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.

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 […]

Flood Protection Sandbags with flooded homes and businesses in the background

September is National Preparedness Month: Is Your Business Ready?

It’s September, which means that National Preparedness Month (NPM) is in full swing. The National Safety Council (NSC) uses this time to generate awareness of how you can prepare yourselves and families for any disaster that could impact your businesses, homes, and communities. The NPM theme for the month is Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn […]

Hurricanes Make Office Buildings Hard to Secure

With the arrival of hurricane season comes the potential for significant damage, loss of life, and housing and electrical power difficulties for those in their paths. While emergency management officials put most of their efforts toward helping residents, security practitioners still must protect their facilities, before, during, and after hurricanes.

Cal/OSHA Summit 2018: Emergency preparedness in California

California has more than its share of natural disasters: earthquakes, wildfires, and mudslides, to name several. The 2017 California wildfire season had a record 9,133 fires that burned more than 1.3 million acres, and in January 2018, severe mudslides shut down about 30 miles of Highway 101 between Northern and Southern California. Although California workplaces […]

10 Hurricane Preparedness Tips

We are well into hurricane season, which officially occurs from June 1 until November 30. It’s important for businesses that could be in the path of a storm to review their emergency preparations and take proper security measures. If you haven’t already done so, take these 10 essential steps to make sure your facilities and […]

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 […]

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.