• While disasters bring out the best in many people, unfortunately, they also bring out the worst in some. Invariably there will be looters and opportunists who may attempt to take advantage of your misfortune.
  • Security of your business should be a major consideration after a hurricane.
  • While local authorities will initially seal off and patrol disaster sites, their resources may be insufficient to protect all areas.
  • In the case of a major hurricane, the National Guard or even the military may be called in to help with security, but they may not be familiar with the area or who legitimately belongs there.
  • If the risk warrants, you may want to consider contracting private security until such time as you can properly secure your property.

Frequently Asked Questions: 

What can I count on from my local authorities after a major hurricane?

Most likely your local authorities will be spread thin following a major hurricane. It is also very likely that personal from unaffected neighboring communities, the National Guard or the military will be activated to assist with security. While they will all be doing their very best, they will be unable to give any special attention to individual businesses or particular areas.

Who should I contact to see what security will be in place following a major hurricane?

Contact your local police, sheriff's office or emergency management office to determine their emergency plan for security following a major hurricane. While they may not be able to give you specifics regarding your business, you should be able to get a feel for the level of security you can expect.

How can I protect myself from looters?

Secure your facilities as quickly as possible after the event. Consider private security, if necessary and practical.

Should I make tentative arrangements for private security ahead of time?

If you feel that you will need private security after a disaster, make arrangements well prior to its occurrence. Even if communications are possible, private security firms will likely be inundated with requests for assistance.  


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