Manage a Hazard or Threat Effectively and Prevent It from Becoming a Disaster
When disaster strikes, it can present challenges to those caught off guard, leaving them to cope with the fallout. Adopting a risk management approach to addressing threats, vulnerability, and risk assessments is critical to those on the frontline. Developed with first responders at the municipal, state, provincial, and federal level in mind, Physical Security and Environmental Protection guides readers through the various phases of disaster management, including prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. It contains the steps and principles essential to effectively managing a hazard or threat, preventing it from becoming a disaster.
From the Initial Threat Assessment to Response and Recovery Operations
Considering both natural and manmade disasters, this text includes sections on hazard analysis, emergency planning, effective communication, and leadership. It covers threat assessment, examines critical infrastructure protection, and addresses violent behavior. The text also outlines protection strategies; discussing strategy management, identifying suspicious behavior, and detailing how to avoid a potential attack. The text includes an overview on developing force protection plans, security plans, and business continuity plans.
The book also addresses response and recovery operations, explores post-incident stress management, and poses the following questions:
- What hazards exist in or near the community?
- How frequently do these hazards occur?
- How much damage can they cause?
- Which hazards pose the greatest threat?
This text includes the tools and information necessary to help readers develop business continuity, force protection, and emergency preparedness plans for their own group or organization.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Disasters and Emergency Management
Types of Disasters
All-Hazards Approach to Disaster Management
Decision Making and Problem Solving
Leadership and Influence
Effective Communication Skills
Developing and Managing Volunteers
Threat Ensemble, Vulnerability, and Risk Assessments
Critical Infrastructure Protection
Water Supply Systems Security
Security for Energy Facilities
Food and Agricultural Security
Maritime Security and Asset Protection
Land Transportation Security Systems
Targeted Violence and Violent Behavior
Methods and the Mind-Set of a Terrorist
Incidents and Indicators
Avoiding an Attack
Improvised Explosive Devices Awareness
Surveillance and Countersurveillance
Conducting a Site Security Survey
Technical Surveillance and Countermeasures
Protection against Explosives and Blast Effects
Responding to Cyberattacks
Executive and Close Personal Protection
Crisis and Incident Management
Bomb Threat Management
Managing a Technical Surveillance and
Managing a Close Protection Detail
Managing Disasters in the Data Center
Hostage Survival and Crisis Negotiations
Managing Violent Behavior in the Workplace
Type I Attacker—Criminal Intent
Type II Attacker—Customer and/or Client
Type III Attacker—Worker-on-Worker
Type IV Attacker—Personal Relationship
Event and Crowd Management
Developing a Force Protection Plan
Developing a Security Plan
Developing a Business Continuity Plan
Response and Recovery Operations
Responding to Natural and Human-Induced Disasters
Responding to Chemical, Biological, Radiological,
Nuclear, Explosive, and Incendiary Events
Responding to a Terrorist Event
Disaster Recovery Operations
Special Response Teams
Stress Management after a Disaster
Dr. John Perdikaris is a registered professional engineer in the province of Ontario, Canada. He has 15 years of varied engineering and emergency management experience on a variety of projects within the province of Ontario, including acting as project manager on various engineering and emergency preparedness projects. He holds a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Guelph, Ontario, and a PhD from the same university. His fields of expertise include force protection, critical infrastructure protection, emergency management, water resources management, forecasting and warning systems, and modeling and simulation.
"Topics presented in the book are in plain language and can be easily understood, even by non-experienced professionals. The author’s writing style is to-the-point and a bit in-your-face, which illustrates his genuine passion and concern for the topics about which he writes."
—Oliver L. Salvador, OLS Consulting Group Inc., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
"Dr. Perdikaris is a unique individual with rare drive and perception. His handbook provides engineering practitioners and security managers with a checklist for developing state-of-the-art emergency preparedness plans."
—Dr. Bahram Gharabaghi, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada