Suicide Attacks Prevent Terror Groups from Achieving Political Goals, So Why Are They Increasing?

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Memorial at the site of 2016 Jakarta, Indonesia attacks.

Why do modern terror groups seem to favor suicide attacks as the tactic of choice? Studies have shown that engaging in suicide terror tends to reduce the group’s chances of achieving their desired political outcomes. Suicide attacks are so loathsome and inhumane that they decrease the group’s ability to win concessions for their cause. If your foe is so fanatical and implacable as to engage in suicide terror, why would you attempt to negotiate with them? This is exactly what happened with Israel and the PLO in the 1990s, when the first wave of Palestinian suicide bombings drove Israel from the negotiating table.

Given that the tactic doesn’t help the terror group achieve its goals, why do they keep doing it? Indeed, suicide attacks are on the increase, with more than 5000 occurring in the years since 1980. According to an interview with an LSU terror expert published in today’s Washington Post, the answer may be group survival.

Militant organizations go through different trends or fashions. Organizations must either adopt the fashion or become irrelevant. In the 1960s, the “international revolutionary” and the “urban guerrilla” were in fashion, and they preferred to rely on hijackings and hostage taking. As we’ve moved into the era of fundamentalist Islamist terrorism, organizations have had to adopt the fashions of fundamentalist Islam to stay relevant, and the key fashion is the suicide bomb.

If you’re a smaller organization like Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, and you want to draw the support and attention of the Islamic State and other groups, you start conducting suicide attacks. A few months after Ansar Bait al-Maqdis adopted suicide attacks, they were recognized as Wilayat Sinai, a province of the Islamic State, and they received funding and fighters from the core group, improving their survival prospects.

To understand why group survival is prioritized over the group’s very reason for existence – achieving their political aims – it helps to understand that their goals are often abstract, lofty, and so difficult as to be practically unachievable for the foreseeable future. If your goal is to establish a world wide caliphate, for example, you must prepare for the long game. And when you are playing the long game, group survival becomes more important than short term, incremental gains.

MediaTech’s latest courseware offering, Suicide Terror, explores these issues in detail. Learning objectives include:

  1. Describe the advantages of adopting suicide attacks as a terror tactic.
  2. List the historical precedents of modern day suicide terror campaigns.
  3. Describe possible motives for participating in a suicide attack.
  4. Describe reasons for using female suicide attackers.
  5. Describe strategies for countering suicide terror.

The course is available in both web-based and lecture formats. Face to face courses are taught by Dr. Xavier Stewart, BG (Ret).

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What Makes a “Good” Learning Objective?

The main thing to remember about objectives is that they must be clear, concise, and focused on participant performance.  They should contain:

  • An action, stated in observable terms.
  • The conditions under which the action will be performed.
  • Standards (or level) of performance.

In other words, an objective should state who should do what under what conditions according to what standards.

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Schools Need to Do more training!

Sandy Hook School Probably Well Prepared as Heroes Emerge After Massacre

By: Jim McKay on December 18, 2012

There are many more questions than answers about the shooting that took the lives of 20 kids and six administrators at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14. But in general schools and businesses can and should examine their emergency plans and how they would respond, not only during a shooting, but also during various potential hazards.

Emergency plans should be for all hazards, not just for an active shooter situation and should include trainings that incorporate everyone associated with that school or business, according to Bo Mitchell of 911 Consulting.

“The chilling fact is it’s happened before and it will happen again,” Mitchell said. “One danger here is that we always prepare for the last crisis, so we are all preparing for Hurricane Sandy and the Newtown, Conn., massacre. Both are devastating, but employers have to prepare for all hazards — bomb threats, suspicious packages, bullying at work and bullying at school are examples.”

Mitchell said schools are employers first and most employers, including schools, are not well prepared. “For every one organization that is well planned and trained and exercised, there are 10 that are not,” he said. “Every employee has a legal right to review their employers’ emergency plan. That’s federal law.”

Mitchell said schools and businesses all have the same problem: they think they are well prepared but they’re not. He says there is ample research, done by the Government Accountability Office, the National Association of School Resource Officers and other national organizations that point to a lack of preparedness for K-12 schools and businesses.

