COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, has kept many of us at home for at least a month. As hospitals become overwhelmed and we find out more and more information about this virus, it’s important that each of us takes the proper precautions to not only keep ourselves and our families safe but our neighbors too.
When you think of an executive protection team, you may think about a team of agents put in place to help protect a client. However, executive protection teams can offer a lot more services that can actually be helpful during the times of COVID-19.
Executive Protection Services During Pandemic
Create and Activate 24/7 Command Center
A command center uses sophisticated, state-of-the-art technology and intelligence to track, monitor, and analyze reports from around the world, including security information and data on the most recent COVID-19 cases.
The Command Center exists for command and control purposes by gaining/maintaining situational awareness and coordinating resources and response activities.
A command center allows executive protection teams to communicate with local law enforcement and governments in order to provide each other with information, which can then be shared with clients and the public.
Provide Medical Supplies
Executive protection agents can provide trauma kits, including masks, gloves, protective eyewear, and disinfectant to hospitals. One such way they can do this is with the use of drones, which can be flown remotely and help get supplies from place to place much more quickly than using other vehicles.
One task that protective agents are highly trained to do is gather intelligence not only on people but places as well. This intelligence can help them determine where the worst areas are located, which means relocating a command center to isolate individuals and families under their protection.
An executive protection team can also tap into intel resources to find political information. Using the gTHIRA system, they can get information about diseases and the number of cases. This information is passed on to the client so that they are kept up to date on the correct numbers and any news.
Determine Safe Traveling
Executive protection agents can help their clients determine whether or not it’s safe to travel. Although travel will not be recommended by your protection team during COVID-19, if one does travel, it’s best to only travel to places that are not considered hot spots. Using intel that they’ve gathered, they can determine which areas are safe to go and which are likely hot spots for COVID-19.
Similarly, if an agent is providing protection services to a family, both the agent and the family would be isolated in order to be safe from contracting coronavirus.
Keep Clients Safe
While coronavirus is the main concern right now, for the rich and famous or those of high-net-worth, protection is still a concern. With many law enforcement resources going to help maintain the status quo and keep people from violating any of their lockdowns or stay home orders, clients simply can’t rely on local police to fully protect them from anyone who may wish to do them harm.
While social distancing can make executive protection more difficult, there are still ways we can keep our clients safe. Your executive protection team can provide residential security system monitoring, remote video monitoring, and alarm response services to ensure that you’re safe while you are at home.
How Can You Stay Safe from Coronavirus? Tips From Your Executive Protection Team
During this time, it’s incredibly important that you follow a basic set of guidelines so that you and your loved ones don’t come into contact with Coronavirus. What many people don’t know is that you can be asymptomatic. This means that you could be a carrier for COVID-19 without showing any symptoms of feeling ill. From there, you could pass on the virus to someone else.
Keeping yourself safe during this time also means keeping your friends and loved ones safe. Here are some tips to follow:
Wash Your Hands
Regularly wash or clean your hands with hand sanitizer or wash them with soap and water. Washing your hands kills any virus that may be on your hands from touching something when you’ve gone to the grocery store. Make sure to wash your hands immediately after coming home and before eating or touching your face.
Use Social Distancing
Maintain at least six feet between yourself and anyone else. While someone may not be coughing or sneezing, if they are not in your immediate household, it’s best to maintain your distance.
When someone coughs or sneezes, small droplets are sprayed from their mouth or nose. These droplets can contain the virus, and if you’re too close, you can breathe them in. This means that if someone with COVID-19 coughs within three feet of you, you have a high likelihood of contracting the disease.
Avoid Touching Your Face
Because your hands touch so many things in one day, it’s important that you do not touch your face unless absolutely necessary. The virus can be transferred through your eyes, nose, and mouth and enter your body.
If you are going to touch your face, make sure your hands are disinfected and washed thoroughly.
Cover Your Nose and Mouth
If you need to cough or sneeze, make sure to cover your nose and mouth with your bent elbow or a tissue to ensure that you cannot spread Coronavirus to anyone else. Remember, you could be asymptomatic and not know that you have it, so it’s best to practice respiratory hygiene.
Seek Medical Attention When Necessary
If you aren’t feeling well, it’s best to stay home. However, if you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should seek medical attention. We advise that you call ahead first and follow any instructions given to you. Calling ahead will allow you to talk to someone who can direct you to the right healthcare facility. With hospitals getting so chaotic right now, it’s best that you’re able to find a doctor who can help you immediately just in case you have COVID-19.