ASIS International Presents Inaugural Security Book of the Year Award

ASIS International (ASIS) honored author Michael Jay Fagel, PhD, CEM, CH S-IV, with its inaugural Security Book of the Year Award on Mon., Sept. 29, at the ASIS International 60th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, held in Atlanta, Ga. Fagel’s award-wining book, “Crisis Management and Emergency Planning: Preparing for Today’s Challenges” was published in 2014.

“The investment of time and talent by book authors and editors is enormous,” stated Lawrence J. Fennelly, CPO, CSS, author and editor of more than 30 security books, who worked with ASIS to establish the award and chair the inaugural award committee. “ASIS has long worked closely with many authors and editors. I felt strongly that there was a need to recognize their commitment and achievement among their peers and within their profession.”

Dr. Fagel has more than three decades of experience in emergency management and emergency operations. He has been an on-site responder to such disaster events as the Oklahoma City Bombing and the site of the World Trade Center in the aftermath of 9/11. He is an experienced professor, trainer and consultant and has pretty much seen it all.

The book delves into this experience to present advanced emergency management and response concepts to disasters not often covered in other publications. It includes coverage of planning and preparedness, public health considerations, vulnerability and impact assessments, hospital management and planning, sporting venue emergency planning, and community preparedness including volunteer management.

“This award is a tremendous honor for my colleagues and me who worked very hard in bringing our third book to fruition,” observed Dr. Fagel. “The greatest reward is in the knowledge that our textbook will give back to the community and profession we serve in.”

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