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Building Lockdown Procedures in an Emergency: Security Officers Guide

As a security officer, it is crucial to be prepared for unexpected events that may arise in the course of your work. In high-stakes scenarios, you may need to implement a lockdown in the building to ensure the safety of those on the premises. This article outlines what a lockdown procedure entails, how to plan and implement it, and how to distribute it to those in the office.

What is a Lockdown Procedure?

A lockdown procedure is a set of actions taken in an emergency to secure the safety of individuals in a location where a potential threat has arisen. This could be due to natural disasters, bomb threats, active shooters, police activity, or protests nearby.

As a security officer, it's your responsibility to ensure the safety of your assigned area and decide when a lockdown is necessary.

Planning a Lockdown Procedure

To effectively plan a lockdown, it's important to understand the different types of lockdowns that may occur: shelter-in-place, internal threat, external threat, and full lockdown. Each type of lockdown requires different actions to ensure safety.

What Should be Included in a Lockdown Procedure?

The lockdown procedure should include all necessary steps to secure safety in an emergency situation. This includes:

  • Identifying who is responsible for declaring a lockdown

  • Locking exterior doors and windows

  • Covering windows

  • Avoiding windows facing the outside

  • Clearing un-securable areas

  • Taking attendance, and prohibiting entry or exit.

  • Depending on the threat, some steps may be omitted or added.

Creating a Lockdown Procedure for the Workplace

The steps outlined in the lockdown procedure may need to be adjusted to fit your specific workplace. It's important to assess your workplace and make changes to ensure maximum safety.

Distributing a Lockdown Procedure

The lockdown procedure should be clearly communicated to everyone in the workplace to ensure its effectiveness. Emailing the procedure and keeping hard copies for department heads is an effective way to distribute it. Regularly practicing the lockdown procedure can help individuals prepare for an unexpected emergency. Unplanned lockdown drills can also be used to evaluate preparedness and make adjustments as needed.


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