The research shows that most schools have paperwork they call a plan but it’s not all hazards and they don’t train all their employees as required by federal law. “They’ll train “the team” but they don’t train all employees and for emergency purposes that’s the contractors, the cafeteria staff, the security people and grandma who volunteers in the gift shop,” Mitchell said.

“They should train coaches, temps, volunteers, everyone because when something goes wrong all those people will be considered employees at court, even if they didn’t get a paycheck.”

Mitchell said research indicates that schools aren’t well prepared because they don’t exercise. “Table top exercises, full-scale exercises done with and without emergency services in concert. Both are great and more is better and they aren’t doing it,” he said. “Some of this is ‘Oh, we’ll scare the children or we’ll scare the parents.’ That’s bull. Locking down a school is very difficult, but that doesn’t alleviate your responsibility to do that.”

The ‘Plan’

Every school principal will answer in the affirmative when asked if his/her school has a disaster plan. But is that plan being exercised or is it “on the shelf?”

“A lot of it is on the shelf, a lot of it isn’t all hazards, a lot of it isn’t trained,” Mitchell said. “OHSA [the Occupational Safety and Health Administration} says school is a workplace. It says before you’re a school, you’re a workplace and every employee shall be trained in emergency planning, annually in a classroom. This is not happening on a wide spectrum from Maine to California.”

The reasons vary, from lack of education, to politics to denial and of course, a lack of resources.

The feeling that “it won’t happen to us” is ubiquitous in the U.S., including schools and businesses. Couple that with the fact that school administrators aren’t emergency managers and parents of students going to those schools may not know what questions to ask those administrators about emergency plans and it equals lack of preparation.

“Public schools tend to turn to their police chiefs and fire chiefs, which is all well and good but they’re busy people and if all schools showed up at the police and fire departments, the system would collapse,” Mitchell said.

He also said politics play a role in that police and fire aren’t going to go to parents because they’d be going over the heads of boards of education. And boards of education are reluctant to turn to parents because they’re busy running schools and taking on security too is a daunting thought.

Mitchell said parents should ask school administrators if they have a plan, if it’s all hazards, if it conforms to the National Fire Protection Association 1600 Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs, and have they trained it annually in a classroom and have you trained enough people, including the grandma in the gift shop.

Mitchell said that as time goes on we’ll probably be looking at Sandy Hook as a school that was well prepared and look at the administrators who lost their lives as heroes. School administrators ran toward the gunman as they heard shots and teachers hid students while leaving themselves vulnerable.

“I have a feeling we’re going to find out they were well trained and well exercised and those six women who died were heroes,” he said. “They knew what to do and in so doing probably kept this from getting a lot worse, which is very cold comfort to those 20 kids who died.”

 

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Tabletop exercises on disaster preparedness gaining popularity with government agencies and constituents

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MediaTech’s Interactive Solar System is a big hit with local schools.

MediaTech's Interactive Solar System

MediaTech's Interactive Solar System

MediaTech’s Interactive Solar System was recently developed for a local class to help with an ongoing science project during their recent study of the planets and solar system. This interactive web based tool is now a big hit with local schools and a variety of website viewers. Click here to view

Virtual safety training from Centerville company – MediaTech VTT™

May 7, 2013

Virtual safety training from Centerville company
By Michael Schaffer Managing Editor The Daily Iowegian
Tue May 07, 2013, 06:14 AM CDT

Friday morning several local public officials and Iowa Rep. Dave Loebsack were given an in-depth look at a virtual training public safety program developed by Centerville-based MediaTech.

John “Rocky” White, MediaTech president and COO, guided visitors through a PowerPoint presentation describing the “Virtual Table Top” software program, described the software and answered questions.

John Arnold, MediaTech product and sales development representative, assisted in answering questions and describing the program.

“VTT” is a web-based tool for conducting enhanced table top exercises. Facilitators and users add custom backgrounds specific to individual locations, place objects features, roads, hazards and equipment in a scene to visualize an emergency scenario and appropriate response actions.

Emergency scenarios “VTT” can replicates includes fires, plane crashes, tornadoes, traffic accidents, chemical spills, chemical explosions, mud slides, active shooters … or just about anything the mind can think of in terms of manmade or natural disasters.

“VTT” can be programed to simulate emergency scenarios so law enforcement, fire, emergency management, city, county, schools, hospitals, business and even private individuals can actually anticipate for and have a plan in place to deal with a tactical, operational or strategic response.

