Addressing Safety and Security Vulnerabilities


After identifying potential vulnerabilities, it is important to develop practical strategies for enhancing protective measures.

The team works together by asking:

  • What can we do to avert dangerous situations?
  • How can we protect our people and lessen the negative consequences if an incident occurs?
  • What is appropriate for our organization?

Answers to these questions help teams to consider and select the strategies for reducing vulnerabilities.

These strategies may include simple changes such as modifying landscaping, improving lighting, or adding signs.

Other improvements may involve enhancing locks, window protection, or communications systems. And, in some cases, adding surveillance technology may be warranted.

In addition to physical changes, updated policies and procedures may be needed and incorporated into the all-hazards emergency operations plan or other documents.

Remember, there are numerous resources and experts within the community who are willing and available to help.

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