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Crisis Management - Emergency Planning & Response Expert Witnesses

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Peter G. Power, BA FIRM FCMI FBCI
Managing Director (President)
212 Piccadilly, London, W1J9HG
London
GBR
phone: 0044-0-207-917 6026
fax: 0044-0-207-439 0262
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Expertise: Internationally recognized expert on the benefits of Crisis Management etc. Currently engaged by 7th largest organisation in the USA. Author of the new UK Government guide Preventing Chaos in a Crisis. Primary author of present UK Police command methodology Gold, Silver & Bronze. Senior Scotland Yard background, including setting up the multi agency operational management structure at the London Kings Cross major subway fire, secondment to the Anti Terrorist Branch. University lecturer. Highly entertaining / humorous global facilitator & presenter. Key motivator able to stimulate and focus wide audiences. Outstanding authoritative & skilled public speaker. Occasional TV appearances. Much quoted elsewhere. Member of the Guild of Freeman of the City of London.

Seminars & Speaking Topics:
  • Crisis Management: Preventing Chaos in a Crisis.
  • Avoiding Catastrophe: Human Behavior – Good or Bad.
  • The People Factor: Factoring in How People Will React.
  • Business Continuity (BC): No Longer a "Grudge Purchase" - More Profit!
  • Understanding Risk: Knitting with Fog, or Drawing the Strands Together?
  • Best Practice from the UK Govt: Why the UK & Europe Have Changed Focus.
  • Don’t Make a Drama out of a Crisis: The Benefits of Effective Incident Management.
  • Regulations 600 Years Old: Why Be a Freeman of the City of London?
  • New Scotland Yard: A Behind the Curtain Look at Current Issues.
Company Background: Visor Consultants specializes in helping domestic and global organizations get the very best from their staff in times of possible disaster. We quantify your various risks and hazards; advise you on which pose the greatest threats; assist you to eliminate or contain them; and help develop your Crisis Management skills. We can then guide you in Risk Mitigation, in resolving any security issues, and in designing Crisis & Business Continuity Management strategies.

See Visor website for more information.
6/17/2009 · Crisis Management
It might have been 30 years ago but in a new age of immediate and global communications there is a message here for 2009: Any world leader is on a stage these days and the audience compared to 1979 is not just one country

6/21/2001 · Crisis Management
Experience has shown that when suddenly faced with a catastrophe, crisis managers have a tendency, from the outset, to try and follow familiar or routine systems. The more disturbing the situation the stronger the urge to take refuge in familiar procedures

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Roy G. Taylor
P.O. Box 266
Newberry SC 29108
USA
phone: 919-697-1995
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Roy G. Taylor is a Criminal Justice and Security Consultant with over 35 years of experience in a wide-range of federal, state, local, and private criminal justice positions. Mr. Taylor specializes in Police Practices and Procedures and Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice.

Current Positions:
  • Chief of Police Blue Ridge Public Safety (2014)
  • President/CEO Signal 88 Security of Charlotte (2012)
  • President/CEO Capitol Special Patrol (2012)
  • Chief of Police Capitol Special Police (2002)
  • Lt. Colonel – Provost Marshal, Army National Guard (2000)
  • Antiterrorism / Emergency Management Branch Chief DoD (2007)
  • Provost Marshal Joint Civil Support Task Force, Joint Chiefs of Staff (2014)
Litigation Support - Mr. Taylor is called upon to analyze cases from both defense and plaintiff perspectives. His services include case review, written reports, deposition, and trial testimony as needed.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Police Standards & Practices
  • Use of Force & Deadly Force
  • Electronic Control Devices
  • Standards of Conduct
  • High Speed Vehicle Pursuits & Chases
  • Law Enforcement Policies and Procedures
  • Failure to Train
  • Law Enforcement Malpractice
  • Failure to Supervise
  • Violations of §1983 Civil Rights
  • Personnel Selection & Retention
  • Police K-9
  • View Roy Taylor's Consulting Profile.
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    Dr. Stephen M. Raffle
    Principal
    35 Wolfe Grade
    Kentfield (San Francisco) CA
    USA
    phone: 415-461-4845
    fax: 415-461-4039
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    Stephen M. Raffle, M.D. is double Board-Certified, in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. Dr. Raffle has over 43 years as a clinical and forensic psychiatrist offering his expert opinion in Federal and State jurisdictions nationwide. In addition to serving as an expert witness, Dr. Raffle consults to attorneys, judges, insurers, and to employers regarding Fitness for Duty and Risk of Violence (Threat) Assessment:

  • 5000+ psychiatric assessments
  • Forensic testimony, 700 depositions and trial testimony
  • Successful clinical practice

    The job of an expert witness is to educate a jury, judge, attorney, trier of fact about the forensic psychiatrist's conclusions and how those opinions were derived, in a manner well-reasoned and skillful, easily understood by every person, not only another Forensic Psychiatrist. In short, an educator. Dr. Raffle’s experience as an educator extends well beyond a forensic venue, yet underpins the key to his ability to explain his opinions.

