HOMELAND SECURITY

Tectonic's Homeland Security Group is an integrated team of engineers and security specialists that assist both the public and private sectors in securing critical infrastructure and key facilities against intentional malicious acts and preparing for emergencies. Tectonic's team is uniquely qualified to perform security assessments, analysis, emergency planning, and training. Tectonic can develop a total program plan to increase your security and reduce your potential risk.

Why are updated Emergency Management Plans important?

It is necessary to continually update your municipality’s Emergency Management capabilities in order to respond to the latest hazards, and develop the required capabilities needed to adequately respond to these hazards.

Why should a Hazard Assessment be completed in conjunction with Emergency Planning?

A Threat Assessment establishes which natural and man-made hazard are applicable to your community and permits your community to focus on developing the resources necessary to respond to those hazards.

What Emergency Management services can Tectonic provide to my municipality?

Tectonic can provide the following services to your community:

  • Threat Assessment
  • Review of and Recommendations for existing local and regional Emergency Response plans
  • Preparation of new Emergency Response plans
  • Resource and Needs Capabilities Assessments
  • Gap Analysis
  • Assessment of Coordination and Communication
  • Hazard Mitigation Programs
  • Continuity of Operations Plans
  • CERT (Citizen Emergency Response Team) Programs
  • NIMS (National Incident Management System) Compliance Reviews
  • Training and Exercise Programs

Why do we need Evacuation Planning?

Recent events have reinforced the need for each community to have an updated evacuation plan to respond to natural and man-made hazards. Evacuation planning is one of the fundamentals of a homeland security plan that is paramount in saving lives during emergency situations and pending disasters.

What is included in an Evacuation Planning Program?

An integrated Evacuation Planning Program includes:

  • Municipal-wide Evacuation
  • Building Evacuation
  • Citizen “Safe” Staging, Rally and Reception Areas

How will my municipality know if our current Evacuation Planning is adequate?

Tectonic can perform an independent review of your municipality’s evacuation program and provide you with a report that delineates potential gaps in the plan. If necessary, recommendations for improvements and updates to your evacuation plan will be provided.

What are some of the steps in the Development of an Evacuation Plan?

An evacuation plan is typically comprised of the following steps:

  • Establishing Population Demographics and Trip Generation
  • Conducting Road and Bridge Inventories
  • Evacuation Design Basis Scenarios
  • Determining Potential Evacuation Routes
  • Evacuation Times based on Dynamic Modeling
  • Traffic Management Plans
  • Needs Assessments for Special Groups
  • End-point Receptor Analysis
  • Training and Exercises

Public safety has always been one of the key missions of municipal government. Recent disasters resulting from both man-made hazards, including the 911 events and the Oklahoma City bombing, and the natural hazards such as hurricane Katrina and the 2004 Tsunami, have resulted in significant loss of life and property, as well as interruption of public services. Therefore, the importance of public safety has been elevated as the number one priority, resulting in public safety and homeland security being integrated into a synergistic effort. Tectonic's engineers, emergency managers and security specialists have been working with municipalities for over twenty years providing public safety services.

Planning

  • Hazard Risk / Analysis
  • Needs / Capabilities Assessments
  • Security Vulnerability / Risk Assessments
  • Community Preparedness
  • Continuity of Government

Response

  • Emergency Operation/Response Plans
  • Crisis Communication Plans
  • Hazard Mitigation and Engineering Design
  • Disaster Recovery Plans

Recovery

  • Evacuation Planning
  • Mass Sheltering
  • Training and Exercises
  • Program Management

Tectonic provides services for conducting security/risk vulnerability assessments for critical infrastructure. These services include performing a threat assessment, evaluating existing security systems, recommendations for security improvements to reduce risk and security awareness testing and training.

Assessment Methodology

Tectonic utilizes the industry leading methodologies including:

  • SANDIA National Laboratories
  • VSAT, DOT, DOD, ACC

Risk Reduction Recommendations for:

  • Physical Security Improvements
  • Operations
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Emergency Management
  • Training Programs

Assessment Process

  • Technical Review of Infrastructure Operation
  • Meeting with Client to establish the mission statement and objective
  • Threat Assessment and Design
  • Basis Threat
  • Site Inspection of Facilities and Existing Security Systems
  • Interviews with Key Staff
  • Prioritization and Risk Analysis, Post-Improvement Risk Analysis

Report

Tectonic prepares a confidential report containing the following:

  • Purpose and Scope
  • Methodology and Approach
  • Threat Assessment/Design Basis Threats
  • Summary of Existing Security and Risks
  • Existing Operations, Policies and Procedures
  • Emergency Operations and Response
  • Benefit/Cost Analysis

Tectonic provides integrated security design services that encompass all physical, electronic and operations elements. Tectonic's service continues through testing and staff training. Tectonic's security design program is based on the fundamentals of simplicity, durability, reliability, resiliency and most importantly, cost-effectiveness.

Buildings / Structures

  • Security Doors and Windows
  • Security Glazing Systems
  • Security Hardware
  • HVAC System Detection
  • Emergency Lighting
  • Control Room Designs
  • Access Control and Monitoring
  • Closed Circuit Television System
  • Intercom and Paging System
  • Communication Center
  • Emergency Operations Center
  • Panic Alarms
  • Weapons Detectors
  • Microwave Detection
  • Building Intrusion
  • Card Reader System

Site Development

  • Access Controlled Points
  • Perimeter Fence and Barriers
  • Perimeter Intrusion Detection Systems
  • Perimeter Response System
  • Perimeter and Site Lighting
  • CCTV System/Video Monitoring
  • Vehicle Barriers and Speed Reduction Modification Design through Environmental Factors

TECTONIC's faculty are certified as trainers and licensed by Sandia Laboratories to conduct chemical facility vulnerability assessment training utilizing RAM-CF technology. Our faculty are registered professionals with chemical/industrial experience who have completed vulnerability assessments for major facilities nationwide. This training provides instruction on the methodology and an end user license to conduct an in-house vulnerability assessment that complies with the pending Federal Regulations. This includes evaluation of critical assets, risk assessments, threat assessment and risk reduction from a security enhancement plan.

Consulting and Training

TECTONIC is licensed to conduct Security Vulnerability and third party independent certifications utilizing the Sandia RAM-CF methodology. In addition, TECTONIC can train your staff and provide RAM-CF non-commercial licenses to perform an SVA at your facilities.

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