On September 19, 2014, a man armed with a knife jumped the White House perimeter fence, crossed the lawn, and entered the front door before Secret Service stopped him. This lapse in security prompted a special Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing to discuss concerns about security policies, scheduled for tomorrow at 10am EST.
This incident was not the first that potentially jeopardized the First Family’s safety. In November 2011, a similar Secret Service failure resulted in the delayed apprehension of Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, an Idaho man who opened fire on the mansion and made contact with seven of his bullets. Secret Service then mistakenly took the gunshot sounds for vehicle backfire or possibly rival gang members firing shots at one another. Only after a broken window was discovered a few days later did security realize the severity of the incident.
Oversights like these can become common place if policies and procedures are not practiced and updated. Not only should companies revise their physical security policies and plans, emergency responses, and incident management plans; they should also practice those plans. Doing so ensures your emergency messaging procedures work as planned and that employees know how to react should you encounter a breach in physical security.
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Marlia Fontaine-Weisse is the Content Manager for Preparis.