Physical Security

FEA performs independent physical security consulting services, including assessments, training, and emergency planning.

Paul Timm, Vice President of Physical Security, is a board-certified Physical Security Professional (PSP), the author of School Security: How to Build and Strengthen a School Safety Program, and a nationally acclaimed expert in school security. In addition to conducting numerous vulnerability assessments and his frequent keynote addresses, Paul is an experienced School Crisis Assistance Team volunteer through the National Organization for Victims Assistance (NOVA). He is an active member of ASIS International’s School Safety & Security Council and the Illinois Association of School Business Officials’ Risk Management Committee. Paul also served on the Illinois Terrorism Task Force (ITTF) School Security Subcommittee. He is certified in Vulnerability Assessment Methodology (VAM) through Sandia National Laboratories and the ALPHA(tm) vulnerability assessment methodology. He holds a degree in Speech Communications and a Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Illinois.

Security Assessment


The cornerstone of an effective security program is a comprehensive security plan. We can help you build your security plan by providing an objective, top-down security assessment. With the rigor and discipline of our patented methodology, ALPHA™, we can objectively and comprehensively evaluate your security program. This analysis methodology examines your specific security needs to develop a customized roadmap for improvement. Through staff interviews, the distribution of questionnaires, and visual inspection we assess:

  • Policies, Practices, and Procedures
  • Physical Security Measures
  • Staff Training & Preparedness
  • Violence Prevention & Intervention Programs
  • Emergency Response & Crisis Management

Training & Professional Development

 Emergency Planning


Our team assists you in building a healthy and sustainable security program. We believe in stakeholder involvement and can help you organize and facilitate a functional security planning team. Making use of national guidelines, industry best practices, and proprietary tools, we can help you with the following:

  • Emergency Plan Development
  • Security Policy/Procedure Development
  • Tabletop, Lockdown, and Emergency Preparedness Exercises
  • School Security Consulting Technical Assistance

Our team has decades of experience in protecting assets of societal value. Our successful work in high-threat environments and recognized credentials also qualify us to assist you with Homeland Security and Terrorism concerns.