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During times of particular challenge within our greater community, we've experienced civil unrest. During those times, it can be helpful to have thought about preparedness for facilities in addition to the work that you've already done to ensure people are safe and protected.
To address this possibility, we would like to provide the peace of mind of being able to protect your facility and property. Much of the information presented here is derived from official documentation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Of note, this is not a blanket recommendation to board up your windows, doors, etc. Instead, for those that wish to do so, we wish to ensure you have a reliable source of information on how to do it right.
To securely board up any opening, you will need:
There are other products available for boarding up, such as hurricane shielding. If you are looking for more long-term protection, this is a viable option, but it’s also more expensive and less widely available.
When you have all of your materials, you can begin the actual boarding process.
When the boarding is completed, a “No Trespassing” sign should be attached to a clear, visible exterior wall of the building.
All first-floor entrances, and those accessible via a fire escape or porch, should be boarded up. This means effectively boarding up all doors as well.
After every entrance is secured, make sure to take precautions to keep yourself and your community safe. Make sure that you are following reliable news channels and websites (it’s preferable to have multiple sources of information for verification), including official government sites, for updates about the election, and information in the case of unrest in your area.
For more information about securing a home, you can see the FEMA guidelines or this helpful guide from Home Depot. You can also read more about what to expect from election night and the following weeks from CBS, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.