  • Prof. of Psychiatry, UCSF Medical School, 20 years
  • Hastings College of the Law postgraduate course "Trial and Appellate Advocacy" instructing seasoned attorneys about the direct and cross-examination of expert witnesses, with special focus on mental health experts and licensed medical professionals, Psychiatrists (MD), Psychologists, LCSW, MFT, and physicians in other medical specialties, 11 years

    Stephen M. Raffle, M.D. & Associates' expertise is well-established in forensic assessment in the areas of:

    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Dementia and Competency
    • Testamentary Capacity
    • Undue Influence
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Malingering
    • Emotional Distress: Intentional & Unintentional infliction
    • Emotional Distress: Forensic Evaluation to render medical-legal opinion
    • Diagnosis and Need for Treatment
    • Fitness For Duty
    • Risk/Threat Workplace Violence Assessment
    • Wrongful Termination
    • Discrimination (ADA, Title VII, EEOC)
    • Harassment
    • Employment Litigation
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Catastrophic Injury
    • Temporary and Permanent Disability
    • Medical Records Review
    • Assist in Preparation for Direct and Cross-examination of Expert Witnesses and Deposition of expert witnesses
  • 35 Wolfe Grade
    Kentfield, CA 94904 (San Francisco Bay Area)
    (415) 461-4845
    Licensed in California.
    12/3/2014 · Psychiatry
    In order for a medical opinion to be admissible as evidence in civil, criminal and administrative cases, the basis of the opinion must fulfill either the Daubert Criteria or the Frye test, depending on the jurisdiction. The judge of the court rules on the admissibility of the expert opinion. The effect of Daubert has been to limit expert testimony to opinions which are based on a scientific foundation. Daubert specifies that adequate scientific support and method and a known error rate must exist. The testimony of a mental health expert rendering an opinion using criteria which does not meet Daubert standards is weakened by the implication that it is not based on "sound science." In some instances, for example, a mental health expert uses an approach where there are no peer-reviewed studies or methods, such as when psychologists compose their own neuropsychological test batteries. In most cases where an attorney is considering a "Daubert challenge," a contemporaneous and up-to-date literature search is indicated. Also, extensive case law presently exists as to specific issues. Being familiar with the Daubert criteria enhances effectiveness in challenging a mental health expert's opinion, whether on voir dire or cross examination. On direct examination, the strengths of an opinion reached under Daubert criteria become a "teaching moment" for the trier of fact, because it will be founded on the science of mental health assessment.

    10/27/2014 · Psychiatry
    Undue influence occurs when the testator's freewill and freedom of choice in the disposition of the assets of his or her estate is replaced by the substituted judgment/wishes of another. This can apply to creating a will, codicil to amend a will, trust or other legal instrument.

    2/11/2014 · Psychiatry
    The medical expert cannot express an opinion about the ultimate question to the trier of fact: how much is the plaintiff's emotional distress (emotional injury) worth in dollars? Yet when the question of these monetary damages is put to a jury, their deliberations are better-served if considered in the context of a Forensic Psychiatrist's knowledgeable findings and testimony.

    5/28/2009 · Human Factors
    All psychiatric reports evaluate something, but not always the same thing. For example, eligibility for benefits, or fitness to do a job. To make sense of the report, the reader must determine what is being evaluated and how it is being done

    5/28/2009 · Psychiatry
    In civil cases where emotional distress is alleged, it often occurs that the plaintiff’s attorney designates the treater as his expert. Usually the argument is that the plaintiff’s own therapist has spent many more hours with the plaintiff than the defense expert and therefore "knows" the plaintiff better. The treater often agrees with this reasoning

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    Scott L. Turner

    Two Office Locations. See Below.
    NJ, TN USA
    phone: NJ: 908-496-4273 / TN: 423-881-5469
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    Scott L. Turner is a highly qualified Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Transportation Expert and HazMat Expert with over 25 years experience in the highly specialized field of CMV crashes and incidents, and 16 years as the CEO of a nationwide CMV crash & HazMat disaster response corporation.

    Mr. Turner's career includes personal response and/or investigation of over 1,000 CMV crashes, 200 cargo-tank truck crashes/incidents and a multitude of industrial setting incidents including fixed facilities, loading docks and loading rack disasters. His FMCSR and PHMSA knowledge, detailed reporting and powerfully delivered testimony can be a focal point of any civil litigation, where commercial motor vehicle crashes and/or transit incidents are at issue, with or without hazmat involvement.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Level 1 FMCSA inspections
  • Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) post crash inspection
  • CMV crash investigation
  • Driver qualifications
  • Safety Programs
  • Trucking industry standards
  • Cargo-tank truck incidents
  • CMV loading/Off-loading cases (van, cargo-tank, flatbed)
  • CMV wreck involving hazmats
  • Loading rack explosions/disasters
  • Services Include:
  • Litigation support
  • Trial preparation consulting
  • Courtroom testimony
  • Commerical vehicle accident investigation
  • NIMBY hazmat
  • Highway construction zone incidents
  • CMV loading and offloading investigation
  • Level 1 FMCSA audits
  • Load securement incidents
  • New Jersey Office:
    PO Box 185
    Blairstown, NJ 07825
    Tennessee Office:
    P.O. Box 44
    Specncer, TN 38585
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    Kenneth S. Weinberg, MSc, PhD
    20 Thompson Court
    Stoughton MA 02072
    USA
    phone: 781-341-3893
    fax: 781-341-3893
    Kenneth S. Weinberg, PhD is an Industrial Hygienist and serves as the principal consultant at Safdoc Systems. Dr. Weinberg holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Pathology from Boston University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences as well as a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Health and Radiation Health Physics from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. He is also a Certified Toxics Use Reduction Planner in Massachusetts.

    Dr. Weinberg moved from a career in research to environmental science and health and safety. He worked as an industrial hygienist in VA Hospitals prior to serving as the Director of Environmental Health and Safety at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for more than ten years.

