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Disaster Security Deployment: Considerations for Contractors

Disaster Security Deployment: Considerations for Contractors

Posted in September 2017 during Hurricane Harvey in Houston, TX

“I’m in Houston now for the past 7 days working a security detail for an area retailer. I’m assigned to the 2000 – 0800 shift. I’ve worked similar types of details in my home area but this is my first out of state detail. I’m no expert but I know lots of guys and ladies are looking to do this work so I thoughts I’d share some observations.

First the opportunity came up very fast, saw the post Tuesday was on a plane Wednesday. So read the RFS documents carefully, have your documents ready to go; resume, certifications, picture (if required), gear, travel information (TSA Pre Check number), insurance, etc… Don’t be trying to figure this out the day of the post or call.

We’re working 2 person posts and sharing a room. One vehicle shared between the site teams. Once you’re at the hotel you’re on your own if you want to go anywhere.

A couple of notes don’t be as James Price has said the douche bag contractor. Relieve your post on time, bath, don’t keep your partner awake with BS, keep your shit squared away, back them up, etc… In short be a professional.

Bring enough clothes to sustain yourself for the duration of the deployment as laundry service may not be available. We’re wearing 5.11’s and company polos. Bring a hat, I recommend two pair of footwear, and a rain jacket minimum and any other weather appropriate gear. A pair of work gloves is a good idea too.

Cell phone, have cables, wall & vehicle adapters, a charger for remote sites where there is no power. I recommend a small pocket size one and in the future I would bring my Powerall with attachments in my go bag.

Two flashlights one decent tactical light, a smaller penlight type for checking stuff out and a small red lens for in the room at night so you don’t wake up your roommate turning on lights or million lumen tactical light. A pocket note pad and pen.

I have been wearing my IPAK on my belt but have my IFAK and pill pack (if you don’t know what either are FITFO) in my go bag. I also have a CPR mask on me.

Tools, I have a Leatherman, Spyderco Endura, Swiss Army Classic, water bottle, travel mug, and titanium spork.

Also in my go bags is a mini hygiene kit, shamag, sunscreen, bug spray, extra glasses, 4 bottles of water, power bars, change of under clothes, and other sustainment items. Be prepared to take care of yourself.

Also bring some some cash with you. Minimum of $100.00. If you smoke or dip make sure you have yourself covered for at least a week or so. Cash is king as ATM’s May not be working.

That’s about all for now as I just got off shift and am falling asleep. Remember be professional and able to take care of yourself.”

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Author  – Art Dorst is the owner of A. Dorst Consulting & Training Services and is a Senior Consultant for LaSorsa & Associates.  He served in the U.S. Navy and  Army National Guard, and is a retired municipal Police Officer, NRA Instructor, and is currently a security provider/trainer.

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‘Leading Security Training Providers Teaming Up to Provide Exceptional Value’

As an innovative and value-driven training provider, we strive to be on the forefront of the industry in technique and in true benefit to our students. As such, beginning in our October 20-28 9 day comprehensive Executive Protection Training Program, LaSorsa & Associates will be teaming up with Vehicle Dynamics Institute by incorporating their highly acclaimed Protective/Evasive Driving course into the program. Along with the certificates LaSorsa & Associates awards for the various components of the course, students who complete the Protective/Evasive Driving component will be presented with a separate certificate of completion from VDI, providing an even greater training value to an already leading program.

Gear Review: The Best Surveillance Cameras

Gear Review: The Best Surveillance Cameras

For professional private investigators and even some in the security field, a piece of gear that seems to pile up over the years is cameras. Not only are we always searching for the next best thing, but when it comes to any type of electronic gear like cameras, the next best thing is always right around the corner. Here, we share some experiences with some of the cameras we have used in our surveillance operations over tens of thousands of hours of surveillance.

EDC Flashlights for Security and Self-Defense

EDC Flashlights for Security and Self-Defense

As with many of us, the search for the next best piece of gear is never ending. However, it is nice to hear feedback from other’s experiences with gear in order to save money and time. This article shares some insight on the writer’s favorite set of options for an EDC Flashlight.

Business Seminar: Licensing, Advertising, Contracting, Invoicing & Payroll

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LaSorsa and Associates is proud to host a Business Seminar, free for our Alumni, on July 13th in Raleigh, NC including detailed presentations on licensing, advertising, contracting, invoicing and payrolling with group discussions and guest speakers. This seminar is designed to openly share expriential, effective knowledge and be an effective networking event. $250 attendance fee for non-alumni.

Contact us for more information.

 

Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst: ‘As Luck would have it…’

Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst: ‘As Luck would have it…’

A phrase like this is repeated ad nauseam among our community but it does not really hit home until we understand why, for protective security in particular, this is so vital. No matter how much we plan or how much protective intelligence we utilize, the possibility of an ambush style attack such as this still exists. The most alarming issue, however, is the more we plan and utilize protective intelligence the more we mitigate all predictive incidents, therefore leaving only a worst case ambush style scenario

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I spent a large portion of my adult life being a gym rat.  Pounding the iron on the journey to size and strength.  Back when I started out there was no internet so the main source of information was Muscle and Fitness magazine and looking for the biggest guy in the gym and doing whatever he did.

Weapon Maintenance Tips – Cleaners, Lube, Protectants

Weapon Maintenance Tips – Cleaners, Lube, Protectants

Weapon Maintenance Tips – Cleaners, Lube, Protectants

As we commonly see in firearms training, weapons maintenance is a reoccurring issue, most often due to too little or too much, in respect to both maintenance and application of products like cleaners, lube and/or protectants.

Personally, I pre-treat the applicable parts of my weapons and mags with Militec-1, clean and preserve them with RemOil, and for prepping a carry gun for use, I wipe it down and apply Rem-DriLube.

Whatever you use, make sure you test it is similar conditions to how you intend to use it. I.E. carry it for a while and then take the weapon straight to the range without any “range prep” of the weapon to see how it runs.

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