Homeland, CSS team for incident seminars

May 31, 2012 at 8:24 AM
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WASHINGTON, May 31 (UPI) -- Seminars on handling a shooting situation at a critical infrastructure facility are being conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The Homeland Security Department teamed with Covenant Security Services to develop the National Security Seminar and Exercise Program seminars for owners and operators of such facilities. The programs will be conducted in several U.S. cities between June 12 and Sept. 19.

"The Active Shooter program addresses the importance of having an incident management plan for an active shooter or hostage situation at a critical infrastructure facility," said Covenant Security Services.

"During these one-day seminars all around the country, facility owners and operators will learn the critical components of a healthy response plan: communication with employees; employee accountability; familiarization with local emergency responders and the services they offer; coordination and communication with first responders; and public affairs."

CSS said the seminars will include in-depth analysis of shooting incidents and lessons learned from them. Participants will then take part in an interactive tabletop exercise that will demonstrate the necessity of proper response in the first critical moments of an incident.

The seminars will be in Detroit; Chicago; San Francisco; Seattle; Orlando, Fla.; Tampa, Fla.; Miami; Denver; and Salt Lake City.

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