Safety and Security in Your Facility, Now More Than Ever

The safety and security of any facility is always an important topic for any school, business, religious facility, or any other place where people gather.

With the recent spike in threats worldwide based on activities and terror attacks across the globe, we must all take a minute to ensure we are prepared.

The FBI has cautioned all of us to be alert, raise our awareness, and pay attention to possible organized or lone-wolf attacks in the USA.

While this rise in the threat level is based on many factors, regardless of the source of the danger, we must be prepared and ready. I use the 3 Pillars of Survival formula to help navigate what we should consider.

Preparation is the first pillar. Review policy, staff training, and technology in place. Communication is the second pillar, how can your staff alert everyone to any danger. And finally, the third pillar is Notification, how can you call for help from law enforcement? Concentrating on these pillars can help you look critically at what your security profile is.

Here are a few points to consider while we have the time:

  1. Review your safety and security policies today. Make sure they are up to date.
  2. Review you security equipment and technology. Make sure you have the equipment that can help you react quickly and call for help if need be.
  3. Review your staff training. Make sure everyone knows what to do and how to respond to a violent incident and how to use any technology you have in place.
  4. Review your in-house communication system and how your staff would use this equipment to tell everyone in the facility that there is danger.
  5. Review your systems that allow you to call for help to law enforcement.
  6. Conduct a drill on-site to ensure everyone knows what to do and where to go in an emergency.

Using the 3 pillars of survival as a guide and covering the items I have detailed can help you be prepared and can empower you and your staff to survive any kind of emergency.

If you need help doing this or if you have any questions, feel free to contact me. We are all in this together.

Author: Lt. Joseph Pangaro