PRIMA RiskWatch
Sept. 2, 2010

Check out the latest additions
to the PRIMA Cybrary

The PRIMA Cybrary contains more than 2,500 risk management-related resources for your use as a member. The latest additions to the Cybrary include a number of documents on cyberbullying. Cyberbullying has increased drastically so schools have had to make changes to policies and procedures in order to manage and deal with this serious issue. The items featured include a cyberbullying school board policy from Oregon, an educator's guide to cyberbullying and cyberthreats and a code of student conduct that addresses the cyberbullying issue. In addition, enter 'cyberbullying' into the Cybrary search box for additional and timely resources on this issue. Visit the PRIMA Cybrary at

Safety crews train eyes on Earl
Seacoast Online
As Hurricane Earl continued to barrel up the Eastern Seaboard, Seacoast communities were taking a cautious "wait and see" approach to preparation. On Wednesday afternoon, Hurricane Earl was a Category 4 storm on its way north, with winds of 135 mph.More

US government workers in Monterrey, Mexico,
told to send children home

Children of U.S. government workers in Monterrey will have to leave the city for safety reasons starting Sept. 10, the State Department said today in an e-mailed update of its travel advisory for Mexico. The change in policy for the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey came after a review prompted by a shooting in front of the American Foundation School and by the "high incidence" of kidnappings in the Monterrey area, the U.S. said. The shooting near the school left two security guards dead.More

Muslim-Americans launch PR initiatives, promote Sept. 11, as day of national service
Yahoo! News
In an effort to push back against negative views of Islam and Muslims, grassroots Muslim groups are launching a series of initiatives to convey to non-Muslim Americans that they are also Americans.More

Return of the 'clones'
You have to give credit to whichever Mexican narco-cartel was responsible. It was a novel approach to try to smuggle 800 pounds of marijuana into the United States. It also was a knowledgeable method that serves as another example of the desperation of Mexico's drug cartels, which have morphed into full-blown transnational criminal organizations, to bypass the enhanced security along America's southern border that has crippled their abilities to smuggle the same quantities of drugs into the country that they used to be able to do.More

Cars: The next hacking frontier?
That nice, new computerized car you just bought could be hackable. Of course, your car is probably not a high-priority target for most malicious hackers. But security experts tell CNET that car hacking is starting to move from the realm of the theoretical to reality, thanks to new wireless technologies and evermore dependence on computers to make cars safer, more energy efficient and modern.More

What would happen if another Hurricane Katrina
hit New Orleans today?

The Christian Science Monitor
Five years ago, Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans with a 28-foot storm surge and 2 feet of rainfall. The water easily breached the city's old levee system in about 50 places and damaged half its water pumping stations. By the time the storm had passed, the majority of the Big Easy was submerged.More

McKinney, Texas, police building's success against gun attack shows value of secure design
The Dallas Morning News
After not one employee felt a scratch when Patrick Gray Sharp fired more than 100 rounds at McKinney's public safety building, the building itself became a hero. Praised in public by the mayor and police chief, the bulletproof fortress represents the new breed of municipal buildings. In an era of homeland security, even the smallest towns are erecting safeguarded structures designed to keep people out rather than draw them in. And, it paid off.More

Anti-paparazzi bill ready for California governor's blessing
The Malibu Times
The so-called "anti-paparazzi" bill, largely aimed at reining in aggressive behavior by paparazzi in pursuit of celebrities, was approved by the California state Senate with a vote of 21-13, and, in an amended form, by the Assembly with a vote of 43-13. The bill now must go before Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for signature.More