“You never know when a disaster will strike.” This is an expression we hear in our world daily. What does security look like when natural disasters like a tornado come? How does a school keep students safe? What needs to be done, so first responders can communicate on the ground of a building fire?
There are three best practices to prepare for an emergency that every organization—business, school, or government agency—should have in place to keep people and patrons safe.
- Have a plan.
The first is to ensure that your team has a plan in place should an emergency happen; several plans uniquely tailored to handle any foreseeable events. Attempting to foresee and understand any risks that your team may face is an excellent place to start preparing. Equally important is understanding that some situations will be unforeseen; accidents can and will happen, but having a general plan for those types of events helps immensely when coordinating a team of responders.
- Practice the plan.
This seems obvious. Make sure everyone knows what to do. However, 60 percent of American adults have not practiced what to do in a disaster by participating in a disaster drill or preparedness exercise at work, school, or home in the past year (FEMA).
Organizations must implement regular practice drills so that people know what to do when put in an emergency situation.
The second step requires a unanimous understanding of each and every plan and how team members will interact in the event of an emergency. Having a plan is better than not, but if nobody is able to act on that plan when the time comes, then there is little point in having one in the first place. Coordinating team members via handheld two-way radios is also significantly easier when everyone understands what they’re responsible for since it will cut down on, or eliminate unnecessary chatter.
- Be sure you have the right tools in place.
The third piece is to have the powerful, reliable equipment necessary to get the job done, especially when it comes to communication. A two-way radio is indispensable in an emergency. The Hytera, DMR, PD5, PD6 and PD7 series handheld two-way radios and the MD 6 and MD7 series mobiles are built to last and serve security teams and first responders in the field, without issue. All are simple to operate and have multiple features, such as GPS and Man Down to quickly and efficiently communicate important information with every team member.
If you need to communicate with state responders, the Harris P25, XG series, mobiles, and portables outperform all other comparable P25 radios in the market.
Give us a call at 417.882.1401 if you’d like more information on digital or P25 two-way radios! We’d be happy to answer your questions.