CONTINGENCY PLANNINGVery few corporations operating both domestically and internationally have comprehensive, workable, security contingency plans capable of dealing with major security related situations on a worldwide basis. Without effective planning, it would be impossible for any corporation to react effectively to a crisis or security related situation.
Before any planning processes can effectively begin, it is essential that a Threat - Risk - Vulnerability Assessment (TRVA) be completed. The TRVA thoroughly analyzes the corporation's total exposure to risk. Contingency planning incorporates all the policies, procedures and plans necessary to prevent, manage and quickly recover from a crisis. At the same time, it analyzes the fundamental principles of all operations to ensure the long-term viability of the organization. It is also recognition that survival is a corporate strategic objective.
Failure to provide for the possibility of a crisis might result in serious injuries and deaths, destruction of property and facilities, and even the inability of the corporation to continue operating.
Planning in advance of a crisis is essential. In a crisis, confusion can be expected, communication links may be interrupted and conditions may be generally chaotic. The aim of a contingency plan is to allow those responsible for managing emergency situations to focus on the solution of major problems, rather than attempting to bring some order out of chaos due to a lack of prior planning. If all predictable and routine situations are considered in the plan, those responsible for actions during an emergency will be able to deal with the unpredictable or unusual situations that will surely develop.
Most potential crisis situations can be prevented or at least controlled through good planning, making the effects on personnel and assets of the corporation relatively insignificant. On the other hand, a plan does not guarantee that a crisis will not develop, especially one resulting from natural phenomenon. However, actions taken to cope with a crisis or security situation as it begins to develop may prevent a crisis from developing into a tragedy. A plan should provide the basis for orderly actions and decisions to minimize loss.
Globe Risk International has supported a varied and wide-ranging client base in the areas of Security Planning, Crisis Management, Emergency Preparedness, Business Continuity Planning and Technical Support. The specific functional areas include:
- Program definition and project management
- Hazard analysis and threat-risk-vulnerability assessment
- Concept of operations and command and control definition
- Plan and procedure development
- Operations room design and system integration
- Training definition and delivery including computer based training
- Exercise planning and conduct
- Alerting, response and penetration testing
Globe Risk International's strengths in providing operational support include the following:
- A dedicated team of security specialists and incident managers with many years of experience in providing security and incident management support.
- A well recognized reputation in evaluating and upgrading security and emergency response capabilities.
- The expertise of a team with extensive experience in practical security and emergency preparedness situations.
- A company with emergency management expertise at all levels. Globe Risk International's team members have an intimate knowledge of the international security environment through many years of continued services to both commercial and private sector industries.
- A solid reputation for providing program-based solutions to resolve complex issues.
- Proven management skills to ensure that projects are completed on time and within budget.
- Quality management practices that strive to ensure that client expectations are met and exceeded.
Exercise Planning and Conduct
The ultimate validation of any program is an exercise. Exercises can range in scope and complexity from modular, highly simulated, tabletop style local events through to multinational, inter-jurisdictional, free play evolutions with a high degree of real life, field level activity.
Globe Risk International's team possess a broad range of experience covering the full spectrum of exercise styles. This experience includes designing, developing, conducting and evaluating exercises for such diverse clients as federal, provincial and municipal governments, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Department of National Defence, major retail stores, international mining, oil, gas and exploration companies.
Globe Risk International consultants utilize their years of experience as counter-terrorist Special Forces operators to analyze a potential facility or infrastructure target from a terrorist's perspective. Years of training in terrorist methods and having a thorough understanding of terrorist attack methodology, our consultants develop terrorist attack profiles and then develop a comprehensive plan to prevent such an attack. Very few international security-consulting companies utilize this method of planning to protect facilities or critical infrastructure targets. It is the ability to think as a terrorist that sets Globe Risk International apart from other similar organizations.
Globe Risk International has broad experience in the planning, management and implementation of security and incident response projects. Globe Risk International's staff has been involved in small and large-scale security projects at locations in Canada, the United States, South America, Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia.