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Safeguarding your right to vote! By CEO Richard A. "Rich" Woldt

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While I can't guarantee your safety or success, I can help reduce your losses no mater what your political stance or future holds in store. While we may not agree politically, I assure you we're on the same side when it come to defending our mutual right to fight for our respective cause no matter how diverse our opinions might be.

As the RMLC approaches the end of our first decade developing RM tools for the private sector, I find it ironic that if we're to effectively manage risk created when we step into the political arena we'd better have at least a basic understanding of how to manage our homeland security, natural disaster, pandemic, environmental health, and liability risks not to mention our basic property and casualty risks.  Why? Because many of your political decisions will ultimately impact the safety and security of your community. 

Following are highlights and recommendations developed during the protests in Wisconsin between November 2010 and my birthday April 21, 2011. As a registered Republican who campaigned hard for Governor Walker, I found myself frequently in the cross hairs of my fellow union members and it turned out hired thugs bused in from out of state to intimidate anyone who even remotely disagreed with their ideology. Much of the hostility and violence during the protests and Tea Party rally can be found in the "deep throat" section of our RM library along with links to death threats and acts of fraud and dishonesty.

Midterm Election Risks: If you came here to learn for whom to vote on April 5, you're at the wrong site. If your here to learn how to make it safely from your couch to the polls and back, I can help. (1) Make up your mind before you leave home based on your facts not on your fears. (2) Grab a handful of aspirins in case your heart gives out and head for the polls. (3) When you arrive at the polls give a high-sign to all in the parking lot and smile at everyone standing in line to vote. That'll convince them you're on their side. (4) As you pull the curtain, snort a little, gasp once or twice, and laugh. That'll confuse anyone within ear-shot. (5) Vote for the candidates you feel will act in your best interest. (6) Exit the booth with a smile, the building with a grin, and the parking lot with a blast of your horn. Go home and celebrate, you just experienced the freedom to choose your own destiny.

My goal is not to tell you for whom to vote. My mission is to give you the confidence to think for yourself and the courage to exercise your constitutional right to vote without intimidation. At the end of the day, remember, we're a "Home Rule" nation which means it is your right and duty to rule your home as you see fit. That means carrying concealed if you want, putting Christ into Christmas if you choose, and sending your kids to schools more focused on teaching your family values than how to place condoms on cucumbers.  It's your call, it's your duty, and it's your right! Our country is heading for an economic crisis. Thank God for those who are trying to slow it down.

Risk Alert April 2, 2011:

Unions in Wisconsin have sent letters to businesses threatening them if they don't post signs in their windows supporting protestors. Their threats have become increasing more violent. (learn more)! A Wisconsin women has been arrested and charged for making death threats to state senator. (learn more)!

As we approach the midterm elections, union leaders are organizing pickets and protests at select polling locations on April 5. Their stated goal is to discourage anyone from voting to re-elect Judge Prosser! Their stated candidate of choice has vowed to do what she can to stop the budget bill (specifically school choice), vote against concealed carry, and challenge voter ID legislation. She's also refused to pull a false add even though it was brought to her attention during a recent debate (learn more). Add to these threats the 22  caliber shells found on the Capitol Square during the Isthmus protests, the damage done to State property, and the increasingly hostile recall campaigns, and it's clear; voters need to take additional RM precautions when going to the polls April 5.

I offer following RM recommendations: Whatever your political ideology, VOTE on April 5 for the candidate of your choice.

  • Cast an absentee ballot to avoid going to the polls on Tuesday.
  • Go to the polls with someone who can offer assistance if you find yourself in harms way. While a body guard may not be needed, if you have a medical condition such as being diabetic, travel with someone who knows how to come to your aid if needed.
  • Don't hang around the polls longer then necessary. The second Risk Management control tool is to "reduce" your risks. Shortening the time you spend in harms way by taking the most direct routes to and from the polling booth. Make sure your vehicle, walker, wheel chair, and cane are in good working order. Make sure you can identify the vehicle you came in and where you parked. Park facing out of the lot and have an exit strategy to include how to enter the vehicle, secure the doors, and enter traffic from the lot. All reduce your exposure to personal injury as well as the time it will take to remove yourself and entourage from harms way. 
  • Don't huddle in groups while at the polls. Remember the #1 terrorist target characteristic is to achieve a high body kill/injury ratio. The second is to have vulnerable secondary targets. The third is to benefit from mass media coverage. The fourth has to do with eliminating or blocking vulnerable communication links. And, the fifth has to do with being able to predict mass evacuation routes.  
  • Make sure your cell phone is on, the battery is charged, and you have your ICE number up to date. Now is a good time to review you "single" ICS protocols to include the first thing out of your mouth being "I take command!" to monitoring the "Safety" considerations at the polling station, making sure you know how to operate your cell phone to include taking and sending pictures to your home base and law enforcement, as well as how to establish a "Liaison" should there be a need to launch a "Unified" Command. Remember our concerns over "discovery" should your phone become part of the public record after the incident. Make sure you've deleted all personal pictures before leaving for the polls.

