NYC Security Company Emergency Response Plans

Covid-19 Crisis Management and NYC Security Company Emergency Response Plans

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The current Covid-19 crisis has impacted New York City businesses in ways no one could have foreseen just a few short years ago. And while the average NYC security company is used to adjusting to evolving situations, few of those firms have ever encountered this type of rapidly-changing environment. That’s why it’s more important than ever to have a sound emergency response plan to help navigate the current crisis.

Managing Security During A Pandemic Like Covid-19

While many businesses within New York City have been ordered closed during the pandemic, essential services like private security continue to operate. To do so safely and effectively, they need to have a strategy that protects their personnel and the public as they continue to protect life and property. That requires a concerted focus on three main areas of concern: access control systems, proper interactions with visitors, and flexible use of alternative security techniques.

Access Control

During any crisis, it is important to maintain strict access controls. In the midst of a pandemic and large-scale economic shutdown, that access control can be even more vital for protecting health and life. Security firms should review security procedures at every job site to ensure that access is limited in accordance with current public policy guidelines. That may require restricting the number of access points to ensure that traffic can be more efficiently monitored and controlled.

Visitor Interactions and Management

The coronavirus pandemic has made everyone more conscious of close proximity interactions, primarily because the virus is believed to be easily transmitted from person-to-person. Visitor management processes should be adjusted to reflect that reality. If security personnel are required to interact with visitors, employees, or building occupants, proper protective gear can be essential. Naturally, that includes masks, gloves, and any other equipment that can minimize exposure to potential infection.

At the same time, however, it is equally important to initiate visitor screening protocols. All visitors should have access to sterilization products to help prevent virus transmission. Security firms should also consider asking questions about a visitor’s potential exposure to Covid-19, whether they’ve experienced flu-like symptoms, and if they have been tested for the virus. In short, they should take steps to reduce any risk of the virus being introduced into the secured area.

Flexible Services

Finally, it is critical for security companies to include flexibility within their crisis response plans. Many police forces have seen officers placed in quarantine because they were exposed to the virus. Private security personnel face that same risk every single day. As a result, companies have to be prepared for the possibility that they may need to provide services with limited resources. Planned flexibility can enable a firm to continue to serve clients’ security needs even when they’re short-staffed.

Pandemics and other emergencies always arrive without warning, and invariably present challenges for any security strategy. The good news is that security companies can rise to that challenge when they can rely on a sound emergency response plan that protects their personnel, their clients, and the public at large.

George Kozhar

George Kozhar

George Kozhar is a respected security professional, licensed private investigator, and founder of International Security Services (ISS) - New York City’s dedicated security experts since 1999. Mr. Kozhar and his team provide a full array of private and business investigative services in the U.S. and overseas, VIP executive protection, armed and unarmed security guard services and training, and Fire and Life Safety Director training through the company’s Fire Science Institute.

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