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Tip of the week: Ensure that you think of security considerations ahead of a disaster

Hospital Safety Insider, July 28, 2011

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If a tornado hits, is your security team prepared? Make sure you can answer the following questions:

  • How am I going to feed officers and provide shelter and appropriate protective clothing (e.g., rain gear, flashlights, spare batteries)?
  • How are we going to track officers’ hours so they get paid correctly, and how will we do payroll?
  • Are our servers working?
  • How do I communicate with my officers? (You need to have a number they can call in on as well.)
  • Do they have a way of receiving severe weather notifications, as more storms can sometimes follow?
  • When an impending disaster declaration is made, such as evacuation of a hospital due to a hurricane, what are the expectations of the client and the legal responsibilities of the security agency?

The answer to this last question will vary depending on the wording of contracts and individual state law. In coastal communities in particular, the emergency plan needs to be very thorough, especially as it applies to pharmacies and the safety of their items.



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