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Essentials for Family Hurricane Preparedness: Building Your Disaster Supply Kit

Hurricane season is unpredictable. If you wait until there is a named storm, you may not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them. Planning is even more important pre-storm, as it may be more difficult to secure supplies, lodging and food. Now is the time to look ahead and start planning for the possibility of a large storm making landfall near you.

Here are some of the essentials to have on hand in your disaster supply kit for hurricane season:

  1. Medications – Keep a list of medications that you and your loved ones take, along with at least a week’s supply of your regular medications and medical supplies. If you regularly take insulin or another medication that requires refrigeration, make sure to keep a small cooler that you can easily fill with ice. Also, be sure to include a list of instructions, doctors’ orders, and dosage recommendations in case you need assistance communicating with others. In the case of a prolonged evacuation, patients with chronic conditions treated by high risk-controlled substances are advised to carry a pharmacy print out and letter from their doctor when seeking refills out of state. Additionally, if you find yourself feeling ill or having a question about a chronic illness, make sure you can connect digitally with your provider.
  2. Batteries – Stock up on extra batteries for everyday items like hearing aids, radios, and flashlights. Another must-have is a portable phone charger to ensure you have enough battery life to reach family, friends, medical providers, or coworkers if necessary.
  3. First Aid Kit – Stock (or restock) your first aid kit. Make sure to include ace bandages, Band-Aids, thermometer, aspirin, and antiseptic swabs.
  4. Food – For each family member, pack a three-day supply of non-perishable foods like peanut butter, protein bars, canned goods, meal replacement shakes and cheese crackers.  Be sure to include plenty of infant formula and diapers if you have an infant.
  5. Water – Have at least a three-day supply of clean, drinkable water per person in your household. Estimate one gallon of water per person per day for drinking and sanitation.
  6. Waterproof Container – Store all your essentials needed for an evacuation in a waterproof container, preferably one that is insulated.
  7. Other Items – Make sure you have a battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert.  Other items to consider include:
    • A whistle to signal for help
    • PPE such as masks, gloves, face shields, and hand sanitizer
    • A tent or plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
    • A wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
    • Baby wipes, garbage bags and plastic ties
    • Emergency reference materials, such as a first aid book
    • Rain gear
    • Paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils
    • CASH
    • Compass
    • Matches, in a waterproof container
    • Disinfectant

It is important to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency.  You may need to evacuate at a moment’s notice and just take the essentials with you.

Also, families should develop a Communication Plan.  In addition to having your mobile phone and a back-up battery, talk with family or friends ahead of time to develop a plan. Designate a place to meet in the event you are unable to make contact via phone or text messaging.

By taking the necessary steps now, you can be better prepared for anything that might happen during hurricane season.

Mary Gates is a vice-president of GMR 410, LLC, a risk-solution security consulting firm and wholly owned subsidiary of GMR Protection Resources Inc. Learn more at www.gmr410.com.

ABOUT GMR 410, LLC

Our security consultants have decades of experience advising regional and global clients across numerous industries including automotive, construction, energy, financial, real estate and more. GMR 410’s services help create a safe environment with thorough threat assessments, policy and procedure review and development, and security audits. Unfortunately – and often without warning – a crisis occurs. Such events may include natural or man made disasters or criminal activities. Tap into GMR 410’s experience to ensure that you and your teams are prepared to respond to any crisis management or emergency situation.

Civil Unrest Preparedness Quick Guide

Civil Unrest Preparedness

Advanced preparedness can help reduce risk


Preparing for any type of crisis or emergency is a shared responsibility within an organization.  Advanced preparedness efforts can help reduce risks. Our Security Experts have outlined some of the steps to consider taking when such events require organizations to modify plans on the fly and when emergencies develop.

PREPARE

Assess Operations Security
1. Survey and remove loose items from the surrounding area that can be used as projectiles 1. Notify of closing or changes in work schedules 1. Prepare for additional security presence
2. Remove all trash cans, construction cones and other debris 2. Adjust janitorial cleaning schedule

 

2. Prepare for early dismissal and evacuation
3. Wet landscaping to deter fires 3. Update local, state and federal law enforcement points of contact 3. Prepare to shelter in place
4. Document locations of all cameras and ensure they are in working condition 4. Update social media accounts 4. Prepare to provide facilities and shelter to police and other first responders, if requested
5. Stock plywood and plexiglass to prevent damage to windows 5. Update internal and tenant communications lists 5. Plan and identify a site for remote operations
6. Ensure fire extinguishers are in working condition and readily available 6. Update emergency vendor contacts
7. Determine closure and evacuation guidelines
8. Identify alternative transportation

 

RESPOND

Assess Operations Security
1. Monitor local and social media 1. Operations Team, Security, Staff and Neighboring Property Managers 1. Notify police of activity at the site
2. Activate local, state and federal law enforcement contacts to ensure timely receipt of intelligence 2. Share detailed information internally within team 2. Use caution disseminating information;  Facts only
3. Monitor response posture of similarly situated businesses, facilities or organizations 3. Stay in continuous contact with neighboring property and security managers 3. Coordinate with adjacent properties for phased evacuation in area
4. Ensure leadership and chain of command visibility 4. Plan to assist neighboring properties, especially if adjoining 4. Coordinate with first responders in area to anticipate and assist with vehicular and pedestrian traffic
5. Participate in Joint Emergency Operations Center (EOC) 5. Refer to company policy regarding communicating with the media 5. Coordinate with any garage management for orderly and expeditious egress
6. Use communication technology networks for group email, texts and calls
7. Utilize external networks if cellular is overloaded (Twitter, etc.)
8. Direct inquiries to monitor local, social media, etc.