                                                    

  • Wear loose fitting clothing and running shoes. Your goal is to be able to run and run fast. Don't wear high heels or ski boots to the polling station. The purpose of loose clothing is so you can cram books or barriers under your shirt to stop a bullet or knife if attacked.
  • Maintain "pushback" space and "bailout" routes.  Remember Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) and creating a defendable zone protocols.
  • Know for whom you're going to vote before entering the booth to shorten your time in harms way. Polling stations should have adequate signage as well as pre-printed forms and instructions in English and Spanish to speed the voting process. If in doubt, ask for assistance sooner than later. Your goal is to get-in and get-out as fast as possible.
  • Carry medications you might need if the stress of the moment triggers a medical condition. The goal is to quickly be able to respond to a medical emergency whether you're the one suffering a heart attack or the guy in the booth next to you. Carry a handful of aspirins and a candy bar for starters. If you know how to operate a defibrillator be first to the patient if possible. Don't wait for someone else to act.
  • Let a trusted adult know when you're going to the polls and when you'll return. Have an action plan if you fail to report home. The goal is to specify the time between which you'll be in harms way and have a trigger that's time certain you can pull to summon assistance or support. Review protocols to reduce the terrorists' window of opportunity. 
  • If you feel threatened or observe either a suspicious object or person, notify polling officials immediately. Review your VIPER protocols.
  • Note: If you disagree with the protesters keep it to yourself while at the polls. Challenging them will only put a target on your back. If you signed a recall petition know that your support of the recall could become a public record. That may make you, your business, and your family the oppositions target. Poll watchers and election officials should conduct periodic systematic sweeps of the building interior and surrounding property following recommended VIPER protocols. Remember the protocols for conducting a bomb sweep. Before leaving your office, do three 360 degree rotations. First look for anything suspicious on the floor and three feet up on all four walls. Second, look on all four walls from three feet up to the ceiling for disturbed light switches, and third look for loose ceiling tiles and light fixtures. Finding nothing suspicious, place something at the entrance to your office to let the bomb squad know you've searched the office and proceed out of the building watching for any suspicious object or person.
  • Below: I've posted additional RM steps to include a white paper on steps you can take to safeguard yourself, your family, your business, and your right to vote for the candidates of your choice.

Unions in Wisconsin have sent out letters threatening business who fail to place signs in their windows supporting protestors. Threats in Wisconsin against supporters Gov. Walker are escalating. A letter from union leaders to local businesses threatens business owners and their families if they don't post signs in their window supporting protesters (learn more).   Note the links to report abuse (learn more) I'm leaving the door to our R&D on executive protection and active shooter protocols open until we launch our RM Grad school. Click on the (RMLC R&D files) for a log of thugs, threats, and intimidations. Any business owner who feels threatened should report their concern to local law enforcement and the FBI. If in doubt go through our partners at www.infragard.net. 

