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Thursday, 5 March 2015

Facility Contingency Plans For Terrorist Attacks

Recently, leading security expert Chris Phillips, founder and managing director of the UK-based firm International Protect and Prepare Security Office (IPPSO), said that the attack on the Lindt cafĂ© in Sydney, Australia highlights the need for all crowded places to have a contingency plan for implementation in the event of a terrorist attack.
Speaking on behalf of Counter Terror Expo, an conference and expo to be held April 21-22, 2015 in London, Phillips said, “We have to face the reality that locations such as primary schools, shopping malls, and leisure centers are all potential targets for terrorist attack today. They should all develop and rehearse an emergency response plan just as they do with fire drills.”
With the assaults occurring in France this week—the terror attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, followed by the related hostage situations at a printing plant in Dammartin-en-Goele and a supermarket in eastern Paris, Phillips’ list of recommendations are brought to the fore of many facility professionals’ minds. (News outlets are currently reporting all terrorists have been killed.) While the Charlie Hebdo offices and the printing plant are not public, crowded facilities, managers in all settings can benefit from these tips.
Click here to read more about the recommendations he has to make drawing on his extensive experience.

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