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Building a Partnership for Protection: The Smithsonian and the DC Fire Department

It started with an honest mistake. A contracted cleaner at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., accidentally mixed the wrong chemicals together, causing a reaction that led to a call to the local fire department.

“It was reported as an explosion at the National Zoo, which obviously elicits a pretty large response,” recalls Eric Gentry, director of emergency management at the Smithsonian Institution. Part of that response team was then Battalion Fire Chief John A. Donnelly, Sr., who started chatting with Gentry about the need to do some familiarization tours of the Smithsonian’s facilities so in the event of a serious incident, firefighters would be better prepared to respond.

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Focus on Climate Change and Security

The Climate Change–Violence Nexus: Implications for Workplace Violence Prevention and Threat Assessment

Researchers have seen a rise in climate-related grief, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and depression, as well as rising interpersonal aggression and violence and impaired cognitive and brain function—all of which have direct implications for safety, security, and business continuity. In this collection of articles from Security Management, learn about the emerging risks posed to organizations worldwide from climate-related challenges.

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A Catastrophic Correlation: How Climate Change Influenced Terrorism Around Lake Chad
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Security Technology: Blazing Trails in Fire Prevention

As fire risks from changing weather patterns and emerging technologies change, security practitioners are crafting new partnerships and enhancing detection measures to better manage fire threats. This issue of Security Technology explores these risks and the technologies being used to address them.

Security Management Podcast

June 2023: Batteries that Burn, Culture that Protects, and Continuing Education that Rocks

Watch out for thermal runaways! Lithium-ion batteries present a revolution in rechargeable energy, but they can overheat—and possibly combust—when they overcharge or short out. In this episode of SM Highlights, Adam Barowy from the Fire Safety Research Institute at Underwriters Laboratories discusses this risk and how to modify fire response protocols with battery fire risks in mind, especially in server rooms. Matt Porcelli, CPP, and SM Highlights host Brendan Howard hash out how ASIS International members select the education lineup for GSX and what he’s looking forward to at GSX 2023. Plus, do you have an education-friendly security culture? Guy Bliesner walks us through how competing values undermine school security and safety initiatives.

Focus on Bomb Threats

Historically Black, Historically Targeted

Historically Black colleges and universities were increasingly targeted by bomb threats in 2022. The incidents, however, are just part of a longer pattern of violence and intimidation towards Black institutions in the United States.

An Explosive Situation: Strategies to Prevent Youth Radicalization

A recent wave of bomb threats against historically Black colleges and universities said to be made by a juvenile highlights how extremist ideologies are being spread in places where young people congregate. It also highlights the need for resources to help community members effectively intervene.

ASIS Calendar of Webinars & Events

As the preeminent organization for security management professionals, ASIS International offers a dynamic calendar of events to advance your professional development. From executive education to global exchanges, our events work together to help you reach new heights in your career.

Book Review: The Psychology of Extremism

The Psychology of Extremism: A Motivational Perspective is a compilation of research on humans’ engagement in extremism.

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