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Philadelphia Phillies receive recognition and hand out honors to cancer survivor

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The Phillies have been recognized by US Department of Homeland Security

For fans of the Philadelphia Phillies who may have found themselves stuck waiting in long lines to enter Citizens Bank Park at times this season, the cause has not simply been the increased crowds due to increased interest in a winning ball club.

There has been an increased emphasis on security at the ball park. That increased vigilance has a direct correlation with increased incidents of public violence around the country in a number of settings including workplaces, movie theatres, places of worship, and more.
Last month, the Phillies organization was awarded a SAFETY Act designation by the United States Department of Homeland Security. This special designation came as recognition of the club’s increased commitment to fan safety in the ballpark during not only Phillies game, but also concerts and other special events.
Security is paramount at Citizens Bank Park,” said Salvatore DeAngelis, Phillies Director, Operations/Security per a mid-April press release from the team. “The safety of our fans, employees and players is of the utmost importance. The recognition by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security took place after an almost three-year process and we are honored to be recognized for our efforts.
Over the last handful of seasons, the Phillies have incrementally undertaken a number of security measures in and around the ballpark. They have installed magnetometers at the gates and static crash-rated bollards (operable barriers) near the ballpark, along with portable anti-ram barriers on closed streets.
We have 40,000 people in the park on any given night,” DeAngelis said per Adam Hermann of The Philly Voice. “We want anyone coming to our games to feel safe.
Fans now notice explosive detection canine teams at all vehicle entry points and routine canine patrols at gates. There are counterterrorism officers and mounted police units all over the facility, and improved security collaboration with law enforcement. This includes increased police resources, regular exercises and drills, and ongoing training for club personnel.
The SAFETY (Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies) Act was part of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, part of the immediate response to the 9/11 terror attacks. It provides incentives for the development and deployment of anti-terrorism technologies by creating systems of risk and litigation management.
On Sunday, May 19 prior to the home game against the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies will honor Andy Sealy. The 39-year-old from Delaware County made national news back in 2017 when she held a “goodbye party” for her breasts after she had found out she had breast cancer and needed a double mastectomy.
The Phillies will be specifically honoring Sealy for her extraordinary commitment to “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” and she will take the field that day as part of Major League Baseball’s Honorary Bat Girl program. All 30 teams have selected an individual for their team honors, most of which will take place on Mother’s Day. Since the Phillies are on the road that day, Sealy is being honored on May 19.
I speak out on my disease as often as I can,” said Sealy per an official May 7 press release by the team. “Statistics say my median life span is three years. I don’t follow statistics…never have! I am no longer working, but I am grateful for every breath. This is my NEW NORMAL. THIS is metastatic breast cancer.
MLB has partnered with CrowdRise by GoFundMe to host a fundraising contest for each of the Honorary Bat Girls. The winner of the contest will receive a trip to the 2019 World Series. MLB will donate all funds from the contest to SU2C and Komen.
Phillies fans can support their honoree, Andrea “Andy” Sealy, by making a donation to benefit Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) and Susan G. Komen at this link: VOTE FOR ANDY SEALY.

Seven Signs of Terrorism

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There is a video currently available from the Delaware State Police at their website entitled the “Seven Signs of Terrorism”.

In this conscise video presentation, the DSP posits the seven signs that we should all be watchful for as: Surveillance, Elicitation, Testing Security, Acquiring Supplies, Suspicious Persons/Vehicles, Trial Runs, Deployment of Assets.

Knowing and putting into practice a response to these signs will help protect you, your family, and your nation as a whole. This is particularly vital in these days where our society is under direct, sustained, committed attack by islamofascist terrorism.

In the area of Surveillance, you should be on alert for someone who might be taking photos, drawing maps or schematics, or constantly found loitering in the area, especially in a clandestine manner, of important facilities, insfrastructure, and public places.

The Department of Homeland Security website is an excellent source of information to help you know the who, what, when, where, how of possible attack targets.

In the area of Elicitation, a subject would be attempting to gain some further information on the object of their surveillance. You may be approached directly, either in your role as an employee of the facility, as a delivery person, even simply as a passerby. They may be looking for information such as operating hours, access roads, traffic patterns, etc.

When they have advanced to Testing Security, the subjects will actually probe the perimeters of the facilities in question, perhaps even going so far as to enter the facility, all in an effort to see what the security response will be, if any. They will always have some legitimate excuse to be where they are, or a good “I’m lost” cover story to tell.

If you are an employee at a business such as Home Depot or Lowe’s, you might notice a large purchase of fertilizer by a private individual. This is but one example that terrorists may be at the stage where they are Acquiring Supplies. The purchase of bomb-making materials, weapons, etc is something that should be pointed out to the store and/or to law enforcement.

The Heritage Foundation reports that there have been 19 thwarted terrorist attacks since 9/11, and your vigilance can help thwart the next one.

Observing any Suspicious Persons or Vehicles is a concept that anyone can understand. If he/she/it doesn’t belong or looks like they don’t belong, if something or someone looks out of place, perhaps it would be wise to take a second look, and possibly even report the person and/or vehicle to authorities. Be careful if directly confronting anyone falling into this category on your own, even if the property they may be intruding upon is yours.

When conducting a Trial Run, the person or organization attempting to pull off the terrorist act will go through all the motions without actually taking their ultimate action. This is their “run through” or practice run, and the totality of their actions could be very suspicious. At this point, they are far along the preparation stage, and you should absolutely not intervene, but let law enforcement know of your concerns.

Finally comes the phase where they will actually Deploy Assets, placing the packages, bombs, weapons, decoys, and other equipment and personnel to carry out the act. This is the time for not only notifying law enforcement, but a time that may also require your judicious use of direct intervention, depending on what is going on and your own self-assessment of your ability to respond.

The Counterterrorism Blog regulary updates with attempts both here in the U.S. and around the world.Some would say that you should NEVER directly intervene, and that you should always contact law enforcement or the military and let them handle things.

The fact is that in the current climate, where terror organizations have publicly stated their intentions to attack us, you may not always have that kind of time in order to thwart the action. Men and women have been called on before in our history to directly defend our nation, and these types of callings will undoubtedly occur in the future.

Stay alert, stay ready. Don’t live in fear, but do live with knowledge and with courage, and with a deep desire to help preserve, protect, and defend our country and our American way of life. Simply by knowing these Seven Signs of Terrorism and remembering them, you are making a start.