When: Monday, June 3, 2019, 8:00am-5:00pm
Where: Espanola, NM
What: FEMA’s Site Protection Through Observational Techniques (SPOT) training
Hosted by: New Mexico Public Education Department and Espanola Public Schools
Register: Click here (or cut and paste this link into your browser:
https://train.ncbrt.lsu.edu/Student/Register?ClassID=26385) and use Password NCBRT219.
Please follow all instructions for a FEMA SID number, registration and the pre-test.
Public safety personnel or other school personnel who have extensive contact with our students are in the best position to identify unusual packages, suspicious substances, and people who are acting suspiciously. However, they need to acquire skills in what to look for and how to respond skills that can be acquired through rigorous emergency planning, regular emergency testing and drills, and extensive training. Specifically, school personnel must engage in the four activities included in the ongoing screening process: assessing, identifying, evaluating, and acting.
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are supporting several major initiatives to improve the capability of agencies to respond to terrorist incidents. This Site Protection through Observational Techniques (SPOT) course is one of those major initiatives. It is designed to provide awareness-level training to public safety and school personnel.
During this course, participants will be provided with an overview of security operations that can be used to protect assets (i.e., schools and students) from terrorist acts. Participants will be able to incorporate the four elements of SPOT, including assessment, identification, evaluation, and action, into their standard practices.
- Defining assessment and discussing its importance, and assess targets in terms of their criticality, threats, vulnerabilities, and existing security countermeasures and zone locations
- Identifying preoperational activities of terrorists and criminals and evaluate those activities in relation to established baselines
- Describing appropriate actions, if any, to take based on previous evaluations as well as how to report those actions and related information.
If you have any questions or need further information, please feel free to contact me. Please share this e-mail with anyone you think may have an interest in attending.
I hope to see you on June 3rd!
Safe Schools Coordinator
Safe & Healthy Schools Bureau
New Mexico Public Education Department
120 S. Federal Place, Room 206 | Santa Fe, NM 87501
P: 505.827.1589 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org