Staying Vigilant: Safeguarding Military Bases
The men and women of our armed services dedicate their lives to keeping all of us safe and providing the security we rely on every day. Their devotion to public service is an inspiration for all of us, but our gratitude simply isn’t enough. We have a responsibility to ensure that these men and women can carry out their duty to our country feeling the same safety and security they provide for us.
Ensuring safety and security at our nation’s military installations has to be one of our top priorities. But safeguarding our bases isn’t without it’s challenges. The security landscape is an ever changing environment and we face new threats all the time.
At RapidGate our mission is to help make bases safer. Our state-of-the-art credentialing system is a key component to making sure that those intent on doing harm to the people who live and work on our nation’s bases cannot succeed.
Protecting those who live and work on our military bases begins with vigilance. As we’ve seen all too often this year, active shooter incidents, security scares and other acts of low tech terrorism are on the rise. This year alone we’ve had 6 active shooter scares at our bases, and knowing how to react to these situations can help save lives and reduce injuries.
If you live or work on a base, the simple fact is the risks are real. Understanding how base security works allows all of us to be a help be a part of safeguarding our institutions. Know what current credentials look like and how to identify who is supposed to be on base and who isn’t. If you see something that seems out of place report it. Base security is trained to identify and handle potential threats, but vigilance and intuition from everyone on base helps them do their job.
Vigilance alone isn’t enough. You have to familiarize yourself with all of your emergency protocols. Know where you’re supposed to go and what you’re supposed to do in the event of a security situation. Understand what “shelter in place” means for you and what your responsibilities are during all potential threat situations.
There’s no perfect solution that will make our bases perfectly safe, but vigilance from our military communities coupled with the professionalism and training of security personnel is a good first step.