Module 9 – Summary

Security plans and planning relate to SRA, in that the threats, vulnerabilities and risks that you analyze should tell you what you need to plan for.

Planning is a basic part of any field work.

Security planning is now considered and essential core competency for Security managers and must be carried out whether or not there is a dedicated security professional assigned to this task.

All offices, regardless of size, require a security plan; however, the complexity of the plan will vary widely according the size and scale of the operation and the particular security threats and other concerns identified in your SRA.

Security plans may contain sensitive information that should be restricted from wide circulation, however, all staff members must be aware of those portions of the plan that depend on their knowledge of the plan’s protocol and proposed responses.

While the precise format and content of security plans will vary widely from office to office and from situation to situation, the following points should normally be considered in most moderate- to high- risk field situations:

  • Overview of the situation and assessment of key contingencies.
  • Identification of key personnel in the security management system.
  • Updated staff lists.
  • A communications plan.
  • Evacuation plans and procedures.
  • Medical evacuation (MEDEVAC).
  • Procedures for other contingencies.
  • Maps.

Scenario-based contingency planning for incorporation into the overall security plan usually focuses on the three or four threats identified by your SRA as entailing the highest risk to your staff.