Emergency Response Paper

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EMERGENCY RESPONSE PAPER 1 Emergency Response Paper University of Phoenix SEC 420
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EMERGENCY RESPONSE PAPER 2 Emergency Response Procedures An organization needs to have emergency response procedures so that security teams know what the standard procedures will be for emergency response. An organization needs to prepare for fires, medical emergencies, terrorist threats, and bomb threats. Security personnel need to know procedures in advance so he or she is prepared to act in the event of an emergency. An effective plan is one that has been provided to all personnel and performing drills to practice the plan. If an organization is not prepared, response will be chaotic and injury or loss of life could result. Fire Alarms A fire alarm is a security and safety measure that serves to notify people when a fire occurs. Fire alarms are devices that help save lives and prevent the destruction of property. Fire alarms are triggered by pull stations, heat detectors, and flow switches. These alarms send off an audible and visual signal that a fire is in progress and danger is near. Procedures for reacting to fire alarms are universal. The speed of reaction to the alarm can make the difference between life and death. At the sound or sight of the alarm the main objective is to evacuate the building. The second objective is to notify the fire department of the fire and the location. A security or safety professional has the responsibility of educating the client and employees of the proper procedures on how to react to a fire. The security or safety professional must ensure that the exits to the building are labeled and lit, and the exits are free from clutter and debris. Maps and diagrams should be posted in common areas providing details on the location of the nearest exits.
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EMERGENCY RESPONSE PAPER 3 Fire drills and exercises should be conducted regularly. Everyone should also be instructed to use the stairs only not the elevator when evacuating the building. The security or safety professional should also lead the evacuation in a calm and professional manner in an attempt to evacuate the building in a quick and orderly fashion. Medical Emergencies Organizations and security personnel should always prepare for medical emergencies and injuries. The amount of time between the onset of a medical emergency and treatment often determines a victim’s survival and recovery (Ortmeier, 2009). Security personnel must rely on training and equipment to assist in medical emergencies, injuries, and general first aid. According to the International Foundation for Protection Officers (2003), “with areas and properties getting larger, security patrols are the only link between a sick or injured person and help” (p. 133). Organizations are required by health and safety laws to maintain emergency medical equipment like eyewashes and first aid kits (Ortmeier, 2009). Other emergency equipment may also be required depending on an organization’s specialization, equipment, use
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This note was uploaded on 09/09/2011 for the course SEC 420 taught by Professor Norma during the Fall '11 term at University of Phoenix.

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