    Dr. Weinberg has expertise in Pulmonary Disease and Pulmonary Injury, as well as in the development of lung cancer due to exposure to environmental pollutants. He also has experience in toxicology and DUI evaluation.

    Dr. Weinberg is the author of book entitled: "The Hospital Safety Director's Handbook" , published June, 2002, by Opus Communications. The book has been described as a thorough, yet concise guidebook for hospital safety directors that's easy to reference and understand.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Weinberg provides expert witness services to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant. His services include medical record review, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Laboratory Safety
    • Chemical Safety
    • Hospital Safety
    • Joint Commission for Health Care Accreditation
    • OSHA
    • Hazard Communication
    • EPA
    • Industrial Hygiene
    • Latex Allergy
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Mold
  • Emergency Preparedness / Emergency Response
  • Toxicology
  • Risk Assessment
  • Policy Development
  • Regulatory Issues
  • Mercury
  • Hazardous Waste / Chemical Waste
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    Timothy A. Dimoff
    President
    520 S. Main Street
    Ste 2516
    Akron OH 44311
    USA
    phone: 330-255-1101
    Timothy A. Dimoff, Founder and President of SACS Consulting & Investigative Services, Inc., is considered one of the nation’s leading authorities in High-Risk Workplace and Human Resource Issues, Security, Vulnerability Assessments, Terrorism and Crime.

    He is known as a speaker, trainer, investigator and author and has appeared on national radio and television shows including Dateline, NBC and CNN, and in major newspapers including The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, The LA Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Dimoff is the author of six books, including How to Recognize Substance Abuse, The YOU in Business and Life Rage, a chilling examination of societal rage and safeguards against it.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • High Risk and Security Issues
    • Human Resource Issues
    • Corporate Investigations
    • Liability Issues from Hiring to Firing
    • Drugs and Substance Abuse
    • Identity Theft
    • Law Enforcement Procedures
    • Victim Justice
    Media & Speaker Contact: Mart Saferin & Associates - 440-669-6325
    9/8/2017 · Human Resources
    Medical marijuana is now legal in many states and many other states are considering legalizing it. This creates a host of issues and questions, legal and otherwise, that employers must address. This also affects workplace issues and policies. And since each state is different, how do you know how your state laws vs. federal laws affect the issue? It is confusing but this is an area where it is critically important to understand and to act accordingly.

    Bullying in the workplace is a very serious issue. It has been linked to workplace violence and many other workplace problems.

    3/24/2009 · Security
    School shootings - church shootings - road rage – bullying - workplace rage. We are so angry! It seems as if there are no boundaries anymore. Have we completely forgotten how to deal with life’s setbacks in a civilized manner? Have we become a world full of life’s rages

    Timothy A. Dimoff
    It began with "Road Rage" and quickly expanded into "School Rage", "Work Rage", "Air Rage", "Anti-government Rage" and "Anti-business Rage." . . . Life Rage examines these rages...their causes and effects, and offers hope and solutions. Americans can come together and make our lives and businesses safer and better.
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    R. Leslie Nichols, MSSA, CPP
    137B Commerce Ave., Suite 336
    LaGrange GA 30241
    USA
    phone: 404-247-0797
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    R. Leslie Nichols, is a specialist in developing Child and youth safety and protection programs for organizations. For 22 years, he served as the lead youth safety and facility expert for Boys & Girls Clubs of America, an organization serving 4 million youth at over 4,000 sites in 50 states, domestic and overseas military bases, university campuses, tribal lands, camps, housing projects, parks and recreation facilities, community centers, churches and schools.

    Mr. Nichols is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) with the American Society for Industrial Security and has a Master of Science in Security Administration. He holds certificates in Enterprise Risk Management and Emergency Response Planning and has been educated in terrorism and homeland security issues at the graduate level. He has conducted thousands of safety consultations for organizations in all 50 States and in Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Italy, England, Spain, Guam, the Philippines, and Japan.

    As an architect, he has over 35 years’ experience in Facilities Planning and Evaluation. He is experienced in applying Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED), The Situational Prevention Approach, threat-vulnerability analysis and target hardening. This unique background supports his understanding of the relationship between operational strategies and the physical setting for creating safe environments for youth.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Nichols provides expert witness services in matters involving Safety, Security, and Risk Reduction in the care of school age children and teens. His expertise is available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant and includes strategies to prevent harm from:
    • Child Protection Programs
    • Youth Serving Organizations
    • Out of School Time Programs
    • Child Sexual Abuse
    • Bullying
    • Child Abduction
  • Missing Children
  • Care and Custody of Children
  • Supervision of Children
  • Physical Injury to Children
  • Security
  • CPTED
  • View Les Nichols' Consulting Profile.
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    John M. White, CPP, CHPA
    Offices in Ohio and California
    All States (Except TX) USA
    phone: 877-686-5460
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    John M. White, CPP, CHPA is Board Certified in Security Management; Certified Protection Professional (CPP); Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator (CHPA); and a Published Author.

    Mr. White has been a professional security practitioner, security consultant, and expert witness since 1999. He has over 40 years of experience in Corporate Security Management and Law Enforcement and Security consulting, including physical security, security operations, regulatory compliance, & security training. Prior to forming Protection Management, LLC, Mr. White served a distinguished career in law enforcement, corporate security, and the military.

    As a security consultant, Mr. White has developed and/or assessed security programs involving multi-unit residential properties, hotels/motels, homeless shelters, tourism services, places of worship, retail stores, high rise office/residential buildings, food services, entertainment services, healthcare services, hospitals, long-term care facilities/assisted living, parking facilities, college campuses, lounges, and other commercial properties.

