Seminars Address Emergency Planning and Security for Businesses


Despite daily news reports reminding us of security concerns than range from suicide bombers and employee rage to the newly emerging threat of ricin, many businesses have sketchy or non-existent emergency plans. To address the needs of businesses of all sizes, Mercer County Community College has teamed with area experts to offer two seminars in March.

The Mercer County Sheriff's Office will join with the college in offering "Business Security Starts at the Front Door." Participants will look at issues involving their physical plant, investigate alert and alarm systems and their costs, and review their plan of action, taking note of response times, training and practice. Human factors such as staff backgrounds and liabilities will be addressed, along with issues such as workplace violence, alcohol and drug counseling, and confidentiality. The MCCC Conference Center will host the full-day workshop on Friday, March 12, 8:30 to 4 p.m. A fee of $99 includes breakfast, lunch and materials.

The second seminar, "Emergency Planning Workshop for Business" will be a hands-on session to help businesses develop a contingency plan for disasters and emergencies. The Friday, March 26 seminar, which meets from 8:30 a.m. to noon, will use a "table-top" disaster scenario to help participants start the planning process for their company. Tuition and fees of $69 include breakfast. Speakers include Lt. Dennis P. McNulty, a 21-year member of the N.J. State Police, and Mary J. Goepfert, an emergency management planner/instructor with the N.J. Office of Emergency Management.

For more information call 609-586-9446 or e-mail

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