April 6, 2011:   Click here for county by county results of the elections in Wisconsin! If election results are too close for comfort i.e. within the margin requiring a recount, be suspicious of the results no matter which candidate wins. Based on the extreme efforts to sway voters during the campaign, the death threats made to candidates, the out-of-state money and personnel hired to influence the election, and the passion of protesters, You'd be naive to think there won't be an effort to miss count votes and/or fail to report those favoring the opposition. I strongly recommend election officials be properly vetted and be required to follow the same internal and audit controls recommended for those in financial institutions who are entrusted with handling large amounts of currency or cash items. For example, internal controls should include dual verification of ballots and voting results, a process similar to cash letters used to document ballots in transit, basic background checks should be conducted on new volunteers manning polling locations, and an in-depth background check should be conducted on anyone suspected of manipulating ballots or failing to accurately report results. When a significant breach of trust is documented, a qualified financial audit of the suspect should be conducted to explain major life style changes and/or spending habits. The primary goal of these recommended internal and audit controls is to safeguard the reputation and integrity of those placed in the public eye. It wouldn't be the first time a vulnerable front-line employee was bribed to embezzle or miss appropriate items of value. From a Risk Management standpoint, we need to position those placed in the public eye so when they're accused of doing wrong their honesty and integrity is beyond suspicion. Read RMLC fraud auditing white papers for more tips to keep your reputation in tack. 

RM tips for voting safely in the midterm election April 5, 2011: Historically, midterm elections have been uneventful and down-right boring hangouts for poll watchers. This year, however, while most will be their uneventful selves, a few select sites will be the scene of angry protests, pickets, and taxpayers frustrated by the fact their State is broke and their life style might have to change. I'm not at all concerned about our economic survival. I'm deeply concerned about the escalating violence and threats made to our legislators as we approach April 5, 2011 not to mention the efforts to recall duly elected officials. I'd be remiss if I didn't help voters identify some of the risks they'll face at the polls and offer RM tips for voting safely on election day. It's basic Risk Management #101. Let's review the escalating violence. While I use Wisconsin as an example, you can rest assured other U.S. States, Great Britain, Ireland will not be far behind.    

In Wisconsin the scope of relatively small local protests quickly grew beyond state lines as news agencies, bloggers, and Facebook friends posted pictures and perspectives of not only the contents of proposed legislation but how it was presented and passed. It's a safe bet much has been learned from Wisconsin's mistakes. You can rest assured the "speculative" risks associated with passing new legislation will be better managed in the future.  

Union leaders have sent letters to businesses threatening "If you don't post signs in support of protestors you'll suffer the consequences." Threats from outside Wisconsin have been followed by personnel bused in to support recall efforts across the state. (learn more)

A Wisconsin women has been charged for sending death threats to state senators.

The first message sent March 9 to Sen. Robert Cowles of Green Bay said the sender and others had decided to kill the Republican senator by "arriving at your house and putting a nice little bullet in your head," the complaint said. The email also claimed the group had planted bombs around the senator's house and car and the Capitol building. The charges carry a combined maximum penalty of 7.5 years in prison.  (learn more)

School boards take action: (learn more)

Union leaders organized pickets and protests at select polling locations to discourage voters from re-electing Judge Prosser to a second term. His opponent vowed to oppose the budget bill, school choice, concealed carry and voter ID legislation. Her liberal stance angered conservatives especially those favoring school choice and right-to-bear-arms. After being accused of running false adds she refused to withdraw the adds which angered both sexual assault victims and those falsely accused (learn more) & (more).

Add the 22  caliber shells found on the Capitol Square, the damage done to State property, and the hostile recall campaigns manned by personnel from out the State; and it's clear that voters will need to take additional precautions when going to the polls on election day. No matter on which hook you hang your hat, be sure to vote on April 5 for the candidates of your choice.

I offer the following RM tips for voters going to the polls on April 5.

  • Cast an absentee ballot on Monday and avoid the polls on Tuesday.
  • Go to the polls with someone who can offer assistance if you find yourself in harms way.
  • Don't hang around the polls any longer then necessary.
  • Don't huddle in groups while at the polls. Remember the #1 terrorist target characteristic.
  • Make sure your cell phone is on, the battery is charged, and you have your ICE number up to date.
  • Wear loose fitting clothing and running shoes.
  • Maintain "pushback" space and "bailout" routes. 
  • Know for whom you're going to vote before entering the booth to shorten your time in harms way.
  • Carry medications you might need if the stress of the moment triggers a medical condition.
  • Let a trusted adult know when you're going to the polls and when you'll return. Have an action plan if you fail to report home.
  • If you feel threatened or observe either a suspicious object or person, notify polling officials immediately. Review your VIPER protocols.
  • Note: If you disagree with the protesters keep it to yourself while at the polls. Challenging them will only put a target on your back. If you signed a recall petition know that your support of the recall could become a public record. That may make you, your business, and your family the oppositions target. Poll watchers and election officials should conduct periodic systematic sweeps of the building interior and surrounding property following recommended VIPER protocols. (learn more)
  • Below: I've posted additional RM steps to include a white paper on steps you can take to safeguard yourself, your family, your business, and your right to vote for the candidates of your choice.
  • Click here for more detailed RM instructions. Contact your company Personnel, Security, and Risk Management departments for corporate specific RM recommendations. Credit unions should contact their credit union Security Officer/Risk Manager and their chapter and league directors of education for regional specific recommendations. .