    In 2013, Mr. White was approached by publisher Butterworth-Heinemann and asked to write a book on security risk assessments. That book, titled: Security Risk Assessment – Managing Physical and Operational Security was published in July 2014 and is available online through numerous bookstores.

    Litigation Support - Mr. White has been retained by law firms representing plaintiffs and defendants in negligent security, premises liability, and use of force lawsuits in the field of security. His services include case consultation, document review and analysis, deposition, arbitration and mediation, and trial testimony when necessary.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Crime Prevention
    • Emergency Preparedness
    • Healthcare Security
    • Premises Security Issues
    • Security Risk Assessments
    • Security Audits
  • Security Training
  • Security Management
  • Security Program Development
  • Security Policies
  • Use of Force
  • Workplace Violence
  • View John White's Consulting Profile.
    John M. White
    This is the most up-to-date and comprehensive resource available on how to conduct a thorough security assessment for any organization. A good security assessment is a fact-finding process that determines an organization’s state of security protection. It exposes vulnerabilities, determines the potential for losses, and devises a plan to address these security concerns. While most security professionals have heard of a security assessment, many do not know how to conduct one, how it’s used, or how to evaluate what they have found. Security Risk Assessment offers security professionals step-by-step guidance for conducting a complete risk assessment. It provides a template draw from, giving security professionals the tools needed to conduct an assessment using the most current approaches, theories, and best practices.
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    Richard P. Lichten, CLS, (Lt. Ret.)
    Police & Jail Procedures
    24355 Creekside Road
    #801884
    Santa Clarita CA 91380
    USA
    phone: 661-406-7258
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    Richard Lichten Police Policy Procedure Expert PhotoRichard P. Lichten, CLS, (Lt. Ret.), has over 30 years of experience within Law Enforcement. He has expertise in Administrative, Tactical, and Policy and Procedural Areas of Law Enforcement and specializes in many areas of Police and Jail Procedures, including the Use of Force (lethal and less lethal), use of the TASER, and jail suicide and jail medical cases, just to name a few. Mr. Lichten continues to seek out and attend training to further his expertise. In April 2017, the Institute for the Prevention of In-Custody Deaths (IPICD) certified Mr. Lichten as an Arrest-Related and In-Custody Death Investigative Specialist.

    Mr. Lichten has commanded responses to over 100 large jail riots involving up to 2,000 inmates and led many forced cell removals. He has lectured in other states on the handling of jail riots and forced cell removals. He has expertise in jail medical care policies and procedures as well as expertise in jail suicide prevention. Mr. Lichten lectures to investigator groups and attorney groups on use of force issues. He has conducted investigations in over 2,000 use of force cases (in patrol and jails), and conducted over 1,000 personnel / citizen/ inmate complaint investigations in both patrol and jails.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Lichten has provided expert testimony in Federal and Superior Courts in a number of states. He has consulted on officer involved shooting cases, use of force cases, and other patrol and jail procedure civil litigation cases for both defense and plaintiff counsel. His services include case review an consultation and officer agency actions in regards to policy and procedures of generally accepted practices.

    Primary Areas of Expertise:
    • Use of Force in Patrol and in Jails
    • De-escalation Techniques
    • Incidents involving the Mentally Ill
    • Vehicle and Foot Pursuits
    • Emergency Code 3 Driving
  • Handcuffing Injuries
  • Officer-involved Shootings
  • General Patrol Tactics and Police Practices
  • Use of TASER and Pepper Spray
  • Citizen v. Citizen Self-defense Cases
  • Jail Areas of Expertise:
    • Jail / Prison Suicide
    • Jail Medical Care
    • Inmate Culture
    • Jail-made Weapons (Shanks)
  • Jail Food Service
  • Inmate Safety Checks
  • Possession of Narcotics
  • Inmate Housing
  • Medical care in a jail setting is a very specific and unique situation not faced elsewhere because both the correctional staff (guards, deputies, officers, etc.) and the jail medical staff have duties and responsibilities that by the nature of the in-custody setting overlap.

    For some time now, the news media has inundated the public with stories of prison underfunding, poor prison health care, and the possibility of California releasing thousands of prison inmates to ease overcrowding. Additionally, two major prison riots were reported. One riot was in California and one in Kentucky. Numerous prisoners were injured and millions of dollars in damage was done during both riots. The news reported that prison overcrowding was to blame in each case.

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    Luiz Hargreaves
    AAS, MD, MBA, MSc, MA
    Orlando FL
    USA
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    Management and Homeland Security.

    Dr. Hargreaves is a Brazilian emergency physician, holding an MA in Security Management (Webster University) and an MS in Political Science with a focus in International Terrorism. His passion for the field of Crisis and Disaster Preparedness having been engaged for some years as Director of the Medical Department at the Brazilian House of Representatives as well as the Emergency Coordinator of the Special Operations Unit.



    His previous experience extends to planning and managing emergency response operations, disaster preparedness and homeland security, including five presidential inaugurations, mass gathering, sporting and entertainment events involving many celebrities and some official visits by Heads of State and other authorities.



    In the Academic field, he has lectured at different Universities and worked as speaker in many conferences abroad. He also has many years of experience as a Professor and Academic Coordinator for several Graduate programs. He is the author of various books and articles in the field of disaster preparedness, crisis management, and Homeland Security.

