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1st Edition

Physical Security and Environmental Protection

ISBN 9781138074934
Published March 30, 2017 by CRC Press
344 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

Emergency Management

Introduction to Disasters and Emergency Management

Types of Disasters

Emergency Planning

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


Threat Assessment

Vulnerability Assessment

Risk Assessment

Critical Infrastructure Protection


Building Security

Water Supply Systems Security

Security for Energy Facilities

Food and Agricultural Security

Aviation Security

Maritime Security and Asset Protection

Land Transportation Security Systems


Targeted Violence and Violent Behavior


Methods and the Mind-Set of a Terrorist


Organized Crime

Maritime Piracy

Incidents and Indicators

Suspicious Activity

Avoiding an Attack

Protection Strategies

Physical Security

Improvised Explosive Devices Awareness

Surveillance and Countersurveillance

Conducting a Site Security Survey

Geospatial Intelligence

Technical Surveillance and Countermeasures

Protection against Explosives and Blast Effects

Responding to Cyberattacks

Executive and Close Personal Protection

Travel Security

Management Strategies

Crisis and Incident Management

Bomb Threat Management

Managing a Technical Surveillance and

Countermeasures Detail

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

Contingency Plans

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



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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