Because schools are found in nearly every city across the United States, they are often used as polling places for local and National elections. However, opening the tightly secured doors during school hours to the entire community can have serious security implications. Many districts have adopted election days as teacher work days to reduce security concerns by giving students the day off, but for those who haven’t, here are some tips to keep your students and buildings safe from harm. Read More
Many times, we hear stories of an active shooter or armed intruder, we hear that victims heard chaos and looked for the nearest exit to escape but ended up in more danger. When attempting to escape, victims tend to run blindly, not really knowing where the incident is or the location of the shooter/intruder. Unfortunately since the focus is just on trying to get out, victims may actually be running toward danger due to lack of visibility and awareness of their surroundings prior to the incident. Keep reading to learn how visibility is directly linked to awareness and how these critical opportunities can help when in an emergency situation. Read More
How You Can Deter Violence with Non-Lethal Force at Your Hospital
A prisoner being treated at a hospital suddenly disarms the deputy guarding him, shooting and killing him with his own service weapon. The prisoner, now armed and not wearing handcuffs, poses a lethal risk to anyone else in the hospital who might try to stop him. Hospital security officers, armed with TASERs, respond to the scene and deploy a TASER to stop the threat and subdue the prisoner. The TASER effectively subdues the man, who later is pronounced dead.
This is a nightmare scenario that actually unfolded at a hospital in St. Cloud Minnesota in 2015. Had the hospital security officers not been armed with TASERs, other lives might have been lost that day. While TASERs are not meant to be a response to deadly force incidents, the deployment of this non-lethal defensive tool in this case was effective, but also resulted in the death of the subject. Read More
As concerns grow surrounding school safety and security, we cannot forget about higher education, especially during commencement ceremonies. Colleges and universities are already accustomed to a more open campus, allowing for unknown visitors, but graduations should have much more security, both in uniform and out of uniform for those protecting the venue. Keep reading to learn tips for top-notch safety procedures for higher education graduation.
Just like large sporting events, colleges and universities are adopting a bag search policy for commencement ceremonies. When meeting with students prior to graduation, explain that all bags, purses and packages are subject to search and all persons are subject to search by metal detection devices. Tell students to pass the word to their guests who will be attending and add signs around the entrance of this policy to minimize confusion. Read More
Stalking is something that is rarely talked about openly in our society, but it is a scary reality for over 7 million people in the United States. Stalking is not just what we see in movies or on the television, it is a concern for both men and women and can interfere with all aspects of life. Stalking is a growing concern for all, but especially those under 25 years of age and can be cause for concern in your place of worship. Without proper policies, stalking can lead to grave consequences for not only the victim, but those around as well. We have some ways to help you mitigate risk of a stalker at your place of worship. Read More
Schools focus a lot of their time on increasing safety and making the inside of their facility as secure as possible by keeping unwanted visitors out and monitoring who accesses the buildings. But many outdoor events take place during a school year including sporting events and games, field days, and car washes for fundraising. It is critical to safety and security that efforts are put in to controlling and managing risk at outdoor events at your school, not just securing the interior during normal school hours.
Creating a secure environment for guests at an outdoor event should be a priority. Provide that security to your guests by hiring or recruiting extra security for large events such as rival sports games. Emotions are often on edge and can create an incident quickly. Additional security means more eyes on guests which can minimize an incident before it happens or before it escalates.
If you are in the Pacific Northwest region, please join us at the Sheepdog Seminar in Longview, WA this weekend, Saturday, March 12. National Account Executive, Jeff Hicks from Prepared Response, Inc. will be available at the seminar to offer church and place of worship leaders information on the industry leading emergency preparedness system, Rapid Responder. Read More
Fire Hazards, Compliance, Training, & Mass Disaster
Hospitals must take a different approach to mitigating continuous risk. Their approach must be continuous, on a cycle that has no end: continuous training, continuous drills, continuous dialogue, etc. Although there are many risks and many facets to each risk a hospital faces, some of the most popular are fire hazards, compliance, training, and mass disaster. Read More
Hospitals’ risk and concerns differ from most other facilities and accept many people in the event of a mass disaster in their community. Natural disasters, chemical releases, large car accidents and other situations like active shooters and terrorist attacks are all cause for concern, and are scenarios hospitals must prepare for.
Natural disasters and weather are out of our control, but they can carry serious risk not only to infrastructure, but also public health. When these scenarios arise, hospitals must be prepared to accept patients, possibly many that are injured from the disaster. Since the weather patterns and seasons are predictable to a degree, we can assume there may be injuries from hurricanes from June to November, but earthquakes can be harder to predict and injuries from these may be in the hundreds. This is when up-to-date training comes in. Up-to-date training means hospital staff are better prepared to treat and respond because they are trained on the latest protocols and have the information fresh in their mind, enabling them to cope and respond in a more efficient manner. Read More
Training is arguably the most critical component to mitigate risk at your hospital. Timely training reduces the amount of safety related incidents and creates a safer facility for not only patients, but staff as well. Whether it be a slip, trip or fall concern, or reducing illness for staff, training will help to mitigate most risks. Training is knowledge and knowledge is power, power over your safety and security concerns.Read More