Woodside, NY, January 17, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- With less than three weeks before the big game, business owners in the NY/NJ area need to ask one important question – do they have adequate security for the weekend of the Super Bowl and the days leading up to it? The Super Bowl is expected to infuse millions of dollars into the local economy. That money comes with more people, traffic, and of course incidents. In the lead up to the game, there will be fashion shows, player appearances, football memorabilia shows, etc. It is recommended that retail and other businesses treat this weekend like Black Friday and put on extra security guards where they already have them and add even where they currently do not. The following areas are especially in need of security in the days leading up to the game and for at least one day after the game: Midtown Manhattan, Secaucus, Jersey City, and Paramus.
Why is security needed? This Super Bowl will be a platform for troublemakers to be heard. Those seeking negative attention will rarely have as good an opportunity to make their mark on the world stage. Some may be legitimate protesters but others may seek to be much more disruptive. As a result law enforcement is expected to be extra busy and otherwise engaged. Businesses will have to plan to be somewhat self-sufficient, especially during a crisis. Law enforcement response time may be delayed. Businesses that have done their advanced planning by hiring additional security guards will be better able to take care of their customers and employees. Also keep in mind there will be credentialing protocols in Midtown Manhattan to get to certain attractions, so employers should be advised there may be additional delays for employees to arrive at work. Review all access control and emergency protocols prior to these events. Suggestion: have egress door keys handy and be prepared to lock doors in an emergency. Hope for the best but prepare for the worst.
Jay Finn, CEO of The Tutis Group, retired NYPD Captain is a Counter-Terrorism and Emergency Management expert. He can be reached at 718-899-3883www.tutisgroup.com