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S&T to Hold Facebook Town Hall On SAFETY Act, Commercial Facilities

Interested in learning how your building might benefit from SAFETY Act Certification or Designation?

Members of the Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology (S&T) Office of SAFETY Act Implementation will be available to answer your questions and provide examples of theoretical technologies that could receive SAFETY Act protections during its Facebook Town Hall: SAFETY Act for Commercial Facilities, on March 23, 2017, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM EDT on the event page.

Members of the SAFETY Act team will be available to answer your questions and provide specific guidance on applying for the program. The session will take place in the “Discussion” tab, and will not involve any audio or video.

The program’s liability covers a wide range of technologies, including products, services, software and other forms of intellectual property (e.g. sensors, detection systems, cyber security technologies, decision support software, blast mitigation materials, anti-terrorism security services, etc.). Qualifying claims are limited to those resulting from an act of terrorism where approved technologies have been deployed.

S&T said, “We’ll provide additional insight about these and other commercial facility-related issues, answering questions such as:

  • How is “technology” defined for commercial facilities?
  • What types of commercial facility activities are covered under the SAFETY Act?
  • What should I know before preparing my commercial facility/venue application?

S&T said, “The commercial facilities sector plays an important role in creating anti-terrorism technologies that can help save lives. However, sometimes developers are hesitant to deploy their products if there’s fear of being held liable for damages from potential future attacks. The SAFETY Act program addresses these concerns and incentivizes anti-terrorism technology development through risk and litigation management protections.”

As part of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, Public Law 107-296, Congress enacted the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act (SAFETY Act) of 2002 to provide incentives for the development and deployment of anti-terrorism technologies by creating systems of risk and litigation management. The purpose of the law is to ensure that the threat of liability does not deter potential manufacturers or sellers of effective anti-terrorism technologies from developing and commercializing technologies that could save lives.

For more information, watch a brief overview of the SAFETY Act program.  

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