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Hostile Event Preparedness Webinar

Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 2:00 – 3:30 PM ET (Members Only)

Join WaterISAC for a webinar on Hostile Event Preparedness on January 29. The webinar will provide you with information on the current threat environment and equip you with the knowledge and resources to help protect yourself and your colleagues.

The term "hostile event" encompasses a variety of events involving killing or attempting to kill. It includes active shooter incidents, workplace violence and workplace attacks, lone actor and low-tech terrorism, complex coordinated terrorist attacks, and other related activities. To put further context on what hostile events are and the impacts they have, the webinar will share some statistics and highlight some recent, real-world cases. Given that actions can be taken to prevent or reduce additional deaths or injuries, it will also include best practices for responding to hostile events.

The webinar is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • Provide a basic understanding of what constitutes a hostile event 
  • Share statistics about hostile events that have taken place nationally and internationally, to provide an understating of the current threat 
  • Identify hostile event threat warning signs and how to report them
  • Share current government guidance about how to best respond to a hostile event 
  • Introduce the concept of an Emergency Action Plan and its importance in hostile event preparedness 
  • Recommend the next steps to take after completing the webinar 
  • Answer questions from participants

Damian Wilk and David Pounder, from the risk management company Gate 15, will present.

Damian is a Senior Risk Analyst with Gate 15. He is a retired Battalion Fire Chief with the District of Columbia Fire & EMS Department. As an officer in the Fire Department, Damian responded to countless acts of violence. Damian supported security teams, bomb squads, and SWAT teams. Since retiring, he has developed and presented training for the US Department of Homeland Security; training exercises for federal, local, and state bomb squads; and workshops and webinars for Information Sharing and Analysis Centers.

David is Gate 15’s Director of Threat and Risk Analysis. He advises on both physical and cyber security issues. Dave spent over 20 years in the Army as an Intelligence and Security Officer, specializing in counter-terrorism, force protection, and counterintelligence efforts as well as serving in the private sector for leading financial institutions responsible for information security and mobile applications. He has briefed Senior Army Leadership on intelligence and security issues and operations, to include General David Petraeus and General Martin Dempsey.