 

 

January 8, 2011:

6 dead - 13 wounded

An RM response to the shooting at Safeway in Tucson!

  1. Keep their heads up, eyes open, and ears to the ground. Shelve our fear of being politically not-correct and get ready to act in the face of danger. Review you five step action plan when carrying concealed. I salute the young man in Tucson who helped save lives without drawing his weapon. If only he'd been on scene a minute earlier, the little girl would not have died.

  2. Practice their "rear-strangle-take-down-hold," vertical and horizontal butt strokes I taught at CUNA Management School.

  3. Rehearse their "Identify - Measure - Control, and Avoid -Reduce - Spread - Assume - Transfer" RM strategies and now what to do if they suspect a threat or are confronted by an active shooter? 

  4. Join and support law enforcement through InfraGard at  www.InfraGard.org. Call me if you need a reference.

  5. Click here and review the white paper I wrote to support RMLC workshops on "Executive Protection" and "Violence in the Workplace." Ironically, this paper was used to support the AZ League workshops I did in Tucson and Phoenix. WOCCU, CUNA Management School, U.S. League, CMG, ABCUL and JCUL Credit Union Risk Managers, pull out your RM manuals and study the sections on event and contingency planning as well as setting up defendable zones and conducting a mass-evacuation.

  6. Terrorists will strike when we're most vulnerable. Click here to review protocols if your first to the scene. Click here to review protocols prior to a mass evacuation, and click here to review important contingency planning protocols.

  7. You can also review our CIRT, VIPER, and Incident Command and Control R&D protocols tested through  www.COPs007.com, www.DoorCountyVeterans.com, and www.ASIS067.com.

Please share these with your elected officials. There offered at no cost to victims and law enforcement. If, however, you're credit union wants to reprint them, I request $20 with a note indicating your intentions sent to me at my office address (Rich Woldt, 1906 Barber Drive, Stoughton, WI. 53589.

Note: I'll be in Arizona from January 17 - 25th.  Call me on 608-712-7880. I'll be in Aspen until then.

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A personal reflection

Executive Protection - Active Shooting

January 26, 2011:

Safeway, 7110 N. Oracle, Tucson, AZ

I conducted a post-incident Risk Management Analysis (RMA) at the 7110 N. Oracle Safeway store in Tucson; the site of the January 8 active shooting incident.

In my opinion, While this traggic incident is fresh in our minds, it's critically important for credit union executives, board members, loan officers, collection personnel, etc. to immediately review their credit union' executive protection protocols and policies. Include but don't limit yourself to:

  • Conducting risk assessments at all CU offices focusing especially where CU executives and officials work i.e. corporate headquarters, admin buildings, etc.
  • Reviewing and updating violence-in-the-workplace response protocols, workstation bailout routes, protocols for locating-lockdown and linking key employees and their family members to "private sector" command centers, 
  • Reviewing  retreat and extrication protocols for executives during violent acts on and off premises.
  • Reviewing, rehearsing, and documenting credit union staff and employee training. Make sure all CU employees know and understand how to reach, defend, and maintain calm at defendable zones.
  • Asking event and contingency planners to update all CU event security protocols to include conducting and documenting pre-event site assessments.
  • Alerting all Credit Union Risk Mangers and alternates to their duty to ensure all credit union executives and officials know what to do and how to act before, during, and after any traumatic event at your credit union.
  • Confirming your credit union's joint operational protocols at the chapter, league, national, and international levels.

NOTE: All credit unions should join the local security association recommended by their credit union league. A key element of being properly trained and ready for the next terrorist attack, natural disaster, or pandemic is to be on the same page with other credit unions in your CU Chapter, CU League, CUNA Inc. and ....  WOCCU   Go to....WOCCU for more information.

 

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