Safety & Security Resources for Healthcare Facilities

The need for top-notch physical security in the healthcare industry is ever present in today’s society. This is evident in the letter released by the Department of Homeland Security on December 30, 2016, warning hospitals and other facilities that they are at risk of being targeted by terrorist group ISIS.  Click here to see the letter in its entirety.

How many warnings will there be before threats, potentials or “what if’s” become reality? We can never truly know, we can only prepare. Practicing “an abundance of caution” the organization’s branch chief called out several safety and security resources including training tactics, activities and campaign materials that focus on active shooter situations. ESCO recommends paying special attention to “Tools and Resources to Help Business Plan, Prepare, and Protect from an Attack,” which provides a step-by-step guide to approach planning for emergency situations.

Implementing a strong and strategic security plan can be a tedious process, especially considering that active shooter scenarios are not the only risk hospitals face. In order to better understand areas in which your facility succeeds, and where there may be room for improvement, ESCO offers a Security Assessment procedure. The extensive information provided through this service is unmatched, and helps to ensure that your limited dollars are allocated most effectively. Click here to see a break down of the assessment process.

Security Assessments are conducted by ESCO Security Solutions Engineer Chuck McCormick, PSP (Physical Security Professional.) The PSP certification designated through ASIS is held by only 1,200 individuals worldwide, and is earned by those who have “demonstrated in-depth knowledge and experience in threat assessment and risk analysis, integrated physical security systems and the appropriate identification, implementation and ongoing evaluation of security measures.” – ASIS

Chuck is at the forefront of new and relevant information that does, and will continue, to affect your staff and patients. We encourage you to use the expertise of Chuck and the rest of the ESCO team as your number one resource to combat the realities of violence, and to exercise “an abundance of caution.”

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