Rep. Loebsack was impressed.

“It’s as close as you are going to get to a simulation with what you have” Loebsack said.  “I mean, this is fantastic.  I’m really glad I was able to see this.”

Local officials attending were Centerville Police Chief, Tom Demry, Centerville Fire Chief, Mike Bogle, Dien Judge, Loebsack’s south east Iowa district representative, Becky Maxwell, Daily Iowegian Publisher, Jim Senior, Centerville Mayor, Dean Kaster, Appanoose County Supervisor, and Mike Lamb ADLM Emergency Management Coordinator.

MediaTech was founded in 2003.  They have more than 4,000 hours of learning courseware, more than 1,000 different scenarios, and 4,000 user account spread across the United States.

Larger users of MediaTech products include the federal government, Cargill, Musco Lighting, and Wells Fargo.

White said 25 percent of emergency managers go “bananas” with “VTT” software. They’ve been looking for something like this,”
White said.  “They work with their police station.  They work with their hospital.  They work with their schools.  They work with their fire station regularly.  Regularly doing drills at various locations and are very interested in the program.

Arnold said, “VTT” is a way to get people to think about security scenarios.

“We try to create things that could actually happen and get people to think about how they would respond,” Arnold said.

For more information contact MediaTech http://www.mediatechinc.com/?p=503

Original article available at dailyiowegian.com

MediaTech’s VTT™ user base continues to expand

How MediaTech’s Virtual Table Top – VTT™ can Improve Your Disaster Preparedness Training

  • VTT™ will lower operational and training costs
  • VTT™ is cost-effective and there is no wear on resources or ancillary costs
  • VTT™ will increase the number of fully trained personnel
  • VTT™ scenes are fully customizable and it is very easy to create objective-based exercises using buildings and locations from your own community
  • VTT™ allows you to train for 21st Century threats and priorities

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Introducing VTT™

The Virtual Table Top – VTT™ is a web-based tool for conducting enhanced table top exercises.  Facilitators and users can import custom background images, place terrain features, roads, hazards, and equipment on a 3D street grid to visualize the scenario and response actions.

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Relevant: Train for 21st Century threats and priorities
High-Impact: Experience instills maximum retention
Customizable: Easily create objectives-based exercises
Practical: Gain experience using familiar scenes
Repeatable: Train and retrain for enhanced performance
Convenient: Train regularly with no operational disruptions
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Advanced Training Solutions

Nuclear Terror

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The world just got more dangerous. Reuters is reporting that a significant quantity of radioactive material was stolen in Iraq, stoking security fears.

Iraq is searching for “highly dangerous” radioactive material stolen last year, according to an environment ministry document and seven security, environmental and provincial officials who fear it could be used as a weapon if acquired by Islamic State.

The material, stored in a protective case the size of a laptop computer, went missing in November from a storage facility near the southern city of Basra belonging to U.S. oilfield services company Weatherford (WFT.N), the document obtained by Reuters showed and officials confirmed…

The document, dated Nov. 30 and addressed to the ministry’s Centre for Prevention of Radiation, describes “the theft of a highly dangerous radioactive source of Ir-192 with highly radioactive activity belonging to SGS from a depot belonging to Weatherford in the Rafidhia area of Basra province.

– Reuters (2016)

Officials fear that this material could be used to create a “dirty bomb” or some other type of radiological dispersal device (RDD). A dirty bomb can be easily constructed by combining the Ir-192 with conventional explosives to contaminate an area with radiation. Indeed, just leaving the material unshielded in a public space over several days could cause massive harm. Add to this the fact that ISIS operates in the area from which the material was stolen and we have ample cause for grave concern.

MediaTech’s latest courseware offering, Nuclear Terror: RDDs and INDs, explores these type of threats in detail. Learning objectives include:

  1. Define Radiological Dispersal Device (RDD).
  2. Define Improvised Nuclear Device (IND).
  3. Describe ways to reduce the threat posed by improvised nuclear devices.
  4. Describe planning considerations for an RDD attack.
  5. Describe planning considerations for an IND attack.

