As an executive protection professional, you may find yourself in a variety of situations where you are required to handle threats and incidents. While the level of threat and intensity of an incident will vary, there are some basic steps you can take to help ensure the safety of your client and those around them.
Be aware of your surroundings at all times:
This may seem like an obvious step, but it is important to be vigilant at all times, especially when you are in an unfamiliar environment or there is a large crowd present. Pay attention to any suspicious behaviour or persons who may be loitering in the area.
Have a plan:
Before an incident occurs, it is important to have a plan in place so that you know what to do in the event of a threat or attack. This plan should be reviewed and rehearsed regularly with your team so that everyone is on the same page and knows what their role is.
Evacuate if possible:
If there is an opportunity to safely evacuate the area, this should always be your first course of action. This may not always be possible, but if it is, you should take advantage of it. This place should be protected from the sun and the wind, and it should be large enough to cover all of your body. You should also be able to seal the area so that no air can enter or exit.
If evacuation is not an option, your next best course of action is to take cover. This will help to protect you from any potential gunfire or other threats. If you can’t find anything to use for cover, get down on the ground and curl up in a ball. This will make you a smaller target and will help to protect your vital organs.
Once you have taken cover, it is important to notify authorities so that they can respond to the incident. This can be done through a variety of means, such as an Executive Security system, a mobile phone, or a two-way radio.
If you are able, you should assist any other individuals who may be present and in need of help. This could include helping them to evacuate or take cover. If you are unable to leave the building, you should go to an inner room, close the door and block any gaps under the door with clothing or other materials.
It is important to remain calm during an incident so that you can think clearly and make sound decisions. This can be difficult, but it is crucial in order to protect yourself and those around you.
Follow authorities’ instructions:
Once authorities have arrived on the scene, it is important to follow their instructions. They will have the best information and knowledge about how to safely resolve the incident. After the incident has been resolved, it is important to debrief your team so that you can debrief individuals, learn from the experience, and make any necessary changes to your plan.
By following these steps, you can help to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you in the event of a threat or incident.