Security Operations for "High-Risk" Chemical Facilities

May 2011 - The Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2007's regulatory statute known as Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) required "high-risk" chemical facilities to enhance security and establish new procedures for protecting chemical facility security information. "Covered facilities" subject to regulation are any businesses or facilities involved in the manufacturing, processing, usage, and storage of 300 plus agents identified as "Chemicals Of Interest" (COI) by DHS (COIs can be found in the DHS Federal Register). Industries affected by this regulation include:

  • Chemical manufacturing, storage, and distribution
  • energy & utilities
  • agriculture & food
  • pharmaceuticals
  • healthcare
  • paints & coatings
  • paper mills
  • plastics
  • electronics
  • higher education (research facilities)
  • explosives
  • mining

A new category of Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU) information that protects security-related information was established to safeguard critical data i.e. Security Vulnerability Assessments (SVAs), Site Security Plans (SSPs), Alternate Security Plans (ASPs), Inspection and Audit Findings, etc, as enumerated by 6 CFR 27.400(b). This information known as Chemical-Terrorism Vulnerability Information (CVI) is only accessible to "authorized users" with a "need-to-know". VendTech's certification from DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection as a CVI Authorized User enables our firm to employ our advisory services to these specific industry clients. With keen knowledge of necessary procedures, protocols, and practices, our firm is qualified to review your sensitive natured information. VendTech can aid your chemical facility's safety and security management team in isolating hazards, developing sound site security plans and strengthening your compliance with CFATS requirements. For more information about our Advisory Services and Chemical Facility Security Management Programs contact us.

 

 

 

VendTech Awarded Security Services Subcontract in Ft. Riley, KS

May 2011 - VendTech Enterprise, was recently awarded a subcontract for single surveillance and roving patrol security services at the Irwin Army Community Hospital construction site on Ft. Riley Kansas. This venture, lead by Prime - Balfour/Walton, a joint venture of London based Balfour Beatty and Walton Construction of Kansas City, KS, was awarded on a 2nd-tier subcontract with local minority construction firm Whitley Construction Company.

These unarmed guard services, at the suggestion of the Army Corps of Engineers - Kansas City District, will ensure the safe, secure protection of military/civilian assets and personnel from theft, damage, crime, and other risks during the projected 2 year process. VendTech Enterprise has developed a dynamic portfolio of security support services on construction sites including large regional builders such as Key Construction and McCarthy-Mortenson JV (NBAF general contractor).

The new replacement project is scheduled to include a 263000 sq. ft hospital, a 289000 sq. ft. clinic, a central energy plant, ambulance garage and supporting facilities. w001-10055-MK1hc-3w001-10055-MK1hb-2view1

Department of Defense Exercises Option Year for Armed Guard Services

April 2011 - After a successful 18 month bridge contract for the United States Army Reserve (USAR) Aviation Support Facility (ASF) & Training Center (New Century/Gardner, KS) in 2008, VendTech was awarded a follow on contract for Armed Guard Services. This month marks VendTech's first full year of service under the new contract. Our successful performance was articulated by Bric Lewis, COTR saying "...one of the best contractors I've dealt with in the past 10 years. Extremely responsive to last-minute changes."

VendTech supplies armed guard services in support of 16 acres of land, providing access control, Mission Essential Vulnerable Area (MEVA's) alarm monitoring, flight line inspections, on-call 24/7 emergency services during military contingencies, and other services for over $190M in military assets.

We commend the regional project management, and guards supporting the USAR facilities for providing a top-notch quality service.

 

 

 

FALSE VENDTECH ADVERTISING: KANSAS RESIDENTS

May 2011 - Communication is a vital component of safety and security, which is why VendTech is committed to delivering you timely and verifiable information. It has come to our attention that there may be several unidentified persons in various residential communities throughout Kansas claiming to be representatives of VendTech Enterprise who are recruiting "model homes" for residential security systems. Be advised that this is not a legitimate service from VendTech Enterprise LLC. Our firm currently does not provide any products or services for the residential consumer market and any person(s) claiming to represent VendTech Enterprise LLC of Wichita and Manhattan, KS should be immediately reported to your local authorities. Please remain vigilant in securing your homes and local neighborhoods against potential threats and risks. Thank you to the concerned citizens for taking the time to verify these instances with our head quarter offices.

Officially,

Darrius Wright, VP Director of Operations

 

 

 

New National Terrorism Advisory System Released

March 2011 - The new National Terrorism Advisory System will be replacing the color-coded threat level system currently in place by the Department of Homeland Security Advisory System. The new alert system is currently in a 90 day implementation period that began on January 27, 2011 â€" until the end of the implementation period, the existing HSAS will remain in effect. NTAS will more effectively communicate information about terrorist threats by providing timely, detailed information to the public, government agencies, first responders, airports and other transportation hubs, and the private sector.

For more information on the NTAS click here.