4 Emergency Preparedness Tips for Businesses: Perspectives of a Police Captain

With the recent attacks in Las Vegas, we attended a BOMA event that touches on the subject of business safety and preparedness. The presentation was given by Captain Lance VanDongen of the Salt Lake Police Department; according to him, recent statistics conclude that the majority of these types incidents occur in commercial or business areas.

Captain Lance VanDongen says, “The Las Vegas tragedy is a terrible reminder that we all have to deal with this issue in future. It’s unfortunate that it’s come to this, but the only way we’ll be safe is by working together.” VandDongen offers these four tips to help business owners help their businesses stay safe:

1. Provide open dialogue and ongoing training for all employees

2. Security is a key factor

Lock all doors and windows, in order to prevent any unauthorized access. Awareness and added security is crucial for the safety of employees and customers.

3. Be overly aware

Report any odd or unusual behavior, facility issues, suspicious, etc.

4. Follow the current chronological recommendation of Run, Hide, Fight as a rule

For more from the Department of Homeland Security on emergency preparedness, click here.

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