The course is available in both web-based and lecture formats. Face to face courses are taught by Dr. Xavier Stewart, BG (Ret). Other courses in the series include:

  1. Oklahoma City new revelations: An update 2014: A detailed, graphic presentation of the Oklahoma City terrorism attack with new lessons learned and updates. 180 minute course. Intermediate Incident Command Level Lecture.
  1. Oklahoma City CBRNE/WMD Table Top Exercise: 2014: What if a Weapons of Mass Destruction had been used in Oklahoma City terror incident. An emergency management scenario asks “How would you respond accordingly.” You select a 1 or 2 Day scenario. Advanced Incident Command Level.
  1. Biological disease incident: A graphic depiction of biological diseases or weapons grade terrorism acts from 1915 to 2013. 180 minutes. Intermediate Lecture.
  1. Biological disease incident Table Top Exercise: You choose a biological agent from the following list below. We will design an incident scenario to test your response to and mitigation factors for such an incident. You select a 1 or 2 Day scenario. Advanced Level.
  1. Radiation incidents: A graphic depiction of radiological incidents and terrorism acts from 1915 to 2013. 240 minutes. Basic Level Lecture.
  1. Radiation incidents Table Top Exercise: You choose a radiological agent from the following list below. We will design an incident scenario to test your response to and mitigation factors for such an incident. You select a 1 or 2 Day scenario. Advanced Level.  
  1. Radiological Dispersal Devices: A graphic depiction of Radiological Dispersal Devices and Weapons and terrorism acts up to 2013. 120 minutes. Intermediate Level Lecture.
  1. Domestic Terror Briefing: A graphic depiction of domestic and international terrorism acts up to 2014. 240 minutes. Intermediate Level Lecture.
  1. Nuclear Reactors: A detailed description of nuclear power plants and the issues with security, response to and protection of these critical Infrastructure facilities and how to prepare for a catastrophic incident. 180 minutes. Advanced Level Lecture.
  1. Acute Radiation Syndrome: A graphic depiction of the physiological effects of Acute Radiation Syndrome 2014. 60 minutes. Advanced Level Lecture.
  1. Medical Effects of Ionizing Radiation: Late effects: A graphic depiction of the medical effects of Ionization Radiation and the physiological effects of Late Onset Radiation Syndrome.120 minutes. Advanced Level Lecture.
  1. Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosives (CBRNE) assets and construct: A briefing on the CBRNE Emergency Response capabilities of the US Military (National Guard and Active Duty Forces) 75 minutes. Basic Level Lecture.
  1. Nuclear Weapons.  Introduction to tactical nuclear weapons and the extreme damage it has on the infrastructure. Challenges to First responders are addressed. 240 minutes. Advanced Level Lecture.
  1. Psychological considerations: CBRNE: A graphic depiction of the psychological effects of Radiation attacks has on a populace. 60 minutes. Intermediate Level Lecture.
  1. Pulmonary physiology: A graphic depiction of WMD/CBRN on pulmonary physiology and the challenges in caring for these types of injuries in the EMS and medical center arena. An advanced understanding of the principles of contamination and medical care while in PPE. 120 minutes. Advanced Level Lecture.
  1. Physical Principals: Physics 101: A graphic depiction of radiation, isotopes, and physical properties of radiation and mitigation techniques. An advanced understanding of the principles of Alpha, beta, gamma, neutron and x-rays and the physiological effects. 120 minutes. Advanced Level Lecture.
  1. Madrid Bombing Table Top Exercise addressing if a WMD was used: A detailed, graphic presentation of the Madrid terrorism attack if a WMD was used. You select a 1 or 2 Day scenario. Advanced Level Lecture.
  1. Nerve Agent: A graphic depiction of WMD/CBRN and nerve agent damage on human physiology.  Advanced physiology and the challenges in caring for these types of injuries in the EMS and medical center arena. The challenges of differentiation of these agents and a terrorism WMD incident are addressed. An advanced understanding of the principles of contamination and medical care while in PPE.  240 minutes. Advanced Level Lecture.
  1. Decontamination in WMD/CBRNE/TIC/TIM environments.  The challenges. 75 minutes. Intermediate Level Lecture.
  1. Vesicants: A graphic depiction of WMD/CBRN vesicants damage to humans on physiology and the challenges in caring for these types of injuries in the EMS and medical center arena. The challenges of differentiation of these agents and a terrorism WMD incident are addressed. An understanding of the principles of contamination and medical care while in PPE. 120 minutes. Advanced Level Lecture.
