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Plan B has to be a strong Plan A

So I wrote a full security plan for the event covering everything from A to Z that was supposed to be dispersed to all participants of this event.

As the expected participants arrive, I am noticing that our planned arrival point is only being used by a select few. As one participant arrives with their security detail I asked the AIC if they ever received the plan to which he replied, “What plan”.

Now I am quite certain that it was dispersed by the meeting planner. Yet somewhere between the send and receive (if ever opened) the 2 page report was lost or never read. Do you panic? Nope, not at all because this is why they hire us. I planned that the plan would not be adhered to. So my plan B is actually my plan A.

When you deal with non security people who are in the loop you have to expect that much of what you’ve planned to do will be lost, misinterpreted or flat out ignored. The other issue is that there are many CEOs that don’t feel that any security plan is for them. ” That’s for the other guys not me.”

Ultimately I knew where we had to be, who was coming and what was expected of me. A contingency would only apply if any of that had changed. If the location changed then I needed a contingent. However, we are still at the same location and the fact that they aren’t following the plan doesn’t change a thing. Plan B is merely adjusting Plan A.

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