This Blog covers the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section's series of podcasts, teleconferences, and live programs dedicated to Disaster Preparedness and Response. It addresses issues arising out of disasters caused by foreign and domestic acts of terrorism, by negligent acts, by natural events and by threats to our cyber-security and will confront the issues of preparedness, risk management, recovery and response, liability, insurance, claims and litigation.
Counter Terrorism - Preparing for Acts of Domestic and Foreign Terrorism
I had the pleasure of interviewing Sal Lifrieri, former Director of Security and Intelligence Operations for Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's Office of Emergency Management and current principal at Protective Countermeasures & Consulting, Inc., for a podcast produced by the American Bar Association's Tort, Trial & Insurance Law Section's Disaster Preparation and Response Initiative in conjunction with Thompson Reuter's WestLegalEd Center. This podcast will be available via the WestLegalEd Center and the TIPS website in the near future. Sal outlined measures businesses, individuals, and local governments can take to be better prepared for terrorist attacks. Interestingly, Sal was most concerned about home grown terrorists and the potential for explosive devices being used to cause major disruption. While he did not discount acts of foreign terrorism, including cyber attacks (which recently have been in the news again), he thought that vigilance against domestic terrorism was the biggest issue we face. Sal is concerned about how the US has become a bit complacent since September 11th and still lacks the preparation necessary to withstand a major attack. Sal counsels businesses and municipalities to think out of the box and go through the process of creating a substantive disaster recovery plan addressing the disruptions that might arise in the wake of an act of terrorism. I hope all of you will have a chance to listen to this podcast when it is posted. The TIPS DPRI podcasts are made available by TIPS on its website for free as part of its year-long Disaster Preparedness and Response Initiative. For a list of the existing podcasts, please click here. Please join us on August 3 in Chicago for the ABA's Annual Meeting where TIPS will put on two fabulous programs on Disasters Caused by Acts of Terrorism. For more information about the TIPS Disaster Initiative, please click here.