  1. Chemical Incidents: A graphic depiction of WMD/CBRN Chemicals (Toxic Industrial Materials- TIMS and Toxic Industrial Chemicals-TICS) on human physiology and the challenges in caring for these types of injuries in the EMS and medical center arena. The challenges of differentiation of these agents and a terrorism WMD incident are addressed. An advanced understanding of the principles of contamination and medical care while in PPE. 120 minutes. Advanced Level Lecture.
  1. Chemical Incidents: You choose a chemical agent from the following list below. We will design an incident scenario to test your response to and mitigation factors for such an incident. You select a 1 or 2 Day scenario. Advanced Level lecture.
  1. Cyanide: A graphic depiction of cyanide agents and the damage on human physiology.  Advanced physiology and the challenges in caring for these types of injuries in the EMS and medical center arena. The challenges of differentiation of these agents and a terrorism WMD incident are addressed. An advanced understanding of the principles of contamination and medical care while in PPE is also discussed. 2012. 60 minutes. Advanced Level Lecture.
  1. Incapacitating Riot-control agents: An advanced course and graphic depiction of these agents during civil disturbances and crowd control on human physiology and the challenges in caring for these types of injuries in the EMS and medical center arena. The challenges of differentiation of these agents and a terrorism WMD incident are addressed. An advanced understanding of the principles of contamination and medical care while in PPE. 60 minutes. Basic Level Lecture.
  1. Pandemic Events: preparation 2013 and beyond: A graphic depiction of the effects and interruption of a pandemic event on continuity of operations and government.  The course examines the effects on the populace in particular, the pulmonary system and the challenges in caring for these types of injuries in the EMS and medical systems arena. An advanced understanding of the principles of contamination and medical care while in Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) and the challenges for the National Guard and other entities. An advanced understanding of the principles of contamination and medical care while in PPE. 2013. 90 minutes.  Intermediate Level Lecture.
  1. Agricultural Terrorism: Impacts and Preparedness 2014. A depiction of the effects and interruption of an attack on our agriculture.  A zoonotic disease and vector approach to the impacts of a criminal act or terrorism attack would have on our crops and animal populations are discussed.  This impact would also cause severe interruption to our government as it relates to continuity of operations (COOP) and government (COG).  The lecture examines the effects on the populace in particular, the mass disruption and panic, psychological and economic impacts. In addition, the lecture discusses the challenges in caring for a populace, food distribution and logistical challenges and prioritization of resource management and allocation of resources. An advanced understanding of the principles mass care looking at ESF 6 and ESF 8 under the NIMS construct is reviewed. The challenges for the National Guard and other agencies are also discussed. An advanced understanding of the principles of medical care for this type of event is examined.  240 minutes.  Intermediate Level Lecture.
  1. AQ Operatives, Suicide Bombers and UAVs: A Nexus: A historical view of tactics, techniques and procedures on Al Qaeda and specificity on future threats current through 2014.  A detailed review of female suicide bombers, methods, tactics and future threats in the international arena is also addressed. Some graphic case studies are reviewed. A graphic depicting on tactics and techniques of Guerrilla warfare to include devices made to inflict maximum damage and casualties. A graphic presentation of lone wolf actors in the U.S. and abroad. Reviews tactics, techniques and methodologies. Detailed history with weapons of choice. Finally, the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles by the CIA and DOD is reviewed with strategic and national implications. It includes a detailed overview of drone attacks and terrorism. Targeting and intelligence use are reviewed. 240 minutes. Advanced Level Lecture.
  1. World Trade Center update: 2014 and beyond: A presentation of the first bombing to the 9-11 tragedy with rarely seen footage and new considerations as a nexus to other terrorism acts. The clinical implications of dusts, fumes and vapors in occupational circumstances for First Responders and Receivers. Long-term consequences of such attacks on the populace psychologically, economically and impacts on infrastructure are considered. 240 minute lecture/interactive discussion. Advance Level Lecture.

