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DHS releases new action guide in "Securing Soft Targets and Crowded Spaces" series

from IAEM

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released the two-page Action Guide, “Fire as a Weapon: Security Awareness for Soft Targets and Crowded Places.” It is part of the “Securing Soft Targets and Crowded Spaces” information collection. The document details a few incidents of foreign and domestic use of weaponized fire in the past two years. Examples range from simple acts of arson with terrorist or extremist motives to more complex attacks such as launched Improvised Incendiary Devices. Some potential indicators include theft of large or heavy-duty vehicles, purchase of hazardous materials, suspicious questioning about things like egress methods or water supply, and social media messaging that promotes fire as a weapon. None of these things should be taken individually as indicators. DHS suggests access controls for security planning purposes, such as: employing monitoring; implementing surveillance and inspection requirements; defining a perimeter and identifying locations needing special access controls; and maintaining an inventory of all flammable or combustible materials. more


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