Melissa J. Nixon, DVM
Vehicles at staging areas
Personnel from harassment or injury
Animals from injury or theft
Equipment from damage or theft
Facilities from misuse or damage
Supplies from misuse or theft
Teams out in the field
Personal safety from rioters and renegades
Everyone accounted for at the end of the excursion
Website from hackers
Water supply safety
Security of lodgings
Possibility of terrorism
Prevent diversion of controlled drugs and other medical supplies
We need to have our own security team to mind the gate and keep an eye out for problems overall. However, we also need to have a Memorandum of Understanding and a working relationship with local law enforcement and if possible, the National Guard, the United States Army, and the Coast Guard.
During Hurricane Katrina, there were threats to the physical safety of workers and volunteers. Extra security was provided to VMAT. One of the concerns with convergent volunteers unassociated with a specific group was the lack of ability to ensure their safety or to even know if one had gone missing or become injured.
It is very important for workers to sign in and sign out; that is one way we know who might be missing, injured, or otherwise in need of assistance!