The US Government Accountability Office (GAO)'s recent report on the COVID-19 pandemic response and past work on other disasters has identified potential challenges the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) faces in responding to the pandemic and any future nationally significant biological incidents.
Unfortunately, the pandemic has forced many people and businesses to reconsider biometric technology. With the COVID-19 virus spreading easily through touchpoints, fingerprint scanners can quickly become a source for infections, especially in public spaces. Offices and ATMs contain many points of contact, and maintaining cleanliness on surfaces is nearly impossible. Unfortunately, these high traffic areas are also frequently the ones that would benefit the most from increased security.
MITRE announced the launch of a website-based public input option for organizations and members of the public interested in helping to inform the Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes (“commission”).
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced public health guidance to airlines and airports for the recovery of the Nation’s air transportation system from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.
The Wall Street Journal recently stated that commercial burglaries have almost doubled in New York City since March 12 when a state of emergency was declared. Reason being, thieves are targeting nonessential businesses that have shuttered locations as a result of government directives or are robbing essential businesses that would likely have more cash on hand. Multiple retail organizations are also reporting an increase in shoplifting attempts and point of sale shrink since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak. In times like these, as a rise in theft, burglaries and other disturbances are expected, security is more important than ever.
The International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE) has released a white paper titled Essential Considerations for Safely Reopening Exhibitions and Events, Version One, to provide general information for consideration by exhibition organizers when planning for and producing an exhibition during a pandemic.
United Airlines announced that, along with other Airlines for America (A4A) members, it will strengthen mandatory mask policies to further mitigate against the spread of COVID-19 and help continue to keep passengers and crew safe.