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When it comes to security there are a few things that many organizations and companies forget to stress. The reality of crisis such as storms, break ins, explosions, etc. is that they are unpredictable. Many security companies pour their money into buying sound systems and communication systems, but fail to put the time in to train their security guards to use these tools. The employees need to be trained using crisis simulations in order for them to be ready to adapt to the changing conditions of a real crisis or situation. By enforcing hard training and exercise will enable the security guards to have the instincts to respond quickly and use muscle memory. The real goal is to minimize the extra thinking security guards must do, and increase the effectiveness of their responses and actions. Examples of this type of training are firefighter and police training. They use real fires, and criminal actors to train so that they know exactly how to react in a real life situation and don’t have to waste time on thinking. There are six steps security companies should take to make sure their security guards are prepared for any situation. First is planning to train. It is important to set up and plan the time, place, and circumstances in which the security guards are to be trained. Once that is all set up the company must make sure there is a deadline for that training, to ensure the guards are trained within an efficient timeline. Second is make sure there is a training budget so that the security guards can actually be trained. If there isn’t money set aside specifically for the training, it won’t happen. And make sure that budget includes the cost of setting up any sound or communication systems needed. Third, make sure to include all circumstances in the training, so that the security guards are prepared for all types of situations. For example, make sure to include training on helping senior citizens, individuals with special needs, government personnel, etc. Fourth, actually train the security guards, make sure the simulation training mimic realistic circumstances. The security guards need to be prepared to work under the stress of a real crisis. Fifth, include lessons in the training, because in real life things will go wrong in crises. The security guards should understand how to respond to mistakes, and recognize where things go well. Make sure the guards remember where the mistakes were made and know how to avoid them. Sixth, repeat the training. The security guards must be continuously improving in order to be prepared and motivated to protect and serve as they are supposed to. These five steps should be repeated until responding to a crisis becomes second nature to the security guards. Overall, the security of the people your guards are there to protect and serve is the most important part, and they won’t feel safe if their security guards aren’t fully prepared and ready to quickly respond to crises. Muscle memory is the most important part of the training, because once that has settled in you’ll know the training has worked.