row of school lockers

Update: Resource Officer Confronts Shooter at High School in Illinois

Although there is discussion about the general public becoming numb due to their alarming frequency, active shooter situations remain terrifying to those involved. To maximize the chances of surviving, and to minimize potential damage, people caught in an event need to keep a cool head and focus on any training they may have had. Sadly, […]

Using Employee Surveys to Measure Security Issues

It’s easy for security professionals to make assumptions about what their facilities need in terms of new security devices or policies. After all, that’s their business, right? In reality, they may have some gaps in their perceptions of what is best for the facility because they have not taken the time to ask the end-users—the […]

Environmental Radiation Clean-up: Hand In Protective Glove Carefully Holding A Radioactive Canister Container

Researchers Lose Small Amount of Weapons-Grade Plutonium

Fifteen years ago, researchers with Idaho State University’s (ISU’s) nuclear engineering program decommissioned 1 gram of plutonium-237 from a research project, due to an integrity problem with the sample. Documents from 2003 show the path of the radioactive isotope through the university system, including paperwork marking the weapons-grade material for return to the U.S. Department […]