With the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we are reminded again of the importance of keeping our buildings and occupants as safe as possible. Compared to single story buildings where threats can be more easily confined and quickly mitigated, multi-story buildings naturally have multiple security concerns and needs that should be addressed. Threats have grown in severity as time has passed and multi-story buildings need to be better protected from a variety of 21st-century threats. Here’s how you can protect yours.
Take An Active Approach When Securing Your Building
An operational response plan incorporates a risk assessment and risk management plan. Having this plan in place complements safety features that are already active and provides further measures to your building and its tenants. Construct your plan around the likelihood of potential threats and then survey your building and write specific procedures for:
- Hazard determination, which is a threat-vulnerability analysis
- Decision-making process based on conditions and events
- Communication strategy to notify building occupants of emergency instructions
- Evacuation, sheltering in place, and how to train occupants on when and what to do
Once the plan is in writing, it is critical to train building occupants on response procedures. FEMA is a great resource for all of your security risk management questions and answers. The Security Risk Management Series has a mission of improving mitigation and security of high-occupancy buildings to be better positioned to protect from potential threats and hazards.
Property Managers Building Security Guide
Is your building prepared to protect against 21st-century threats? Equip your building with Sonitrol’s integrated security solutions to be ready for the smallest of threats to the largest. Our solutions are subtle, yet effective. You can choose from managed access control, audio detection, video surveillance, and our fire alarm system. Additionally, all of our products can be integrated into a single, easy-to-use system that is monitored by highly trained professionals at our Sonitrol Monitoring Centers across the country. Our modular approach to system design gives you everything you need now and allows for easy expansion in the future.
Sonitrol provides the measures to cover all security concerns of your multi-story building. Our security solutions take an active role in monitoring your building for break-in’s, fire, and more. Of all your responsibilities as a property manager, securing your building shouldn’t be a one person job and since business security is our expertise, we have created a free resource. Download our Building Security Guide for Property Managers, which is filled with thorough information and tips on all things security and our expert advice.