Chairman’s Message


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The next Chapter meeting  will be April 22, 2020!!!

As a reminder we are having our April Chapter Meeting via Zoom on April 22, 2020 at 12pm.    You will have to use the link, meeting ID and password below via your computer or the Zoom App to participate in the meeting.
We will be discussing

COVID-19 and the Guarding Industry
Presentation by Chris Stuart of Top Guard Security Inc.
Get link from Chapter Email newsletter and also share with other fellow security professionals…  Also, please go to http://asishamptonroads.org/eventsmedia/meetings/meeting-registration/
to fill out form for attendance if your a visitor and would like link to Chapter Zoom meeting and to receive CPE form
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Hello fellow Security professionals please continue to look at the message below from our Virginia State Governor Ralph S. Northam

Dear Fellow State Employee:

I am writing to let you know the Commonwealth is taking steps to be prepared in case the coronavirus COVID-19 appears in Virginia.

So far, that has not happened. In fact, the United States has seen less than 100 cases, and none in Virginia. We are ready if it does appear here. Here are five key things you need to know about Virginia’s plan.

  1. We are taking a “whole of government” approach.We established an Incident Management Team of public health and safety experts in January, within days after scientists first identified the virus in Asia. This team’s job is to coordinate and plan Virginia’s response. It includes representation across all of state government—from the Virginia Department of Health to the Department of Emergency Management and numerous other agencies—and a unified command structure guides its work. The team meets daily with government and private sector partners to share information, plan strategy, and communicate with the community. They are monitoring the virus on a worldwide basis, to understand where it has appeared and to learn from the experiences of local communities around the world.
  1. We are in regular consultation with federal officials.The U.S. government has taken unprecedented steps with respect to travel, requiring travelers to be monitored for up to 14 days after leaving China. In Virginia so far, 279 travelers have been under public health monitoring. While none was found at “high risk” for exposure to COVID-19, our public health teams and Virginia’s hospitals have protocols in place to secure medical treatments should someone test positive.  In addition, the Commonwealth has secured rapid pulmonary chain reaction testing technology, so Virginia will no longer have to rely on testing by the federal government.   This test delivers results within four hours.

 

  1. We are working closely with first responders, health care providers, hospitals, and local health districts.This includes a comprehensive public information campaign, through the media, the internet, a 211 call center at 1-877-ASK-VDH3, and more. Plans are in place to coordinate needed supplies equitably, including personal protective equipment. I have spoken with leaders in the General Assembly about the importance of having the necessary supplies in place, and we are united in providing the resources.

 

  1. We are fortunate that the Virginia Department of Health has some of the country’s leading public health experts on its team.They have deep experience guiding public health emergencies around the country, and I have great confidence in their professional expertise, both as Governor and as a physician.
  1. You can help.While vaccines are being developed, public health professionals recommend taking “non-pharmaceutical” precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones. Here are some actions you can take:
  • Stay home if you feel sick. 
  • Avoid close contact with others and seek medical treatment if necessary.
  • If you have a fever, stay home until you are fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Wash your handswith soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Our team will continue to closely monitor developments and take action as needed to protect Virginians. We will keep you informed as plans evolve and will discuss next steps at a public forum on Wednesday. I encourage you to learn more at the Virginia Department of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control.

Sincerely,

Ralph S. Northam

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Please go to ASISONLINE.ORG and go to ASIS CONNECTS to join the ASIS REGION 5A Community!!!!

Also, please continue support ASIS International new initiative on Enterprise Security Risk Management (ESRM).
Please email ESRM@asisonline.org to give feedback about ESRM.  The ESRM Initiative wants to hear what professionals are thinking, answer their questions, and ensure you have tools and information to discuss ESRM.

Sincerely,

Chapter Chair:

Shawn Deans, CPO, CPP, PCI, PSP

Click on link below for Chapter member application

2020 Chapter Application

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