What is a Hurricane ? Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over the water and move toward land. Threats from hurricanes include high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, and tornadoes. These large storms are called typhoons in the North Pacific Ocean and cyclones in other parts of the world.
The number one goal is to prevent the loss of live in the event of a hurricane, then to minimise the damage to a premises that you are securing.
Basic Preparedness Tips
Know Where To Go – After all you should be the expert in this department as you are the security guard for the local store/bar/club/building etc, staff,shoppers and customers will all expect you have have a plan to follow as they look to you as a person in a position of authority in this situation.
You should know all the evacuation routes out of a building or area and know of a safer area to evacuate to for more information on planning an evacuation route contact your local emergency management agency.
Prepare A GO Bag – This is a disaster supply bag it should contain all the essentials for an emergency such as: First aid supplies, torch, batteries, copies of critical emergency information such as contact numbers for emergency services and hospitals.This GO bag should contain everything you would require in an emergency it really depends on the industry you are working in to add certain things to the bag. You should sit down with the store manager or area manager and come up with a list of items to include in this bag.
Alert System – Many communities and areas have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town or reach out to local businesses and security agencies that you work with to see if there is a system in place if not it may be an excellent option for you to implement a system for the local area.
Monitor The News – Keep a radio on tunes into the local weather station or news channel or a TV if your workplace permits to monitor the situation. With advancements in technology in the past few years weather predictions have a higher degree of accuracy.
Even if your workplace doesn’t have access to these devices I’m sure you have access to a mobile phone which you can monitor news channels via the internet. It may be a good idea to explain to your employer that you will be monitoring the news channels via the mobile in advance to keep them updated and to stay ahead of the hurricane so you can make plans in case the hurricane hits your area.
Secure Outdoor Items – Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (e.g., patio furniture, garbage cans); anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., propane tanks).
Secure the premises – Secure all doors, windows, and other openings against wind and water. Never underestimate the power and force of wind and water be extra careful to ensure all entrances (Doors & Windows) are sealed up and safely secured. If the premises has shutters be sure to pull them down as they will act as an extra measure of defence against flying objects that would easily penetrate the glass windows otherwise.
In the event that customers or staff have to remain in the premises during the hurricane and the premises does not have shutters then windows may be crisscrossed with tape to slightly reduce flying glass, this is a last resort but may help in reducing the amount of loose glass flying around the room should the window break.
Non-Essential Staff – If the business has a lot of non essential staff ask for them to be sent home as this reduces the number of potential casualties should the hurricane strike the premises.
Don’t wait for an emergency to begin to practise your plan –
The first time an individual sees your emergency preparedness plan in action should not be when a storm is settling in. It’s important to use various pieces of the plan in non-emergency situations so employees become accustomed to the procedures.