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: A shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, that has killed 19 children and two adults marks the 27th school shooting this year. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the shooter behind Tuesday's incident was killed. This comes just 10 days after a shooting at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y., that took the lives of 10 people and a shooting at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California that killed one and injured four. Education Week has been tracking school shootings since 2018. According to its database, 119 such incidents have taken place since then. There were 27 school shootings with injuries or deaths this year.
Our take: We have been talking about mass shootings on this blog for some time, and if this month’s horrific spree of shootings was any indication, we will likely be talking about them again for the foreseeable future. There were many mass shootings this month; there were five incidents the weekend of May 15 alone. With so many shootings, many didn’t get the media attention they deserved.The unfortunate thing is that when one shooting happens, other potential shooters see that shooting as permission to perpetrate their own incident. Until mental health becomes a priority in this country, this will unfortunately, continue to happen.
From the Detroit Free Press: A tornado touched down in Gaylord, Mich., during a thunderstorm Friday, May 20, injuring dozens, killing at least one and leaving its residents stunned. The tornado touched down at 3:45 p.m. and was much longer than the area would expect. It traveled several miles over the course of several minutes, said Jim Keysor, meteorologist at the National Weather Service.
Our take: We were very interested in the way people reacted to the tornado. Social media feeds showed people out and walking around as the tornado was tearing through Gaylord. One man was shown walking through a parking lot with the tornado behind him, seemingly unworried about being killed by debris. Social media videos have unfortunately desensitized us to the danger of things like tornadoes.
From the New York Times: Parents across the country are struggling to keep up with a nationwide shortage of baby formula — a problem worsened by a recent recall by Abbott Nutrition, a manufacturer of baby food. The recall came after at least four babies were hospitalized with bacterial infections and two died after consuming its products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.
Our take: Shortages like the baby formula point to many security-related issues, such as people stockpiling formula or price gouging. It’s also a problem when it comes to who gets the formula; wealthy parents are more likely to be able to feed their children while poorer people will be desperate to feed their families. None of this bodes well for safety or security.
From Gothamist: An organized ring of shoplifters stole more than $3.7 million worth of retail goods — ranging from luxury clothing and handbags to cosmetics and coffee pods — and then resold them on eBay, according to New York Attorney General Letitia James. News of the indictment comes as businesses in New York City say they are struggling with a rash of thefts that some say are driven by disruptions caused by the pandemic.
Our take: It’s good to see that law enforcement are cracking down on retail theft, which has been growing over the past few years in several cities. The theft, which includes prescription drugs and other goods, has progressed from shoplifting to organized crime.
May Top Security Grants
FEMA’S Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP): The Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) is one of three grant programs that constitute the DHS/FEMA focus on enhancing the ability of state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as nonprofits, to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks. These grant programs are part of a comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress and implemented by DHS to help strengthen the Nation's communities against potential terrorist attacks. Among the five basic homeland security missions noted in the DHS Strategic Plan, the HSGP supports the goal to Strengthen National Preparedness and Resilience. Grant closes: June 13
FEMA's Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP): The NSGP is one of three grant programs that support the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency’s focus on enhancing the ability of state, local, tribal and territorial governments, as well as nonprofit organizations, to prevent, prepare for, protect against, and respond to terrorist attacks. These grant programs are part of a comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress and implemented by DHS to help strengthen the nation’s communities against potential terrorist attacks. The NSGP provides funding to nonprofit organizations at high risk of a terrorist attack for facility hardening and other physical security enhancements and activities. Grant closes: June 13
FEMA’s Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP): One of three grant programs that constitute DHS/FEMA's focus on enhancing the ability of state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as nonprofits, to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks. These grant programs are part of a comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress and implemented by DHS to help strengthen the nation's communities against potential terrorist attacks. Among the five basic homeland security missions noted in the DHS Strategic Plan, the THSGP supports the goal to Strengthen National Preparedness and Resilience. The 2022-2026 FEMA Strategic Plan outlines three bold, ambitious goals in order to position FEMA to address the increasing range and complexity of disasters, support the diversity of communities we serve, and complement the nation's growing expectations of the emergency management community. Grant closes: June 13
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