Category: Emergency Preparedness

“It could never happen here” is not an acceptable attitude when it comes to emergency preparedness. Security professionals must be ready to work alongside other employees within the organization in the event of workplace accidents, medical emergencies, natural disasters, or incidents of violence.

Library Active Shooter Incident in Clovis, NM

While mass shooting attacks in public places, offices, and on K–12 schools and college campuses are frequently in the news and more visible, a recent shooting at a city library offers a reminder of how these public facilities are vulnerable, because they can’t really pick their customers.

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Hurricanes Make Office Buildings Hard to Secure

The arrival of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma just weeks apart have caused significant damage, loss of life, and housing and electrical power difficulties for those displaced in Houston, Florida, and other U.S. and tropical island locations in their paths. While emergency management officials put most of their efforts toward helping residents, security practitioners still must […]

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Preparing Your Business for Wildfires

California’s drought may be over, but the wildfire risk is far from past. As temperatures rose last week, fire danger rose as well. A fire that broke out in Sun Valley around 1:30 p.m. on Friday had burned three homes by Saturday morning and prompted an evacuation order for areas around Los Angeles. By the […]

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Preparing Your Workplace for Natural Disasters

The Federal Emergency Management Agency recognizes each September as National Preparedness Month. This is the perfect time to make sure that not only your household is prepared for disaster but also that your workplace is as well. If your organization does not have plans such as these in place already, follow these steps to begin […]

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The Role of Unarmed Security Officers in Mass Attacks

Security officers who are not armed may be called upon to demonstrate heroic measures in those rare but devastating incidents where an attacker armed with a gun, knife, or even using a car, truck, or van, attempts to kill many employees or bystanders. Although they may not have a weapon, they still may be able […]

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New NIOSH Software Focuses on Emergency Responder Health

Talk about timely. With extensive recovery efforts under way across the country, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is offering a new software platform called ERHMS Info Manager®. Its purpose, according to NIOSH, is to track and monitor emergency response and recovery worker activities during all phases of response following a natural […]

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