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Homeland Security Issues for Facilities
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The events of September 11, 2001, along with the Oklahoma City bombing and Washington, DC area sniper attacks have forever changed America's sense of security. Federal, state, and local governments, businesses, and individual homeowners have become more aware of safety, security, and protecting property and people should similar incidents occur in the future. The initial steps in facility protection are identifying potential threats and evaluating the condition of existing building infrastructure and systems. After assessments are complete, the results should be compared with guidelines and recommendations produced by government agencies or professional organizations. Areas to address to enhance security and safety include ventilation, control systems, air filtration, alarm systems, building access, and surveillance. This paper will look at the objectives of task forces, sources of information, and measures owners can take in schools and other facilities. Although actions involving increased awareness, structural reinforcement, and emergency water supplies are important, this discussion will focus on mechanical and security systems and related items. The authors' experiences in assisting Texas school districts will also be shared.
McClure, J. D.; Fisher, D.; Fenter, T. (2004). Homeland Security Issues for Facilities. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu); Texas A&M University (http://www.tamu.edu). Available electronically from