Homeland Security Seminar for Businesses June 5

June 5 at Ship Bottom Firehouse
By MARIA SCANDALE | May 15, 2019

Ship Bottom — To support safety and security, a free Security Initiative for local businesses will again be hosted by the N.J. Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, in cooperation with U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, and Ship Bottom police.

The June 5 program will be held at the Ship Bottom Firehouse from 10 a.m. to noon, and prior registration is requested; see details below.

The session is to help local businesses and their employees contribute to the safety and security of the community, organizers said. The workshop “will bring real answers to the ongoing discussion of how to prepare for, mitigate, and respond to security threats,” officials said in a press release.

This year’s program will include a threat briefing, protective security measures, active shooter response, cybersecurity, and a facilitated discussion.

“Anyone who operates a business, volunteers or hosts events of any level should make a priority of attending this workshop,” said Lori Pepenella, chief executive officer of the chamber of commerce.

“We need to continue the conversation of this caliber as part of our preparation for the season,” she said. “This is an opportunity for the business community to learn from having these experts available to us.”

This is the third year the regional chamber has coordinated the effort to bring the latest information and best homeland security practices to Southern Ocean County. Nearly 200 people have attended so far.

There is no cost to attend, but space is limited. Register with the chamber office by calling 609-494-7211, emailing info@sochamber.com, or stopping in at 265 West Ninth St., Ship Bottom.  —M.S.


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