Assessing Vulnerabilities


Preparedness for mass casualty incidents requires a combination of physical, technological, and environmental security strategies as well as proactive policies and procedures.

In making your organization a safer place, a good first step is to conduct a security assessment.

Conducting an assessment involves taking a close, systematic look at a variety of things that could affect security, including physical, situational, and procedural factors.

It means walking the neighborhood and grounds, conducting online research, and interacting with local law enforcement to become better informed about community crime risks.

It means inspecting the physical facility, systems, and equipment; reviewing policies and procedures; talking to people; thinking about human interactions and situational factors; and asking yourselves “What if…?”

Security assessments are not a one-time event. Keeping them up to date requires an ongoing process and a safety mindset—maintaining a level of awareness and asking, Are we doing what is needed to keep this place safe and secure?

IS-360: Preparing for Mass Casualty Incidents: A Guide for Schools, Higher Education, and Houses of Worship

Lesson 3: Before an Incident: Assessing and Mitigating Vulnerabilities (Part 1)


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