This podcast series focuses on the members of the IBMA and the roles they hold protecting the critical sectors in which they work. We discuss their careers and their insights. We may discuss industry trends and best practices. But most of all we talk about how InfraGard membership has benefitted us professionally and personally, about information sharing, building relationships with law enforcement, and being prepared.
If you work in any of the critical sectors and want to know more about the InfraGard program and how it can help you and your organization, this is a good place to start.
Then go to Infragard.Org to learn about more and to apply for membership.
Our guest on our premier episode is Mark Quimby, the Director of National Field Operations at Security Engineers Incorporated. Mark is also the Sector Chief of the Commercial Facilities Sector Security and Resiliency Program (SSRP), which fosters education and information sharing in that sector.
Our host is Russ Dorsey, President of the InfraGard Birmingham Members Alliance and Principal & CIO at Kassouf.
Mark talks to us about the challenges of protecting public spaces and commercial venues during large events, like the upcoming World Games. Mark also notes several things that smaller organizations can do with existing resources and limited budgets, between now and July 10th.
The World Games (TWG) is a multi-discipline sporting event overseen by the International World Games Association and recognized by the International Olympic Committee. The 2022 World Games will be the largest international sporting event in the Southeast since the 1996 Olympics and largest international sporting event in Alabama’s history. Similar to the Olympics, the World Games spans multiple venues and multiple days, taking place July 7-17 at 25+ venues around Birmingham. Approximately 3,600 athletes from 100+ countries will participate.
The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are coordinating the security for this unprecedented event with state and local law enforcement. Expect an increase in law enforcement presence, both in uniform and plain clothes. When attending events, expect security similar to what you’d see at a national championship or SEC championship game (clear bag policy, metal detectors).
Unfortunately, criminal activity is always a risk when large crowds gather.
If you witness or are involved in a dangerous situation, seek safety and dial 911.
BE AWARE. IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING.
Notify the first available law enforcement officer or venue security if you see anything suspicious.
Or call the appropriate number below.
Birmingham FBI: 205-326-6166
Birmingham Police Non-Emergency: 205-328-9311
The World Games: 205-846-2500
This podcast is produced solely by IBMA members. The opinions and views are those of the hosts and guest and are not endorsed by InfraGard National Members Alliance (INMA) or the FBI.