Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Business Terror Alert System Activated

Your Tax Dollars "At Work"

LABELLE, FL. -- Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey, in conjunction with Florida�s Regional Domestic Security Task Forces and business partners, have unveiled a new alert system designed to bolster the ability of Florida�s businesses to protect themselves and their communities against potential threats. BusinesSafe, a counter-terrorism program created by FDLE, allows businesses statewide to register to receive timely electronic alerts on domestic security-related issues affecting their industry.

Gerald Bailey says  "With the click of a mouse, we can directly connect with businesses ranging from restaurants to retailers to service industry providers."

To help reach the state�s business community, FDLE is working in conjunction with private sector representatives on the state�s Regional Domestic Security Task Forces and some of Florida�s major business associations.  FDLE is also partnering with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Department of State who between them incorporate, license or regulate hundreds of thousands of Florida businesses.

 Are We Safe Yet?

"We are excited to partner with FDLE on this program, which will allow our business licensees to help keep Floridians safe," said DBPR Interim Secretary Chuck Drago.  "We are committed to promoting this resource by encouraging DBPR licensees to register with BusinesSafe."

"We are proud to be a part of this effort to get timely alerts to Florida businesses on security issues," said Kurt Browning, Florida Secretary of State.  "FDLE has done a great job of creating an effective system to keep businesses aware of security news as well as give businesses a way to get information back to FDLE regarding suspicious activity."

BusinesSafe is accessible to businesses of all types and sizes.  Alerts will be sent on an as needed basis and will include domestic security-related breaking news, possible threats, suspicious activity, and specific preparedness and prevention techniques. BusinesSafe is available at no charge to businesses or individuals. 

Following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, Florida established seven Regional Domestic Security Task Forces to prevent, investigate, and respond to terrorist attacks. Each RDSTF includes partners from law enforcement, emergency management, fire/rescue, health, education, communication officials, and representatives from the private sector.

To learn more about BusinesSafe or to sign up for the alerts, businesses are encouraged to visit FDLE�s Web site, and click on the "BusinesSafe" icon.

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