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Lone Wolf Terrorism

lone wolf

In their recently released Worldwide Threat Assessment, the US Intelligence community continues to highlight the increasing threat posed by homegrown lone wolf terrorists. In 2014, the FBI arrested approximately one dozen US-based ISIL supporters. In 2015, that number increased to approximately five dozen arrests. As the authors observed in the report:

US-based homegrown violent extremists (HVEs) will probably continue to pose the most significant Sunni terrorist threat to the US homeland in 2016. The perceived success of attacks by HVEs in Europe and North America, such as those in Chattanooga and San Bernardino, might motivate others to replicate opportunistic attacks with little or no warning, diminishing our ability to detect terrorist operational planning and readiness. ISIL involvement in homeland attack activity will probably continue to involve those who draw inspiration from the group’s highly sophisticated media without direct guidance from ISIL leadership and individuals in the United States or abroad who receive direct guidance and specific direction from ISIL members or leaders.

Recognizing this threat, MediaTech is offering the first web-based lesson in our Preparedness Series, Lone Wolf Terrorism. The courseware examines the history of lone wolf attacks in the US, reviews current trends, and summarizes current thinking about the radicalization process. Learning objectives include:

  1. Define lone wolf terrorism.
  2. List four current trends in lone wolf terrorism.
  3. Describe the radicalization process.
  4. Describe Pantucci’s typology of Islamic lone wolves.
  5. Describe the Georgetown typology.
  6. Describe government and law enforcement efforts to prevent lone wolf terrorism.

The course is available in both web-based and lecture formats. Face to face courses are taught by Dr. Xavier Stewart, BG (Ret). Other courses in the series include:

