Department of Homeland Security Washington, dc soft Targets Awareness Course

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Department of Homeland Security

Washington, DC
Soft Targets Awareness Course
Why: U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Michael Chertoff, is committed to reaching out to the 25 million businesses and organizations that make up America’s public and private sectors. To fulfill that commitment, he has asked the Department’s Risk Management Division (RMD) and the Private Sector Office to team up and offer a Soft Targets Awareness Course for both the public and private sectors. As a member of this community and as a partner in our homeland security mission, we would like you to be a part of this effort.

What: As a participant in the course, you and the other attendees will receive an introduction to terrorism; learn to recognize and prevent terrorist activities (basic surveillance detection methods); learn the basics of prevention, response, and recovery; and then discuss with other attendees issues specific to their sector of business. It is purposely designed to be interactive and your feedback and insights both during and after the course will help us and the Department in fulfilling Secretary Chertoff’s commitment to America’s private sector.

Who: Property/facility managers, supervisors, 1st line managers and their security and safety staff are encouraged to attend.

When: Tuesday August 22, 2006 8:30 – 12:30 session is for local Stadiums and Arenas: enrollments for members and non-association members are handled

By the International Association of Assembly Mangers (IAAM)

Ms. Brenda Pennington (972) 906-7441 email:


Wednesday August 23, 2006 8:30 –12:30 session is for local Places of Worship (all denominations): enrollments are handled by the Secure Community Network (SCN) Mr. Patrick Daly (212) 352-0274 email:


Wednesday August 23, 2006 1:00 – 5:00pm session is for public/private school systems and institutions of higher learning: enrollments handled through,

Jeff Temple (207) 799-3315 Ext. 337 email:
Thursday August 24, 2006 8:30 – 12:30 session is for local Malls & Shopping Centers: enrollments are handled by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Ms. Patrice Duker (646) 728-3496 email:

Alternate enrollment POC: Mr. Malachy Kavanagh

When: Friday August 25, 2006 8:30 – 12:30 session is for local Hotels,

Large Buildings, Hospitals and Medical Facilities: enrollments are

handled by the American Hotel & Lobby Association (AHLA)

Mr. Kevin Maher (202) 289-3147 email:

Where: South Portland City Council Chambers

25 Cottage Street

South Portland, ME

Venue & Local POC: Jeff Temple (207) 799-3315 Ext. 337

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Protective Security Advisor (PSA):

Al Richmond Email: Albert. 

is the Protective Security Advisor for the State of Maine.

68 Protective Security Advisors have been placed in field offices around the country.  The mission of the PSA is to represent DHS in local communities throughout the United States, serving as a liaison between DHS, the private sector and federal, state, local, and tribal entities; act as DHS’ on-site critical infrastructure and vulnerability assessment specialist; and provide real-time information on facility significance and protective measures.

DHS Contacts: Dennis Sill William “Keith” Nix

Training Unit Awareness Programs Manager Risk Management Division Soft Target Unit

Department of Homeland Security Risk Management Division

Washington, DC 20528 Department of Homeland Security

703-235-5779 Washington, DC 20528 703-235-5717

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