Preparing for and Responding to a Mass Casualty Event
November 9, 2021 | 01:00 PM (EST)
Whether it is an active shooter event or a high-profile terrorist attack, being prepared and knowing how to respond to a large-scale security incident is critical to your organization and employees. Fostering such skills is part of a company’s duty of care.
We invite you to watch our webinar, “Preparing for and Responding to a Mass Casualty Event". During this virtual event, our experts who have diverse security and victim assistance backgrounds from within the FBI and private sector offered training tips and advice for how to respond to mass casualty events, including an overview of what to expect from law enforcement in their crisis response and investigation, how companies should be prepared to offer victim assistance, and how businesses and individuals can better plan and prepare for such incidents. At the end of the webinar, you can expect to:
- Identify key internal and external relationships and processes to test in tabletop exercises to best prepare your organization’s crisis management team for critical emergency incidents.
- Develop a comprehensive understanding of victim assistance and why you should review your current crises plans and make updates to ensure victim assistance and support is included.
- Understand what to expect from law enforcement as they respond to a mass casualty critical incident and considerations during a subsequent law enforcement investigation.
- Learn communication tips on internal and external messaging during the initial and long-term response to a mass casualty event.
MEET THE SPEAKERS
Mike McGarrity, Moderator
VP of Global Risk Services, Global Guardian
Mike McGarrity is Vice President of Global Risk Services at Global Guardian. In this role, Mike works with Fortune 500 clients and organizations to provide comprehensive tailored security and crisis response solutions. With 28 years of public service, the last 23 years with the FBI, Mike has led teams at all levels to protect the American people. Mike most recently served as the FBI’s Assistant Director of Counterterrorism, with daily oversight of all counterterrorism operations in the FBI’s 56 field offices and almost 80 overseas offices. McGarrity was continuously recognized for his strategic vision and performance and has served in some of the FBI’s most challenging and critical positions, including serving as the squad supervisor of the FBI’s extraterritorial squad, Director of Counterterrorism at the White House National Security Council, first Director of the USG’s Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell, Special Agent in Charge of the Criminal Division of the New York Field Office, and Assistant Director of Counterterrorism, the FBI’s priority mission. Prior to his career with the FBI, Mike was an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office. He has received numerous awards from the FBI, DOJ, CIA, and ODNI. Most notably, Mike is the recipient of the Presidential Rank Award – Distinguished where he was recognized for his strategic leadership and sustained efforts disrupting countless threats against America. A New Jersey native, McGarrity graduated from Delbarton School and holds certificates from Harvard and Northwestern. McGarrity obtained his undergraduate and law degree magma cum laude from The Catholic University of America.
Former Assistant Director - FBI Victim Services Division
Kathryn M. Turman served as the Assistant Director over the FBI Victim Services Division (VSD) from 2002 – 2020. Former FBI Director Robert Mueller brought Ms. Turman to the FBI several months after the September 11th attacks with the mission to establish a robust, professional victim services program. Beginning with six employees in 2002, the FBI VSD is now uniquely comprised of more than 300 full time victim specialists, terrorism victim services coordinators, child/adolescent forensic interviewers, child victim services coordinators, an international hostage family engagement team, and operational psychologists. In 2005, Ms. Turman established a terrorism and mass casualty Victim Services Response Team (VSRT) that has responded to more than 30 terrorism and mass violence events across the U.S., from the Virginia Tech shooting to El Paso Walmart shooting.
Prior to joining the FBI, Ms. Turman served in the Department of Justice as Director of the Missing and Exploited Children’s Program, Chief of the Victim Witness Assistance Unit in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, and Principal Deputy Director and Director of the Office for Victims of Crime. She began her federal service career on Capitol Hill in 1987 as an aide to the late Senator John Heinz.
Ms. Turman served on national task forces and advisory committees including the Federal Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, the National Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence, the White House Hostage Policy Review, National Forensic Science Commission, the Scientific Working Group on Medical-Legal Death Investigation, and the Federal Interagency Working Group on Pandemic Influenza and At-Risk Individuals. She also served on the board of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. Ms. Turman received the Edmund J. Randolph Award, the highest honor provided by the Department of Justice, in 2000 for her work with Pan Am 103 families. She is also the recipient of the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service, two National Crime Victim Services Awards, two National Intelligence Meritorious Medals, and Presidential Rank Awards for both Meritorious and Distinguished Service.
Ms. Turman retired from federal service in June 2020. She has worked as a volunteer on victim-related strategy development and training for the Urban Institute, Leadership in Counterterrorism, the European Centre of Expertise for Victims of Terrorism, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Toronto and Ontario police services, and New South Wales police service. She serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children and mentors college students seeking careers in victim services.
Special Agent In Charge, Tampa Field Office, FBI
Michael McPherson is special agent in charge of the FBI’s Tampa Field Office in Florida. Prior to this role, Mr. McPherson was the acting deputy assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Mr. McPherson joined the FBI as a special agent in 1997. He was first assigned to the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force in the New York Field Office, investigating Colombian drug trafficking organizations. In 2004, he was transferred to the San Juan Field Office in Puerto Rico, where he served on the Violent Crimes Task Force. He was a member of the SWAT team in New York and San Juan.
Mr. McPherson was promoted to a supervisory special agent in 2005 and served in the Counterterrorism Division at Headquarters. He became a unit chief and provided oversight of U.S.-based international terrorism investigations for one region of the country. He transferred to the Tampa Field Office in 2008 as the supervisor of the Joint Terrorism Task Force for Domestic Terrorism.
Mr. McPherson was named an assistant special agent in charge at the Washington Field Office in 2015, supervising U.S.-based international terrorism investigations in Washington and Northern Virginia. He was transferred back to Headquarters in 2016 as a section chief in the Counterterrorism Division. He provided support, coordination, and oversight of the FBI’s U.S.-based international terrorism investigations. He also served as the division’s acting deputy assistant director. Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. McPherson served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 10 years. He is a certified intelligence officer and is fluent in Spanish.
CEO and President, Global Guardian
Dale Buckner is the CEO of Global Guardian and has been leading Global Guardian since its inception in March 2012. He is a decorated Combat-Commander with multiple combat tours and classified operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Colombia, Haiti and Cuba and executed deployments to Russia, El Salvador, Honduras, Chile, Panama, Kuwait, and Qatar. Dale served in the United States Army Infantry (9 years), Military Intelligence (2 years), and Special Forces Green Berets (13 years). He commanded 5 organizations including an Infantry Reconnaissance Platoon, Special Forces Scuba Team, Special Force Counter-Terrorism Team, a Special Forces Counter-Terrorism Task Force, and a Special Troops Battalion.
Dale has Bachelor’s Degrees in Criminal Justice and Business, Master’s Degrees in Public Administration and Business Administration, a Masters Certificate in Strategic Leadership from Cornell and was a Senior Fellow at the Tufts University School of Law and Diplomacy. Dale earned a total of 27 awards and decorations highlighted by his combat Bronze Star Medal and Defense Meritorious Service Medal.