The Queensland Police Service (QPS) has worked with members of the Fortitude Valley Safe Night Committee to come up with a suggested checklist for businesses to assemble an emergency contingency kit.
With public safety a top priority for the QPS, it is partnering with government agencies and the private sector to better protect crowded places from associated risks. This is in line with Australia’s Strategy for Protecting Crowded Places from Terrorism.
This has seen QPS conduct a number of forums across the state to help foster local networks and provide operators of crowded places with important security information about being prepared and mitigating risks for all hazards.
“Being security minded and better prepared could not only deter an attack, it can reassure customers and staff that those responsible for crowded places are taking security seriously,” a QPS spokesperson told TheShout.
“Following feedback from members of the Fortitude Valley Safe Night Committee, local police developed a suggested checklist for businesses to assemble an emergency contingency kit.
“The checklist was provided to members of the committee as a suggested guide of what could be included in an emergency kit to assist with the resolution of an incident and business continuity.
“The suggested checklist, similar to disaster recovery kits, included items such as a first aid kit, bottles of water, high visibility vests, a whistle, a megaphone, a business continuity and procedures plan on a USB, contact lists and maps.”
QPS added that while there is currently no known specific threat in Queensland, Australia’s current National Terrorism Threat Level remains ‘probable’.
More information about Australia’s Strategy for Protecting Crowded Places from Terrorism, is available at: www.nationalsecurity.gov.au.