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.

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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 […]

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Emergency Action Items Help You Be Ready for Anything

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.

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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NIST Releases Draft Analysis of First Responder Mobile Device Security

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 […]