Twentieth Anniversary – World Trade Center I

2013 Feb 26 Posted by Joseph Pascarella


Today is the Twentieth Anniversary of the first World Trade Center attack, in which 6 people, including a pregnant woman after a truck bomb exploded in the parking lots underneath the World Trade Center. The probable intent of the terrorists was to topple one of the Twin Towers into the other and collapse both buildings.

From a strategic and public safety standpoint, there were clear connections and motivation for another attack that were left unheeded until September 11, 2001.

The mastermind for the attack on February 26, 1993 was Ramzi Yousef who is the nephew of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was instrumental in the September 11, 2011 attacks. Ramzi Yousef was arrested by the FBI shortly after the 1993 attacks and is serving a life sentence in Federal Prison in Colorado. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was apprehended in 2003 in Pakistan and is now incarcerated in New York

Hopefully, we in the Public Safety community have learned from those mistakes to prevent another future attack.

Take care and be safe.

Dr. Joe

Tragedy in Connecticut

2012 Dec 14 Posted by Joseph Pascarella

It is become abundantly clear that the United States simply can no longer allow firearms ownership without some significant reforms. After a horrific incident this summer in Colorado, and now this unspeakable act today in Connecticut in which 20 schoolchildren and 6 adults were murdered inside an elementary school, I am not sure what more needs to happen to prompt all of us, and our government, to better control firearms.

The first step is to make firearms manufacturers accountable for their products. Firearms manufactures should be held accountable for each and every firearm, including a mass recall to place a GPS device on every single firearm in order to track firearms at every movement outside a private residence. The technology is now available for law enforcement to track and monitor firearms using GPS devices. Those wishing to purchase firearms must pay an additional tax for extra law enforcement technology. Those they do not comply should face significant penalties. Although this will incur an intrusion into privacy, firearms ownership should be a privilege akin to owning a motor vehicle in that choice of owning a firearm requires an expectation of government intrusion for public safety.

Additionally, law enforcement needs to increase initiatives to monitor and track these firearms, by obtaining data from firearms manufacturers and Federal Firearms Licensees. One, centralized agency such as the ATF needs to expand and create Fusion Centers to assist and collaborate with local law enforcement to track and monitor all firearms, similar to the types of Fusion Centers that were originally implemented to monitor illegal drug activity with the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) and that are now used for Counter Terrorism.

These types of programs and initiatives may be unpopular, very expensive, and will consume significant resources, and will be likely be met with resistance. However, this is now a necessity and no longer an issue that is lost in a popularity and ideological debate.

Take care, be safe and please consider the victims and their families of this horrifying incident.

Joe Pascarella

Mission Critical

2012 May 17 Posted by Charles

What is Mission Critical?
Mission Critical ( is an accredited educational programming organization, reaching a targeted 2 million Public Safety officials, Criminal Justice, Healthcare professionals and First Responders. Mission Critical training is provided to a number of Federal, Municipal First Responder, Public Safety and Public Health educators through TV networks specific for public safety professionals.
The goal of Mission Critical is to improve the awareness of “best practices”, Lessons Learned and technology solutions available to support our federal, state & city officials and first responders with their mission to prepare for disasters and protect our citizens.
How is Capella and Mission Critical partnering?
Capella has sponsored a 90-minute Mission Critical program focused on new technology for emergency management. This program will start to air in June 2012 on the US Government and DOD training networks which will reach 3400 Federal Facilities. It will also air on the The Readiness NETwork to reach 340,000 Public Safety Students. In addition the program will air on The Federal Education TV channel, The National Emergency Training Center and will be shared with the Dept of Homeland Security’s Geospatial Portfolio department.
Together, Capella University and Mission Critical TV are offering a powerful way for public safety officials to gain new insights on their profession — and to earn 3.0 Continuing Professional Development credits from Capella.
How can someone get 3 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits?
Anyone who watches the 90-minute program through any channel can go to Capella’s Mission Critical site ( to take a 25 question quiz based on the information from the program. A participant must score at least 20 out of 25 on the quiz in order for them to be able to print out a certificate for 3.0 Continuing Professional Development credits from Capella. This is free and can be done by a prospect, learner, alumni – anyone!

“Ex-Offender Re-entry Programs Need More Attention”

2012 Jan 23 Posted by Steven

In a article, author, Chairman, CEO and President of Business Computer Applications (BCA), Albert Woodard asks, “How can ex-offenders find and keep a job and/or a marriage partner?” Woodward’s frank and thought provoking commentary highlights this ongoing social problem.

What types of jobs will be most abundant in 2012?

2011 Dec 30 Posted by Steven

Did your answer include jobs in the social services industry? Please take a look at this informative article written by Calli Tapler for Come Recommended and found on the Business Insider website.

Congress Funds Public Safety Program Providing Grants to Communities to Hire Firefighters

2011 Dec 20 Posted by Steven

According to an article published in Fire Engineering, the recently passed (December 15, 2011) omnibus package for fiscal year 2012, provides struggling communities with access to $742.5 million in grants to maintain and improve public safety in neighborhoods across the country.

See the Congress Funds Public Safety Program Providing Grants to Communities to Hire Firefighters article to learn more.

Capella Doctoral Learner Appointed Coordinator of Piedmont Technical College Criminal Justice Program

2011 Dec 7 Posted by Steven

Our congratulations to Joshua Lindsay, a Capella doctoral learner, on his appointment to program coordinator of the criminal justice program at Piedmont Technical College, Greenwood, South Carolina. Read the rest of this entry »

2011 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards

2011 Dec 1 Posted by Steven

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the 2011 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards. According to FEMA, “They recognize the innovative practices and achievements of organizations and individuals that work to make our communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to manage any emergency situation”. ( Read the rest of this entry »

Is there a Disconnect Between Professional and Citizen Views of Terrorism?

2011 Nov 29 Posted by Steven

Do average Americans and disaster management professionals differ in their views about the threats facing the country and from where the threats might come? Is there agreement among emergency management professionals on how the public views the government’s ability to deal with national disasters ( Read the rest of this entry »

First Nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test

2011 Nov 4 Posted by Steven

“FEMA (2011), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will conduct the first nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test on November 9, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.”

Learn more about the test at


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