When: Monday, November 19, 2018, 8:00am-5:00pm
Where: Los Alamos, NM
What: FEMA’s Site Protection Through Observational Techniques (SPOT) training
Hosted by: New Mexico Public Education Department and Los Alamos Public Schools
Register: https://www.preparingnewmexico.org/DeliveryDetails.aspx?classid=7839e2b1-3e41-4df5-9d32-3259405206d5 To receive a certificate of completion, you will need to register for a FEMA SID number (follow instructions from the page accessed through the link above). Occupancy is limited, so register soon!
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 pre-operational 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.