All facilities face a certain level of risk associated with various threats. These threats may be the result of natural events, accidents, or intentional acts to cause harm. Regardless of the nature of the threat, building officials and facility owners have a responsibility to limit or manage risks from these threats to the extent possible.
The purpose of conducting a security assessment is to identify common vulnerabilities as it relates to physical and procedural security and provide general recommendations to mitigate those vulnerabilities. Vulnerability is defined to be a combination of the attractiveness of a building as a target and the level of deterrence and/or defense provided by the existing countermeasures. Target attractiveness is a measure of the asset or facility in the eyes of an aggressor and is influenced by the function and/or symbolic importance of the facility.
The Emergency Response Consulting Group’s security assessment process includes, but is not limited to: Examination of building structures and grounds; effectiveness of the present security system; assessment of policies, procedures, and emergency guidelines; current emergency and crisis preparedness planning; physical access controls; emergency notification system(s); evacuation procedures; local crime analysis; and building lighting.
Security taken seriously can provide two good results. First, it can help lower the risk that something will happen in your building. Second, if an incident occurs, security can provide an expert, appropriate response that mitigates the effects. Without an up-to-date security assessment, the only force that can bring about either of those good results is luck.
Public buildings are unique and present a difficult challenge for security professionals. Most public buildings are intended to have an open atmosphere. Technology and all-hazards plans supported by training and education are crucial for an effective response during any emergency situation. The intent of enhanced security is to prevent or deter an act from occurring. In the event prevention measures fail, building officials must be able and prepared to respond effectively to any emergency situation.
At the conclusion of our assessment, our findings and recommendations are submitted in a final written report to the individuals responsible for the safety of the building. Our methodology includes the fact that it is important for building security assessments to reflect both the positive safety measures already in place at the time of the assessment, as well as the areas for continued safety planning and security improvements. Our final assessment reports are designed to be used as a planning tool for continued safety in your organization.