    Core Competencies:

    • Emergency and Disaster Preparedness

    • Crisis Management

    • Event Safety & Security

    • Homeland Security / CBRNE

    • Multicultural Team Integration

    • Online Education

    • Public Safety

    • Organizational Security

    • Political Science Languages Spoken: Portuguese, English, Spanish,French (Basic) and Italian (Basic).

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Crisis Management
  • Public Safety
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery
  • Health Care and Hospital Management
  • Hospital Disaster Plan
  • Security Event
  • Emergency Planning for Mass Gathering Events
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • 1/27/2016 · Crisis Management
    As an emergency professional, we are prepared to deal with unexpected situations, including disasters. Every time we hear about potential or real crisis, we automatically review the procedures in our minds and the desire to help is enormous. On many occasions, I would like to go directly to a scene to assist the victims and my peers. I believe that this feeling is not different among everyone involved in this field.

    10/21/2015 · Crisis Management
    Some articles have been written over the years about panic in disasters and fires. The idea that panic rarely occurs in disasters has been readily accepted. When disasters happen, usually, people act in such a way to show solidarity with the other victims. It is common to see some degree of organization in order to assist searches and reconstruction work.

    In 1903, a fire killed more than 600 people in the Iroquois Theater in Chicago. Most of the victims were children. Among the causes of this tragedy were inadequate emergency exits, insufficient and poorly signposted, overcrowding, lack of fire protection equipment and even suspicion of bribery of persons responsible for overseen the safety conditions of the Theater.

    2/11/2013 · Crisis Management
    The proverb above has received different versions, including this one credited to Benjamin Franklin. A kingdom lost because of a nail. We could also say, a disaster caused by a simple problem that could have been avoided.

    11/2/2012 · Crisis Management
    It is usual to find on beaches, sand castles being built. They arouse the curiosity of many, especially children and are really true masterpieces. However, the more elaborate and larger they are, the easier it is for them to be destroyed, what ends up constituting a paradox. The more sophisticated, the more fragile.

    11/23/2010 · Crisis Management
    There once was a fire in a forest, the animals were in panic… they saw a hummingbird going towards the river, picking up some water in order to try to extinguish the fire. He repeated this gesture frequently and thoroughly.

    11/23/2010 · Crisis Management
    In recent years, organizations have increasingly been incorporating strategic planning into management. All organizations, including State(s), have missions, values and visions. In other words, it is necessary for everyone in these organizations to understand what it means to work for this corporation or what it means to be a government employee.

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    LFJ Consulting Services, LLC
    James A. Francis, CPP, CFSO
    President & Chief Consultant
    100 Caribou Crossing, Suite 200
    Round Rock TX 78664
    USA
    phone: 512-989-9198
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    James A. Francis, CPP, CFSO, has over 30 years of experience in the Security Profession, spanning both government and industry. Mr. Francis started his security profession as a Special Agent with the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations. He later managed the security and safety program for a major division of Lockheed Missiles and Space Co., Inc. He capitalized on this broad expertise during his tenure at T&M Protection Resources and Kroll where he achieved the position of Senior Vice President at both companies.

    Both in his current role as President & Chief Consultant at LFJ Consulting Services, and in his previous roles, he has been responsible for the development, planning, and implementation of complete security programs. He has managed both a contract and proprietary guard force, developed and implemented security policies and procedures, developed and conducted security awareness training programs, and developed and implemented emergency procedures and evacuation plans.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Francis provides leadership to LFJ Consulting Services on its broad range of offerings in the areas of expert services, litigation support, security, and crisis management. LFJ was established to serve Fortune 500 companies, law firms, schools, commercial real estate, governments and the security community. Services are offered to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant and include written reports, depositions, and trial testimony.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Audio Countermeasures
    • Facility Vulnerability Analysis
    • Distinguished Person Protection
    • Counter Terrorism
    • High Threat Environment Security
    • Facility Planning
    • Strike Contingency Planning
    • Emergency Management
    • Emergency Preparedness
  • Information Security
  • Security Management System Development
  • Intellectual Property Protection
  • Guard Force Management & Training
  • Use of Force
  • Security Policies & Procedures
  • Guard Force Management
  • Security Awareness Training
  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED
  • View James A. Francis' Consulting Profile.
    10/12/2017 · Security
    As reported by the local ABC affiliate, on August 3, 2016 a patron of the Travelodge Motel in Costa Mesa, CA was assaulted with a tire iron while confronting suspected thieves in the adjacent parking lot. Fortunately, the patron received only minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital. As can be seen in the reference articles below, confrontation of persons attempting property crimes has often resulted in physical harm or death to the victim. In matters in which I have provided consultation, these parking lot confrontations have resulted in a beating, a stabbing, and a shooting.

    9/28/2017 · Security
    A simple internet search disclosed that there were over 40 school gun incidents in 2016, many resulting in injury or death to over 30 innocent individuals. Additionally, there were numerous incidents where it was reported that school campuses were placed in Lockdown because of potential threats in the immediate neighborhood. These Lockdown situations for threats in the surrounding neighborhood of our schools are reported regularly in the news media.

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    H. Michael Mogil
    Consulting Meteorologist
    5644 Tavilla Circle Suite 201
    Naples FL 34110
    USA
    phone: 239-591-2468 Main 240-426-2900 Cell 239-529-1200
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    H. Michael Mogil Meteorology Expert PhotoH. Michael Mogil is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist (M.S. Meteorology) with over 40 years of experience, nearly 30 of them with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In addition to working for the National Weather Service as a forecaster, researcher, and severe storm program manager, he also provided satellite training to many governmental agencies and hundreds of TV meteorologists.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Mogil has worked with the legal industry for approximately 20 years. His forensic services include the reconstruction of past weather events, their interpretation, and expert witness testimony for various legal and insurance matters. These include, but are not limited to, criminal investigations, automobile accidents, personal injury cases, and cases involving property damage.

