People gathering? Minimal security? You have a soft target and Homeland Security wants planners and responders to know more

What can be dine to protect soft targets from terrorists?

Places where people gather freely, like music festivals, houses of worship, or shopping centers, which are easily accessible and often have minimal security, potentially making it easier and cheaper to carry out an attack.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is publicly releasing the DHS Soft Target and Crowded Places Security Plan Overview.

Celebration of Life

A celebration of the life of Volunteer Emergency Response Unit founder/director Sherry Lassiter was held in Austin this week.

A helmet marked her place at an empty chair. The lemon represents the bitterness of loss, the salt is symbolic of our tears and the glass is inverted because she cannot toast with us.

McCarthy Alaska Donated Ambulance Replacing Vandalized Rig

The village of McCarthy Alaska's only ambulance was dead. It looks like vandals had grabbed fists full of wiring in the center console -- and yanked, rendering the unit dark, without emergency and interior lighting.

Apparently McCarthy, which has approximately around 30 off-season residents (but hundreds in the Summer) has trained EMS personnel who can treat a patient on scene and transport them to the airport for Airlift to a higher level of care. But, ambulance electrical technicians are hard to find in small-town Alaska.

And, there it sat.

VMERU Director/Founder Sherry Lassiter Has Died After Long Illness

Sherry June Lassiter

[5/18/18 - Edited, to include additional background. --ed]

BASTROP, TEXAS --
Sherry June Lassiter, Director and Founder of the Volunteer Mobile Emergency Response Unit died peacefully at home Monday (May 14) following a long Illness. She was 50 years old.

704 Pounds of Dynamite/400 Blasting Caps Stolen From Construction Site in Pennsylvania

More explosives than originally thought were stolen over the weekend from a pipeline construction site in Lancaster County Pennsylvania. The total amount of Dynamite stolen was revised from 640 pounds to 704 pounds, as well as 400 blasting caps, ATF says.

The stolen items could be used to create hundreds of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), which could be deployed to one or more locations. The potential for death, injury and destruction is enormous.

Responders should be aware of the potential for additional explosions intended to target responding resources.

RT 30 Pittsburgh PA May be Closed for Months

EAST PITTSBURGH, Pa. —
A portion of Route 30 in East Pittsburgh has collapsed, also an apartment building on nearby Electric Avenue. Detours in place and closures may last months.

Attention Travelers: US-30 WB in Allegheny County is closed until further notice due to extensive roadway damage. The following detour is in effect for WB motorists: From US-30 WB, take Greensburg Pike, to SR-130 Tri-Boro Expressway, to I-376, and back to US-30 WB --Penn DoT

I'm Scott McClelland and this is the Disaster Recovery Department at My H-E-B

A story in the Houston Chronicle discusses Texas-based grocery H-E-B's efforts to restock and reopen their impacted stores and reach out to individuals in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, H-E-B's lessons learned from Hurricane Harvey.

In progress

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Our focus is on responder well being. We have been scene personnel rehab evangelists and are broadening out to other responder safety, health and mental health topics.

Current news brings readers to our site and we hope to influence a greater culture of safety and we'll being.

Be safe.

How we stayed informed about Harvey

We've stayed on top of the latest during the storm and we'll share some of those resources with you
If some of the sources don't apply to your situation, use them for inspiration to locate similar resources in your area.

Hurricane / Tropical Storm / Tropical Depression) Harvey continued to cause damage and loss of lives in its path. While we were sheltered-in-place, riding out high winds, heavy rain and local small stream flooding, we were fortunate to have had internet access as the main route of our Intel gathering. I'll come back to that.

What Do You Mean, "Is Your Christmas Tree NFPA Compliant?"?

Well, in actuality, their headline was, "NFPA encourages prompt disposal of Christmas trees and safe removal of lights", but you probably see where we are going here. NFPA standards have their roots in tragedy. It is their way of saying, "We've noticed this is a really bad thing and this is a better way to go".

Christmas is over. Get that fuel-air bomb out of your house.

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