WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has published a primer on”Terrorism Risk Management in Buildings.” It’s available online by logging onto the FEMA Web site at www.fema.gov, then entering publication number FEMA 429 into the search option. Here’s a sampling of some of the questions the publications poses as part of a screening to assess building vulnerability: * What critical infrastructure, government, military or recreation facilities are in the area? * In dense, urban areas, does curb lane parking place uncontrolled parked vehicles unacceptably close to a facility in public rights-of-way? * Are there trash receptacles and mailboxes in close proximity to the facility that can be used to hide explosive devices? * Has the security plan ever been tested and evaluated from a cost-benefit and operational efficiency and effectiveness perspective? * Are threats, vulnerabilities and risks adequately defined and security countermeasures addressed and prioritized relevant to their criticality and probability of occurrence? * Has a security implementation schedule been established to address recommended security solutions? * Does the security plan address the following major components: access control, surveillance, response, building hardening and protection against biological, chemical, radiological and cyber-network attacks?

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