    Mr. Mogil has been retained as an expert over 120 times and worked dozens of cases (both civil and criminal), supporting both plaintiff and defendant. He is able to present information orally and through varied visual media to ensure understanding by judges, juries, and attorneys. Mr. Mogil is able to access varied data sources to ensure honest and accurate event reconstruction. He has worked on cases involving:
    • Lightning
    • Rainfall
    • Snowfall
    • Flooding
    • Roof Collapses
  • Visibility
  • Boating Accidents
  • Slip and Falls
  • Hurricane
  • Thunderstorm-related Wind Damage
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    10/10/2017 · Meteorology
    We all know that statistics themselves don't lie, but the people who use statistics may intentionally or unintentionally do so. A Tweet late yesterday by Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) was the most recent example to catch my eye. With the Atlantic Ocean region bustling with intense hurricanes at this time, it would be easy for some people to draw an incorrect conclusion from Holthaus' data (Fig. 1) - i.e., that intense hurricane activity is escalating. But that's not necessarily what is happening.

    9/25/2017 · Meteorology
    During the past two weeks, I spent many hours helping Dave Elliott and his team at WGUF-FM (98.9) radio here in Collier County, FL. Stephen Johnson (control room) and Scott Fish (101.9 - Gator Country radio, simulcast with WGUF) rounded out the team.

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    Extreme Weather, a new book in the visually stunning, groundbreaking INSIDERS series, answers all these questions and more. Packed with high quality images and diagrams on everything from types of storms to how to observe weather to places known for their specfic extreme weather. Full-energy spreads approach the topics through unique and unexpected angles, taking the reader inside the action. Engaging and fun to read, this series will appeal to know-it-all kids and reluctant readers alike.
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    The ultimate guide to the planet-altering effects of extreme weather, featuring full-color photos and fascinating explanations of how weather systems work. H. Michael Mogil presents the results of his 35 years of meteorological research in a comprehensive overview of extreme weather systems, noting historical trends as well as what to expect in the future. He also explains how many events occur because the earth's environment self-regulates, while others may be influenced by such factors as rising temperatures in cities, deforestation, and population increases.
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    Tornadoes are one of the most fascinating and powerful weather phenomena. These twisting columns of air can be incredibly destructive and often lethal when they touch the ground. Weather forecasters have long studied tornadoes in an attempt to better understand their origins and how to predict them. H. Michael Mogil expertly explains the mechanics of tornadoes, how and where they form, and what happens when they strike. He describes how advances in technology, including radar and weather satellites, have led to improved warning systems.
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    Dr. James L. Greenstone has almost 50 years of practice experience and 37 years Police Officer, Hostage Negotiations and Police Training Experience. His expertise reflects work as the Director of Psychological Services for the Fort Worth Police Department, a therapist, a teacher, an author, a police officer, a mediator and negotiator, and as a consultant. Dr. Greenstone's focus has been in the field of Crisis Intervention (hostage and crisis negotiations) and he has written and published extensively in this area.

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    This book reduces the negotiation procedures for hostage, barricaded, and suicide incidents to their basic elements, providing quick and easy access to the information you need-from the initial call-out to the final debriefing. Based on field-tested principles proven to work, the book also includes newly developed and highly specialized techniques for more experienced negotiators. It provides a user-friendly, step-by-step guide to the intervention and negotiation process that will help you get the job done—right.
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    Keith PokornyKeith Pokorny, LEED AP, Vice President of Environmental Services, has more than 25 years of experience in Environmental, Engineering, and Construction Management services. He specializes in large project coordination and assists clients in implementing construction-related capital improvement programs.

    Responsibilities include the overall management of the Environmental practice for EFI and oversight of the Canadian Operations. His duties include strategic planning, forecasting, recruiting, business development, and employee development. This includes establishing and executing growth opportunities based upon geographic and service-based initiatives within the firm.

    Mr. Pokorny holds a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Toxicology from Clarkson University and is certified by the U.S. Green Building Council in Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) with a specialty in Building Design and Construction. He is also an EPA Model Lead Risk Assessor and NAHRO Certified Public Housing Manager.

    Mr. Pokorny offers litigation support services to insurance companies and attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defense. He has experience in a wide variety of projects including:
    • Engineering and Environmental Insurance Claims
    • Public and Municipal Environmental Remediation / Hazardous Materials Management Programs
    • Private Retail / Commercial Hazardous Materials Management
    • Remediation Programs in High-rise, University, and Hospital Settings
    Licenses and Certifications:
    • US Green Building Council, Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED AP), with specialty in Building Design and Construction (BD+C), 2010
    • Massachusetts Asbestos Designer, Inspector, Project Monitor, Management Planner, 1987-1995
    • Massachusetts Lead Paint Inspector, 1996-99
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    12/7/2016 · Environment
    "I'm trying to anticipate and manage environmental issues related to a construction project, but I am having a hard time finding resources. What are some construction-related environmental issues I should keep an eye out for since this appears to be an overlooked area?"

    4/20/2016 · Environment
    The benefits of reducing health-care associated infections (HAIs) are well documented, impacting both the general health of a facility and its bottom line. According to the CDC, HAIs cost the healthcare system $37 to $45 billion annually and account for an estimated 1.7 million infections and 99,000 deaths.

