It's Time to Plan for the Unthinkable - A Look at Emergency Preparedness

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Planning for an emergency is becoming standard operating procedure for companies looking to reduce and avoid many of the problems associated with disasters. Working with clients on all levels and through meticulous planning and practice to prevent chaos is the best approach. Poor planning for a natural or man-made disaster can cost lives.

Witnessing last week’s events unfold over the East River in New York, it doesn’t take a huge stretch of the imagination to wonder what would happen if other unforeseen evacuations had to take place. The Roosevelt Tram had a back up system, but that failed too. Having an adequate plan, one that actually works takes time, planning, training and practice.

Planning for an emergency is becoming part of the business climate. Take for instance the weather predictions for the upcoming months which include higher than normal temperatures, dry unseasonable weather in some parts, higher than normal rainfall in others parts of the nation along with storms packing severe and damaging effects. What does this mean? It means property and business owners cannot just hope for the best. The floods are coming, so too are the wild fires, tornadoes and the darling of all storms, the hurricane. It is time to take a critical look towards including emergency preparedness as part of doing business, so you stay in business.

Learning from mistakes is great, but they often do not happen, the same way again. The best plan therefore is to plan for the unthinkable with multiple scenarios. The plan would include planning on all systems not working, and begin building an emergency response plan from there. Global Security Associates LLC, a New York-based emergency preparedness company specializing in corporate, executive and life preserving security and safety applications has worked in all corners of the globe assisting companies as they prepare for the unthinkable. “Whether we are looking at risks from natural or man-made disasters, GSA assesses property and facilities for every scenario…even ones the client may not be aware ever existed,” explains William McGuire, president and CEO of the company.

What is so striking is that cities do plan for emergencies, but as we witnessed in the Gulf region, businesses needed to be proactive as well. Law enforcement’s job in an emergency is not to take specific care of your property: So plan now for a good outcome. “Let’s take a look at how GSA works with clients to design a plan in an emergency,” states Will McGuire, adding, “Every step of the assessment we uncover ways to improve the safety of your property and how it can function in an emergency.”

Training and planning are so vital to a positive outcome in an emergency. “It is so important that property owners work with law enforcement and rescue teams to be a part of their emergency response,” states McGuire. GSA works with companies and is a liaison between government agencies to make sure communication, planning and execution of the plan comes off without a hitch. GSA’s team of experts are versed in safety protocols as well as federal, state and local regulations making sure your property is prepared for the unthinkable.

About Global Security Associates:

Global Security Associates, LLC, (GSA) is among the world’s leading security firms providing protection for small and large events and/or personal protection to the entertainment, diplomatic, and corporate worlds using U.S. government training protocol. GSA has also been a major security supplier to many government agencies, Fortune 500 companies and international clients at locations in Europe, the Caribbean, North & Central Africa, South Africa, South America, Mexico, Asia and the Middle East including Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.

William McGuire, president and CEO of the company, has spent nearly two decades in the commercial aviation security industry and prior to forming Global Security Associates was assistant vice president of Virgin Security Associates in North America, a division of Virgin Atlantic Airways, where he was responsible for the implementation of the International Passenger Profiling Program.


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