A well-developed and properly implemented security and emergency program protects an organization’s people, assets, and reputation. The lack of an emergency plan could lead to severe losses such as multiple casualties and possible financial collapse of the organization. An attitude of "it can't happen here" may lead to apathy; however, emergency planning is an important part of company operation.
In addition to the major benefit of providing guidance during an emergency, developing the plan has other advantages. TranSystems planning leads clients in discovering unrecognized hazardous conditions that could aggravate an emergency situation and helps clients in determining what actions can be taken to eliminate them. Additionally, the planning process may bring to light deficiencies, such as the lack of equipment, training, supplies, alternative operating sites, or items that can be rectified before an emergency occurs. When the planning is complete, our clients have an emergency plan that in addition to protecting the company also promotes safety awareness and shows the organization's commitment to the safety of workers, which has a further benefit of reducing liability should an event occur.
Since emergencies will occur, preplanning is necessary to prevent possible disaster. An urgent need for rapid decisions, shortage of time, and lack of resources and trained personnel can lead to chaos during an emergency. Time and circumstances in an emergency mean that normal channels of authority and communication cannot be relied upon to function routinely. The stress of the situation can lead to poor judgment which in turn can make the situation worse and the resulting losses greater - fatalities and injuries; damage to buildings, stock, and equipment; and prolonging the resumption of normal operations.
Emergency Plans should contain clear assignment of responsibilities for preparing for an emergency and responding to the emergency. TranSystems works with clients to develop plans that appropriately align with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS). Invariably, first responders to incidents will be using the ICS and it is critical that those with the most information on the site (the owner) understand their role within the ICS and be ready to rapidly integrate into and support the ICS.
TranSystems staff is experienced in leading clients through an emergency planning process that is designed to be “all hazards” but also contains specific actions for likely incidents such as bomb threats, suspicious package, evacuation, fire, medical emergency, death on premises, severe weather, flooding, earthquake, civil disturbance/unrest (protests, riots), mass casualty, HazMat releases/Weapons of Mass Destruction, intruder/active shooter, utility outage, communications outage, and pandemic outbreak.
TranSystems’ Security Team is an independent security consulting and engineering concern that is not affiliated with, nor has any alliance with, security equipment manufacturers, security installation companies, guard companies, investigators, or any insurance companies that would otherwise bias our recommendations and design. TranSystems consultants provide emergency planning for a wide variety of clients, including local, state, and federal government facilities; transit agencies; freight rail organizations; intermodal facilities; airports and related facilities; manufacturing, distribution, and warehousing companies; water utilities; electrical power generation and distribution companies; oil and gas refining and distribution companies; telecommunications and data centers; ports and maritime organizations; higher education facilities; and non-profit and cultural organizations.
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