In addition to making sure that your employees are prepared to respond to an emergency situation before one arises, you can also prepare by reducing your organization’s risk of damages and losses due to crime. Key areas where losses can be mitigated include environmental and facility planning, security considerations and grounds planning.
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
Crime can happen at any time, but you can take action now to reduce the impact and risks to your business. Your business can improve security and safety with a relatively small investment.
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design is the theory that through proper design and effective use of environment, there will be an improvement in the quality of life for both the business and the community. CPTED promotes four primary principles: Natural Surveillance, Natural Access Control, Territorial Reinforcement and Maintenance.
Natural Surveillance means increased visibility. Place windows, lighting, trees and shrubbery so that the view into the building is unrestricted. If a criminal thinks he or she might be seen during a robbery, they are less likely to do it.
Natural Access Control involves the placement of entrances, exits and fencing. The harder it is for a criminal to gain access to your building, the safer your employees will be.
Territorial reinforcement promotes setting defined property lines and clear distinctions between private and public spaces.
Maintenance: A building that is kept up contributes to the sense of security for employees and makes your building a less likely target. A video surveillance system and well-lit grounds with motion sensors are a good deterrent to criminals and make employees and customers feel safe. Contact your local law enforcement agency or community CPTED planner for more information.
Mitigation of Geologic Hazards
Successful avoidance or reduction of the effects of geologic hazards is rooted in appropriate facility design, which takes into account the geological setting, hazards and uses of a business site. No design is absolutely hazard-proof, but an appropriate design minimizes risks. Another consideration for businesses providing services and products that have an increased demand in disasters, is to avoid at-risk sites and access routes through at-risk sites.
Hazard Mitigation and Remediation Expertise
Although identification of geologic hazards is a component of site assessment, they are not usually addressed in Environmental Site Assessments. Virginia’s Department of Professional and Occupational Regulations provides a website for searching licensee information for Virginia Certified Geologists at http://www.dpor.state.va.us/regulantlookup/selection_input.cfm?CFID=7242554&CFTOKEN=60200148.
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Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971