DHS Releases an Anti-Terrorism Guide for Commercial Facilities
Commercial buildings hoping to receive SAFETY Act designation have a new tool to assist with their application process. Facility Executive magazine reported on the new anti-terrorism guide in late September. Similar to the threat assessment guide released by the Secret Service earlier this year, the new guide is designed to address the specific safety threats that commercial office buildings face.
The guide is an online tool that reviews “seven categories, 411 best practices, and approximately 60 associated common practices” to strengthen a facility against terrorist attacks of any type. The goal of the tool, jointly developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the National Institute of Building Sciences, is to give the commercial building security personnel a checklist of important security concerns. Although intended to offer guidance on how to achieve the SAFETY Act designation to protect against liabilities in the event of a terrorist attack, the list also offers overall best practices for commercial building security.
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