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The 4 key elements to an institution’s preparedness are:

  1. An animal program of impeccable integrity
  2. A security program based on risk assessment
  3. An integrated communication plan with descriptions of research projects in lay terminology, spokespersons, & a phone tree
  4. An internal and external community outreach program
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2. A security program based on risk assessment

“The first step in developing a security program is to conduct a risk assessment of the institution’s facilities, and evaluation of the existing security system. Organization of a security and communication plan then follow. Some key points include:

  1. Determine facility vulnerability
  2. Evaluate the security system
  3. Check storage of research data
  4. Organize a security plan
  5. Organize a communication plan in the event of an incident during the day, after hours, weekends and holidays"

    >>More in the ARENA/OLAW Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Guidebook Section B.6.a.        

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Security programs should reflect the unique risk assessments of an institution, but may share many elements with institutions that have similar regional or programmatic characteristics. There are a variety of resources that can help institutions and investigators proactively develop strong and efficient security programs, including:

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