Fagel book recognized by peers
SUGAR GROVE—Without even knowing his book was under consideration, Sugar Grove resident Mike Fagel has been recognized for writing the book of the year by the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS).
“I’m shocked, happy, flabbergasted—pick an emotion,” Fagel said. “I’m thoroughly excited. To be recognized by my peers is pretty nifty.”
The book, “Crisis Management & Emergency Planning,” is the first recipient of the ASIS Security Book of the Year award.
“I’m just the editor. The rest of it is me pulling my colleagues together,” Fagel said.
He said he did write several chapters either individually or in collaboration with colleagues in the field of emergency services.
An instructor at several area universities and a public speaker who travels worldwide, Fagel has a great deal of practical, hands-on knowledge with his background in emergency services and work with Homeland Security.
Fagel was among the thousands of men and women who worked at Ground Zero in New York City after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He served as the incident command safety officer under FDNY Logistics Chief Charles Blaich.
“My life revolves around teaching people to be able to cope with whatever life throws at them,” Fagel said.
He described the book as an extension of early works, and said it contains what he teaches. Although the list of topics is lengthy, some of the chapters include policy on emergency management, stress management, facility vulnerability, two chapters on active shooters, volunteer management, legal considerations, sports venue emergency planning, pandemics, exercises and exercise design, testing your plan, chapter on vulnerability assessments, nuclear and radiological incidents and agricultural terrorism.
“That’s possibly why the committee picked this book for the award—we cover a whole lot of different elements,” Fagel said. “As a teacher, instructor, you hope you give your audience what they need, what they’re looking for.”
Fagel said he won’t get rich from writing a book, but the bottom line is, it’s all about saving lives.
“Maybe if someone reads this book and heeds what’s inside, we can save a life or two with the knowledge we’ve gained.”