Violence and other crime erode the quality of K-12 education because students who don’t feel safe can’t learn well and teachers who feel threatened don’t teach confidently. School administrators have begun to fight back against violence with security technology such as electronic access control, video cameras, communications systems, metal detectors, and X-ray machines.
When is the last time you talked to your city’s police chief, your neighborhood beat cop, or first responders with the fire department? The right police and fire officials should recognize you and your facility team as a trustworthy ally. Learn how to create this kind of connection to ensure first responders have the advantage in your building.
How familiar are your occupants with your building security protocol? If it’s been a while since they reviewed your handbook or you held a security briefing, make sure your building population has up-to-date security information. Use these three tips to jumpstart conversations about risks, policies, and reporting.
Can your building handle anthrax, bombs, IEDs, or biochemical attacks? Collectively referred to as CBRNE, chemical or biological devices, radiological and nuclear bombs, and enhanced or improvised explosives (IEDs) are the new weapons of choice by homegrown and international terrorists. Be on guard for CBRNE weapons delivered through air-intake vents, sent through the mail and express delivery, or left as abandoned packages.
One of the worst places to suffer a heart attack, stroke, or medical emergency is in a commercial building. While EMTs can race to most buildings in minutes, it may take a while to find their way to the victim. Security officers prepared for medical emergencies can provide first aid and act on policies to speed EMTs to the scene.
Hospitals increasingly are raising awareness of workplace violence and implementing prevention programs. What kind of program have you developed to prevent violence in your building? Check out what hospitals are trying to get a few ideas for your building’s program.