 

RECOVER

Assess Operations Evaluate
1. Damages 1. Set up remote operations center if necessary 1. Security procedures
2. Reopening, based on area safety concerns, state of emergency status 2. Communicate status internally and externally 2. Lessons learned
3. Develop timeline for any required repairs and clean-up 3. Participate in local police “hot wash”
4. Open for business 4. Coordinate internal after-action review

 

The potential steps outlined above are examples for consideration for firms thinking about their own plans. Please contact 410 for preparedness planning tailored for your organization.

Mary Gates is a vice-president of GMR 410, LLC, a risk-solution security consulting firm and wholly owned subsidiary of GMR Protection Resources Inc. Learn more at www.gmr410.com.

ABOUT GMR 410, LLC

Our security consultants have decades of experience advising regional and global clients across numerous industries including automotive, construction, energy, financial, real estate and more. GMR 410’s services help create a safe environment with thorough threat assessments, policy and procedure review and development, and security audits. Unfortunately – and often without warning – a crisis occurs. Such events may include natural or man made disasters or criminal activities. Tap into GMR 410’s experience to ensure that you and your teams are prepared to respond to any crisis management or emergency situation.

Robust Solutions for an Evolving Threat Landscape

Are you prepared for the myriad of ever changing threats to your facilities?


Your corporate threat landscape requires a holistic, flexible and rigorous approach to identifying, reducing and managing risks. Threats of violence, the global health crisis, geopolitical issues, financial concerns and threats to reputation are ever evolving risks organizations face daily, no matter their size.

GMR 410, LLC helps clients understand and respond to employee, operational and facility safety, security and risk challenges. Our experts help clients make confident risk management decisions to improve their security operations and better prepare for emergency situations and evolving threats. As Trusted Advisors, we offer an extensive array of tailored solutions to promote safe operations while maximizing efficiency and value.

We are proactive and client oriented, building relationships to serve our clients, and providing Trusted Solutions to meet needs. Getting proactively in front of risk is the key to deterrence, and the ability to anticipate through solid fundamental experience is what we offer. Our priority is always to provide clients with exceptional risk mitigation strategies without compromise.

Ready to Support Clients Across North America
Our experts focus on providing service with integrity and uphold strong internal quality standards. Below are examples of our services:

Consulting Services
Anti-Skimming Inspection Program
Business Continuity
Executive Protection
Policy & Procedure Review or Development
Pre and Post Transaction Due Diligence
RFP Content Development
Risk Assessments
Security Program Gap Analysis or Development
Security Reviews
TSCM Program Development

Operational Security Services
Active Aggressor Policy Program
Authorized to Carry Weapons Policy & Program
Physical Security Penetration Testing
Security Equipment Inventory Audit with Testing
Security Equipment Post Installation Audit and Due Diligence
Security Officer Quality Assurance Testing Program
Violence-Free Workplace

Security Protection Design
Integrated Security System Design
R&D Assistance and Support
Security Planning using CPTED, Concentric Circles of Protection & Integrated Design Philosophies
Security Project Management
Security Standards Gap Analysis, Review or Development
Security System Procurement and Installation Project Management

Our security consultants have decades of experience advising regional and global clients across numerous industries including automotive, construction, energy, financial, real estate and more. GMR 410’s services help create a safe environment with thorough threat assessments, policy and procedure review and development, and security audits. Unfortunately – and often without warning – a crisis occurs. Such events may include natural or man made disasters or criminal activities. Tap into GMR 410’s experience to ensure that you and your teams are prepared to respond to any crisis management or emergency situation.

Mary Gates is a vice-president of GMR 410, LLC, a risk-solution security consulting firm and wholly owned subsidiary of GMR Protection Resources Inc. Learn more at www.gmr410.com.

GMR 410 Publishes White Paper on ATM Crime

GMR 410 has published a white paper on ATM crime. Written by Mary Gates, Vice President of Security, this publication provides readers a description of the different types of ATM related crime, along with regulations and tactics to mitigate incidents.


“Throughout my career in bank security,” says Gates, “I found state and local regulations, types of ATM vulnerabilities and mitigation techniques, to be ever evolving and scattered across a multitude of sources and sites. With this white paper, I aimed to summarize and consolidate information in plain language so security professionals and independent ATM operators can spend less time searching the internet and other resources and more time planning their asset protection strategy.”

This white paper will help personnel:

  • Better understand the different types of ATM crime
  • Make decisions to impact ATM related criminal activity
  • Reduce liability

More from Gates:  “Security decisions impact every aspect of your business. Becoming more informed, analyzing the security needs of your individual locations, categorizing locations based on their risk, implementing enhanced security strategies where appropriate, and working towards compliance with your ATM lighting program marry together to build a safety blueprint to help protect your customers, assets and brand reputation.”

You can download the white paper by going to https://www.gmr410.com/articles-resources/.

Our security consultants have decades of experience advising regional and global clients across numerous industries including automotive, construction, energy, financial, real estate and more. GMR 410’s services help create a safe environment with thorough threat assessments, policy and procedure review and development, and security audits. Unfortunately – and often without warning – a crisis occurs. Such events may include natural or man made disasters or criminal activities. Tap into GMR 410’s experience to ensure that you and your teams are prepared to respond to any crisis management or emergency situation.