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2. A security program based on risk assessment
“The first step in developing a security program is to conduct a risk assessment of the institution’s facilities, and evaluation of the existing security system. Organization of a security and communication plan then follow. Some key points include:
- Determine facility vulnerability
- Evaluate the security system
- Check storage of research data
- Organize a security plan
Organize a communication plan in the event of an incident during the day, after hours, weekends and holidays"
>>More in the ARENA/OLAW Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Guidebook Section B.6.a.
Security programs should reflect the unique risk assessments of an institution, but may share many elements with institutions that have similar regional or programmatic characteristics. There are a variety of resources that can help institutions and investigators proactively develop strong and efficient security programs, including:
- OLAW’s Disaster Planning and Response Resources site includes articles, lessons learned, and other resources in crisis management planning.
- OLAW IACUC Staff Outreach is a free online seminar series to help Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) staff explore their responsibilities in the oversight of PHS-funded research that involves the use of live vertebrate animals; the series includes topics like “Role of the IACUC in PHS-funded Research”, “Preparing for Animal Rights Extremist Activities at Your Institution”, “Freedom of Information Act Policies”, “When Terms and Conditions Are Not Met”, and “Reporting Noncompliant Events to OLAW”
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): Regional FBI offices are key resources in developing preparedness plans with institutional security and local law enforcement.
- Several professional associations provide information on best practices for preparedness, crisis management, and support for investigators having to do with anti-animal research activism.