  1. Oklahoma City new revelations: An update 2014: A detailed, graphic presentation of the Oklahoma City terrorism attack with new lessons learned and updates. 180 minute course. Intermediate Incident Command Level Lecture.
  1. Oklahoma City CBRNE/WMD Table Top Exercise: 2014: What if a Weapons of Mass Destruction had been used in Oklahoma City terror incident. An emergency management scenario asks “How would you respond accordingly.” You select a 1 or 2 Day scenario. Advanced Incident Command Level.
  1. Biological disease incident: A graphic depiction of biological diseases or weapons grade terrorism acts from 1915 to 2013. 180 minutes. Intermediate Lecture.
  1. Biological disease incident Table Top Exercise: You choose a biological agent from the following list below. We will design an incident scenario to test your response to and mitigation factors for such an incident. You select a 1 or 2 Day scenario. Advanced Level.
  1. Radiation incidents: A graphic depiction of radiological incidents and terrorism acts from 1915 to 2013. 240 minutes. Basic Level Lecture.
  1. Radiation incidents Table Top Exercise: You choose a radiological agent from the following list below. We will design an incident scenario to test your response to and mitigation factors for such an incident. You select a 1 or 2 Day scenario. Advanced Level.  
  1. Radiological Dispersal Devices: A graphic depiction of Radiological Dispersal Devices and Weapons and terrorism acts up to 2013. 120 minutes. Intermediate Level Lecture.
  1. Domestic Terror Briefing: A graphic depiction of domestic and international terrorism acts up to 2014. 240 minutes. Intermediate Level Lecture.
  1. Nuclear Reactors: A detailed description of nuclear power plants and the issues with security, response to and protection of these critical Infrastructure facilities and how to prepare for a catastrophic incident. 180 minutes. Advanced Level Lecture.
  1. Acute Radiation Syndrome: A graphic depiction of the physiological effects of Acute Radiation Syndrome 2014. 60 minutes. Advanced Level Lecture.
  1. Medical Effects of Ionizing Radiation: Late effects: A graphic depiction of the medical effects of Ionization Radiation and the physiological effects of Late Onset Radiation Syndrome.120 minutes. Advanced Level Lecture.
  1. Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosives (CBRNE) assets and construct: A briefing on the CBRNE Emergency Response capabilities of the US Military (National Guard and Active Duty Forces) 75 minutes. Basic Level Lecture.
  1. Nuclear Weapons.  Introduction to tactical nuclear weapons and the extreme damage it has on the infrastructure. Challenges to First responders are addressed. 240 minutes. Advanced Level Lecture.
  1. Psychological considerations: CBRNE: A graphic depiction of the psychological effects of Radiation attacks has on a populace. 60 minutes. Intermediate Level Lecture.
  1. Pulmonary physiology: A graphic depiction of WMD/CBRN on pulmonary physiology and the challenges in caring for these types of injuries in the EMS and medical center arena. An advanced understanding of the principles of contamination and medical care while in PPE. 120 minutes. Advanced Level Lecture.
  1. Physical Principals: Physics 101: A graphic depiction of radiation, isotopes, and physical properties of radiation and mitigation techniques. An advanced understanding of the principles of Alpha, beta, gamma, neutron and x-rays and the physiological effects. 120 minutes. Advanced Level Lecture.
  1. Madrid Bombing Table Top Exercise addressing if a WMD was used: A detailed, graphic presentation of the Madrid terrorism attack if a WMD was used. You select a 1 or 2 Day scenario. Advanced Level Lecture.
  1. Nerve Agent: A graphic depiction of WMD/CBRN and nerve agent damage on human physiology.  Advanced physiology and the challenges in caring for these types of injuries in the EMS and medical center arena. The challenges of differentiation of these agents and a terrorism WMD incident are addressed. An advanced understanding of the principles of contamination and medical care while in PPE.  240 minutes. Advanced Level Lecture.
  1. Decontamination in WMD/CBRNE/TIC/TIM environments.  The challenges. 75 minutes. Intermediate Level Lecture.
  1. Vesicants: A graphic depiction of WMD/CBRN vesicants damage to humans on physiology and the challenges in caring for these types of injuries in the EMS and medical center arena. The challenges of differentiation of these agents and a terrorism WMD incident are addressed. An understanding of the principles of contamination and medical care while in PPE. 120 minutes. Advanced Level Lecture.
  1. Chemical Incidents: A graphic depiction of WMD/CBRN Chemicals (Toxic Industrial Materials- TIMS and Toxic Industrial Chemicals-TICS) on human physiology and the challenges in caring for these types of injuries in the EMS and medical center arena. The challenges of differentiation of these agents and a terrorism WMD incident are addressed. An advanced understanding of the principles of contamination and medical care while in PPE. 120 minutes. Advanced Level Lecture.
  1. Chemical Incidents: You choose a chemical agent from the following list below. We will design an incident scenario to test your response to and mitigation factors for such an incident. You select a 1 or 2 Day scenario. Advanced Level lecture.
  1. Cyanide: A graphic depiction of cyanide agents and the damage on human physiology.  Advanced physiology and the challenges in caring for these types of injuries in the EMS and medical center arena. The challenges of differentiation of these agents and a terrorism WMD incident are addressed. An advanced understanding of the principles of contamination and medical care while in PPE is also discussed. 2012. 60 minutes. Advanced Level Lecture.
  1. Incapacitating Riot-control agents: An advanced course and graphic depiction of these agents during civil disturbances and crowd control on human physiology and the challenges in caring for these types of injuries in the EMS and medical center arena. The challenges of differentiation of these agents and a terrorism WMD incident are addressed. An advanced understanding of the principles of contamination and medical care while in PPE. 60 minutes. Basic Level Lecture.
  1. Pandemic Events: preparation 2013 and beyond: A graphic depiction of the effects and interruption of a pandemic event on continuity of operations and government.  The course examines the effects on the populace in particular, the pulmonary system and the challenges in caring for these types of injuries in the EMS and medical systems arena. An advanced understanding of the principles of contamination and medical care while in Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) and the challenges for the National Guard and other entities. An advanced understanding of the principles of contamination and medical care while in PPE. 2013. 90 minutes.  Intermediate Level Lecture.
  1. Agricultural Terrorism: Impacts and Preparedness 2014. A depiction of the effects and interruption of an attack on our agriculture.  A zoonotic disease and vector approach to the impacts of a criminal act or terrorism attack would have on our crops and animal populations are discussed.  This impact would also cause severe interruption to our government as it relates to continuity of operations (COOP) and government (COG).  The lecture examines the effects on the populace in particular, the mass disruption and panic, psychological and economic impacts. In addition, the lecture discusses the challenges in caring for a populace, food distribution and logistical challenges and prioritization of resource management and allocation of resources. An advanced understanding of the principles mass care looking at ESF 6 and ESF 8 under the NIMS construct is reviewed. The challenges for the National Guard and other agencies are also discussed. An advanced understanding of the principles of medical care for this type of event is examined.  240 minutes.  Intermediate Level Lecture.
  1. AQ Operatives, Suicide Bombers and UAVs: A Nexus: A historical view of tactics, techniques and procedures on Al Qaeda and specificity on future threats current through 2014.  A detailed review of female suicide bombers, methods, tactics and future threats in the international arena is also addressed. Some graphic case studies are reviewed. A graphic depicting on tactics and techniques of Guerrilla warfare to include devices made to inflict maximum damage and casualties. A graphic presentation of lone wolf actors in the U.S. and abroad. Reviews tactics, techniques and methodologies. Detailed history with weapons of choice. Finally, the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles by the CIA and DOD is reviewed with strategic and national implications. It includes a detailed overview of drone attacks and terrorism. Targeting and intelligence use are reviewed. 240 minutes. Advanced Level Lecture.
  1. World Trade Center update: 2014 and beyond: A presentation of the first bombing to the 9-11 tragedy with rarely seen footage and new considerations as a nexus to other terrorism acts. The clinical implications of dusts, fumes and vapors in occupational circumstances for First Responders and Receivers. Long-term consequences of such attacks on the populace psychologically, economically and impacts on infrastructure are considered. 240 minute lecture/interactive discussion. Advance Level Lecture.

