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Physical Security and Emergency Management Director's Remarks

Portrait of Cynthia Slinkosky.

Cynthia Slinkosky
Service Director, Physical Security and Emergency Management Service

Thank you for taking a few moments to read this issue of Aware. Our goal is to provide outreach and engagement with our HHS community to ensure you are aware of the various physical security, facility-centric emergency management, and safety updates which may impact your daily operations at HHS facilities

This quarter I am happy to report that PSEM recently assumed the Department’s safety mission, taking on some key responsibilities for both department-level safety oversight and the facility-centric role within some of our National Capital Region facilities.

Our team continues to prioritize support to you, our customers, to ensure we are providing quality and efficient services across the Department. PSEM continues to expand our networks and partnerships through the work that we do every day. We stand ready to support your physical and electronic security, facility-centric emergency management, and safety needs.

        – Cynthia Slinkosky
           Service Director, Physical Security and Emergency Management

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Physical Security

Interagency Security Committee Federal Risk Management Process Training Program

Interagency Security Committee (ISC) Federal Risk Management Process Training Program (RMPTP) certifies students on the Risk Management Process for Federal Facilities and use of the ISC-approved Risk Management Process Tool. Security practitioners develop the ability to prepare accurate federal facility risk assessments utilizing the Risk Management Process: An Interagency Security Committee Standard.

Who Should Attend: Practitioners involved in the risk management decision-making process for the security of a facility and practitioners who participate in the development of security countermeasures, to include: security officials; chairpersons; facility security committees; real estate acquisition specialists; federal security supervisors and managers; and others involved with federal facility acquisition, construction, and renovation projects.

Course Sponsors: Office of Personnel Management, ISC/U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), and HHS

Location: Virtual (Note: Expected to return to a hybrid in-person/virtual delivery method soon.)

Cost: $2,150 per student

Registration: Visit the Office of Personnel and Management website

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Electronic Security Information

Integrate Your Agency’s Electronic Security System

If you’re looking to install and maintain your agency’s electronic security technologies, contact PSEM. Our specialized team can ensure your systems integrate with existing facility security measures within four major security components: Physical Access Control (PACS), Visitor Management System (VMS), Video Surveillance System (VSS), and Intrusion Detection System (IDS).

Contact Enrica Canavan, PSC PSEM Electronic Security Services Team Lead, at (202) 205-8531 or email to enhance your technical security needs.

Make Sure Your PIV Card is Detectable

A Personal Identity Verification (PIV) card and/or other HHS badge error could be as simple as the microchip, antenna, or memory couldn’t be detected by government computer applications and facility card readers. Try using the below tips to ensure your PIV card is detected:

  • Hold the card/badge squarely to the reader and hold for 3-5 seconds
  • Position the card/badge approximately 1 to 4 inches away from the reader — the optimum distance for it to be read
  • Wait until you hear the reader beep twice before granted access

If you followed all these steps and still have issues gaining access, please contact

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Safety & Occupational Health Information

Hurricane Season is Here — June 1 to November 30, 2021

It’s already hurricane season! Don’t get caught off guard. Below is a quick checklist to help you get ready:

  • Review your family’s natural disaster plans
  • Know what necessities each family member requires
  • Map out where you’re going to go, how to get there, and where to stay in the event of an evacuation
  • Prepare your home for inclement weather while you’re gone

Having a plan in place well in advance of an event helps you react quicker and more efficiently when needed.

Visit the International Code Council and Federal Emergency Management Agency “Are you ready?” and “Basic Preparedness” websites for more information to get your ready!

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Emergency Management Information

Image of the Alert HHS logo with the text Be Ready, Be safe.

ALERT HHS — Be Ready. Be Safe.

Don’t miss critical HHS messages to know what to do in emergency situations when seconds matter. Make sure your Alert HHS contact information is accurate.

Visit the Alert HHS Get Alerts intranet webpage to access the self-service portal and review, verify, and edit your information today!

Alert HHS is the Department’s comprehensive crisis communications and emergency notification system that allows users to receive coordinated, targeted messages by text, email, and voice on government/non-government platforms; and pop-up alerts on government-issued computers.

For questions, comments, or concerns about Alert HHS, email us at

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Did You Know?

Physical Security Organizational Email. If you prefer to use email, PSEM has a dedicated email address — This inbox is monitored 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. E.T., Monday through Friday and ready to receive, respond to, and take action on all your physical security requests, questions, and concerns, including physical-access requests, security equipment issues, coordinating building visits, and other security-related requests.

Safety Organizational Email. If you need more safety information, send us an email at — Our safety experts monitor the inbox from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. E.T., Monday through Friday to receive, respond to, and take action on all your safety-related requests, questions, and concerns.

PSC PSEM Toll-Free Phone Number. If you prefer to reach us by phone, call us at — (833) 621-PSEM (7736). We are available 24/7 for urgent security, emergency management, or safety-related concerns or questions. Please continue utilizing our email for routine requests.

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Upcoming Virtual Training

Active Shooter/Active Threat (AS/AT) awareness training is now Active Shooter/Hostile Event (ASHE). Sign up for ASHE training and other classes — including Occupant Emergency Plan (OEP) 101 and Occupant Emergency Organization (OEO), hosted by PSC Physical Security and Emergency Management.

The classes are open to all HHS full-time employees, fellows, contractors, Commissioned Corps personnel, volunteers, and interns. Attendance is highly encouraged!


Active Shooter/Hostile Event Awareness

Thursday, July 22 | 10–11:30 a.m. E.T. | Virtual


Active Shooter/Hostile Event Awareness

Thursday, July 20 | 10–11:30 a.m. E.T. | Virtual

Active Shooter/Hostile Event Awareness

Thursday, July 22 | 10–11:30 a.m. E.T. | Virtual


Register today by emailing and include the below information:

Subject: “July HHS SW Complex PSEM or 5600 Fishers Lane Training Events – RSVP”

  • Your name
  • Name of training class(es) that you plan to attend
  • Date of the training class you plan to attend

You will receive an Outlook meeting invite for each class requested.

For more information or questions about the training, please email us at


Administrators and Operators Training Refresher

Visit schedule or Request Training | Virtual

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Upcoming Initiatives

  • HHH Building Security Upgrades and Modernization
  • PSEM Intranet Portal Updates
  • Expanded access to Alert HHS Emergency Notification Messages
  • Department-level Physical Security Policy