Designing a secure location can be a challenge, but having to do so in the midst of a bustling metropolis poses even bigger issues. Along with needing to keep the building and its occupants safe from vehicular and personal intrusion, architects will also have to keep the local population in mind. While redesigning and adding to their second corporate headquarters, these are exactly the problems Amazon has to face in Arlington, VA. Fortunately, the company has an excellent model that integrates state-of-the-art security with a park-like landscape.
During a public health crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, medical facilities and personnel are even more critical than usual. While trying to care for patients infected with the novel coronavirus, health care providers have faced challenges such as lack of personal protective equipment, insufficient supplies of respirators, and overwork, as well as the risk of contracting the illness themselves or passing it on to their families.
As the pandemic continues to wash over the country, state and federal parks and services are drowning in closures and occupancy restrictions. Unfortunately, citizens are looking for solace away from quarantine procedures in the majesty of nature. This puts undue strain on the National Park Service that wasn’t designed for long-term regulations to minimize exposure. Fortunately, there are many ways that location managers can mitigate the disruption in service with either temporary or permanent barrier systems. Using simple methods to upgrade security procedures can help facilitate easier transitions as these places are reopened to the public.
Security teams and building designers have long had to deal with an important balancing act. Pedestrian safety is important, but oftentimes it comes at the cost of aesthetics. In addition, with the advent of social distancing, creating pathways for high foot traffic areas is an even greater challenge.
While many things have changed due to the worldwide pandemic, some things still remain the same. The threats of vehicular violence are still present even though collisions have become less frequent and traffic, in general, is at a significant low thanks to COVID-19. Preparing for such instances remains a high priority, and those institutions that take preemptive action stand to prevent major incidents before they start.
The COVID-19 pandemic is drastically changing the lives of everyone around the globe. While people can hope that global citizens will work together to overcome this crisis, there are always those looking to either profit from the situation, or only think about their own well-being. There are people who rush to stores during any emergency, grabbing up food and other supplies as quickly as they appear on the shelves. Unfortunately, during a long-term event like the pandemic, hoarding may cause even more harm than leaving a family without toilet paper.
As local and global communities band together to help stave off the worst of the COVID-19, the threat from infection is enough for most people to worry about. For some, it is an opportunity to learn new ways to deal with everyday life while remaining safe. For others, it is exactly the kind of chaos that can be exploited to relay a message of terror. While individual security is important, organizations need to recognize that this pandemic offers more threats than just the virus.
Around the world, governments are trying to protect their citizens from COVID-19. One of the most effective ways is to create seclusion zones to keep people isolated and reduce the risk of spread. Agencies have also set up ad-hoc testing facilities to help determine who is affected, helping to establish quarantine procedures and track how far the illness has spread. In order to control the large amounts of pedestrians and vehicles, many areas are focusing on temporary solutions to traffic control and safety concerns.
The threat COVID-19 presents has taken many by surprise, illustrating how people have taken parties, office work and even grocery shopping for granted. Because it can easily be spread, the virus has made social distancing the new norm. As seclusionary practices are being enforced throughout the country and the world, security personnel are faced with new challenges in crowd control.