Please contact us to help you to meet the many requirements associated with your CBRNE mission.

Please contact Mr. John White to discuss meeting the many County Government requirements.

641.856.8052     Email: jwhite@mediatechinc.com

 

 

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Congratulations to Kaw Nation (Oklahoma) Emergency Management. They were the lucky winners of the VTT™ – Virtual Table Top site license raffled off at the ITEMC Annual Summit held at the Grand Hotel & Casino in Shawnee, Ok. We hope that our platform will provide another tool to help them plan, prepare and protect their people.

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We have a list of mobile stats that every small business owner needs to be aware of. You’ve likely heard our constant harping on the fact that mobile is the hottest thing around, and is something that small business owners simply can’t ignore. There’s one main reason why we’re always saying that:
It’s true!
In case you don’t want to take our word for it, however, here are a few reasons to back up our point:

Mobile has beaten desktop.
This year, mobile Internet traffic exceeded desktop traffic. Not surprisingly, people don’t like rolling computer towers behind them on little carts when they’re out and about, so mobile devices have become the computers of choice for people that are on the go.
What has surprised people, however, is that people continue to use mobile devices once they get home. Chalk it up to familiarity, convenience, the fact that you don’t have to share them . . . whatever you like. But the fact is, mobile is more important than desktop, now. If your small business website isn’t mobile-optimized, you’re in trouble.

Mobile is growing fast, and continuously.
Traffic on the mobile web is growing at 3.5% each month! And 35% of smartphone owners say that they’re going to increase their usage of mobile Internet going forward. Taken together, you can conclude that tomorrow is very likely to be “more mobile” than today. If you’re waiting for the mobile trend to blow over, it might be time to throw in the towel and embrace it.

Smartphone users are now in the majority
Dumb phones are out there, but they’re no longer owned by a majority. Instead, most people who have a mobile device have a smartphone, which means that they have mobile Internet access and are hungry for apps.

Mobile devices don’t get left behind.
80% of Americans take their mobile device with them when they leave the house. In fact, 85% of Americans are never more than a few feet from their mobiles. If you want to meet consumers where they are, a mobile device is the surest channel available to you.

Mobile is local
94% of smartphone owners are looking for local info on their mobile, and 70% of these searchers have connected with a local business after a search. For a small business, this is a golden opportunity.

Mobile leads to sales.
This ties in to the last point. 70% of the people searching on a mobile device will make a purchase soon. If your business has a mobile-optimized website, you’re probably going to generate more revenue.
Do a search on your own mobile device now. Whose site functions better – yours, or your competitor’s? Don’t let a simple thing like that become a major disadvantage.

Mobile is overlooked by business owners.
Sadly, less than 5% of business websites mobile-optimized. If you want an easy way to pull ahead of the competition, mobile is it. And if you avoid it, remember that visitors tend to leave sites that don’t perform well on their mobile devices, and they don’t return.
In short, customers are lining up at your “mobile gates” in huge numbers.

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Congratulations to Jim Lester, Wright County Iowa, Emergency Management Coordinator. Jim was the lucky winner of the free 12 month VTT™ – Virtual Table Top site license drawn from random entries at the MediaTech vendor booth during the 10th annual Iowa Emergency Management Conference. We appreciate everyone that stopped by and signed up and hope that our platform will provide another tool to help them better plan, prepare and protect their people. Questions can be direct to John White at MediaTech by emailing jwhite@mediatechinc.com or calling 641-856-8052.