AH&LA, DHS Partner on Security and Terrorism Awareness Webinar

  • AH&LA
  • 01.18.11
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is partnering on the Webinar, Protecting People & Property:  Safeguarding Hotels from the Threat of Terrorism. 

The Webinar, Wednesday, February 16 from 2-3 pm (EST), is free to AH&LA members.

Moderated by Paul Goldenberg of Cardinal Point Strategies, a special advisor to AH&LA on anti-terrorism issues, panelists include David Kimmins, senior director, global safety, security and asset protection for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide; Mark Sanna, vice president, global security, Hyatt Hotels; DHS Assistant Secretary Todd Keil, as well as top experts in infrastructure protection from DHS. 

Panelists will provide vital, up-to-date information on key terrorism topics with specific reference to recent events, as well as a high-level briefing on the current threat climate for the hotel industry; and specific, protective measures focusing on observing and reporting suspicious activity and items.  The Webinar will focus on terrorism topics, including but not limited, to food safety, lessons learned from Mumbai-style attacks, improvised explosive device (IED) awareness and response, and active shooter scenarios.

“Recent international terrorist attacks demonstrate hotels rank among the top soft targets of terrorist groups,” said AH&LA President/CEO Joe McInerney.  “Since September 2001, more than 62 attacks have occurred in hotels in more than 20 countries.  This Webinar information will be crucial to assisting hotels in protecting their employees and guests.”

The Webinar, sponsored by AH&LA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is free to members.  General managers and employees with security responsibilities are encouraged to register. 
Additionally, materials for the customized version of the DHS If You See Something, Say Something campaign launched in November are available online.  Resources, which encourage employees to report suspicious activity to the proper lodging and law enforcement authorities, include posters, table circulars and paystub inserts in English and Spanish. 

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