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The Time to Develop a Workplace and School Safety Plan is Now

Unfortunately, active shooter incidents are something many of us find ourselves seeing more and more of on the nightly news. Whether it be in schools, movie theaters, malls or other public locations, shootings are something that are a serious problem in today’s society. According to the USA Today, “the number of incidents in which a shooter opens fire on a crowd of people more than doubled over the past seven years compared with the previous seven.”

Since December 2012 and the shooting in Newton, CT, there have been at least 86 school shootings. Last week, Sandy Hook Elementary School was evacuated after threats were made. Fortunately, there wasn’t an incident and all students and staff were safely evacuated.

Here at Huffmaster, the safety and security of others is one of our first priorities. We are proud to partner with a number of schools, offices and locations to improve safety practices within each location. Additionally, proactive security plans are implemented and can be used should an incident occur.

By implementing a security plan for major incidents such an active shooter, everyone can feel safer at work. Security plans are extremely detailed and have a lot of complexities. However, we compiled a small list to get your organization started on a safer environment.

Components of a Security Plan:

  1. Building Access: Who has access to your building and when? What about after hours? Do you have a policy for employees as well as visitors when it comes to entering and exiting your workplace?
  2. Emergency Exits: If the front or main doors are unavailable, do employees know where to go? It’s important that emergency exits are identified and that all those in the building know how to get out, even if another exit is blocked.
  3. Shelter In Place: If exiting the building is dangerous, an area inside needs to be established as shelter.
  4. Delivery Policies: How does your office acquire, sign for and receive packages? What would be the policy if a suspicious package or piece of mail was delivered?

This security list is not inclusive. When it comes to you and your employees’ safety at work, small measures are often not enough.

Contact Huffmaster today to learn how we can protect your company and the people within it.

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Mike Saad, CPP

Senior Director Consulting Services at Huffmaster Crisis Response, LLC
Michael Saad is Senior Director of Consulting Services, Huffmaster Crisis Response, LLC. He is responsible for the security consulting line of business for the company. In that capacity he manages security program evaluation, corporate policy and procedure development, federal security compliance initiatives, corporate investigations, security threat and vulnerability analysis, and business risk management.
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