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Evacuation Essentials: Proper Planning Prevents Panic

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Evacuation Essentials: Proper Planning Prevents PanicTelgian Engineering & Consulting, LLC (TEC) security expert Lauris Freidenfelds recently explored crucial aspects of an emergency response including plan awareness and training, ensuring communications options are available, and safety drills in the article, “Evacuation Essentials: Proper Planning Prevents Panic” for Campus Security & Life Safety magazine.

“I have always subscribed to the motto Proper Planning Prevents Panic. This is never more evident than during actual emergencies. I have personally experienced the narrowing of my vision and a foggy thought process when confronted with an unexpected dangerous situation,” Freidenfelds says. “And, even though I have been a part of the safety and security industry for decades, it is still frightening. For the average person, it can be paralyzing.”

A nationally recognized security expert, Freidenfelds focuses on safety, security and emergency management for a variety of clients. His 40+ years of experience include operational security, technology and emergency management programs. And, his extensive knowledge of emergency management personnel and operations encompasses planning, organizing, and directing security programs and activities, as well as development and coordination of disaster preparedness plans, the mitigation of, preparation for, and recovery from hazards and disasters.

In “Evacuation Essentials: Proper Planning Prevents Panic,” Freidenfelds covers:

  • Developing evacuation plans that are simple and easy to read
  • Evacuation routes and mustering / rally locations
  • Emergency notification / communications best practices
  • Putting the plan into practice through drills
  • Active threat response protocols: Run, Hide Fight plan and ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter Evacuate)
  • Recommended frequency of safety drills

Click to read Evacuation Essentials in Campus Security & Life Safety magazine in its entirety.

About Telgian Engineering & Consulting, LLC (TEC)

Lauris Freidenfelds, Telgian Engineering & ConsultingTelgian Engineering & Consulting, LLC (TEC) is a full-service global design, engineering and risk mitigation consulting firm providing professional services related to the protection of people, property, information and organizational mission against preventable losses. These include security risk consulting, strategic / enterprise risk management, fire protection engineering and environmental health and safety.

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