Post Hurricane Security Response

Post Hurricane Security Response — Enhanced Recovery through Immediate Action

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.

 

Reference

NOAA (10, 03, 2018) Fast Facts: Hurricane Costs. Retrieved from https://coast.noaa.gov/states/fast-facts/hurricane-costs.html

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Natural Disaster Response

Enhance Resource Protection and Overall Response to Hurricane Michael by Using Drones and Trained Response Teams

 

CBS News – Hurricane Michael

As Hurricane Michael approaches the Florida panhandle, the size and expected damage continue to increase dramatically. Current forecasts call for landfall at Category 3, Major Hurricane, status. According to the National Hurricane Center, the hurricane is expected to have sustained winds well in excess of 100 MPH. Mandatory evacuations have been posted by government officials in Bay Country Florida impacting some 120,000 people in Bay County alone. https://www.cbsnews.com/video/hurricane-michael-takes-aim-at-florida-panhandle/

As prepared business owners prepare for the storm and implement their business continuity plans, one of the biggest challenges post storm is the access, assessment and protection of their critical company resources. As flooding, erosion, downed trees and power lines close roads or entire areas, mother nature also wreaks havoc with communication channels and in particular access to CCTV systems and even cellular based communication becomes intermittent or completely unavailable.

To mitigate this challenge, businesses are incorporating technology and specialized teams into their recovery operations. By using unmanned quadcopters, businesses can deploy the craft onto facility grounds to assess damage, potential risks (i.e. power lines, hazardous debris, etc). With trained personnel that understand FAA rules and regulations pertaining to unmanned aircraft, the aircraft can quickly record the environment on the ground without the risk of travel and send updates back to the appropriate personnel.

At Security Engineers, the Security Engineers Drone Response Team (SE-DRT), is focused on helping businesses and assess and protect their critical business resources by leveraging both the latest technological advances with a professional security officer corps. The SE-DRT is unique as it couples drone assessment capability with professional security officers trained in facility protection post disaster.  After assessment and ingress routes are determined, SE-DRT personnel can deploy armed officers to sites and establish security perimeters as required. The SE-DRT is pooled for multiple clients in a given disaster area and clients can leverage this a cost effective solution to their individual response plans. If this approach is needed by your business, please contact us to learn more.

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