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October 18, 2018

The SSD Annual Membership Meeting and 3rd Annual Safety Conference was a huge success!  Over 50 participants attended the event which was held at the Brentwood Public Library on Wednesday, October 17th from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Lee Mandel, CEO of Intralogic Solutions, gave a presentation of his product that links all building alarm systems together making them more efficient and quicker – a lock down in 15 seconds as opposed to 15 minutes! Intralogic Solutions also sponsored the refreshments served at the Conference. 

Stuart Cameron, Chief of Department of the Suffolk County Police Dept.,  was our Keynote Speaker. He spoke about the Smart 9-1-1 for Facilities: the RAVE panic button application that library staff are using to report active shooter, medical emergency, 911 calls; the shield program; results of the Department of Justice law suit compliance (today’s top Newsday story); and the public feeling comfortable calling 911 to report crimes/gang activity.

Nicole Marks, MEP, CEM, NYS Homeland Security and Emergency Services for Long Island, gave an overview on Continuity Of Operations Plan (COOP) which is the next phase of planning for a disaster.

Matthew Setteducati, Supervising Safety & Health Inspector, PESH, covered how to be compliant with the NYS Workplace Violence Law. PESH has consultants ready to help you develop your policy and become compliant with this very important safeguard for your staff.

Jessica Price, School Counselor, Brentwood School District, provided strategies to incorporate EMPATHY into our everyday interactions and shared how these strategies are working in the Brentwood School District..



Stephanie Sloan, MS, CASCA, Senior Drug Abuse Educator, Suffolk County Division of Community Mental Hygiene Services, provided a NARCAN training session and kits for all participants. to help combat the rising incidents of opioid overdose.

Nicole Marks of NYS Homeland Security returned in the afternoon with Patrick Beckley and Jillian Ringhauser to conduct a workshop on developing an Emergency Operations Plan for your library.  The participants broke up into three groups and step by step developed an Emergency Operations Plan for their “library” based on a scenario given to the group. Following are materials used in this workshop:

2018 SCLA SSD Safety Conference Presentation

What Is An EOP

EOP Example

Copy of Hazard and Vulnerabilty Assesment Template_2014

FEMA Business Emergency Response Plans_10pg_2014

Writing SMART Goals

All participants left with invaluable information and various resources to keep their libraries and staff safer.

The SCLA Support Staff Division would like to thank Tom Tarantowicz, Director of the Brentwood Public Library, for hosting our event and for his consistent support of SSD plus his wonderful, helpful staff.




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