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.

Getting the Word Out to Everyone in an Emergency

Mass notification systems utilize a number of integrated communication devices and software to alert building occupants about a potentially dangerous situation and facilitate the proper action and response. They represent a very beneficial added layer of life safety protection.

Crisis Management Responses Demand the Six C’s

In a crisis situation at your facility, you will react as you have been organized and trained to do. Knowing what to do can be the difference between chaos and calm, or even life and death. A crisis can happen anytime, anywhere, to any organization, and while some may be predictable, others come on unannounced.

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Often-Ignored Emergency Preparedness Practices

Severe weather, power outages, or other workplace emergencies can occur anywhere and at any time. How well prepared are you? A top official with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says certain elements of preparedness tend to be forgotten. Which ones? Find out here.

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Substance Abuse, Workplace Violence, and the Importance of Effective Communication

In yesterday’s post, we published the first half of a transcript from our sister publication’s interview with Patrick Prince, the associate vice provost and chief threat assessment officer for the University of Southern California. In the rest of the interview, Prince digs a little deeper into the connections between substance abuse and workplace violence, how […]

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Threat Assessment Expert Discusses Key Workplace Violence Indicators

Here at the Total Security Daily Advisor, we are busy gearing up for this year’s Workplace Violence Prevention Symposium. Last week, our sister publication, the EHS Daily Advisor was lucky enough to chat with Patrick Prince, who is presenting an educational session at the symposium, for the EHS on Tap podcast. Below, you’ll find part […]

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Workplace Violence Prevention: Essential Program Components

In Friday’s Total Security Daily Advisor, 2019 Workplace Violence Prevention Symposium keynote speaker Dick Sem, CPP CSC, discussed the importance of building an appropriate culture of communication and outlined some of the key warning signs that precede a workplace violence incident; today we present what Sem asserts are essential components of any workplace violence prevention […]

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Workplace Violence Prevention: Plain Talk and No Emotion are Key to Communication

Most organizations have some form of workplace violence prevention plan in place. However, that is only the first step. Security or HR personnel may not know how to effectively communicate this plan to employees, or how to appropriately communicate that an actual incident is in progress. According to 2019 Workplace Violence Prevention Symposium keynote speaker, […]

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Security Professionals Need AED and CPR Training

Security officers may be first on the scene of a medical cardiac emergency involving an employee, customer, or other user of the facility being protected. Besides basic first-aid skills, they need to be ready to provide CPR support or be trained in the use of an AED.

The Value of Tabletop Scenarios for Your Security Team

The use of tabletop exercises for your security team will require time away from their jobs to do it well. But by putting them into unique, unfamiliar, and even seemingly unlikely situations, in the safety of the training environment, you can learn collectively and finetune the outcomes for use in a real situation.

Hospital Staff Needs to Drill on Security Codes

Security practitioners at some healthcare facilities report a disturbing issue: Many employees don’t know or can’t remember the various security-related color codes connected to their work. While they certainly know Code Blue for a patient in medical distress or Code Pink for an actual or attempted infant abduction, they may not use or remember the […]