Hurricanes, like all large-scale natural disasters, not only present risk to life and limb, but also to infrastructures and financial continuity. According to the Office for Coastal Management at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), hurricanes created a cumulative cost of $306.2 billion dollars in 2017 alone (NOAA, 2018). It is imperative that businesses not only involve their security departments in any emergency management plans, but also engage the contract security firm regarding response planning after the storm subsides.
Having a detailed response plan prepared that allocates assets to be placed on standby, often from outside the affected impact zone, is critical to a rapid and effective recovery. Unfortunately, recovery plans are often based on the availability of security responders local to the affected region. By the time key stakeholders realize their ‘cavalry’ is just as pinned down as they are, it is too late to coordinate effectively with other providers.
Businesses commonly find themselves implementing temporary repairs- such as the integration of backup power sources, while simultaneously beginning permanent reconstruction of damaged infrastructures and physical assets. Having physical security elements immediately on the scene for these efforts creates a safer environment for operations to commence and be completed in the necessary timeframe. Response opportunities not only include ‘boots on the ground’ in the form of licensed, professional Security Officers, but also as integrated solutions like drones used for flyovers to assess damage, identify weak points in a security perimeter and record/monitor key assets in real time.
Some businesses such as financial institutions, medical facilities and transportation services are critical to the restoration of the entire community. Streamlining the secure recovery of these entities is absolutely vital to the health of the locale. It is all the more important these institutions actively seek out partners to preemptively coordinate post-disaster response plans.
All businesses provide significant equity to the surrounding community, and to those who earn their living -directly and indirectly- from the products/services they provide. Each stakeholder within an organization tasked with security operations and/or emergency management, should ensure his/her institution is preparing effectively for disaster response. They should also push to have any procurement of security services take the respective firms’ ability to provide disaster response from beyond the immediate geographic area. An ounce of prevention, as they say, is worth a pound of cure.
If you are looking for this sort of disaster response coverage, contact our corporate management team with the ‘contact us’ tools below. We would love the opportunity to help you construct integrated solutions that best fit your needs and location. We have decades of experience with disaster response and mature program to provide it both efficiently and cost effectively.
NOAA (10, 03, 2018) Fast Facts: Hurricane Costs. Retrieved from https://coast.noaa.gov/states/fast-facts/hurricane-costs.html