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 […]
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.
In this day and age, when many companies house much of their critical information and infrastructure online, it’s imperative to plan ahead. What would you and your company do in the event of an emergency or sabotage?
The near-constant prevalence of workplace and school violence shootings or mass attacks—occurring in the United States about every 4 or 5 weeks, according to the FBI—should give security and HR professionals the motivation they need to regularly train and remind employees and students about warning signs and how and who to report them to.
Consider for a moment, what’s your worst-case scenario? Fire? Explosion? Flood? If you’re just thinking of the disaster itself, you’re not thinking broadly enough: the true worst-case scenario is a disaster for which your facility and your workers are completely unprepared.
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 […]
Technology has always played an important role in the day-to-day duties of first responders, and now even more so, with the growing adoption of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). The network was built to facilitate faster, clearer communication between first responders from all departments, so that everyone heading to the site of an […]
As the Carr Fire tore across Northern California earlier this year, firefighter James Bevins spent 2 weeks providing rescue support for helicopters dispatched to dump water and fire-retardant chemicals on the 230,000-acre blaze.
Continuing on from yesterday’s post, here are some more tips to help make sure employees at your facility are properly prepared for natural and environmental disasters.
Worldwide, natural disasters were cited as the cause of 10,000 deaths. Many of those occurred while people were at work. In addition, research shows that the number of recorded natural disasters has continually increased over the past century. So, it’s still critical, perhaps now more than ever, that our facilities and employees are well-prepared for […]
Do you remember the parable of the blind men and the elephant? Each individual forms an incorrect conclusion about what an elephant is based on the limited information they have. The man touching the elephant’s tail concludes that an elephant is like a rope, while the man touching its tusk believed that the elephant was […]