There’s a lot going on in the world of physical risk and vulnerability; it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the latest news and developments. We’ll keep you informed with the best content to keep your organization safe and secure. Check out the top news and headlines from the past month.
From NPR: India has now reported more than 20 million coronavirus infections, including nearly 3.5 million people who are actively being treated for COVID-19. The country's health system is in a state of collapse as hospitals and clinics face dire shortages of beds and lifesaving supplies. In just the past week, India has seen its COVID-19 cases jump by 2,646,526 — a figure that, if it stood alone, would currently make India the 14th worst-hit nation in the world, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. On April 27, the government reported 17,636,307 total cases; by Tuesday, the number had risen to 20,282,833.
Our take: The terrible situation in India is a reminder that even though the United States is seeing a decline and many people are vaccinated, the pandemic is ongoing, especially in other parts of the world. People and businesses should continue to take public health guidelines seriously.
From ABC News: After a significant drop in mass shootings in the United States during a pandemic-hit 2020, this year has already seen several deadly cases. Police in Indianapolis say eight people were shot and killed in a shooting late on Thursday, April 15 at a FedEx facility. The shooter also killed himself.
Our take: Unfortunately, we’re probably going to see more and more active shooting incidents as the pandemic winds down. Mass shooting contagion is a real phenomenon — once one mass shooting occurs, usually more follow. To stop such incidents from happening, we must focus on the root of the problem by destigmatizing mental health and treating those who need help. COVID-19 has worsened mental health in the U.S., and as people start gathering in public places again, we need to step in and help those with mental health problems before more shootings happen.
Woman arrested for refusing to return $1.2 million she received from Charles Schwab ‘accounting error’
From MarketWatch: A former sheriff’s dispatcher in New Orleans has been arrested after she refused to return more than $1.2 million that was accidentally deposited in her brokerage account. Kelyn Spadoni, 33, was taken into custody on charges of theft, bank fraud and illegal transmission of monetary funds, according to local reports. Spadoni has been fired by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office in the wake of her arrest. Charles Schwab transferred $1.2 million into her account when it was only meant to deposit $82, according to authorities.
Our take: This is an interesting case that we will closely follow to see the final outcome. The judgement may change financial procedures and accountability.
From USA Today: A Texas woman doesn't remember renting a VHS tape 22 years ago — let alone that she didn't return it — and the place she rented it from shut its doors more than a decade ago. But the unreturned tape led to her being charged with a felony. McBride, 52, was charged with felony embezzlement of rental property in Oklahoma, where she previously lived, in March 2000 — more than a year after the tape of "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" was to be returned, court records show. McBride didn't find out about the outstanding warrant against her until she tried to change her name on her license after getting married and moving to Texas from Oklahoma. The case was dismissed and expunged.
Our take: This case is a perfect example of why people should do their own background checks. McBride says she’s been turned down for many jobs over the past 20 years, and it’s probably because she had an outstanding felony charge she knew nothing about.
April Top Security Grants
FEMA’s Homeland Security Grant: The Homeland Security Grant includes a suite of risk-based grants to assist state, local, tribal and territorial efforts in preventing, protecting against, mitigating, responding to and recovering from acts of terrorism and other threats. This grant provides grantees with the resources required for implementation of the National Preparedness System and working toward the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation. The grant includes:
- State Homeland Security Program (SHSP): This program provides funding to support the implementation of risk-driven, capabilities-based State Homeland Security Strategies to address capability targets.
- Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI): This program provides funding to enhance regional preparedness and capabilities in designated high-threat, high-density areas.
- Operation Stonegarden (OPSG): This program provides funding to enhance cooperation and coordination among state, local, tribal, territorial, and federal law enforcement agencies to jointly enhance security along the United States land and water borders.
Applications due: May 14
FEMA’s Fiscal Year 2021 Nonprofit Security Grant Program: The FY 2021 NSGP provides funding support for physical security enhancements and other security related activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack. NSGP seeks to integrate the preparedness activities of nonprofit organizations with broader state and local preparedness efforts. Applications due: May 14
FEMA’s Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program: The Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP) plays an important role in the implementation of the National Preparedness System by supporting the building, sustaining and delivery of core capabilities essential to achieving the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation. Applications due: May 14
FEMA’s Transit Security Grant Program: This grant provides funding to eligible public transportation systems (which include intra-city bus, ferries and all forms of passenger rail) to protect critical transportation infrastructure and the travelling public from terrorism, and to increase transportation infrastructure resilience. Applications due: May 14
Intercity Passenger Rail - Amtrak Program: This grant provides funds to protect critical surface transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and increase the resilience of the Amtrak rail system. This funding plays an important role in the implementation of the National Preparedness System by supporting the building, sustainment and delivery of core capabilities essential to achieving the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation. Applications due: May 14
FEMA’s Intercity Bus Security Grant Program (IBSGP): The IBSGP provides funds to intercity bus companies to protect critical surface transportation infrastructure and the travelling public from acts of terrorism. Applications due: May 14
FEMA’s Port Security Grant Program: This grant provides funding to state, local and private-sector partners to help protect critical port infrastructure from terrorism, enhance maritime domain awareness, improve port-wide maritime security risk management, and maintain or reestablish maritime security mitigation protocols that support port recovery and resiliency capabilities. Applications due: May 14
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