    Following a fire event, a variety of people spend considerable time in the post-fire environment. In addition to first responders, fire and law enforcement, the individuals performing investigations in the property can include insurance claims adjusters, origin and cause fire investigators, inventory assessors, and damage assessors. The fire service, EMS and law enforcement may typically be assumed to be wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), but exposure to post fire hazards should be considered for those entering the property and performing work well after the fire event.

    1/15/2015 · Construction
    Mr. Pokorny and Mr. Penaloza discuss the "green insurance" programs and policies, LEED concerns for commercial claims and the expertise required to investigate "green claims" on these types of properties. Green building practices have grown annually, adding complexity to the analysis of construction projects, building systems, and building performance expectations. These efforts add a significant level of due diligence and the necessary expertise in responding to 'green claims' on the insurance products serving those properties.

    4/29/2014 · Construction
    Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are present is a variety of building materials and may present a significant impact to construction projects. The presence of PCBs in caulking, sealants, paints, adhesives and other building materials dates from the 1930s to the banning of PCBs in domestically manufactured products in 1979. In that time period, however, PCBs were added to hundreds of building products due to their chemical stability, nonflammability, insulating properties and high flash point.

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    EFI Global is a full-service Engineering, Fire Investigation, Environmental, Health and Safety, and specialty consulting firm. Over the last four decades, they have grown from a boutique firm to become a recognized leader in engineering failure analysis, origin and cause investigations, and environmental consulting. This expertise coupled with the extensive coverage of our 27 national offices, more than 400 professionals, and global work abroad capability allows EFI Global to deliver timely responses that consistently meets their clients’ expectations.

    EFI Global's continuing record of success has earned them several rankings in national publications including Engineering-News Record, Business Insurance, and Zweig White. EFI Global employs professional engineers licensed in nearly all 50 states, as well as licensed fire investigators and environmental professionals. Their team of licensed professionals and numerous strategic partnerships can respond to most projects within 48 hours, regardless of location.

    When faced with litigation, EFI Global's clients rely on valid, factual conclusions that translate scientific and technical facts into understandable concepts that can be supported with expert witness testimony. From thousands of fire cause and origin investigation for cases in federal, district and state courts, EFI has expanded its testimony expertise to assist the legal community with disputes arising from forensic engineering, accident reconstruction, environmental consulting, asbestos-related cases, mold and indoor air quality (IAQ) litigation support, and catastrophe claims.

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    This passage from the Book of Leviticus, which reads like an awkward directive from a manual on mold remediation, is an indication that mold has been troubling mankind since Biblical times. Although mold has been an issue for centuries, only in recent years has it grabbed the spotlight. This is due to high-profile lawsuits, such as the Ballard case in Texas, in which a family claimed that mold in their home was the source of their myriad health problems. The Ballards won an initial $32 million judgment against their insurance company, which later was reduced to $4 million.

    11/2/2017 · Construction
    Engineering involvement with property losses demands an open technical mind that can look at the bigger picture, sometimes beyond the scope of work initially requested by the adjuster or insurance company. Engineering law requires the professional engineer to protect "public health, safety, and welfare. "Sometimes specific technical requests are made to a forensic engineering firm that lead to much broader technical involvement in order to ensure compliance with engineering law and the protection of the public. Is it a benefit for an engineer to look at a broader picture when investigating a loss event, even if the scope of work has been specified? Let's examine two examples.

    8/28/2017 · Failure Analysis
    A tornado can cause catastrophic and extensive damage to all types of structures. For some, the damage requires a total rebuild. However, for the homes and buildings that are salvaged after a tornado, a detailed assessment by a qualified structural engineer is needed to determine the extent of structural damage, the repairability of the structure, and to assist with other repair recommendations related to the building envelope and required building code upgrades.

    7/17/2017 · Environment
    The tiny pinhole in the pipe elbow probably took more than twenty years to form and cause a leak, a day or two to be discovered, and less than an hour to be repaired. This recent claim involving corrosion of a pipe elbow on a home heating oil tank resulted in a very minor release of a few gallons of heating oil to the surrounding surface soil. The insured acted appropriately, the release was quickly investigated and repaired. Based on the size of the tank and volume of the release, state regulations did not apply; however, local regulators became concerned over the possibility of impact to shallow groundwater in the area. Although the shallow aquifer was not considered a source of drinking water, it was used extensively for irrigation. Furthermore, the property owner soon began to notice petroleum like odors inside the home/office necessitating relocation for a couple of days. After the repair of the leak, the situation was completely resolved in a few weeks with the excavation and removal of impacted soil from beneath a patio and a portion of the building adjoining the point of release. Fortunately, the release was discovered early, quickly repaired, and the volume of the spill was not sufficient to impact groundwater, which could have easily transported contaminants and associated vapors well beyond the boundaries of the insured's property.

    5/31/2016 · Damages
    Both large-scale catastrophe-induced losses and small-scale single event losses have the potential to impact employees, individuals, insurance personnel, general contracting restoration firms and associated property loss. In addition to the actual water-loss event, secondary losses can become equally as devastating depending on pre-existing and/or event-related building conditions, and the role the insured's take as part of required catastrophe restoration activities. During the water loss event, all project related information and environmental data generated is an integral part of the decision making process that may be disclosed at various stages to inform all the various "parties" involved with the project. All in all, a well-executed restoration project can minimize common delays and expenses of an ill-conceived and managed project.

