The days of hiding and sheltering in place are history. When confronted with an active shooter or terrorist threat, what actions should you take? What contemporary initiatives have the Albuquerque Public Schools implemented? How can these procedures be adapted to your own business and private life? ALICE is the acronym for alert, lock-down, inform, counter, evacuate. Moving beyond lock-down, this increases the chances of surviving during a violent intruder event. According to the ALICE website: "There is a new standard of- care which emphasizes the need for pro-active, options-based strategies. The federal and state government recommendations, as well as major law enforcement associations support these strategies. ALICE training is the model upon which these official recommendations were built."
The site continues: "Developed by Greg Crane, who was a law enforcement officer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area at the time of the Columbine shooting, and his wife, Lisa, who was an elementary school principal, he was concerned that the training in place in schools at that time was leading to unusually high rates of casualties during school shooting incidents. Together, they worked to develop the ALICE program to teach teachers and students how to adequately respond in an active shooter situation while waiting for the police to arrive."
This training method is in use in more than 4,200 school districts across the country, as well as several government agencies, law enforcement organizations, healthcare facilities, businesses and places of worship. According to the ALICE website, individuals should be prepared for active shooter events and empowered to make their own life-saving decisions.
Plan today to join your business associates with the Facility Manager Association of New Mexico for a working breakfast at 7 am on Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 at the Garduno's Uptown Restaurant in Albuquerque, NM. Steven Gallegos, APS Chief of Police, will speak about APS security and the upgrades taking place at our school locations to improve and secure schools, and to address the change from Lock down Protocol to Alice Protocol at our schools.
Retired from Albuquerque Police Department in 2001, Chief Gallegos has served the community in the Patrol Division, Traffic Division, White Collar Unit, Armed Robbery Unit,Homicide Unit, and as the APD Crime Stoppers Coordinator. He was an investigator for the City of Albuquerque from 2001 to 2006. Joining APS in 2006, he has worked as a Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Deputy Chief, and now, Chief. Chief Gallegos will be accompanied by Mike O'Connor, IT expert, who will give a demonstration on the camera upgrades and the improvements of the video quality currently protecting our schools.
Reservations are always required. Members pay $30.00 and non-members and guests $35.00. Please register and pay by clicking here, where you can use your credit card..
Holiday Party Featured Food and Fun
Happy folks in the holiday spirit enjoyed a casual soirée at Craft Republic as they gathered together to welcome in the new challenges of a new year. President Tom
Plummer anchored the festivities as facility managers, engineers, and advisors networked and forged new relationships together.
For 2018, the Facility Manager Association of New Mexico sponsored another successful, door-prize laden golf tournament last July, followed by the only trade show directed towards facility managers, engineers, and building owners and property managers, the Facility and Building Operations and Maintenance Show, held in October.
Thank you for your support.
Jan 19 Executive Director Column
Whether you are a facility manager or building engineer, or your role is a supply specialist and partner, business networking is important. Facility personnel will find a really valuable way to expand their knowledge and learn from the successes of others. As a supplier, you have the opportunity to attain new clients and tell others about your business solutions.
For facility managers who find it hard to sometimes leave their own buildings, a targeted networking event provides you with connections you may not otherwise access. You can gain from the advice of others in your role, and it goes a long way to raise your profile in the facility management community. Here you will meet uplifting, positive people, and you will increase your confidence and your knowledge base at the same time. It's not just about who you are networking with directly either – that other facility manager will already have a network you can tap into as well. So ask the right questions to find out if the person you are networking with knows who you want to know.
You can't make the meeting? Then send a member of your team who will benefit from the opportunity for some professional development and caring interaction.
For supplier partners, the generation of referrals and Increased business opportunities is the obvious goal, but hearing first-hand about what your facility manager customers must deal with on a day-to-day basis at their facilities broadens your credibility, making you more than a "one trick pony" and more of an invaluable consultative collaborator and equal.
Ultimately the big payoff for both facility folks and suppliers is the satisfaction gained from helping others to solve a problem they have and get a fantastic result from it. Don't forget, the Facility Manager Association of New Mexico is a non-profit which has given over $100,000.00 to scholarships for the engineers and tradesmen at the University of New Mexico and Central New Mexico Community College, the skilled folks we want to hire today who will evolve into the facility managers of the future.
The biggest benefit from networking is friendship. Strong friendships evolve from like-minded people come together to help each other. I invite you to deepen your relationships in the business community by actively supporting the programs and events sponsored by FMANM in 2019. Happy successful New Year to all!
Board of Directors
Tom Plummer, P.E.
505 577 4145