Business Security Recommendations

Homeland Security Advisory System Recommendations
Source: American National Red Cross

BUSINESSES

Risk of Attack

Recommended Actions

SEVERE
(Red)

  • Complete recommended actions at lower levels
  • Listen to radio/TV for current information/instructions.
  • Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to proper authorities immediately
  • Work with local community leaders, emergency management, government agencies, community organizations, and utilities to meet immediate needs of the community
  • Determine need to close business based on circumstances and in accordance with written emergency plan
  • Be prepared to work with a dispersed or smaller work force
  • Ensure mental health counselors available for employees

HIGH
(Orange)

  • Complete recommended actions at lower levels
  • Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to proper authorites
  • Review emergency plans to include continuity of operations and media materials on hand
  • Determine need to restrict access to business or provide private security firm support/reinforcement
  • Contact vendors/suppliers to confirm their emergency response plan procedures
  • If a need is announced, donate blood at designated blood collection center

ELEVATED
(Yellow)

  • Complete recommended actions at lower levels
  • Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to proper authorities
  • Contact private security firm for security risk assesment and to determine availability of support/reinforcement
  • Contact voluntary organizations you support to determine how you can provide assistance in case of emergency

GUARDED
(Blue)

  • Complete recommended actions at lower levels
  • Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to proper authorites
  • Dialouge with community leaders, emergency management, government agencies, community organizations and utilities about disaster preparedness
  • Ask the local Red Cross chapter to offer a presentation called "Preparing for the Unexpected" at an upcoming neighborhood meeting.

LOW
(Green)

  • Use Red Cross Emergency Management Guide for Business and Industry to develop written emergency plans to address all hazards.  Include an emergency communication plan to noitfy employess of activities; designate an off-site "report to" location in case of evacuation.
  • Develop continuity of operations plan to include designation alternate work facility/location of business
  • Arrange for staff to take a Red Cross/AED and first aid course
  • Obtain copies of Terrorism: Preparing for the Unexpected brochure from your local Red Cross chapter and distribute to employees