    Sectors of the construction industry are reporting resurgence and growth in 2013. Single and multi-family housing, commercial, institutional and public works construction is predicted to increase up to 28% in some areas. This is good news for the industry and the economy but the increase in construction activity has historically led to an increase in construction accidents.

    In the course of an arson investigation one of the standard procedures is, when possible, to collect the clothing of arson suspects and have them tested for ignitable liquids. The hypothesis being that if the clothing tests positive for the same ignitable liquids that are found in the fire debris, it is good circumstantial evidence to place the suspect at the scene with an ignitable liquid.

    A growing concern in the insurance sector is soot and smoke damage claims due to wildfires. Some of these fires can affect properties hund reds of miles downwind, causing the potential number of claims to be astronomical. Besides the known risks for respiratory and other health problems, smoke, soot, and char can cause physical damage ranging from settled ash to property damage.

    3/24/2015 · OSHA
    Every year, approximately 3,600 workers are permanently disabled, and on average, one worker per day is killed, as a result of electrical incidents in the workplace.* To prevent these types of electrical injuries and deaths, building owners and managers should apply the safeguards included in NFPA 70E, the standard utilized by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) for building electrical assessments. OSHA utilizes the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace to provide improved safety procedures for workers through proper warning labels, restricted access notification, personnel training and personal protective equipment (PPE). OSHA compliance will minimize workplace injuries, accidents, illnesses, equipment damage, production losses, and legal costs, which are all avoidable and unnecessary factors in any business.

    10/29/2014 · Fires & Explosions
    The world of fire investigations is always changing and EFI Global is active in its research and testing methods. In an effort to support insura nce, subrogation, loss prevention and litigation relating to losses, EFI Global's chemical laboratories regularly perform chemical analysis on new products to identify potential accelerants and igni tion sources.. Recently, EFI Global laboratories conducted proactive chemical testing on a new matchless fire starter. This commercially available product is marketed and used to start wood and campfires.. The results of EFI Global's testing revealed the limitations and significance if this product is used as an accelerant.

    9/17/2014 · Environment
    Financial institutions require the completion of environmental due diligence of a commercial real estate collateralized lending transaction for many reasons. They may wish to understand the environmental condition of the proposed collateral and ensure a Borrower's compliance with applicable regulations prior to making a loan; to reevaluate the collateral during a renewal or refinance transaction; to determine the collateral's condition at the time of a loan default; or to obtain information about an unexpected environmental condition encountered within the loan term.

    Fire origin and cause investigation, and mold and asbestos testing of a six-story office building

    EFI Global (EFI) was hired by a legal team representing a tire product manufacturer to replicate the use of a tire inflation product in an off-road tire. Litigation was prompted when the tire inflation product was used in an off-road tire that exploded and resulted in a fatality. Our team was asked to evaluate the product when used when used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions as written on the products label; when used in concert with pure oxygen, and when used in concert with compressed air.

    2/27/2014 · Damages
    Historically, fires and automobile accidents have been the primary types of property and casualty claims that presented a potential avenues of for subrogation. However, with the increased costs of mitigating the extent of water damage and reducing the potential for mold growth, claims involving large water losses have become another important area with subrogation potential.

    Mechanical ventilation systems have evolved from passive gravity vents (circa 1900) by adding modifications to improve comfort, occupant health, and energy efficiency. Early on, the maintenance of the system basically related to making sure the furnace was on and the windows would open. If you were lucky the school might have draft deflectors on the windows so the wind would not blow directly on your head.

    11/13/2013 · Damages
    Following a hurricane, damages to a residential structure can range from structural distress, to small areas of mold growth to a total loss of the structure. Storm damage can affect multiple components of a structure including the roof, windows, siding, foundation and interior finishes. Wind or water is often the most common cause of damage to residential properties; however, there are many factors to consider when assessing the various causes of damage. Some of the factors include material use, age, condition and construction methods as well as type, location and extent of the damage. It is essential that a professional with hurricane damage assessment experience evaluate these factors to accurately define the cause.

    One sunny spring morning, on a rural road just outside of Houston, Texas, Molly Jackson, a vibrant 16-year-old girl with a bright future and a new driver's license, was behind the wheel of her father's brand new Chevrolet C2500 crew cab pickup truck. At the same time, just seven seconds before she would draw her last breath, Rhonda Simmons, a 46-year old divorced mother of two teenagers, was approaching from the opposite direction in her sleek and sporty Pontiac Trans Am.

    Editor's note: A trend to require more fire safety equipment in residences and nursing homes will reduce deaths and injuries, both among firefighters and the general public, says E. Metts Hardy, vice president/Fire Investigations for EFI Global (www.efiglobal.com), a Kingwood, Texas-based provider of engineering, fire investigation, environmental, accident reconstruction, and laboratory testing services.

    8/21/2013 · Insurance
    Nationwide, water-loss claims continue to climb. In California alone, such claims have risen dramatically, with the percentage of homeowner claims growing from 24 percent in 1997 to 32 percent in 2001, costing insurers $1.7 billion. In a single year in California, between 2000 and 2001, claims rose $47 million. For some insurers, this meant that 40 percent of claim payments were for water losses.

    8/7/2013 · Insurance
    Water damage is costly to both homeowners and insurance companies. It is estimated that the cost of household water damage in California, alone, exceeded $500 million for 2002. While the number of water-related claims varies year to year, the average amount paid for such claims increased steadily from $2,577 in 1988 to $3,646 in 2002.

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