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ASIS International Presents Inaugural Security Book of the Year

30 November 2014

ASIS International honored author Michael Jay Fagel, PhD, CEM, CH S-IV, with its inaugural Security Book of the Year Award on Mon., Sept. 29, at the ASIS International 60th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, held in Atlanta, Ga. Fagel’s award-wining book, “Crisis Management and Emergency Planning: Preparing for Today’s Challenges” was published in 2014.

“The investment of time and talent by book authors and editors is enormous. ASIS has long worked closely with many authors and editors. I felt strongly that there was a need to recognize their commitment and achievement among their peers and within their profession,” stated Lawrence J. Fennelly, CPO, CSS, author and editor of more than 30 security books, who worked with ASIS to establish the award and chair the inaugural award committee.

Dr. Fagel has more than three decades of experience in emergency management and emergency operations. He has been an on-site responder to such disaster events as the Oklahoma City Bombing and the site of the World Trade Center in the aftermath of 9/11. He is an experienced professor, trainer, and consultant and has pretty much seen it all.

The book delves into this experience to present advanced emergency management and response concepts to disasters not often covered in other publications. It includes coverage of planning and preparedness, public health considerations, vulnerability and impact assessments, hospital management and planning, sporting venue emergency planning, and community preparedness including volunteer management.

“This award is a tremendous honor for my colleagues and myself who worked very hard in bringing our third book to fruition. The greatest reward is in the knowledge that our textbook, combined with our collective years of experience, will serve to give back to the community and profession we serve in,” observed Dr. Fagel.

The book may be purchased online in the ASIS Store.

Michael Jay Fagel, PhD, CEM, CH S-IV, has been involved in many phases of public service. His professional career spans nearly four decades in fire, rescue, emergency medical services, law enforcement, public health, emergency management, as well as corporate safety and security. He has published four textbooks on emergency planning, emergency operations, and food safety law. Fagel serves as a columnist for several national trade publications and has appeared on FOX, NBC, CBS, NPR, NY1, and local media outlets.