Facility Security

        Improving Security and Disaster Response


It is important to take action before a disaster to assess your facility security and make improvements, if necessary. Though not all security threats can be avoided, some situations can be prevented with appropriate preparation.

     • Advise management and employees to report any suspicious persons
     or activity in or around the facility.

     • Establish and follow visitor control procedures such as mandatory
     sign-ins, name badges, escorts, orientation, etc.

     • Survey locks, fences, exterior lights and other physical security
     devices to ensure that they are in place where needed and in
     proper operating condition. Establish a monthly inspection of
     your security perimeter and key protective features of your

     • Pay special attention to areas where you are storing explosive,
     flammable or toxic chemicals. These areas should be properly
     secured and inventoried, with limited hands-on contact of
     these materials when possible.

     • Evaluate critical locations in your facility for proper
     security, including the electric, telephone and gas units,
     building entrances, transformers, outside storage units
     and computer rooms.

     • If your facility has a security/fire alarm system, be sure
     it is operating properly and that key personnel know how
     to arm/disarm it.

     • Make sure that fire suppression systems are regularly inspected
     and maintained. Also, be sure that a sufficient number of
     trusted personnel know how to activate, operate and shut them

     • Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) can serve as an excellent crime
     deterrent that can help solve crimes when equipped with a recorder.

     • Review your procedures for issuing facility keys and access cards.
     At a minimum, keep lists of who has been issued keys/cards and
     have a procedure for handling a situation when a troubled
     employee is terminated without returning them.

     • Discuss security with your local police department. Police
     departments are often very willing to provide information
     and support to businesses and industries.

     • Have your local fire department conduct a pre-planned visit to
     your building. While there, they can identify potential
     hazards and plan fire suppression priorities.

On any given day, it’s possible to see warnings from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security regarding potential threats to our safety. Though it may seem like an unlikely risk, it is also a great one because you can’t predict what impact terrorism could have on your company. In addition, criminal activity and natural disasters are a danger that can strike at any time. To prepare for the unexpected, you should review your security and disaster readiness plans to help you minimize the impact of any potentially threatening situation.
Without prior planning, you leave your company open to financial disaster, especially if you are forced to close operations for any length of time. In addition, without a proper plan to cope with a disaster situation, your company may face lawsuits from clients, vendors or employees claiming negligence.