Monday, November 10, 2008

Emergency procedures

Develop emergency procedures
On September 11, 2001 flight, slammed into the Pentagon. Fuel, fire and concussion waves poured out into the most secured of areas. Sensitive and Classified military information and material, communications equipment, secure containers and much more became vulnerable to loss or compromise. Security containers welded shut and unable to access in the extreme heat of the subsequent fires.
In 2005 Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc as waves crested levees and flooded much of the Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana low areas. Area residents and businesses evacuated the area leaving classified information locked in security containers. Flood waters caused tremendous damages that could have left unprepared businesses with unsecured classified material.
Regardless of the type of disaster, manmade or natural, those in possession of classified material should have a solid procedure for protecting classified information. This procedure supports the overall security program and is in harmony with the risk assessment and practical enough to execute when necessary. The contingency plan includes written policy and rehearsals to ensure everyone knows their role in protecting classified material.
For example, since classified work is performed at Widgets Contracting, the FSO knows that she has to have a plan in place to protect the classified material during any type of emergency. From her risk analysis, she discovers that fire and severe weather are his biggest and most disastrous of threats. Should any type of emergency can cause the evacuation of the facilities she needs a plan in place to account for the classified material. Together with the input of her team and the requirements of the executives she maps out a written policy that includes disaster rehearsals. The Widgets Contracting emergency plan requires that, when possible, all cleared personnel will evacuate their work areas with classified material. Document custodians will lock up security containers and grab the emergency kit bags and classified document sign out sheet. All employees will report to their designated assembly areas where security representatives can relieve them of their classified material.

*Emergency Kit Bags
• Marking supplies (Pen, stamp, preprinted labels, etc)
• Opaque bag or wrapping paper
• Opaque security tape
• Cleared personnel roster
• Classification level coversheets

*Suggested contents of emergency kit bags. These bags should be kept up to date and readily available during emergency evacuations

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