So while I am usually pretty security conscious out of habit, the increasing frequency of these shootings and the sheer randomness of these tragic events, has made me reevaluate the security measures I take at work. Here's some things I am considering:
- First step: a security evaluation of each office site.
- Physical security considerations: facility access control (remote locks, solid core doors, key card access to interior parts of offices), panic button, escape plan, video surveillance, panic room, etc.
- People security considerations: visitors kept in area exterior to main office, inform all staff members of pending issues (employee domestic issues, pending legal issues, client issues that could impact employee's safety)
- Staff training: lock down drills, fire drills, escape/evacuation drills, hostility diffusion training
- Communications plan: PIO plan, emergency communications plan (within the facilities and outside of the facilities), floor plan of each facility available electronically
- Information file: emergency contact numbers posted, staff emergency contact info with photos available electronically, etc.
- Employee protection: allow and encourage properly trained employees to carry firearms