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Prepare for the Unthinkable.

It’s time to stop thinking, “a shooting can’t happen here.” And start thinking, “how can we reduce the chances of a shooting happening here?”

Preventing an active shooter event from taking place in a facility is pretty much impossible. However, there are some things that can be done to reduce the chances of one.

It is about balance.

You don’t want your facility to feel unwelcoming or look like a prison, but you need security measures that will be highly visible and serve as a deterrent. You want to give the perception of being a “harder” target.

This may not be enough. If the unthinkable happens at your facility, you need to have other security measure in place that are not obvious to others but that are effective in hindering a shooter.

What are these measures, and how do you implement them?

There’s no single right answer. Every facility has its own challenges to address. Which is why before we suggest any solution, we perform a facility assessment of your location. From there, we create a tailored security and educational plan for you that gives the best options specifically for you and your facility.

The unthinkable is happening.

Most of us don’t know what we would do during a shooter incident. And that’s the problem — inactivity or indecision can hurt you.

The answer is to equip you and your people with the education and training to make the best decision possible. Taking some sort of action is the most important thing.

You have three courses of action available: Escape, Evade, Counter. It’s vital to be educated and trained in all three options, because the situation will determine which action is necessary, and each situation is different.

1. Escape

If possible, escaping is your best choice. Removing yourself from danger gives you the best chance of survival.

2. Evade

If you cannot get out of danger, then your next best option is to prevent the shooter from finding you. Hide. Lock or barricade doors or entrances. Turn off lights.

3. Counter

This should be your last resort. If you can’t escape or evade, you’ll need to act to protect yourself.

We educate you and your people on the most effective ways to implement each course of action, reinforcing the education with scenario training.

The unthinkable has happened.

Though an active shooter event is over in minutes, its effects last a lifetime. Things will not simply go back to normal, lives are altered. Things will never be the same.

Now what?

First, someone has to deal with families, law enforcement and the media, and not just anyone should represent you to the public. You will want to share as much as possible but that may not be prudent. For example, the names of victims should not be shared with the press before families are notified.

There are many practical things to be considered, including cleaning up, repairing, rebuilding or possibly even opening a new facility. While this may cost millions of dollars, the human cost is even higher.

The effects of a shooting can’t be measured in dollars alone, and may not manifest themselves immediately.

Not all injuries are physical.

The real recovery may require long-term counseling, work time lost, hospitalizations, workers compensation claims, and many more personnel issues.

Recovery can be the longest phase of this entire process, so we will help you develop a plan for how to recover more efficiently. We will also help you assemble the resources to make this process as inclusive as possible.

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