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.
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.
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 […]
As National Preparedness Month draws to a close, we hope that you’ve given the appropriate amount of thought to your workplace’s readiness. A top official with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says certain elements of preparedness tend to be forgotten. Which ones? Find out here.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Miami Beach officials immediately act to protect high-volume pedestrian areas and a popular South Beach Mall in the wake of deadly van attack in Barcelona, Spain.
Newport News, Virginia, joins over twenty other municipalities throughout the country already online with the use of Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP), a technology that automates communication between alarm monitoring central stations and 911 centers.
Limiting the number of injuries and deaths related to fires is the primary objective of life safety measures. Controlling the damage caused by fires is another major concern. The value of structural fire losses continues to rise.