Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security hosted NERRTC – TEEX (National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center at Texas A&M Engineering Extension Services) this week for the Critical Asset Risk Management course and, let me tell you ~ it was a solid piece of training!

Our TEEX Instructors guiding us through this training were Monroe Manley (24yrs experience in asset protection in the private sector) and Dave Mitchel (Retired Navy SEAL with experience evaluating bases and other infrastructure) ~ they were on their game and got us up to speed over the two days.

The highlight of this fast-paced course was the opportunity to go out into our  community and perform a Level 1 assessment on an actual asset.  My group was assigned the outdoor green space and event venue – the Columbus Commons.


Above – Columbus Commons – North Lawn & Bicentennial Pavilion

Below – Columbus Commons – South Lawn & Carousel


On our scouting trip, we were shown around by the deputy security director and were given the opportunity to as a huge number of questions to perform our evaluation.  All I can say is “Wow!”  The amount of training, exercising, and thoroughness of planning impressed us all.

In all, this asset really didn’t need our evaluation, due to the solid shape they are in.  Nevertheless, the evaluation allowed our team the opportunity to use the tools provided in this training to quantify threats, vulnerabilities, and consequences using the metrics we were taught to use.  These metrics allow an asset evaluator to perform a basic Cost/Benefit Analysis / Return on Investment calculation that can be used to justify any mitigation recommendations necessary to harden an asset against human / natural / technological threats and vulnerabilities.

Another great training opportunity!  Many thanks to Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security for hosting it!

~ Never Stop Learning.  ~ Never Stop Preparing.



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